We chose the cruise for its itinerary. Unfortunately, the "Bordeaux" stop was at an abandoned container dock 100 km from Bordeaux, so not having purchased a costly all-day shore excursion, we didn't see Bordeaux, so that was disappointing.
The rest of the itinerary was as stated, and we enjoyed the ports immensely. Eleven days without a sea day made for a very busy cruise.
Service was generally very good to excellent, except the day of embarkation, we didn't see the butler until I finally called him 9 hours after boarding. So much for Silversea's advertisement of a butler for each suite who will help you unpack.
Cabin was quite large, lots of storage,a nice deep balcony, comfortable bed, big closet, quiet. Beautiful marble and dark wood bathroom.
A pretty city with water on two sides. The people were very friendly. This is where we took the first market tour with the chef.
We booked 3 nights pre-cruise in Lisbon at the Intercontinental through .Silversea. This was our first time in Lisbon and we loved it.
The hotel was beautiful, in a great location, wonderful service and great breakfast every morning.
One day we hired a Tuk Tuk, a kind of electric golf cart, had a fabulous tour of the city with Miguel Fuller, who spoke excellent English.
It was so hot that day, it was difficult to enjoy it as much as we could have. We didn't go inside the Guggenheim, but the building's architecture is intriguing, and the flower-covered westie outside is beautiful.
This port was one of our main reasons for choosing this cruise. Fascinating city with lots of history, beautiful, clean, great shopping. The cathedral is breathtaking, just as in Monet's and other artists' paintings. Unfortunately our experience was marred by an obvious scammer blocking the door and demanding donations at the entrance. Almost everyone gave him money. We couldn't find a priest or policeman to report him to.
Beside the cathedral is a little train ( actually a tractor pulling wagons with benches in them) that gave an hour's ride around the center of the city for 7 euros pp. this saved our feet some walking on cobblestones, so we saw more than we would have managed on our own.