Silver Whisper Entertainment
The quality of entertainment on Silver Whisper varies. The live musicians who perform in the Panorama Lounge and The Bar play all the right stuff - 1930s and 1940s torch songs, Broadway show tunes, and pop medleys. In the Viennese Lounge, the schedule alternates with typical revue-style shows (we've seen better-much better) and more low key performances, such as a puppet show that's hosted by the cruise director as a labor of love.
During the day there were the usual cruise-type diversions, from water volleyball to bridge. One highlight was a cooking demonstration by the guest
chef. Another was the occasionally unstaged event - on one evening, as the ship sailed past an erupting volcano, the cruise director urged passengers to
watch from the top deck while he provided quite knowledgeable commentary. One afternoon, the sommelier, upon request from a passenger, hosted an impromptu wine tasting.
Speaking of information, one other superlative about this ship is the quality of port reports offered by the shore excursion desk - regardless of whether
or not passengers were actually signing up for a tour or simply exploring independently.
Silver Whisper Public Rooms
Silver Whisper has a nice blend of traditional cruise-style rooms-with-a-view. The Panorama Lounge, aft, and the Observation Lounge, forward, offer panoramic views. There's the Card Room for bridge, a conference center with chess-set embossed tables, and The Bar, a cozy lounge-with-dance floor. Distinctive hideaways include The Humidor, the ship's cigar bar and the casino-adjacent Grappa Bar. The ship has transformed its Champagne Bar, which is next to the Terrace Cafe, into a private dining and wine tasting venue. The room can be rented by passengers for a fee.
The Viennese Lounge, in lush red and gold, is the elegant two-level showroom and hosts everything from cooking demonstrations and shore excursion talks to
film showings and live performances. There are two shops: one sells pricey apparel and accessories and Bvlgari is a jewelry boutique.
One of the busiest spots on the ship is the Internet Center, which contains five computer terminals (every passenger is pre-assigned an onboard email address). The adjacent bookshelf-lined library - with the usual cruise ship collection of bestseller type books along with a wonderfully eclectic selection of videos - has another two terminals. Even that wasn't enough on
our recent cruise; passengers often had to wait for a terminal (the ship's highly erratic and completely unpredictable satellite connections didn't help). On the serious side, the ship has a fully serviceable Medical Center.
Silver Whisper Spa & Fitness
The Mandara Spa offers an exotic, south Pacific-influenced menu of treatments. The spa, is now owned by Steiner Ltd. but there's a major difference from the spa operations Steiner/Mandara offer on other cruise lines. In this case, Silversea forbids spa therapists from engaging in their infamously annoying sales product pitches at the end of treatments.
Spa treatments range from traditional style facials and massages to more unusual offerings. An "Indonesian Natural Facial" uses ingredients extracted from seasonal fruits and vegetables. The "Ultimate Indulgence" massage features two therapists offering simultaneous massage (to one person); we heard raves. The "Hot Lava Rock" massage was, admittedly, a bit gimmicky. There, the therapist uses lava stones from Hawaii that are supposedly "blessed" (though my therapist couldn't tell me with what and by whom) and then kneaded them gently into the body with the help of delicious- smelling cocoa butter. Regardless of its gimmicky "aura", the treatment is fun and absolutely worked wonders on sore muscles.
One note: treatments here are typically priced higher than on other cruise lines but there's a reason: many last nearly twice-as-long as average (80 minutes instead of 50) and, consistent with Silversea's "no tipping expected" policy, gratuities are built into the fee.
The spa facility also features steam and sauna, and a full-service beauty salon. Adjacent is an adequate fitness facility (can get a little cramped at
peak times) with treadmills and weight machines and an exercise room. A fitness instructor offers a daily menu of classes.
Outdoors, there's a big-enough pool and two adjoining whirlpools. Other athletic-oriented features include a running/walking track (seven times around equals a mile), shuffleboard, ping-pong and a golf cage.