My wife and I last travelled with Silversea on the Whisper in late 2018. We have since had a number of bookings cancelled because of Covid. The itinerary for this cruise was changed at short notice because of the volcanic eruption on La Palma. One port of call was Arricefe on Lanzarote and for some reason we were bussed to a beach some miles from the port. This consisted of cheap souvenir shops and pubs selling cheap booze rather than Arricefe that consists of upmarket shops, cafes and a large Hyper Dino supermarket.
For this cruise we arrived at the cruise port, Lisbon at 12 noon and were told to go away and return at 2pm. At 2pm the check in queue was fairly long but moved steadily as lateral flow tests were carried out, at Silversea's cost.
Once on-board the ship is very impressive. Build quality appears exceptional and the service is as you would expect from Silversea, very, very high with your own butler to look after you. There are now 7 restaurants on-board and as the ship was sailing only 1/2 full there was no problem getting a reservation in those restaurants that required them.
Excellent. Very nice bathroom with full sized tub and large glass shower cubicle. However, the glass shower door has a very strong magnetic seal and a very small knob to open it. My wife resorted to using the top edge of the door. When you turn on the shower the hand held comes on first and you have to pull a knob to switch to the overhead rain shower, so the hand held is permanently turned against the wall.
For some reason we were bussed to a beach resort full of tacky souvenir shops and pubs selling cheap booze, rather than visit the excellent Arricife. Several guests opted to stay on the bus and return straight back to the ship. We got off, stretched our legs and got the next bus back. The lack of a guide to inform us was notable but they were probably too embarrassed to be seen.
Bussed to the main, pedestrianized shopping area with a guide at the bus stop to direct us. A very nice experience compared to Lanzarote.