We have sailed Silversea before but chose this cruise for the itinerary and also to experience expedition cruising and find out the difference.
Staff on board incl butler were great, cannot fault them , dining was also impressive , so was the quality and variety of the food and wines offered.
The shore excursions were not too different from a standard cruise. Only one shore activity during the 14 day expedition cruise involved some expedition like feature when we had a wonderful afternoon going ashore on the zodiacs watching a variety of seabirds nesting on the Scottish Island of Lunga. There were a lot of shore landings cancelled due to stormy weather.
cabin layout ok, but sewage problem due to maintenance and overall condition of the ship