Touring Silversea’s Silver Whisper
Friday, October 16, 2015
It was pouring rain early this morning as I ate my breakfast at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and gazed out at the misty expanse of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. But not even the chilly weather could dampen my spirits; with a vibrant backdrop of fire-red trees, Silversea’s elegant Silver Whisper was berthed at the Quebec City Cruise Terminal – and she was my ultimate destination today.
Built in 2001, the Silver Whisper is the sister-ship to the similarly-designed Silver Shadow, which typically makes her home in the Pacific Ocean for much of the year. I sailed aboard Silver Shadow to Alaska last summer and found the experience to be unlike any other Alaskan cruise I had experienced to that point. If there’s a quantifier about Silversea, it’s that they deliver more than you’d expect – and they do it consistently.
Carrying just 382 guests in accommodations that nearly all feature their own private verandas, the 610-foot long (186 metre) Silver Whisper is like the stretch limo equivalent of Silversea’s two launch vessels, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. While I don’t believe in saying that any one ship is better than another (because “better” is highly subjective), I feel comfortable in saying that Silver Whisper and her sister Silver Shadow are two vessels that past Silversea guests have consistently counted as their favorites in the fleet.