My wife and I were excited to try the newest ship in the fleet. Overall a very solid experience, however there are a few changes that are unwelcome.
Pluses: Excellent internet speed. We purchased the full cruise high speed package, and never had an issue with speed or connectivity. We used it for both work emails and daily posts to Facebook with pictures and commentary on our fantastic experiences. We truly enjoyed the shore excursions, more than we had on previous Silversea cruises (we have become "Silversea only" cruisers since 2004, and this was our fifth).
While our meals in La Terrazza and La Dame were consistently excellent, we found Atlantide to be just "good". We miss the open seating policy of the Restaurant. Every night required reservations, however the maitre'd in both La Terraza and Atlantide were always able to get us in where we wanted. We would skip Seishin and Indochine next time, and focus only on La Terraza, Hot Rocks, Atlantide and La Dame.
The spa was not fully ready for us, as the lockers lacked hangers so our clothes ended up piled on the bottom. A good massage though.
While we prefer the other ships and their open seating in The Restaurant, the overall execution of the new ship is excellent. Shows were well done, and seating very comfortable. We enjoyed the art work as well.
As a bonus, we met a lovely couple from Shropshire, England with whom we plan to travel again. Silversea passengers are wonderful overall.
Loved our cabin. The layout has been improved over the Spirit, and it was very nice. The refrigerator actually kept drinks cold! The shower was very spacious, although pressure could have been stronger.
Loved our visit to Aix. Excellent tour guide, perfect amount of time to see the town.
We visited a fabulous hotel (Bonsol) with our new friends from the U.K.
Portofino is magical. We appreciated the frequent tender service between the ship and the port. At the port there were refreshments provided. Nice touch!