It was a fabulous day for sightseeing as Silver Spirit's guests joined thousands of revellers last month to celebrate the world-famous Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. This year's celebration was as colourful and electrifying as ever, marked by fireworks, street parties, parades and pulsating samba rhythms.
One of several complimentary onshore events for guests sailing over 70 days of the Grand Inaugural Voyage, our exclusive Carnaval programme was designed to be as stylish as it was entertaining. After an early dinner aboard ship, Silver Spirit's guests sipped champagne pierside before boarding their private motorcoach to travel in comfort to the Sambadrome. At the stadium, our guests enjoyed magnificent box seat views of the renowned parade of samba schools -- with their high-energy dancers, extravagant costumes and dazzling floats showcasing the joie de vivre that is Carnaval.
A sumptuous buffet and cocktails awaited guests back aboard ship to top off an evening full of magic and fantasy. With some Carnaval-goers opting to return as late as 3 o'clock in the morning -- and with so much excitement in the air -- it was not unusual for guests still in the party spirit to remain out on deck observing Rio's picturesque harbour as Silver Spirit set sail just minutes before sunrise.
Fortunately, for those of us who missed this year's festivities, the fun lingers on in the following slide show: