On Friday I am departing aboard the Silver Wind for my first ever cruise. I have always wondered what life aboard a large ship might be like and am really excited to don my sailing attire and prepare to cruise down the Med in Style from Rome, Italy to Valetta, Malta.

My smart cruise documents which arrived in the post
My smart cruise documents which arrived in the post

We will be spending three nights at sea, dining in some of the top restaurants aboard ship, including Le Champagne and the Pool Bar and Grill. Hopefully I will have some time to make use of the ships other facilities, including the top deck swimming pool, the beauty salon and maybe even the fitness centre.

Le Champagne Restaurant

Aboard ship I will be sleeping in a Midship Veranda Suite, with my own private balcony looking out onto the ocean. Wowee!

Vista Suite

During the days we will be harboured at three different locations, Sorrento in Italy, Trapani in Sicily and finally in Valetta in Malta before we return home. It is a short trip, but I can’t wait for some fresh sea air and relaxed luxury living.

Here are the top things I am looking forward to…

  • Watching the sunset and maybe even sunrise across the ocean.
  • The food! Especially our evening at Le Champagne restaurant for a local inspired tasting menu, Mmm.

Silver Wind La Terazza

  • Swimming while at sea, but not in the sea. I’m hoping I will have time for a quick dip before dinner one evening in this lovely looking pool.

Silver Wind Pool Close Up

  • Olive oil tasting in Trapani, I’m not sure whether I am looking forward to the olive oil or the bread (or whatever else it might be) we get to dip in the olive oil, either way I am a huge fan and am already hoping to find some new top olive oils I could perhaps stock at Basilia Deli.
  • MALTA – I am sad to only have a few hours in Malta after we harbour there before flying home, but hopefully I will have time for a quick explore around Valetta, a city and country seeped in history with some magnificent coast lines. I’m hoping this will be a small taster for an adventurous future holiday to Malta.

And finally…

  • Dressing up. My small suitcase is packed with summer dresses, smart shoes and different accessories. I don’t think it will be quite like the old traditional cruise ships with ball gowns every evening, but us girls always love the chance to put on our glad rags and make an entrance. I’ve even bought a new outfit especially for my arrival on board. 

Have you ever been on a cruise? Got any tips for things I must take with me, what to wear or what to do while on the ship? 

11 Comments

  1. Hi Jen, I’ve been on a Costa Cruise Dubai-Oman and a Star Clipper cruise in the Caribbean, both very different, and both so much fun. Apart from exploring a lot of interesting places and enjoying the sea (those sunsets!!!!), dressing up is indeed part of the fun. 🙂 Can’t wait to read about your days at sea. Enjoy!

    • jlowthrop Reply

      I have just returned and will posting more about my trip soon. It has been amazing, you’re right the sunsets are incredible and dressing up has been loads of fun. There are so many places you can cruise and see so much of the world!

  2. This looks lovely! I’ve always wanted to do a cruise – but never really had enough holiday allowance for it. Such a great way to see lots of destinations though! x

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Yes it is a great way to see a lot of the world in a short space of time. I have just returned from my trip and had a brilliant time!! Look out on the blog for more tips and I hope I can persuade you it’s worth the days off work 🙂 x

  3. Well with the big 50 coming up I thought we were far too young to go ‘cruising’ ,but
    you have made me think again!
    Like the idea of all cabins are suites…not keen on catching cabin fever.
    Will have to look into this ship more….cheers, enjoy your travels. T.D.

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Definitely no cabin fever, you don’t feel as though you are on a boat.

      Do let me know if you decide to take a cruise, I would love to hear all about it.

      Happy Travels

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  6. I work on cruise ships and it’s a different way of travelling, excellent if you want to treat yourself and feel like a queen. You are going to love it.
    As for dressing up, check how many gala nights are organised and how many theme parties. Sometimes cruise ships organize “white parties” “fluo parties” and so on, so better be prepared 🙂

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