Silversea Silver Spirit at the Dock in Manta, Ecuador
The exterior of the Silver Spirit is all white, with the Silversea name emblazoned across her funnel. The mid-sized cruise ship has many quiet, comfortable seating areas, as are shown in these photos.
I sailed north on the Silver Spirit from Santiago (Valparaiso) to Acapulco, and the cruise director, Fernando de Oliveira, dressed up as King Neptune for a traditional equator-crossing ceremony. It was great fun for all as the pollywogs, those who had never crossed the equator on a ship, were transformed into shellbacks. Each cruise ship seems to have a slightly different ceremony. On the Silver Spirit, the pollywogs were required to kiss a raw fish, and the women then immediately kissed the captain, who certainly demonstrated his good spirits by cooperating.
Everyone on the voyage, including those of us who were already shellbacks, received a certificate celebrating our crossing and signed by the Captain, Hotel Director, and Cruise Director. Another thing to love about cruising!
Silver Spirit Cruise Director Fernando de Oliveira as King Neptune
Fernando de Oliveira is one of the best and most hard-working cruise directors I've met. He knows everyone's name and leads many of the onboard activities.
Silver Spirit Equator-Crossing Ceremony
Crossing the equator on a cruise ship is a fun activity for all--the pollywogs who are crossing the line for the first time and the experienced shellbacks.
Pollywogs Must Kiss a Fish to Become Shellback at Line-Crossing Ceremony
King Neptune required the pollywogs to kiss a fish to complete their transformation to shellbacks.