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After a series of Alaska cruises on the Silver Shadow this year my wife and I decided to try something different: a 14 day cruise around the British Isles. We were attracted by the ports (including Belfast, where I grew up; and Dublin, where we met and got married). For an added bonus the cruise started and ended at Tower Bridge in London (where the Silver Wind tied up alongside HMS Belfast). Due to nature of the location at Tower Bridge embarkation and disembarkation was slightly more complicated than on other cruises we have taken as you have to take a water shuttle across the Thames to a pier near The Tower of London - but in both directions it all went smoothly. For the first three destinations (Cork, Dublin and Belfast) where the ship docked was both out of the way and not exactly the prettiest (think working docks) but in each case there was a quick and easy shuttle service into the center of town. For Tobermory and Ullapool we were tendered ashore. For Lerwick, Kirkwall and Edinburgh we again docked but the locations were more scenic (we docked beside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith/Edinburgh). One of the highlights of the whole cruise was definitely our departure from London at 5:00 PM - traffic stopped, Tower Bridge opened and we were pulled through (backwards!). The return (at 5:00 AM) was also magical though with a lot fewer witnesses. The weather was much better than what we had expected - we only had one morning in which the seas could be described as 'moderate' the rest of the time was remarkably calm (we arrived in Kirkwall to seas that were like glass). We only signed up for one excursion (we prefer exploring on our own). The excursion we did on Orkney was fun (Highland Park Distillery) and informative (St. Magnus Cathedral and the Italian Chapel). The onboard dining was mostly up to the usual Silver Sea standards - the one exception was La Terrazza which we both felt was not up to the same high quality we had grown used to on the Silver Shadow. We had never tried "Hot Rocks" before but this time we did (as we sailed down the Thames) and it was a lovely experience as we watched the ever changing scenary pass us by. The only onboard activity we participated in was Team Trivial - which we really enjoyed. Does the Silver Wind show her age

A high enjoyable itinerary on a lovely ship

Silver Wind Cruise Review by LaVieBoheme

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After a series of Alaska cruises on the Silver Shadow this year my wife and I decided to try something different: a 14 day cruise around the British Isles. We were attracted by the ports (including Belfast, where I grew up; and Dublin, where we met and got married). For an added bonus the cruise started and ended at Tower Bridge in London (where the Silver Wind tied up alongside HMS Belfast).

Due to nature of the location at Tower Bridge embarkation and disembarkation was slightly more complicated than on other cruises we have taken as you have to take a water shuttle across the Thames to a pier near The Tower of London - but in both directions it all went smoothly.

For the first three destinations (Cork, Dublin and Belfast) where the ship docked was both out of the way and not exactly the prettiest (think working docks) but in each case there was a quick and easy shuttle service into the center of town. For Tobermory and Ullapool we were tendered ashore. For Lerwick, Kirkwall and Edinburgh we again docked but the locations were more scenic (we docked beside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith/Edinburgh).

One of the highlights of the whole cruise was definitely our departure from London at 5:00 PM - traffic stopped, Tower Bridge opened and we were pulled through (backwards!). The return (at 5:00 AM) was also magical though with a lot fewer witnesses.

The weather was much better than what we had expected - we only had one morning in which the seas could be described as 'moderate' the rest of the time was remarkably calm (we arrived in Kirkwall to seas that were like glass).

We only signed up for one excursion (we prefer exploring on our own). The excursion we did on Orkney was fun (Highland Park Distillery) and informative (St. Magnus Cathedral and the Italian Chapel).

The onboard dining was mostly up to the usual Silver Sea standards - the one exception was La Terrazza which we both felt was not up to the same high quality we had grown used to on the Silver Shadow. We had never tried "Hot Rocks" before but this time we did (as we sailed down the Thames) and it was a lovely experience as we watched the ever changing scenary pass us by.

The only onboard activity we participated in was Team Trivial - which we really enjoyed.

Does the Silver Wind show her age
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Veranda Suite
Cabin VR 705
Overall the cabin was smaller than what we have been used to on the Silver Shadow - especially the bathroom: which definitely lacked shelf space (I also don't understand why they haven't replaced the tub with a walk-in shower). The bed was, as usual, very comfortable, and we had enough space for all our clothes and sundry electronics. Our butler and suite attendant keep everything shipshape.
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