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We chose this cruise as a means to pursue something different. Having boated on rivers for many years we thought cruising the Amazon would be a good extension of the activity. We looked forward to seeing the cities, wildlife and the notion of seeing piranha fish. Embarkation was very smooth and they lived up to expectations. Our room was clean and well stocked with fruit and beverages. Out butler arrived and per our wishes supplied us with our favorites. As a matter of course he was always there for us and since we were traveling with a third person in another cabin, he hooked us up with canapes or dinner for three whenever we wished. It would be difficult to come up with a complaint and we tipped him accordingly. The cruise started off well enough with a stop at Devil's Island. This turned out to be quite good if not the best stop along the itinerary. The remnants of the penal colony are still standing and testify to the harsh conditions. There is a hotel on the island but we would have been hard pressed to stay there having seen it. Other stops yielded a perspective that Brazil has quite a bit of cleanup and pollution work in front of itself. At one stop, no activity was offered and the shore concierge couldn't suggest a reason to leave the boat so we didn't. We were lucky enough to spot pink dolphins from the Panorama Lounge that day, but if there's nothing to do, why stop there. The Restaurant was our favorite dining spot although we did enjoy going to La Dame a couple of times. Having a menue that changed at La Dame while we were aboard for 16 nights would have been a great improvement. We also ate at The Grill once and decided not to go a second time. The hot stone cooking while unique, generated quite a bit of smoke. On a hot sultry night with no wind it can make one person at a table of four very uncomfortable depending on which way the smoke blows. The pool bar lunch while tasting good, lacked service. We noted staff standing around in conversation quite a bit. On one occasion we waited a quite a while, and nothing happened until we got up to go to The Restaurant. We continued on our way at that point in spite of a very apologetic server. We ate at La Terrazza 2 nights, but the food was quite repetitive from both their own dinner menu and The Restaurant's lunch and dinner menus, and we preferred the atmosphere and service at The Restaurant. Disembarkation did not go as smoothly, starting late, requiring waiting in line numerous times (each time waiting for our color to be called before being allowed to wait in line), and eventually needing to drag all of our luggage to a parking lot and load it onto the seats in a small passenger bus for transport to the cruise terminal. Perhaps it was because we were the last ship to arrive in port that morning, and were last in line.

Amazon cruise lacks shore activities

Silver Whisper Cruise Review by SWFLAOK

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Silver Suite
We chose this cruise as a means to pursue something different. Having boated on rivers for many years we thought cruising the Amazon would be a good extension of the activity. We looked forward to seeing the cities, wildlife and the notion of seeing piranha fish.

Embarkation was very smooth and they lived up to expectations. Our room was clean and well stocked with fruit and beverages. Out butler arrived and per our wishes supplied us with our favorites. As a matter of course he was always there for us and since we were traveling with a third person in another cabin, he hooked us up with canapes or dinner for three whenever we wished. It would be difficult to come up with a complaint and we tipped him accordingly.

The cruise started off well enough with a stop at Devil's Island. This turned out to be quite good if not the best stop along the itinerary. The remnants of the penal colony are still standing and testify to the harsh conditions. There is a hotel on the island but we would have been hard pressed to stay there having seen it. Other stops yielded a perspective that Brazil has quite a bit of cleanup and pollution work in front of itself. At one stop, no activity was offered and the shore concierge couldn't suggest a reason to leave the boat so we didn't. We were lucky enough to spot pink dolphins from the Panorama Lounge that day, but if there's nothing to do, why stop there.

The Restaurant was our favorite dining spot although we did enjoy going to La Dame a couple of times. Having a menue that changed at La Dame while we were aboard for 16 nights would have been a great improvement. We also ate at The Grill once and decided not to go a second time. The hot stone cooking while unique, generated quite a bit of smoke. On a hot sultry night with no wind it can make one person at a table of four very uncomfortable depending on which way the smoke blows. The pool bar lunch while tasting good, lacked service. We noted staff standing around in conversation quite a bit. On one occasion we waited a quite a while, and nothing happened until we got up to go to The Restaurant. We continued on our way at that point in spite of a very apologetic server. We ate at La Terrazza 2 nights, but the food was quite repetitive from both their own dinner menu and The Restaurant's lunch and dinner menus, and we preferred the atmosphere and service at The Restaurant.

Disembarkation did not go as smoothly, starting late, requiring waiting in line numerous times (each time waiting for our color to be called before being allowed to wait in line), and eventually needing to drag all of our luggage to a parking lot and load it onto the seats in a small passenger bus for transport to the cruise terminal. Perhaps it was because we were the last ship to arrive in port that morning, and were last in line.
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Cabin Review

Silver Suite
Cabin SL 724
Very spacious with more closet space than we could ever use. WiFi worked very well. Two sets of sliding glass doors let in plenty of light and a good view as the shores of the Amazon went by at the end of the dry season. We spent a lot of time in our suite on this cruise, and enjoyed it.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Barbados is a great place to start and/or end a cruise. We've done it before, and usually add a day before and/or after depending on our flights. The beaches are beautiful, the water an amazing shade of blue, and there are plenty of places to go for nature, history and rum.
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  • City Tour
    We saw all of the highlights, including a tour of the Opera House, and learned about the history of Manaus. Our bus was cool and comfortable and our guide was entertaining. We had time at the end of the tour to wander through the marketplace, which was built of decorative iron back in the late 1800's and was recently completely restored. The wares being sold were interesting with a mix of tourist and local items, with many different food items. It was not a high pressure market. atmosphere.
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  • Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Aguas)
    Our guide was excellent, but we had already seen the meeting of the waters from the ship on our way from the Amazon to Manaus on the Rio Negro. Since it was the end of the dry season in November, the trip was only half of what was advertised since January Lake wasn't accessible by boat. The cost was still the same. I suspect that in the rainy season, the water is often too high for this excursion.
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  • Santarem
    We stopped here from 8 to 2:30 which only allowed for 1 excursion. There were serveral excursion of interest, and we enjoyed the tour of Maica by boat. No piranhas were caught, but a number of different catfish were, and we saw quite a few species of birds. We wish we had more time in this port.
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