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Silver Whisper Review

4.5 / 5.0
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205 reviews
9 Awards

COVID didn't have much effect

Review for Silver Whisper to the Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2021

We booked this cruise 18 months ago to be a short relaxing getaway after the holidays to warmer climate. Unfortunately, Omicron hit, too late to back out so we hoped for the best. COVID test at embarkment (Barbados) actually wasn't too bad, 30 - 40 min. so don't let COVID procedures stop you from cruising. If you get seasick easily then understand this is a small ship and it does roll a bit - even when the seas look reasonably mild.

Pros: Crew is very nice and tries hard to provide fast friendly service across all activities and services. Transfers went well. COVID testing at sea was very fast - but we did not have a full ship so total non-crew on board was approx. 270. Excursions were run efficiently. Food was about what we expected based on other Silver Seas ships. Wines - to get something better than the "wine of the day", you had to ask for it and you waited for them to get it to the table - something first timers didn't know to do so we heard complaints on the quality of the wine across the board. Panorama lounge DJ did a good job appealing to the "fast-dance) crowd. Main Bar played music more suited to the (slow dance) folks. It was nice to have a choice of dance music each evening.

Big Cons for us: First night hotel was well below the quality of the hotels they've put us in before. Not sure why we ended up where we did when others were at the Hilton?? Too many dress-up evenings - we're in the Caribbean - I don't want to pack & wear a jacket in hot weather. A collared, long-sleeve shirt should be sufficient for men. Silver Seas needs a policy/procedure to prevent the reserving of lounge chairs by using water bottles and books (from the ships own library) from 8:00 am til 5 pm. NO RESERVING CHAIRS signs need to be posted and a crew member needs to be on the pool deck policing the issue. We were able to get a lounge only twice on the cruise and that wasn't until people left the pool area to get ready for 4 pm tea and 5pm trivia. One overly discourteous couple reserved 4 lounge chairs every day - two in the shade and two in the sun. No effort by the crew was made to curb this practice. "Regents Seven Seas" does police this issue (or did on our last cruise w/them). The uncomfortable blue chairs at Whisper's stern (which no one sit in) could be switched out for lounge chairs - let people reserve in that area. Summation: This is a good "coach-class" cruise line. Nothing really wrong that can't be easily fixed, but the cruise line has to be willing to do so. We'll be moving to a different cruise line in the meantime.

Cabin Review

Reason for two stars: Our Silver Suite was very cold - we could not wear short sleeves/pants in our room - sat outside to read and have coffee - we complained but nothing changed. However, the steward kept our room very clean, and the layout was quite nice,

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