We selected the "Silver Whisper," chiefly because it docked for three days in St. Petersburg, enabling us to see a good bit of the city. Additionally we were initially aware and became increasingly so of the reputation of Silversea. The advance mailings and publicity were well-organized and attractive, and the included airfare, tips and beverages became an additional inducement.
There was so much to like about this cruise. In the first place, "Whisper" docked close to city centers, enabling us to walk from our hotel in Copenhagen to the ship and from the ship to our hotel in Stockholm (we travel light). In St. Petersburg, we could have walked to the Hermitage in fewer than fifteen minutes.
Check in was efficient and friendly. The condition of the ship was impeccable, and the surroundings very appealing without resorting to atriums and grand staircases and neon lights. Our vista suite, the least expensive on the ship, was extremely well-fitted out and comfortable, with a large sitting area, walk-in closet, and bath with both shower and tub, as well as a double sink.
The service was responsive, friendly, efficient and, yet, relaxed. The entertainment, particularly the nine extremely talented singers and dancers not only performed virtually every night, but mixed with the guests. The food and its presentation were excellent, particularly in the main restaurant. If the wine proposed was not to our taste, we could request another, specifying the qualities we preferred. We understand that the pool side evening restaurant (Stones, I think) was very popular.
And the weather was perfect, allowing us to enjoy the pool in the late afternoons and the additional indulgences of passed fruits skewers and dishes of sorbet. Because of a very early start to a privately contracted tour in St. Petersburg, we requested breakfast in our suite ten minutes earlier than it officially is available. It arrived at the time requested.
In short, nothing seem like too much trouble. We have sailed with Windstar and on the "Paul Gauguin," and enjoyed them both immensely and would recommend them, but the "Whisper" receives our most enthusiastic recommendation.