Silver Spirit Review

Disappointing and must downgrade it. Price cutting corners!

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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2024

We have toured South Africa before ...Cape Town and Garden route route by road. We wanted to try a cruise for the first time as it included two stops in Namibia with Silver Spirit. At least is what was planned. After our booking Luderitz was cancelled in Namibia and came off the schedule due to so called operational challenges! And hooray was the message therefore an extra day in Cape Town! Having checked after the cruise with detailed harbour information for docking on that date it was clear that the intended birth was already occupied and probably the dock booking was either not correctly confirmed or booked too late.

On one excursion in Durban the driver got lost and the local guide had to be told how to use the microphone. One guide on the second day advised us that the best burgers in South Africa was McDonald and in passing a petrol station was pointed out that these were used to fuel cars! You were never greeted when you came back on board, " just slide your card here please to check in!"

The worst point was Richards Bay where the ship docked right next to a coal depot which was disgusting. (In fact one of the largest Depots for export in the world). Coal dust went everywhere. Some parts of the deck were closed and we could not used our balcony for two days because of the filth, never mind the dirt on our clothes. There are two other docking areas in Richards Bay large enough to take the Silver Spirit but can only assume this was the cheapest option.

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Fine, plenty of space Varanda suite deck 6

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