This was our 2nd Silversea's cruise, the first being on the Shadow in the summer of 2006 which did not meet our expectations. Now onto the Whisper, although an identical ship the whole package was just so, so fantastic and why so much better than the Shadow my wife and I will never know.I would like to add that all reviews are " In our opinion "and would like to trust that all future cruisers with Silversea's might expect the same,we do hope so. Our short cruise was an 8 day from Dubai to Mumbai which included an overnight on the ship in Dubai and Mumbai, call at 2 ports in Oman and 1 in the U.A.E.. We made our own air arrangements with British Airways and stayed for 1 night pre cruise in Le Meridian airport hotel in Dubai.This hotel avoids the traffic of the beach hotels is of a fine quality with some excellent places to eat, we choose the " Seafood Market " which was superb. My wife and I paid the extra $100 pp early embarkation fee which was well worth the cost as you have to vacate the hotel by noon. Greeted with a glass of champagne and told our suite would be ready around 1.30 pm we boarded at 10.30 am, no problem ,we made our way to a bar and within 15 minutes we are informed that our suite was ready and shown to our room. Our suite was spotless and well maintained during our cruise, after leaving Dubai the bar was stocked with our choices of spirits and beer with no complaints in this department. We opted for a basic veranda suite which was very spacious with a walk in closet, separate bath and shower and a "his"and "hers" double wash basins.All in all the suite would be fine for a much longer cruise. The ship on our cruise was about 95% full with a passenger list of 365 and a crew count of 297 by anyones' standards that is a good ratio for the guests. The service in every area was superb,faultless and gracious with many crew members addressing you by name, knowing your preferences in food and drink and treating you with great respect. With the exception of one bland white fish dish,the food was bordering on gourmet.Where ever you ate it was an un hurried service and the food was delivered with excellence.You can order off of the menu with a little notice and this proved to me to had had one of the best Beef Tatares I have ever tasted. You can find out about all of the ships facilities on the web or brochures so there is little need for me to go on. In the U.K.Silversea Cruises are one of travels best kept secrets, this is a real shame as this Six Star product with the weak $$$$ is good value for British clients.I have worked out that if you do a like for like cruise matching cabin size and are a moderate social drinker with the big lines such as Celebrity then a cruise on the four ships of Silverseas' is much better value. On board there are no trashy "Art Auctions" no " Inch of Gold " no "Snowball Bingo" just a fantastic feeling of being spoilt,why not. I just hope that the company can keep it up with the expansion plans with the much larger new build due in 2009, fingers crossed. The only small downside is the lack of quality entertainment, the 4 piece band were awful and seem to be where ever you were, not really a problem. From this review it may look like a work for Silverseas', I do not but wish I did because I could increase their U.K. market but a hugh amount. Please feel free to Mail me if you have any further questions about the product,it was and is industry leading.