Technically Silver Whisper is not a new ship to me, I first saw her in Hong Kong in 2008, and she was actually much nicer than I expected back then. In fact she is a semi regular caller in South Africa.
She arrived in Southampton on 16 May 2013, but I missed her arrival, so decided I would do an afternoon sailing stint instead. She was berthed up at Mayflower and scheduled to leave at 18H00. By the time I arrived it was already almost 6 and there was another small reefer on her way out, and she had Silversea on her side; and I wonder if she wasn’t somehow connected to Silver Whisper? Maybe some sort of support vessel?
Having not seen the sun in quite a few days it suddenly seemed very bright and was really making photography difficult, even hiding behind the parking sign wasn’t really helping. Silver Whisper unstuck herself and silently got under way. No toot of the horn or anything!
At just over 28000 GRT she is not a really big ship and they all have a reputation for excellent service on board. Her sister ship is Silver Shadow.
Then she was past me, and I got a chance to see a full profile, although photography wasn’t really happening because of the bright sunlight.
I am not too keen on her stern, it reminds me too much of an iron, but then I have seen much worse and at least she does not have a pudding bowl or a ducktail.
Then she was out of effective range as she proceeded past the QEII terminal and once again it was time to go home. I liked how she came into port without a huge fanfare and sailed without one. No loud pop music blared from her decks and no raucous announcements disturbed her passage; and that is how it should be.
© DRW 2013-2018. Images recreated 07/04/2016