2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2014
Silver Whisper Voyage 4414, Stockholm to Copenhagen, 20 June 2014. The entire eight days was fantastic and my wife and I will definitely will travel with Silversea again. The overall cost of some A$10,600 (for a Verandah Suite) when you ... Read More
Silver Whisper Voyage 4414, Stockholm to Copenhagen, 20 June 2014. The entire eight days was fantastic and my wife and I will definitely will travel with Silversea again. The overall cost of some A$10,600 (for a Verandah Suite) when you break it down, represents excellent value for money. A 32 Sq Mt. suite, with full bathroom and terrace with floor to ceiling sliding doors, all gourmet meals on a 24 hour basis (no standing in any lines, no set meal times), room service, all drinks and this includes quality wines and champagne. If we saw these cities independently and if you included the flights to the relevant cities we spent time in, along with airport transfers in each city, the cruise cost represents excellent value. The suitcases are collected at the gangway and you find them in your suite. You are introduced to your Butler and room attendant, and after choosing the soaps, etc. you want, a bottle of champagne is brought to your suite. AND that's how the entire week went for us. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir always at the ready in our suite. Two of the four restaurants are Relais & Chateau (the only cruise company in their stable of hotels) and the main dining room is also outstanding. Total of four restaurants and three bars and a great show lounge with excellent shows - we saw a couple. Then room service when you want it and the menus from each restaurant are there for your choosing. And they even cleaned my shoes, why I don't know! The price we paid is fully inclusive of everything including tips. However we gave three staff members E50 each for personalized service in the restaurants and our room. One negative: we have to pay for internet connectivity. On the questionnaire we indicated that passengers could pay a little more and have this service included also. We do understand that this could be changing in the near future. The stopovers in the four towns, namely Tallinn, St. Petersburg (which you have visited), Helsinki and Copenhagen, along with Stockholm were beautiful towns in their own right to see. We connected with www.mysilversea.com which is the passenger log-in (or should I say, guest log-in) before the voyage and booked six optional tours at a total cost of USD1300. Four tours in St Petersburg, and one each in Tallinn and Helsinki. Our advise is not to bother with the two latter towns as you can walk around. Which brings me to the best feature of all. Due to the size of Silver Whisper, it comes all the way into most towns visited whereas the larger ships moor way off and sometimes passengers must come ashore by small boats. At St. Petersburg we actually parked on the river some 400 meters from the Winter Palace. The ship was full- 370 passengers and 320 crew. However it's large enough so you don't feel crowded. Passenger split as follows (approx). USA - 170 OZ - 50 EUROPE - 110 REST OF WORLD - 50. I may be a little out - most of the USA people were nice but you always find a few loudmouths. We had every meal at our own table and ate one breakfast and one dinner in the room (suite). They even bring your hot food in stages so it remains warm. Will we travel with them again. You betcha. Hopefully they will do the Amazon again, then there is the top of South America, Galapodos Islands, and the Med. between Italy and Turkey, including the Greek Islands.   Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2014
My husband and I finally succumbed to the cruise fever being spread by our friends as a treat for our silver wedding. Our local travel agent was a great help in helping us navigate the vast amount of offerings. We really didn't fancy ... Read More
My husband and I finally succumbed to the cruise fever being spread by our friends as a treat for our silver wedding. Our local travel agent was a great help in helping us navigate the vast amount of offerings. We really didn't fancy the huge ships and after a bit of discussion on our likes and dislikes she recommended Silversea to us. We liked the fact this was all inclusive, including tips, as it simplified things for us novices! We sailed on the Whisper from Copenhagen and the 24 degree sunshine on embarkation boded well, in fact we were blessed with very fair weather for the whole trip. We took advantage of inclusive flights which meant embarkation was slick and easy, we were met at Copenhagen airport and mini-bussed to ship with another couple from our flight. We got straight on and accessed our cabin immediately. The ship itself was lovely, exactly as we had imagined, and our cabin was immaculate. We were surprised at how roomy the cabin was, we had chosen a Veranda 2 suite, and it was equipped with everything we could want including a full size bath. Everyone is allocated their own butler, we had Saji who along with our suite attendant (Marlon) took pride in making sure our cabin was always looking smart and well supplied. We probably didn't make as much use of our butler as some, we are fairly self sufficient, but it was nice to know that there was someone there to assist you! Food was excellent. We didn't use La Terrazzo or Champagne as the main dining room was so good but we did dine twice at the Grill which was excellent. Cooking own steaks on hot rocks while enjoying the sun going down at sea was amazing. Great menus, ample choice every night and nice house wines. We also tended to use the Pool Bar for all our lunches as you could get a very good choice of sandwiches, salads, burgers etc depending on how hungry you were. We only went on two excursions as we really wanted to experience the ship and do our own things when in port. We went on the Flam railway but to be honest this was disappointing as the views are obscured a lot by tunnels etc and in hindsight we would probably have preferred to do the funicular rail trip in Bergen instead. We also took advantage of the Copenhagen tour and airport transfer which was very good on disembarkation and was better than kicking our heels in the airport. We used the pool (nice and warm) and jacuzzis (could have been hotter) and I also had a fabulous massage in the spa. Service was universally good, usually excellent. Staff were very friendly and you felt they made effort to know your name and preferences early in the trip. Rex the barman, 'super' Mario at the pool grill, Reggie in the MDR and others were always helpful and entertaining. The entertainment was provided by the Silversea Artists (six singers, performing variously classical staples, ABBA, 60s music etc ) and the Cruise Director Moss (a multitalented fella who was good fun). Fellow passengers were a nice mix, I'd guess maybe a third from US, a third UK and Australia/NZ and then a mix of other Europeans e.g. Italy, Holland and Scandinavia. Only 3 children on board, all well behaved I might add, so definitely an adult ship. We had a nice balance, spending time ourselves but also got chatting to, and dined with, others from US and UK. Leaving Bergen at 11pm having had a huge BBQ party before we sailed and then seeing the most amazing midnight sunset was an experience I'll never forget. It is hard to think of many negatives. We were so glad we went for a smaller ship, we docked next to a huge Holland America ship in Geiranger and it just looked so vast I couldn't imagine being on it! I would sail Silversea again (and on Whisper) in a heartbeat. The only downside is we spoiled ourselves by opting for a luxury cruise first time so now we need to save up so we can maintain the standard!   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We’ve just finished up a May 2014 cruise ending in Stockholm on the Silversea Whisper having previously completed three cruises on the Regents Mariner in 2013, 2011, and 2010. A Silversea crew member mentioned that they considered ... Read More
We’ve just finished up a May 2014 cruise ending in Stockholm on the Silversea Whisper having previously completed three cruises on the Regents Mariner in 2013, 2011, and 2010. A Silversea crew member mentioned that they considered Regents their biggest competitor, so I decided to write this review comparing the two cruise lines. My wife and I are well-traveled, experienced in the culinary world, and focused on detail. Some of the distinctions I make below may not matter to you; you should evaluate my comments in light of our backgrounds, our cruising experiences to date, and your personal requirements. First, the ships. We prefer the greater spaciousness of the Mariner. The fact that it holds twice as many passengers makes no difference with the logistics of restaurant seating or anything else on board; it does make a difference given the size differences in docking in ports. My wife thinks the Mariner is “prettier”; I have little idea what she means by that. I like the larger gym in the larger ship. We learned that noise generated in docking procedures is greater in the smaller ship and also depends greatly on cabin location; this is not a problem unless these procedures begin at 4:30 in the morning. As a classical pianist I prefer the Mariner because it has an acoustic piano on board whereas the Whisper has only electronic pianos which I thoroughly dislike. There were a few opportunities for me to entertain some of the passengers with music on the Mariner and they seemed to be very appreciative. The staff. The staffs of both cruise lines are trained to be courteous, helpful, friendly, and they succeed. I did not find any real differences between the two cruise lines other than a casual observation that the Silversea crew seemed to be a bit friendlier and more personable. Service. In two of the restaurants on the Whisper there were a few minor mix ups, occasional excessive time to address refills, and other inconsistencies. For example, in the Whisper I received breakfast cereal in the cabin with no milk, hardly a disaster. Another time I did not receive what I ordered, and we also once received a room service request form that had already been filled out by someone else. In the main restaurant in the Whisper we had two good experiences and one mediocre one where the time to get refills for water as well as wine exceeded a reasonable amount of time. This could not be attributed to the number of people in the restaurant at the time as it was not busy. We did not experience these minor annoyances on the Mariner. We did take the galley tour on the Whisper and that was very informative. Dining. We know a lot more about food than wine; we have eaten in more than a few one, two, and three Michelin star restaurants in Europe as well as the US. Overall the food is comparable save two comments: we think the wine selection as well as table wine is better on Silversea and we think Le Champagne is worthy of one Michelin star. This is not meant to denigrate Signature on the Mariner as that is also excellent and does not require the $40 upgrade charge as does Le Champagne. The room service menu on the Mariner offers quite a few more selections than the Whisper but that may be due to it being a larger ship with twice as many passengers. Silversea’s dining reservation policy states that reservations can be made at three of the four restaurants, including the pool deck, but we were surprised to learn that sometimes they were fully booked. I would have expected this at the upscale restaurants but not the pool deck. We also learned that restaurants on the Whisper may look half empty even though fully booked, the reason being that 20 concurrent seatings at a time are maintained as a maximum in order to allow sufficient time to move food from one part of the ship to another. We don’t remember this limitation being the case on the Mariner. Entertainment. The crew of the Mariner put on quite a show at the end of our last Regent’s cruise. On our Silversea cruise I was somewhat amused to hear one of the female singers open the program singing a baritone aria (Figaro) on opera night. Wireless. Wireless is poor on both ships. I understand the Mariner has been upgraded so maybe that is an unfair outdated comment. There are passengers like myself who need to continuously monitor financial matters while onboard; to have wireless connections dropped with no warning while trying to manage transactions and read important financial news is totally unacceptable. Time to fix problems. When we checked into our cabin on the Whisper I noticed a line of black mold that ran the entire length of the inside casing of the shower door. I notified Reception and within 5 minutes it was determined that it could not be cleaned. Immediately someone appeared to strip the caulking and replace it. High marks for response time, but questionable marks for inspections that should have caught this beforehand. There were also four gashes on the desk that should have been repaired prior to releasing the cabin for passengers. Dress code. We like Regents’ code: business casual after 6PM, jackets not required. We would strongly encourage jackets for men in the Regents upscale restaurants. We find the dress code on Silversea to be confusing and inconsistently enforced. We saw men in the lounges at upscale restaurants without jackets while we were told in one of the lounges that we needed to go back and get them. That was especially irritating since a man at the next table was sitting there without a jacket. The clientele of Silversea and Regents is not likely to show up as slobs, so I maintain there must be a way to accommodate people who like to dress for dinner and those who think business casual with optional jacket is a reasonable policy. I’m guessing that Silversea’s dress code policy accommodates the demographics of their passengers which I suspect has a higher percentage of Europeans whereas Regents has perhaps a higher percentage of Americans. Maruzza Foundation. On the Silversea Whisper a passenger is automatically signed up to donate $1 per day to the Maruzza Foundation. While I look favorably on the work this foundation does, I do not like to be automatically signed up for donations. I was told the Foundation is not set up as a not for profit organization, that is it’s not a 501(C)(3). In the brochure provided onboard there is no information on the efficiency of the organization as measured by the percentage amount spent on overhead compared to the percentage amount that goes directly to the people needing help. For these reasons we declined to contribute. Passengers who choose to donate should check with their tax advisors as to whether their donations are tax deductible. And finally a few summary comments. Both cruise lines work very hard to satisfy their passengers and both maintain high standards. We think Regents does so more consistently. We liked the galley tour on Silversea and encourage Regents to offer onboard tours. We liked the Mariner’s captain and all the officers along with some of the crew members greeting us upon return from one of the Regent’s excursions and encourage Silversea to do the same. In short we recommend both cruise lines but will likely return to Regents provided they maintain reasonable prices. For those of you who have had the patience to read this long review I hope it has been helpful.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We had never been on a lengthy cruise before and were somewhat apprehensive about a four month journey. However, the moment we stepped aboard the Silver Whisper for our World Cruise our fears melted away and we were thrilled, excited and ... Read More
We had never been on a lengthy cruise before and were somewhat apprehensive about a four month journey. However, the moment we stepped aboard the Silver Whisper for our World Cruise our fears melted away and we were thrilled, excited and grateful to have the opportunity for such an incredible experience. We are a retired couple who have been on many cruises and cruise lines and Silversea far exceeds any other line on which we have sailed. The embarkation process was so quick and easy, particularly since the luggage valet service ships your bags from home directly to your cabin. The cabins are spacious, comfortable, and kept immaculate by the amazing housekeeping staff. The food in the dining room and specialty restaurants was absolutely delicious. We were always able to ask for a special item for dinner on any night and they would have it prepared for us the following evening. No matter which activity we found ourselves involved, we were greeted by a warm and sincere smile by the crew. The excursions were informative, interesting, creative, and FUN! Even in extremely remote places we always felt safe. Silversea always sends a crew representative with each group, just in case something doesn't go as planned. They are prepared for any contingency. Also, they usually only fill the buses about half full, which makes it very comfortable for travel. Disembarkation went very smoothly, and we were made very comfortable until we exited the ship. We are extremely excited to be signed up for the 2019 World Cruise on Silversea. The itinerary is incredible, with lots of time in the beautiful South Pacific Islands and Africa. We are so excited about our upcoming cruise and would love to hear from anyone who is booked or considering taking this incredible journey with us. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
It would much quicker to mention the few things that weren't perfect, but this cruise deserves a full report. From start to finish we were impressed with efficiency of the staff. Their level if service is so high, and yet is ... Read More
It would much quicker to mention the few things that weren't perfect, but this cruise deserves a full report. From start to finish we were impressed with efficiency of the staff. Their level if service is so high, and yet is accompanied by what feels like genuine warmth. Getting on board was as smooth as it could be. I don't think I will ever forget jigging down the corridor to have a sneaky peek at our room before many people boarded! I was so excited. The room was spotless, thanks to Wendy, and well designed. I loved the twin sinks and the walk in wardrobe. Each visit to the main restaurant was a delight. Each and every meal was like eating in a Michelin-starred restaurant. We liked that Roger described the wine of the day, with a little info on where it came from. Not once did I need to ask for my water or wine glass to be replenished. My husband drinks Diet Coke. He likes it without ice or lemon. Those waiters remembered this from our first day aboard. I don't know how the do it, but they are professional, friendly and efficient. Every night we visited the little intimate Groucho bar for pre dinner drinks. Albert greeted us by name, prepared our favoured tipple and acted as the perfect barman and host, a truly charming person. We met some wonderful people, one couple I hope we will remain friends with. There were just a few not so wonderful travellers, those who treated the staff as if they were their own personal servants...it made us cringe. Poor Alan the waiter, but he dealt with it with complete dignity. Impressive. One or two people seemed to be paying staff to hold sun beds for them, this is quite wrong when some people were unable to find places to be out of the sun. Guests, you should be ashamed of yourselves! One of the excursions in St Lucia deserves a mention. We were taken in a mini bus to a hotel, a long and bumpy journey. We were given an ok lunch then an 'opportunity' to see the rooms in this luxury hotel. We were then left to sit outside for about an hour until it was time to leave. It was very hot, we weren't offered a drink, or use of the pool. The swim off the catamaran was ridiculously short. We paid a lot of money for what was essentially a sales opportunity for the hotel. We felt conned. Big time. Other than these annoying issues, we would thoroughly recommend Silversea. A wonderful trip that we will never forget. In case you're reading this, a huge thank you to the wonderful people that made this very special holiday very very special. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
Were do I start, 6 Star Cruise Line (Silver Seas Silver Whisper) my 88 year old mother-in-laws last cruise (she thinks), with two of her three daughters and one son-in-law to help push her wheelchair...priceless...not even close! Between ... Read More
Were do I start, 6 Star Cruise Line (Silver Seas Silver Whisper) my 88 year old mother-in-laws last cruise (she thinks), with two of her three daughters and one son-in-law to help push her wheelchair...priceless...not even close! Between the four of us we have been on eighty plus cruises from Carnival to Seabourn so we have seen our fair share of substandard cruise food, but Silver Seas set a new low. From variety to quality none of the restaurants on board could serve a hot meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Even the specialty restaurants ($30 per person up charge) could not manage keeping your water glass full, let alone serve up an eatable hot meal. The entertainment on board was like listening to a Middle School musical number. So you would think you could go to one of the bars on board and listen to easy listening music, yes for and one hour broken into two 30 minute sessions in two different bars. Same boring music every night for 10 days, I never saw anyone (except my wife and I on the first night) ever dance during the cruise, WOW. Now for the highlight of the cruise, the on board staff. Our Butler and Assistant were OUTSTANDING, pool bar and personal were OUTSTANDING, Front Desk representatives were also OUTSTANDING. But the bottom line is I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND SILVER SEAS TO A FRIEND, NOR WILL I EVER SAIL ON THEM AGAIN!   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2013
This was our very first cruise, we could not have chosen anything better. The cruise was perfect in every way. The staff were all amazing, our every wish was catered for without fanfare. Our suite on deck 6 was spacious and comfortable. ... Read More
This was our very first cruise, we could not have chosen anything better. The cruise was perfect in every way. The staff were all amazing, our every wish was catered for without fanfare. Our suite on deck 6 was spacious and comfortable. Ship life was fun and always plenty to do. Cruise Director Fernando was one of the most amazing people we have ever met. The other passengers were varied and interesting, a few who would have been better staying at home as nothing could please them. Some passengers were obnoxious and embarassing, but the majority were very pleasant and great company. We would not hesitate in recommending Silver Whisper to any potential cruiser, the ship was beautifully comfortable and we loved being on board. The food was mostly great with a few exceptions at the breakfast buffet, but nothing major. All service by the staff was rendered with happiness, which made you want to engage with them, and we did making a trip even more enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2013
Our butler, Kumar, and his assistant, Ranny absolutely spoiled us. No detail was left unattended. I never had to ask to refill the fridge with my favorite beverage-Kumar took note from the first day on. He went above and beyond, helping us ... Read More
Our butler, Kumar, and his assistant, Ranny absolutely spoiled us. No detail was left unattended. I never had to ask to refill the fridge with my favorite beverage-Kumar took note from the first day on. He went above and beyond, helping us to select wine, delivering it to the room, taking it to the restaurant, escorting us to the restaurant....he was fantastic and the cabin was spotless! Zoe in hairdressing was amazing. Best blow dry/style I have ever had. Dhanyesh in the main dining room made us feel as if we were the only people he was serving. I don't know how he took care of so many tables and had time to attend to so many details, and his charming smile warms your heart. All in all, Silverseas does it right from beginning to end! And the size of the ship is perfect-not too many people, but not so few that you feel as if you run into the same people over and over. This company knows how to do it right! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
This was our fifth cruise, and our first on Silversea or any small ship. Our main reason for choosing Silversea was looking for a smaller ship. I was less focused on the "luxury" or all-inclusive nature, although these were nice ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise, and our first on Silversea or any small ship. Our main reason for choosing Silversea was looking for a smaller ship. I was less focused on the "luxury" or all-inclusive nature, although these were nice to have. Overall, we enjoyed the small ship experience. Embarkation was quick and easy, and we were meeting with our butler (Kumar) right away. Our luggage arrived quickly. We never felt like we were part of a "herd", with the possible exception of the muster drill - the only time we really ever saw a lot of people gathered at once. Disembarkation was also smooth - we got the time slot we selected, we waited comfortably in the bar area, and walked right off when they called our group. It was very nice being able to get in close to the ports. In particular, we were right in the center of St Petersburg, on the Neva River, whereas the big ships were far away in the port. As far as the level of luxury, while Silversea was very nice, I do not think it was all that different from concierge class on Celebrity (whereas there was a large price difference). The food was mostly good but nothing blew me away - except the chocolate desserts! The included wine was a nice opportunity to try different styles and not put a lot of thought into it. None of the free wine was great, but most of it was good. We enjoyed La Terraza, in particular the sommelier (Monteza I think was her name). We did not try Hot Rocks or Le Champagne. Breakfast in the restaurant was not good at all, but the buffet had a nice selection. I particularly liked how, when we ordered coffee at the buffet, they waited until we returned from the buffet to swoop in and pour it, so that it would not get cold. Tea was fun, although the samplings seemed to be the same every day. The one exception was the Russian-themed tea on our last day in St Petersburg - a very nice touch with lots of delicious selections. The room was larger than a veranda room on other ships we have cruised on, and we liked the size of the bathroom and walk-in closet. Bulgari toiletries were a nice touch. Our butler Kumar and his assistant Denniver were very attentive and responsive. Strangely, we ordered a bottle of wine one day, and they sent it up in plastic cups instead (there was a problem getting the wine). Luckily the room was stocked with glassware, so we easily poured the wine into the nicer glassware. (They also served wine at the pool grill in plastic cups, which was annoying. It is not like we carried them over to the pool, and I saw that for Hot Rocks at night they used real glasses.) The hotel gym was small but had a lot of nice choices, and I almost never had to wait. Unfortunately, it did not open until 6:30, which is not nearly enough time to get in a morning workout on port intensive days when we had tours starting at 8. We did not use the casino. We attended one show, a Broadway revue, and it was entertaining. My husband attended a martini lesson and had a lot of fun. We also did the suite tour to see some of the larger suites. (They were nice and spacious, but I can't see paying 5x what we paid for our verandah suite!) They actually had a children's program (not advertised until we were on board), but my son did not join in. It was very convenient having self-serve laundrettes (with soap!) available - took some of the pressure off of packing. The common areas were nice enough. Not over the top; understated, although I would not describe it as particularly elegant. I wasn't crazy about the decor in the main dining room - it was overwhelmingly orange, including the art - maybe they were trying to play off of the blue skies and water? I really liked the Panorama Lounge, with the red and white color scheme and comfy chairs, and the pool deck. I think the one notable differentiator for Silversea that everyone notes is the "personal" service. This is not something that is important to us, so it was sort of wasted on us. Yes, I am sure our butler would have drawn me a bath every day or unpacked for us if we had asked him to, but we were not interested in these services. Yes, all of the wait staff addressed us by name within a few days, but honestly, that felt a little weird. I would rather have them learn our habits than our names. For example, we never eat a whole basket of bread, so it is wasteful to leave it on the table at dinner. On a mega ship, it is probably easier/more efficient to throw away a bunch of bread rather than pay attention to what customers want. And maybe a lot of customers want things "available" to them whether they want them or not. But given the Silversea approach to personalized service, I would expect them to take the time to get to know us. I just felt like they were still more focused on throwing free things at us, than on learning what we wanted. Also, for some reason, we had a hard time getting service on the pool deck. Great service at the pool bar, but could not get a waiter to come over when we were sitting in the (wonderful) deck chairs. My biggest irritation came on our day at sea, when I tried to run on the very clearly labeled JOGGING TRACK. The pool deck staff (who were never available to get me a drink!) helped other passengers drag their chairs right into the running path. There was plenty of room for them to lie around and have their breakfast elsewhere on the pool deck or on the edges of the jogging track (which I was willing to concede given the small size of the ship), and only one place for me to jog, so I found this very annoying and, again, catering to the masses. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We started in Copenhagen and took the 1/2 day tour of the city with the ship. It was a very informative trip and we would strongly recommend it for others as it really narrows the amount of time required to see the highlights of the city ... Read More
We started in Copenhagen and took the 1/2 day tour of the city with the ship. It was a very informative trip and we would strongly recommend it for others as it really narrows the amount of time required to see the highlights of the city before your first day departure. We noticed the ship was very efficient with check-in. We dropped our bags dockside, had our name found on a list, we were escorted to the main desk, took care of business, booked our restaurant reservations and then took the city tour. We rejoined the ship just before sailing and participated in the mandatory safety drill, which was most unpleasant as the crew kept pushing us tighter and tighter together in an area that did not support the number of people at that muster station. The poolside service from the bar and the cafe were impeccable. We were so happy to see some of the crew from the Silver Cloud had transferred and we got to reacquaint with them. The cafe did serve a good hamburger. The evening meal around the pool was by reservation only and it was using a method of cooking called hot rocks. Your steak comes out on a blistering hot lava rock for you to finish cooking to your desired doneness. It was wonderful and we strongly recommend it for all. The room service for breakfast and dinner was used once, each, during the cruise and the food arrived exactly on time and as advertised. Our butler, Sunil, was the person who delivered it both times. He was one of the best servers on the ship. We ate breakfast once in The Restaurant. It was very empty and the service was impeccable. We had the buffet breakfast multiple times at La Terrazza and the service really was lacking. The guests are not allowed to get much of their own items from the buffet and the servers were very inattentive. This was the most disappointing part of the trip. We ate at Le Champange one night and had a delicious meal served with incredible attention and quality service. This is the small restaurant that carries a fee. We ate at La Terrazza one night by reservation and it was spectacular Italian food. It was light and full of flavor. One of the best meals on board. We ate at The Restaurant for dinner twice and both times the meals were excellent and the service impressive. During our one day at sea, the ship had a galley buffet lunch where all the guests walked through the galley to see the buffet food for the day. Most of the dishes were self serve and the variety was most impressive. We did self guided walking tours of Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm as those ports do not have many things of interest to offer the visitor. All of these towns were very easy to navigate using public transportation and local maps. We chose this cruise because it provided three days in St. Petersburg. That was the best part of the trip. We were able to get a three day excursion from Alla tours who did a spectacular job for a very low price. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2013
my husband and my 14 yo son just got off of the silverseas silver whisper. this truly was one of our favorite vacations ever. we have sailed with crystal, seabourn, regent, and celebrity. silverseas has no competition except from seabourn. ... Read More
my husband and my 14 yo son just got off of the silverseas silver whisper. this truly was one of our favorite vacations ever. we have sailed with crystal, seabourn, regent, and celebrity. silverseas has no competition except from seabourn. my husband and i have discovered that we like smaller ships. we work very hard in our day to day lives and like the chance to slow down the pace and escape from hordes of people. silversea is a quiet cruise line. it is not meant for discoing, night life, etc. if you like to read, relax, take great excursions, learn about your destinations and eat and drink great food and wine, this is the cruise line for you. our cabin was 801, a grand suite, which we loved for the spaciousness and the fact that it had a pull out sofa for our teenage son. i would imagine this suite as it is on the front of the boat could be rocky in high seas, so be forewarned. our butler, bryan was wonderful. in our suite, we got complimentary laundry, dry cleaning and pressing. that alone was worth the price of the suite. we found the food to be consistently good, sometimes delicious. the house wine were all good, the house champagne being pommery(they had me at hello!) the staff was exceptional, only marred by one or two slightly unfriendly waiters. overall, many knew our names by the second day. very friendly and always accomodating. our fellow passengers were wonderful. we met many new friends and hope to stay in touch. the entertainment staff were just lovely. talented and friendly! our excursions were a blast. also be warned, if they say strenous, at least on the cruise the fjords, it's strenuous. a three hour hike is just that. no dallying around. our kayak trip was 10km total. my husband's biggest complaint is that they couldn't broadcast the british open. he was bitterly disappointed. so i guess one negative is the lack of tv stations to choose from, at least no american sports to follow. the gym is small...always to my dismay. my husband and son got great massages, so i assume the spa is good as well. overall, just a great, great trip! we booked for next year already.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
We had a fabulous cruise, in part because of the high points of the Silversea experience, and in part because we experienced unseasonably wonderful weather and the ports on this 7 day cruise, including the embarkation and disembarkation ... Read More
We had a fabulous cruise, in part because of the high points of the Silversea experience, and in part because we experienced unseasonably wonderful weather and the ports on this 7 day cruise, including the embarkation and disembarkation cities, were so wonderful; St. Petersburg was especially wonderful over three long, intensive days. As a port intensive itinerary the shortcomings of the cruise line took on less importance.We previously cruised on Wind in 2005. Whisper, as a ship was better in virtually every respect. The service and passenger first approach of the entire crew was evident throughout our voyage. For us Silversea feels that a product of a different era with accompanying positives and negatives.The positives:- Seamless embarkation/disembarkation, including port stops- Seamless, gracious check-in- Wonderful, intuitive butler and housekeeping service- Comfortable, high quality bedding- Pool Grille menu and service were first class- Accommodating staff and policies: we were wowed by the extension of La Terazza lunch hours in Helsinki and Tallinn to serve those returning from late tours- The pool scene was very civilized and comfortable - good chairs/never overcrowded etc.- Very good spa with good massage at a reasonable price (for a cruise ship); although we missed the spa music and smells that others use to enhance the experience- No attempts at upsells nor frivolous service at any time during the cruise- Food preparation was uniformly wonderful, although the menu choices and recipes were not always to our liking (see below)- Drinks at the main bar were very good- The largely homogeneous passenger mix of respectful, reservedly friendly people meant an absence of annoyances that we have experienced on other linesThe personal negatives: - Menus were eclectic and not well oriented towards contemporary mainstream tastes; best accepted by very flexible diners with European tastes. We were highly satisfied on occasion and at other times very dissatisfied. Menu 1 at La Terazza was great and Menu 2 in the rotation was very disappointing- The more complex among the mixed drinks ordered at the pool were incompetently prepared. It appeared (not verified) that the "bartenders" were promoted/drafted pool waiters- Silversea has the worst Internet we have experience at sea - comparable to early dial-up and priced as if efficient and fast. For us this alone would be a non-starter in choosing to cruise with Silversea on a lengthy cruise or to regions very remote from family- Other technology integration is non-existent e.g. A/V, restaurant and services reservation systems etc.- Ill-conceived frequent guest program whose first reward thresholds are set far too high- The propulsion system felt like it was a product of another technology area when maneuvering in port; in Helsinki we experienced a level of noise and vibration unlike anything encountered on any other ship when we had to "parallel park" to our space at the pier- No attempt was made to bring onboard local entertainment during three days in St. PetersburgAt the end of the day it is a value judgment. Some passenger may be more flexible diners, may not care about Internet access etc. For anyone with service first values and looking only for a small ship experience, Silversea is a wonderful choice; for us, it will continue as a viable choice in certain circumstances, but this cruise did not elevate Silversea to our "go to" cruise line. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2013
Ok, let me start with full disclosure...I am NOT a professional critic...As such, I am not required to excise emotion form my review. I think we all will agree that an individuals experience will result in a general gestalt reaction to the ... Read More
Ok, let me start with full disclosure...I am NOT a professional critic...As such, I am not required to excise emotion form my review. I think we all will agree that an individuals experience will result in a general gestalt reaction to the cruise. When the experience is positive, many little things can be forgiven...When the gestalt is negative, every niggling little annoyance will be amplified in one's memory....Ironically, many of the things that lead to the gestalt are beyond the control of the cruise line.Our experience was incredibly good....Our cruise mates were surprisingly young and lively, and made for some very memorable, very fun nights that help to flavor our experience.So, the fact that we had a great time will weigh heavily into how we reflect upon, and rate this cruise.Having said this, I hope to actually provide something of value to people either waiting to board a ship on the cruise line, or trying to decide.To put things into further perspective, I am Mid-30s, wife early 30s.We have sailed Seabourne (Legend), Azamara (Journey), Celebrity (millenium) and even Disney (Magic - with child, all others childless).Much of my review will compare and contrast to the relative class competetors - Azamara ( Az) and Seabourne (Sb).#1. The ship - The Whisper -- No complaints whatsoever. Beautiful ship and well maintained. We had a veranda suite on the 8th level - it was quite large and beautifuly appointed. The Bathroom, with it's marble-esque finishings and large tub with separate shower rivaled many land Hotels.By far the beats out Az and Sb.The size was perfect with enough space to provide for enough Bars and venues, and an ACTUAL theatre, but without feeling too large.The MDR was well lit and looked beautiful - I'd put it as even with Az - far superior to the Sb legends Dark, poorly lit MDR.#2. Activities - For the most art - standard fare - trivia, shuffleboard, Drinking.We did attend the Enrichment lectures and found them to be outstanding - but again this is dependent on the speaker and the topic - this cruise lent itself well to enrichment lectures with the rich history of Russia - Again something that scored points for this cruise, but is not necessarily something unique to the cruiseline.The fitness facilities were the best ever on a small ship...Az was ok, Sb embarrassing, Disney and Celebrity were equivalent to land Gyms.#3. Service -- Left us speechless. The Butler service is not an advertising gimmick. Again - this is probably the luck of the draw, and more reflective of an individual's prowess, than of an entire cruise line. Our butler - Bryan - was incredible! - Possibly even Clarvoyant...the kind of service that doesn't make you ask for something, but can anticipate your needs - afternoon cappucinos, shoe shine and preparing your clothes for formal night, and one time in particular - as we were returning from a marathon excursion in St. Petersburg, while on the bus - My wife commented that she could not wait to just go back to the room and soak in the tub for a while....amazingly, when we got back to the suite - a bubble bath with rose petals was waiting for her!The unpacking service was an amazing service, and one that he did not make us feel at all guilty about accepting.The rest of the service on the ship was top-notch, very attentive and friendly.#4. Entertainment - Surprisingly good...limited to the quartet, a lounge singer and her pianist, and a group of 6 incredibly talented performers - the shows were really entertaining and engrossing.Az offered club comedians which was fun, but no real engaging performances. Sb entertainment was high school Talent show level.... No comparison to the SilverSea players. ( of course, Disney remains incomparable here)..#5. Dining -- This one is entirely Subjective. Now, I have never considered myself a wine snob, but many would disagree. The 'House' wines were so good, that Actually was not compelled to look at the Boutique list at all... as usual, there was the house red and white of the day, but if at anytime you didn't enjoy the days offerings, any of the house wines were made available - My wife fell in love with an Australian dry Riesling early on in the cruise, and it was table side in an ice bucket ready for her nod.The food ... is a Hard one to truly Judge - some meals in the MDR were very very good, the ones that weren't great , I don't think were the fault of the staff...I ordered things inspired by the local port..and they just weren't to my taste. nothing for which that an entire cruise line could be blamed.La Terraza was Amazing twice - (a walnut pesto ravioli was to die for) - and La Champagne left us speechless....(White truffle risotto with edible gold leaf?? I still am tying to re-live that in my fantasies)..I've read that there was a time when the premium was $200....for us it as $30. After meal, I was almost willing to pay the difference...it was that good...but - only 6 tables - so we were lucky that fellow cruise critic bloggers gave the advice of making a bee-line to the restaurant manager to make reservations - Breakfast was pretty standard fare...Only Az stands out with breakfast ( carving station at Breakfast was a nice touch)The specialty buffet (Galley lunch buffet ) was kind of weak when compared to Az special buffet, and Seabourne's deck barbeque.#6. Fellow Cruisers - We were lucky to have a lively group that made the nights very alive - 2 am dancing etc...But in general the fellow cruise-mates were a very friendly bunch...And for the most part everyone was impeccably dressed - even on 'casual' nights, there was mostly Blazers worn. On 'Formal' night - everyone was well dressed - enough tuxedos and bow ties to not feel out of place if you chose to wear one ( which I did) , but mostly Dark suits. no one visibly out of place. My only issue with Formal night - which stands for most formal nights on most cruises is that there was nothing special about it....we just dressed up and ate in the restaurant that we had been in the night before wearing a polo shirt. no special music playing, no ballroom dance after, nothing that would make you feel like it was worth getting dressed up ... If part of the experience is supposed to be entering a world of fantasy, then I think that an atmosphere should be created - they failed at this - but so has everyone (but Disney's formal Princess and Princes night).In Summary - we felt that everything was just Magical and wonderful...We will look forward to Sailing SS again in the future...but we are fully aware that our experience this time may not be fully representative...unfortunately, it is now the measuring stick that will serve as the frame of reference for all future cruises...the bar has been set very high! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
The New York sail away was wonderful with sunny skies and warm temperatures. From one side we could watch the passing of the Statue of Liberty and from the other the new dome for the World Trade Center.Suite very comfortable and ... Read More
The New York sail away was wonderful with sunny skies and warm temperatures. From one side we could watch the passing of the Statue of Liberty and from the other the new dome for the World Trade Center.Suite very comfortable and immaculate. Butler all we hoped for (did our packing and unpacking which was great). Butler did not speak clear English and it was necessary to have a few words/sentences interpreted for me as i am hearing impaired. Details on ship and ambiance all we had hoped for. Food was for the most part five star. Public rooms enjoyable and we had plenty of time to relax and read. The elevators seemed always available and never crowded. Shore excursions were well planned and interesting. We had never been to NewFoundland before and found both ports to be beautiful. We had to miss one port in Ireland due to weather and stayed an extra day in Cobh where we had been before on another land trip. Traveling by ship to a place we had visited on driving was as if we saw many new places and some familiar but had fun there. Entertainment was attended twice and both were pleasant and well directed, planned, etc.This was our first Silver sea cruise. We liked this itinerary and the pricing was good. We would be happy to take another Silver Sea trip if the details, itinerary and timing would be to our liking. (We agreed another line is a bit more to our liking but SS is a close match). Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2013
For those of you who cruise alot (like us) let's break it down. THE SHIP and PORTS OF CALL: We liked the smaller ship with just about 350 passengers. The ship had more interesting ports of call because of its smaller size and the ... Read More
For those of you who cruise alot (like us) let's break it down. THE SHIP and PORTS OF CALL: We liked the smaller ship with just about 350 passengers. The ship had more interesting ports of call because of its smaller size and the shuttle bus service always dropped you in the center of town if you like exploring on your own. Don't bother with the tours in the smaller ports because you can walk them easily. In Belfast and Dublin we did the hop-on hop-off buses they were cheaper and hit all the same places with the advantages of being able to get off and explore certain stops including some where there was free access to castles. From where the shuttle dropped us in Edinburgh (overnighter) we just walked all over the new and the old city...do the old city first and if you want to see the castle you better get there early as the lines are very long and will eat up your day. We liked butler services better on Celebrity (Concierge and Aqua levels) Silverseas butlers have too many cabins (averaging about 14) and hence slower to respond. Also smaller ship, smaller amenities like not being able to make restaurant or shore reservations easily as they were only open a limited number of hours. Entertainment was good but not like on larger ships with more broadway type performances (spoiled by Celebrity), on the other hand alot has to be said for an all-inclusive fare BRAVO eat and drink to your delight and no gratuities for anything. We like the 12 days so much when we found out it was headed to St. Petersburg, Russia we extended our cruise for another 7 nights. As a result we had to switch rooms. Everyone including the cruise consultant, staff handling our flights and the entire Silverseas staff was very helpful and they did all the heavy lifting. After three weeks on the ship we liked decks 5 through 8 for convenience if we had to pick a cabin in the future; our first room was mid ship veranda great location, our second room was 933 and we would recommend avoiding that and 833 as they are noisier...next to exit/outside areas. We did love the free laundry room setup. Fellow passengers were very different on the two trips one group more sedate while on the second leg of the trip more party folks which turned the only nightclub into a disco instead of mixing up the music for all the passengers to enjoy. Still nice folks on both cruises if you want to meet new people at dinner time. Although we did find that folks on river cruises we had taken were overall more interesting and diverse. The FOOD: La Terrazza for all meals was great. The poolside staff was really efficient and friendly, at night it turned into a dinner restaurant The Grill where you cook your own food, both fun and delicious...especially the prawns and steaks. For both make your dinner reservations early in the cruise. Room service became our go to place for breakfast and late night dining, we found it was faster than the Restaurant and just as good. Still we did like the open dining concept in the Restaurant as we did not have to rush to make it "on time" and we could request a table for 2, 4 or 6 on nights we wanted to mingle. Le Champagne restaurant was OK but not worth the hype. In summary regarding dining we like the food, variety of menus, hours of food service, and desserts (my weakness) on Celebrity and Uniworld better. Bottom line regarding Silverseas ..great ports of call, only paying once was fantastic for all the services it included especially wines, cocktails, special coffees and afternoon high tea. We would do it again if the pricing was competitive with Uniworld and Celebrity's Conciege level, which it probably would be given all the one price inclusive packaging. Glad our friends turned us on to a new experience in cruising we will definitely return to Silverseas. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2013
Embarkation went smoothly. The transfer from Cape Grace Hotel to Silver Whisper was so efficient that I was onboard before official embarkation time. I sneaked down the corridor to my Vista Suite to drop off my carry-on bag then went up ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly. The transfer from Cape Grace Hotel to Silver Whisper was so efficient that I was onboard before official embarkation time. I sneaked down the corridor to my Vista Suite to drop off my carry-on bag then went up to the Viennese Lounge. The classic Silversea hospitality had begun. Cape Town is a marvelous port for a 5-day visit before departing South Africa. Signal Hill, with the noon-day gun is a fine local tradition and the impressive Table Mountain looms over the harbour making the departure especially beautiful. In a stunning coincidence, Saga Ruby the ship was tied up at a wharf in Cape Town Harbor. It is always a treat to open the door of a Silversea suite and see again the handsomely decorated large suite, even at steerage level. My requests for fresh fruit and bottled water with a full ice bucket were waiting for me thanks to my excellent butler, Reynaldo, who anticipated my needs before I knew what I wanted. For the first time in decades of cruising, early in the cruise, I woke up at 2:00am thinking I was starving. I called Room Service which promptly brought a marvelous club sandwich and chips to my suite. A tip of the toque to the Executive Chef, Anne-Marie Cornelius. She provided exciting menus from around the world which were delicious. At dinner, my tablemates showed off their dessert plates to display the latest brilliant artistic offerings from the pastry chef. The food was consistently the best I have had onboard ships in many years with extensive choices plus the service in the MDR was excellent. Late in the cruise, we had a BBQ grill on Pool Deck for the entire ship. A generous buffet was such fun under the stars. The evening was well-organized, the food was bountiful, the waiters ably helped us walk around the deck with plates, trays, and drinks. On the penultimate day of the cruise, we were in the Caribbean headed to Fort Lauderdale and our "lunch" was a parade of nations spread out among three decks. This particular cruise was coming to the end of the World Cruise and passengers could choose exotic food offerings from Asia, Africa, Europe, and America - everywhere the ship had visited. The various food choices were impressive and it was quite fun to indulge in these many exotic dishes. The only entertainment I attended was the guitar maestro, George Sakellariou, whose topnotch skills and musical offerings are always outstanding. George's performances were well-attended as word spread through the ship about his polished technical skills which produce fine bass notes and warm tones. His CDs are excellent but a live performance brings home the point that only a master guitarist can produce such excellence because, in live concerts, there are no do-overs. I particularly appreciated the many boat drills performed by the crew. In case of emergency, the crew was well-trained to provide safety for the passengers. The cruise director, Fernando, did a fine job. I had heard about him prior to boarding Whisper and he was as good as everyone said. It was such a treat to receive a handwritten invitation to his dinner table. All CDs are like Energizer bunnies and Fernando, with his many announcements and gift for languages, is top of the mark in his field. Begonia in Reception seems to have the ability to turn water into gold. Her social and technical skills are amazing and appreciated. My main focus for choosing this itinerary was to sail the western coast of Africa which completes my African collection and also to enjoy living in the lap of luxury on the ship. Both goals were accomplished with full marks and Dinner in the Desert in Namibia was, indeed, an abfab experience. My thanks to the entire staff and crew onboard Whisper. Each and all of them made this solo passenger feel comfortable and warmly welcomed onboard this luxury small ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2013
When we boarded at Los Angeles it was with a little trepidation following our November 2012 cruise with Seabourn where we had encountered such poor food and service aboard Seabourn Sojourn. We need not have worried. Silver Whisper was as ... Read More
When we boarded at Los Angeles it was with a little trepidation following our November 2012 cruise with Seabourn where we had encountered such poor food and service aboard Seabourn Sojourn. We need not have worried. Silver Whisper was as close to perfection as I think it is possible to get and, believe me, after 36 years of cruising on a whole variety of cruise lines, I think I can comment fairly, objectively and without bias. The 29 days crossing the Pacific to Sydney where we disembarked were the first two sectors of the 2013 World Cruise. Silversea only do one annual World Cruise and the job normally goes to Silver Whisper, one of the mid-sized ships. There were 340 guests aboard a 28,000 tonne ship which makes for a remarkable space/passenger ratio. Nowhere ever felt crowded. This is an extremely comfortable ship which rides the ocean very well - and we did encounter some quite 'big' seas! The other passengers were, like us, virtually all in the upper age bracket. 140 (approximately 40%) were doing the full 4 month World Cruise. You need to be retired to commit to such a long time away from home, but it does enable you to experience leisurely cruising as it used to be, before these 7-day (or less!) 'every day a different port' cruises were invented. 85% of the passengers had sailed with Silversea before. Our fellow passengers were well travelled, well educated, charming and companionable. We joined a 'trivia team' where all the other members had sailed before on the Silver Whisper World Cruise and we were made most welcome, even though we had not sailed on the ship before. The crew were incredible. They were very experienced, very attentive and nothing ever seemed too much trouble. By Day 4 every crew member referred to me by name as either 'Mr Philip' or 'Mr Bxxxxxn'. Service was consistently excellent throughout the ship.This was potentially a difficult routing as regards provisioning the ship. Our first port of call was remote Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, after six days at sea, and it took eleven days for us to reach Tahiti where very little is available by way of fresh produce. Despite this, the excellent Food & Beverage Manager (Sujith Mohan) and the first-class Executive Chef (Anne-Marie Cornelius) managed to produce delicious meals, including fresh salads and fresh berries all along the way. The food was consistently excellent. We do not like eating in our cabin and generally went for breakfast in La Terrazza. Here, cereals and fruit are self-service, but juice, coffee and hot main dishes are waiter service. The egg dishes were properly cooked. The soft boiled eggs and hot crisp toast were absolute perfection! Whenever the weather permitted we tended to lunch (fairly lightly) outdoors on the pool deck. Here, simple grilled fish and chicken caesar salads are excellent. On sea days lavish buffets were often put on. At 4 o'clock most afternoons we headed for the Panorama Lounge for a pot of (excellent, proper leaf) tea, more than occasionally being also tempted by the delicious sandwiches and pastries. Then it was off to 'trivia', run by the Cruise Director, Fernando de Oliviera. He is a Silversea 'institution' and hugely entertaining. A great asset to the Line.I generally walked a few circuits of the deck before going down to change for dinner. We then tended to go to The Bar for cocktails before dinner. The good news is that this is now completely non-smoking (Seabourn please note!). My favourite place to dine was the Restaurant, with a preference to join others at a table for 4, 6 or 8. This way we met many delightful fellow guests. Food and service were consistently excellent and accurate. There is a very good selection of side-orders of vegetables and sauces to accompany main dishes. Fish dishes were particularly good and soups excellent. House wines (unlike Seabourn!) were all perfectly palatable and some of them were very good. We strayed onto the wine list a number of times and here there is very good value to be found. One evening we dined in Le Champagne, but the food was no better than the Restaurant and - because it is so small - the atmosphere was somewhat muted. I think we went four times to La Terrazza which, for dinner, has an Italian menu. But the good thing is that this changes every four days. Again, like the Restaurant, good food (especially if you want pasta, but stay with the Restaurant if your preference is fish) and service. I cannot comment comprehensively on the after-dinner entertainment in the Show Lounge. We saw little of it and on a score of 1 to 10 it is, for me, the least important part of any cruise. What we did see did not excite! And somehow my late-night partying days seem mysteriously to have deserted me!!! As a result a nightcap in The Bar after dinner was generally sufficient. There were good guest lecturers on board and a full programme of daytime activities. I tend to take my own books on board, but noted that I am very out-of-date. Almost everyone else had a 'Kindle'! The cruise itinerary was good (I cannot rate the ship's excursions - other than to note that they tend to be 'pricey' - since we tend to make our own arrangements when in port). After Nuku Hiva we called at Rangiroa and then the Society Islands (Moorea, Tahiti and Bora Bora). It was the rainy season so we had rather mixed fortunes weatherwise (no fault of Silversea!). Then we sailed on to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. When we tried to anchor off it was clear that the swell was too great to tender safely so the excellent Captain Corsaro (he is Silversea's Senior Captain) wisely decided to abort the call. The good news was that this allowed us to arrive early in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand - on a glorious sunny day. We then enjoyed seven days of perfect weather as we sailed down the east coast of the North and South Islands of New Zealand, with ports of call at Auckland, Wellington, Akaroa and Port Chalmers before sailing into Dusky and Milford Sounds on the west coast on a lovely blue-sky day. This was remarkable. I had been there before (twice) on cloudy wet days, which is the norm. After leaving Milford Sound we began our crossing of the Tasman Sea. It was lively but we did not encounter the mountainous seas which I remember on the QE2 ten years ago, and Capt. Corsaro told me afterwards that it was the best crossing he had ever experienced. The previous time he was battling with 45 foot waves! So it was 'on-time' into Hobart for a half-day visit (we could have done with longer) and then on to Sydney. We had to farewell many new-found friends who were staying on (some to Hong Kong, some for the full World Cruise) and I would have been bitterly disappointed had I been flying straight home. As it was, we left the ship with the prospect (for me) of staying almost another month with friends in Sydney. Lovely. The Russian taxi driver (Australian taxi drivers are virtually non-existent in Sydney) who took me to my friends' apartment was amazed that it had taken us 29 days to reach Sydney from Los Angeles. 'But you could 'ave flown here in 13 hours' he exclaimed! I think he was rather missing the point. Full marks, Silversea, for putting on such a first-class show, and thanks to all those hard-working members of staff on board. I look forward to my next Silversea cruise, the transatlantic crossing aboard Silver Cloud (Barcelona to Barbados) in October. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Overall, the Silver Whisper is a fine ship, well maintained and comfortable with large cabins, nice pool area, pleasant lounges with nicely appointed dinning arrangements. There is a obvious focus on sanitation as evidenced by continuous ... Read More
Overall, the Silver Whisper is a fine ship, well maintained and comfortable with large cabins, nice pool area, pleasant lounges with nicely appointed dinning arrangements. There is a obvious focus on sanitation as evidenced by continuous cleaning, hand gel dispensers and food control strategies to help eliminate hand-born contagion. The captain, officers, crew and hotel staff did a great job in keeping us entertained, happy and informed; personal recognition is a key element and well executed in the customer service standard. We chose this cruise based on the extensive itinerary,which was grand what we didn't realize was this cruise was cast in seven segments meaning all things repeated including entertainment, menus, movies etc. It was ok for the first two months but began to wear on us and finally we resorted to room service trying to orchestrate simpler foods. On the same note, the menus had lavish titles but the food that arrived did not fit the billet. Another bone of contention were tours, some being great and others mediocre at best; basically, lack of consistency in both food services and over priced tours were our major complaints. While this was our first World Cruise, our expectations for the most part were satisfied, we loved our fellow passengers, had fun with our cruise hosts and throughly enjoyed our cabin and dinning staff; how they remained engaged is a miracle at best. Finally, in retrospect was it worth it, yes for the bucket-list! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
My wife and I recently completed our first-ever Silversea cruise. We were aboard the Silver Whisper for its December 20 -- January 5 transit of the Panama Canal. First, and foremost, we had a great time on the cruise. The ship was ... Read More
My wife and I recently completed our first-ever Silversea cruise. We were aboard the Silver Whisper for its December 20 -- January 5 transit of the Panama Canal. First, and foremost, we had a great time on the cruise. The ship was beautiful, clean and in tip-top condition. The Silversea "all suite" accommodations were spacious and well-appointed. We have been on over a dozen cruises, and this was our first cabin with a walk-in closet and bathtub. Our butler, Chan, was terrific . . . always eager to help us and to anticipate our every need. Dining on the Silver Whisper was exceptional. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all superb. We never tried Le Champagne. All the other venues were so good, there was no need to go elsewhere. We really liked the Hot Rocks Grill as a delightful change of pace, especially after we learned that we could pre-order lamb chops. (I wish they had been on the regular Hot Rocks menu.) Sometimes we would dine alone at a table for two, but we also liked how the staff would facilitate putting us with other folks at a larger table if we so desired. We met many new friends that way. Our one less-than-satisfactory breakfast dining experience was on the pool deck. I ordered an omelet from the menu, not realizing it would have to be cooked somewhere else and brought up. It seemed to take forever, and I had to leave before it arrived. We ate breakfast at La Terrazza from then on and it was always wonderful: great variety, selection, quality and service. We really enjoyed and appreciated both the entertainment and the entertainers on Silversea, and I think it's important to distinguish between the two. We never missed a performance and had a great time at each and every one. The "Artists of Silversea" are all very talented. Whether performing together or solo, they were terrific, and the shows high energy and fun. Hyperion is an amazing pianist and his commentary put many things into historical context. But what really stands out in our minds is how down-to-earth, warm and friendly the entertainers were. Kathy and I had many opportunities to sit and talk with each member of the "Artists" group. One night, we damned near closed down the bar while talking with Dustin and Courtney. A few days into the cruise, we were on a first name basis with all of them. And because we liked them so much as people, we appreciated their music and performances even more. The rest of the staff on Silversea was also excellent and they spoiled us terribly. Cherry Mae, Thilu, Shevket, Gilbert, Joseph (the new daddy), and so many others too numerous to name helped make our cruise really special. We and Priscilla hit it off from day one, (maybe it was my Santa Claus hat), and we had a lot of fun together. A few days into the cruise, I asked Don, (the Cruise Director), if there was going to be Karaoke on board. The next night it was on the schedule and I and many others had an opportunity to make fools of ourselves. By the conclusion of the cruise, we had made many new friends, not only with other passengers, but with many of the staff as well. Silversea has done an incredible job finding, hiring, training and retaining its exceptional staff. As much as we liked our overall Silversea experience, there were several things about the cruise that were less than satisfactory. I'll mention three of them. Topping the list are tours and excursions. I expected better quality -- and better quality assurance - on the tours Silversea was offering and promoting. Of the five tours we took, two were okay, one was disappointing, and two left me angry and feeling cheated. Regarding those last two . . . SNA-B, the Eco Walk in Tayrona NP. Our guide, (Andres, I think), spoke poor English and his microphone on the bus didn't work. When we got to Tayrona, he made little effort to control his group, and we got spread out all over the place, not knowing where Andres was or where he wanted us to be. At one point I went exploring some far trail and stumbled upon Andres and three other members of our group talking about stuff that might have been of interest to EVERYONE in our group. Not knowing what to do, half our group wandered back to the bus and sat waiting there for twenty minutes for Andres and everybody else to return. In addition, our bus driver was UNSAFE! On the drive back, he made several incredibly dangerous passes and barely missed clipping another bus. This tour was a waste of time and money and a bit scary as well. HTO-A, Copalita River Kayaking. This was described as a 3 ½ hour tour, but we were back in our cabins in 1 hour 45 minutes. When you figure a thirty minute drive each way to and from the river, plus another half hour getting organized and outfitted, one would expect 1 ½ to 2 hours of actual kayaking. Instead, about 25 minutes after we put into the river, we were getting out . . . our kayaking adventure completed. Now, to be fair, those 25 minutes in the water were quite nice. The river is very pretty and the surroundings are lush. But since I paid for -- and expected to get -- three or four times as much actual kayaking as we got, I felt cheated At the conclusion of each of these tours, I told the tour desk on the Whisper about our experiences. They listened, took notes and expressed regret, but no adjustment of any sort was ever offered or made. Disappointment number two was internet service. Silversea advertises itself as a luxury, all-inclusive experience. I paid $85 for 250 minutes of internet access. That's not a lot of money in comparison to the cost of the cruise, but it's more than "nominal". One reason I take all inclusive cruises is because I don't like to be "nickeled and dimed". In my opinion, Silversea ought to include complimentary internet service in the price of the cruise. Our third, less-than-satisfactory experience from this cruise is not a criticism of Silversea, but rather a matter of personal style and preference. My wife and I simply prefer less formality than is the standard on Silversea. Judging from our one Silversea cruise, most of thier clientele enjoy dressing in tuxedos and gowns. When we travel, however, we prefer to leave the formal clothing at home. This was the first time in over twenty years that I've taken a jacket and tie on a cruise. Now that airlines are penalizing passengers with excess baggage, I'm even less inclined to pack extra suits, tuxedos and shoes.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
My wife and I just returned from the Whisper on a cruise to the Baltics states and while things are still relatively fresh in my mind, I thought I would write a bit about our most recent Silversea experience. (Previous to this, we had ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the Whisper on a cruise to the Baltics states and while things are still relatively fresh in my mind, I thought I would write a bit about our most recent Silversea experience. (Previous to this, we had been on the Shadow and the Spirit, most recently about two years ago. We have also accumulated over 100 days at sea on other assorted mainstream cruise lines.) Anyway, here are some general impressions: SERVICE We thought the service was not only good but in many cases exemplary. Our butler Arlyn was terrific. Upon meeting, she did indeed offer to unpack for us (declined), make restaurant reservations and even hunted down Diet Pepsi for me. She also delivered room service on the mornings we ordered it (on four different occasions, she was always within 10 minutes of our requested time.) The wait staff in the MDR were also good (by the second day, the head waiter knew that we preferred to sit at a table for two, and always sat us in the section where one waiter we particularly liked was working) and the bar staff knew our drink preferences by the second day (as well as the fact that my wife liked to have a plate of pimento stuffed olives with her drink. No idea where she picked up this odd craving but whenever she wanted olives, she got them!) And at the end of the cruise, I asked in the shop if I could buy the Bvlgari products. They did not sell but called up the spa, which they thought might possibly sell. They didn't either but then contacted our butler and lo and behold, on departure, we were given an entire set of the Bvlgari toiletries complements of the head of housekeeping. I thought this was really nice. FOOD AND WINE Of course this is subjective but I thought the food was for the most part very good. I *loved* the afternoon teas. (I should have asked if I could have purchased one of those cool tea timers and maybe they would have given me one of those as well...) And the meals in both Le Champagne and La Terraza were very good. I thought the meals in the MDR were a bit hit and miss in that there were just some errors in execution (i.e. overdone meat, some items under-seasoned and for some reason, the person making the eggs in the buffet just could not seem to make an over-medium egg.) On the other hand, maybe my favorite meal was the "always available" pork chop, and in the MDR, the lunch menus often had some very interesting selections such as a Malaysian coconut curry or dal and basmati rice. (The meze option was not an option on this cruise.) By far, the weakest meal on the trip was the Grill (hot rocks.) The vegetable skewer was really limp and this was the one time on the entire trip where I thought the service was less than stellar in that we were not able to get another vegetable from the MDR. I suspect that if the weather is nice and the sea is calm, with a group of people the Grill might be a social, more pleasant experience but having done this once, once was enough. As far as the wines went, we prefer reds so this is what we stuck with. Most of the house pours were decent. (I kept a list of them just to look them up for any kind of Wine Spectator rating and retail price. When I could find a rating, they were around 85 and cost between $7 and $12.) I thought only one wine offered was undrinkable and after the third day, the wine steward was very good about trying to find a wine we previously liked. (Our butler also made a real effort to supply us with wines we liked but apparently the way things work on SS is that the restaurants have one stock of wine and housekeeping has another. I found this out when in La Terraza, I said to the head waiter that in our room, we were given a DOCG Chianti and if possible we wanted that for dinner. It took about 15 minutes but they finally found a bottle! They said that they needed to get it from housekeeping; conversely, it took our butler a day to get a bottle of wine we had in the MDR because it was not a part of housekeeping's stock.) And I must say that we had a few of the connoisseur wines (had to use those OBCs!) and I was surprised that the two we had were priced at less than I would pay retail at my local store. I'm actually surprised that SS doesn't "adjust" their prices...) CABIN We were in 711. Regular veranda. Nice room, nothing spectacular but very comfortable. Two things I will mention about this particular room: One is if you look on a deck plan, this is one of those rooms that it is located next to "white space". I was a bit apprehensive when I saw this (I assumed we were next to the launderette) but it was just an area where crew go in and out and we never heard any excess noise or slamming doors. The other thing about this cabin is that it is pretty close to the front (stern?) of the ship and there is no stairway at the front of the ship. Could be a bit of a walk for some (although not an issue for us.) PUBLIC SPACES We thought the Whisper looked good considering her age. One nice thing about the Whisper is that it never felt crowded. My favorite space was the Observation Deck on the 10th deck. Beside one Venetian event, I rarely saw anyone up there. The fitness center was adequate and rarely used (even on the sea day.) Can't really fairly comment on the pool because for most days, it was rather cold and wet so it was pretty deserted. Compared to the Spirit, the Library was pretty small (but my wife did manage to find a few books to read.) And the casino was pretty small (but it did pay one nice jackpot!) ENTERTAINMENT I'm pretty sure that most do not cruise SS for the shows. Saying they were "productions" would be a stretch in that there was not even a live band playing during the evening shows but to their credit the singers tried hard. Kind of reminded me of what you would see on "American Idol" when the contestants have to perform as a group but really haven't practiced that much together and are singing songs they really don't want to sing. And I always found it, um, interesting to see the "Artists of Silversea" double as passport monitors or leading miniature golf contests. The in-room video system was OK. I seem to remember that on the Spirit, there were a lot more choices (and if I remember, even free movies on demand.) Actually, there was a good collection of DVDs available in the Library if one was so inclined. OTHER Here are just some other random thoughts: - The wireless Internet was really bad. From what other told me, it was up maybe 50% of the time. (I did buy the 250 minute package and probably used up the 90 minutes on the last morning just because prior to this, I could never get a stable signal either, and when I did, it was like the old dial-up/modem days.) - I thought the ship should have had somewhere that had coffee/tea available 24/7. With jet lag, I was finding myself up at odd hours of the morning and although room service could have been an option, sometimes you (at least I) just wanted to get something to drink then and there. - Not that I am overly sensitive to it but I didn't find second-hand smoke to be an issue. - If you want reservations in the specialty restaurants, I would do this as soon as you get on board. I did this around 12:30pm and from what I could gather, by around 2pm all of the reservations were taken. (I'm pretty sure if I asked my butler to do this, we would have been out of luck since we didn't meet our butler until after 2pm.) - One thing I found useful to pack from home was an electrical strip. There was one 110 volt outlet and since I had a Kindle and an iPad and a phone, etc. etc, it was convenient to be able to charge more than one thing at a time. - For some reason, we were invited to have dinner with the ship's doctor one evening. (This could be a thread in and of itself but based on our conversation, *never* get sick on a ship...) - I thought the head chef (a young South African woman named Ann-Marie) was really personable and did a very nice cooking demo. I'm surprised that SS does not have a chef's table in the kitchen where you can spend more time with the chef and talk more about the food. (Can you say additional revenue stream?...) - Like I said previously, I thought the house wines were fine but I think that maybe SS should consider stocking up on mainstream wines (i.e. Rodney Strong, Blackstone, Sterling.) None of these are very expensive but are decent (as opposed to some of the hit or miss wines that I tried. I mean SS stocks up on brands such as Glenlivet and Grey Goose and JW Black so why not have a stable of recognizable house wines as well?...) - When you get your preliminary bill (about two days before the end of the cruise), there is *that* charity charge on it. However, there is also an "opt out" piece of paper attached to the bill. If you fill it out and drop it off at the reception desk, the charge comes off on the final bill no problem. - I am not getting into the port experience on this cruise (better handled on the Ports boards) but Silversea did provide a free shuttle in the one port (Tallinn) that arguably needed a shuttle service. (I think another advantage of being on a smaller ship was that in ports like St. Petersburg and Helsinki, the ship was able to dock right in the middle of town making a shuttle unnecessary.) Wow, this went on way longer than it should have but there you have it. Bottom line is that we loved this cruise (more than anything, the itinerary was the real star) but we thought Silversea did a great job and would definitely use her again if she was going where we were going. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
The ship, for me, was simply too small and the demographic too old. My husband and I (both "young" early 50s) were by far the youngest people on board. While our fellow cruisers were very nice, interesting folks, the dynamic was ... Read More
The ship, for me, was simply too small and the demographic too old. My husband and I (both "young" early 50s) were by far the youngest people on board. While our fellow cruisers were very nice, interesting folks, the dynamic was not really for me. After 12 nights on board I became tired of the lack of different public space (how many times can you have a drink in the same bar or eat in the same place?) In fact, oftentimes the cocktail lounge pre-dinner was so crowded there were no seats (thanks to the antiquated "smoking section.") Service was terrific, food good (though significantly better in the specialty restaurants), suite more than adequate. The three sea days were looooooooong, and not much was offered on board in terms of activities. I loved that we never saw a bill and the wine/cocktails were first-rate. As for the stops, St. Petersburg was interesting indeed and much prettier than expected. That said, GOD BLESS AMERICA! The big surprise was the lovely city of Helsinki! Excursions were VERY expensive. I would definitely recommend this trip for well-traveled people who would like to experience something completely different from the usual... Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2012
We are a couple in our early sixties traveling with friends. This was our tenth cruise, previous cruises have been on Celebrity, Carnival, Uniworld and Azamara. We were looking for a small ship without crowds of people with long lineups ... Read More
We are a couple in our early sixties traveling with friends. This was our tenth cruise, previous cruises have been on Celebrity, Carnival, Uniworld and Azamara. We were looking for a small ship without crowds of people with long lineups and overcrowded excursions. Our travel agent recommended Silversea and so we booked the 11 night British Isles cruise leaving from Southampton on the Silver Whisper. This was the most relaxing and enjoyable cruise we have ever taken and we will never go back to large ship cruising again. There were never any lineups for anything, shore excursions with Silversea were in small groups, never more than 24 people and were well organized with a Silversea staff member on every excursion which was helpful to sort out any problems. The staff of the ship were friendly but always professional and we never felt like they were being pushy or looking for extra tips as on other cruise lines. We especially enjoyed La Terrazza where we ate 4 times for dinner, Hot Rocks on the Pool Deck even though we required blankets to keep warm and one night the staff prepared a special Indian dinner served course by course for the four of us in our suite. We ate once in Le Champagne which was nice but the food was equally good in all other restaurants. We enjoyed an Irish Pub lunch in the bar one day with Irish music and singing from Alan the cruise directer and staff. The ports were interesting and most were small enough that you could also easily explore on your own and we enjoyed having our lunches in different ports. Our friends were celebrating their anniversary and on returning to their room after dinner that night found their room decorated with rose petals, cake and champagne. We are looking forward to our next cruise on Silversea in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2012
We joined the Silver Whisper 30 days into the World Cruise which had started in Fort Lauderdale. Our parents had been on board for all that time and we were glad to be on this trip with old hands as many friendships had already been ... Read More
We joined the Silver Whisper 30 days into the World Cruise which had started in Fort Lauderdale. Our parents had been on board for all that time and we were glad to be on this trip with old hands as many friendships had already been formed. The ship was unable to dock at the V&A Waterfront as planned. This appears to be due the local authorities having security worries. The working dock is only a 10 minute walk from the Waterfront and a shuttle was provided on the 2 days we were there. We boarded at lunchtime, before the cabin was ready and were welcomed in the Panorama Lounge where we had a coffee. Our cabin had two single beds made up as a good sized double. There is a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and drawers and a safe. The bathroom has shower, bath and two basins. Good toiletries are provided and you can choose from three different ranges. There is a balcony with two chairs and a table and a sitting area with large sofa, two more chairs, a table, a desk, fridge and TV. There is also an ipod player. We had a charming butler and stewardess who were around morning and evening and could be contacted easily. The laundry service was excellent and free to us as we have cruised more that 100 days. All the restaurants offer free seating and if you have not already made up a table with friends, Maitre D will do this for you, or you can eat at a table for two. All drinks are included at all times. The Main Dining Room is the most formal of those on offer. The menu is extensive and service excellent. La Terrazza offers a buffet breakfast with egg, waffles, pancakes etc. available or cooked to order. There is a buffet lunch in Terrazza too and Italian dining in the evening. There are about a dozen tables outside this restaurant. The Pool Deck offers light lunches of burgers, grilled fish, a dish of the day, salads and sandwiches. In the evening they do hot rocks where you cook fish and meat to your liking and it is served with jacket potatoes or fries and salads. Anyone may eat anywhere whenever they like. Reservations maybe needed in the evening at La Terrazza and on the deck. Room service is also available 24 hours a day and any dish from the menu of the day can be served. We had two excellent lecturers on board who spoke about the places we were visiting from a political and financial angle. There is a group of five entertainers who put on shows in a low key way after dinner some nights. Soloists also came on board and were excellent. There is the usual mix of bridge (with World class coaches), Trivia, Yoga, Pilates, golf putting, bingo. The trips organised by Silversea are expensive. They do keep groups to a small size when they can and queueing is not something that you ever have to do! In summary, the Silver Whisper is small enough that you feel very much at home and the over-riding feeling of fantastic service is always upheld. The crew and officers are outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Silver Whisper Rio de Janeiro, 5 sea days, St. Helena, 2 sea days, Walvis Bay (overnight) 1 sea day, Cape Town (overnight, disembarkation) Capt.: Angelo Corsaro Hotel Director: Norman Rafelson Cruise Director: Fernando d'Oliveira ... Read More
Silver Whisper Rio de Janeiro, 5 sea days, St. Helena, 2 sea days, Walvis Bay (overnight) 1 sea day, Cape Town (overnight, disembarkation) Capt.: Angelo Corsaro Hotel Director: Norman Rafelson Cruise Director: Fernando d'Oliveira Guest Relations Mgr: Enzo Carraro Cruise Consultant: Selvaggia Chef: Anne-Mari Cornelius La Terrazza Chef: Elton Tabaj This is my partner and my 15th Silversea voyage. We traveled with our friend, Mary, who had only one cruise under her belt and that was a Carnival cruise about 20 years ago. She had two concerns about joining us: 1) That all cruises were more or less like her Carnival experience and 2) that the 5 consecutive sea days would be boring and confining. I was keen to see if, in her eyes, the cruise lived up to her expectations and erased her memories of Carnival. This cruise is the second leg of the Whisper's World Cruise and the first embarkation since the Costa Concordia incident. Embarkation: A breeze. We arranged a private tour of Rio and the tour guide took us to the pier at 2PM when it was over. The curbside representative took our baggage and made sure we didn't stand on the line of Costa Fortuna passengers who were also embarking. Our friend Mary remarked, "I like not waiting on lines!" We told her that she wouldn't have to wait on any lines for the next 13 days. The standard champagne welcome and escort to the staterooms quickly followed. We met our butler, Jithu, and asked that he unpack for us, which he did effortlessly and efficiently. The ability to have the butler unpack and pack is one of our favorite services on Silversea. Once we checked in we returned to the cruise terminal to spend our remaining Reals before going to the mandatory lifeboat drill. On all of our previous Silversea trips the lifeboat drill has always occurred prior to sailing and this trip was no different. What was different this time around was that the captain spoke via the PA both before and after the drill; there was an announcement that no drinking was to occur during the drill; and our cabin numbers were taken as we entered the muster station before heading to the theater for the drill. Interestingly enough (or not!) we were shown how to don the life vests but did not have to actually put them on. Shortly after the drill, we cast our lines and headed into the S. Atlantic Ocean bound for St. Helena. Days 1 -- 5, 7-8 11 (at sea) Midway through the first sea day Mary said, "I get it. I get the sea days, " so I think we have a convert. The weather for the most part was perfect for pool lounging. There was afternoon volleyball games, lectures, movies, trivia to participate in if one so desired. We lunched by the pool each of these days save one, when we went to the Terrace Cafe. Each day at the pool there was a different theme to the grill...Chinese one day, two of the ship's officers preparing pasta another and so on. Food and service were both top notch. There was only one day of bad weather and that was the last sea day, (and it wasn't all that bad...you just knew you were on a ship) St. Helena: This was our second visit to the island, the first being in 2002 aboard the Seabourn Sun. We had independently booked a tour in advance of our visit and when Norman heard of this he advised us to go to the Shore Excursion desk to let them know since the first tenders were "reserved" for people on tours. Once this was done we had no problem disembarking the Whisper upon our anchorage at Jamestown. St. Helena is a fascinating little island which is probable best known for being the place of Napoleon's exile and death. The three of us plus tour guide toured the island in a seven-passenger Toyota Granvia. During our 4 hours there we saw Napoleon's two homes, the Governor's mansion, Jonathan the 170 year-old tortoise and his buddies, the natural rock formations of Lot and his wife, Sandys Bay, Jamestown and Jacob's Ladder. That's just a taste of what we saw. It was great, informative, and comfortable. In speaking with our fellow passengers we saw more places for less cost. The cost was GBP98 which would've covered up to 7 people in the car. (Reference available if anyone would like. They're a great company.) Walvis Bay, Namibia: The Whisper overnighted at Walvis Bay. Here we also chose to arrange our own tours in advance and are very glad we did. The company we used was out and out SPECTACULAR! We did a half-day tour upon arrival, timed to return in time for the "Dinner in the Desert, " and a second half-day tour the following morning which got us back to the ship in time for sailaway. The first tour was to take us by Land Rover 4x4 to see flamingos, pelicans, seals and other ornithological interests, many of which are on the grounds of a huge salt factory. The guide sure knew his birds! We saw thousands of flamingos. When we returned to the ship, our fellow passengers who had taken the Silversea tours saw in the range of zero flamingos, having been told they'd migrated already. We even went into a closed area of the salt factory to view birds, etc. The second day of touring was of these immense sand dunes near Walvis Bay and on to the German town of Swakopmund. Again, the guide really knew his stuff and he was obviously, and rightly proud of Namibia. The cost of each tour was NAD750 p/p with a minimum of four. Again, if anyone would like the name of the tour outfit I'd be happy to provide it. (I don't know if CC allows me to publicly post the names.) Now, the "Dinner in the Desert..." It was great fun, very well put on but I don't think I need to do it again. It's about a 45 minute VERY bumpy ride to to the event. The food was laid out buffet style under large tents and was surprisingly good! There were fire twirlers and the obligatory kids' choir before returning to the ship. Cape Town: We arrived in Table Bay to await the pilot spot on time but due to severely high winds which closed the port the previous few days the pilots were busy clearing the backlog so we had to wait about 30 minutes. We were alongside around 1:30PM. We did end up at the commercial port of the Duncan Docks instead of the V&A. The overnight on the ship before disembarkation was nice as it gave us an afternoon to toodle around Cape Town on the "Hop-on Hop-off" bus and to go to the top of Table Mountain. The skies were amazingly clear. Unfortunately it was disembarkation day where everything went wrong. The crew of the Silver Whisper made us, actually MADE US disembark! How disappointing is that? J Overall, this was one of the finest trips I've taken on Silversea. Ninety-nine point nine-nine-nine percent of the crew exceeded our expectations. If I had to nit-pick I'd say the reception desk wasn't always the most friendly folks on the ship. A second nit-pick would be that there was no karaoke!! Food: We ate at The Restaurant, La Terrazza and the Black Rock Grill for dinner on this trip. All were excellent. The winning dishes would be any one that had pasta in it! Silversea Touch of the cruise: My partner just offhandedly mentioned something about watermelon juice. The next day? He had a glass of watermelon juice! So, here's my review. I hope it proves useful. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
My husband and I have cruised many times and our last cruise was with Silversea. We had such an outstanding time we decided to sail again to see if it was a fluke. Not at all. The service is above and beyond ones wildest expectation and ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised many times and our last cruise was with Silversea. We had such an outstanding time we decided to sail again to see if it was a fluke. Not at all. The service is above and beyond ones wildest expectation and it was with great pleasure that we found our butler for this voyage was the same butler we had had on our previous voyage 10 months earlier on the Silver Cloud. He was wonderful. On the prior voyage we had take a Grand one BR suite. It was huge, with 1020 square feet and a front and side deck. For this trip we decided to 'downsize' and we booked the Royal one BR. It, too, was huge, around 1000 square feet. I liked the layout much better as this one had a bathroom with double sinks and separate shower and another sink in the separate toilet room. And it also had a half bath off the huge foyer. There was also a huge walkin closet. The main salon had a couch, three club chairs and coffess and end tables along with a dining table and seating for four. A desk was sited along one wall and on the other, at the entranct from the foyer was a lovely bar, with shlves, glasses and refigerator. Wow. The food was very good, although not great as it was on our prior voyage. Overall, this was a wonderful trip and I look forward to another trip on Silversea again in the future. Read Less
Silver Whisper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 2.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates N/A 4.1

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