Silver Spirit Cruise Review by 76mike
- Sail Date: April 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
Dinner is outstanding, but not in the same league as the food served on Oceania, Seabourn and Regent. The first two cruise lines we have experienced personally; many Silversea passengers told us about the superior food onboard Regent. The Silversea chef has done outstanding work with an obviously limited budget. This should not be the case given the cost for this cruise. Tuna, lobster, giant prawns, steaks and lamb chops should be offered on a regular basis. It's painfully obvious that Silversea is trying to save money, and only serve these items on request, or in the specialty restaurants where the portions (except for the Grill) are embarrassingly small, or where they are part of an appetizer.
More wines should be made available for each meal: not just one red and one white. Yes, others are available on request, but that shouldn't be required. They should be offered.
I did enjoy tea time but it is nothing like Oceania's. They make 5-8 truly creative and delicious full size desserts every day n Oceania. Same for dinner: only two desserts are offered for dessert on Silversea: that's way too few.
Bread is average, never served warm and the same in every dining venue.
Instead of the fancy china and pompous service in the speciality restaurants, how about better food? It's insulting and you're not fooling anyone.
Coffee could be better. You need to have filtered coffee available. Adding water to an expresso for an "Americano" tastes horrible. Also, The milk in the cappuccino was not frothed as it should have been.
Sushi did not look appetizing. The water needs to be wiped away from the fish as it defrosts.
The rolls in the sushi restaurant appear to be primarily rice--and that's what many diners told us: if sushi is too expensive, then don't offer it; but don't be cheap about it--not at the prices we pay for the cruise. The sushi on Oceania and Nobu on Crystal was far superior.
Internet: in this day and age the internet speed offered--even the "high speed"--was not acceptable. The internet on Royal Caribbean is faster than at my home! Why not on a premier cruise line like Silversea?
Service is outstanding and is superior to the competition.
We aren't retired like most guests, but we do eat the finest food available in New York City on a regular basis and expected the same on Silversea. We were disappointed.
We still had a great time. As I mentioned previously, all the staff are superb--and that counts for a great deal. We are not in any way angry or bitter; but we won't be taking another Silversea cruise in the future. Frankly, Oceania, Seabourn (and from what many passengers told us) Regent all have a better product.
I realize most of the focus of my comments are on food. First off, it is a major part of cruising. Secondly, its tangible. Are you offering cheap pork chops, or expensive lamb chops; cheap Atlantic salmon or expensive Japanese tuna?
As for other aspects of the cruise: expeditions, entertainment, room size and amenities, and so forth, we haven't found many differences among the top cruise lines.
Better and more recent movies in room would have been nice in case there were rainy days etc.
The indoor ping pong table was great. Same for complimentary laundry on each floor. Outstanding!
The gym was similar to many other cruise lines.
Casino staff were great. Trivia was also great.
Didn't do much onboard shopping--can't comment.
Excursions, tendering, on and off boarding: no complaints.
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