5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Silver Spirit, Montreal to NYC. Have sailed too many cruises to list but over the past 12 months have been on Crystal and Queens Grill in Cunard. This Silver Spirit cruise was a return to Silversea having sailed on Cloud, Wind, Shadow ... Read More
Silver Spirit, Montreal to NYC. Have sailed too many cruises to list but over the past 12 months have been on Crystal and Queens Grill in Cunard. This Silver Spirit cruise was a return to Silversea having sailed on Cloud, Wind, Shadow and Whisper in the past (and had all very nice cruise on those other Silversea ships) Ship: Looks brand new, loved the cabin and and cabin bathroom. I found the ceilings too low on some decks and the ship really chopped up (a bit claustrophobic here and there). Some public rooms were too small to handle the ships passengers (Panorama) and some too large (Dolci Vida - which looks like an airport business class lounge). I'm still unsure about the new decor direction, it was really repetitive and kinda boring/cheap looking in some areas. Lighting was awful, in the dining rooms and la Terrazza were all lit like shopping malls. Also on the smaller ships La Terrazza was a beautiful space, on the Spirit, it looked like a mass market ships buffet restaurant. Cabins: Great, they were nicely updated, loved the bathrooms and our butler and cabin steward were tops. No complaints! Food: This is where Spirit falls and falls hard vs her competition. The non changing menus coupled with the new ipad ordering is a mess and will prevent me from sailing Silversea again. You are asked prior to every meal for your room number and name; super mass market. The ipads are slow and not flexible resulting in missed courses, incorrect orders, etc. The first night I never got my entree, was told kitchen was now closed and to order from Room Service, really? Second morning never got my breakfast, only or it to show up on day 7. Want your steak medium, order it rare was the given direction. I also hated the new slate type dishes in Atlantide, it felt like those dishes were all preprepared just waiting for your meat and sauce selection. All veal chops on the ship were inedible (even our waited guided away from ordering them). So in 10 nights, I had the same soup 5 times, same salad and three different steaks that all tasted about the same. Sad for a luxury line. Lunch in Atlantide was great, great daily menus and diverse food selection. We tried LaTerrazza, it was ok, I had the veal - bad choice. Silver Note was fun, but a one and done place. We cancelled LeDame as we didn't want to risk paying $240 for four of us to have the same dreary dinner food we had been having all week. Ports: We missed two and weather was awful, but thats not the ships fault. Its still a beautiful part of the world Service: Overall fine, but really a sense that there are rules to be followed, want a dish from next door? No. Would a bar server ever remember my room number or drink, Nope. Other passengers would let others know alternative menus were available, but never from the staff. 45 minutes between courses, yup...The whole experience felt too mass market compared to Seabourn or Crystal. We had fun thanks to the DJ and other passengers we met, always great meeting others. Since this seems to be the new direction for Silversea, I hope that they get guidance from Royal Caribbean or at least the cash they need to bring their experience levels back up to prior cruises. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We just returned from a ten day trip on the Silver Spirit, Montreal to New York City. Out of 25+ cruises this was hands down the worst because of the weather. It was 29 degrees F in Montreal, we got stuck in Quebec City because of a ... Read More
We just returned from a ten day trip on the Silver Spirit, Montreal to New York City. Out of 25+ cruises this was hands down the worst because of the weather. It was 29 degrees F in Montreal, we got stuck in Quebec City because of a blizzard, Saguenay port was closed because of the weather, Baie-Comeau was closed because the dock was wrecked by the storm and it was rain, snow, sleet and fog in all but Newport RI. So I must give this trip two marks, overall trip a 2 while just the Silver Spirit a 8. I blame the weather 50%, myself 25% for booking a trip to Canada this late in the season and Silver Sea 25% for selling a trip this late. The attitude aboard the ship from Captain on down was it was too late in the season. The Ship: The Spirit looks like a new ship and just like the Muse in many places. She was very clean and organized with no problems that I encounter. The crew was great, service top notch. The unlimited internet and the interactive TV worked great. We were in cabin 1117, a new Silver Suite added when she was stretched. Great cabin in a great location. Very quite and right by the elevator and midships enough motion wasn’t a issue. Food: The Spirit now has the same restaurant arraignment as the Muse and the same room service. I really do not like the fact that the menus do not change at all in the evening in any restaurant, it gets very boring. Some will say they do change however after 23 days on both ships I have never seen a change, I also find the room service menu boring, almost like a Diner. I tried to get a lobster dinner, which is a special order, and just got the run around. I am really not impressed by the food. I never got a bad meal however there is no wow factor in any of it. I can not recommend SS to a foodie. Accitivies: For a ship with a very small stage their group did a great job. There were six singers who put on various shows, all very good. There was a three piece band which was OK along with a male and female singer who worked the lounge, also OK. I was surprised they didn’t bring in any guest acts. There was a lecturer onboard also. Overall I like SS but after trying them twice I just can’t get excited about their restaurant concept. I would sail them again however at their price point there are better options I believe. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Awesome service, accommodations and great culinary options! My husband and I boarded this cruise too celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Despite the bad weather, and missed ports, we enjoyed all the ... Read More
Awesome service, accommodations and great culinary options! My husband and I boarded this cruise too celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Despite the bad weather, and missed ports, we enjoyed all the ports we did get to visit! The staff on board accommodated our every whim and the dinning options were fabulous. The rooms are very spacious and serviced twice a day which was very nice. We loved all the common areas and the numerous activities that were offered. We especially enjoyed trivia play each day at 4:45pm. Who doesn't like drinks, friends, and some trivia! We made some wonderful friends on board as well! The ports were beautiful and full of fun and exciting excursions suiting every level of activity. Because of our ship's size we could get into most ports without having to tender to shore. I would definitely recommend this cruise and especially Silversea cruise line. We can't wait to book our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Choose this cruise for the fall colors and Ports it was going to. The wait staff, Bar and room staff were absolutely wonderful. There were lots of restaurant choices and all the ones we went to were great. The Spa was also very good and ... Read More
Choose this cruise for the fall colors and Ports it was going to. The wait staff, Bar and room staff were absolutely wonderful. There were lots of restaurant choices and all the ones we went to were great. The Spa was also very good and the service was great. The transfer from the Hotel to the ship was anything but smooth and organized. The people in charge had no organizational skills what so ever. Very very disorganized. Going trough immigration in Bar Harbor was also a major cluster disaster. What was on the daily sheet was not the same as the people in the halls. Very confusing and totally dis organized. And then there was getting off the ship. If we though the other times were bad we had no idea that getting off the ship was going to be worse. The colored tags on the bags made no difference in how the hole process was going on. The excuse was the we were late on the account of wind. I can't see how you can blame stupidity and no organizational skills on the Wind. I was very disappointed in the way things were handled. Not at all up to the Silver Sea Standards we have Been accustom to. I sure hope you get your act together in the future. Not sure at this time if I will go back with Silver Sea may have to try some other's. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this trip with 3 other couples for a luxury ship fall foliage tour; weather was mostly bad, but that is just bad luck. Excursions handled by the ship were poor to average and the entire experience was not quite what we had ... Read More
We chose this trip with 3 other couples for a luxury ship fall foliage tour; weather was mostly bad, but that is just bad luck. Excursions handled by the ship were poor to average and the entire experience was not quite what we had expected or paid for. The cabin was excellent and the food was very good as well. Service was a little spotty as the ship was completely full, but I still expected more attentive service; the best service was from the butler & room staff. The fitness center was very small & very disappointing; several people that were in there while I was working out made the same comment. We had a problem with the flight set up by the cruise line, and the issue was handled very, very poorly which put a bad taste in our mouths even before we finally arrived at the ship later in the trip. Overall the experience was not a 5 or 6 star one and was less than we had expected. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Wanted to cruise the changing of the leaves in Canada and New England. The ship is wonderful the crew is also overboard at helping. Our butler Oscar and out maid Evelyn were just superb. The weather was not the best, but such is life. The ... Read More
Wanted to cruise the changing of the leaves in Canada and New England. The ship is wonderful the crew is also overboard at helping. Our butler Oscar and out maid Evelyn were just superb. The weather was not the best, but such is life. The only downside to the entire trip was the tenders. The tenders on two occasions caused tours to be cut short, both times the scheduled departure from the ship was delayed almost an hour. The most annoying being Newport, we were scheduled to tour the Vanderbuilt mansion, but had to cut it short to get back for the final tender. Other than the tenders, every other aspect of the ship, crews and food was excellent. I will be sure to check any ports in the future that require tenders, especially if they are as expensive as the Vandebuilt one. If there is a tender I definitely will not pay to get off the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
The 5 stars are for the cruise only. The pre and post cruise services are definitely the weak link. We had booked transfers through Silversea. No one was waiting at the airport as we had been told. We dragged our luggage all over the ... Read More
The 5 stars are for the cruise only. The pre and post cruise services are definitely the weak link. We had booked transfers through Silversea. No one was waiting at the airport as we had been told. We dragged our luggage all over the airport on a wild goose chase until we found the transfer company. The pre-cruise night at the Intercontinental was a nightmare. Check in was very difficult, the fire and evacuation at midnight was handled terribly by the hotel, having our luggage picked up from our room by the transfer service in the morning was a 3 hour process. The Silversea hotel representatives were no help at all. Once we got to the port, everything changed. Embarkation was quick and easy. Our veranda cabin was perfect. Our cabin was in the “stretched” section with a nice big shower only. We loved everything about our cabin. Our butler Raphal and room attendant Larry took great wonderful care of us. Raphal even made sure we always had distilled water for my husbands cpap. Since they knew I liked champagne, they always had a chilled bottle ready for us. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed the food, wine, and especially the excellent service. La Dame was a very memorable meal for us! The destination speaker Corey Sandler was so informative and his tips added a lot of enjoyment to each of our stops. We enjoyed Quebec City, Bar Harbor, Boston, and Newport the most. The cruise down the Saguenay River was stunningly beautiful. It would have been nice to skip the smaller ports and have overnights in some of the nicer ports. The weather was awful due to the hurricane remnants and it was so nice to come back to our warm cozy cabin after being in port all day. We were very late arriving in New York City. Again, once off the ship, the transfer services were a mess. They took a long, out of the way route to the airport and they didn’t know which terminals were where. Many people missed their flights. We ended up getting off at one terminal and walking well over a mile to the correct terminal. If we cruise with Silversea again, we will book our own flights and hotel. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Silversea is marketed as a pampering and luxury cruise line. However, my experience was not as luxurious as anticipated. A friend warned me that the service/food level had dipped in the last couple of years and we booked nonetheless. ... Read More
Silversea is marketed as a pampering and luxury cruise line. However, my experience was not as luxurious as anticipated. A friend warned me that the service/food level had dipped in the last couple of years and we booked nonetheless. The cuisine was mediocre in most restaurants. Atlantide and La Dame were fine as far as the level of cuisine offered, and we loved our meals there, however we found the offerings in the rest of the ship to be less than...not what we expected. Our cabin attendant was very sweet and accommodating. The luggage delivery was late, and not his fault, but we boarded the ship at 2 and didn’t receive our luggage until after 6...beyond annoying. Also, we are used to the service level of Azamara where any food or drink wish was taken care of immediately. We didn’t get a bottle of Ketel One for our room for 2 days. And the level of in room cuisine was also mediocre and almost always cold. The only ports worthwhile were Montreal, Quebec City, Bar Harbor and Boston. The others were boring and lackluster. Silversea should consider paying the higher cost of a longer port stay in the other ports allowing for more time for exploration. Saguenay, Sydney and Baie Comeau didn’t have much to offer, unless you paid for an excursion. I will say the service in the restaurants was excellent. The staff is well trained and very accommodating, friendly. It’s just what they’re serving that we found challenging. We wouldn’t book another cruise on Silversea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Having recently sailed on Regent Explorer and Seabourn Encore, we wanted to return to Silversea and try out the “new” Silver Spirit. We were not disappointed. We had a lovely trip from Montreal to NYC on the Spirit. The weather ... Read More
Having recently sailed on Regent Explorer and Seabourn Encore, we wanted to return to Silversea and try out the “new” Silver Spirit. We were not disappointed. We had a lovely trip from Montreal to NYC on the Spirit. The weather didn't cooperate, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Michael, but the fall colors were spectacular, even in the rain! The ship itself is lovely and comfortable, and the newly refurbished/created lounges and restaurants are beautifully done. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We prefer a “main dining room”, and took most dinners in Atlantide- beautiful room, super service. The menu never changed, which became quite repetitive by the end of the trip. We enjoyed our dinners at Silver Note with its striking presentations, and the Italian fare at La Terraza as well. Our newly redone cabin was spacious and comfortable as well (the huge sink in the bathroom was an odd and awkward choice). Service throughout our trip was top-notch: gracious, friendly and prompt yet not obsequious. The crew was extremely courteous and helpful to my mother, who used the wheelchair we had rented more than expected on this trip. The stretching and refurbishment of the Spirit are a big success! We had a great time aboard ship and in port. The hiccups came at the beginning and the end of the trip. I'll start at the end. Disembarkation in NYC was a nightmare. For some reason, while we had been right on time up to our berth in Midtown, something happened which necessitated the ship to be turned around before docking, resulting in a 90 minute delay. Needless to say, the crowd gathered in Dolce Vita was restless, and the lack of information didn't help the situation. When we did make our way off the ship to claim our luggage, there was no personnel to assist as it was all hands on deck to just get the bags off the ship. With my mother in a wheelchair, I finally found a cart and we made our way to the buses to the airport, to find total chaos. It was the blind leading the blind, and the "Silversea" personnel directing traffic were, forgive the pun, at sea...not good when people are trying to make connections across town. We eventually made our way onto the bus, and did make our flight. I'm sure others weren't as lucky. I heard a lot of very negative comments about the way the disembarkation was handled, which put a damper on an otherwise great vacation. Our trip also began with some chaos. We opted for the pre-cruise night at the InterContinental. The fire alarm and subsequent evacuation of the hotel were NOT part of the package. The activity was handled very poorly, and I’ve expressed my concerns to both the hotel and Silversea. I know that Silversea doesn't control what the hotel does, but they need to know what's going on in the properties they use. May you never have a similar experience! Happy sailing! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Good Service, smooth sailing and easy travels was our goal to celebrate my parents 70th anniversary and our mother's 90th birthday. We chose Silver Seas because it claimed smaller, more intimate ships, with a high crew to passenger ... Read More
Good Service, smooth sailing and easy travels was our goal to celebrate my parents 70th anniversary and our mother's 90th birthday. We chose Silver Seas because it claimed smaller, more intimate ships, with a high crew to passenger ratio. In addition, a wheelchair cabin was available, with business class airfare at a lower rate! My sister and I were excited to book this trip for the 4 of us. The cost was high but we wanted our parents to have a first class holiday!! Unfortunately, even before we got on the ship problems began to occur. Some of the major issues were: 1. A 45 minute plus wait at the airport STANDING at the Silverseas kiosk for the shuttle to arrive. (We were told it was a 5 minute wait). Once the bus did arrive we found that there were 8+ steps up to the seating area of the bus. There is no way my mother who is in a wheelchair could handle 5 steps let alone 8. 2. The wheelchair cabin was not well suited for my mothers disability needs. The counters were curved, the toilet too low and so difficult to flush. In addition, the mattress sloped down the sides. Each day was a challenge. My mother found the cabin so uncomfortable, she wanted to leave and go home. To make matters worse, after a few days, the toilet started to smell 3. The port in Montreal was changed and we were not notified. My other sister and family were coming on-board in Montreal, but their visit was cut short because they went to the port in Old Montreal which was the address in the pre-cruise info. 4. We understood 2 ports were tendered, but it turned out to be 3 tender ports 5. The ship got into the New York port late, we had to do a mad rush to get a taxi to JFK as if we went with the transfers we would have missed our noon flight. We made the flight with 2 minutes to spare, but the rush was so stressful and tiring for all of us. It was not all bad, we enjoyed most of the meals. The Arts Cafe had fabulous coffee, sandwiches and little salads. The restaurant servers gave excellent service. Silver Note, La Terraza, Indochine and Atlantide had great menu items, we just wished there were different menus each night. The ports were enjoyable in most cases. Quebec city, Boston and Halifax were most enjoyable. We would have liked to have Maine lobster in Bar Habour, but could not as this was a tender port. We traveled on many different cruiselines, Viking does a much better job with disabled customers and Crystal seems to have better cuisine. Silverseas has many good itineraries and excellent service, but needs to improve its care for customers with special needs. Read Less
Silver Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family 2.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates N/A 4.0

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