My wife and I have been cruising for the last 15 years and have most recently sailed with Cunard, Saga, and Regent SS. This was our first Silversea and, unlike practically all our previous cruises was very short - only 7 days and very port intensive. We used the flight package and everything went to plan. The transfer to the ship at Lisbon was a bit slow in leaving the airport but embarkation was fast and painless. Luggage arrived in our cabin (stateroom?) very quickly.
Our cabin was a midship veranda and we found it totally to our liking. Our butler took the order for in-cabin drinks - the only minor gripe is that I could not get my usual Macallan - and any replenishment of soft drinks/ mixers was spot on. All the staff on board were excellent - particularly good at remembering our name - the CD, Fernando was absolutely first class.
We did not use any of the extra charge restaurants as we feel that on a ship of this class no extra charges should be applied. Our More
favourite dining option was Hot Rocks Grill, followed by La Terazza. The dining room was not particularly to our liking - a bit too soulless. We did not try Stars as we ran out of time!
We took 2 paid for shore excursions and although they were OK, we thought they were grossly overpriced. By far the most enjoyable trip was to the local market in Marbella with the executive chef (Marcus) and his boss (David?). A group of about 12 passengers had signed up to this (free!) trip and we all enjoyed watching the chefs buying local produce and then, later in the afternoon, cooking it for us to sample. We did not take part in any of the activities as every day bar one was a sea day. We were not really aware of any "enrichment" programme other than a pretty poor port talk.
We did not use the Spa at all - no time!
Disembarkation was fine, although we were dumped at Nice airport even before the check-in had opened and our flights back to Edinburgh via Heathrow were good. To sum up, we really enjoyed our first Silversea experience although we prefer longer cruises with more sea days. would we cruire again on Silver Spirit? absolutely YES! Less
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