This cruise was chosen mainly for the destination and the ports visited on the way. We usually travel on Seabourn but this itinerary suited our travels to Africa.
Boarding at Dubai was a breeze. We found out shortly thereafter that there were only 140 passengers on board, less than half full. Some of my impressions of the cruise will obviously take this into account.
The staff on board were extremely friendly and competent with a few very minor exceptions. The ship is getting on in years and despite ongoing maintenance it still has some weak points, the most noticeable is the room to room noise.
Cabin size is OK, though the bathroom is very small.
Choice of dining venues is good, but overall my wife and I were very disappointed with the food.
Some of this emanates from the purchased ingredients but we both thought the preparation of the dished served was not good. I don't think it unreasonable to expect good food to be served on a luxury cruise line.
Dishes such as quail and veal were overlooked and almost inedible. During a galley tour it was noted that salads were being pre-plated at 4pm for the evening dinner, does this happen in an on shore restaurant? The quality of the pastries and scones was also poor.
On a positive note there was a good choice of wines on the free list and it was not difficult to find a wine that we liked, though sometimes we had to ask a few questions.
Would we return to Silversea? Probably not unless the itinerary was exactly what we were looking for.