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Mahe - Seychelles expedition cruise The ship developed a significant electrical fault in Reunion. Not happy! All pax were transferred to hotels - the capt advising the ship was under repair. We spent yet another day away from the ship - two full days of the itinerary were lost. Eventually weset sail with a modified itinerary. Unfortunately we will never know what we missed out on in Madagascar that destination being the main attraction for this cruise. One wonders if the age and condition of Discoverer requires more frequent maintenance. Despite the disappointment and shaky start the service crew were very attentive, especially the bar staff. The Butler was a true gentlemen and was always around to help. The interior of the ship was adequate since new floor coverings and furniture was provided in October 2016. The cabins were ok, but showing signs of wear and tear, not that it bothered us. The food - as expected on an expedition ship - doesn't really rate 'fine dining' but was always well presented. Wines were acceptable and alternatives available if the wine being served didn't suit. We never went short. I wish the aft deck was better suited to alfresco dining - the lunch options never changed - the burgers were awful. The 'hot rocks' in the evenings soon lost their appeal - silversea would be well advised to offer an option, perhaps from the MDR menu. Ending positively - the expedition crew, especially the Leader, were well organised and very informative. All lectures were 45m which was just about right. Hats off to Nikki the Expedition Leader for keeping her head above the water when the chips were down. Finally - the $2,000 credit towards a future Silversea cruise will not be enough to entice us back from Seabourn. I rated this cruise 7/10. The staff 9/10.

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Silver Discoverer Cruise Review by Smokeybloke2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: View Suite with Window
Mahe - Seychelles expedition cruise

The ship developed a significant electrical fault in Reunion. Not happy! All pax were transferred to hotels - the capt advising the ship was under repair. We spent yet another day away from the ship - two full days of the itinerary were lost. Eventually weset sail with a modified itinerary. Unfortunately we will never know what we missed out on in Madagascar that destination being the main attraction for this cruise. One wonders if the age and condition of Discoverer requires more frequent maintenance.

Despite the disappointment and shaky start the service crew were very attentive, especially the bar staff. The Butler was a true gentlemen and was always around to help. The interior of the ship was adequate since new floor coverings and furniture was provided in October 2016. The cabins were ok, but showing signs of wear and tear, not that it bothered us.

The food - as expected on an expedition ship - doesn't really rate 'fine dining' but was always well presented. Wines were acceptable and alternatives available if the wine being served didn't suit. We never went short. I wish the aft deck was better suited to alfresco dining - the lunch options never changed - the burgers were awful. The 'hot rocks' in the evenings soon lost their appeal - silversea would be well advised to offer an option, perhaps from the MDR menu.

Ending positively - the expedition crew, especially the Leader, were well organised and very informative. All lectures were 45m which was just about right. Hats off to Nikki the Expedition Leader for keeping her head above the water when the chips were down.

Finally - the $2,000 credit towards a future Silversea cruise will not be enough to entice us back from Seabourn. I rated this cruise 7/10. The staff 9/10.
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Cabin Review

View Suite with Window
Cabin VS 503
The cabin attendant did a great job. Serviced twice a day. The butler always restocked the fridge and was on hand to assist. We don't need bath sheets - large towels will do.
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