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Silver Wind Review

5.0 / 5.0
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187 reviews

Lovely Ship, Outstanding Staff, Food Good, but not Great

Review for Silver Wind to Transatlantic
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JC Norton
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2019
Cabin: Veranda Suite

I chose this cruise when it was first offered because I'd never been on Silver Seas, I liked the itinerary, and the single supplement was within reason. I was a little concerned given some of the negative reviews, but my on board experience bore no relation to what I'd read. It was wonderful in almost every respect. I loved it and will be back.

I was in a veranda cabin and will say more about it below, but it was big enough for two people to be comfortable and lap of luxury for a single like me. The bed was wonderful.

Dining was maybe a little disappointing as my expectations were pretty high, based on how the line is promoted. Over all, the food was good, occasionally outstanding, but now and then sub par. For example, I ordered venison on one occasion. The plate came with two generous pieces, one succulent and delicious, the other like shoe leather -- not supposed to happen. On another occasion, the wine steward told us the red was Carménère, which made me happy as I like that wine, but, in fact, he was pouring from a bottle of Cabernet. When I pointed this out, a bottle of the former quickly appeared, but it was surprising the steward didn't know what he was pouring. As to the wines, overall, I thought they were fine and, if neither of those offered appealed, a substitute was readily at hand. I ate lunch at the Terrazzo buffet several times and many items were dried out and tasteless, while others were perfect. So, food was a little uneven in quality. One thing I must note, though -- Silver Seas serves the best hot dog on the planet. I'm not kidding. It's big and comes with a slice of very crisp bacon, a house made cucumber based relish and is served on a bun that has just a hint of cinnamon flavor to it. The sides are a delicious slaw and a little pot of great fries and onion rings. Not to be missed. I must have had eight of them by the time I disembarked.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

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As mentioned, I loved the cabin with its huge closet. The location on the ship I also liked and would choose it again. I had tons of empty drawers and hangers, travelling alone. The veranda is small and, on this itinerary, little used, but it was adequate. We had a very rough crossing, so was not on the veranda very much. The bath is small and a bit awkward with a half panel of glass and a tub/shower combination, but I was fine with it. The live orchid is a very nice touch as well.

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

I enjoyed a couple days in Ft Lauderdale before sailing. In particular, I would recommend the water taxi -- full day, if you like, and very reasonable.

New York (Manhattan)

What can one say? NYC is NYC, great place for an overnight stop.

London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)

Like NYC, a world city of the first rank. Spent a couple extra days there and will, of course, be back.

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