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Sail Date: March 2010
I had a long review typed out until my puppy jumped on the keyboard. So here's the short version. 1. Most people on the ship weren't overfed whiners like a couple of previous reviewers who were complaining about everything from ... Read More
I had a long review typed out until my puppy jumped on the keyboard. So here's the short version. 1. Most people on the ship weren't overfed whiners like a couple of previous reviewers who were complaining about everything from fish salt levels to the crew's race (yet ignoring the line putting you up on their dime when the volcano messed-up travel). I found most to be down to earth, friendly, and approachable. Well-traveled and of good taste but not entitled and spoiled, wide range of ages from late 40s to 80s, maybe a dozen kids on the ship but all well-behaved. 2. Free alcohol goes a long way towards having a gooooood time. 3. Crew tried very hard to please. The butlers realized how quickly we were devouring the champagne and started leaving a fresh bottle ever night. The social hostess saw that our camera battery was low and sent up her personal charger. The maitre d'hotel sent us to the best table in the house after we helped him out (and I generally found the restaurant at least 2-Michelin-star quality.) Two watchouts: A. Shore excursions were generally very high quality with excellent guides, far better than the typical tour. Only problem was one tour where the "jewelry factory and museum" was actually a tourist trap gold shop. We visited there at noon and didn't have lunch until 3.30. On another, the tour company dropped us off at their rug store which had a big "Silversea" sign, which looked like Silversea was endorsing their subsequent hard-sell. In both cases the tour concierge had no interest in trying to make it better next time (such as eliminating the jewelry store and sending a message in advance about the rug store). She's been at sea a bit too long. B. Breakfast buffet was a tad limited. The space is just too small and crowded to be a proper buffet. Try room service or wake up early and go to The Restaurant. And if you're concerned about foxtrotting on the dance floor (per one of the earlier reviews), we did so for about a half hour and had no problems. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
This was our first Silversea cruise, and we were very excited to "step it up" to a luxury line. The following details our experience as honestly as possible: Embarkation: Very easy. Just walked aboard after checking in. No ... Read More
This was our first Silversea cruise, and we were very excited to "step it up" to a luxury line. The following details our experience as honestly as possible: Embarkation: Very easy. Just walked aboard after checking in. No line whatsoever. Were greeted with a welcome champagne (Drappier in contrary to the brochure Pommery) and our carryon was taken from us after we had our photos and passports taken. We were escorted to our midship veranda suite by a friendly lady. Suite: The midship veranda suite was very nice and perfectly adequate space for a 14-day cruise for 2. As other's have mentioned, the suite is very narrow and long, and there is an ackward makeup desk/mirror 1 foot in front of the bed which made it quite difficult to walk by while my fiancee was getting ready. The bathrooms were nice with marble and wood highlights. The bowl sink was ok and large enough for 2 to use simultaneously but the faucet did spray water everywhere if not careful. The separate shower and bathtub were nice and the water pressure was excellent in the shower. We appreciated the choice of bathroom products and tried all of them including the heavily perfumed Bulgari, the lighter Ferragamo, and the nonscented Neutragena. The walk-in closet with armoire were good storage. The bed was very comfortable and the choices of pillows were fun. We tried buckwheat for the first time and enjoyed them. The sitting area of the suite was spacious enough for 2 and the convertible coffee table with top made in-suite dining convenient. The balcony was decent size, and the outdoor furniture was nicer than most cruiselines. We had a strange loud squeak from the wall of our suite that made it very difficult to sleep while at sea, but as soon as we complained about it, it was fixed. Butler: Our butler was very conscientious and worked hard. He occasionally missed things though esp with breakfast but always got our special requests right. For special occasions (Bday, romantic evening, etc) he did an awesome job with candles and special surprise desserts. He even had cheese and snacks waiting for us after we returned from a long shore excursion. We were especially impressed when our butler brought us a 1 liter bottle of Baileys for our room when we asked. Service: As a whole, the service was great but not as personal as I have heard about Silversea. There were a few people who knew our names, but not many. The service in the main dining room seemed rushed and they seemed overworked. Service in the other restaurants was much better. It was nice having gratuities and alcohol included; we were not hounded by servers trying to sell drinks and we didn't feel guilty to have a drink by the pool. Food/Wine: Food as a whole was some of the best cruiseship food we've had but it did not rival restaurant-quality food (except for Le Champagne). The food in the main dining room was always artfully presented and usually quite good but not as amazing as we were hoping for (we are foodies). Every dinner was accompanied with complimentary white and red wine most of which were quite good. We never felt the need to order from the Connoiseur's list. Le Champagne was outstanding but $400 inc wine pairing was steep. It did rival some of the Michelin 3-star restaurants we've been to. Seishin was somewhat disappointing eventhough the food was presented nicely. The sushi was ordinary in comparison to Nobu or other creative Japanese restaurants. Hot Rocks was excellent and we ate there twice. Cooking beautiful filets on 500 degree stones was fun. Stars was a great concept and the tapas were nicely done and well presented. La Terraza for dinner was excellent especially the filet course with a truffle sauce (we ate there twice). The decor in La Terraza seemed more intimate and inviting than the main dining room, and the service was better. La Terraza for lunch was decent though we prefer food cooked to order rather than buffet. Entertainment: As a whole, the ship seemed to go to sleep just after the main 10:15 show for the evening. We did not go to the casino, and we went to the disco once (only to find 5-6 people there). The production shows were decent but not extraordinary; definitely less impressive than other cruises. The other acts (a multiinstrumentalist and a pianist) were not very good. The ship band was pretty poor as a whole. The best entertainment was a female jazz singer and her accompanying pianist. We enjoyed them very much in Stars and their one show in the main lounge. Ship as a whole: The ship was immaculate, new, and intimate. The overall design was good except for the boutiques and casino which were hard to find. Also, the observation lounge was hard to get to. The ship was nicely decorated though art deco wasn't really our preference. Itinerary: The itinerary was excellent, and we experienced a lot of diversity over the 14 days: western europe, Morocco, Canary Islands, 6-days of doing nothing across the Atlantic, then Antiqua, Dominica, and Barbados. St Lucia was cancelled and we were rerouted to Dominca due to hurricane damage. Weather was sunny and 70's for most of the trip except for severe rain in Antiqua. Excursions: Ship shore excursions were better than others I've been on. They seemed to be well organized and interesting. We were able to find some more active excursions in the Caribbean including speedboating and snorkelling. Ziplining was offered but it was cancelled due to hurricane damage. Fellow passengers: This was our only complaint- the average age (physical and mental) of the passengers. It seemed like most people were in their 70's with some in their 80's. We were the youngest couple on board BY FAR. We enjoyed the lack of screaming kids (there were NO kids on board), but we would have liked to hang out with some more energetic and fun people. There were times where we felt as though we were on a floating nursing home, but as a whole everyone dressed elegantly and seemed polished. Would we do it again: We both enjoyed the luxury of Silversea but at our current age, I'd say NO. There are other cruiselines we'd like to try before returning to Silversea. Perhaps in 20-30 yrs, we'll be back. Who knows? :) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2010
We have realized the thrill of visiting Antarctica, our 7th continent, and thanks to the weather, new friends we made on the sailing, the professional crew, and the extraordinary service we received each day, we doubt this cruise will ever ... Read More
We have realized the thrill of visiting Antarctica, our 7th continent, and thanks to the weather, new friends we made on the sailing, the professional crew, and the extraordinary service we received each day, we doubt this cruise will ever be topped. Silversea required us to purchase their charter air package and although it had a few rough spots (check-in at the Buenos Aires domestic airport and a long wait for baggage once we returned to Buenos Aires) we understand why they did it the way they did and we really can´t complain. We were taken to a ski lodge 25 km from Ushuaia for lunch on the 8th and the lamb BBQ was pretty good. We boarded the vessel around 2pm and our luggage was waiting for us in our suite (all cabin categories are called suites). The welcome we received at the ship really started the cruise on a positive note. The suite was roomy and a bottle of champagne was waiting for us. The sail away was nice and the trip down the Beagle was uneventful. Apparently it was a bit rough the previous day but the initial stage of the transit of the Drake Passage was pretty smooth. It got a bit bumpy after 11pm and it stayed that way throughout most of the 9th. We made good speed across the Drake on the 10th and actually arrived early enough in the South Shetland Islands to take a bonus excursion at Half Moon Island where we visited a chinstrap penguin colony. The 11th began a stretch of weather that can only be described as extremely rare for the region. We actually had 14 landing or Zodiac cruising events when only 12 had been planned so we were very fortunate. Sunny days with temperatures hovering at 0°C were the standard for the next 6 days. We crossed the Antarctic Sound and had a morning excursion at Brown Bluff where we visited gentoo and adelie penguin colonies. We saw a few chicks and some hauled out seals and then hiked about 1.2km up a glacier to see some great views of the ship and bergy bits in the Sound. The afternoon brought a Zodiac cruise along the shoreline of Kinnes Cove where we saw more penguin rookeries, seals, and a pod of some 12 to 15 Orcas. The 12th tooks us on a transit of Gerlache Strait to Paradise Bay and we saw humpback whales and majestic scenery. We had a Zodiac tour at Skontorp Cove and saw the magnificent ice sculptures floating there. We saw some Antarctic Shag bird nest areas and listened to the snap, crackle, and pop of the melting brash ice in the water around us. In the afternoon we stopped at Base Brown for a climb up a hill to a point some 80 meters above the water. We slid down the hill in a snow chute made by our expedition team, it was great fun! Some of the heartier passengers made multiple trips down the chute. The wind picked up to 60 kts and we sailed in a blizzard during the night. On the 12th we tried to sail through the Lemaire Channel but it was blocked by considerable ice. We shifted to Plan B and took a Zodiac tour of Hidden Bay which was breathtaking for us Antarctic rookies as well as our seasoned expedition team. A planned second landing was cancelled by a massive amount of new snow from the night before so we stayed on the ship and enjoyed each others company. ¨Glorious¨ does not do justice to the 14th and the excitement of the crew was evident at every turn. We visited a Chilean Navy base in Dorian Bay, made a bonus stop in Danco Bay where we climbed another hill and did another slide to the bottom,and stopped at Cuverville Island. At all 3 points we had the pleasure of watching gentoo and adelie penguin antics between their mating/nesting areas and the sea. Some were trekking well over 100 yards from the shoreline to their communities. We always gave them the right of way and they had absolutely no fear of us. We observed the 5 meter rule but many of them did not! The nest building ritual was fun to watch as males brought pebbles to the nests from the coastline or from the nest next door. The actual penguin mating routine looked to be quite difficult and required good balance. Everything penguin related was very amusing! We did see some penguin nest raiding by skua birds but understand that is part of the lifecycle of wildlife here. The 15th was a carbon copy of the previous day weather-wise. We visited the Port Lockroy station, mailed some postcards, viewed more gentoo´s and shags, and did some shopping at the store. We took another Zodiac ride and spotted a humpback whale. We enjoyed lunch on the aft deck of Prince Albert. During the night it snowed again. On the 16th we arrived at Whaler´s Bay on Deception Island and enjoyed a 1.0 km hike to a great viewpoint above the bay. That afternoon we stopped at Telefon Bay for a longer 3+km hike to a point overlooking the old whaling operation. Many opted for the ¨Polar Plunge¨ and everyone had a grand time either participating or simply watching. As we departed the South Shetland Islands for Ushuaia the wind picked up (50+ knots) and the Drake became a bit grumpy again and the swells hit around 10 meters. King Neptune kindly eased up on us for the rest of the Drake crossing on the 17th and 18th and we arrived back in Ushuaia in time to take a stroll around town after dinner. Prince Albert II has a very professional and friendly crew. Every one of them knew all of our 128 names by the start of the 3rd day onboard. The dining room team led by Ali and Andrea was so kind and always ready to accommodate every request. They managed to to give us a variety of dining partners while at the same time allowed us to sit with new friends. Norbert the head chef is so gifted and goes out of his way to make each meal offering special. He even took requests! The cooks do a phenomenal job every day. The food servers were friendly and their recommendations were spot on. They often carried our meals to our table. The breakfasts and lunches were served buffet style and the variety of food was always more than one can imagine. Dinners were characterized by numerous choices cooked to perfection. Desserts, especially at lunchtime were always tasty and different. The chocolate mint ¨zero-zero¨ ice cream was our favorite. The drink servers quickly learned our personal preferences and were ready to take good care of us until the wee hours. Perry on the keyboard has an incredible repertoire of music and never overpowers the room as he plays. Our suite butler, Jim, and attendant, I Gede, were largely invisible but our suite was always well supplied and immaculate. They always had a welcoming smile to go along with their desire to provide anything we wanted or needed. The immensely experienced and hard working team of nearly a dozen experts, skilfully directed by our Expedition Leader Conrad, was absolutely top-notch. Their knowledge of all things Antarctica including history, politics, birds, seals, penguins, whales, geology, geography, marine biology, and climatology was mind boggling. Their lectures were well organized and presented in an entertaining manner. Their Zodiac driving skills were commendable as they kept us thrilled and safe at all times. Our photographer, Kristine, did a fabulous job recording our journey and her DVD of the cruise is a work of art! We dined with members of the expedition team on several occasions and their conversation added a lot to our understanding of Antarctica. Hotel Manager Martin Blanar runs a tight ship and also has a marvelous staff who go out of their way to attend to every need. We had the pleasure of dining one night with Martin and he is a true gentleman. Captain Peter Stahlberg leads an experienced bridge team that gave us no concerns throughout the voyage. The Captain is clearly a great leader who is loved by his crew. After this amazing adventure it is small wonder that so many of us booked another expedition with Silversea while we were onboard. I doubt anyone can provide the high degree of service and overall outstanding expedition experience as we received onboard Prince Albert II. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2011
I have written a review for this cruise on a previous occasion and it does not seem to show up. We meet at the hotel in Oslo for a flight north, there was complete chaos at the hotel with people pushing and shoving to get on the buses, not ... Read More
I have written a review for this cruise on a previous occasion and it does not seem to show up. We meet at the hotel in Oslo for a flight north, there was complete chaos at the hotel with people pushing and shoving to get on the buses, not a good start. Once on the ship we had a nice room but not cleaned properly, there were remnants of the previous cruiser left in the room (under the bed and atop the wardrobe). The ship was clean, the food was good not great. The high light was the tour by dinghy, informed guides and made sure you were well taken care of during the trip. We received our final bill asking if we wanted to contribute to an education fund for the employees, we did not but were charged anyway. The nightly entertainment was a collapsable keyboard with singer, YIKES. The cruise line told us that if we should rate them as a 5, a ding right there for asking! Not something I would repeat. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
My cruising experience has been a pattern of progression. My first it was a weekend Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean. After watching the belly flop contest I learned about Celebrity's promised "more upscale experience." ... Read More
My cruising experience has been a pattern of progression. My first it was a weekend Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean. After watching the belly flop contest I learned about Celebrity's promised "more upscale experience." It was then Millennium, followed by an Azamara to Silversea. My lady friend and I found a great 7 day Caribbean bargain and decided to see if the "all inclusive" experience was worth all the hype. I'll make this simple. Silversea, down to the slightest detail up to the top is a marvelous experience. Onboard Silversea Silver Spirit even the simplest quick lunch is first-rate. Speaking of dining its consistently at the 4.5 - 5 star level in terms of quality -the entire experience. The "suite" staterooms are just as luxurious as the cruise line claims; marble sinks, tubs, and flooring; impeccable bed and bedding; and the stateroom's amenities. Spirit is their "larger" ship but not even close to a mass market sized. You'll see the same staff rotating around from serving and tending position each day. Service is very personable as you'll get to know the same crew you'll see every day. The entertainment was varied and done well but with a ship this size it was obviously limited compared to a mega ship. If numerous entertainment venues are an important option for your cruising experience you'd be on the wrong cruise line. The greatest distinction of all inclusive cruising is the wondrous absence and silence of the "chit chase". I must confess I enjoy my libations during cruising. It is comforting to not have the round trip chit delivery with the beaming face with pen in hand. Not to mention the solace of very little sticker shock of the "settlement statement" at the end of the cruise, and the tip collection at the end as well -all that mostly gone. It's very nice. Service is also an important expectation and cruising pleasure for me. For example I would be dozing on an outdoor cushioned round rattan chair. As soon as my eye lids parted I'd have an ice water with lemon in front of me -instantly if not telepathically. In short Silversea indubitably lives up to its touted claims of elegance, quality and impeccable service. But there is one aspect about our Spirit experience I want to convey: the clientele aboard this ship. My girlfriend and I found a 7 day bargain ,if you could call it that. Generally we would not cruise a cruise line like this. We are both doing well and for the most part were able to fit in. We had fun. But make no mistake; most the cruisers we met and got to know are very well made people. On any given evening the ladies were wearing $5,000-$15,000 worth of stones and many of them wouldn't have any problem adding that much to their jewelry box in one day either. The men were probably lower key on the self-stature posturing. But their wives wouldn't let you forget that at times when they were together. These are CEOs, large business owners, and government affiliated types a tad above city councilman. Personally I respect success, am politically and geographically knowledgeable so I had some interesting conversations while sitting at the bars. But after 5 or so days I felt like I was at the country club in the VIP lounge with the same people daily. Also keep in mind that people of this standing may not be jolly social butter flies or closing down the dance floor ,if the ship even offers it. Picture a senior director for the IRS with an advanced degree in finance and you get the gist. But I don't necessarily want to be on a mass market cruise with kids running around everywhere and parties flying until 6AM either. After several days I found, at times, I was having more fulfilling conversations with a couple of the bartenders. Spirit is Silversea's larger ship that's trying to bring a wider variety of ages aboard. But most were 50+. I am told their smaller ships have a higher ratio of older cruisers aboard them. Their ships are also suitable for the solo traveler that wants to be left alone with a book but showered in exceptional service and fine dining. All being said if an unforgettable luxurious cruising experience is what you yearn for you will not be disappointed by any of their ships. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Our Cruise on the Silver Shadow allowed us to see some opportunities for this prestigious line to move into the next evolution of luxury cruising. I feel that with some small tweaks they could really be so much better. Was anything ... Read More
Our Cruise on the Silver Shadow allowed us to see some opportunities for this prestigious line to move into the next evolution of luxury cruising. I feel that with some small tweaks they could really be so much better. Was anything horrible - No. In fact, many of the elements were spectacular- The complimentary wines/Spirits were top notch . The wines often amazingly good. The staff amazing- Calm even with the ugliest passenger attitude (We witnessed this more than once and it makes the term Ugly American - All too real). Overall, did we find that there was some room for improvement? Yes, indeed. We arrived into Shanghai's pier for embarkation and luggage was handled quite well. However the Pier was unprepared to do a documentation check and did so on the gangway in stifling heat. It would have been so much easier to do this in an air conditioned part of the terminal rather than right on the gangway. Really no big deal, but wasn't a great first impression. We were escorted to our Silver Suite which I must say is stunning. Worth noting if you carry a lot of electric things (Phone, Ipad, Camera Chargers, etc.) the amount of outlets in the suites are limited. The bathroom is gorgeous with big towels and a rainfall shower head. Our luggage arrived in a flash and 30 minutes later, we were unpacked and ready to explore the ship. We found the ship to be in really good condition. Fabrics/Carpeting/window treatments all in very good shape. The wait staff was just fantastic and they really went out of their way to learn your name and your home town. Never once were we disappointed at the service but rather at some of the policies the line has about how to serve. Small things that made you scratch your head. For example, in the main dining room why, when your entree comes, is only the main protein on the plate? Every side must then be french served to your plate. By the time you had all your sides the main Entree was cold. Seemed like it would be easier for staff as well as the kitchen just to plate up the sides onto the individual entree plate. Overall the food was just ok. We loved La Terrazza and ate their as much as we possibly could. We were not alone in our disappointed in the main dining room, the staff really tried but often food came out under cooked or over cooked. We saw a lot of dishes going back to the kitchen on our few meals there. . Cold Food, bland food poor and a menu that honestly didn't flow well at all. This is a major opportunity for improvement for Silversea. Currently Silversea has the concept of "Slow Food" being featured in their marketing efforts, however no one on the ship knew anything about that at all. I think a class on that for the La Terrazza waiters would be helpful. Our biggest disappointment was the famed Relais and Chateaux experience at Silver Shadow's "La Champagne". The meal was ok- We were a bit hungry when we left, but more importantly the ambiance in that room is non existent. It appears to have been designed originally as a conference room - then turned into a dining room. Lighting runs down the entire center of Le Champagne spotlighting guest who happen to be sitting in the middle of the room. the lack of carpeting means loud footfalls when walking and sound just bounces. With a bit of redo on the decor it could be so much more pleasant. I will say that the lamb was great! Another oddity is the pool deck- they have a great lunch Bar B Que daily but only one menu per table. so it has to get passed around, Big problem? No, but easily fixed simply set with a menu at each place setting. We really didn't see any shows so I can't comment on the entertainment but most of the guests seemed quiet pleased. It would be awesome to share with the guests what movies were playing and the time they would start (perhaps a channel on the TV itself that had a schedule) Needless to say, we saw a lot of movies from the middle. Perhaps "on demand" would be considered. We caught the port lectures on TV and both the asian historian as well as the port lecturer were very good. As we set off to disembark in Tokyo, we felt that things were very well organized. That reception desk does an amazing job and they really keep on top of a lot of things. Kudos to them! So with a nice breakfast we departed to see a bit of Tokyo and to head to the airport for the long flight home. It's true that cruising with just 380 means there are no lines and you can truly relax. Overall a great trip and with some minor improvements this line has a bight future. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
I knew the minute we stepped on board that this was going to be a disappointing experience. I was right. Basically, the ship was tired and worn out. This was apparent throughout. On all eleven days as we moved about the ship I found myself ... Read More
I knew the minute we stepped on board that this was going to be a disappointing experience. I was right. Basically, the ship was tired and worn out. This was apparent throughout. On all eleven days as we moved about the ship I found myself bewildered at how this experience could be rated 6-Star Premium. Service was very good, but no better than any other cruise we've been on. I don't understand the private butler concept because one butler worked many rooms. The first two times we called for room service we waited 50, then 40 minutes, for a simple order, which arrived cold and had to be returned. The butler apologized explaining that it was a busy time for him. All around the ship it seemed to go unnoticed that things need upkeep. Poolside tables would not be bussed for long periods after a guest vacated. On several days we sat at a dirty table and waited an unusually long time before someone cleaned up the previous trash. The pool deck is surrounded with glass walls, which were beautiful the first day. But by the end of the trip these walls were opaque with salt film, unpleasant to look at and impossible to look through. I'm sure the glass was never cleaned. This was annoying when there was so much beautiful Mediterranean coastline along the way. The cabin carpet was old and worn. My veranda floor had rotting wood with rusty nails tacking it down, unsightly rusting door hardware and foam door seals disintegrating and mostly gone. In one of the main dining rooms, ceiling trim was separating from the wall. Many walls on the ship are covered with a cheap vinyl. These things would not be so notable in a cut-rate cruise but I did not expect this worn out environment on the 6-Star Premium cruise I was sold. Hangars for pants in my closet wouldn't hold my pants because the metal clips that hold the cuffs were old and weak. Often I would go to my closet and find my dress pants had fallen to the floor. When I asked my butler for new hangers he apologized, saying they were all like that. Not a deal-breaker itself, but many little things eventually create a big picture. We love fresh fish, something we expected a lot of on this level of cruise. I could not believe we were cruising in the Mediterranean for 11-days, stopping every day in ports with major fresh fish markets, and we could only get frozen fish on the ship. This was very disappointing. We ate in every restaurant on the ship. Overall, we would rate the food and wine as average. No better than any other cruise we've been on and certainly not what we expected on this trip. My biggest complaint is regarding my feedback to Silversea. My cruise consultant called me after the trip to ask how it was (impressive gesture). I gave her these highlights. She asked if I would write a letter and attach the photos I had taken of our rotten wood and rusty door veranda. I took the time and did it. She called back saying this was totally unacceptable and she would elevate my experience to her superiors. After several emails and a voice mail to her over the past 5 months I have heard nothing from Silversea. I am still looking for that 6-Star Premium cruise. Silversea Wind did not deliver it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2013
This review is months overdo, but it had to be written. I'll try to keep this brief & to the point. Background: My husband & I were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary on this cruise. As a surprise, we sent my parents on their ... Read More
This review is months overdo, but it had to be written. I'll try to keep this brief & to the point. Background: My husband & I were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary on this cruise. As a surprise, we sent my parents on their 1st SS cruise a few years ago and they're hooked! They urged us to sail Silversea. So glad they did! They joined us on this cruise (their 3d) and celebrated our Anniversary with us!We arrived in Barbados on a rainy day. Silversea provided transport from the Terminal (effortless). Once we gave the shuttle driver our bags, we didn't see them again until we arrived in our stateroom after check-in. Embarkation: no line, no wait, no hassle! Staff met us at the gangway with umbrellas in hand. We enjoyed a 'Welcome' glass of champagne while we checked in. Our stateroom (V5, 730, mid-ship veranda) was absolutely beautiful! Marble bath with tub & shower (with glass shower door, NOT a shower curtain!). Bulgari & Ferragamo toiletries. Very comfy bed (we were happy with the standard pillows, although a pillow menu is available). The veranda was our favorite spot to relax. Large enough to enjoy coffee & breakfast each morning. Our cabin adjoined my parents' cabin. The wall separating our verandas has a door that can be opened so we were able to sip cocktails together on our verandas! Our butler, Christley Gladson, was absolutely wonderful! He was so attentive, pleasant and worked very hard to cater to our every whim! He treated us like family! Adesh, our room steward, kept our room immaculately clean and did so quickly. As quickly as he came into the stateroom, he was gone! In fact, the entire crew (with the exception of one or two) went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at home. It should be noted, that the crew are not and do not deserve to be treated like personal servants. They are hard working people, working hard to provide outstanding service to all on board. And they're doing so as a means to provide for their families. They deserve to be treated with dignity & respect. They have names; learn them & use them! Talk to them. Get to know them. And if the urge to be an demanding elitist starts to creep in, think of the Golden Rule: would we want to be treated in that manner?The ship itself is beautiful. Classy. We felt like we were on our own private yacht. The lounges were comfortable. The bartenders made great cocktails (the vodka tasting was lots of fun!) We thought the food was excellent. We really enjoyed Hot Rocks. I was disappointed that we weren't able to get into Le Champagne. Loved the Spa! I enjoyed three different spa services on 'Sea Days'. We used the gym. It was small but the equipment we typically use was there. We enjoyed a private shore excursion in Dominica. Comfortable vehicle, knowledgable tour guide. A very nice day. While in San Juan, we invited friends of ours who live there to join us on board for lunch while we were in Port. Christley set up an en suite cocktail party for us (classy!) and we enjoyed lunch at The Restaurant. Our guests had a great time! We've read the thoughts of other CC reviewers regarding dress code infractions on the part of other passengers, smoking in non-smoking areas, etc. We didn't notice anyone disregarding the smoking policy. In terms of the dress code, we really couldn't have cared less who wore what when. We were too busy enjoying ourselves to find fault with fellow passengers! We read & understood SS's dress code and packed accordingly. We're not nit-picky people. Some reviewers complained about the quality of the food, this wine or that was unavailable, etc. Really, people? What is NOT to love about this cruise? Yes, the price tag for cruising SS is steep and a certain level of service is expected (and, in this reviewer's opinion, more than met!) Frankly, if certain passenger's standards are THAT high, perhaps they'd do better to consider purchasing their own yacht. Then they can guarantee that their extremely high standards are met to the letter. We're booked to sail Silver Spirit again in December '13. We can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Our experience on this newest and largest of Silversea's ships was truly wonderful. Our Silver Suite was a luxury of space and design. Our butler made the trip very pleasant as he was always on hand, seemingly anticipating our ... Read More
Our experience on this newest and largest of Silversea's ships was truly wonderful. Our Silver Suite was a luxury of space and design. Our butler made the trip very pleasant as he was always on hand, seemingly anticipating our needs. The Silver Spirit is larger and somewhat harder to get a handle on than the Whisper/Shadow ships we had sailed on before. The Dining Room seems huge and in a way off-putting by it's size. The Bar is much larger and easy to find a spot in, that's a plus for us. All the other familiar spots are bigger and, in many ways, better. This was our first experience with Hot Rocks, the transformation of the Pool Grill at night. We really enjoyed the under the stars hot rock experience. In fact we enjoyed all our meals: four dinners in the Main Dining Room, four in La Terrazza, four at Hot Rocks, two in Le Champagne, and (of course) the Pool BBQ. Overall, a luxurious pampering experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
This is a review of the Silver Shadow cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver. It will also be a bit of a comparison of this cruise with Regent Seven Seas, simply because that is the line we have cruised most often and comparisons just happen ... Read More
This is a review of the Silver Shadow cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver. It will also be a bit of a comparison of this cruise with Regent Seven Seas, simply because that is the line we have cruised most often and comparisons just happen naturally. I'll post this as a review as well, but it seemed like a good idea to post it here for those planning. A bit about us, we are in our early 40s and this is our 7th cruise but our first with Silverseas. As I look back over this now it is quite long, and I apologize for my verbosity! We started it just making notes while on the cruise, and it has really taken on a life of its own!Pre-cruise: We spent a couple of days in Denali park doing it on our own. We were there during the short shoulder season when the park road is only open to mile 29. You can either take the Teklanika tour on a bus or you can drive to the same point in your own car. We did it on our own. The road is very well maintained and nice and wide so you can stop as you please and there is always room for others to go around you. Embarkation: The embarkation process started a bit rough as we were continually referred to as crew and were kept waiting in our cab with the meter running while they moved the gangway. Moving of the gangway would be a frequent activity every time we went to board. Fellow passengers; many of the people aboard had done the previous cruise from Asia. Several of them commented that it was nice to have some young people aboard as the previous cruise was all old people. We thought it was hilarious that they kept saying that. We found the age range to be a bit younger than it has been on most of our Regent cruises. Everyone, regardless of age, was a lot of fun! The ship. The finishings on the ship were all very nice and the ship did not appear old or worn to us. We really liked the double vanities in the bathroom of our suite. The large closet was nice as well, but I would have liked more drawers in the stateroom. My husband noted that the cabin layout and color scheme on all ships is very similar and it would be exciting to have someone deviate from that plan. I know others have commented that the ship looks warn and tired, but we were quite impressed with her appearance. We liked the smaller size of this ship, but felt some of the areas should be better used. The observation lounge in particular is really wasted space. If there was a bartender there and if the seating was changed to a comfortable layout, this would have been our favorite space. There needs to be a forward lounge with cocktail service. The library and computer room take up far too much space considering how little they are used. This space should be combined with the card room and add a coffee cafe with snacks. This is one area that RSSC really nailed. The coffee connection, I think it is called, is basically a library, game room, computer area with a full fledged barrista and snacks always available. There are meal "blind spots" that we often ran into. If we worked out before eating in the morning or just woke up late, we had a hard time finding breakfast. The same was true for late afternoon snack. We haven't had this on any other cruise. The coffee cafe with snacks would have alleviated this problem. The Internet connection was horrible. Silverseas either needs to invest in a proper set up for Internet, or stop offering it all together. Service. The service was very good. Every single member of the crew and staff were always smiling and happy and really did make you feel like it was their pleasure to assist you. Our butler wasn't a superstar, but we never really use our butlers anyway. But the staff in the lounges and dining rooms was excellent! We felt that the service on the Shadow far exceeded the service on Regent. Food. This is where Silverseas fell short. The food was quite bad. The menus were more often than not unappealing. When we went to the alternate dining options it was because there was nothing interesting on the main restaurant menu. Many times all of the choices were odd. I like Indian food, quite a bit actually. By there seemed to be an Indian dish on every menu. Seriously! Considering there might only be 4 entree choices, having one ALWAYS be Indian seemed bizarre. On most of our cruises there has been a focus on regional cuisine. We assumed we would be eating fabulous seafood every day in Alaska. Not so much. The first couple of days the chefs special was "fresh Alaskan rockfish", every day after that it was "rockfish". Did someone over order or is the chef just that lazy? More than one night we ate in the room because the room service menu was more appealing than the dinner menu.It would be nice if there was a green salad offered every day on the dinner menu. The salad special offered at lunch was normally pretty good and my go to option. The desserts weren't great as a general rule. There was a chocolate croissant bread pudding that was quite good one day. That is a great use of stale bread! The bread was always stale and though bread was always brought to the table, you had to ask for butter. The food was universally under seasoned. The buffet in la terraza was unimpressive as well. The food on Regent is MUCH better. We are both foodies and consider fine dining a favorite part of our travels. We would really hesitate to book another Silverseas cruise based on food alone. We loved just about every other aspect of the cruise, but food is huge for us. And Silverseas just does not deliver an adequate product on this point. The personal shopping experience. The 'personal shopper' onboard, was very nice. But the shopping maps put into your chronicle everyday listing the same partner stores and nothing else was very off putting. It seems cheap and pushy Iike a used car salesman. And the lectures on how to buy a diamond are, quite simply, insulting to guests. It is as if Silverseas is assuming their customers don't know how to shop. "You booked a cruise with us, so you must be stupid with money". The cruise director, Mike, was very good. Excellent. We knew that the CD on our last Regent cruise was awful and that was part of why the cruise was so boring. But seeing how the evening entertainment in the lounges would change around based on how people responded showed that Mike was really doing his job. And now I understand what a great CD is and how it can really enhance a cruise experience. The entertainers were very talented, but the shows were a bit one dimensional. We felt the singers on SS were better singers than those on RSSC. But the inclusion of the Cirque shows and professional ballroom dancers on our last RSSC cruises made the entertainment experience of the shows alone on RSSC superior. The overall entertainment experience (being entertained in the lounges etc.) on Silverseas was better. It was annoying that tea time and bingo occurred at the same time and in separate places. We like to attend both. Many days there was nothing else we were interested in all day, and then everything happened at the same time. If bingo and trivia are going to occur in a lounge other than the one where tea is being held, then that lounge should be open and bar service should be provided. Bingo and trivia happened in the bar, but when it was closed for business. The captain, Alessandro Zanello, was fabulous. I never understood why people on CC ask who is the captain on board. But after having this captain plow through TONS of ice to get us up close and personal with glaciers, I get it. Attire. All of our cruise documents listed us as having two formal nights. But once we boarded (with formal attire for two nights) we discovered there would only be one formal night. It is inexcusable that this was changed on board since we had all already schlepped our formal wear to Alaska. My husband was one of the few people wearing a tux on formal night. I saw no long gowns, very few cocktail dresses and mostly rather casual pantsuits on women. I am not one of the people whose enjoyment of an evening is based in what others around me wear. But I wanted to include our experience of the attire so that others who might use this review to pack can get an idea of what you will actually see onboard. The dress codes were not really adhered to and I never saw anyone turned away from any lounge or restaurant. RSSC may have a more relaxed dress code, but I have seen people asked to leave a lounge at precisely 6 PM because of being in shorts on RSSC. I saw people wearing sweats at the captains farewell party on Silverseas. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, so who cares. But for those that prefer a more formal cruise, RSSC may be for you.Random observations: The wine served onboard was inexpensive, but good. The bars were well equipped but many of the bartenders were not educated in making classic cocktails. The gym needs more elliptical trainers. The one they had was always in use and there were always unused treadmills. A range of smaller hand weights would be nice as well. There were a lot of one particular weight, and then a jump to something quite a bit heavier. I saw many people looking for something in between. They need bottled water in the gym, the small cups for the dispenser don't fit in the machine cup holders. The announcements that we were in port each morning were annoying and unnecessary. If you have a tour booked, be a big boy and wake up and go on your tour. I'm on vacation, be quiet and let me sleep in if I wish. A brief note on the itinerary. It was snowing like mad when we arrived in Alaska and we questioned if the highways would be open in time for us to drive to Denali (there were travel advisories all along the route). But we had nothing but sunny skies for most of the trip. Phenomenal weather! We started in Anchorage which was a nice place to fly into.College fjord: fabulous! We assumed because it was white out conditions when we arrived in Anchorage a few days earlier that everything would be frozen and we wouldn't get very far into the fjord. But the captain got us right up close to Harvard Glacier. Valdez: this is a throw away stop. Not worth getting off the ship. Hubbard glacier: Another great day and again the captain got us right up there. This was a bit exciting as a large ship had gotten in ahead of us and gotten "stuck" a bit. How they got in there is amazing. Juneau: we did a independent whale watching trip! We have done whale watching all over the world and this was one of our best trips. Tons of whales and so close! Skagway: We rented a car and drove to Emerald lake. It was a gorgeous drive and sort of exciting driving into Canada. It is a very pretty drive but there aren't really many spots worth stopping at to shop or eat on the way. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Sitka: Gorgeous! Beautiful flowers, adorable town, gorgeous homes on these lovely little islands. Of course, we were there on a sunny day, so that didn't hurt. We went to the Fortress of the Bear and were surprised how much we enjoyed it. Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glacier. WOW! This was really amazing. Such a tight little channel the captain just threaded like a needle. And of course there was some more amazing glacier viewing at the end. Ketchikan: Cute and interesting little town. We tried to walk to the rain forest for a hike. We couldn't get there, but certainly got our hike in trying to get there! Vancouver: We spent a couple of days here. Lovely town, great seafood, extremely nice people. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
This was our first Silversea cruise and only our 2nd ever cruise. We booked for the luxury experience and because of the itinerary. There were many things that contributed to us having such a good holiday but the first thing I have to ... Read More
This was our first Silversea cruise and only our 2nd ever cruise. We booked for the luxury experience and because of the itinerary. There were many things that contributed to us having such a good holiday but the first thing I have to mention is the people. The staff were all very efficient but provided their services in such a friendly manner that we were made to feel really comfortable. We also met some lovely people on board who were keen to help ensure our first Silversea experience was a memorable one. We never at any time felt that we didn't fit in although we wouldn't normally travel in such luxury. The all inclusive nature of the cruise, and the onboard credit we received, meant that we could really enjoy ourselves knowing that everything had been paid for up front. As for the actual cruise experience, the suite we had was bigger than we expected it to be and the double sink in the bathroom and walk in wardrobe were fantastic. The bed was very comfortable. The food was perhaps not quite as good as we expected, particularly in La Terraza in the evening, although we really enjoyed the lunches there. By far, our favourite place to eat in the evening was at the pool side for the 'Hot Rocks' experience. The fillet steak was excellent and the waiting staff the best on the ship. The entertainment was just perfect for us, Charlotte and Jonjoe providing background music in the bar, and the 6 singers (and Kirk, cruise director) providing a 30-40 minute nightly show. The quality of the entertainment was excellent without being intrusive, or taking up too much of our free time when we wanted to socialise. The ports of call were partly why we picked the cruise so no complaints there, and having an overnight stop in Tianjin meant we could fully experience the sights of Beijing. We definitely plan to sail with Silversea again in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2014
We've visited many Caribbean islands over the years, love the region for it vibrancy and warmth - the people sort as well as that of climate. But we'd never made it to Barbados. We had taken a three day cruise on Carnival - and ... Read More
We've visited many Caribbean islands over the years, love the region for it vibrancy and warmth - the people sort as well as that of climate. But we'd never made it to Barbados. We had taken a three day cruise on Carnival - and decided the large ships aren't our favorite. Vacation for us means getting away from it all and we just had the feeling on the big ship we were taking it all along with us. We had cruised on the late lamented Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and had a marvelous time but they departed the scene alas and we're a bit older than once we were. So when the combination of the destination (Barbados) and trying out an upscale cruise experience (my wife loves the idea of having a balcony as a refuge, a place to read, relax and get completely away from it all) presented itself with Silversea line's Silver Spirits cruise #5401, Ft Lauderdale to Barbados, we jumped on. So to speak. It had the added advantage of happening in January, raising some concerns about the possibilities of weather interfering with travel, raising costs at the far end of the cruise (we stayed a week in Barbados after our cruise) but allowing us the chance to see it all during high season. Much of our previous travel to the region has been just outside high season, generally in mid-April including sailing around the BVI with a friend in his 35 foot sailboat, a Sabreliner. We looked over cruise lines, were highly intrigued by several especially Star Clippers, loved by friends of ours, and of course Seabourne. We had a fantastic vacation in French Polynesia a few years ago and realized after the fact that probably the best way to do that for the very first time would be to book on the Paul Gauguin, a gorgeous ship (we saw it a couple times on our trip there) and given that airfare is included a terrific way to see multiple islands in addition to experiencing the marvelous experience that ship offers. So when we came across Silver Spirit's itinerary and learned more about the ship itself, we were hooked. We flew out to Ft Lauderdale a couple days early just in case - the polar incursion that pretty much crippled transportation throughout the NE USA made that precaution seem quite a good choice; a number of passengers were delayed, some joining us in Puerto Rico on the third day into the cruise, others i presume not making it at all. Having time on our hands we spent a very pleasant day visiting Ft Lauderdale's fine art museum which happily had three exhibits up, each quite different from the other two, all of very high quality. We went down and strolled along the riverfront park area and wound up watching my alma mater's basketball team play (and happily win) a game at a sports bar quite near our at the port hotel which served excellent fresh fish as well. We took a cab over to the port on launching day - January 6th - and were very pleased with the process. There was little in the way of lines the ship's capacity being just over 500 passengers and the weather, as mentioned, having intervened even with that number. (i do believe we reached at or near 500 by the time we departed Puerto Rico so it wound up being a good test of the Silver Spirit experience.) We checked in and went to our suite (as the cabins are referred to) where we met our "butler" (seems to be what stewards are called on this line and perhaps others, i wouldn't know about that) - Rowena - and Larry who would be cleaning and tidying the suite throughout the cruise. They were very personable, very welcoming, quite professional. Rowena showed us around. Larry - who seems always to be smiling happily - was smiling happily and made us feel quite at home. The suite was beautiful. Lots of wood, mirrors in both the bed and sitting areas with television pictures as rectangles "embedded" in the center of each, a desk, writing desk and lots of cabinet space in the sitting room and of course the teak veranda/balcony beyond that. The bathroom was on our left in the narrow hallway as we entered and beyond it the walk in closest with lots of space, hangers and the room safe atop a chest of drawers at the far end. Plenty of room for the clothing we brought along - and we had three suitcases given the nine night cruise and our planned week-long stay afterwards on the island. i know, over-packing, but we hadn't been quite this way before and when all is said and done i prefer to work a bit harder getting somewhere than to find i have prepared inadequately for the bulk of my time. i figure i'll learn to conserve before we do this next time. We preferred to do our own unpacking - perhaps a mistake as i could take some lessons from Rowena who packs and unpacks on a professional basis - more on that later - but it's not much to do it oneself. We stowed two of the cases at the very back of the closet - lots of room; Rowena wound up putting the third simply under the bed, an easier solution. Having a bit of time we set off to explore our floating home for a bit before the required safety drill - attendance is taken - and departure from port which we watched from the deck off the Italian restaurant - La Terrazza - where we met a couple of passengers from Ireland in the process, mother and daughter, who quickly became our friends (and added to the family feel of our trip when we would run into them and join with them for a meal or a walkabout in one port or another). Okay, hint #1: at this time passengers have the opportunity to go to i think it was the Stars supper club (deck 7) to make dinner reservations at the various restaurants. The hint is do it as some of the restaurants are smaller and more intimate and if you don't make your reservation right at the start you might not get in. This is especially true for the line's well-advertised Le Champagne restaurant which holds about 20 people. By the time we thought to try to go there, we could only get on the waiting list and never did make it in. (Although some with whom we spoke were not all that impressed with it so we didn't worry too much about that.) Restaurants: there are several - we did not make it into all but next cruise we would try to do so. Le Champagne - deck 4 - intimate, highly advertised by the Italian cruise line, an elegant approach; there is a surcharge involved to eat here. Seishin - also deck 4 - also a surcharge to eat here. We did so twice. There are three options for dinner, each beginning with an amuse buche followed by a marvelous sashimi and sushi plate, the sushi chef located in the middle of the space preparing this, the tables - 7 or 8 iirc - around the edges of the room. At lunch there is the option of getting a bento (boxed) lunch; at dinner there are two three course meals dinners at a surcharge of $20 as well as a full 9 course degustation meal at a $30 surcharge. We tried both versions, the 9 course our first visit and the 3 course meals our second visit. We had marvelous service from MaryAnn assisted by Sharlotte and, our second visit, when i asked to have the first three-course menu but substitute the main course from the second MaryAnn just smiled and assured us it would be no problem at all. Nor was it. We very much liked this restaurant. The main restaurant is, naturally, called The Restaurant. It too is located on deck 4 (the aforementioned two flanking the entrance to the Restaurant.) We found this one good; not great, but quite satisfactory. We have some food restrictions - one of the joys brought by advancing years - which limited us just a bit in our selection but service was excellent, the surroundings fine - think upscale restaurant 'most anywhere, and the food good. We enjoyed it - but chose other options for the rest of the cruise rather than repeat this one. The aforementioned La Terrazza - being the Italian venue on an Italian-run ship - was quite good. Indoor seating is good and there is also the option of outdoor seating, delightful at breakfast and lunch. Starting with dinner, i found the pasta quite good; our new friend and fellow passenger Art said the lamb rack was outstanding. The wine selection was okay - and they were quite happy to offer an alternate selection such as the Bordeaux i preferred to the offered Burgundy. They would have been happier still to provide one of the for-purchase selections the prices of which were in the range of "if you have to ask the price, don't bother with these." We demurred and did just fine with the included selection, my wife especially appreciating the whites while i explored the reds. For breakfast and lunch, the buffets in the La Terrazza venue were marvelous. Can't think of anything they might have done to have made them more appealing to us. Our Irish friends took the culinary tour offered on board and came away very impressed that they prepare all of the bread and pasta offerings from scratch every day, even the bread sticks. They certainly succeeded with those and most passengers we got to know wound up eating breakfast and lunch at La Terrazza. The Show Lounge - deck 5 - served smaller platters and our friends Art and Cindy just loved it. We planned to make it but never did; we will do so on our next cruise on this line because of the raves about it. There was entertainment - and we simply opted for a quieter dinner experience this voyage. The experience that i loved was Hot Rocks. You need reservations though there is no additional surcharge. This is on the pool deck - deck 9 - at the Pool Grill area (there is also a pool bar of course) or at tables on deck 10 which overlooks the pool at The Grill. Hot Rocks is called that for the obvious reason: you order a steak or the huge (and delectable) shrimp or a combination of both and your server brings your entrée to you already cooking - searing - on a lava stone that has been pre- and slowly-heated to 900 degrees. The stone is about three inches thick and perhaps 12 inches square. The server places the stone on its platter in front of you leaving room for your dinner plate between it and you and then turns the meat over so it starts cooking on the other side. It's up to you when you want to remove it from the stone to stop cooking it. They advertise that it's perfectly done just for you every time, an element that is completely under your personal control. As we eat simply at home - and far less often - the chance for simpler fare was very appealing and as the dinner itself was outstanding, we ate there twice including our last night on board. Your platter comes with baked potato with a range of toppings, vegetables and salad first course. Desserts here and throughout the ship were also quite good. There's even a choice of sorbets throughout the afternoon on the pool deck. If i've forgotten other venues it is only because we failed to try them. There's only so much and so often a person can eat no matter the variety of choices and the quality of the offerings. So, overall - was this the quality of Carlos' in Highland Park north of Chicago? No, not quite to that standard imo. But very good - high quality - very happy with the variety and the quality offered. And as throughout the ship with the service. i should add that the bar (called The Bar) is located on deck 5 just beyond reception and the shore concierge desks. Quite attractive and this is where we all went on debarkation day, at least those of us leaving the cruise in Barbados. Voyage 5401 actually continued on to Rio, to Buenos Aires, around the horn and up the Pacific Coast of South America - Chile, Peru - and on through the Panama Canal and back to Ft Lauderdale and Port Everglades. Our new friends Art and Cindy were among those doing the entire cruise, a total of 66 days long. Others were going on as far as Rio or Buenos Aires. When we left in Barbados, others boarded for the next segment of the cruise. It was in all a lovely thought and we continue to mentally follow Art and Cindy and the others on their adventure. The first couple days of the voyage are at sea, a portion of the cruise we found to be our favorite. The TV screens in the suite had camera options that included a camera facing ahead which was very nice entering each port, a second that included the relevant ship's environmental information including temperature, wind velocity, ship's speed, ocean depth beneath us, course, etc. along with cameras that showed various views including one of the pool area. Then there was a selection of channels including CNN, BBC, Fox, i think they had MSNBC, international sports, ESPN Caribbean (lots and lots of soccer, a bit of cricket, we did get one of the NFL playoff games - but not the other), etc. The veranda (at the outboard side of the suite) got some use; the ocean was a fine companion; the ship was stabilized of course - there was a bit of rocking that didn't feel like that at all, it was just that at times you did need to watch your balance a bit. i noticed there were always waiters at the buffet to assist by carrying one's platter to one's table, a precaution perhaps more for the rest of the diners than for the person who would actually eat the food. We used the first day to visit the boutiques and were surprised to find the prices quite reasonable there. There were sport coats - a light colored one and of course a blazer - as well as more formal wear. The blazer - light colored - was $179 and seemed of a quality that made that a reasonable price for it. The exercise room was well equipped and very nice. We didn't use the spa services - massages and such - but have no doubt as to their high quality as well. In the suite, i should mention the bathroom. There is a tub which was of a generous size and the shower was well thought out and organized, encased in a clear plastic enclosure with a tight-closing door and both a rain shower head and a hand held - whatever your preference it was easily arrangeable. Hint #2: in our suite anyway the water temperature varied between the two shower heads. If you started with the rain shower head, directly overhead, and then wanted to switch to the hand held to direct the spray while you shampooed or such, the initial spray of water would be cold for a second or two and then significantly hotter than the rain shower. It was important to turn the temperature down before switching and then adjust a bit up after a couple seconds to feel. There is a sign posted that cautions you to always test the temperature before stepping in. If you're used to hots that don't really get hot, think again - when they say "hot" on the Silver Spirit, they truly mean hot. It was a marvelous surprise to us. Combine that with amenities by Bvlgari and the suite and bathroom were quite up with our anticipation of what such ought to be on a luxury cruise. The ship's shore excursions: we signed up only for two - the Rain Forest excursion in Puerto Rico and a snorkel and scuba excursion in St Barths. (see below) A separate word - from what i've written under port reports below about St Maarten. St Martin (smallest piece of land in the world divided between two nations: the port and Phillipsburg are in Sint Maarten and are Dutch; the northern area of the island are St Martin and are French. We spent a marvelous week once in the French Village of Grand Case and highly recommend that.) Phillipsburg is a duty free port with outstanding shopping particularly for jewelry and watches. Silver Spirit carries with it a designated ship's shopper. On our cruise it was Phillip. He's a Californian and he was expert, thorough and always available. Landing in Phillipsburg (a coincidence? well, okay, but it did seem rather apt), St Maarten, we cruised the shopping area and when anyone heard the name of our ship (they ask when you enter a shop such as Diamonds International) they would say, "Oh, you're with Phillip." Quoted prices dropped significantly once it was established that you were with Phillip and he made the rounds of the shops and seemed constantly available to consult or assist anyone from the ship. Prices in port seemed quite good for expensive items. But such items are individual enough i really couldn't tell you. Phillipsburg and St John Antigua however have widespread reputations for being excellent ports for the purchase of jewelry - especially diamonds - and watches if you are into such things. Phillip was definitely one of the ship's very useful features and a number of our shipmates commented very appreciatively about him and his services. Disembarking came. You can choose your preferred disembarking time but are asked to clear your suite (the ship is nearly entirely suites with verandas) by 8:30 in the morning. Rowena assisted with the packing - in my case she did a lot more than simply assist. We all applied the provided tags to our luggage - each color corresponding with the requested disembarkation time in what appeared to be half hour intervals - in the hallway outside our door when we went to bed, retaining only what we would need for the morning and our carry-ons. In the morning we left our carryons in the room while we went and settled up at the reception desk, reclaimed our passports, had a last breakfast at La Terrazza, reclaimed our carryons and joined our friends in The Bar area to await the call for our group to disembark and reclaim our luggage at customs. Disembarkation was easy and straightforward. A bus took you - again by color designation - to where your luggage was waiting and customs was quite a simple process. i'm sure i've forgotten something but that's a whole lot already up above so a short summary. My wife had wondered how she would like it, on the ship with 500 others, upscale food and service all the time, etc. Short answer, she loved it. Silver Spirit was about her favorite vacation ever - and when that includes 14 days in French Polynesia (Tahati and all that), that's saying something. The number of people was enough that we found great companions and i hope lasting friends - and enjoyed running into friends in whatever port we happened to be - and yet small enough that we rarely felt we were in a crowd. Food was very good, breakfasts and lunches superior. The suite was more than simply comfortable - we certainly do miss it. The service was wonderful - so many going out of their way obviously their hope was to please you. Lovely experience. Would we prefer one of the line's smaller ships? (Silver Spirit is their largest - others carry up to 380 or fewer passengers) Perhaps so. We look forward to finding out one day. But this was pretty terrific - and in our case the itinerary was perfect.   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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
This was my first time on this ship AND i will be back BUT. PRO'S I expected much more for the money we have payed and what others were talking about. The ship is beautiful spotless and alot of quiet time spaces. very nice ... Read More
This was my first time on this ship AND i will be back BUT. PRO'S I expected much more for the money we have payed and what others were talking about. The ship is beautiful spotless and alot of quiet time spaces. very nice food choices. The restaurant was our favorite. My husband liked the Italian. . Lovely lovely surroundings. CONS. I have been on the Cunard the THE GRILLS , people who have this special service recommended it. I would ssay the SIOLVER SPIRT is like a big GRILLS> BUt, i must say the butlers were not attentive meaning ours. I heard others complain. I had to ask several times for tea. I had requested and this was not meeet on a daily basis. THe restaurant s the Rock is great,but the table was not cleaned after all of the grease from the live cooking. ( this was so sad). The food was delicious but who wants to be covered in grease on the table. The restaurant again was our favorite., BUT the waiters would forget and leave you unattentive. We change several times to another table, where we recieved great seervice. I must say there uniforms were sometimees dirty. There were spots on their ties. I guess there is no inspection. I just expected premier service in the look and there attire, shamefull i would say. The music duo in the rocks or lunch by the pool was ok, we must of heard the same 10 songs over and over. God was this annoying. Sometimes it is sooh hard to sit on a cruise and hear the same songs for 17 days. The tours, was lucky because the tour people at the desk did not not now alot of information about the tours. They were very poor. I think SS should go on some of thises tours first before they send us. I am talking about the Mexico tous mainly they were AWFULL at best. The otheres were great. The mexico tours were selling us real estate and telling us to come back and buy, really. I thought that the guests should have dress a little better than sloppy attire and try to evade dressing up on formal nights. I hope IF i choose this ship things will be better. There was alot of repeated custmers that said that SS is not the same, tooo bad. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Just returned from 9 days on Spirit Venice - Istanbul. Lovely people/guests, great staff, and wonderful ports of call. Entertainment - missable. Shore excursions very expensive - cheaper to do it on your own. The furnishings, being ... Read More
Just returned from 9 days on Spirit Venice - Istanbul. Lovely people/guests, great staff, and wonderful ports of call. Entertainment - missable. Shore excursions very expensive - cheaper to do it on your own. The furnishings, being that it is their newest ship, are out of Victorian times and very dark, tired and depressing. TV in cabins is difficult to fathom out and you need glasses to view it as it is set behind glass and has a minute screen!! Food - a lot to be desired, badly presented, boring and certainly not 5* or 6*. Presentation needs a lot to be desired and quality of food definitely poor and uninspired. The upmarket "special restaurant La Champagne" where you pay $40 per head for the privilege, was so bad we walked out but were still charged. We waited 25 minutes from entry into the restaurant before anyone even spoke to us, offered a drink, menus or even a crust of bread!! It would have been nice to have seen the Captain or his "elite staff" even once on the ship apart from general introductions at the beginning. They were all in hiding. Compared to other cruise lines - Regent, Seabourn, Crystal, this ship or line comes way way done the list and certainly is not 6*. Very very disappointing. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
This Silversea Cruise was an excellent experience. The boat was top class, the staff were exceptional and the food very good. The ports of call were well organised with information of each port being provided via a nightly news letter ... Read More
This Silversea Cruise was an excellent experience. The boat was top class, the staff were exceptional and the food very good. The ports of call were well organised with information of each port being provided via a nightly news letter and/or talks explaining the facts of the next port. there were numerous activities onboard although we did not participate. There was a choice of dining by ourselves or joining some fellow cruise passengers if you wanted. A very big bonus is the fact that you do not feel like you are putting your hand in your pocket every time your wanted a drink of some food. Everything is included which provided for a relaxed and hassle free cruise. If there was one criticism if would be on leaving the ship the organisation could have been better when tranferring from ship to customs. It was a little disorganised at the coach transfer. This normally would not be an issue except it is the last point at which you touch the Silversea service, this should be equally if not more important than joining the ship. A very small thing and would certainly not change my recommendation that Silversea is a marvellous way to see the world and relax Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
I appreciate that some people like the massive cruise ships that are on offer, especially as all seem to be vying for your trade with on board credit, free drinks (very limited), massive facilities, lots of entertainment; the truth is ... Read More
I appreciate that some people like the massive cruise ships that are on offer, especially as all seem to be vying for your trade with on board credit, free drinks (very limited), massive facilities, lots of entertainment; the truth is I'm done with them. Having sailed Holland America in Sept 2014 for two weeks (too long), I found it too much of a hassle each time you had to disembark and the general kerfuffle in boarding such a large ship, lets face it the days of cruising being exclusive had now turned into cruising for the masses, hence our short trip in the Silver Wind. Yes, it is probably the oldest ship in the fleet, yes it is expensive compared to the leviathans on the sea that you can sail, yes you have to be prepared to forgo the various entertainments that accompany those ships, but what you get is cruising as it should be. Excellent facilities, service reserved for a five star hotel, food and drink of the highest quality and dare we say it? The crowds that often make the whole holiday experience tiring. I like the fact that you berth in ports too small for most cruise liners, trips where there will be a maximum of 15 to 20 people mean more of a personal experience, no hustling to get big groups back on the coaches, take your time (within reason) and enjoy what you came to see. As for the age of the ship I found that you could probably see where it would need an upgrade or two, especially the bath panel being loose, the toilet being a bit inconsistent, paint on the windows giving away it's age, but for me small things that don't detract from the fact that you are treated as an actual valued guest. Big ships? nah not for me, short cruises in luxury surroundings, now that's more like it. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I know that I was booking a cruise on the oldest ship in the Silver Seas fleet and so my expectations were pretty low regarding the actual infrastructure. I have to say however that the Lady wore her years well and while there were signs ... Read More
I know that I was booking a cruise on the oldest ship in the Silver Seas fleet and so my expectations were pretty low regarding the actual infrastructure. I have to say however that the Lady wore her years well and while there were signs of wear in the cabin (carpet peeling away from bottom of the closet walls etc) the impeccable cleanliness of the ship overall really made it a non-issue except for one thing. The AC was weak in most parts of the ship and seemed unable to keep our cabin cool when the sun shone on our side of the ship. A fan was provided and provided relief but wasn't the most attractive thing to have cluttering up the cabin. Many complaints from other passengers on that score. On to the food and Wine. BIG disappointment here! This is our second SS's cruise along with one on Crystal and I have to say that there a corners being cut. The wine on our last SS's cruise was not just good, it was memorable. An Oregon Pinot was open pretty much the entire trip and it was delicious. This time, their in room choices were OK at best, even after the Sommelier, Mike upgraded our room selection. In the dining room, a Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay was a "premium" selection one night. The food was adequate but uninspired. The itinerary emphasized the local sourcing and while there was a menu icon for locally sourced items I only saw it used twice in 10 days. The menu at LaChampagne, the premium restaurant did not change once in 10 days. Staff were amazing, Naia our personal butler went above and beyond to make up for any shortfalls elsewhere on the trip. The bartenders and wait staff were professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Highly recommend the Silver Spirit cocktail!! Facilities and entertainment were about what you would expect from a small ship. Itinerary was excellent but this was where my biggest issues with the cruise line occurred. We were diverted from our scheduled stops twice on the cruise. First was a substitution of Messina Sicily for Siracusa, apparently due to a water production issue that had to be dealt with in port although we could never get a straight answer from the staff. Since Messina is an industrial town, we had to spend 3 hours on a bus to Taormina to see what Sicily really had to offer. Last stop (Venice) was the deal killer though. We didn't go to Venice, we went to the industrial port of Porto Marghera. We had to settle for 45 minutes by bus and another 30 minutes by boat to get to Venice. Each way. Boat service from the actual port of Venice to Saint Marks was sporadic and ended at 5:30 with the big celebration and fireworks show at Midnight. We were told we were on our own for transportation to the port from then till 3:00AM which was the last bus back from the port to the ship. We booked the trip in what we know would be a hot July specifically to be able to watch the fireworks from the ship but we were too far away to see anything. Porto Marghera was a dingy ugly industrial port and our cabin view was of a construction site flooded with foul, fetid, mosquito infested water. It stank! I only wish I could attach a picture to this review so you could see how utterly disgusting it was. While pursuing a fair resolution, Silver Seas referred us to the fine print of our ticket which says " Porto Marghera will be used for your Disembarkation on July 19th". What the ticket did NOT say was that we would not be at the actual port of Venice as scheduled on the 18th. I would have had no problem with a short run from Venice to Porto Marghera late on the 18th and disembarking from there, what I resent is the missing time in Venice itself. SS's told me that our travel specialist (Vacations to Go) was notified of the change in January. They are the #1 booker for SS's and they said that NO such notification was given. SS's is standing by the language in their ticket and insists that we were adequately notified, conveniently overlooking the fact that by the time we got that notification (in the ticket) our cruise was already non-refundable. Neither we, nor Vacations to Go were able to get ANY sort of accommodation from SS's. Let Me sum up: -Silver Seas was once but no longer is a 6 star cruise line. They are a 4.5 at best. -They have cut significant corners on food and wine since our cruise On the Silver Spirit a few years back. - They place their passengers interests last and are unapologetic when called on it. Stick with Seaborn or Crystal if you want a truly 6 star cruise experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was our first cruise so we wanted to do it right. We picked Silversea because of friends' recommendations and extensive review of our options for a Mediterranean cruise. On balance our choice was perfect. The ship was immaculate, ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we wanted to do it right. We picked Silversea because of friends' recommendations and extensive review of our options for a Mediterranean cruise. On balance our choice was perfect. The ship was immaculate, the crew was pleasant beginning with Colin who greeted us on arrival, and lasting with our Butler, Chan. The rest of the staff was equally friendly and accommodating. We scheduled tours for every morning and although (in retrospect) probably one or two too many; it got us up and out to see the sights. The tours where well run and limited in size so you never felt like a herd of cattle. I'd say do them all if it's your first time. The food was ok -- we ate in all of the restaurants ( Le Champagne once and the Restaurant once) -- our favorite was La Terrazza on the aft deck. I say ok because after 10 days not a lot of variety. I recommend one night for Le Champagne -- small, elegant and good food. By the way the only restaurant on the ship that has a cover charge($80). Our room was a 804 -- one of 4 new rooms added on deck 8 (the only 4 on deck 8) and within 75 feet of the pool bar/restaurant. The room was Medallion level so it substantially larger with a double deck, sitting room, spacious walkin closet, and large bathroom. The furniture was nice and well placed. The BAD news -- they built these four rooms below Deck 9 which houses the SPA. Our room was directly under the weight room and we were reminded every time a person dropped a weight on floor above or our ceiling. Suffice to say, we could not get it to stop. Response from Siversea has been nonexistent. SO DO NOT reserve room# 804 should you choose the Silver Wind -- maybe the other three fine, but I can't speak for them. Would we do it again -- certainly and Silversea would be our first consideration. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
As longtime luxury cruisers (we've been regulars on Seabourn and Silversea and earlier on NCL, Holland America and Royal Caribbean), our recent experience on the Silver Wind was, in a word, "MEH." Our Venice check-in was ... Read More
As longtime luxury cruisers (we've been regulars on Seabourn and Silversea and earlier on NCL, Holland America and Royal Caribbean), our recent experience on the Silver Wind was, in a word, "MEH." Our Venice check-in was seamless--no lines, everyone very nice. The ship looked lovely from the outside as well. Unfortunately as an older vessel, the Silver Wind was certainly showing her age once we got inside. The carpets were worn/dirty, décor very dated and stuffy, railings rusted and chipped and overall ambiance just fair. Our cabin was perfectly fine--it had everything we needed and was very clean. Our butler was terrific and attentive as well. The deck space was tight--if you're sitting on a lounge chair on the upper deck (which was floored in yucky astro turf), joggers are running right past you. There are little if any private corners or nooks and crannies in which to set up. We were distressed to learn that on our first night, which was an OVERNIGHT in Venice, that no transportation was provided. WHAT?!?! What's the use in having an overnight in an amazing port if you can't get there? The chilly front desk folks were hard pressed to explain why. Also distressing was that the specialty restaurants were "sold out" or "waitlisted" even though we had begun the process months earlier. As for the food--eat off the boat! La Terrezza was acceptable and pleasant on the back of the boat, the main dining room was fine, though very catering-hall like, and Le Champagne was overpriced and over-long. The breakfast buffet was TERRIBLE, sorry to say and the food around the pool deck for lunch was cafeteria quality. Though nobody's fault, the demographic on this particular ship was a good 20 years older than our mid-50s. While everyone was very nice, it did have a geriatric-ward feel. Evening "entertainment" was weak at best--singers, classical music, singers and more singers. UNCLE! Bottom line: the itinerary was terrific and staff well meaning. The ship and food however were a solid C+. We'll go back to Seabourn, or wait for a new Silversea ship thank you. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and I have sailed on about 40 cruises including some high end cruises on Crystal, Seaborn, Regent, and Azamura. This was our first cruise on Silversea and it compared nicely with the other luxury cruises we have been on. ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed on about 40 cruises including some high end cruises on Crystal, Seaborn, Regent, and Azamura. This was our first cruise on Silversea and it compared nicely with the other luxury cruises we have been on. Embarkation was quick and easy in Istanbul. The ship was docked several blocks from the cruise terminal and we didn't notice that Silversea had a shuttle until we arrived at the ship on foot! Oh well. We needed the exercise anyway. The ship was in very good condition and all the spaces were clean and tidy. The cruise we were on was only about 60% full, so the crew to passenger ratio was about 1:1. Even though we probably had the least expensive cabin (oceanview suite) on the ship, we found it to be spacious and comfortable. Our butler offered us a selection of toiletries including Bulgari and Ferrengamo products along with a hypoallergenic selection. My wife couldn't decide so he gave us both of the designer labels. That was actually convenient because the suite had a separate full size bath tub and a large glass walled shower, so we could place one set of products in each one. We were also offered a selection of pillow which we tried, but ended up liking the original pillows best. Our butler also delivered fruit in the evening, kept our refrigerator stocked with our favorite beverages, and on several occasions, delivered excellent in room breakfast. Our room steward kept our suite spotless and was never intrusive. Dining was very good at all times and in all venues. The only thing that seemed strange to me was the lack of steak on the menu. They had plenty of other excellent offerings, but for beef they seemed to favor angus hamburgers. Entertainment was good for a small ship. One South African duo was particularly good singing standards accompanied by Piano in the Stars restaurant. The other musical groups were good, but they were duos and trios and they tended to rely too much on synthesized rhythm and drums for my taste. To me, they sounded better when they just played their instruments with out the synthesizer. All in all, we really enjoyed out first cruise on Silversea. We're ready to go again! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We traveled with our adult children (separate cabins). We enjoyed the size of ship and the shore excursions. The ship staff was not that good at keeping track of passengers or helping those with mobility issues on the excursions. The ... Read More
We traveled with our adult children (separate cabins). We enjoyed the size of ship and the shore excursions. The ship staff was not that good at keeping track of passengers or helping those with mobility issues on the excursions. The food was good although I was expecting the quality to be higher. Service at the restaurants was generally good (not exceptional) but inconsistent. The cabin service was good. Cabins were spotless. The butler service was inconsistent. One room the butler was very good, the other adequate. All in all an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
37 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
The last few holidays, we have traveled Cunard and loved it. Wanting to embark from the U.S., we decided to give Silversea a try. The marketing suggested upscale and the price certainly reflected upscale. From the outside things looked ... Read More
The last few holidays, we have traveled Cunard and loved it. Wanting to embark from the U.S., we decided to give Silversea a try. The marketing suggested upscale and the price certainly reflected upscale. From the outside things looked pretty great. Once we stepped into the cabin, we got a surprise. Start with stains on the floor, drapes, and outer bed blanket. Friends offered to cut the frazzles off the frayed and very outdated sofas. The glass coffee table was seriously scratched. The dressing table was less than one foot from the end of the bed. My husband had to climb over the bed while I dried my hair. The verandah floor was shop worn and had two plastic sitting chairs with no cushions, and table. I suppose you could have put your foot up on the table for relaxing. Our room, 626 was noisy. It had a loud vibration. We thought the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We also found it difficult to get reservations at the other restaurants. Service started out great. After New Years, the staff size decreased. And they seemed less interested in pleasing. A good training motto for staff might be, "A 1000 dollars a day for our clients means you give them 1000 dollar service for each day!" While the cruise was all inclusive, I don't drink alcohol but like virgin mojitos. After New Years, I was told the limes and mint were gone. Sorry! Food also went down hill after New Years. My biggest surprise, was the spa. The prices were right in line with Four Season, Regent Cruise, etc. The robe I was given had a big rip. And the waiting area included a few dark brown sofas and tables. Something you would find in a medical clinic waiting area. The refridg had nothing in it. The staff were chatting it up. It was not a place to relax. And….if you wanted to use the warm stone chair, whirlpool or sauna, you were asked to pay another 29 dollars. Not one thing about this spa said, "awww." We bought our tickets in March and paid 11k per person. We met other guests who paid as little as 6k. The cruise gave us 1000 to spend "in-house." Right after New Years, the internet connection (we used 250 to buy minutes) went out. It stayed out for the rest of the cruise. Some of the passengers were offered a 50 (nonrefundable credit.) Had they offered the credit sooner, I may have used it in the gift shop. I let the hotel director know right away about our room, and within the hour, he came to the cabin. Very attentive. We booked our own excursions as the excursion planned by the line were not appealing. There were some nice thing about this cruise, however the bad outweighed. We won't use it 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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The cruise through the Caribbean Islands was lovely. Be aware the ship is quite small and book a mid ship cabin as to make sure there are not any rough days. We sailed from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale with stops at many of the islands. The ... Read More
The cruise through the Caribbean Islands was lovely. Be aware the ship is quite small and book a mid ship cabin as to make sure there are not any rough days. We sailed from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale with stops at many of the islands. The excursions were great with easy on and off the ship. The service was fantastic! Having a butler for your cabin is very nice and be sure to have a balcony. The food was very good. Gratuities were included, but we added to some of the staff that went over and beyond. The only things that were not fantastic was the entertainment, which was very limited and the casino, very, very small and nobody ever there. Definitely for an older more sophisticated group...but we had a great time. This is definitely not a cruise for children. I would suggest a Royal Caribbean ship with all the activities if you are bringing children. We will probably take another Silver Seas cruise, but on a larger ship. March was a great time to take this cruise. The weather was fantastic. Be sure to make reservations prior to boarding for spa treatments, beauty salon and excursions. They do fill up. We did spend a night in San Juan prior to boarding at The Condado Vanderbilt. Highly recommended! Dinner at 1919 was spectacular and not too far from the pier. Have a wonderful time! You will not be disappointed! We enjoyed every minute and met some new friends! Read Less
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