Cruising and oysters share a lot of things in common: they both involve the sea, both are viewed as luxurious, and both are considered the 'Marmite' of the travel world, thanks to the great divide between those who have hard-wired perceptions on cruising and those who live to cruise. I never really had a strong desire to book a cruise holiday but after being on the Silver Muse, the newest ship of family-owned company Silversea Cruises, I noticed a sea change in my thinking (pun intended).
Granted, I spent the past four days travelling to Sorrento, Amalfi and Taormina—three of the most picturesque coastal towns southern Italy. Stopping at each port of call was like having a decadent meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, where each course is a revelation and whets your appetite for the next. Wanderlust worthy stops aside, here's why I'm adopting the travel mantra of pick, cruise, repeat.
It's the most relaxing mode of travel
A plane may get you there faster and a car may allow for spontaneous detours but cruising, hands down, is the best way to travel if you want to live in the moment. Upon checking in, they offered me a glass of champagne and unpacked my belongings—all that was left for me to do was relax and take it all in.
My week-long cruise began in Rome and ended at Mykonos; there was no checking of schedules, packing bags or clumsy navigating. I really enjoyed letting go of the steering wheel, dipping in and out the colourful ports of call, then having all the creature comforts to come home to. This year, Silversea’s fleet travels to all seven continents and stops at 900 ports, while maintaining the intimate ship size and personal service the brand is known for. So whether it's Nice or Antartica, you can see it all in style.
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