I had an interesting experience onboard the Silver Spirit this past May 2011. We cruised to Italian ports and embarked on a remarkable excursion to Rome. During our cruise we stumbled on somewhat of a 2,000 year old mystery which we finally solved with our visit to Rome. Silversea does such a great job with their excursions. When comparing the Silver Spirit with the smaller ships in the Silversea fleet, you'll get different reactions...some like the larger Silver Spirit because it has more dining options, others prefer the intimacy of the smaller ships.