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Silver Spirit Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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304 Reviews

Wonderful ship experience - excursions seem uninspired - air program disappointing

Silver Spirit Cruise Review by Jalp07

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Classic Veranda Suite

First time sailing Silver Seas. (Silver Spirit) It lived up to its billing. Almost everything was right, and when it wasn't it was appropriately addressed. Entertainment and Activities abord the ship were more (high quality talent) than anticipated.

The cabins were spacious. Larger than expected. Attentive butler service and cleaning were almost "too much" but we got used to it.

Felt there was way too much emphasis on premium alcohol (cruise wide) and a few fellow passengers got more "into the spirit(s)" than they might have if they were paying a la carte, but I suppose that is what you get when you are all inclusive.

The "special" restaurants had such limited availability we were unable to book tables.A disappointment. Didn't realize how quickly you had to reserve (we waited two weeks after reservations opened)

Food was excellent considering its such a large production

The internet (and I upgraded to premium) was extremely cumbersome and slow. This was a surprising problem. I have had better service on airplanes!

The Baltic itineraries/excursions (Copenhagen, Visby and Tallinn were uninspired). It seemed more like a "lead up" to St Petersburg. Guides were processional and logistics were smooth.

Large complaint was on return flights. Took advantage of the Business Class upgrade. I should have been more insistint about direct flights home (Iceland Air stops in Reykjavik and doesn't have lie flat seats in business class.) Would have happily paid more and ended the cruise with more comfort.


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Cabin Review

Classic Veranda Suite
Cabin CV 503

Spacious. Nice Beds. More than enough storage area. Great bathroom.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Copenhagen

Should have taken a walking tour. Poorly researched.

Bicycle Tour

Nice experience. Mix of history, culture and scenery

View All 3 Bicycle Tour Reviews
Old Town of Tallinn

Interesting. Would have liked more history. Beautiful sights, Glad we did not return with excursion to ship and spent time walking down to the "lower" town.

View All 189 Old Town of Tallinn Reviews
Catherine Palace

This was a private night tour and included dinner. It was an interesting way to see it. I littel "kitchy"

View All 226 Catherine Palace Reviews
City Tour

Through the eyes of Russians. Subway, market were interesting. Could have done without the vodka tasting

View All 378 City Tour Reviews
Peterhof Palace

Overkill with Cathrines palace. Hydrofoil ride back was "just" a waterbus. Gardens and fountains are NOT as impressive as Versaille.

View All 231 Peterhof Palace Reviews
Private Tour

Half day. Saw the fabrege museum, peter and Paul fortress, St Isaccs. Probably the best excursion on the trip

View All 204 Private Tour Reviews
Speed Boat Adventure

Was a boat safari. Actually fun way to get an outdoor experience.

View All 2 Speed Boat Adventure Reviews

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