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Small section of the World Cruise

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Africa
Embarkation: Cape Town
We joined the Silver Whisper 30 days into the World Cruise which had started in Fort Lauderdale. Our parents had been on board for all that time and we were glad to be on this trip with old hands as many friendships had already been formed.
The ship was unable to dock at the V&A Waterfront as planned. This appears to be due the local authorities having security worries. The working dock is only a 10 minute walk from the Waterfront and a shuttle was provided on the 2 days we were there. We boarded at lunchtime, before the cabin was ready and were welcomed in the Panorama Lounge where we had a coffee.
Our cabin had two single beds made up as a good sized double. There is a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and drawers and a safe. The bathroom has shower, bath and two basins. Good toiletries are provided and you can choose from three different ranges. There is a balcony with two chairs and a table and a sitting area with large sofa, two more chairs, a table, a More desk, fridge and TV. There is also an ipod player.
We had a charming butler and stewardess who were around morning and evening and could be contacted easily. The laundry service was excellent and free to us as we have cruised more that 100 days.
All the restaurants offer free seating and if you have not already made up a table with friends, Maitre D will do this for you, or you can eat at a table for two. All drinks are included at all times. The Main Dining Room is the most formal of those on offer. The menu is extensive and service excellent. La Terrazza offers a buffet breakfast with egg, waffles, pancakes etc. available or cooked to order. There is a buffet lunch in Terrazza too and Italian dining in the evening. There are about a dozen tables outside this restaurant. The Pool Deck offers light lunches of burgers, grilled fish, a dish of the day, salads and sandwiches. In the evening they do hot rocks where you cook fish and meat to your liking and it is served with jacket potatoes or fries and salads. Anyone may eat anywhere whenever they like. Reservations maybe needed in the evening at La Terrazza and on the deck. Room service is also available 24 hours a day and any dish from the menu of the day can be served.
We had two excellent lecturers on board who spoke about the places we were visiting from a political and financial angle.
There is a group of five entertainers who put on shows in a low key way after dinner some nights. Soloists also came on board and were excellent. There is the usual mix of bridge (with World class coaches), Trivia, Yoga, Pilates, golf putting, bingo.
The trips organised by Silversea are expensive. They do keep groups to a small size when they can and queueing is not something that you ever have to do!
In summary, the Silver Whisper is small enough that you feel very much at home and the over-riding feeling of fantastic service is always upheld. The crew and officers are outstanding. Less

Published 03/09/12
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Cabin review: DV626

Near midship but not at the slightly elevated price. Close to the fore staircase and lift so convenient. Mid way in terms of level so never too far to go up or down. Quiet.

Port and Shore Excursions

Cape Town is a beautiful place and Table Mountain is spectacular. Trips down the Atlantic coast through Hout Bay, Camps Bay and past the 12 Apostles are magnificent. Kirstenbosch Gardens are well worth a visit. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has been developed beautifully and has many good restaurants and shops. There are local musicians and buskers there too. A trip to Robben Island is recommended.

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