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Ship review: Silversea’s spectacular new Silver Dawn

By Jane Archer | 11 May 2022

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Spa on board Silver Dawn. Credit: Silversea

Spoil yourself with the new spa concept from Silversea Cruises, which puts the emphasis on indulgence. Jane Archer reviews the sumptuous spa, fine dining, butler-service suites and much more on Silversea’s new Silver Dawn.

Silversea’s much-anticipated 10th vessel, Silver Dawn, is the third ship the line has launched in the past nine months, following the debut of Silver Moon in Greece and Silver Origin in the Galapagos Islands.

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Silver Dawn. Credit: Silversea

Silver Dawn ship review

Silver Dawn is the first in the fleet to feature new spa programme Otium, which promises to be the most indulgent wellness experience at sea, combining spa treatments with chocolate, cocktails and champagne. Jane Archer finds out more.

A luxurious new spa

Well, this is different! Usually after a spa treatment, the therapist instructs you to drink only water for the rest of the day to allow the toxins she has released to flow away. But I’ve just been escorted to the relaxation room on Silver Dawn where Sandra, my masseur, treats me to lemongrass rum and chocolates as I listen to classical music instead of the usual whale sounds.

Welcome to Otium, a new way of spa-ing inspired by the Romans’ love of pleasure and indulgence rather than the modern notion of abstinence, now available on the latest ship launched by luxury line Silversea Cruises.

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Spa on Silver Dawn. Credit: Silversea

The Latin name Otium was picked as it loosely translates as ‘do nothing’. That’s rather fitting because the moment you step on board for the first time, you are overwhelmed by a desire to do just that. Nothing. Especially when greeted by a butler who even offers to unpack your suitcase.

Silversea has been setting the tone for luxury since it was founded in 1994, but has honed the sybarite lifestyle to a T with this ship. It’s not just having so much included that you never have to think about price, but also the decor, which is elegant and gentle on the eye, and the feeling of space, which is surprising on a small ship that holds just 596 passengers.

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Spa on Silver Dawn. Credit: Silversea

Fine dining galore

For one so small, there is an amazing choice of restaurants, serving everything from Argentinean steaks and Japanese teppanyaki to home-made Italian pasta. La Dame is the place for French fine dining, while the Salt Kitchen serves food favourites of the places being visited.

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Dining on board. Credit: Silversea

Going local is part of another new Silversea initiative that connects passengers to places through food and drink. Next to the Salt Kitchen (the acronym stands for Sea and Land Taste), try local cocktails in the intimate Salt Bar and cook regional favourites in the Salt Lab while learning how dishes developed.

Luxurious butler-served suites

As befits a vessel of this class, all cabins are suites and almost all have a balcony. Book an Owners’ or Grand Suite and you get something akin to an apartment, with a bedroom, a sitting and dining room, huge bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The other rooms are none too shabby though, with lots of space, big balconies, showers, baths and walk-in wardrobes.

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Butler-served suites on Silver Moon. Credit: Silversea

All suites come with that welcoming butler, who exclusively on Silver Dawn has a few Otium treats up his immaculately pressed sleeves. Fancy relaxing in a candlelit orange blossom bath while nibbling on caviar and macaroons? How about hot chocolate with rum on the balcony while swaddled in a cashmere blanket? Indulgent? You bet. But that’s what Otium is all about.

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The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy © iStock

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy. Credit: iStock

A seven-night cruise on Silver Dawn from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona departing August 4, 2022, costs from £4,100 per person including home-to-airport chauffeur, business-class flights, overseas transfers, drinks, shore excursions, most dining, tips and Wi-Fi. Find out more at silversea.com.

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