We chose this cruise because we love the service on Silversea and wanted a small ship experience in cruising the St. Lawrence Seaway to experience fall colors. The timing was perfect as we were able to see the fall colors throughout New England and Canada over the 10 day cruise. The excursions allowed options that customized our experience and we chose a variety including, but not limited to, a seaplane flight in Saguenay, bike ride in Quebec, and a mansion tour and walk along the cliffs in Newport, Rhode Island. There were many opportunities to enjoy local food through tour options. We loved the Lobster Lunch in Halifax and the Sugar Shack in Trois Rivieres! In Bar Harbor, we rented electric bikes on our own at the Pedego Store located right at the dock where we tendered and enjoyed our own ride through the Acadia National Park and town.
The remodel of the ship has increased options for dining, however the cold weather limited the options as the Pizza Restaurant and the Grill are outside. That said, they do have outside heaters and blankets so we did choose our favorite dining place, The Grill, a couple of times. The Atlantide, Indochine and La Terrazza allowed a variety of types of culinary experiences. If you book on Silversea, be sure to make restaurant reservations online ahead of the cruise. Some restaurants do not need reservations, but specialty venues do and they fill up. There is always seating in Atlantide and Indochine. The Arts Cafe is fun any time of day, but limited seating with the cold weather. When it is warm outside, there is extended seating on the deck off the back of the ship, however, they did allow us to sit next door in the Silver Note during the day when the Silver note was not serving dinner. We also dined in our suite the first night and our butler delivered, wine, appetizers and main courses all elegantly served in our suite. As for entertainment, the shows were always fun, however we tend to choose only a few that spotlight our taste in music and songs. We loved listening to the piano and guitar music in Doce Vita Lounge on most nights either after the show, or instead of the show. The Silver Note includes a Jazz singer and pianist during dinner, but you can also go in for drinks after the last seating. The layout of the Silver Note in the Spirit is not as nice as the Muse however as the bar is not actually in the restaurant which we really liked in the Muse, so we could actually sit at the bar any time of the evening. We did not care for the destination lecturer on this trip, however he was knowledgeable, but we thought he was a bit boring. On other trips we have enjoyed the lectures, it just depends on personal preference. The lectures can be attended or watched on the TV in your suite later. The cruise director, Jimmy, was outstanding. He happened to be on our last cruise and we were glad to see he was again our director as he is outstanding.
All service from the time you step on the ship, till the time you depart, is personal and excellent. We are repeat customers of Silversea due to their service and overall experience. Our next cruise with Silversea will be an expedition to the Galapagos and then bak on the Muse for 14 days in Australia and New Zealand.
The suite was recently remodeled and has beautiful decor. We appreciated the added storage area in the dresser in addition to the walk in closet. This allows one person to get ready in the room while the other is in the closet. The extra space at the foot of the bed really made the room feel larger and easier to move around (this was due to taking out a small dresser at the foot of the bed. The draperies are beautiful and allow blocking out all light (high quality). The bedding and bathroom are luxurious as always!
The cruise out of the Hudson River at night was amazing to see the shoreline and Statue of Liberty.
The mansion tour used an audio system that worked well.View All 35 Breakers Mansion Reviews
The weather was perfect and the walk was beautiful! The mansion tour used an audio system that worked well. We could see many mansions along the way and our tour guide gave interesting commentary.View All 14 Cliff Walk Reviews
Loved the views! Only 5 people in the plane. There was no narration, which I would have liked, but the scenery was worth it!View All undefined undefined Reviews
Rented electric bikes at Pedego located on the pier where we tendered from our ship. We rented for a half day and rode through part of the Acadia Park and then back through town. They provided helmets and a lock, so we stopped for coffee and watched tourists from a coffee house for a while. We would definitely recommend doing this on your own if you like electric bikes.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Scottish Music and dance from the area with 3 excellent musicians and a step dancer. This was a small group experience and they served local oat biscuits, coffee and tea. Very entertaining!View All undefined undefined Reviews
Excellent ride on flat ground around the city and out to the waterfalls where we took sky cups and walked across a bridge over the falls.View All 2 Bicycle Tour Reviews