After having cruised on bigger ships and cruise companies for many years we decided to have a change and opt for this smaller, more exclusive cruise. We weren’t disappointed. The whole experience was luxury and friendliness from start to finish. We were greeted With a warm welcome by Stephanie with a glass of champagne. The whole check in process was seamless and soon we were enjoying an excellent lunch in the Terrazza restaurant. We couldn’t fault the food or service...much better than any of the other cruises we have taken (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival etc). We checked into our lovely cabin at 2pm. Although it is sold as an “all-suite” ship, this cabin was no bigger than I have had before but it was perfectly lovely and I was very happy with the lovely wardrobe and bathroom. Bed very comfy and overall very happy with accommodation. Lorenzo our butler was extremely attentive without being intrusive. He found out our likes (me champagne, husband water) and kept us supplied throughout the cruise without us ever needing to ask). Marlon the cabin attendant kept it pristine again without being intrusive. We dined mostly in the main restaurant and never had a problem getting a table for two (we are a bit antisocial at dinner). Thanks to waiters Ernesto, Jeremy, Murat and Rudolpho and apologies to all the others whose names escape us (too much lovely wine!!) Also thanks to Ana the sommelier who was very knowledgeable and attentive. We didn’t know we had to book for La Terrazza in the evening and turned up. They kindly accommodated us and the food was delicious. Service impeccable. One evening we had the pleasure in dining in La Dame which is the payable restaurant. For $60 per head it was worth it...lovely intimate surroundings and extra special service and food. Thanks to Antione for that! We tried to get in to experience the hot plate dining which we had read about but left it too late so we can’t comment on that. People seemed to like it though as the night we tried there were 15 people on the waiting list. Bar and restaurant service round the pool was excellent and always enough sun beds on offfer. I couldn’t fault the entertainment in any way. The brand new Silverseas Voices had arrived on the ship the same day as us and gave us four evening shows of truly West End quality. I have never seen six such talented energetic performers nor enjoyed the shows so much!! Only one suggestion, they performed most evenings at 10pm which is slightly too late for the likes of us Brits who are still catching up with jet lag. I personally would have preferred them to perform before dining but that’s just me. The two pianists, Sonja and Balazs were fantastically entertaining and extremely talented...thanks to both of them for indulging me in my favorite tunes. A surprising treat was Colin the super Cruise Director just happened to be a concert pianist in a former life and gave us a performance that brought tears to the eyes (in a good way Colin!!) He was so welcoming and friendly and calm in the face of weather adversity which unfortunately happened due to high winds. The Ports we visited had been devastated by the hurricane and it was so sad to see what had happened to these lovely islands and lovely people. I am glad the cruise liners still go into these ports as for some it is the only income from tourism as the hotels have been damaged and closed. We don’t bother with the ships tours and usually get off the ship and see what happens which works for us. We had some great adventures and take with us many lovely memories of these gorgeous islands. Only two things we would have changed. The internet was very expensive for 24hr service. One hour is provided free but this is very slow and somewhat frustrating. The other thing that we hadn’t bargained for was the dress code. This caught my husband out. There are three dress codes...formal, informal and casual. My husband brought his dinner suit for the formal evening and nice shirts and linen trousers for other evenings. Unfortunately we didn’t know that the informal evenings required a jacket so we were a bit stuck. He dressed down his dinner suit with a casual shirt so got away with it but he didn’t feel comfortable. It would have been a good idea for the ship’s shop to stock a couple of jackets for men to buy if they hadn’t read the dress code properly. Other than those niggles it was a wonderful cruise on a small intimate ship with staff who really care. Can’t wait for the next one!!
See above - lovely!
Expensive to stay in hotel near port but necessary evil
Too many jewellers felt a little intimidating
Went to the famous beach where the aircraft land over your head...great experience. We were supposed to be going to St Barts but bad weather stopped us
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