My wife and I like small ships rather than the large cruise ships because they are more intimate and feature the ports of call as the selling point versus the large floating hotel concept. We also focus on which ports the cruise will call on rather than the time of year or size of boat. This cruise was the second time on Silver Whisper, a Baltic Sea cruise being the first time. On this cruise we liked its origination port of Monte Carlo and conclusion in Lisbon. Portugal is a very interesting country to visit and we will go back. We also thought most of the ports would be very interesting, or provide access to exceptional Spanish cities. As we found out, Malaga and Cadiz allowed us to visit Granada and Seville, both the gems of Andalusia. Most of the tours were very good although on whole we thought Seabourn's tours are better. One tour to Granada was wait listed so we opted to use our travel agent to set up a private tour. Otherwise the ship's tours of Seville and Barcelona were excellent! Once you come back for a second cruise you become a member in their Venetian Society, and they hosted a remarkable excursion one evening in Barcelona that was very good!
We normally try to book the larger Silver Suites which are similar in configuration to the Seabourn suites. Our suite, however, was better than the Seabourn suites by being wider and more spacious. We especially like their hot rock feature on the Pool deck, which we enjoy immensely! The October time frame was nice from a temperature perspective, but the captain skipped two ports due to high winds/seas so there is a trade off for booking at end of the season. Crew was very nice and the butler element is a nice touch not present on Seabourn. On previous trip in Baltic Sea we hit all of the restaurants, but this time, due to the presence of a wine tour group, most of the evenings were already booked. As such we were unable to compare with previous dining experience. We generally do not go to the Restaurant on deck 4. All in all a cruise that was very memorable!
Walked the city near Casino and Hotel de Paris. Had lunch at La Maree'.
Very good tour. An hour by bus but worth the trip. If you get their early you can see the Black Madonna and there is a good walk to the mid point of the mountain to see their cross.View All 118 Montserrat Walking Tour Reviews
This is a lovely city that is worth a private tour as opposed to a bus tour. Great convent there and many article's related to Chopin and George Sand relationship. Around 11 a.m. there is a Chopin piano recital which is very good! A nice drive into the mountains and I would definitely schedule a lunch or dinner there!View All 5 Valldemosa Walking Tour Reviews
City was nice but not exceptional.
We took a car to Granada and met our tour guide at the entrance who gave us a very good tour of the Alhambra and the gardens. Truly an experience you must have in Spain! It is a "must see" event in your travels.View All 58 Alhambra Palace and Gardens Reviews
Seville is the second most interesting cities in Spain, and a gem in Andalusia. The Alcazar is almost as fascinating as the Alhambra, and the Cathedral was the second most impressive in the world, besides St. Peters in Rome. Another "must see" city.View All 16 Alcazar Reviews
A truly inspiring Cathedral and worth the visit.View All 7 Cathedral of Seville Reviews
Very interesting.View All 11 Belem Tower Reviews
Pretty area and fun to walk through! Well worth the time.
This was the most interesting castle I have seen and well worth the time to visit. If you can walk up the hill to the castle as you will see more of the gardens and grounds. A truly remarkable facility and the view from the top of the castle are incredible.View All 5 Pena Palace Reviews