On the recommendation of our cruise travel operator, we chose to visit the Middle East on the Silver Wind , hoping for an informative and fun adventure. Having enjoyed several cruises on other upmarket cruise lines, we were sorely disappointed by this experience.
The royal suite was always dark, there being only small windows and no sliders to patio. The furnishings badly needed a revamp and the bathroom had no surface to place toiletries. Every evening at dusk we were admonished if we had not pulled down all our tatty blinds so the bridge was not distracted by our lights. The tiny balcony was rendered useless in the evenings as we stumbled in the dark.
We enjoy information by expert lecturers on the regions we are visiting and this was poorly managed. The ship provided shuttle buses in most ports, but there was so little to see in each port, unless you particularly like shopping malls and building sites, that we often never alighted the bus, but went straight back to the ship. Booked tours were overpriced for a drive about, city overview and mosque after mosque.
Entertainment was excrutiatingly embarassing, very amateurish. Most nights we avoided it.
The main dining room and Italian restuarant served a good variety of dishes and were accommodating for the one vegetarian among us.
The big dissapointment occured on New Years Eve, a time to dress up, dine and dance . The main dining room would not accommodate a table for two so we had to dine at the Italian venue. Here a set menu gave no vegetarian options, though this was swiftly sorted out. After dinner, we repaired to the main diningroom, where the dancing and champagne was in full swing, hoping to join in the fun till midnight. We were rudely turned away like gatecrashers and went back to our cabin to see in the New Year like naughty children sent to bed.
Altogether too many negatives on this cruise line in comparrison to others we have taken.