Silver Spirit Cruise Review by wildcat68
- Sail Date: April 2015
- Destination: Transatlantic
The Spirit is a vey clean, well maintained, and comfortable ship. About the right size in my opinion, but then, it was probably 60% capacity for the crossing. The suite was quite nice with the common comment of the closeness between the bed and vanity being probably my only negative. Butler did all we asked which was not a lot of extra personal service. Some may wish for more, but we felt his level of service was about right. Our cabin stewardess was remarkably efficient and generally did as well, or better, than we have experienced on other lines.
Port comments are minimal on a transatlantic. We spent 1 1/2 days at Hamilton Burmuda, and were scheduled to spend 6-7 hours in Horta, Azores. Due to rough seas toward The Azores, the Captain made the call to stay south towards somewhat calmer seas. I personally felt it was the right call. As he said in his daily briefing, "the ship would be OK, but probably not the passengers". Some have remarked disappointment at not substituting another port. If you think about it, there are not too many options in the middle of the Atlantic, in a storm, where you can get a port on a days notice and still make your destination on time. I guess that's why he makes the decision rather than discussing it amongst the passengers. Comfort and safety of crew, passengers and equipment are his priority.
As for value for the money spent? Excellent service, very good food, excellent bar service with mid-upper shelf liquor, seas as smooth as possible, and good communication between ships officers and passengers is about all I expect so I gave it a 5 star rating. These are subjective at best, but I never really expect five star experience for 2 star price.
The dining room was always excellent with reasonably good wine poured in ample quantity no matter what your capacity. The food was very well prepared and offered a reasonable variety with the menu rotation very tolerable. We ate in Le Champagne once and it was exquisite. It should be with an $80 surcharge per couple. We ate in the pool grill for the Hot Rock menu. I liked it but my wife was disappointed to a degree. The Italian restaurant was very good in my opinion.
The service level at the less formal venue during breakfast and lunch was almost too much. I can carry my own plate to my table but it was nearly impossible to get by the wait staff waiting to help out. As usual on a cruise, the issue is self control with food as opposed to the quality. There were some things I thought were better on some cruise lines but for the most part all was well. The breakfast and lunches were pretty repetitive unless you asked for something special, then, it was "no problem".
Embarkation was probably as seamless as we have experienced. Disembarkation was as well.
Would I go on another Silversea cruise? Yes, but probably would look at overall cost, itinerary, and convenience to make my decision. Cost is a factor for us and Silversea is not inexpensive. Worth the money? Probably if service is an issue.
My last comment concerns the final destination port, Lisbon, Portugal. We booked an apartment in Lisbon for 5 nights following our cruise. My only regret is that it could have been much longer. We loved Lisbon and will try and go back. Lots to see and do in a short period of time.
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