We are a couple in our early sixties traveling with friends. This was our tenth cruise, previous cruises have been on Celebrity, Carnival, Uniworld and Azamara. We were looking for a small ship without crowds of people with long lineups and overcrowded excursions. Our travel agent recommended Silversea and so we booked the 11 night British Isles cruise leaving from Southampton on the Silver Whisper.
This was the most relaxing and enjoyable cruise we have ever taken and we will never go back to large ship cruising again. There were never any lineups for anything, shore excursions with Silversea were in small groups, never more than 24 people and were well organized with a Silversea staff member on every excursion which was helpful to sort out any problems.
The staff of the ship were friendly but always professional and we never felt like they were being pushy or looking for extra tips as on other cruise lines.
We especially enjoyed La Terrazza where we ate 4 times for dinner, Hot Rocks on the Pool Deck even though we required blankets to keep warm and one night the staff prepared a special Indian dinner served course by course for the four of us in our suite. We ate once in Le Champagne which was nice but the food was equally good in all other restaurants. We enjoyed an Irish Pub lunch in the bar one day with Irish music and singing from Alan the cruise directer and staff.
The ports were interesting and most were small enough that you could also easily explore on your own and we enjoyed having our lunches in different ports.
Our friends were celebrating their anniversary and on returning to their room after dinner that night found their room decorated with rose petals, cake and champagne.
We are looking forward to our next cruise on Silversea in the future.