We chose Silversea because we wanted to enjoy a luxury cruise and visit beautiful ports in Greece and Italy. We have traveled Silversea in the past and have been very pleased by the experience. However, this experience did not meet expectations.
The Ship was old and was in need of refurbishment. She is still a beauty but needs some work to make her look more fresh and inviiting.
Our cabin was as expected in terms of the space and layout of the room. However, the plumbing was an issue. We experienced toilets not flushing and an overflow of water on the floor. This was a common occurrence on our floor and in all the cabins. Our room had a nasty smell that made sitting on the balcony almost impossible. Who would want to smell raw sewage on a luxury cruise!! We were told that chemicals would be used to take care of the odor but apparently the chemicals did not work.
The food was above average to exceptional. However, the buffet dishes were not hot and were greasy and dirty no matter how many dishes we put to the side. We sat on the outside veranda and the place mats were never changed or cleaned between sittings. There were always crumbs from everyone else's meal on the table stuck in the place mats. The ice cream scoop utensil was dipped in a tin of water to rinse off and the water was not running. This is unsanitary and disgusting.
The TV entertainment was below standard. Carnival Cruise Lines has a greater variety.
The Entertainers/Shows were very good but there needs to be more variety.
The Ports and Shore Excursions were very good. However 48 hours in one port was not well thought out by the cruise director.
The fact that we were in Greece and Sicily made this an event to remember. However, the level of cleanliness needs to be addressed and for this reason alone, we would probably not recommend Silversea or travel this cruise line again. This was not a luxury cruise on the Silversea we remembered.
Plumbing issues; Smell of sewage on an intermittent basis; bathroom not clean.
We boarded the ship in Athens after a long flight. There was no time to sightsee.
We took the tour and it was amazing. Very beautiful.
We toured on our own. Nice shops; Beautiful scenery.
Beautiful scenery; nice shops; beautiful churches; friendly people; great food!!!