We chose this cruise because the ship was small, only 380 passengers and we wanted to cruise the Greek Islands which limited our choice of ships. Embarkation and disembarkation were the fastest I have ever experienced on a ship, no waiting in line.
The food, service, entertainment were great. I am not a buffet person and loved that I had options of a la carte or buffet for breakfast and lunch. Our cabin was the largest cabin I have experienced on a ship. The service was over the top. Great crew. Very roomy and big bathroom. It was a Verandah suite which was the least expensive suite with a balcony you could purchase.
My only complaint is the ship is old and dated looking. There are no electrical outlets by the nightstands, you have to plug your phone or I-pad in across the room which is not fun at 6 a.m. when the alarm goes off and you have to run across the run to shut it off.
Our shore excursions were nice. Some of them a little longer than they needed to be. I felt the tour guide was taking longer than they needed because the tour was 4 hours and they felt they had to give us 4 hours of talking. The private tour guide through the ship was very expensive. We were able to find a private tour guide in Santorini for 75% cheaper than what the ship wanted to charge.
Overall, we loved it and would travel on Silversea again but will look for a ship that is newer.
As stated above, the room was large, bathroom large but the room needs to be updated and more electrical outlets put in by the nightstands.
We stayed at the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens, very beautiful and elegant hotel.
One day in Athens was enough for us to see the sights.
This tour allowed you to see the highlights of the island, a Monastery, the Windmills, Little Venice plus walk the streets of the town which I loved. This tour had a lot of walking, climbing stairs and was difficult for people with wheelchairs or canes.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We used a private guide we found and was much cheaper than Silversea offered.
Only advice is if there are other ships in port that day, don't go to the cable car until they have all departed. Silversea is in ports longer than the other ships. We made the mistake of arriving at the cable car at 2 p.m. when all the other ship passengers were trying to get back due to a 4 p.m. departure time. Everyone on our ship that arrived at the cable cars at 3:30 or later said there was no line. We waited an hour.
The tour to the Virgin Mary's home and Ephesus was great. It involves a lot of walking and you are in the sun a lot so plan for that. Our tour guide ended the tour at a Turkish rug store. She definitely was getting a portion of the rug sales, it was very hard to get out of the store without buying. Once you purchased a rug they than had you pass through a jewelry store and the high pressure sales people were ridiculous.View All undefined undefined Reviews
This was our last port before sailing back to Athens. We were very tired and decided to enjoy the ship that day. From the ship, Volos was beautiful.