We all look forward to our holiday and cruising is no exceptions,having cruised with RCL, Norwegian, and silver seas.
Spirit was a breath of fresh air, but you do pay, was it worth it yes I think so.Boarding was quick and pleasant little to efficient and the personal touch was missing.
Suite was very nice with comfortable Queen bed, plenty of storage, nice bathroom with large shower for a ship, large TV. Clean.
Dining well probably the best we have encountered every restaurant had top quality produce, wonderful cooked, if you are not happy with the wine being served, say white is offered and you want french red it will be changed with an apologies within two minutes, the weighting staff try very hard to please. The odd floor head waiter will avoid eye contact so as not to have to get involved with the serving or clearing of plates but a minor issue. In these instances looking back we should have been more pointed in our requirement and directed it to the head waiter. again this was not on every occasion just the odd time.
This is probably the only failing on this wonderful ship, you felt you had to ask on various occasions rather than be offered.
The grill is wonderful, we booked twice on the second occasion the officer in charge went out of his way to accommodate my wife in her table requirement's very considerate. On the menu Madagascan prawn's, various stakes were listed prawns when they arrived probably red sea ( cheaper ) the taste is markedly different not Madagascan. Apparently the trailer arrived late and not delivered ummm !small item but let the night down a little.
Stars great dinning with piano and soft singer, this young lady who also did our Corinth canal trip was great.
Could not fault the dinning anywhere apart from this one issue with the prawns.
Room butler, well we got the impression he had been on the ship to long and was a bit fed up with all these guests. Didn't really go out of his way to explain or assist us. Did the basics no more no less.
If you want any drinks or snacks ask, some times it can feel a little off when you are not paying, but you have, so if staff do not approach you, you approach them. This was with the butler and prawns the only criticism of silver spirit and should not be taken out of context.
All excursion are very good knowledgeable staff uncrowded transport timely and relaxed.
Spar OK But very noisy with some Northern states people talking around the cubicles loudly.
Leaving the ship in Athens was a big let down, once you pass to the luggage hall and external handling staff, we could not find a agent ended up outside the luggage hall with no advice being harassed by taxi drivers but had transfers with silver seas, in the end we could not get back doc side to get our transport and just got a taxi, this was refunded at the hotel by the shore representative but that's not the point. big improvement required. we could have left the ship earlier and got our own taxi rather than hang around for an hour and a half.
This is still a lovely cruise with, few the wrinkles ironed out and it would be perfect.
Seaborne lets see how they stack up.
RCL Best value cruise
Silver spirit best cruise by far to date