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Silver Wind Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Silversea Silver Wind - December 16, 2013

Silver Wind Cruise Review by zqvol

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2017
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

This was our second time on Silversea. The ship is well kept, but old, and it shows int eh design. The itinerary was excellent, with a a different deep southern Caribbean port every day.

The cabin, and I will not refer to it as a suite like Silversea does, is nothing more than a standard balcony cabin on a mass market line. There is nothing special about it. It is small, and it is a misnomer to call it a suite. It does come with a closet, though the space would be better utilized as a part of the cabin proper. The bathroom, comes with a tub, but not a separate walkin shower. There is no door or curtain on 50% of the opening to the tub so water tends to go all over the floor. The bathroom is nice but very small.

Dining is terribly slow in the main restaurant. The grill provides a much better atmosphere, and a better service. La Terrezza is nice but also very slow. La Terrazza and the Grill tend to make a big deal about reservations, but never seem to be more than 25% full, yet neither will accommodate walk ins until very late in the evening. Dinner service does not begin before 7:00, which is really late considering that there are no predinner activities.

The crew is very outgoing, efficient, pleasant and thoughtful, in spite of what appears to be a complete lack of leadership from upper management. Upper management seems to be more concerned with putting on airs than with taking care of passengers. Thanks goodness most of the servers in the restaurants don't have that same attitude.

The butler was more trouble than he was worth. He made a big show of writing things down so that he would not forget requests, and then promptly forget the things he had written down. W requested a few items to be delivered every afternoon, and for the for the first few days we had to call every afternoon to have the requests filled. These were nto complicated things. We requested a cheese plate each afternoon, along with chops and nuts to snack on.

With the exception of the stop at Martinique the ports were all excellent choices. At Martinique there were no cabs available, and because we were there on a Sunday morning nothing was open. It was not worth the time it took to tender to shore. The rest of the ports and the excursions we took were excellent. Silversea should enforce there own limits on who takes excursions. We had four snorkel trips and on three of them we had people who were handicapped and could not climb up and down the ladders without assistance. This created potential safety issues. In addition the excursions did not match the written description that was provided ahead of time.

While we might travel Silversea again , I would not sail on the Silver Wind again.


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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin VR 718

The cabin, was by no means a suite, though Silversea refers to it as one. It is small, and more like a mass market cabin than a luxury suite.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Snorkeling

This trip was described as a snorkel excursion. Never did Silversea mention that it was guided tour, which made it unbearable for experienced snorkelers. The snorkel boat was nice, and the stop at Deep Bay was excellent.

View All 79 Snorkeling Reviews
St. Kitts (Port Zante)

We spent the morning walking around St. Kitts in the old part of Basseterre.


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