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Silver Spirit Cruise Review by TheSuiteLife

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Silver Spirit
Silver Spirit
Member Name: TheSuiteLife
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: OS
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 3.0
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Silversea Spirit Short of Expectations
After cruising on over a half dozen cruise lines over twenty years, we finally chose to try Silversea and reserved a very expensive top category suite. Regrettably, we didn't feel that this cruise would be considered a "luxury" experience.

While the majority of the ship's staff did appear to try to please passengers, we simply didn't believe the cruise lived up to its "luxury" price. Check in at the pier required standing in line 25 to 30 minutes. We had to sit in a shuttle bus to get to the ship until the bus was full. Then, once aboard, we were told that our suite would be ready in an hour-and-a-half.

We never met the ship's hotel manager or captain. Apparently, there was no Captain's Dinner on the sailing. The welcome "event" for first time passengers was held in the theater, with two speeches and a glass of complimentary champagne. Room service breakfast was bland and cold. (Tried it just one time)

Free movies on the ship's television system stopped and started a few times. One stopped and wouldn't re-start at all. (Perhaps a bandwidth problem?)

Disembarkation was a log jam in the atrium and down the hallways. We were not aware of any waiting area for suite guests. And while disembarkation was announced by luggage tag color, this procedure was not enforced. It was a stampede with passengers with various colors all trying to exit at the same time.

Food was good, but not fantastic. Service in the main dining room was especially slow at breakfast and lunch.

We've been in many top suites on numerous ships. We just didn't feel that Silversea Spirit was worth the "luxury" cost, nor did the Spirit live up to our expectations.

Publication Date: 12/28/11
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