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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Several friends had taken this Baltic cruise and raves about it. Chose Silver Spirit because it could dock in downtown St Petersburg (instead of naval marine terminal out of town). Embarking in Stockholm was a breeze, but luggage ... Read More
Several friends had taken this Baltic cruise and raves about it. Chose Silver Spirit because it could dock in downtown St Petersburg (instead of naval marine terminal out of town). Embarking in Stockholm was a breeze, but luggage delivery was strange. Two bags quickly came to cabin, but a hour later two were still missing. Went looking and found both in the hall - one near our cabin, the other several cabins away. No crew doing anything with them. Dining was generally very good. However, almost every time we asked for red wine, we were handed the wine list instead of being offer complimentary house offerings. We did buy premium wines, but left with feeling wait staff was trained to push paid wine over included wines (which were often very good). A cheap touch that mared otherwise fine dining. Aside from the wine thing, the wait staff was terrific. Cabin was excellent, well-appointed, and very comfortable. Butler and cabin attendant were superb. Shore excursions were OK. I think they failed to meet extraordinarily high expectations set by things our friends had said about their trips. Glad to have seen the Hermitage, but found being in there with mobs of people too much. Literally found some rooms so packed it was hard to breathe. I guess that’s they way that place is, but it was a miserable experience. Shore excursion staff not much help - lacked options - to help us change during the cruise. Their knowledge of the excursions seemed to be limited to what was printed in the books we were given. Expected greater knowledge. If we were do this again, might be inclined to arrange shore tours on my own via A&K or some similar outside group. That said - Nadia and Daria in St. Petersburg and Andrei in Tallinn were excellent guides. Disembarking went very smoothly. I realize flipping the ship in a few hours for new passengers is an all-hands-on-deck job, I might suggest allocating a few staff to offer coffee or drinks to passengers sitting in lounges for a couple of hours between the time we had to be out of our cabins and leaving the ship. Would I go again? Not likely to repeat any cruise I’ve taken. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Ship with a wow factor is the first impression. Suites are well furnished and comfortable with an excellent bathroom. Nicely furnished verandah. Bars range from the intimate Atlantide and Arts Cafe to the larger Panorama and ... Read More
Ship with a wow factor is the first impression. Suites are well furnished and comfortable with an excellent bathroom. Nicely furnished verandah. Bars range from the intimate Atlantide and Arts Cafe to the larger Panorama and extremely large Dolce Vita, plus the Pool Bar. Good selection of premium liquor not supported by the mixes available. Good entertainment in the Panorama and Dolce Vita. Wide range of dinning options, Atlantide fish and steak menu in a comfortable restaurant with good ambience. Fish and Texas steaks the best items. Indochine an Asian fusion menu in a rather sterile restaurant and less comfortable. All the dishes sampled were good. Hot Rocks and Spaccanapoli both on deck serving steaks and fish or Pizza respectively are both good in warm weather only.There are no heaters in Hot Rocks! Nor wind breaks for either location. Arts Cafe is a delight for coffee or tea with its ever changing menu breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour to chocolates and truffles after dinner. Space at a premium during tea. La Terrazza the restaurant serving buffet breakfast and lunch and an Italian menu at night. Lacks ambience due to its size and table locations. The ships menus take literary license and are fixed unlike the other ships. Food is variable in preparation most noticeable in La Terrazza and Atlantide to a lesser degree. Also food is never served hot always barely warm. House wine selection is very good. Service from long serving staff is excellent, many of the recent hires need better training. Outdoor and indoor seating areas were a mixed bag but mostly populated by uncomfortable chairs. Spoils the many nice nooks for enjoying the cruise scenery. Ships laundry was very good. Monitors around the ship are annoying they only show location and itinerary of all Silversea ships no navigation data like the other ships. Entertainment and the theatre leaves much to be desired. The theatre does not have reserved space for handicap people and the slope of the floor makes for poor sightlynes from the rear. Seats are also uncomfortable. Cruise Director and his assistant are excellent. Lecturers were good but have been on Silverseas many times and its time for new blood. Destination lecturer was superficial and not always factualy or politically correct. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night ... Read More
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night from the same menu. They put it on fancy plates and call it luxury or nouvelle cuisine, but we can't help but call it cutting corners. Flawed concepts ruin your experience, like reservation-only specialty restaurants with no main dining room that leaves hundreds of people to eat at 9:30 or eat outside, covered in blankets, eating pizza or DIY grill while crossing the Atlantic ocean in October. Either that or room service since you can't get a reservation anywhere else. Did they even talk to guests before making this catastrophic change? They did not encourage us to give feedback. Surprisingly, they asked us to leave a review here, on CruiseCritic. Service is still in training, so it's a real mixed bag. While they've taken management off other ships, many others are new to their jobs. Cruise the fjord for a few hours beginning at 9am and not offer coffee and biscuits in the observation lounge? Leave port into the sunset at 5:45 and don't serve drinks at 5:55 because it's not 6:00 yet? No lunch buffets on deck on at-sea days? No regional cuisine? Onions and peppers the only vegetables in many dishes? These examples show the complete lack of flexibility from the set rules, which give the impression of cost-cutting at every opportunity. You can't expect guests on a 2-week+ cruise, even if they do plan months ahead and get reservations, to eat from the same menu every single night and every single day, 3 meals a day. And yet, the Silver Muse tries to make you happy about it. We met others who had booked back-to-back legs and were still eating from the same exact menus a month later. Silversea says they're planning on fixing the food and restaurant issues, but until we hear that actually happen, there's no way we'd cruise this ship again. We just got an email this week that said they were planning to do the same thing on the other ships. On the positive side, the Silver Muse is stable and the basic food quality is good. But give us the old Shadow, the Wind and the Whisper any day. Even the expedition ships are a better value. But maybe Silversea is moving away from the grand days of luxury cruising now, trying to be "modern." There are plenty of low- and mid-market "modern" cruise ships that offer better value. Silversea should be careful not to lose their loyal passengers. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Simply put: Way over priced for the value received. The service was OUTSTANDING. The wait staff and bar staff were superior. The food was mediocre and too eclectic for our taste. Italian offerings were named right but over-presented. ... Read More
Simply put: Way over priced for the value received. The service was OUTSTANDING. The wait staff and bar staff were superior. The food was mediocre and too eclectic for our taste. Italian offerings were named right but over-presented. It is not a ship to trans-Atlantic on. Sea days were boring. The weather did not cooperate. We were disappointed that there was no "Plan B" for missing the Azores, instead we endured 8 days at sea. The stateroom personnel, Butler, maid and attendant were most supportive during our illness and catered to our every whim. THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS THE MOST SPECTACULAR WE HAVE WITNESSED ON ANY SMALL SHIP. Production numbers rival the best we have seen on any cruise. The Voices of Silversea were a treasure to see and hear. They would be the primary reason we would ever return to Silversea. The "Suite" was overstated in the brochure and differed very little from the mini-suites on Princess. My wife traveled with a Power Chair. Despite my coordination with Silversea, they were not prepared or adaptable to moving the chair on and off the ship except at embarkation and dis-embarkation. Off deck 5 they had a ramp but never offered to put it in place for us to go ashore. Off deck 3, the ramp was severely ridged and challenged even the ship personnel to move the chair Read Less
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