Silver Spirit Cruise Review by phillipahain: Spirt...Ist Silversea and definitely the last unless !
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Spirt...Ist Silversea and definitely the last unless !
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
There are many things about Silversea that are truly excellent and we had high hopes of making our cruise the first of many.
Transfer from the airport and check in and embarkation were extremely smooth
Even your hand luggage was carried up the gangway for you
Cabins were truly lovely and the TV screens incorporated into wall to wall mirrors whilst small were very nice as was the vast selection of movies available to watch .
the Bathrooms were truly beautiful and very well planned
Could not fault the maid or butler Gideons service
The walk in wardrobe was disapointing and very badly planned because the door was too close to the rail which ran the length on one side so mens jackets etc got caught if you closed it , by same token the drawer unit at the end was too wide so all clothes had to be hung at angles and constantly pushed well back or they caught in the drawers
The libray was well stocked .......some days there were copies More of Daily Newspapers
The in house singers and dancers were very amateur indeed
but the Guest Flautist and Pianist were excellent
Trivia was clearly a clique affair so we didnt bother
Breakfast in La terrazza was a great selection
Lunch too although predominated by Italian sausage
Dinner in Main Dining Room had a strange menu on a 3 day repeat and it was often hard to find a suitable choice
not once did a fillet steak ordered med rare or even rare turn up anything other that med welldone
Bar staff especially Frederick were all very good and rapidly knew your name and your drinks preference
The Observation Bar on Deck 11 was a peaceful retreat with a great Barman
The one thing that totally and utterly ruined our entire trip was CIGAR SMOKING ,,,,passengers were smoking cigars on balconies so that made many unusable
The only comfortable seating outside that was in the shade was at the back of the Panorama Bar on Deck 9 however this was rendered unusable by cigar smokers who even if they kept to the so called VERY AMBIGUOUS designated smoking area the stench drifted right across the deck and forced one to leave
Paulo the Hotel Manager and his Deputy Tim would not even deign to experience the problem and Bar staff were expected to deal with arrogant cigar smokers who picked up ash trays and moved them at will
What little undercover loungers there were on pool deck were always full and too close to the smoking section all along one side
Clearly on Silversea SMOKERS RULE and since theres been not even the courtesy of a reply from Head Office to a constructive letter its clear that Silversea simply do not care
For a 6 star Luxury Line to treat majority non smoking passengers with such disdain or consideration of their health is quite simply not acceptable Less
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