3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
The disembakring experience in NYC ruined the cruise. There was no representative from Silversea to assist passnegers attempting to find the bus to LaGuardia airport. No one on the ground knew which bus was destined to this airport. We ... Read More
The disembakring experience in NYC ruined the cruise. There was no representative from Silversea to assist passnegers attempting to find the bus to LaGuardia airport. No one on the ground knew which bus was destined to this airport. We literally wandered around trying the street to find our bus - again NO ONE from Silversea was there to assist this operation. Bus driver admitted he was not familar w/ streets of NYC. He refused to take passengers to their terminal besides terminal B at LaGuardia. I was forced to gather all my luggage abd walk through the airport terminal w/ my luggage trying to find a transit bus to transport me to the Delta terminal at LaGuarda - terminal D. It was a total mess - many passengers were visibly upset. This was excusable on the part of Silversea - you had our money and now we were less than human. Someone from Silversea should be TERMINATED for this toal lack of civilty and service. Many people on the bus voiced the consensus opinion that this will be our last cruise because of the fiasco in NYC. As a trained PH.D. ethicist all the people on the bus to Laguardia should receive financial compensation for the disgraceful behavior we were treated by Silversea. We were viewed as cattle who did not to be treated as a human being.I would gladly talk to some representative, but doubt my opinion matters. You failed to make this cruise memorable by the manner you treated people disembarking the ship in NYC. Shame on Silversea!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose Silver Sea based on previous excellent experiences. Cabin was not acceptable, see below. The Manager of Guest Relations, Ms Ana Pedroso De Lima, could not see us for the first two (2) days of the cruise because she was ... Read More
We chose Silver Sea based on previous excellent experiences. Cabin was not acceptable, see below. The Manager of Guest Relations, Ms Ana Pedroso De Lima, could not see us for the first two (2) days of the cruise because she was "busy". The food was generally tasteless. The presentation was often pretty good, but the food just didn't taste good. A big disappointment from our previous experience. Did not check out entertainment; the enrichment lectures by Prof Adelman were great. Service was generally very good, other than the Guest Relations Office. Ports and Shore excursions were great and enjoyable. Based on our experience on this cruise, Silver Sea has lost us. We told everyone how great our experience had been on previous cruises, and in fact some of our friends have booked cruises based on our recommendation. No more. This cruise has destroyed the Silver Sea brand for us (and anybody we know). Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Meeting with Hotel Director later this am. Very sad. Our friends who are with us usually go on Regent. 1st time on SS and because of this experience will not go back on SS. Women`s restrooms on 4th Fl (outside of restaurants) and 7th ... Read More
Meeting with Hotel Director later this am. Very sad. Our friends who are with us usually go on Regent. 1st time on SS and because of this experience will not go back on SS. Women`s restrooms on 4th Fl (outside of restaurants) and 7th Fl repeatedly disgusting, out of towels, etc. Female Japanese guest observed to be trying to clean restroom 4th Fl (outside of restaurants) herself! Last night we went to Panarama Lounge 9:00pm after Dinner---NO STAFF! We had to go behind Bar and serve ourselves. Called Reception to complain and they say “ Panarama Staff are on Break from 8:30 -9:30pm! Why not stagger breaks but at least have some Staff present during anticipated times for use of Lounge (ie—after dinner)? Much of 6th FL deck, incl our friend`s room very warm and could not get thermostat to cool off. Very uncomfortable throughout Cruise until just yesterday. Thermostat worked fine in our Suite, but problems with plumbing throughout cruise (continuous sounds of gurgeling coming from sinks and shower drains 24/7). Another experience in Panarama Lounge---UNBELIEVABLE! All (4) of us go for drinks after dinner into the Panarama Lounge. We all order drinks and I requested a special Cognac. Debbie and our fiends get their drinks and the Waiter puts an empty Cognac glass in front of me and says that he is going to get the Cognac and return. 40 min later, Debbie and friends had finished their drinks. Same Waiter comes over and looks at my empty glass and asks if I would like another Cognac! We are all thinking this guy is trying to be funny and then realize that he was serious! I tell him that I never rec`d my 1st glass. He picks up my glass, puts his nose it and proceeds to smell 2x, and then puts my glass back on the table and says that he was sorry, starts to leave, and says that he will go and get the Cognac! We are all really SHOCKED witnessing this happen. I then stop him and demand that he get me a CLEAN GLASS! UNBELIEVAABLE!!!!! Pool/Lido Deck Grill---Super Poor Svc and food not good. Lots of Staff simply standing around, talking to themselves, as if they are in training or don`t care. Guests flag down Staff for service quite often (we even had to get up out of our seats to get attention of Staff just standing around). Very poor Management overseeing these Guest Services on Pool/Lido Deck. Overall food definitely gone downhill—quality and selections in La Terraza Lunch and Dinner not as good as before. Entertainment was very poor---although we do not usually go to many Shows anyways. Alantide—Formal Night—I forgot to bring ties on Cruise. I had Black Dress Shirt, Black Slacks, looked nice, but no tie. Several people were in line checking in. Instead of pulling me aside and quietly/politely advising me that I needed a tie to come in and eat, Maitra`d proceeds to advise me in a LOUD voice . . . I pulled him aside and told him that I understood the policy and respected that what he was saying but was critical about the way the message was delivered. He really did not care. I then asked if Debbie and our guests could please be seated and that I would try to go find a tie and return. Despite being advised of Debbie`s impaired vision and us needing a well lighted table, he proceeds to sit us in a knowing dark unacceptable table. I remind him of Debbie`s impaired vision and ask if we could please be seated at more well lighted table. He gets frustrated, says “sit wherever you want” and walks away! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Wanted to see the Fjords. Had nothing to do with Silver Seas. Our friends had a so-so experience on an exploration type cruise so wanted to give the more conventional cruise a chance with SS. The wait staff, especially the so called ... Read More
Wanted to see the Fjords. Had nothing to do with Silver Seas. Our friends had a so-so experience on an exploration type cruise so wanted to give the more conventional cruise a chance with SS. The wait staff, especially the so called head maitre d were terrible. Bepin, Norbert, and Samuel were great. In fact, we went to IndoChin the last 5 nights because the service was so bad elsewhere. E.g. I wanted two scoops of vanilla with chocolate sauce which was not on the menu. Waiter did not offer to get it for me. So, I left table, went up to the ice cream lady and got it myself, returned to the restaurant to stunned faces. On outside grill, had to go get a glass of wine downstairs because noone came by to check on us. At almost every meal, someone made me feel like I was imposing. Bepin and Norbert didn't play those games. Tours were ok. Train ride (not Flam) was a fiasco. We had fun, but who wants to feel like an imposition. Get rid of the tall short haired blond supposed maitre d...it's clear his staff was afraid of him. Never smiled and he's two faced--smile then shut it off as soon as guest left his presence. Jerk. Food was ok, but not outrageously good. Bepin did respond to my request to steak (gave me filet mignon, not sirloin) and lobster on the last night and another change up to the Indochin menu no questions asked. Wonderful. And the other thing was the language barrier for us Americans. I should say the pronunciation barrier for us America. The waitress did not understand the term blend, slush, and frozen for a margarita drink. It was repeated to her several times. No clue what we were talking about. We ran into this almost every day. And the 11th floor bar in the front of the boat had no breakfast or anything until 6PM. Coffee was only avaialble in the back of the boat. Very bad. We went the first night at 6PM or later for drinks and never again because the second night we didn't know it wasn't open at 5:00 PM for happy hour (duh!). Silly us. It takes two-three days to get the lay of the land. Again, the ship itself was ok for some things and uneven for others. I enjoyed my walks outside around the pool, but that had nothing to do with staff although Harvey, a waiter outside, was super nice and checked up on my step total. Most wheelchairs I've ever seen on a cruise. If I had trouble negotiating and/or locating my way around the ship, I can't imagine their plight. Embarkation and disembarkation were the best of our experience as cruisers. Super organized and done quickly, including even getting our pictures taken and all of that. Leaving on bus was very well done and we felt comfortable with that. Coming on board, they allowed our taxi to pull right up to the waiting group of staff members. Nice. You can't take the beauty of what we saw on the ship. SS had nothing to do with that. We did enjoy that part of it, but our experience with the staff was so uneven and weird (remember all four of us in our party felt the same thing, so it's not just the author) that we won't be back. If it wasn't for Bepin, Samuel, and Norbert, we might have settled for room service dinner. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
After reading earlier reviews we specifically asked Silverseas Uk for reassurance that this ship was indeed up to scratch, they said yes we would receive the normal 5 star luxury cruise experience..... basically they didn't tell the ... Read More
After reading earlier reviews we specifically asked Silverseas Uk for reassurance that this ship was indeed up to scratch, they said yes we would receive the normal 5 star luxury cruise experience..... basically they didn't tell the truth as it was anything but. Our $1000 a night suite had worn out soft furnishings and a heavily stained carpet that we avoided walking on with bare feet, the public room soft furnings were also worn and drab, a bit like a care home lounge. The menu choice was restricted to items that had not run out as they reduced stock pre refit which is where the ship will spend the rest of Feb 2018 in a dry dock....they even started to dismantle the ship days before we disembarked....art was removed leaving near bare bulkheads throughout the ship. Food quality was especially poor more like a cross channel ferry than a 5 star lux ship. Entertainment was dire. Staff acted like it was the end of term...which it was for many of them. Needless to say its back to Oceania and we will never trust Silverseas again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We were were encouraged to continue our explorations along Africa's East Coast because of a very favorable experience with Silver Seas on the Silver Cloud, along Africa's West Coast, 2015, Accra to Capetown. As land/sea world ... Read More
We were were encouraged to continue our explorations along Africa's East Coast because of a very favorable experience with Silver Seas on the Silver Cloud, along Africa's West Coast, 2015, Accra to Capetown. As land/sea world travelers of over 50 years, our global adventures have included 93 cruises on all types of ships, from basic to luxury. Traveling has become increasingly difficult, expensive, and even dangerous. But even with lowered expectations, our voyage on the Silver Spirit was extremely disappointing. The ship is scheduled for dry-dock enlargement in Feb. 2018, and it seemed as though staff on board had already shut down. Entertainment on board was very average, gym poor, single lecturer not to my taste, shipboard activities practically non-existent. Food was uneven,- occasionally excellent and sometimes both poor and chaotic. Service often was patronizing. Madagascar was cancelled because of the plague, but Mozambique Island was a dismal substitute. Tours were overpriced, but necessary because of the danger. Certainly, overcharging for virtually everything does not automatically make for a "luxury" cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this trip because of the itinerary and Sil Seas reputation. We went to Abu Dhabi where were were looking forward to seeing the new Louvre; t it was closed on Monday when we arrived!!! Why weren't we told so that we could ... Read More
I chose this trip because of the itinerary and Sil Seas reputation. We went to Abu Dhabi where were were looking forward to seeing the new Louvre; t it was closed on Monday when we arrived!!! Why weren't we told so that we could have gone there from Dubai where we had two days to spend? Two of the five Gulf States were not worth a visit. BTW, Silver Seas should have specified just how "long sleeves' and "appropriate attire" were defined by the mosques. Several women were not allowed in, and I managed to buy long wrap just in time. The food on board was poor!!! The breads were stale, un-warmed and the same old same old every single night. Same old desserts at night as well. Service poor on deck 4 restaurant; we came in at 8 and ended up being 20 minutes late for the ten pm show. Voices of Silver Seas were good only with soloists or duets. Hypnotist was an insult!!! Lectures were uneven: the Indian father and daughter, especially the former, were difficult to understand (accent). Maldives where we landed was a dump. Disembarking took two hours; checking into Seychelles another three. Too late to do anything there. We should have spent several days visiting the beaches and the Botanical Gardens and skipped the Maldives and two of the Emirates. Drill inadequate; our room with hundreds others sent to the theatre instead of muster station. What if theatre was on fire or flooded??? Exercise balls in gym filthy; no elastic stretch bands in sight. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because is was rated so well and was a smaller cruise ship. With that we expected more individualized service. We did not find the service or the food to be remarkable in any way. The better meals were at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because is was rated so well and was a smaller cruise ship. With that we expected more individualized service. We did not find the service or the food to be remarkable in any way. The better meals were at the restaurants that you had to pay extra to dine at. I am a vegetarian and basically survived on French Fries, Salad, and pizza for two weeks. They were not able to meet my vegetarian requirements. For dinner I was actually offered an omelet on several occasions. They didn't even have an omelet station for breakfast in the morning so I ended up with scrambled eggs (they were doused in butter). Nothing was made to order. I could do better in a diner or a fast food restaurant. It was so upsetting. The staff would apologize and vow to make changes but every meal was so stressful and no matter what I ordered they seemed unable or unwilling to prepare it. One night I asked for eggplant parmigiana without the cheese and they would not accommodate me saying it was already prepared. The vegetarian soups were often made with beef or chicken stock so I was not able to eat the soup. Every meal was an ordeal and it was so stressful. We would eat as many meals as we could off ship where we could easily find vegetarian options. We discussed the problem several times with the managers and they would apologize profusely but the same problem would exist at the next meal to the point that I was having anxiety attacks at the thought of going to a meal on the ship. I have been on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival cruise and all of these cruise lines were able to accommodate me sufficiently. Why, with 5 star chefs, were they not able to come up with decent vegetarian options is beyond me. I will admit there were several decent meals but it was always stressful and nothing that ever rated 5 star in my mind. My husband who is not a vegetarian thought that the food was good but not outstanding. I was just surprised that they were so unable to meet my dietary restrictions. We did meet wonderful people on the cruise but I did hear other people make statements that the food was not as good as it should have been. We were also disappointment in the excursions. We went on one and then cancelled the others because we were so disappointed. Several of our fellow cruisers walks out of the excursion tour because the tour guide did not speak English well and did not seem to have any real knowledge of the sights he was showing us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We went on a 7 day trip from Athens to Venice. This was a great itinerary with many wonderful stops. It was the main reason we selected this cruise. We thought the excursions were very good. We only booked the half day or shorter ... Read More
We went on a 7 day trip from Athens to Venice. This was a great itinerary with many wonderful stops. It was the main reason we selected this cruise. We thought the excursions were very good. We only booked the half day or shorter ones but we did do one everyday . We booked our own in Venice because Silversea wait listed us on the one we wanted. We thought that was unusual since we booked very soon after they became available. They told us it was available once we boarded but we already had paid for a different one online. The food was not amazing but fine.. We did not eat at any of the restaurants which required an extra fee. There is only one restaurant that does not require reservations out of all the dining options. The service was sporadic . At times it would be very good and at other times it seemed you were ignored. The entertainers gave it their all and we appreciated that. We had no problems with embarkation or debarkation. The biggest deal breaker for us was the cabin . The ship is said to be non-smoking . The hallway outside our cabin smelled of cigarette smoke the first day. By the third to fourth day , inside our cabin smelled like smoke, especially in the evening and through the night. We made several attempts to alert the staff. They sent personnel but they did nothing to change the situation. We found it unacceptable, especially being medical professionals ourselves, for a luxury cruise line to have cigarette smoke venting into a cabin and take no measures to rectify the problem. Overall,we will not choose Silversea again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Silversea Cruise Critique: Athens to Venice September 21 to September 28, 2027 The Silversea doesn't compare in its service, in the quality of its staff nor in its overall attitude to the Seabourn. Here are a few examples: ... Read More
Silversea Cruise Critique: Athens to Venice September 21 to September 28, 2027 The Silversea doesn't compare in its service, in the quality of its staff nor in its overall attitude to the Seabourn. Here are a few examples: Food: The cuisine is too nouvelle: ‘too cutesy by half’. The portions are small; odd combinations that don't work together; poorly prepared, and frequently luke-warm. Dinner entrees with incredibly sized entree portions: One night my entree had only 3 scallops and another only 3 raviolis. There is no choice if you want to order wine by the glass. For example, if you want a glass of red wine, you get whatever they are offering that day; otherwise you must buy a bottle. The choice of 2 or 3 room service appetizers were limited and nontraditional. No shrimp cocktail; no antipasti (and this is an Italian ship); no pate or assortment of cheeses or nuts; and no free caviar. Staff: The personnel do not seem to have a service orientation. Most of the staff are genuinely disinterested and appear to be ‘working’ by rote. The maître d ’hotels appear annoyed if you don't like the location of the table they offer you at meals and are disgruntled if you ask them to find a different one. Disagreeable and borderline surly restaurant managers spend more time talking to each other than helping guests. Waiter staffs who only want to do the expedient thing: dish the food at you and move on so they can wrap up their meal service chores. Their touted 'butler' service is over rated. When ours wasn’t busy looking for a tip, he caught a cold which my wife then caught. Shore Excursions: The arrangements of the timing of the ship getting into each port and the shore excursions are poorly planned. Instead of arriving at 8 am and starting a shore excursion at 8:15 am, if the ship were to arrive a little later, and depart a little later, the shore excursion could occur later. This is particularly important for excursions that involve swimming when that activity should occur in a hotter part of the day. Many of the shore excursions/ports of call were not well thought out and in at least one case, passengers complained and a partial refund was obtained from the shore operator. Their brochure offered a transfer excursion in Venice on disembarkation day as part of the transfer to the hotel. The offer was perfectly clear and in plain English. But in a bait and switch move, they reneged on that option. Miscellaneous: Wi-Fi was way over priced and then worked only sporadically and inconsistently. A polite inquiry was summarily dismissed and not treated with any effort to understand or investigate. Generally the atmosphere on this cruise was one of being 'nickeled and dimed': an extra charge for everything. Bottom Line: They are chintzy while trying to appear ritzy. The Silversea cruise line is not worth the price and certainly doesn't compare to the Seabourn. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, ... Read More
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, of the staff. The food has nose dived into novelty crockery as a substitute for really good cooking and consequently majors on elaborate concept and presentation at the expense of quality. We ate at all of the on-baord restaurants and sadly, though Seishin was great and Champagne pretty good (apart from the appallingly slow service) things went downhill from there. The Restaurant was reasonable, the Grill depressing and La Terraza too variable (fair lunches, poor dinner). Worst was Stars which, one night was fair and another was - well, there's no polite way of saying it. Overall they need to go back to basics on food: its ambition should be to taste delicious and if it can then tick the boxes contemporary fancy presentation and theme, that's fine. But at the moment the cart is in front of the horse. It was a relief to eat on shore from time to time - and not at fancy places either. Service was often chaotic and sometimes just bad tempered, though many members of staff were excellent. Don't try getting a coffee at breakfast at La Terraza unless you order it quite a while before you go to get your food. Cabins: really nice, spacious, comfortable, great linens and pillows and beds and toiletries, lovely butler. Overall, the luxury is mostly in the 'lifestyle' marketing. The reality is a bit depressing and literally everyone in our large group agreed with this. It isn't the value it used to be and it needs to drop the gimmicks and focus on getting the key things - service and quality of cuisine - right. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our ... Read More
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our cruising experience. Everything was difficult -- booking a tour, trying to get help, trying to make reservations at restaurants. Any time we asked for help, the first response was "That's not possible", instead of "I will look into that and try to help you." We even jokingly started calling certain service personnel "Dr. No" because they kept saying "No" to everything. Separately from the service, with very few exceptions the food was mediocre at best, and generally poor most nights in main dining hall. Unfortunately, all of the smaller restaurants were booked or didn't have the capacity to absorb more than a few dozen people (if that). So, we were not able to make alternate arrangements. I would not recommend this cruise or Silversea to anyone unless they change their attitude, the quality of service, the quality of food and update the ship. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Our review may seem harsh, however, we are rating our experience on the Silver Spirit to numerous Seabourn cruises over the last seven years. There is no comparison. We were in the owners suite (No. 802) on this trip and have booked the ... Read More
Our review may seem harsh, however, we are rating our experience on the Silver Spirit to numerous Seabourn cruises over the last seven years. There is no comparison. We were in the owners suite (No. 802) on this trip and have booked the same level suite on Seabourn so we feel our comments are fair and balanced. 1)The ship seemed tired and in need of an update; the public areas and the bars did not have any energy and our entire experience was boring. . 2)Our cabin also needed an update (i.e. furniture, carpet, etc.). The air conditioning was sadly lacking and even after multiple visits from engineering the room never really cooled off. The curtains had to be drawn all day, every date to abate the heat, thus we never had an opportunity to enjoy exterior views. 3)Dining was our biggest disappointment. Menu choices were limited and varied little from day to day. The room service menu was very limited and the food was tasteless.The only exceptional meal we had was in the French Restaurant (which had the same menu every night of our cruise). No comparison to what we have experienced on multiple Seaborn ships. 4)Service: Although the "language of the ship" was English, staff and crew generally spoke languages other than English when talking to each other. No one, other than our butler, ever learned our names and never used our names without first determining our suite number. Even though we were in a premium suite we never met any of the senior crew members or officers. Ports and shore excursions were great, but they were not the ship's program. They were arranged by David Morris and/or our Dallas travel agent. We will not be sailing again on a Silver Seas ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My last cruise was over 10+ years ago on a mega ship with 4500 guests so this cruise must be on a different level. Sorry to say but the mega ship is on a much higher level. All of the restaurants service were agonizingly slow. Each ... Read More
My last cruise was over 10+ years ago on a mega ship with 4500 guests so this cruise must be on a different level. Sorry to say but the mega ship is on a much higher level. All of the restaurants service were agonizingly slow. Each meal would take 3-4 hours to finish. The wait staff didn't bother to remember our names even though they had ipads with our names and pictures while taking our orders every time. We gave up on eating at the restaurant, was just tired of having to wait so long for bad food and service. We end up just ordering burger and fires from room service on most nights. Over all the staff were nice and friendly but that is expected in any service industry. I can't comment about the shows because they were usually almost over when dinner was done. Luckily, we only booked 2 excursions through SilverSea. It was nothing special, big bus, time limits and local guides. We found that booking a local privet car and guide at the port was the way to go. We got to see and go to places where the big buses can't go. So why did I book with Silversea? It was on the recommendations of friends who averages 100+ sailing days per year with Silversea. Long story short, they and many other guests were booking their next trip on other cruise lines while we still had 8 days left on this cruise. I personally will not be booking with Silversea again. I'm looking to book on a new cruise line by a major luxury hotel brand. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We were given the incorrect embarkation dock. I had to call my American Express agent in Canada (from Lisbon) for her to call the company in Fort Lauderdale to find out where the driver should take us. Our cabin stunk of cigarette ... Read More
We were given the incorrect embarkation dock. I had to call my American Express agent in Canada (from Lisbon) for her to call the company in Fort Lauderdale to find out where the driver should take us. Our cabin stunk of cigarette smoke. We asked to be moved. They could not accommodate us. On the day of disembarkation we were put on a 5:30am transfer to CDG. Our flights were 1:15pm and 8:10pm respectively. We asked to be put on a later transfer. Reception said that the 8:30am bus was full and that they could not accommodate us. We asked if they could arrange a taxi. Reception said that they could not. We left the ship at 8:00am with the hope of getting a taxi. Seeing that the 8:30am bus was still there I asked ground crew if there was space. There was and we took the bus to CDG. I noted that there were 16-empty seats. I wish to add that I have more than 300-days with Silversea, I have sailed with Seabourn, Regent, and Crystal. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise upon the advice of friends who were also going with us..total of 8 adults. Checking in was fine, but once on the ship, disappointed in the presentation of the staff. The ship was old and worn, the staff did not seem ... Read More
We chose this cruise upon the advice of friends who were also going with us..total of 8 adults. Checking in was fine, but once on the ship, disappointed in the presentation of the staff. The ship was old and worn, the staff did not seem happy to be there. As walking around the ship, we found that every aspect of it was dated. Our suite was spacious, but found they did not "clean" it daily. There was a ring on the table on the deck and it was there the entire trip. The butler was a nice touch, but in all honesty, didn't do anything really special. Dining....well, it was not the best. Waiters could care less, for a small ship, they should have known everything about us. When we sat on the aft deck and asked for a snack, they brought us potato chips!!! The food was sub-par the entire cruise. Breakfast was pathetic and left a lot to be desired. Entertainment....again...for an "upscale" ship, terrible. Service, it must have been a first cruise, especially for the bartenders....no one ever smiled, nor did they know how to make simple mixed drinks. Excursions, they were included in the price, so no great shakes there. And even the paid ones were just "ok" We have sailed on many different cruise ships, including Crystal, (the best) and must say, this was the most disappointing ever. We wrote to Silverseas and never got any response...and will honestly, never cruise with them again. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We are seasoned travelers and we have sailed on Seaborn, Oceana, Azamara , Princess , Dysney and Royal Carribean. This time we chose the Silversea to celebrate our 35th anniversary . We are very dissatisfied, but let's start with ... Read More
We are seasoned travelers and we have sailed on Seaborn, Oceana, Azamara , Princess , Dysney and Royal Carribean. This time we chose the Silversea to celebrate our 35th anniversary . We are very dissatisfied, but let's start with good points first. Midship veranda cabin was spacious and comfortable though the furniture was scratched and showed wear and tear signs. Bed was comfortable, linen clean, butler and suite attendant were good. Specialty restaurant Le Champagne was outstanding and breakfast and lunch had many good choices. The dinners in the complimentary restaurants were not so good! It took about 2.5 hours due to a slow service, in the main dining and in La Terrace the food was either over cooked or undercooked and mostly tasteless. The Grill was good but very hard to get the reservations. In the bars and common areas the drinks are served without the coasters or napkins all the time and the condensed water driped on the outfit. No staws for the drinks as well. When I initially enquired at the customer service about the choice of alcoholic beverages, I was told they have Remy Martin VSOP and Courvasier VSOP as a standard. When we boarded only VS was available and the complimentary wine selection was very cheap 2016 2015 bottles. The food and beverage manager initially mislead us by stating the ship has the selection of VSOP but later acknowledged that they did not get any with our sailing. Let me say several words about the food and beverage manager. On our sailing he had his wife vacationing with him and she was mostly by his side. So when you approach him during the cruise she would appear by his side, introduce herself and join the conversation, which I think is inappropriate when you are discussing issues related to the problems with service, since she is not the staff member but just the family member of the staff! On one occasion when Food and Beverage manager was standing in his uniform at the entrance of the main dining room as if he was greeting people and I asked him if the promised VSOP was available, he very rudely informed me that I was Always demanding something which I was not entitled to(standard VSOP according to Silversea customer service written response ), informed that HE WAS HAVING DINNER WITH HIS WIFE and HE WAS ENTITLED TO IT! And informed me that I was interrupting his dinner! My new friend from the cruise was standing by and we both were lost for words. Needles to say I have not heard any greeting from him to the rest of the cruise only angry glares were pointed in my direction! No other beverages of similar quality were offered. Cruise director just verbally appologised that it's not available and that was it. It's not my place to judge, it's just my personal opinion but I think if the food and beverage manager paid more attention to which beverages arrive on board, what is food quality in the main dining and how are the drinks served at the bars instead of personal matters the cruise customers who ultimately pay his salary would have more enjoyable voyage. The Albany Blue eye lagoon tour was a total disaster according to everybody and our lives were seriously endangered on that excursion! (Have pictures and eyewitnesses to prove!) shame! I did submit the formal complaint to Silversea but have not heard from them until my wonderful agent from Vacations to Go contacted them on multiple times. The guest service manager from the headquarters appologised and that was nice, but I am still waiting to hear more. So if you really are looking for a luxury cruise consider your options carefully. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
NOT worth the money!!!!! Not as advertised- food quality was far from excellent, Staff was rude and snobby, food was subpar, stays in port were far too short, watch out for the "diamond expert" selling jewelry at outrageous ... Read More
NOT worth the money!!!!! Not as advertised- food quality was far from excellent, Staff was rude and snobby, food was subpar, stays in port were far too short, watch out for the "diamond expert" selling jewelry at outrageous prices, praying on elderly vulnerable widows. Scandalous! Don't be mislead by their claim that this is so much better than the "Giant Commercial Lines." Silver Seas is just as commercial. Book your excursions on shore, you'll save about 20% bc Silver Seas up charges even though they probably get a referral commission on top of that - that is why the staff waits on the dock to "help you" get to your tour - they don't want you talking to the people on the docks and finding out you're being charged more on the ship, cabin electric is dangerous, it shorted out and almost electrocuted me, smoke and sparks under the bed!!! - and last but not least if you have children, beware - kids club is next to smoking lounge and the second hand smoke is horrible in Kids Club - my daughter complained of a headache after each visit to kids club, finally figured out why on the second to last evening... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
This was our first (and no doubt last) cruise with SilverSeas, on the recommendation of 2 friends who were taking the same journey & had sailed with them before. This is a beautiful ship & our Silver Suite was lovely, nice size, ... Read More
This was our first (and no doubt last) cruise with SilverSeas, on the recommendation of 2 friends who were taking the same journey & had sailed with them before. This is a beautiful ship & our Silver Suite was lovely, nice size, separate bedroom with a comfortable huge bed & great amenities. However, the staff are either not trained well and/or no longer care. There were a lot of small problems from each bar and restaurant and then a rather large problem with in suite dining & the movies. The movies never worked & despite 3 complaints it was never fixed. They would stutter and pixelate about every 2 minutes for 30 seconds to a minute, so you would have to rewind to catch the bits you missed. This didn't occur on the normal television channels so was something to do with their digital streaming on-board. As far as we are concerned it was an advertised service which was not delivered. We know of at least 2 other suites which were having the same problem, so not just us. Most amusing was the reaction from reception when we complained the first time, she said "Oh really? I was able to watch that movie without any problem.". Wow, isn't that nice for her! She didn't seem to have an equally unprofessional response when we told her it was EVERY movie ALL the time. They never worked despite being told that it was fixed. Observation lounge - the waitress got one out of 4 drinks wrong 3 times in a row. Once ok, but every night for 3 nights in a row? Also they don't bring napkins with finger food (nibbles & canapes), we had to ask for them every evening. Come on folks, this is really basic stuff. The Restaurant - we were sat at the same table being served by the same waiter 2 nights in a row. Not a flicker of recognition passed his face, no big deal really. Until 5 minutes after telling us his name & that he would be our waiter for the evening, he returned to our table & recited the same script again! So not only could he not remember that he had been our waiter for the previous evening, just 24 hours ago, he couldn't even recall that he had already introduced himself 5 minutes previous. This is not luxury service, but more akin to a fast food restaurant where staff are taught to read from a script. They need to stop looking at those tablet PCs they use & try engaging with the customers in front of them! Le Champagne - you pay extra for this one. We were left for more than 5 minutes after receiving menus, no offer of a drink or even water. During the meal at one point we resorted to pouring our own wine, so not terribly attentive service & they didn't refold napkins when you left the table. Keeping in mind that this is supposedly "Relais & Châteaux, an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality". Excellence only if you redefine the word. There was however one waitress that evening who was very pleasant & engaging & have to say the food was good. Stars - good service, but the best thing I can say about the food is that is was mediocre & utterly forgettable. La Terrazza - tried to sit outside for breakfast one day, "Certainly", they said. Then marched us around the terrace, pointing at 2 empty tables we couldn't sit at & then back in the other door. "Sorry, you can't sit outside as there are no tables available.". Hmm.... maybe you should have ascertained that before you marched us in one door & out the other, telling us in front of all the other guests where we couldn't sit? Just a thought. La Terrazza again - tried to go there for dinner on our last night. Maitre'd asked if we had reservations (we didn't) & initially refused us because she was expecting 80 guests in 30 minutes. When I pointed out that I was looking at an empty restaurant with an empty terrace that had much more than 80 covers she then decided that she was, in her words, "willing to accommodate us". We weren't comfortable dining somewhere we were obviously not welcome so declined her "generous" offer. Here's something good: Seishin - after we decided not to be "accommodated" at La Terrazza we ended up here (another one you pay extra for), no problem not having a reservation. Best meal, food & service of the trip, so we lucked out on our last night! In suite dining - we tried, they failed. We had guests for dinner, canapes & champagne on the balcony, followed by a 3 course meal in the suite. The mains arrived & then nothing. 30 minutes after finishing our main courses our guests had to leave because they had an early start (rather embarrassing). Eventually we called room service & said as they clearly weren't going to bring the desserts could they at least come & clear away the dirty dishes? They seemed surprised & had either completely forgotten about us or our Butler didn't pass on the order when he went off shift while we were still having dinner. The next day we did receive an apology from our Butler & his supervisor, but no explanation as to what went wrong. Then later we received a bottle of champagne in our suite. On their own each of these things would have been just a little hiccup & easily forgiveable, but this many hiccups in 6 days? This was a very expensive one week holiday & we did have high expectations, after all according to them, "And in the ultra-luxury travel market — there’s the polished perfection of Silversea.". Polished perfection? Maybe they need to be clear that they're talking about the woodwork & not the service. I can only conclude that there is something seriously going wrong with the recruitment & the service management aboard this ship. An aside: Beware - the transportation costs to & from the ship in Venice as arranged by the company take on a whole new level of gouging. Having been to Venice many times we knew the prices being quoted were beyond crazy. For example, we arranged our own car to pick us up at the port & take us to the airport, our cost for a private Mercedes people mover plus luggage - USD 63.00. What they would have charged to make the same arrangements - USD 312.00. Water taxi - their cost USD 410.00, if you made your own arrangements - USD 150.00. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
I booked a 'luxury cruise' with Silversea sailing out of Venice in July on Silver Spirit. Big mistake! Our outward journey was a complete nightmare - flight cancelled, 8 hour delay , no offer of food or drink all day, finally ... Read More
I booked a 'luxury cruise' with Silversea sailing out of Venice in July on Silver Spirit. Big mistake! Our outward journey was a complete nightmare - flight cancelled, 8 hour delay , no offer of food or drink all day, finally arrived in Venice 16 hours after checking in at Manchester to find our luggage was still in Frankfurt. Arrived at ship at 9pm ( 9 hours late) so the whole of day 1 was a complete right off. We were each given a pair of paper knickers, a toothbrush and a second hand T shirt. Our luggage arrived four days later during which time we were not allowed into the dining room (or three other dining venues) due to lack of appropriate clothing, we could only dine in our cabin or by the side of the pool Our cabin was not the spacious 'suite' they advertise and our butler was conspicuous only by his absence. We were not offered our choice of drinks for our mini bar, when we asked for a bottle of Prosecco it took 24hrs to appear. I had to spend a couple of hours each day sitting in the laundrette washing, drying and ironing the only clothes we had (no help offered there) . our king size bed was two singles and not amended as requested. Food is adequate- certainly not world cuisine as advertised. There is no bottled water available on Silver Spirit - only warm, stale desalinated water. At no time are you given a wine list - you are served what Silversea want you to have - a choice of 1 red or 1 white - again not chilled = these are wines which can be purchased in any high street supermarket. Waiter seemed generally unhappy and often brought the wrong thing. Due to our lack of formal dress we were denied access to much of the amenities on the ship. They couldn't even come up with a swimming costume so that I could use the pool and seemed at a loss to try to locate our luggage. I asked if they could charge up my phone for me - this was met with a blank face and a shrug of the shoulders. I have now been home 7 weeks and have not had the courtesy of a letter from Silversea. Six Star treatment ? I don't think so. My advice - keep your hard earned money and go with another cruise line this one couldn't care less! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2014
We have been sailing on Silversea since 1995 and have over 240 days on board all of its ships. While the line is not what it once was--the food is nowhere near as good and the amenities of caviar, decent champagne upon arrival, and access ... Read More
We have been sailing on Silversea since 1995 and have over 240 days on board all of its ships. While the line is not what it once was--the food is nowhere near as good and the amenities of caviar, decent champagne upon arrival, and access to a full range of call brand liquor, and special Silversea adventures on each cruise are no longer available at no charge to all--we still enjoy the line. From time to time, we have had problems, most of which have been equitably resolved, sometimes without our even asking for help. On the positive side, I never have traveled on a ship with better butler or housekeeping services than we experienced on this occasion. The wait staff was extraordinarily competent. When we complained on our passenger survey and asked to speak to the Hotel Manager about the matters mentioned below, he visited us in our suite, listened to us with respect, offered us a complementary dinner at the fanciest restaurant on board, and promised to let "Fort Lauderdale" know about all of our input, both positive and negative, via the form. I thanked him for his courtesy and told him that I would wait for a response from Fort Lauderdale before complaining on the record on line. We debarked on March 13, and as of today, April 24, we have heard nothing from Fort Lauderdale except advertisements for additional cruises. And so it was with absolute shock that we emerged from the Valparaiso-Ft. Lauderdale trip with a very bad feeling about the line's devotion to its customers. In our years with Silversea, we have taken trips of several segments in length, and we have had accommodations ranging from the Grand Suite to the Silver Suite to the Veranda Suite. We always have been nicely treated, regardless of how long we sailed or what type of room we rented. We never have experienced the bald-faced fawning over passengers who are traveling for more than one segment that we experienced on this cruise. We never have seen such obvious preferential treatment for people who are traveling on more than one segment. Friends have told us that they never will travel on a Silversea long-term cruise again (such as World or Discovery), because there is cliquishness and exclusivity in the air. We had never noticed this before. On this trip, it stared us in the face. We often were with friends who received these services and conveniences that were offered only to them as we looked on. Officers and senior managers singled out people with whom we were dining for special privileges and meals that were not offered to us or others who had not traveled since the cruise began. They actually ignored us while planning special events for these people at the restaurant. One watched while someone pointed to us and said to the restaurant manager, "Not for them. They're not in our party that night." We were told by longer-term passengers about options for meals in La Terraza that are available upon request--but they weren't when we requested them. We watched our friends who had been on board from the beginning of the cruise angle for delivery of prizes to their suites, rather than having to stand in line as everyone else was directed to do. The provisioning on this trip was pitiful. Despite advertising premium foods and beverages, the ship ran out of Pellegrino a few days into the cruise segment; never had Heinekin beer; never had a California Chardonnay; only served broccoli that was half yellow; served fish so smelly and meatballs so dry at the Terraza luncheon that we asked the dining room manager to return them (and he came back to us and said the chef agreed and was remaking the dishes). Venetian Society members--those who have sailed with Silversea before--always are invited to dine with officers and executive crew on their next cruise. We never were invited to do so by any of these people. Our friends who had been on longer were invited several times while we were on board. Despite the lavish accolades printed and spoken by senior staff about how valuable Venetian Society members are to Silversea, apparently passengers who book multiple segments--even those who have fewer total days on Silversea than other Venetian Society members onboard--are even more valuable. We were very disappointed at the poor food and drink and the way we were treated on board during this $1000 plus per person per day vacation. There are an awful lot of other opportunities to obtain more value for that amount of money from gracious travel hosts. We hope that Silversea will some day make this right. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
West Indies, December 2 -- 18, 2011. Back to back 9-day cruises Ft. Lauderdale / Barbados / Ft. Lauderdale. My wife and I are seasoned travelers and have cruised a dozen times from the big ships to The World of Residensea. We are also ... Read More
West Indies, December 2 -- 18, 2011. Back to back 9-day cruises Ft. Lauderdale / Barbados / Ft. Lauderdale. My wife and I are seasoned travelers and have cruised a dozen times from the big ships to The World of Residensea. We are also foodies who enjoy dining out at all levels and have given up on the crowds of the larger ships. Suite 1110: Our Silver Suite was excellent and spacious except for the tiny TV's. I was surprised however being put on the top deck towards the front after having told our travel agent that my wife was prone to seasickness. All four of our sea days were pretty ruff and we basically laid low in our cabin. The top floor has vibration issues we were told are associated with the HVAC system located nearby. Our suite was very noisy under way with lots of rattles. Food: The food overall was our biggest disappointment. Boring, unseasoned and overcooked, most befitting a typical 3-star chain hotel. We stopped looking forward to meals after our fourth day onboard. The only way we could get our steaks and fish cooked to our satisfaction was to do it ourselves at Hot Rocks. Seishen was good but limited in menu. La Terrazza offered great pasta but the sauces were boring. The pool deck lunches were Holiday Inn at best. I could do an essay simply on the food but I'll just say that we found the specialty dining aboard Royal and Celebrity Cruises to be much better in terms of both food and service. Service: Service was all over the board. It appeared that about half the food wait staff had not been trained in table service or even instructed to stand aside and make way of a guest walking down the restaurant isle. On the other hand our suite butler was excellent. Smoking: This issue really bothered us. Smoking cigars seemed to be allowed on suite veranda's making using ours difficult at times. One port side (left) of the pool deck nine is smoking and the staff did not enforce the ships no cigars rule on the aft portion of deck nine which basically polluted about 50% of the deck space on deck nine and ten. We found ourselves with sore throats after day four. Space: On sea days we found a lack of deck space for chairs and shade even though our two cruises were only at 75% to 80% occupancy. Towels were scarce at times and the pool food and towel crew seemed to offer the worst service on board. Restaurants all had low ceilings and the décor seemed dated for such a new ship. The Musak in some public areas reminded us of a 60's dentist waiting room. Dress: Sun and surf make for warmer body temps in the evening plain and simple. To have formal nights in a hot tropical climate made no sense to us. Overall: Our first cruise on Silversea was a big disappointment and we'll likely be our last on the line. We had hoped for a good experience and were prepared to sign up for a 2012 Med cruise if we liked it, but that won't be happening. We paid a very premium fare but received below average food and service. Every meal we had ashore including our return flight to LAX on Virgin America was better than was offered onboard the Silver Spirit. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2011
Booked a 7 night med cruise on the Silver Spirit. First, this would be a 4 star review if on Princess or RCCL for 70% less fare. At over $3,000 US per day for a seven day trip, expectations were not even close to met: The ... Read More
Booked a 7 night med cruise on the Silver Spirit. First, this would be a 4 star review if on Princess or RCCL for 70% less fare. At over $3,000 US per day for a seven day trip, expectations were not even close to met: The ship itself was in good shape, but our shower had a strong smell of raw sewage and there was no hot water for the first two days. The main recurring theme for the cruise was: PLEASE DON'T BOTHER THE CREW. The advertised butler service is generally unavailable. He wasn't there to greet us or to show us the cabin. There is no way to contact the butler other than through a pager which frequently goes unanswered. We found out the paging system was broken two days into the cruise, but even after it was fixed we still couldn't get any assistance most of the times we called. It's a one-way system. When the butler doesn't call you back, you have to call the reception desk and the people there make it clear you are not supposed to call them. One time they transferred us to an East Indian gentleman with a think accent who tried to provide phone support in lieu of the butler service. It was like calling tech support for your PC. Without listening to anything we had to say, he kept saying "please", "thank you", and "the butler will call you back". I'm not sure if he was even on the ship, but this is the level of service I expect when I call about a $50 appliance that is years out of warranty. Putting a tuxedo on an untrained person with no experience in the service industry and calling him a butler doesn't add any value in my book. Even at the end of the cruise he hadn't figured out what we liked or disliked. At breakfast, we asked the server standing behind the buffet table next to an empty frying pan to cook the eggs he was serving a bit more, and he refused, instructing us to instead "tell your waiter". Half the time we would finish our meal before we could find a waiter to relay the request. You get what you get. The few times we contacted the shore excursion desk, they always knew less than what little we did about any topic we might ask them about. It was like talking to a fellow confused passenger, and they seemed genuinely bothered to talk with us, even on the excursions we purchased directly from SilverSea. The level of English spoken at the reception desk was horrendous for a luxury cruise that solicits English speaking customers. We would try to communicate the same thing three or four different ways and then usually give up and walk over to try and communicate in person with gestures. Not all of the crew was bad - Fernando the cruise director and the security staff made us feel welcome, and there were numerous occasions where crew members went out of their way to help out, but the steady feeling that you're bothering the staff really ruins the vacation. I don't know if it's the increased size of the boat, or SilverSea has just gone down hill, but the level of service was nothing like what we received on the Wind or the Cloud. I'm not sure why anyone would want to spend three times the cost of a lesser cruise for the experience we received. I don't think we'll be back any time soon. Read Less
Silver Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates N/A 0.0

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