My husband wanted a repositioning cruise and I didn't want to be at sea more than two days at a time. Given that we decided to cruise less than 90 days before departure this was the best option. We'd never sailed on SilverSea but friends have and loved it. Embarkation and disembarkation were the easiest we've experienced. The ship is lovely and the veranda suite, very comfortable and well-designed. Our crossing was rough seas and we were at the front on an upper deck. We recommend midship on decks 5-7 for a less rocky ride.
The crew is superb. The dining staff, reception, cruise director's assistants always greeted us by name. The bar keepers remembered our preferred beverages. All crew members were cheerful, always greeted us good morning, afternoon, evening. They were courteous to one another and seemed to enjoy working together. I cannot praise them enough. Our butler and cabin steward were creative in suggesting ways to be of service and they were charming, gracious men.
The food was very good. We dined at least twice in every venue for dinner and lunch, and the food is very good. The dining service is exceptional. We did tire of the menus after several days, although we did try many different items. We thought they should have more menu changes every few days. Do not miss tea in the lounge. The scones with clotted cream were even better than what we had on the Cornwall shore excursion. The rest of the tea munchies were excellent but go for the scones, although not daily as they are very rich. Frank, the sommelier, was very helpful about the wines, as well as eager to share his commendable views of the offerings.
We wanted a larger cabin but none were available. Even so, we were comfortable with the size and furnishings. But I wouldn't want to Cruse in it for two months.
We didn't see any sights but our driver spoke about what we were seeing. I should have planned to have him take us to Winchester Cathedral and other sights en route to the ship
Our travel agent arranged an 8 hour private guide and driver so we could see the mountain part of the Ring of Kerry. We had a lovely lunch and a delightful haunting cart ride in a national park. My husband didn't bring essential clothing items in the rush or packing and Cork had a great department store right on our way for what we needed.
The house and gardens were really beautiful and we could get so close to the items in the rooms and wander the garden at our own pace. I highly recommend this excursion, but I love houses and gardens.