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Silver Explorer Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Gastronomic adventures in Portugal, Spain, and France

Review for Silver Explorer to the British Isles & Western Europe
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2013

I recently returned from an amazing foodie experience that included tasting ports in Portugal, tapas and seafood in Galicia, oysters in Brittany, Calvados in Normandy, grand Cru wine in Bordeaux and regional cheeses, fish, sausages, pastries and wine all along the way. This was offered on the Silver Explorer, an expedition ship better known for penguin sightings in Antarctica and walrus and seal viewing in the Arctic.

The cruise line's culinary trainer, Chef David Bilsland, the director of culinary development, Chef Rudi Scholdis, the Silversea wine ambassador, Lawrence D'Almeida and historian Imogene Corrigen gave Almost daily lectures, demonstrations and tastings. The chefs led tours of local markets and bought fresh fish, shellfish and regional specialities back to the ship for us to taste. Several times the chefs cooked in the center of the dining room, preparing paella, bouillabaisse, mussels marinara and Breton galettes. We felt totally spoiled by all the extra emphasis on food and wine in addition to the normally excellent Silversea dining experience.

The Silversa team was joined by Tom Badcock, a cheese educator and expert who teaches at London's Cordon Bleu school. Tom purchased local cheeses at several ports and held well attended tastings four or five days. Eileen Crane, CEO and winemaker at Napa's Domaine Carneros spoke to us about sparkling wines as we tasted several examples. A group of her wine club members were on board enjoying it all.

Cabin Review

This suite was well located, had lots of closet and drawer space, comfortable seating, a good sized desk and a dressing table. The beds re very comfortable with top quality linens. The marble lad bathroom features a full sized tub and a separate large shower stall with plenty of big fluffy towels.

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