Trip of a lifetime: Silver Wind Cruise Review by Champlain

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Trip of a lifetime

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Africa
Embarkation: Dubai
We booked 3 back-to-back cruises from Dubai to Capetown, and, in spite of concern that it would be too long a time on the ship, it was just the opposite. We easily settled into a routine and the days flew by. TheVista is the smallest of the accommodations, it was roomy enough and we never felt cramped. While we didn't have a veranda, there was always deck space available on decks 8 and 9.

The first cruise was designated an "Ecole du Chef" with Chef David Bilsland. This provided a focus with cooking demonstrations, market visits, a special luncheon and a knife skills class. The demonstrations were very well done and we came home with some wonderful recipes.

Food throughout the cruise was consistently excellent with Chef Ramon very visible and accessible and very amenable to preparing special requests. While most of our meals were in the Restaurant, we also dined in La Terrazza and on deck with Hot Rocks, all of which were enjoyable. We were impressed with the More quality of the complimentary wines which have improved markedly in recent years.

We enjoyed the new entertainment concept and saw each of the shows 3 times without getting tired of them. Each cruise, the shows seemed to get better as the entertainers had more experience with being on the ship and with each other.

The ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays and the chefs outdid themselves with menus for Christmas and New Years. Our only complaint, which was also expected, was the children onboard for the Xmas cruise, who were not always well-behaved.

The ports were interesting and not places that would otherwise be easy to get to. We chose to do the combined cruises because of the time in the Seychelles which we appreciated.

One comment to the previous post regarding this cruise: the drapes were drawn as a safety precaution as we traveled through some areas frequented by pirates. The captain and crew took security very seriously as was explained at the beginning of each cruise, and that is why there were limits on veranda use and lighting after dark.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and we were actually sorry to get off the ship. Less

Published 02/26/12
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Cabin review: VIS418

We are very happy in Vista. The bathroom is bit enough with bathtub/shower. We love the large walk-in closet. The suite is spacious with a nice separation of sleeping and living areas. We spent 41 days in the same suite and never felt cramped.

Port and Shore Excursions

We had a wonderful tour in Kerala visiting a model traditional village with demonstrations of traditional ways of fishing, use of coconuts and palms, pottery making, rope making, Chinese fishing nets, etc.
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We spent 4 days in Dubai prior to our cruise and really enjoyed it. We took the Hop On/Hop Off bus which gave us a good orientation. We loved the souks--textile, gold and spice, and enjoyed the water taxis and the museum.
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Very crowded, oppressive, depressing. I'm glad I saw it but wouldn't rush to go back. High point was Ghandi's house. Low point was Dhobi Gat.

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