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Silver Origin Review

5.0 / 5.0
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10 reviews

Crossing one off the Bucket List

Review for Silver Origin to South America
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grandmaR
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Sep 2021
Cabin:
Swallowtail Gull
TV screen where I could turn the lights on and off and open and shut the curtains
Me sitting in the zodiac on embarkation
Stern - where we embark on the zodiacs

Preliminaries

Ever since I read "The Voyage of the Beagle" in college in 1957 I have wanted to visit the Galapagos. I thought I was out of luck. I am an 83 year old woman who has been on 32 cruises, but I had a hip replacement in 2019 and can no longer navigate an airport with luggage by myself. But my daughter-in-law Kathy had always wanted to see the blue footed booby's courtship dance and my son Rob said he would go too.

I picked Silversea because the single supplement, was less than on other ships. I was concerned about my ability to do the excursions from the ship but the Silversea travel agent assured me that I would be able to do everything, and that I would be able to snorkel.

Cabin Review

I made the reservations too late to get connecting rooms so we had rooms across the hall from each other. The bed was a king which I had made into twins. On the wall next to the window on one side there is a fixed night stand with a lamp and a phone and two drawers down at the bottom under a deep shelf. Then on the other side (if it is made up as a king) is a smaller movable nightstand with a light and only one drawer.

If the beds are separated, one side of the second bed is against the wall. The wall is wood-ish and has a window in it which looks like it doesn't go anywhere.

Really it is a window to the bathroom

Back of that wall is the bathroom. The sink is a very long counter. Three people could stand at the sink

First is a bottle filling place to fill the aluminum bottle they give you, and then there is a really wide trough type sink with one faucet on either end. The mirror over the sink can be slid to the side revealing a window into the cabin.

There are glass shelves on each side and a wastebasket under the sink. On the bottle filling side is a locked cabinet with a tissue box and on the other side are a couple of drawers. The toilet is in an alcove and the toilet paper is on a metal holder but I keep knocking the toilet paper off the holder onto the floor. I finally told the room steward to just leave the toilet paper roll on top of the spare roll.

There is a big glass shower with all kinds of metal things in it. (It looks pretty, but if there were two of us, and one of us was in the shower, you could see everything in there - there would be no privacy whatever)

There is a rain head shower in the top and then there is a shower head that you can hold and move around and a couple of square metal things to turn on the water with. But no directions to tell you which one does what.

There's a foot rest for ladies to shave their legs. They supply two little loofahs in the shower and there is also about 6 bottles on the sink counter - some of them are shampoo and there is also sunscreen and body lotion.

Opposite the bathroom door is the closet which has the life jackets, cubbyholes for shoes, the safe and some drawers.

The back wall has the snorkeling gear (wet suit, snorkel, mask, fins) the backpack and aluminum bottle hung from a hook. The other side is hangers and up at the top are rain ponchos and a blanket.

The wall opposite the bed has a huge flat screen TV inset into mirrors, and under that a desk with various drawers and a refrigerator. There is a pad to charge your phone, but I couldn't get mine to work. I usually put the bow camera on the TV at night. Even in the dark you can see it.

I could turn some of the lights on and off and change the thermostat with my computer or phone and also open and shut the curtains

There is a little couch with an abstract kind of art work over it and there was a little table. Out on the balcony there are three chairs and a table.

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