ABOVE: Artur, a waiter in the Terrace Café,
kept watch over us each morning as we had breakfast on deck.
Food has been a popular topic of discussion among cruisers since
the days when emigrants to the New World were expected to bring food on board
and cook their own meals. On the Silver Whisper, the debate is likely to
be centered on the relative merits of smoked Norwegian salmon and the
whisky-cured Scottish equivalent, or whether to order foie gras or caviar before
the grilled sea bass or the herb-encrusted rack of lamb.
The Silver Whisper's dining options include:
The Restaurant, an elegantly appointed dining room that
offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A typical dinner menu will offer a
selection of hot and cold appetizers, a salad, two soups, a sorbet, and several
entrées, including a pasta, risotto, or other vegetarian dish. A "Cruiselite"
menu offers low-cholesterol, low-sodium, and low-fat choices for
health-conscious passengers, and alternative selections such as steak,
chicken,salmon, and pasta are available for guests who want a break from more
elaborate cuisine. Desserts nomally include assorted pastries of the day, ice
cream, and at least one low-calorie or "zero-zero" item for dieters and
The Terrace Café. At breakfast and lunch, this is an
elaborate buffet with a cornucopia of hot and cold items. Waiters carry your
plate to the table and keep you supplied with beverages. Cooked-to-order items
can also be requested (e.g., pancakes or omelettes at breakfast and the pasta of
the day at lunch). During the evening, the Terrace Café becomes a
reservations-only alternative dining room for 20 to 50 guests, with theme
dinners such as "Paris-Nice," "La Cucina Italiana," and "Secrets of the Sea."
Pool Grillé. In decent weather, you can order hamburgers,
hot dogs, panini, and salads from noon to 4 p.m. Waiters serve you at teak
tables near the pool, and drinks are available from the Pool Bar.
Panorama Lounge. Boullion and crackers are served here
between 11 a.m. and noon; from 4 to 5 p.m., you can stoke up on finger
sandwiches, pastries, and cookies at Afternoon Tea.
service. A full room-service menu--including caviar, shown at right--is
available 24 hours a day. During lunch and dinner, you can order from The
Restaurant's menu and have your meal served course by course. (There's no extra
charge for room-service meals or wines, and tipping is not expected.)
The Silver Whisper's food is outstanding, and executive
chef Laurent Austrui keeps things interesting by offering local dishes where
practical: e.g., fresh fish from the Copenhagen market and haggis during
Scottish itineraries. Gabriele Chappini, the head sommelier, livens up the
complimentary and connoisseur's winelists by buying directly from local
vineyards as the Silver Whisper cruises the world.
As we write this,
Silversea is finalizing plans for a new alternative fine-dining restaurant in Le
Champagne, an intimate room that is currently being used for winetastings and
private dinners. The restaurant will serve a maximum of 30 guests at candelit
tables of four to six place settings, with special Relais & Chateaux menus by
Joachim Koerper of Girasol, a Michelin two-star restaurant in Morarira, Spain.
(We enjoyed a preview dinner during our "Scotland's Tattoo" cruise, and both the
food and the presentation were stunning.)