We chose this cruise strictly for itinerary. Our whole vacation, taking 3 months, included Seabourn Quest Fort Lauderdale to Cape Town, 2 weeks in South Africa and Zambia with Kensington Tours, this cruise up the coast to Gran Canaria, ferry service to Tenerife, flight to Malaga, and the container ship Coral to Savannah! This cruise was simply the best way we could find to get from Cape Town to anyplace with freighter service to North America. And what a find it was! We'd never been on SilverSea before, but will be back! Great people, beautiful ship, we couldn't have been happier.
Dining was superb, Main, La Terrazza and Hot Rocks. We don't drink, so La Champagne wasn't tempting. Even though alcohol is free aboard, the staff soon learned we preferred not, and didn't pester us. There was a decent selection of non-alcoholic wines and beers for those so inclined. Fresh pasta, superbly prepared fish, fresh fruit, great service and friendly people made for wonderful meals every time.
Entertainment and enrichment was much better than we'd expected on a ship this small. And the best theater of any ship we've been on. Cruise director Colin Brown and his staff had a wonderful mix of big and small activities throughout the day, including our favorites of bridge and water volleyball. And the breadth of topics, and depth of knowledge, by all the lecturers was incredible.
Cabin was exactly what we were expecting. Bathroom a little small, but more than adequate. Ample storage space. Big picture window. We like to be close to the water, and happily trade a balcony for a lower window.
Only went on one shore excursion, in Namibia, and it was average. No better or worse than any other bus tour on any other ship.
Passengers were the friendliest of any ship we've been on. This being our first SilverSea cruise we don't know if that is typical or not, but it sure was fun. Made several friends we hope to keep.
Having just been on Seabourn Quest, we couldn't help but compare the two. Quest is new, Silver Wind isn't, and it showed. She's not a dowager by any means, but she is a little worn in places. However, to more than balance that out, the old style theater on Wind was a welcome treat. Pool is much bigger and deeper than Quest, and also salt water, so that was a big plus. Food was so excellent on both ships I can't rank them. Same for service. Entertainment was quite a bit better on Wind, even though she's a smaller ship.
Bottom line - we WILL cruise SilverSea, and Silver Wind, again.