Silversea launches 10th ultra-luxury ship. silver dawn
On November 12, Silversea Cruises took possession of its newest ship, the Silver Dawn. Sister ship to Silver Muse and Silver Moon, the 596-passenger ship embodies the Silversea cruising experience. From all-suite accommodations to exclusive butler service assigned to each, Silver Dawn is pure Silversea. She will be the second Silversea ship to feature the extraordinary culinary arts program SALT (Sea And Land Taste) launched last June aboard Silver Moon. But his distinction does not stop there. Silver Dawn will be the very first Silversea ship to introduce an entirely new and extraordinarily different wellness concept called OTIVM. This All Things Cruise writer was invited to sample all that is on offer in OTIVM during a special sailing aboard Silver Moon this summer.
Here is our report:
OTIVM IS A COMPLETELY NEW CONCEPT BASED ON A VERY OLD PREMISE
The word OTIVM itself is Latin. Its meaning is “to use free time for reflection and introspection”. The OTIVM model dates from the time of the Roman baths. A forerunner of modern spas, the Roman spa experience was enhanced by music, poetry, food, wine and conversation. That’s what Silversea seeks to recreate aboard its ultra-luxury ships. Silversea Marketer and new Chief Commercial Officer Barbara Muckermann explained: “We wanted to tackle a new luxury in wellness. “Pampering, weaving a tapestry of luxury has always been Silversea’s core mission… taking care of your body and soul. We are the catalysts of your quest for pleasure and happiness.
WHAT OTIVM IS NOT IS AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT IT IS
Wellness can have many meanings, but for Silversea it’s definitely not about sacrifice. There are no routines to follow, no schedules to keep. Certainly, if we sweated, it was intentional and confined to the Hammam. And it wasn’t limited to the ship’s exceptional Spa. OTIVM followed us everywhere. We were as pampered as we wanted, choosing from delights that could start with caviar for breakfast and end with midnight snacks of foie gras burgers and truffled popcorn. There was an endless array of sensory pleasures to taste. I admit that OTIVM is so untraditional that it took a bit of time to indulge in everything that was on offer. But let’s capitulate we did it!
WE EXPERIENCED UNPRECEDENTED MOMENTS OF COMFORT
At its heart, Silversea is proudly Italian. OTIVM made us discover the seductive charms of the Italian “Dolce Far Niente”, the sweetness of doing nothing. Each spa experience ended with a glass of champagne or whatever drink you could name. We dipped fresh fruit in a chocolate fountain. Music played, conversations came naturally, friendships grew. Everything we touched had a sensual feel – the warmth of a cashmere blanket, the fine hand of your sheets, the invigoration of a spa bath, a bathrobe you didn’t want to take off.
SPA SERVICES ARE INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT THE SHIP
Beyond the spa itself with all its treatment services, OTIVM has surprised us with moments of spa comfort all over the ship. But where it really came into play was in the privacy of our suite, and every stateroom is a suite. Always on hand, Silversea’s signature butlers. They were there to design your bath, to help you select bath salts and fragrance diffusers, to magically appear when you needed them. And disappear just as magically. You can arrange massages and treatments in your suite. Your private balcony becomes a sanctuary. Plans to include cashmere blankets and hot chocolate mugs in colder climes made us momentarily wish for colder climes, although we settled for the Mediterranean sun.
A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES
The OTIVM was filled with moments of pure sensory pleasure. There was always a bottle of champagne to open while taking a bath or after a treatment. Musical playlists encouraged complete relaxation. And what cruiser does not dream of falling asleep to the sounds of the sea, even recorded ones. And we fell asleep. OTIVM has even inspired a redesigned sleep experience. The OTIVM Soft Touch mattress added 11 with layers of comfort and support. Along with the new mattress, a new pillow menu offers every option imaginable. You can even choose from a selection of covers. And of course, you can spray your pillow with the scent of your choice. I know I’ve slept better… on sheets made by Italy’s most prestigious linen company, Revolta Carmignani.
WHAT WAS NOT OFFERED WAS AS AWESOME AS WHAT WAS.
Although guests of Silversea, like regular passengers, we were not complicit in sales pitches or complicated explanations. OTIVM is not there. What we experienced was our own choice. We could participate as much or as little as we wanted. We could combine treatments, ingredients, fragrances at our own pace. And at every turn, there were unexpected luxuries like sipping on a favorite cocktail or munching on delicious canapes. OTIVM is truly unique. And really what Silversea is.
Cover photo: Silversea Silver Dawn, courtesy of Silversea (other photos credit Silversea and Monte Mathews)
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