Best cruise ever: Silver Spirit Cruise Review by kntdds

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Best cruise ever

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other
This was our first trip on a "small" luxury cruise ship and I must say it is the only way to sail if you can afford it. On first viewing the ship, it looks huge, but later encounters with the mega ships showed that we were indeed small.

This repositioning cruise across the Atlantic/Caribbean seems to not be popular as there were only 163 people on-board for embarkation, but it made for a dream cruise for those of us aboard. Like your own private yacht. Service was exemplary as there were about 2.5 crew members per passenger. The weather was mid 70's and seas were calm for the entire crossing.This was our first cruise of more than a week, and I must say it was great not having to think of repacking after 4 days.

We had a silver suite room, which was absolutely huge. All suites come with a butler and ours was exemplary. He wanted to set up a cocktail party every night as all beverages and food are included in the cruise price.

The ship interior is subdued More compared to some other ships, but seems to fit the clientele. There are always little things that can be nit-picked, but overall the ship ranks with the best. They obviously read "commited2travels" earlier critique, as there was a Captain's Farewell Party in the lounge the last night.

Not having sailed on one of the new mega ships, it was mind boggling to sit on the open deck having a leisurely dinner and watch 3 of them come into port as we were leaving. There must have been 7-9000 people disembarking at once. Don't think I'll go that way.We tried all of the 6 restaurants and they were all good. Three of them have small surcharges and are intimate dining venues. We loved the outdoor "Hot Rocks" dining area that allowed us to cook part of our own meal.

Overall, the 6 people in our group felt that this was a cruise to remember and, consequently, we signed up for a future cruise on this ship. By the way, Silverseas has a policy that allows you to put down a small deposit onboard and then gives you a year to decide on another cruise with a 5% discount. If you decide not to go or have not decided within a year, they will refund your money. Less

Published 12/04/12

Cabin review: SS1112

The Silver Suite rooms are very large at almost 700 sq. ft. They have a separate bedroom that can be closed off for afternoon naps. The bathrooms and closets are good sized and offer plenty of walking around room. I have read reviews that trashed the wash bowls, but we did not find them an issue. We were on the top deck and it was very quiet with little traffic other than the occupants. The baloney was very large and offered plenty of room to stretch out and sunbathe. Had 2 flat screen TV's and sitting for 6-8 people.

Port and Shore Excursions

Typical Caribbean island. Lots of tourist traps and much poverty. People are friendly and views spectacular from Nelson's Dockyard area
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Many shops and restaurants near the harbor. Unfortunately it is not a duty-free port, so real bargains are rare. This is one of the ports where the mega ships seem land together, so lots of people.
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Beautiful island with both Dutch and French sides. Enjoyed the Americas Cup yacht sailing in the Dutch harbor. All passengers were given the opportunity to help sail the yacht. Fun and not overly strenuous.

Downtown area has some nice small shops and prices are reasonable. Not really a beautiful island.
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