Silver Dawn Review

Not The Same Silversea

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Sail Date: Jan 2024
Cabin: Owner's Suite 1

We booked this cruise leaving in January 9 months prior because we like the Owner's Suites and knew we needed to grab those while available. We had fond memories of 2 other Silversea cruises; particularly the butlers we became close with and the food and wine on board. We boarded the ship in Barbados which started things off slightly less than streamline. There were two seperate buses we had to take in order to board. There were less than a few words spoken to us during the process of check-in and bus rides. None of us knew where we were going! We boarded at approximately 2:30pm and started the perusal of the ship. It is a very beautiful ship all in all, with just a few things changed from other same class ships. The Casino (which may or may not be your thing) was extremely tiny to the point of an after thought. The pool area has been changed slightly with tables now down both sides and these are used for The Grill seatings in the evening. It became apparent that there were just too many tables for the servers to keep up with. We were given our raw food on the hot rock the evenings we had reserved this venue and no explaination whatsoever! The second night we ate here we invited new friends to join us and we had to explain everything to them concerning cooking on the hot rock. There was no happy banter with servers on this ship; they did their job and that was the extent of it. The word "no" was told to us quite often when we asked questions and the first night we arrived at 3 minutes to 7:00 and were told "we don't open until 7pm!" This became the norm throughout the ship.

Our favorite meals were taken at Spacannopoli - the pizza was just as devine as we remembered and we profusely praised the cooks for such delicious pizza. The waiters were just as stoic as all other restaurants on the ship. When it came time for our La Dame night we were so excited, as this was the most unique dining experience we had ever had on the seas in the past. The evening went from bad to worse. We arrived at 7pm when the restaurant opened and the maitre d wanted to sit us in the middle of a cluster of cafeteria style seats. We asked for a table by the window as there was only one couple seated there. We were given the stink eye by him. The waiter started off by explaining the menu (which is entirely different from past) and then we didn't see him for a while. The Sommolier came to offer wine and we politely declined the awful table wines they presented and asked for an upgraded Pinot Noir - another stink eye AND a huff when he left. We've never been treated so shabbily by servers in all our years of fine dining. We ordered and when the food came there were a few good items; caviar was good, lobster bisque was ok. Really, we felt as if we were eating at a 3 star restaurant and not the premier La Dame we remembered. Our server had so many tables it was a long time before he came to take our desert order. We were glad La Dame was included as a perk in our suite category and we did not have to pay extra for this sub par restaurant. This was the norm for most restaurants.

I won't go over each and every restaurant disappointment but suffice it to say the food on this ship was mediocre at best.

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Owner's Suite 1

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