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
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: 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
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
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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We love to cruise with Silversea, so far I only cruised on Silver Spirit, my partner has been on Whisper before. As soon as we embark is like being back home. Loved the ship, maybe just a bit 2 small for me & missed some of the ... Read More
We love to cruise with Silversea, so far I only cruised on Silver Spirit, my partner has been on Whisper before. As soon as we embark is like being back home. Loved the ship, maybe just a bit 2 small for me & missed some of the extras available on the Spirit. Amazing suite good size, always clean by super friendly staff. The pool area very relaxing. The restaurant staff were amazing, we were just a bit disappointed with the cuisine & chef of the main restaurant the menu choices didn't vary much, veal & salmon were nearly always on the menu. The the staff in the restaraunt always looked after us, good wine selection & also to mention that Silversea doesn't force to seat with other people, every night we got a table for 2 but we previously also booked every evening. The speciality restaurant were very good, Le Champagne bring outstanding. The entertainment was not good, the shows were very disappointing. The only show were enjoyed was the show by the Cruise Director Vicky, apart from being an amazing Cruise Director she truly is a stunning performer, her 1 woman show was raw full of emotion & one of the highlights of our cruise. The artist on the bar was also very good. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2014
We did the Baltic and on to Southampton on Whisper and enjoyed our first experience with Silversea, although the food was all very Italian based, which can become tiresome. We found Seabourn to have a greater selection on their menus and ... Read More
We did the Baltic and on to Southampton on Whisper and enjoyed our first experience with Silversea, although the food was all very Italian based, which can become tiresome. We found Seabourn to have a greater selection on their menus and wines were also a little better class. Having also completed over 70 days cruising with Seabourn the comparison was interesting to say the least. Port excursions are expensive on any 6 star vessel and we were introduced to private tours, by meeting fellow passengers on line prior to departure through Cruise Critic. We enjoyed smaller tours groups and very informative Guides through TJ Tours in St Petersburg. The butler surprised us by unpacking our suitcases which we didn't have done with Seabourn. Entertainment was a little better on Seabourn, but with a number of days on (some staff do 4 to 6 months on without a break) i can understand that doing the same routine over and over can become a strain. The suites on ships are very similar and the service of a very good standard, with Seabourn just pipping Silversea in this regards. Eating on deck was definitely the best meal with the steak and prawns the highlight )one of the best cooked steaks i have ever had, and the prawns were huge. Found that there was not a lot of action after the show finished around 10 or 11 at night. Overall i would class Seabourn a little ahead at this point, but still a very enjoyable cruise 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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