We chose the cruise starting in Quebec City and ending in New York City, stopping in ports along the St Lawrence Seaway. We were eager to see what Silver Sea had to offer, since they bill themselves as an all-suites luxury line. Among the better aspects of the cruise were the ports and excursions. We also enjoyed meeting some very congenial people.
Now for the truly disappointing aspects. Silver Whisper has not been refurbished or redecorated in decades, and that effort was minimal, at best. In the main dining room shipyard grade paneling was on the walls and ceiling. Two parallel lines of extremely unimpressive chandeliers were the main decorative attraction. Elsewhere, the lounge on deck 8 that serves as an observation lounge, an early riser coffee bar, afternoon tea venue, and a bar/lounge/music venue in the evening was appalling. I’ve been in more well appointed nursing home day rooms. The furniture arrangement was nothing more than a jumble of ugly furniture. In the evening when the venue should at least have had lighting to suit having a cocktail, listening to live music, and dancing, the lights were fully bright. I do know that the lights might have been dimmed in as much as someone actually found the dimmer switch one evening, but not ever again! The cocktail lounge on deck 5 was the closest thing to comfortable and decently appointed, although tired and worn, venue for a pre or post dinner cocktail. As to the suites, the size was nice with separate areas for sleep and sitting. The bed was comfortable and there was a pillow menu with a selection from soft to firm. The drape separating the sleep area from the sitting area was stained and should have been cleaned or replaced. The sheer drape at the veranda door was snagged, ragged and in need of replacement.
As for the food, it was the worst I’ve endured since a cruise I took on Princess in1992! I met many passengers who’d cruised Silver Sea in the past, before they were bought out. To a person they indicated that the experience was far inferior to anything that had previously experienced. My husband had difficulty finding anything he cared to eat at the lunch buffet, finding even the pizza to be inedible. I will say that the berries and salad greens were fresh. The “specialty” Italian restaurant, La Terrazza was the best food option for dinner. And once we discovered it we ate there as often as we could reserve it. Room service was acceptable for breakfast. Espresso machine on deck 8 made good specialty coffees.