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Sail Date: November 2018
Travelling alone for the first time I found the staff very helpful,friendly and accomodating. The choice of meals in the Main Dining Room was very limited and was very salty overall including the Terrace Grill.Overall I enjoyed it. The ... Read More
Travelling alone for the first time I found the staff very helpful,friendly and accomodating. The choice of meals in the Main Dining Room was very limited and was very salty overall including the Terrace Grill.Overall I enjoyed it. The Ship was on it's last voyage before dry dock where it was getting a complete overall,so a lot of the other things will not apply. I loved the itinerary of this cruise because it was one of the few that included Bermuda, but because of the time of year we encountered some bad weather and could not get into one Port but nonetheless I still enjoyed the Cruise. The entertainment at night was varied,but wasn't of the caliber of some of the other cruise lines. The Dining Room staff were accomodating in trying to seat me with another couple most of the time. I met a lot of many wonderful people on the cruise which is why I love travelling on a smaller ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We were a little nervous booking this particular cruise due to the ship going into dry dock immediately after. We figured the weather would be iffy due to the time of year (11/2-11/18) and did have a few chilly, rainy days. We missed only ... Read More
We were a little nervous booking this particular cruise due to the ship going into dry dock immediately after. We figured the weather would be iffy due to the time of year (11/2-11/18) and did have a few chilly, rainy days. We missed only 1 port, Bar Harbor, due to tender issues. For the most part, the ship was in good repair and other than some slightly worn upholstery it was well kept and all areas very clean. Our stateroom, 8000, is considered a suite and was lovely and included a 3 cushion full sized sofa, 2 club chairs and a glass table in addition to a very comfy bed. There was plenty of storage and the bathroom must be larger than other levels as it was plenty big. Oh, and the live orchid in the room was a lovely touch. A slight disappointment was the main dining room with their menu of sameness. Oh, there’d be a special few items thrown in daily but it wasn’t exceptional. What WAS fabulous was The Polo Grill and the grilled lobster tails and grilled shrimp every evening in the buffet. We found the Italian restaurant, Toscana, to be just okay. Husband returned one entree, a veal dish. I tasted it and agreed it wasn’t good either in texture or taste. I will say staff immediately swooped in and expedited his new order. The buffet is handled very well. No cruiser touches the food. You indicate what you want and staff prepare your plate THEN, more often than not, another staff member steps in and carries your plate to your table. There’s no self serve of food or drink. Another true highlight is tea time which is a lovely event served with a background of a string quartet. The house band was good with one member being exceptional. Staff was fabulous. The cruise director, Shawn Carter, was one of the more engaging CD’s we’ve met. All service staff were quick with their greetings and generous in their thank you’s. The only flaw we encountered was a rather disengaged front desk staff but that blip was more than made up by the butler who couldn’t do enough for us. He was so well trained and seemed sincerely vested in our enjoyment. I wasn’t expecting much in the way of entertainment but was surprised—pleasantly. In addition to several enrichment talks (on the ports of call, on the history of where we were traveling, to an marine biologist giving talks on various sea life) the evening show included a comedian, a magician, several singers, a fabulous guitarist, a pianist. True, there’s no production numbers like you find on larger ships but the shows are more like lounge acts. Very intimate and entertaining. There was the usual bingo, trivia, karaoke, bracket making. WiFi was usually good—not speedy but adequate save one day the satellite wasn’t functioning well as some streamed newscasts on the TV were not working either. So would I sail Oceania again? Yes!!! I enjoyed the quietness of the ship, the lack of rowdy games, loud music or intrusive photographer. Fellow passengers were a mature, well traveled group which made for interesting conversation. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My wife and I are retired hoteliers/ restaurateurs from the UK so are not always the easiest to please as we tend to have too many opinions regarding hospitality! But having read some other very negative reviews from earlier recent ... Read More
My wife and I are retired hoteliers/ restaurateurs from the UK so are not always the easiest to please as we tend to have too many opinions regarding hospitality! But having read some other very negative reviews from earlier recent cruisers on Silver Wind we were concerned that we could be embarking on a nightmare experience. However having cruised the same ship previously a few years ago in South Africa we couldn’t readily equate these to our own positive memories . So we feel obliged to try to convey our own feelings regarding our voyage which bore little resemblance to some of these previously negative rantings. Yes that previous cruise was a warm weather one four years ago, but in a notoriously rough Indian Ocean (even in Summer) and this was to be mainly in November in northern Canada and the North Atlantic so we always knew it was going to be a cold and potentially rough trip, but you know that before you book and we couldn’t really understand how others had clearly failed to factor that into their own planning and were then blaming Silversea and expressing surprise at rough seas and missing ports. Surely these were always situations likely to happen so please don’t moan about the elements and blame the cruise line as there is clearly nothing that Silversea or indeed any other cruise lines can do about the weather! On boarding in Montreal all went as smoothly and seamlessly as normal with Silversea, and of course, no queues. We were pleased to be greeted in reception by a number of familiar personnel including Bar Manager, Newton, who we had met on previous cruises. Also Cruise Director, Colin Brown, who as someone else stated should be cloned, as he really is one of the best that we have encountered and this was our third cruise with him in charge. He looks after all the entertainment and enrichment programmes. These included two enrichment lecturers and a superb group of Voices of Silversea who were basically six professional singers, two operatic and four more general but all with their own individual talents. Additionally there was an onboard pianist and a Silversea trio who provided background entertainment throughout the ship. Two guest entertainers, a magician and a guitarist also came on board for a few days at different times to bolster the offering as this was a 16 day cruise. We felt they were both a bit underwhelming but that is probably because the Voices on this voyage were so good. Additionally Colin, who is a classically trained concert pianist, arranged a number of piano concerts in conjunction with the two opera singers and also performed some amazing classical duets with the onboard pianist, Olga, who was also outstanding. The crew in general were of the usual high Silversea standards. As ever mostly smiling and welcoming. Though I have to say that some of the restaurant staff (only a few to be fair) were not quite as friendly as we have experienced on other Silversea Cruises where they normally get your name quickly and address you by it from very early on, which is always impressive. Ever since the introduction of their iPad booking system a few years ago this standard seems to have fallen away somewhat unless they remind themselves by looking at your picture and name which they now get by entering your suite number into the iPad system. Maybe they were a bit tired after some seven weeks of cruising since they left London, most of which had been under some pretty appalling weather conditions! Our Suite Butler, Parveen from India, however, did an excellent job of looking after us throughout the voyage and was always on hand to attend to our every need, and our suite attendant Christine, from the Philippines, kept our suite immaculate throughout the voyage. Reception and Shore concierge staff were also very friendly and helpful and a great improvement on some we have experienced on other voyages. The hotel manager however was rarely seen by us out and about the ship and maybe that reflected on some of the staff performance? Captain Arma and the navigation bridge officers did a great job. They were all frequently seen around the ship and also kept us extremely well informed about weather conditions etc and, most memorably, carefully plotted a safe way around a huge storm that brewed up over the Gulf of St Lawrence by hugging the coast of Prince Edward Island and going very slowly for a couple of days to avoid the worst of the weather and keeping the ship as stable as possible. He kept all the passengers and crew fully informed at all times and despite a bit of rocking and rolling one evening the ship remained amazingly smooth, despite the gale blowing outside, and we never noticed any passengers confining themselves to their cabins with all the restaurants operating as busily as ever! He only once had to come onto the tannoy at 11pm on one evening to suggest that it was not a good idea to still be walking around the ship anymore! But it was reassuring that he was still on the bridge so late in the evening and in fact most everyone had gone to bed anyway and we actually had probably our best nights sleep so far being gently (or not) rocked into slumber. By the morning everything had calmed down and in the end that was really the only properly bumpy bit of this cruise. The storm did indeed mean us missing two ports of call but the first only for safety reasons as we had arrived and anchored, but it was a tender port and the Captain wasn’t convinced he could get everyone safely back to the ship, and the second because the local coastguard had closed the fairly narrow access channel…so the Captain had no option anyway. Talking to some of the crew it appeared that the ship had endured some pretty appalling weather all the way from London across to Iceland and then over to Canada for approx 7 weeks on the previous four or five cruises so, despite us being the last cruise out of the north for the winter, we actually probably had the best weather....so who knows? Just guess anyone should bear this more in mind if you choose such an itinerary in any year! Yes apparently the ship had had some sort of mechanical issue in Montreal a couple of cruises before our one that delayed departure by two or three days but to be fair to Silversea everyone on that one was reimbursed a third of their fare for that incident. Yes the ship is twenty three years old now and showing a bit of age externally but that will be sorted out when it dry docks shortly. The interior however was as clean and smart as ever with the public areas having been spruced up last year. Apparently the staterooms will be getting a “Muse-ification” refurbishment update during the upcoming dry dock in December. The suite bedrooms (or at least our one) actually seemed in pretty decent shape decor wise despite previous critical comments made on other CC Silver Wind reviews, though the TV system could certainly do with an update which is apparently happening with a more modern system being installed. For some reason it appears the update will not include the bathrooms which doesn’t make a lot of sense as the bathrooms are probably the weakest thing on Wind being rather on the small side with a rather small in length bath (not great if you are reasonably tall). However it does have an excellent power shower in addition to a hand shower, but it is one that you have to climb into the bath to use so not the easiest perhaps for some less mobile guests. We have also travelled twice on Silver Spirit in the past couple of years and have always particularly enjoyed that ship but mainly due to its larger size and thus the greater choice of dining options. Having said that Wind is half the size of Spirit and you benefit from a very cosy clubby atmosphere on board. We were on Wind for 16 days this time and didn’t really get bored with the Menus as they changed pretty much daily (every few days for La Terrazza) and the pool deck hot rocks grill, which we also love, was pretty much out as an option (even though it was still available with rugs and heat lamps) given the very cold weather in Canada and the northeast US. We actually got the chance to do a shipboard visit to see the newly stretched version of Silver Spirit when it came into Montreal a few days prior to our cruise on Wind and we really liked the updated decor and new restaurants that have now brought Spirit very much up to Muse standards. Anyway all in all it was an enjoyable and interesting cruise on Silver Wind and I would suggest others should quite simply ignore some of the earlier terrible reviews posted on cruise critic which in our mind really seem to have stemmed from experiencing some dreadfully bad weather rather than the ship itself! We would certainly be very happy to cruise on this ship again and can reassure others to go for it if they might be having any doubts. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise to visit ports that we had not been to and to see the fall colors. Because we live in Florida, we had forgotten how cold and rainy it gets this time of year. Of course the cruise company does NOT have control of ... Read More
We chose this cruise to visit ports that we had not been to and to see the fall colors. Because we live in Florida, we had forgotten how cold and rainy it gets this time of year. Of course the cruise company does NOT have control of those elements. This is our first cruise since I joined cruise Critics. I did not know how to contact the other members for the meet and mingle events, therefore we did not participate. We have another Regent cruise beginningin January and hope to understand the process better. The service and food were both excellent. Compass Rose has such a diverse menu with excellent selections. The talent that I watched, the Regent Production team put on excellent shows. We played trivia most days and had fun meeting other guests and trying to come up with the correct answers. We really liked the size of the ship and the easy of getting around. Our butler and room steward were both 5 star. We believe the excursions that Regent includes are every bit as good or many times better that we pay extra for on other cruise lines. We had a great trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We had gone on Princess in Jan, 2018 on the Panama Canal cruise and it was wonderful. We had a great mini-suite and the entertainment was great. Afternoon happy hour and music. This cruise which was classified an a club class upgrade was ... Read More
We had gone on Princess in Jan, 2018 on the Panama Canal cruise and it was wonderful. We had a great mini-suite and the entertainment was great. Afternoon happy hour and music. This cruise which was classified an a club class upgrade was the most disappointing cruise we have been on. We did not receive the upgrades per the website. The robe were old, thread bare and one size fits all a small. There was no way my husband and I could put them on. We asked our room steward and the front desk for new robes. Nothing. We were to have a dining table for 6-8 and we got a table for 2. When we tried to exchange they wanted us to go to anytime dining, which we rejected. The afternoon entertainment consisted of "senior citizen" board games. Music didn't start until dinner time and evening entertainment was lumped into about a 3 hour period. WRONG. Another factor there were over 100 new employees aboard and many untrained. Our dinner helper was a nightmare and our poor waiter had to pick up her slack. Not a good experience. The shore excursions were way overpriced for what we got. The cutbacks from January, 2018 to this cruise were alarming. I wonder if we want to do another cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
The Regal Princess in a beautiful relatively new ship. I chose this 5 day cruise because my friend had never cruised before and I wanted to show her how wonderful cruising is as I've been on over 20 cruises on many different lines.. Also ... Read More
The Regal Princess in a beautiful relatively new ship. I chose this 5 day cruise because my friend had never cruised before and I wanted to show her how wonderful cruising is as I've been on over 20 cruises on many different lines.. Also leaving out of Brooklyn seemed easy since we could drive from New Jersey and park at the port. Getting back out of that port to the Verazzano Bridge on a weekday, not so easy. My friend is a chef and was critical of the dinner food in the dining room and she was right, it's not the best but for serving hundreds of people all at once it was okay,,Breakfast and lunch in the dining room were just fine. Alfredo's cafe has great pizza and nice light menu for no extra charge. We had fish and chips pub lunch one day at the Wheelhouse Bar with bread pudding dessert, all delicious. We opted for the specialty dining at Sabatini's and the Crown Grill and were not disappointed. You could never get a wonderful five course dinner for $ 25 and $ 29 at any restaurant I know.The food and service was top notch excellent! The shows were all very good but we did not care for the comedian even though he tried hard to be funny. He started out by telling the audience that he had Cerebral Palsy which was a bit of a downer and made it hard to see the comedy in his show. Halloween was great fun with crew dressing up in costumes. My friend had booked a massage at the Lotus Spa which she said was excellent. We had booked a Foodie Walking Tour in St. John and that was fun and informative and although a cloudy day, at least it didn't rain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I were looking for somewhere new to cruise to and this cruise fir the bill. We had never been on a Canada cruise and the price was really good. Embarkation was quick and easy and our room was ready when we boarded. We ... Read More
My husband and I were looking for somewhere new to cruise to and this cruise fir the bill. We had never been on a Canada cruise and the price was really good. Embarkation was quick and easy and our room was ready when we boarded. We only had small bags so it was great to be able to drop them and go. We went right to the buffet of course and it was very good. We got on pretty early so it was not too crowded yet. There was a lot to choose from but the layout was not very convenient. There is 2 parts to the buffet so it takes some time to go through and see what they have. All in all pretty good. The room was very nice with full size TV's. That was really nice. The reception was great during the whole cruise. There were lots of movies to choose from for free along with TV shows and music programs. You have to keep your room key in a slot by the door to keep the lights on but that is no big deal. We found the bed petty uncomfortable. Our room stewardess was great. She was very friendly and chatty. Very very helpful. Her name is Rowena and we will look for her on future cruise's. The ship is beautiful and modern. Very clean. We found there was not a lot that we liked to do so we spent a lot of time in our room relaxing. This seemed to be a very sedate cruise. We went to one show that was really good and one comedy show(that was all they had)that was just so so. We got off the ship at both ports and did a city tour at St. Johns. The ports were nice but this is the end of season so there was not too much going on. The weather was pretty cold so we could not spend much time on deck. I felt sorry for the crew members that had to work on deck. The casino was awful. It is pretty small and no one was winning. To play you have to use your room key and set up an account. The do not pay out tickets and will time out in about 5 minutes if you are not hitting buttons. I know this is for security but it is annoying if your playing a bonus game and the your session times out. Your winnings go into your bank and you have to either put more money in or take it our of your bank. So we enjoyed the cruise very much and were very relaxed. Halloween was great with the crew and lots of guests dressed up. We would go again but in warmer weather. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
It could of been better we saw the cruise director total of 3 times whole trip pictures were expensive had too fight for seating for meals more attention needed for passengers..been on other cruises that made you feel at home and like ... Read More
It could of been better we saw the cruise director total of 3 times whole trip pictures were expensive had too fight for seating for meals more attention needed for passengers..been on other cruises that made you feel at home and like family .Everything you buy was for profitability vs good time . Went to effy to look at jewelry and found them to be very pushy .room was very comfortable . Had to fight for a good table during the Buffett . Bought a picture for 25.00 could of had more activities .i will definetly not sail princess cruise again anytime soon .It was my wife’s birthday and she did find it to be special for her occasion . I was hoping for a better time than we had . We are looking into a family Alaska cruise next year but will be useing a different cruise line t Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
To call something great, it really has to stand about among other similar experiences, and while this cruise was not bad, there were many missed opportunities to make it much better, starting with the completely lousy greeting that we had ... Read More
To call something great, it really has to stand about among other similar experiences, and while this cruise was not bad, there were many missed opportunities to make it much better, starting with the completely lousy greeting that we had upon embarkation. (one could more accurately say, the greeting that we didn't have). Arrival clarification: Security fine, directional crew member very, very friendly.....then we met the guy on the elevator. We'll call him 'M" (we know that name but do not wish to embarrass). "M" was wearing the requisite "welcome" sash across his chest, but his demeanor was an immediate and complete downer. M had no smile, no greeting....no words other than "what floor"? Not even please. We only got the question after we greeted him. ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE for that sort of guest treatment in a hospitality job. Several other crew members were the same and it definitely detracted from the many others who were noteworthy. Food was not great, despite some earlier reviews and our own expectations. The food was average. They DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COOK A STEAK. Paid extra to eat in steak restaurant, and a waste of money and time. Had a steak on our designated restaurant, same story. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
The crew needs a vacation. Really surprised at how many crew would not make eye contact or smile. Had to track down waitstaff to get a Coke every time. Ship is nice but unhappy or tired crew is palpable and left us feeling less satisfied ... Read More
The crew needs a vacation. Really surprised at how many crew would not make eye contact or smile. Had to track down waitstaff to get a Coke every time. Ship is nice but unhappy or tired crew is palpable and left us feeling less satisfied than previous cruises. Food was so-so. Internet connection better than previous Princess Cruises, and was actually usable and functional. Room was clean and attended to promptly. Captain was good at communicating about sea conditions, since we were coming out off NYC, where there was a storm. Please be aware that transfers from airport to ship are poorly organized. Princess will tell you one thing but the people who actually pick you up don’t talk with the Princess phone staff and vice versa. We were almost left behind despite waiting exactly where we were told to wait. It was a comedy of errors and very upsetting. Read Less

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