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With the 2018 season of cruise vessels calling Cartagena just commenced, I reflect here on a previous visitor, ‘Silver Spirit’ alongside in Cartagena on 25th October 2017 (as pictured).

The ship is currently being transformed by a lengthening process, insertion of a complete mid-section, necessitating the vessel being physically parted.  Two pictures here show the ship in Palermo (Sicily) dry dock where this insertion is being effected.

Built in 2009, the original capacity was 540 passengers with 376 crew.  It had 270 ocean-view suites and 6 different restaurants.  With the new section insertion the capacity will increase to 608 passengers and 412 crew.

Described as a ship of unprecedented standards, this luxury cruise liner is operated by Silversea Cruises, a privately owned luxury cruise line. Classed as a mega yacht and hallmarks of the Silversea luxury cruise experience, it is described as a true definition of our heritage with a modern edge. It is small enough to visit both secluded and iconic ports.

This lengthening process is scheduled for completion in just a few weeks and the ship will commence its first cruise from Civitavecchia (for Rome) on 6th May. The 7 days cruising will be completed in Barcelona on 13th May. An indication of prices are in the region

of €4600 for this cruise.

Silver Spirit’ will depart from Barcelona on 13th May on a 9 day cruise to Lisbon, including a call into Cartagena on 16th May.

It has been reported that there is a waiting list for passage on this cruise.

Included here is a photograph of the current Master, Captain Julian Albici, a good friend of mine and I am looking forward to meeting once again in Cartagena.


Later in the year ‘Silver Spirit’ is scheduled for a 7 night cruise with destinations including Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg. Prices from US $4900.

Later again is a 12 night Caribbean cruise from 16th November including Barbados, Granada and St Lucia. Prices in the region of US $3870.

I am happy to say that there are 16 cruise ship visits scheduled for Cartagena during April, and May also looks busy.

Dry dock pictures and that of Captain Julian, courtesy of himself.