1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My wife and I like small ships rather than the large cruise ships because they are more intimate and feature the ports of call as the selling point versus the large floating hotel concept. We also focus on which ports the cruise will call ... Read More
My wife and I like small ships rather than the large cruise ships because they are more intimate and feature the ports of call as the selling point versus the large floating hotel concept. We also focus on which ports the cruise will call on rather than the time of year or size of boat. This cruise was the second time on Silver Whisper, a Baltic Sea cruise being the first time. On this cruise we liked its origination port of Monte Carlo and conclusion in Lisbon. Portugal is a very interesting country to visit and we will go back. We also thought most of the ports would be very interesting, or provide access to exceptional Spanish cities. As we found out, Malaga and Cadiz allowed us to visit Granada and Seville, both the gems of Andalusia. Most of the tours were very good although on whole we thought Seabourn's tours are better. One tour to Granada was wait listed so we opted to use our travel agent to set up a private tour. Otherwise the ship's tours of Seville and Barcelona were excellent! Once you come back for a second cruise you become a member in their Venetian Society, and they hosted a remarkable excursion one evening in Barcelona that was very good! We normally try to book the larger Silver Suites which are similar in configuration to the Seabourn suites. Our suite, however, was better than the Seabourn suites by being wider and more spacious. We especially like their hot rock feature on the Pool deck, which we enjoy immensely! The October time frame was nice from a temperature perspective, but the captain skipped two ports due to high winds/seas so there is a trade off for booking at end of the season. Crew was very nice and the butler element is a nice touch not present on Seabourn. On previous trip in Baltic Sea we hit all of the restaurants, but this time, due to the presence of a wine tour group, most of the evenings were already booked. As such we were unable to compare with previous dining experience. We generally do not go to the Restaurant on deck 4. All in all a cruise that was very memorable! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because the ship was small, only 380 passengers and we wanted to cruise the Greek Islands which limited our choice of ships. Embarkation and disembarkation were the fastest I have ever experienced on a ship, no ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the ship was small, only 380 passengers and we wanted to cruise the Greek Islands which limited our choice of ships. Embarkation and disembarkation were the fastest I have ever experienced on a ship, no waiting in line. The food, service, entertainment were great. I am not a buffet person and loved that I had options of a la carte or buffet for breakfast and lunch. Our cabin was the largest cabin I have experienced on a ship. The service was over the top. Great crew. Very roomy and big bathroom. It was a Verandah suite which was the least expensive suite with a balcony you could purchase. My only complaint is the ship is old and dated looking. There are no electrical outlets by the nightstands, you have to plug your phone or I-pad in across the room which is not fun at 6 a.m. when the alarm goes off and you have to run across the run to shut it off. Our shore excursions were nice. Some of them a little longer than they needed to be. I felt the tour guide was taking longer than they needed because the tour was 4 hours and they felt they had to give us 4 hours of talking. The private tour guide through the ship was very expensive. We were able to find a private tour guide in Santorini for 75% cheaper than what the ship wanted to charge. Overall, we loved it and would travel on Silversea again but will look for a ship that is newer. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I choose my cruise for the service and itinerary. We sailed from Monte Carlo, stopping at Livorno, Sorrento, Taormina, Malta, Croatia and ended in Venice. Embarking was very quick and flawless. Cabin was as expected..... clean, ... Read More
I choose my cruise for the service and itinerary. We sailed from Monte Carlo, stopping at Livorno, Sorrento, Taormina, Malta, Croatia and ended in Venice. Embarking was very quick and flawless. Cabin was as expected..... clean, spacious, with the most comfortable bed and soft bed linens. I was on Deck 5, which made getting to anywhere on the ship easy. My butler was sweet (Demba) and efficient and kind. I never waited more than 5 mins for a response. He and the room attendant (Jennifer) made me feel well cared for the entire trip. My cruise was all inclusive, and the food was beyond delicious. Varied menus was great. Desserts were below the standard in my opinion. They should have sourced locally from all the ports we were stopping into to offer more authentic local delicacies. Clean and tidy is what I saw everywhere on this ship. With that said, it was an older ship, so the wear and tear and dated aspect was present. Pool towels were very poor and beat-up looking. Pool lounges were very, very comfortable. Spa was a crashing disappointment. Steam room was cracking and old. Massage therapist I had was more interested in talking about her self and avoided one of the two areas I had expressed I wanted her to work on during my 50 min session. I don't believe she had much experience in the massage arena. Pedicure was fine, but very over priced for what I received. Blow-out was typical, but the hard sell was annoying on adding all sorts of extra treatments I did not want. I had to keep repeating that I just wanted a basic blow-out. Gym was horrible and small. Under whelmed with the spa. Entertainment was " one note". They pandered to folks over 65. Not much variety. The boutique was also "one note". Very, very expensive, mostly jewelry with diamonds, and stones. Clothes were high-end clothes we could buy at home in USA at anySaks, Niemen Marcus or Nordstroms. Boring..... No variety. No local, unique productsor clothing with a variety of prices!!!! No sundries to choose from either. None. The few tours I did go on were great. Local tour operators were excellent, buses wereclean, air conditioned and in good shape. Silversea canceled two of my tours ( due to lack of interest) night before and did not extend any other offers to join other tours. Now, my biggest piss-off, was the stop in MALTA. My tour was cancelled to the gardens, so I read up on the internet on how to get there on my own, and also plotted out shops I wanted to stop into to see the local speciality, which was gold filigree and lace making, and found a museum I wanted to go to. With that said, I set off the ship onto MALTA to enjoy my day. After walking around for three hours, and asking many locals that mostdid not speak english, I discover ALL OF MALTA CLOSES DOWN ON SUNDAY due tothe fact they are mostly Catholic. So it was a complete waste of time. I was so disappointed, Silversea did not say one thing to anyone and did not make a big announcement that most, if not all businesses, were closed on sunday. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING AT A PORT ON SUNDAY IF MOST THINGS ARE CLOSED. Jipped on that stop.:( On a high note, getting on and off the ship was sooooooo easy and pleasant. So quick,10 minutes or less. I think they are very organized in that area and there were only300 people on the ship made the process efficient. All in all, great service, food, liquor choice. I would do another one in a heartbeat. But you have to "save - up", it's not cheap and check stops for religious closures. Thanks Silversea Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The itinerary, dates and length of cruise was the reason we chose Silversea. We also wanted a higher end cruise line, which we understood that Silversea was. The embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest I've ever ... Read More
The itinerary, dates and length of cruise was the reason we chose Silversea. We also wanted a higher end cruise line, which we understood that Silversea was. The embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest I've ever experienced. It was well organized, had little/no queues, and plenty of staff to assist. The ship and cabins, in general, are a bit tired and dated and in much need of a refresh. The cruise was also more formal, particularly as it relates to the dress code, than I would have preferred. No shorts after 6PM and jackets required every evening was too stuffy, especially when you are supposed to be on vacation and relaxing. The food was excellent, particularly La Dame, and the service was top notch. We traveled with a large group (celebrating a 35th wedding anniversary) so 3 small children were in tow, all under the age of 4. I would definitely not recommend Silversea if traveling with children. There were 4 high chairs on the entire ship, which meant the majority of the time, there wasn't any high chairs for our children when we were dining. Also, there was no childcare/babysitting services which would have been nice for the family to enjoy a quiet evening or to go on excursions that required more activity. The pool was small and we were afraid our children would make too much noise and disrupt the other guests, so we really didn't use it much. Not much in general for kids to do. Silversea is definitely an older demographic without kids... The ports were excellent and there was enough time to really enjoy them. I particularly liked the fact that a local person from each port was at the Excursion desk on the ship to provide truly local expertise/recommendations. Our butler, Rooben, was fantastic. He was prompt, courteous, eager to please and anticipated our needs. Definitely one of the best butlers I have had. Our housekeeper, Joanna, likewise was fantastic. Overall, the cruise was nice but I would wait to go on recently refurbished ship and definitely without kids. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I Originally looked at the destination, followed by the ships proposed luxury level followed by the amenities primarily the possibilities for the restaurants. it was my wifes 55th birthday during the cruise and was planning to have ... Read More
I Originally looked at the destination, followed by the ships proposed luxury level followed by the amenities primarily the possibilities for the restaurants. it was my wifes 55th birthday during the cruise and was planning to have somthing special with a special dinner among other things. WRT to the destination and ports my evaluation is 8.5/10 WRT to the luxury level ins suite my evaluation is a 9/10 WRT to overall luxury level of the ship 8/10 WRT to the entertainement, an specially the evening show at the auditorium my evaluation is 10/10 WRT to access to the restaurants my evaluation is a 5/10 as I had been trying to make a reservation ( including a special note to my profile) since the day I confirmed my reseravtion ( clos to 2.5 months before the cruise date) I was not able to do so ( La dame restaurant). other nights I was on a wait list and this is only when I was on the ship. so generally for that portion I would not recommend Silverseas for other amenities 50/50 Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We selected this cruise because of the Silver Sea reputation for luxury. This cruise had the correct dates for our group’s calendar and it was visiting ports of Croatia. Nearest competitor was Regent. All inclusive was very nice and the ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the Silver Sea reputation for luxury. This cruise had the correct dates for our group’s calendar and it was visiting ports of Croatia. Nearest competitor was Regent. All inclusive was very nice and the food and alcohol selections were good. Up charge dining at Le Dame was worth the price but the wine selections were the same as those for the other dining areas which was odd. This causes more upcharge as you seek to improve the companion wine to dinner. Our cruise director Vickie was excellent and provides entertainment on one night. She also runs daily trivia. Make sure to read DailybChronicle for hints. Also recommend going to daily lecture on upcoming port to help navigate the day’s excursions. This leads to excursions in general. On a 7 day cruise they can start to become a chore and they were largely panned by the people we spoke to. We cancelled the last half of ours and did our own thing. Also pay attention to strict cancellation policy. The first port of Ravenna was a dud. Aside from 4 really old churches, it’s basically and oil and gas refinery town. Stay on the ship and relax. The crew will take better care of you than a 30 minute bus ride to downtown where you’ll be left waiting for a tardy bus to take you back to luxury. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I've done silver seas cruise before and had a really good experience. The ports of calls are spectacular. We had to divert from Santorini which was the most anticipated port for us. This was a bummer but the captain decided to ... Read More
I've done silver seas cruise before and had a really good experience. The ports of calls are spectacular. We had to divert from Santorini which was the most anticipated port for us. This was a bummer but the captain decided to re-route to a different port and substitute rather than spend another day at sea. We ended up going to Corfu which was such a great experience and so beautiful. This was really nice. So everything worked out well and we still saw a lovely place. The staff were all so friendly and helpful with such amazing attitudes. They made it a point to remember us by name and great us like they knew us already--impressive. The cruise director was great. We loved the idea of being in a different port every day. Cruising over night and arriving the next morning. The schedule was great. I only have one query as I booked a private gondola ride in Venice. I got a call from the activities director I guess early that day saying that they had booked us on a shared ride 4 guests. He proceeded to tell me that it's the same as a private ride and really no big difference blah blah. So I went with it. At the activity we were with another 8 individuals. we ended up two boats of four and one couple had a private gondola ride with music serenade. We were sitting with the other couple staring at them the whole time and really being forced to have conversation...... This couple was also dealt the same hand and were not too happy about sharing a gondola. If I booked a private tour obviously I wanted this experience to be very special with just my wife on her first trip to Venice. That took away from that. We still enjoyed it but the intimacy was taken away from us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Friends also wanted to go and had used Silversea before. The service and food were outstanding. Our cabin was roomy and the closet was huge! Quite a nice surprise. I felt the rom and ship ... Read More
I choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Friends also wanted to go and had used Silversea before. The service and food were outstanding. Our cabin was roomy and the closet was huge! Quite a nice surprise. I felt the rom and ship could have been more updated. The ship did not pop with color. Very muted in beige and rusts. Just my opinion. The only negatives: the tours start very early. Again, my choice to go on them and due to a different port each day, we wanted to go on them. We were so happy to have one start at 9 am instead of 8 am. The music/dance started very late for us(11pm). We were happy to attend a 10pm Kereokee night. The greatest negative was the WiFi rarely worked. It was horrible. Very intermittent and not reliable. Since that was my means of communication with husband and family, I found this to be very aggravating. It bought the review of this cruise line down a big notch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We decide to chose a top end cruise line having previously been many times with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Oceania. We were not disappointed but we were occasionally surprised. Silversea fellow travellers we found extremely loyal to ... Read More
We decide to chose a top end cruise line having previously been many times with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Oceania. We were not disappointed but we were occasionally surprised. Silversea fellow travellers we found extremely loyal to the cruise line and were in many respects the best advocates for the company. In fact, we were telling people that we wanted to try Seabourn for a future cruis and most tried to talk us out of it! The loyalty is u deerstalker dabke given the consistently high level of service and willingness of staff to help. In restaurants, bar and pool area we enjoyed constant attention, with nothing being too much trouble for the crew. Silversea claim almost 1:1 crew passenger ratio and I had no reason to doubt that. It should however be noted that the ship was not full. On earlier reviews I read some complaints that service in restaurants was slow, we experienced none of that. Our cabin, at first 918, a Veranda (4) class cabin was spacious, well maintained and benefitted from excellent butler service. Unfortunately we detected that the air con system was under performing but it took us 3/4 days to convinc the staff that was the case. I won’t bore you with the details but when confronted with the evidence they then moved very quickly to change cabins which, given the ship was not full they could do. The move was entirely managed by the butler team amd was no hassle and worth It. It’s a shame it took few days to sort out, but sort it they did. We enjoyed good enrichment lectures and frankly met some fascinating people from many different parts of the world. What’s more the flexible management of the restaurants meant we could meet and dine with him different people whenever we wished. The restaurant staff were very flexible and accommodated us when we wanted, and wi5 whatever size group they’d were presented with. Full marks to them. Some areas of improvement would be to offer internet free, even if they up the package price. The one hour free service followed by high charges undermines the upmarket brand. Two of the five tours we didn’t were rubbish. The catermaran trip in the Whitsunday Islands amd the visit to the Coral reef HQ aquarium in Cairns we’re over priced and dull in our opinion. The gym is fine but not a lot of effort goes into the water aerobic sessions which were repetitive and not of a very high standard. The entertainment is at best average but good enough to sit and enjoy a cocktail with, but truthfully if you want great entertainment go elsewhere. Finally, the bar could do with brightening up, although the service isn’t again brilliant. How the bar team remember our particular drink is anyone’s guess. Be in no doubt though, we love our trip and will be back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We had been on Silver Sea long ago and were very pleased and impressed. Leaving from Fort Lauderdale while living in Florida was a huge factor, along with the Silver Sea reputation. Our dining experiences were wonderful, although the last ... Read More
We had been on Silver Sea long ago and were very pleased and impressed. Leaving from Fort Lauderdale while living in Florida was a huge factor, along with the Silver Sea reputation. Our dining experiences were wonderful, although the last night at dinner, the service was extremely slow. The dining staff in each venue was very pleasant and accommodating. The food was wonderful. It would have been better if we had we had more information about making reservations to try the lava stone dinner, but that did not happen for us in time. Exploring in Key West was as we expected. Bimini was surprisingly primitive. The people on the island whom we met were very friendly and helpful, but the "center" of town was hugely disappointing. We were told we could walk there and there were no cabs. That was not true, we got a cab. Also, walking to the center of town on streets with no sidewalks would have been dangerous. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We love Silver Sea and usually are not disappointed. The timing for us on this cruise was after major hurricanes hit the islands, so there were fewer excursions and less activities available. St. Bart's was particularly ... Read More
We love Silver Sea and usually are not disappointed. The timing for us on this cruise was after major hurricanes hit the islands, so there were fewer excursions and less activities available. St. Bart's was particularly disappointing since very few shops were open on Sunday and many were still damaged and not able to be open anyway. The butler feature that Silver Sea offers is usually something we brag about since you feel very special having someone wait on you and they personalize your service. However on this cruise, our butler was not very attentive. He was very pleasant and was always asked if everything was ok, but we had to ask him to remove a breakfast tray of dishes late in the afternoon, and one day had to ask for towels since they were missing. Our travelling companions in the room next door kept asking for ice because he didn't keep the bucket full. He did not offer to unpack or pack our bags. I don't expect this type of butler service to be the general case, but we were slightly disappointed. The small ships are the way to go for us, as the staff gets to know you very quickly and there are no long waiting lines for anything. We thought the food and wine was excellent. The entertainment was very good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I selected this cruise due to itinerary and the flight purchase inclusion. I had never experienced 'all inclusive cruising' and was not disappointed. There was an issue that I've taken to corporate; feel it was an anomaly ... Read More
I selected this cruise due to itinerary and the flight purchase inclusion. I had never experienced 'all inclusive cruising' and was not disappointed. There was an issue that I've taken to corporate; feel it was an anomaly and am disappointed it hasn't been fully addressed to date. Barring that and ship repairs that interrupted the entire cruise on the pool deck, I would love to have an unblemished experience in the future. The staff is incredible and their attention to each person aboard is to be commended. My Butler Mae, our sommelier Marco and everyone in La Terrazzo , the fitness leader Katerina were above outstanding. Jeffrey in the Panorama Lounge was very entertaining and very accommodating. I dined in the dining room only a few times and they address me by name - appreciated! I enjoyed out Bridge instructors and the lessons. I am remiss at remembering all of the names of the staff I would like to commend. Silversea, please address the unpleasantness of the suite issue. I want to recommend this line to all! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We hate to fly, so this cruise attracted us because we could drive to NY and avoid one flight. Sailing out of NY Harbor at sunset is an incomparable experience. Destinations were well chosen and sailing was quite smooth - little motion. ... Read More
We hate to fly, so this cruise attracted us because we could drive to NY and avoid one flight. Sailing out of NY Harbor at sunset is an incomparable experience. Destinations were well chosen and sailing was quite smooth - little motion. Food quality was excellent and service above average. Selection of house wines and premium wines was very good. Bar service excellent. We spent 3-4 days at sea, and wished there have been better structured meet & mingle events at the beginning so we could bond with other couples for the remainder of the cruise. Biggest downer was very limited TV, nothing but news channels and ESPN - no movies and the DVD's in the library were awful. Public Rooms and Restaurants nicely decorated & appointed. The Gym was barely adequate and some equipment wasn't working. We only used tender service at one destination (St. Barts) it would have been nice to have published schedule of Tender departures. (We missed opportunity to dine ashore because we arrived too late for the tender.) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We selected this cruise to be pampered a little and to see the fall colors in Canada and the east coast. We were lucky because the fall colors were late this year. Embarkation was smooth, however, they were a little late getting our bag ... Read More
We selected this cruise to be pampered a little and to see the fall colors in Canada and the east coast. We were lucky because the fall colors were late this year. Embarkation was smooth, however, they were a little late getting our bag to the cabin ~ lost one for awhile due to someone taking the tag off! An added bonus was that we had the best cruise director ever, Vicki Van Tassel - she was funny and talented. Even though we encountered some delays due to weather we still had a good time while traveling! We found that all of the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful and always went out of their way to assist us in any way they could. The food was good, in all of the restaurants, had a couple of excellent meals and others were average. The Silver Singers were great and we didn't miss a show! On our next cruise (wherever that might be) we hope to have Vicki again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Very GOOD It istill very nice ship and really one of the best if you want to go for the first time. The service is more impresive than a regular cruice line. The inforamtion thay give us for the ports is really full. The rooms ... Read More
Very GOOD It istill very nice ship and really one of the best if you want to go for the first time. The service is more impresive than a regular cruice line. The inforamtion thay give us for the ports is really full. The rooms are very goog ones. The bar or halls areas are nice and allway you have a spot to seat. Nice people in the best maners to have a fun and know different people. Recurring Customers who have travel more than three time. Getting every time lower service and lower attention to the guest. book to a restaurant is an nightmare. V society, in free laundry (is a lack of information and the result a disgrace for you guys) SHAME OF YOU FOR YOUR RECURRING CUSTOMERS. The services in the pool area is not good, more than 5 minutes waitting, or you go to the bar, also in with the lunch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We have always wanted to visit the ports of Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as the New England. Unfortunately, due to a huge storm ( similar to the one in the movie "A Perfect Storm") we were unable to ... Read More
We have always wanted to visit the ports of Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as the New England. Unfortunately, due to a huge storm ( similar to the one in the movie "A Perfect Storm") we were unable to visit most of the ports on our itinerary. Cruise line gave us a small credit toward a future cruise and did their best to keep us entertained while we remained docked in Halifax, NS ( which by the way is an awesome town). Guess we will have to revisit the missed provinces on another visit and hope for better weather. Cruise director, cabin attendants and wait staff were all outstanding. First cruise where the captain was a visible presence onboard. Staff aimed to please and everyone gave 100% to make sure we were well cared for. Ship size was perfect, allowing us to meet many interesting people from all over the world. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose the Fall Colors cruise because we hadn't been in Eastern Canada or a lot of the East Coast much. We really enjoyed our time on the ship; the crew and the service is really good. The food on this cruise didn't quite ... Read More
We chose the Fall Colors cruise because we hadn't been in Eastern Canada or a lot of the East Coast much. We really enjoyed our time on the ship; the crew and the service is really good. The food on this cruise didn't quite stand up to the food we had on a previous Mediterranean cruise, but was very good. The quality of the ship, cleanliness, shows, entertainment and cabins is really excellent. The passengers on this cruise were so friendly and our time on board especially joining Trivia each day was so fun and challenging. The Cruise Director, Vickie Van Tassel and her team were just amazing in their effort, energy and talent. The "Voices of Silversea" were exceptional and we went to the shows every night. There was also a night where we joined in a "Liars Event/show" that was so entertaining, a great laugh for everyone. All in all, a great cruise and I miss the ship already! We will definitely cruise with Silversea again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We have travelled extensively on Regent and had heard great things about SIlver Seas so the itinerary and timing worked for us and 8 other couples that we travel with quite often. That said overall we enjoyed the cruise but however ... Read More
We have travelled extensively on Regent and had heard great things about SIlver Seas so the itinerary and timing worked for us and 8 other couples that we travel with quite often. That said overall we enjoyed the cruise but however noted the following: 1. The food was excellent but service was inconsistent in the main dining room but we great service from Aidrian 2. The Pool Bar food was good but the menu lacked variety and only had 1 or 2 different daily specials. 3. Our drink server Jeffery was fantastic with excellent service and attitude and knew everyone by their name. 4. We were always greeted by staff as they passed by but did note that not once did we see the Captain during the cruise other than the first and last night in the show room... 5. Vicky the Cruise Director made up for a lot of our agnst with her excellent personality and attitude and she's a "keeper" for Silver Seas. 6.The embarkation port in Montreal was terrible as it was in the east end of the city in the main container terminal NOT downtown as expected and where other ships docked. Overall we would say we were "satisfied" and would try Silver Seas again depending on the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
The cruise from Southampton to Montreal gave us a good view of Greenland, Iceland and areas that the Vikings first landed. Greenland was unique, through Prince Christian Sound and a town that I can't remember. Service was excellent. ... Read More
The cruise from Southampton to Montreal gave us a good view of Greenland, Iceland and areas that the Vikings first landed. Greenland was unique, through Prince Christian Sound and a town that I can't remember. Service was excellent. The only drawback was the inability to land at L'Anse aux Meadow due to rough seas that precluded tender ops, and then a Canadian Government restriction that limited ship speed to 10 knots due to alleged destroying of right whales. So we missed Gaspe. Silver Whisper did their best to ameliorate the turn of events, but then Corner Brook was landed on Labor Day so everything was shut down and it rained! Off to Quebec, where a walking tour the next day was met with some rain, and then to Montreal here we debarked, or is it disembarked. Again, service was great, Vicki the cruise director did a great job, and the Chef school exec David Bilsland was on board the first few days and delighted us with his chef prowess. Seas were smooth, and the stop at Cobh (pronounced cove) was historical regarding the last stop for the Titanic. Definitely recommended even with the last few days because of weather. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because it stopped in Ireland, Iceland and Greenland. We had two really great lecturers on board which helped to fill the days at sea. Having been on several Silver Sea cruises before we knew pretty much what to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in Ireland, Iceland and Greenland. We had two really great lecturers on board which helped to fill the days at sea. Having been on several Silver Sea cruises before we knew pretty much what to expect. Unfortunately we missed two ports. One due to weather and another due to a mandatory slow down in the St. Laurence river. The slow down was announced by the government before the cruise left but the passengers were not told until midway on the trip. Not good PR on the ship's part. We enjoyed all the ports with the exception of Corner Brook Canada. Bad weather was not the ship's fault but there was a long bus ride with a poor tour guide and not much to see. I would encourage Silver Sea to go back to supplying the rooms with high quality binoculars as still mentioned in their brochures. We expected them and would have brought our own if we knew of the policy change. We return to Silver Sea because we like the smaller ships, the no reservation policy in the main dining room, all inclusive food and beverages, butler service, verandas, room service, handy launderette and a very friendly staff. Most of the food is excellent but on this cruise too many of the dishes featured pepper or hot spices which we do not eat. So, it somewhat limited our selections. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
My wife and I were aboard the Silver Whisper (cruise 4723) departing Southampton, England on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and arriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Friday, September 8, 2017. It was our second Silversea cruise having earlier ... Read More
My wife and I were aboard the Silver Whisper (cruise 4723) departing Southampton, England on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and arriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Friday, September 8, 2017. It was our second Silversea cruise having earlier gone to Antarctica, etc, aboard the Silver Explorer. The Silver Whisper rides very well. The engines are quiet and even in North Atlantic 12-15 seas, the roll was negligible. Many times, you had the feeling we had to be in port only to open the curtains to see we were still moving. The public areas are all well designed and well kept. The dining rooms are large and comfortable. It's nice that guests can dine alone or in groups at any meal at any time. The maitre d's and wait staff are polished and friendly. The food - at all venues and in room service - was excellent, always brought at the right temperature, and sensibly portioned. First-rate. The "house coffee" at breakfast was not the best, leading many guests to order cappucinos/americano. The buffet area (lunch & dinner) could be larger. Le Champagne, the posh restaurant, is headed by an excellent maitre d' and staff and they serve a wonderful meal but the nearly windowless room doesn't have much of an appeal. The Panorama Lounge is a nice space and could certainly offer more in the way of a light breakfast. The Observation Lounge is rather lifeless. A better chair arrangement, tiered somehow, would offer better views. The Bar - for obvious reasons - is probably the livliest space on the ship. Excellent pianists & singers in the bar. The Grill by the pool, weather permitting, is casual and has a great lunch menu and a fun grill at night. Our cabin/suite on deck 6 was excellent, with a large sitting area, a rather stiff sofa (sleeper) and a private balcony. There is a very good walk-in closet. The bathroom had both a full tub and separate walk-in shower. Excellent towels and toiletries. My problems with the room were limited to the wi-fi which was unreliable and slow. Admittedly, we took the free, daily hour but the wifi experience did not meet Silversea standards. The in-room television needs a sports channel that carries American sports. The "map channel" that charts the ship's course uses maps of such a scale that they are almost useless. We will not see our 65th birthdays again and yet we were among the youngest guests on this cruise. Perhaps a 17-day cruise during back-to-school weeks isn't one likely to attract younger people, but you can disregard the brochures and ship promotional material, this cruise skewed old. The entertainment was poorly chosen. A guest violinist was excellent. The house trio and the ship's two pianists were first rate - otherwise there was too much "show tune" fanfare indifferently lit but earnestly performed. Given the guests, how many people were up for the late-night karaoke and disco nights. Get real. The cruise itinerary was well-planned - Cornwall-Ireland-Reykyavik and "sunny, Southern Greenland" were wonderful. The last week, however, was a slog. It is always subject to weather adjustments but we felt that our Canada changes were mishandled by Silversea. It was too rough for the tenders at L'Anse aux Meadows, so that stop was cancelled. But that came after we had already been told our visit to the Gaspe (three days out) was being cancelled because of some slowdown mandated to avoid the numerous right whales in the area. So, all we got was a forgettable day in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The people were nice but, how can I say this, there is NOTHING to do or see in Corner Brook other than the ever-belching stacks of a paper plant. Some people took bus tours looking down on islands they had just sailed past. And it was raining and it was Canadian Labor Day - everything was closed. Some creative thinking at Silversea (skip Corner Brook and go to Gaspe?) would have helped. HQ could have found a better alternative than napkin folding competitions in the Panorama Lounge. I give the Silver Whisper ship an A. The food and drink, dining and suite staff an A. I give the larger cruise experience a B. As for "the ratings" below, it is really unfair to have to things like enrichment, excursion and entertainment overall. The offerings on Silversea were all above average but "very good" seems too strong. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Friends recommended this cruise line and were on this cruise. I had to go find one of my bags downstairs myself long after all the others were delivered. It was in quarantine because of a Swiss Army knife that I travel with. I wish ... Read More
Friends recommended this cruise line and were on this cruise. I had to go find one of my bags downstairs myself long after all the others were delivered. It was in quarantine because of a Swiss Army knife that I travel with. I wish someone had told me that it was there. I was worried it had been lost. I don't know when it would have been delivered to me. The ship, food, entertainment, service and all were lovely. My only real complaint is about some of the tours. They were the classic get on the bus and follow the paddle. If there were no ear phones (and there weren't about half the time) you couldn't hear anything the tour guide was saying. Some places were so touristy, like that place in Holland with the windmills, that I wouldn't even want to go there. It was sooooooo crowded that we only had time to try to keep up with the paddle, and I am quite mobile. Same for the tour of Bruges. We spent the whole time just trying to keep up with the paddle. On the tour of Bruges, one of the passengers fell and hurt herself needing 9 stitches in her finger. The tour guide seemed only concerned about getting all the others to the bus. I'm not sure who called her a taxi. Betsy from the ship store was great with her first aid kit and stayed with the woman. I think every tour needs someone like Betsy to bring up the rear and see no one gets lost or hurt. I can easily see how passengers get left. Best tour was the concert in the Hermitage. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2017
Overall cruise was ok. like the smaller ship, easy to get a table at any of the restuarants. didn't like so many nights that you had to wear a coat. no shorts or jeans after 6:00 in bar was a pain. Tried to be an "above ... Read More
Overall cruise was ok. like the smaller ship, easy to get a table at any of the restuarants. didn't like so many nights that you had to wear a coat. no shorts or jeans after 6:00 in bar was a pain. Tried to be an "above scale" atmosphere which i think hurt the ability to relax after a busy day. no opportunity to just hang out when back from excursions, needed to get cleaned up and get a jaclket on just to go to the bar. Room was above average with shower and tub and double sinks.but was lacking in outlets. not enough to charge all of our electronics and still use hair dryer. Staff was great and very accommodating in all areas. butler and staff keep room in top shape. all restuarant managers were great. bar staff was far above average in level of service provided. Biggest asset of this cruise was the staff. they really went out of their way to take care of us. all were very friendly and were always ready to go the extra mile to make us happy. Casino could be larger and have more black jack tables at reasonable limits. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We did an Alaska cruise with Silversea two years ago and really liked the ship and the cruise line, so we went with Silversea again when looking for a Baltic cruise. We were generally satisfied, though there were a few things we would ... Read More
We did an Alaska cruise with Silversea two years ago and really liked the ship and the cruise line, so we went with Silversea again when looking for a Baltic cruise. We were generally satisfied, though there were a few things we would like to see done differently. First, they scheduled the Captain's welcome and the first enrichment lecture during the initial sailout from Stockholm. We didn't want to miss those events but would have preferred being on deck for the sailout. We had only two complaints about service. One night the service was way below standard in La Terraza - both food and wine. We mentioned this to the manager and it was much better on subsequent visits. The other issue was that our butler walked into our suite once without knocking or waiting to be invited. The same thing happened to a friend who was traveling with us. Rather strange. All in all, it is hard to beat Silversea. We will cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Needed to be in Denmark, so we we did this cruise first. My travel companion had been on other silverseas cruises so she really built it up, and we were both a bit let down. The ship seemed a bit old, but it was comfortable. My biggest ... Read More
Needed to be in Denmark, so we we did this cruise first. My travel companion had been on other silverseas cruises so she really built it up, and we were both a bit let down. The ship seemed a bit old, but it was comfortable. My biggest issue with this entire cruise is that the staff literally didn't' seem to understand our needs. By the last day, the staff was understanding us, but it was too bad it took that long for them to figure us out. I also had an issue with the food... and the service at the main restaurant was so slow. In general the staff wasn't hussling at all, just taking their time, and we would wait and wait. The drip coffee was really bad, so we had to have lattes and then it would take about 10 minutes to get. The food was good, but reminded me of a local chain restaurant. We did eat at the Relais and Chateau restaurant two nights which was better. We chose to eat in the cities we were visiting whenever possible. We did love the clothing and jewelry on the ship and ended up purchasing quite a bit of both! The bar tender at the main bar was also excellent, as was the barista at the panorama coffee bar. The in room movie selection was also very good. We did discover that we love Hamburg and Amsterdam which surprised us! The tours were efficient but typical cruise tours which wasn't surprising. I was expecting a very luxurious experience, and it seemed like a Celebrity cruise. Had my travel partner not talked it up so much i would have been more pleased. It was a good value, and we did have a nice time. If i sail again, i would like to go on a newer ship. 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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