I have always liked the Whisper but will never take a segment of a world cruise again. In this segment, the majority of the passengers had been on this cruise since January and had established little groups to dine, drink and socialize thus the new passengers had to find other new passengers in order to have a good time. This segment from Dubai to Athens had fewer new passengers due to the possible danger passing Yemen and other countries in the news but the tours to Luxor, Petra and Gisa were very worthwhile and Silversea takes precautions and has never had a threatening incident. The familiar crew on the Whisper helped make the trip more enjoyable. On the next segment from Athens to Monte Carlo, it was reported that 160 new passengers would board so I'm sure they outnumbered the tired world cruisers but we have cruised the Mediterranean many times and had seen many portsand we departed the Whisper in Athens.
The food was wonderful in all dining venues and tasted better than I had remembered. The evening entertainment was professional and entertaining, Day lectures were educational and worthwhile and included a travel professional who highlighted the upcoming tours with a visual presentation describing history and cultural advice and additional sights. On days at sea, two speakers entertained passengers, one on British spies during World War 1 and two
The other speaker told us his fascinating experience in Africa with camels. He actually rode by camel across the Gobi desert. Also on the British experience in Africa. The swimming pool was active with sun worshippers throughout the day as well as the hot tubs. Underwater exercises took place at 2 pm followed by water volleyball at 3.
The cabin was clean and spacious and just as we remembered it from our last Whisper trip
wIth the same bedskirt and drapery 10 years ago which was not objectionable to us since we
have the same drapery and bedskirt in our bedroom at home. All the amenities were the same. Designer soaps and shampoos, stationary imprinted with our name, two bathroom sinks, a safe, a stocked refrigerator with our favorite beverages, a wonderful butler and an efficient cabin maid. The only minor problem was that the shower door leaked. The bathroom also had a bathtub. Also the cabin had binoculars, aTV, free movies and a phone to contact other passengers or our butler, Adrian.
We boarded in Dubai We arrived two nights before. Saw the Dubai mall and viewed the dancing fountains the second night during dinner.