The Benefits of Cruising The Med – Silversea-Style
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
I’m convinced that Silversea must have sleep scientists on the payroll, because I always enjoy the most soothing, relaxing evenings of rest whenever I sail with the line. And with no tours scheduled for our port call today in Sanary-sur-Mer, France, I happily dozed through the announcement at eight this morning that Silver Spirit had anchored in the bay, and tender service had officially begun.
Sanary-sur-Mer – or Sanary for short – is considered to be one of the sunniest places in the South of France. Just 13 kilometres from Toulon and 49 kilometres from Marseille, it receives approximately 280 days of sunshine per year.
Today, sadly, isn’t one of them. Skies are overcast and brooding, and temperatures struggle to reach the published high of 17°C, or 63°F. Strong winds race out of nowhere and whip up whitecaps on the water, and Sanary-sur-Mer feels a bit like an off-season trip to Skagway, Alaska in these conditions.
High winds also made for some adventurous tendering operations, with swells that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. A few rogue swells completely washed over Silver Spirit’s tender platform, and one gave a few guests sitting in the first few rows of our tender a good soaking. But the crew of the Silver Spirit had control over the operations at all times, and gingerly erred on the side of caution for guests young and old alike.
Ironically, I ran into two familiar faces on my tender journey: two guests who I had the good pleasure to sail with last year aboard the Silver Wind. I’d joined their dinner table on a few occasions as we sailed from Oman to Greece through the Suez Canal, and they recognized me, over one year later, sitting on a tender bobbing wildly around.
It was a real pleasure to see them again – but this wasn’t the first time this had happened to me. In fact, I have run into past guests on several of my Silversea voyages, and every time it has been totally unexpected and entirely welcomed. It’s also a testament to the loyalty of Silversea’s past guests, who come back time and time again for the ship, the itinerary, but most of all, the friendships they’ve made on board on both the crew and guest sides of the equation.