We chose this cruise due to the timing (mid June before the big summer crowds), the length (seven days), the ports of call, the offer associated with it (airfare), and the fact that we love sailing on Silversea. Their ships feel like home now, the staff is ultra professional yet friendly, and the guests are always a pleasure to meet. Although not specifically a themed cruise, the itinerary, the excursion options, the entertainment, the lectures, the amenities, all would please seniors, families, couples, honeymooners, people of all nationalities. We had a bit of each and everyone seems to have enjoyed it, as you could overhear raves at dinner, after shows, during excursions.... This is a fantastic way to get a taste of Northen European cities of note and charm - Southampton, Brugge/Ghent, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Skane, Copenhagen.
Regarding Silversea cruising in general, we could not recommend it enough. The size of the vessels makes it more personalized both because you get to interact with other guest more easily, if you want, and you receive great service from all the staff who quickly recognize and greet you by name. And, it is such a treat to travel worry-free as these sailings are always all-inclusive so there is no concern about over spending on drinks or wondering about appropriate tipping or anything of the sort. The icing on the cake: the cuisine is superb.
If you try Silversea once, you, like us, will keep on coming back. Antarctica is next!
Exqusitiley appointed, roomy, comfortable. The sitting room and the veranda make these cabins - really suites - even more spacious. In this ship, as in The Silver Shadow, there are double basins in the bathroom which is quite a luxury in a ship's cabin.
Like visiting an old friend. Beautiful city and happened on a gorgeous day. Once again did a canal cruise which is really a must. Had the most wonderful Belgian waffles from a food truck. Simple getting into town from Zeebrugge, the port, by way of ship's courtesy shuttle and then very convenient and frequent local train.
Ship's shuttle and public transport make this a very easy city to navigate on one's own. We opted for a visit to the modern art museum and a long walk-about all the way back to the ship as it was a glorious day. Our last visit had been in late 1980s. This time we found the city much more pleasant as there was little if any evidence of young people strung out and just hanging about or sleeping in all sorts of public spaces, which was the case back then. It was a pleasure to revisit and discover a "new" Amsterdam.
The excursion, entitled "Hamburg, a Hanseatic Gem" showed us exactly that. Had always imagined Hamburg as a grimy port city, with old industrial areas, seedy characters. It could not be further from the truth. Hamburg is vibrant, rich, beautified by a gorgeous lake, green areas, beautiful homes, great shopping, lovely people, and delicious food as well as beer, of course. After the tour walked about extensively. Not to be missed.View All 22 City Tour Reviews
Public transport and helpful English-speaking residents make it easy to see this city on your own. Lots to see so give yourself at least a couple of days. Walking around is also a must. Another treat is the new railway that connects Copenhagen to the city of Malmo Sweden in about 30 minutes and goes over the water over a one of a kind 9 km bridge. Not to be missed. Prices are high but the food is superb.
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