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My partner and I, with friends, recently did a ten day cruise through South Africa; it was a wonderful experience and a great way to travel to this part of the world. We have travelled on Silversea many times in the past and find it to be a wonderful product: this was our fourth time on the Silver Cloud. We had an outstanding cruise and an amazing trip through South Africa that also included a quick visit to Johannesburg, a wonderful Safari at Sabi Sabi and a post cruise visit to Cape Town. The cruise started and ended in Cape Town. Embarkation and Disembarkation were effortless - no line, no waiting, no drama, but we find this to always be the case with Silversea with their smaller ships. We were onboard in less than 15 minutes and quickly checked in. Perfect. We are familiar with the Silver Cloud and she is still elegant and lovely. Silversea, especially the smaller vessels, are all about quiet luxury and the Cloud delivers. No atriums, no amusement parks, no shopping centers, just a quiet, elegant, easy going ship where the service excels. The décor is elegant and while the ship is due for an update, everything looks just fine and works well. No issues whatsoever - expect quiet luxury and that is what you will get. Our cabin was the "typical" Silversea veranda suite with all of the amenities that one could expect. The suites are comfortable - yes, the living area are and bathroom are a bit smaller than those on the Sprit, but the accommodation is absolutely wonderful especially with a butler that is willing to help you with every need and wish. One this particular cruise, we found the dining and the service to be over-the-top excellent: the food was terrific in each dining venue with a wide choice of items. Breakfast and Lunch buffets were typically good, the specialty restaurants were very good, but the main dining was offering the best food that we have scene in years on Silversea. Everything was delicious. And, the service was impeccable - nothing was ever a problem and every wish was catered to. Bravo! Also, the wine service was especially good this time around. It really is all about the service and we cannot say enough good things about the crew onboard. Entertainment onboard - its Silversea and its a small ship. The shows are enjoyable and keep you busy for an hour, the casino is quiet and there are some lectures which we never seem to get to....but Silversea is not really about entertainment and Las Vegas type shows. We don't expect it or miss it: Silversea (especially the smaller vessels) is about enjoying a luxurious cruise to outstanding destinations. A great dinner, an after dinner drink and get ready for the next adventurous port of call! The itinerary on the South Africa cruise was unusual; one needs to do some research to really enjoy this itinerary. On most cruises, one can take a nice walk around town or grab a taxi to see some sites....that really does not work in South Africa. Advanced planning in required: we planned private shore excursions for each port (we don't like bus tours with lots of people) and did extraordinary things from an ocean safari to visiting children in a township school. It was great but required a lot of work and research. I think that our group had a much better experience than most due to our private arrangements. As said, South Africa is a bit different than more typical cruise destinations. In conclusion, we had a wonderful cruise and a wonderful trip to South Africa - the Silversea cruise was a luxurious and comfortable way to explore this part of the world. We cannot wait to return to our next Silversea voyage.

Outstanding Cruise

Silver Cloud Cruise Review by LAL Cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Africa
My partner and I, with friends, recently did a ten day cruise through South Africa; it was a wonderful experience and a great way to travel to this part of the world. We have travelled on Silversea many times in the past and find it to be a wonderful product: this was our fourth time on the Silver Cloud. We had an outstanding cruise and an amazing trip through South Africa that also included a quick visit to Johannesburg, a wonderful Safari at Sabi Sabi and a post cruise visit to Cape Town.

The cruise started and ended in Cape Town. Embarkation and Disembarkation were effortless - no line, no waiting, no drama, but we find this to always be the case with Silversea with their smaller ships. We were onboard in less than 15 minutes and quickly checked in. Perfect. We are familiar with the Silver Cloud and she is still elegant and lovely. Silversea, especially the smaller vessels, are all about quiet luxury and the Cloud delivers. No atriums, no amusement parks, no shopping centers, just a quiet, elegant, easy going ship where the service excels. The décor is elegant and while the ship is due for an update, everything looks just fine and works well. No issues whatsoever - expect quiet luxury and that is what you will get. Our cabin was the "typical" Silversea veranda suite with all of the amenities that one could expect. The suites are comfortable - yes, the living area are and bathroom are a bit smaller than those on the Sprit, but the accommodation is absolutely wonderful especially with a butler that is willing to help you with every need and wish.

One this particular cruise, we found the dining and the service to be over-the-top excellent: the food was terrific in each dining venue with a wide choice of items. Breakfast and Lunch buffets were typically good, the specialty restaurants were very good, but the main dining was offering the best food that we have scene in years on Silversea. Everything was delicious. And, the service was impeccable - nothing was ever a problem and every wish was catered to. Bravo! Also, the wine service was especially good this time around. It really is all about the service and we cannot say enough good things about the crew onboard.

Entertainment onboard - its Silversea and its a small ship. The shows are enjoyable and keep you busy for an hour, the casino is quiet and there are some lectures which we never seem to get to....but Silversea is not really about entertainment and Las Vegas type shows. We don't expect it or miss it: Silversea (especially the smaller vessels) is about enjoying a luxurious cruise to outstanding destinations. A great dinner, an after dinner drink and get ready for the next adventurous port of call!

The itinerary on the South Africa cruise was unusual; one needs to do some research to really enjoy this itinerary. On most cruises, one can take a nice walk around town or grab a taxi to see some sites....that really does not work in South Africa. Advanced planning in required: we planned private shore excursions for each port (we don't like bus tours with lots of people) and did extraordinary things from an ocean safari to visiting children in a township school. It was great but required a lot of work and research. I think that our group had a much better experience than most due to our private arrangements. As said, South Africa is a bit different than more typical cruise destinations.

In conclusion, we had a wonderful cruise and a wonderful trip to South Africa - the Silversea cruise was a luxurious and comfortable way to explore this part of the world. We cannot wait to return to our next Silversea voyage.
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Cabin 718
Comfortable with a great bed. Wonderful shower. All amenities provided for.

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