3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife and I were trying to get from Europe to Japan mid-October to meet our son for a two week vacation with the least amount of jet lag. This seemed to fit the bill. We could catch the ship in Mumbai, disembark in Hong Kong, spend a ... Read More
My wife and I were trying to get from Europe to Japan mid-October to meet our son for a two week vacation with the least amount of jet lag. This seemed to fit the bill. We could catch the ship in Mumbai, disembark in Hong Kong, spend a week in China before catching a short flight to Tokyo. The ship is beautiful, comfortable cabin, good food, great on board library for readers who like history, memoirs, exploration etc., which I like, not so great for thrillers, romance novels etc. Got to know all the fellow smokers well. Passengers are mostly affluent, retired Americans (I'd guess 80%), the others mostly anglophone from the UK, Australia, NZ. Ports of call and tours were a mixed bag, many at container ports with miles of docklands a long way from anything you'd want to visit, though seeing the container ports themselves was eye-opening, often with beautiful sunsets through the gantries. No way in most places to walk off the ship and explore on your own. Our own favorites were an overnight trip to Kandy (Sri Lanka), Georgetown, Penang, and Viet Nam (Saigon, Da Nang and Hoi An and Halong Bay). The best ports for getting off the ship and exploring on your own are Georgetown, Halong Bay, Singapore and Hong Kong. The port for Bangkok was especially inconvenient, a 2-1/2 hr drive each way in slow traffic. We went in once, spent the second day in port on the ship. In ports like Bangkok and Saigon, where the ship is docked overnight, our advice would be to book a hotel in town and explore on your own. Our main criticism of the ship-organized tours, which we took in every port, is they left no time for wandering around on your own. In Sihanoukville, where we took a tuk-tuk tour we took things into our own hands and told the driver where we wanted to go (a liquor and cigarette store), after which we lost the rest of the tour group, to our relief. Same with Hoi An, where a large majority of those on the bus rebelled against some cultural stop that hadn't been flagged on the itinerary and asked to be dropped off in town to wander on our own. These turned out the best of the tours. A lot of passengers complained about Sihanoukville, which is dirty and poor, with little culturally of interest to see, but we found it interesting, the obviously poor public services, the life story of our tour guide, sent to a child labor camp at 6 where many of the children died of starvation, the signs of Chinese investment (billboards promising great new developments, some built, some half-built and abandoned, some just billboards of fabulous things to come). I hope Viking won't drop it from future cruises based on the comments of others. Our guide was grateful for us coming, and I hope others will come in the future. The ship is beautiful, but not without flaws: it should have teak decks (the rubberized, fake teak decks are deplorable), for cruises in the tropics, there's inadequate shade for the sun deck loungers and after-deck dining, the promenade deck, which is wholly given over to walker, would be much improved if it had deck chairs. The library should have a section of guidebooks to the countries being visited. An ATM onboard dispensing US Dollars, even if not local currency, would also be helpful. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We liked the itinerary. It hit several places on our bucket list, such as Petra and the pyramids. We really enjoyed the lectures that prepared us for every stop. The staff was amazing. We adored our steward who was very attentive. And ... Read More
We liked the itinerary. It hit several places on our bucket list, such as Petra and the pyramids. We really enjoyed the lectures that prepared us for every stop. The staff was amazing. We adored our steward who was very attentive. And we felt very safe, even when we were sailing by Somalia. The ship is lovely and very well designed. The interior decorating is very Scandinavian and comfortable. There were lots of places to relax. Even though there were nearly 900 people on the ship, we never felt it was crowded. The food choices were excellent, and we probably ate more than we should have! We really enjoyed having a variety of food venues and the option to eat both inside and outside. We liked the experience so much that we signed up on board for another cruise on the ORION in Nov. 2019 -this time to Southeast Asia. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We (just the two of us) love the size of this ship and that all the cabins are a comfortable size, though we did have a larger cabin on this particular cruise. The service was impeccable as usual and food was very good (and that is saying ... Read More
We (just the two of us) love the size of this ship and that all the cabins are a comfortable size, though we did have a larger cabin on this particular cruise. The service was impeccable as usual and food was very good (and that is saying a lot since I am a very picky eater). We always arrive a few days before our cruise since we know things can go astray (cancelled flights, delayed flights, etc) plus we enjoy resting up and exploring our departure city. We both love the all-inclusiveness of SilverSeas. There was plenty of good entertainment thru out our Cruise. Our room had so much storage space and the closet was very large for a ship. (Drawers and cabinets galore) The balcony was a nice size with a small table for eating, an adjustable lounge chair and a standard cushioned chair. The only negative was the limited movies as I do enjoy watching movies late at night. I'm glad to see this ship going into dry dock for refurbishments--It will be a great Enhancement. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We had an insurance conference. Sailed out of Mumbai till Cochin for 3 nights. From the welcome till departure everything was seamless. Thomas Cook employees were also coordinating with the Italian staff. We also had a lot of Indian ... Read More
We had an insurance conference. Sailed out of Mumbai till Cochin for 3 nights. From the welcome till departure everything was seamless. Thomas Cook employees were also coordinating with the Italian staff. We also had a lot of Indian staff to manage 300 of us. The main meal was a buffet in Al Fresco and we had a choice with Tivoli where we had a sit down dinner to be booked a day in advance. With the Piu Gusto card we were allowed to consume limited drinks and starters. Our Porthole room on the 6th floor was spacious and a comfortable bed and bathroom. My only regret was the dinner options were over at 9;30. So after the crazy parties we had each night we had no food to gorge on at the wee hours. I feel if they are serving alcohol, they should have an all night restaurant. The staff were always attentive, eager to serve us, even though the ship is old, it was the service that stood out. Read Less
67 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was a deal offered by bookonline.com. Two back to back cruises over 14 days covering Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Goa & back to Mumbai. On entering our cabin, it was obviously tired and in need of ... Read More
This was a deal offered by bookonline.com. Two back to back cruises over 14 days covering Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Goa & back to Mumbai. On entering our cabin, it was obviously tired and in need of refurbishment, there was only one socket for all our uses, which in these modern times is crazy. As always after a long flight etc. We made use of the coffee machine and water bottle. Our disgust to find, next day, they we added to the mini bar bill. Everything purchased has a 15% service charge added. EVERTHING. The clientele were 90% Italian. The entertainment was excellent, mostly in Italian. The music and dancing in the main bar was strictly Latin line dancing, 4 steps forward, 4 back, 4 left, 4 right, all night every night. We even started making bets on the next song to come.one other ballroom had a group who played mostly swing, but to only ever a half dozen people, so took frequent breaks. The food in the main restaurant was Italian, with only one deviation when we had a number of Indians on board for 3 days., but there was an opportunity to get something else in the buffet restaurant. The visits to the various stops were fantastic, but very expensive. In Male, the excursion to Paradise Island was 209 Euro per person, incl. lunch & soft drinks. We did it on another Island for 120 Euro pp incl a fantastic lunch all alcohol, beach towels in a 500 Dollar per night hotel & for an hour longer than Costa's. Wake up Costa. Cater for other Europeans as well. As this is the only line to cover that area, there is, sadly, no other choice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
There is no point in just being critical and having recently sailed on the Silver Cloud I have to say the following. We have cruised with Silversea many times before and even though we were not fortunate enough to be around during their ... Read More
There is no point in just being critical and having recently sailed on the Silver Cloud I have to say the following. We have cruised with Silversea many times before and even though we were not fortunate enough to be around during their heyday, we could still feel the enormous difference from our first trip which happened to be on the Silver Cloud in the year 2000. We knew when we boarded the ship from Mumbai to Cape Town, that things on board would not be quite the same but we had no idea how different it might be. Yes there were some air-conditioning problems, yes the entertainment was not on the same level as it had been before and yes the food portions were drastically reduced, but despite this, we actually had a really great cruise. Our butler was fantastic, the food was excellent and the staff tried to make our voyage as pleasant as possible. There are always things on board any ship to complain about but to be absolutely honest, we had a fabulous holiday despite the shortfalls. I think the way the staff tried to make good, made all the difference. Read Less

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