The best food and service we have experienced over six cruises with other similar companies. This was our first with Silversea . The ship however was a great disappointment. It was shabby and dated. It needs to be sold off as I think it is past saving. The common areas are underwhelming even allowing for a smaller size overall. The bathrooms were so small we could hardly turn around. The shower over the bath was poor and very difficult to stand in. Everything about the bathroom was awkward and not a pleasant experience. The door stops on the bathroom and wardrobe were broken so could not be lodged open. The bed was not Queen size as on other ships and the linen was tatty and does not have the same finish as that on Regent hence it is not at all silky and luxurious.
The entertainment if you can call it that is dire! Outdated and very poor. The singers could not sing. The pianist made so many mistakes which he covered up by singing out of key. The quartet looked like they had been programmed to play dreadfully old fashioned tunes. There was no atmosphere and dancing on the deck was limited to one night at the BBQ when it was obvious to us from the number of guests dancing that it was a popular event yet it was not continued down in the bar at 9.30 as promised and the next day we were subjected once more to the quartet. The cruise director did nothing to make this an enjoyable cruse. He just made short garbled announcements every morning about activities such as bridge and italian language lessons! The table tennis never took place and when we got the table put up it was so close to the rail that the one ball they gave us was soon lost overboard.
This was probably the worst cruise from the point of view of entertainment and that is saying something as our experience on Regent has not been much better. When will these top end cruise lines get the message. We don't want music from the old days. We want to dance and have fun under the stars if possible on a warm night. It would not have taken much for the Dj to be on the deck for say three evenings for a couple of hours. We don't want extra food laid on just the bar where if necessary we could get our own drinks and have some fun.
We are in two minds whether to sail with them again. If we do it will be on a different shop and on the basis that we will get the same fantastic food and friendly service. Ann Marie the executive chef is wonderful, very pro active and always on the case. She is everywhere she should be and her team produce and serve marvellous food. If only the entertainment were as good. I was tempted to see if I could plug my IPAD in to their system and set up my own dance night. We would certainly have rocked the boat!