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Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
My husband and I had a great expectation of Silver Sea Cruises after having them so highly recommended from our friends who had sailed with them several times.
This was our first time on Silver Sea and we were not to be disappointed. Around midday we were permitted to board the ship in Rome, and immediately our hand luggage was taken from us and replaced with a nice, full, chilled glass of champagne which we enjoyed whilst completing the check in requirements. We were immediately shown to our vista suite 431, even though this is Silver Seas minimum standard of accommodation, it is truly beautifully appointed, with a huge picture window and the crew showed you the same respect and welcome as those occupying the owners suites. All passengers were extended an invitation to the Main Dining Room where lunch was being served, this was to be our first introduction to the amazing quality of food on offer on board the Silver Wind. Afternoon tea was served in the Panorama Lounge at 4pm More followed by the Lifeboat Drill before the ship set sail from Rome at 6pm.
Captain Luigi Rutigliano was the Master of the Silver Wind for our cruise. We found him to be always friendly and approachable and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Bridge. Captain Rutigliano even gave us a friendly wave from the docking deck when we left the ship in Athens 9 days later.
Even though all the alcohol is included whilst on board no one became disorderly. It was wonderful to have such a large ship with only 260 passengers on board. There were no ques for anything, tendering off the ship was an easy process with out any waiting, and it was a bonus to have no children on board.
The ship was in good condition, the crew were constantly doing minor maintenance during the cruise, and when in port they even managed to wash the windows.
We dined in La Terrazza four times for dinner, twice in Le Champagne, and the rest in the Main Dining Room. Every meal experience was like eating in a top class restaurant (eg.Raffles, Singapore). The buffet lunch at La Terrazza was also first class. There was nothing nicer than sitting on the back deck of La Terrazza enjoying lunch and a fine wine. The wines were of a good standard and plentiful. The wait staff very attentive and courteous, even asking if they could take my plate from me to my table when I had finished my selection at the buffet.
We found other passengers on board to be aged around 45-75 and friendly, from various countries including 10 fellow Australian.
The only areas where I feel Silver Sea could improve was firstly with the entertainment. Whilst we enjoyed the dancing and singing, it did become very repetitious. Also our butler did not put our requested alcohol in our suite fridge until day 3 of our cruise.
My overall review of our cruise was just wonderful, so much in fact that we have booked 2 cruises for 2012. 7 days Norwegian Coast on the Silver Whisper 2July ex Copenhagen and 16 days Baltic, Copenhagen to London 10 July,2012.
I would gladly recommend Silver Sea, their staff make your cruise a very
special experience, yes it is expensive, however I can not think of a better way to "spend the kids inheritance". Less

Published 02/08/12
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Cabin review: VI431 Vista Suite

Vista 431, located on deck 4 mid ship. Very quiet, no motion from the ship. Good view from large picture window. Bed very comfortable, 9 choices of pillows. Cabin very well appointed, comfortable lounge chairs and sofa. Dressing table to sit at and do make up and hair. It is a must to take a power board with you. Lovely having bottle of champagne on ice on arrival in your room. Bathroom adequate, nice bvlgari bath amenities. Loved the walk in robe, plenty of room to hang your cloths and good number of draws for unpacking all you clothes. Close to laundry.However furnishing decor could be updated. Nice to have the windows cleaned during stays in port.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Here at the dock we took a taxi driver "Spiros" for 2 hours for E80. He took us all over the island. the Monestary, Blue Grotto Beach, 21st May, 2011 was National Day so there was a street parade very colorful with everyone in national dress. Also we visited a wine maker and tasted Cumquart Liquor , olive oil and olives.
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We were tendered in here. There is a great hop on hop off bus service for this town of Valetta. The 3 hours trip for the North side of island is E10pp then you can go back to the ship for lunch and after lunch do the other hop on hop off bus trip of the South side of the island for another E10pp. Great value, but take a hat as very warm in late May. Also Silver Sea did a wonderful BBQ dinner on deck overlooking Valetta that night before we set sail.

We were to stop in Sorrento, but due to the seas being a little rough and the winds strong, Captain Rutigliano up anchored and we docked in Naples instead. In Naples once ashore we hired "Salvatore" our taxi driver for 3 hours to show us around Naples. This is a good option for Naples, as some of the streets are extremely narrow and the large tourists buses cannot get into them. The cost of the taxi was only E70 for the cab for the 3 hours and Salvatore has great local knowledge and we were able to suit ourselves how long we wanted to stay in each place. Naples is not a clean city, and you have to be careful with your bag.
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We docked in Palermo.Silver Sea provided bus transport to town. Nice clean town, good sightseeing Palace etc easily seen by walking through town. Markets
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