Once in a while a cruise just jumps out at you.  And so it was with the Monaco F1 Grand Prix cruise with Silversea. For years we had talked about it, watched it on TV and thought to ourselves “One Day” we will be there. Imagine our excitement when we found the perfect cruise; a 7 day Mediterranean voyage with numerous interesting ports plus the Monaco Grand Prix which featured an overnight stay in Monaco.

Joining the Silver Spirit, which we had sailed on before, it was clear that this ship was a sell out. And you can understand why. This is a great way to experience the Grand Prix – with the normal Silversea panache and style. Two days in Monte Carlo was perfect.

The Grand Prix takes place in May each year which is the perfect time to be in the Med. Our voyage from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) took in some interesting cities including Sete in France, Monte Carlo, Ajaccio (Corsica), Portofino and Livorno in Italy.

Barcelona and Sete were good ports to begin our cruise and where we were able to experience some of the local culture, food and wines. But this cruise was really all about the Grand Prix.

Monaco Grand prix with Silversea

Monaco Grand Prix Ticket – This is What it is All About!

Day 1 in Monaco was Qualifying Day and it was truly amazing.  The buzz about the place was unreal and when the actual qualifying began the noise was deafening. Not a problem for us as Silversea had provided earplugs for the event.

This was a practice day, but Monte Carlo was packed with motor racing enthusiasts and those enjoying the numerous hospitality events surrounding the race.  Getting an invite with hospitality is a great way to experience F1 racing but for us it was an opportunity just to wander round and take in the sites.

Monaco Grand Prix street scene

Pre Race Day in Monaco, lots of expensive merchandise to buy

Monaco Grand prix with Waveview

St Devote corner, a tight right hander and the cars are gone!

To nobody’s surprise, Silversea had all the arrangements for both days well under control, actually very slick.  As Silver Spirit was anchored in the bay, we were tendered to and from the ship and the port.  No waiting or queues – it just worked.

The Beautiful sight of the Windstar "Wind Surf" in Monte Carlo

A Beautiful sight – The Windstar “Wind Surf” in Monte Carlo

Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit anchored in the Bay of Monaco

Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit anchored in the Bay of Monaco

Day 2 -Race Day meant an early start as we knew it would be busy. Again, it was all organised and managed with military precision with Silversea’s unfailing attention to detail.  An Amazing Adventure.  The following photographs really tell the story of this once in a lifetime experience that we still talk about today.  A Cruise incorporating the Monaco Grand Prix is a smart way to experience this spectacle.



World Champion Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix

F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton



Red Bull pits – Extreme Urgency changing the tyres


Red Bull Team - where did he go?

Where did he go? The Red Bull Team look on as Mark Webber wins the race

At the end of the day and with all things considered, taking a Luxury Cruise with a cruise line like Silversea is the perfect way to experience the Monaco Grand Prix.

As for a Silversea Silver Spirit review, that is on it’s way.  Watch this space.