We selected the "Silver Whisper," chiefly because it docked for three days in St. Petersburg, enabling us to see a good bit of the city. Additionally we were initially aware and became increasingly so of the reputation of Silversea. The advance mailings and publicity were well-organized and attractive, and the included airfare, tips and beverages became an additional inducement.
There was so much to like about this cruise. In the first place, "Whisper" docked close to city centers, enabling us to walk from our hotel in Copenhagen to the ship and from the ship to our hotel in Stockholm (we travel light). In St. Petersburg, we could have walked to the Hermitage in fewer than fifteen minutes.
Check in was efficient and friendly. The condition of the ship was impeccable, and the surroundings very appealing without resorting to atriums and grand staircases and neon lights. Our vista suite, the least expensive on the ship, was extremely well-fitted out and comfortable, with a large sitting area, walk-in closet, and bath with both shower and tub, as well as a double sink.