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We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage. The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor public spaces and mediocre staff service. For two pax price ( $100,000) no real value here. SILVERSEA has taken older vessel and placed in “ expedition service” without any discernible improvement in boat safety facilities. Older gangway and Zodiac loading stations are hazardous - should have been replaced before vessel was placed in ocean service. The food was poor - kitchen ran out of basic ( fruits, vegetables ) half way into voyage. Officers are foreign nationals - Russians - with little interaction with passengers. In summary, poor quality for the price. We have been on better trips for a quarter of the price of this voyage. SILVERSEA appears to be solely interested in sales, marketing and promotion at the expense of passenger experience ! Member, Circumnavigators Club

RUSSIA ARCTIC TRANSIT - OLD SHIP, GOOD EXPEDITION

Silver Explorer Cruise Review by WBradfordGary

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Explorer Class Oceanview Stateroom
We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage.

The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor public spaces and mediocre staff service.

For two pax price ( $100,000) no real value here.

SILVERSEA has taken older vessel and placed in “ expedition service” without any discernible improvement in boat safety facilities. Older gangway and Zodiac loading stations are hazardous - should have been replaced before vessel was placed in ocean service.

The food was poor - kitchen ran out of basic ( fruits, vegetables ) half way into voyage.

Officers are foreign nationals - Russians - with little interaction with passengers.

In summary, poor quality for the price. We have been on better trips for a quarter of the price of this voyage. SILVERSEA appears to be solely interested in sales, marketing and promotion at the expense of passenger experience ! Member, Circumnavigators Club
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Cabin Review

Explorer Class Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin EC 335
OK, but shower was inop.
Deck 4 Outside Cabins, Suite Cabins