Thursday, May 7, 2015

Silver Whisper overnights

All is not going exactly according to plan with this year's cruise ship season - but it is early days. The planned first ship had to bypass Halifax due to bad weather at sea. The second ship's visit went off as planned, and yesterday's arrival of Silver Whisper was greeted with very fine spring weather. However the ship was due to sail last evening with its next port of St.John's, NL. Windy weather between here and there caused the ship to remain in Halifax last night and to sail this morning direct for Cobh, Ireland, bypassing St.John's.
At least that is what the press reported. I suspect that the lingering presence of ice in the same area may well have been a factor too.

The ship left pier 22 and sailed north about George's Island this morning. 

Silver Whisper was built in 2001 by the Mariotti Shipyard in Genoa, builder of yachts and yacht-like cruise ships. This one at 28,258 grt and only 382 passengers (but a crew of 295) has the highest space per passenger ratio of any cruise ship (grt divided by number of passengers = 74). It operates for Silversea Cruises of Fort Lauderdale, FL and is registered in the Bahamas.


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