Travel to the Port: We drove over cruise morning with another couple from the West coast of Florida to the Port which was 270 miles (4 hours). We parked in a Park & Go lot just before you enter the port on the left. It was about $11/day but could be less if you went on line before and printed a coupon. You park...a van goes to your car and unloads your luggage and takes you to the ship...easy and less than Port Parking.
Personal Background Information: My wife and I are in our early 70s and in good health. We have cruised 15 times but always on larger ships. We felt we wanted to try a small boutique luxury ship and Silversea had good reviews. This ship can handle 450 which is much smaller than 2,000 to 3,000 monsters. It is all inclusive which means food, liquor, wine, gratuities are in your base cruise price. The only extra charge are the tours you select and shipboard Internet service. There is also a surcharge for 2 of the 5 restaurants (later).
Stateroom #932:We had a mini suite with a balcony (2 chairs and 1 small table)which we rarely used because our cabin was next to the pool, pool bar and pool grill. If you could book this cabin or one nearby you will be pleased with the convenience. The service with our butler (Anil Kumar Mahla) and room attendant (Jocelyn Ochavillo) were first rate. Free washer, dryer and soap just across the hall from us. Fox and CNN was available on our 2 flat screen TVs. Remotes took a while to get used to because TVs we set in the mirrors,The bath room had a full sized tub and a separate shower (with a rainfall fixture overhead...very nice touch).Large walk in closet. We took large suitcases and still had more than enough storage. Privacy curtain between the bedroom and sitting area was handy if I wanted to read and bride wanted to sleep.Room service was available 24/7. Bride liked breakfast in cabin but I went to "The Restaurant" in the mornings to be served.
Days at sea: We both took professional bridge (card) lessons in the mornings and my wife played duplicate bridge in the afternoons. Always enough lounges. Nice libraries and numerous areas to sit around and relax. Although there was only one small child on board there were many couples in their 40s, 50s and 60s which surprised us. Still, not a cruise for families with small children.
Dress aboard ship:
This is not a blue jeans or muscle shirt crowd
Two formal nights for tuxes or coats/ties. We took tuxes but did the tie option instead. Warm weather not condusive for tuxes.
Four informal nights: Coats and slacks, no ties.
Four casual nights: Nice shirts and slacks, no coats.
Cocktail Lounges/Bars: We were very pleased with the entertainment and piano bars. The snacks offered during cocktails usually left much to be desired. Service was exceptional everywhere on the ship.
Restaurants: There were 5 which I will discuss below:
1. The "Restaurant" was the main dining room and served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations not required and food selections were regular restaurant fare.
2 LeChampagne was a reservantion, $30 surcharge. Worth a visit. Mucho fanfare!
3. La Terrazza served buffet breakfast and lunch, High Tea from 4-5 and then dinner (reservations reqd) with an Italian flair in the evenings
4. Pool bar and Grill: Shorts and bath. Pizza, burgers, etc. Easy and good.
5. Seishin (Asian) Did not use. Reservations reqd' plus surcharge.
6. Stars Supper Club Res reqd. Fancy dress.
7. Dinner on the Hot Rock: Res reqd. Outdoor dining where you are brought your partially cooked fish or steaks you finish cooking at your table.