This is a cruise with two very contrasting levels of experience. Firstly (on the plus side) the organisation of the wildlife watching daily tours is excellent, led by a first rate team of guides / naturalists who keep you fully informed and efficiently man the zodiac boats that take you ashore. They sensibly split snorkelers from non-snorkelers and this part of the experience has been thought through very well and could not be bettered.
But, on the minus side, the food falls far short of what you would expect from comparable 6 star lines such as Seabourn and Regent. Although they pre-warn you that it is an ‘expedition ship’ and that it won’t have the full range of comforts etc of other Silversea vessels, nothing prepares you for canteen style deserts that are completely inedible, a poor quality airport style breakfast with greasy eggs ; basic bread rolls that most supermarkets would not dare to offer their customers. Cabins are OK but the whole ship has a ’tired’ feel about it and does not appear particularly clean in some areas.
Whatever ingredients are being used there is no excuse for the limited cooking and presentation skills on offer; corners are cut everywhere with the food with (for example) tasteless “sub sandwiches” turning up on the lunch menu as one of the options. Dinner is better as you can cook your own seafood / steak on hot lava stones at the table in the grill room on deck, but it’s the overall cruise experience that you are left with (given the premium prices being charged) that makes you think Silversea are overplaying the ‘expedition ship’ card.