We enjoyed every moment on board this lovely, welcoming and user-friendly ship. This was our first cruise. The weather was not good and the water very turbulent, as the shores of this coast are known to be. However, the fantastic crew, from the chamber maid to the captain were incredibly helpful, friendly, communicative and competent. They actually made this trip memorable.
The food was excellent, the duvet, pillows and the bed - the best we ever had outside of our home, and the cabin very spacious and comfortable. We particularly loved the walk in cupboard and the veranda.
The library is small but very pleasant, and the restaurants very cosy and elegant. The gym is fine, although not huge and the champagne lounge (cigar lounge, really) very lovely. We would only make two less positive remarks: the DVD selection is not great (although not bad at all - we did manage to find 3 movies to watch!) and the entertainment was very mediocre. If you're after this side in particular, this small ship may not be for you. We felt so sad to part with it after 4 days, that we booked for next December. We were in absolute awe of the levels of personal care and wonderful attitude of all crew members. It is a great achievement for Silversea to have gathered such a great team from more than 20 different nationalities.
The formal evenings we were warned about (some critics say Silversea is a little formal) of which we only had one, were very laid back and not at all stiff or pompous. The dress code was actually quite relaxed (most men wore shorts and short sleeves during the day, and long trousers and shirts in the evenings, and ladies in summer dresses, or shorts and vests during the day and pants and nice tops for the evenings. The exception was the one formal night.)
The people on our cruise tended to be American, British and South African, but also from other countries. There were no children at all and very few young people. However, we, in our forties, felt very much at home, and were not alone.
We loved the all inclusive approach of Silversea, and felt very pampered with excellent wines, champagne and spirits.
It is expensive - but we felt that if one can afford it, and if you factor in beverages and service extra costs, this is well worth it!
Many of our fellow passengers (we're told 60%) - were repeat customers. This does mean a lot.