We flew from Australia and had 3 nights in Copenhagen at Hotel Opera before the cruise.
We checked out of the hotel at 12md and took a taxi to the dock. We were unsure if it was too early to board but our bags were taken and we were ushered aboard with no delays.
Our cabin was Vista which we had before on a cruise on Silver Shadow. The Cloud cabin is much the same size but the dressing room and bathroom are smaller ( as we remember).
The room attendant Alex and the butler Gideon looked after us very well
Gideon was meant to fly home in Copenhagen on our second leg, but his replacement hadn't arrived. This happened in Helsinki and the replacement Mohammed was new to Silver Sea and ships.
Alex left in Copenhagen and Lucien took over.
We had suite 443 and it was nearly across from an entrance to the kitchen. We could hear the kitchen staff as we walked by at times, but it never intruded into the suite. We did often get cooking smells in the afternoon but it wasn't a problem for us.
The air conditioning was never quite right - either too warm or too cold - there seemed to be no happy medium. We have decided to book a verandah suite next time and at least we can open the door if it is too hot.
The meals aboard were very good. The only "miss" we had was the soft shell crab. Tried a second time, it still wasn't good, but you can't have everything!
For dinners we ate in the Restaurant where we sat with people Jorge made up tables with. We met a lot of lovely people. We ate in La Terrazza quite a few times and meals were very good.
During the first leg of the cruise we were able to book the same day and sometimes it wasn't full.
The second leg it was more popular and booked out the last few days.
We ate at hot rocks once and it was OK but nothing special.
We ate in La Champagne twice and enjoyed it both times. The first time we ordered wine from the connoisseur list. The second time we drank the wines from the complimentary pour and were very happy.
For lunch we ate in all venues depending how we felt and the time. We enjoyed the pool deck if we were back from an excursion a little late.
Breakfast we usually ate in Panorama Lounge where we had the fruit plate and coffee.
The best coffee was up there especially made by Gilmar.
One disappointment was the Asian / Indian food. It was bland and very rarely spicy. I am sure the crew ate more authentic spicy food as you could often smell the lovely aromas from their kitchen around mid morning.
The enrichment lectures were very good especially the ones about the ports we were to visit.
Cory Sandler was on for the 28 days and was an interesting lecturer.
There were numerous cooking demonstrations in the Venetian Lounge which were a lot of fun.
We also did some market tours with executive chef instructor David. They were great.
As you can see, we had a wonderful cruise with interesting fun people, a great crew and wonderful ports.
The finish under the Tower of London Bridge was an amazing end to the cruise.