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5 Silversea Silver Discoverer Asia Cruise Reviews

This being our fifth silver sea cruise, we can say without a doubt that.Silver sea cruises are not the high-quality they used to beIn terms of the quality of the ship, the staff and the food. We will not be taking any more Silversea ... Read More
This being our fifth silver sea cruise, we can say without a doubt that.Silver sea cruises are not the high-quality they used to beIn terms of the quality of the ship, the staff and the food. We will not be taking any more Silversea cruises and will instead move to Seaborn and Crystal yachts. We were so excited to see the cherry blossom‘s bloom in Japan and nature complied and then some. The ports at which we stopped were interesting but the crew new little or nothing about them and the local guides used were very difficult to understand. The food was about what you would get on a lower end Princess or Royal Caribbean type ship. It is no longer fine dining. The wine selection was very poor, even the premium for purchase wines. The quality of the meats were terrible as was the fish. Almost everything on board was frozen. It is a far cry from the Crystal ship and the Seaborn cruises which are top notch. Many of the other guests we met on board felt exactly the same way and none of us booked another cruise with Silversea like we would normally have done in the past.Given the prices for a Silversea cruises are about the same as Crystal and Seaborn, we see no reason to sale any longer with silver see because they seem to have lower their standards and perhaps far looking for a different clientele rather than the luxury customer.Frankly, we all felt taken advantage of because this particular cruise is only available once a year and we paid dearly for it without getting quality service, accommodations or food. The toilets on the ship didn’t flush most of the time and there was little or no outdoor space. The cleanliness of the rooms was also poor. The rooms were very very tiny as were the showers. This is not a ship or cruise line I recommend any longer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were expecting an amazing expedition cruise to many new locations for us and Silversea in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Unfortunately the local governments would not allow us to use the Zodiaks in many places which either cancelled ... Read More
We were expecting an amazing expedition cruise to many new locations for us and Silversea in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Unfortunately the local governments would not allow us to use the Zodiaks in many places which either cancelled sites or required us to use local tenders. Silversea had to make many changes throughout the voyage and the first half we ended up on way to many busses for too long and not seeing any nature or great sites. SS recognized that this was not what people expected and refunded 50% of our cruise fare plus $2K per person cruise credit. I felt they really understood are issues and fairly compensated us without having to ask. The second half of the cruise in Cambodia and Vietnam was really fun and overall we had a great time mostly thanks to the wonderful people we met on the cruise. This was our 3rd expedition cruise on Silversea and 5th overall Silversea cruise. Im not sure I would want to go on an expedition cruise in Asia again with all of the beauracracy, especially not the first one to new destinations. We absolutely loved our expedition cruise on SS to Antarctica and Galapagos. The ship itself was our least favorite of the expedition ships. The explorer was much better layed out with more storage in the rooms, a real bar which is missing and the dining room in the explorer with panoramic windows is to die for. I found the food hit or miss on this cruise while every other SS voyage has been outstanding. The service was awesome as usual. I know others on the ship were really disappointed by the issues but we did end up enjoying the cruise even if it was significantly different than expected. We will definitely do another expedition cruise on Silversea but probably not sail on the discoverer again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this expedition cruise because of the unique itinerary and promise of an active experience. We have gone on 15 cruises on various lines. Silversea let us down repeatedly. ITINERARY: Upon arrival, our staterooms had a letter ... Read More
We chose this expedition cruise because of the unique itinerary and promise of an active experience. We have gone on 15 cruises on various lines. Silversea let us down repeatedly. ITINERARY: Upon arrival, our staterooms had a letter saying the entire itinerary was changed saying they didn't know anything until the morning we boarded but later found out this was not the case as crew told us they knew weeks before. Instead, on our 14 day expedition, we had 2 days of zodiac as tenders but not to explore, 0 days canoe, 0 days kayak, 0 days biking and limited hiking. We had frequent, long bus tours instead to dirty, impoverished areas and 1 day to a market that already was closed. Beaches we visited were covered in trash, including floating in the water. ROOMS: Poor air conditioning in many rooms so they moved us to lower decks. Very small with little room for belongings. TV only had movies and no direct TV for live news. Room staff were excellent and could not do enough for us. They were the highlight. BATHROOMS: Only 1 person can be in at a time and even with 1 person on the toilet or grabbing a towel, they would keep hitting the door. No room for toiletries. SHIP: Very tired, old and in desparate need of a dry dock renovation. There were no quiet spaces and the decks had no areas with shade for laying out, only direct sun. FOOD: "Maine lobster" night featured a single, small, entire lobster no bigger than 1 finger. Portions nightly were small and quality below average. EXPEDITION TEAM: Cruise director Louis was very unengaged, unapproachable and unavailable. He kept himself scarce. Since the director sets the tone, all the staff was disengaged with the exception of Susan, who you could tell really loved her job. The rest of the team was unenthusiastic to the extent that some were sleeping while on tours with us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Decided to go on this very exciting sounding expedition cruise. It offered places that had not been visited before (that was part of the problem) opportunities to swim and snorkel and visit remote islands and some interesting Indian ... Read More
Decided to go on this very exciting sounding expedition cruise. It offered places that had not been visited before (that was part of the problem) opportunities to swim and snorkel and visit remote islands and some interesting Indian ports. This was a round trip from Male to Colombo. However before the cruise had even started the route was changed, so instead of a round trip we zigzagged the Arabian Sea three times each at around a five hundred mile sailing between places that were quite close. The explanation was due to India not allowing entry into their territorial waters. The changes did have a huge impact on the quality time we were due to be on remote islands. Anyway as we had no choice we had to go along with the changes. Silversea were very cagey about the route change and offered no real explanation. When arriving in Male there was no one to meet us. NowMale is a very small and somewhat messy airport. After waiting for a Silversea rep to arrive, a helpful airport greeter phoned someone and told us that a rep would arrive soon. We waited for four hours for this to happen. After a bit of a rush we were taken to a boat with our luggage. The boat was difficult to get into because there were no ramps etc and no one to help you jump down the concrete quay side into the rocky boat. Taken to another quayside, hauled ourselves off the boat and waited about an hour before a Zodiac arrived to take us out to the Discoverer. Not an easy embarkation. On board safely and had lunch. Cabin really good. A little small but OK. First night we met the expedition team and had a good dinner to get ready for our first day at sea and the Maldives for swimming and snorkelling. Good morning then back to the ship. The next day was visiting a Maldivian inhabited island. After that the changes started to take place with a 500 mile+ trip across the sea to Cochi. On arrival in Cochi we were introduced to the very burocratic Indian Immigrantion Service. Wasted a lot of time going through this and with lots of Indian officials on board. Had two days in Cochi which was interesting and enjoyed a typical Indian banquet complete with local dancing.after this it was off to Beypore. Taken to a boat yard and a coir factory. Whilst in Cochi and Beypore there were lots of very long coach trips. Some of which were taken at very busy times of the days, thus making us late for certain activities. No free time to shop etc. Some interesting little streets with bazaars that would have been nice to visit and spend a few rupees. Not so. Not on the itinerary.Then back on board ship for another 500mile+ trip across the sea to Lakshadweep Islands. More immigration to go through. Whilst at the islands we had very long Zodiac rides to shore, and the Zodiac drivers were not the most considerate people. It appeared that they all wanted to outdo each other which led to very fast and bumpy and uncomfortable rides. If you were at the front your spine crunch so much that it would have been possible that you finished the holiday a few inches shorter due to a crunched spine. After that another 500mile+ ride across the sea to Vilanjam. This being the last of the 500mile+ journeys across the sea because of the original changes to the itinerary where we had to go to Cochi first in place of Minicoy. All because of Indian Immigrants, or so we were told. Another coach trip to a wooden palace. Again no time to explore the shops . Then another long trip to Galle. Not a particularly interesting place, where we had an awful supposedly high tea at the Rampart hotel. In fact it was a buffet of almost inedible cakes and big sandwiches. No time here for shopping. Back to the ship and off to Colombo where we disembarked. Had a whole day here due to flights etc. It was Sri Lanka ‘s Independence Day celebrations. Again no opportunities to shop. However it was a good opportunity to see the very very long Independence parade. This must be the first holiday ever taken when I did not spend a rupee. No time allowed. This is the first time that Silversea has done this cruise and I guess it will be the last. We were all used as an experiment and no one from Silversea had any experience or knowledge of most of the places on the itinerary. It was a case of suck it and see, resulting in a lot of wasted time, the so called planning was done on the hoof and in a bit of a rush. From what information I gleaned from the crew it was due to London, not having done their homework and really thoroughly investigating the places we were supposed to visit in the original itinerary and the rules of Indian Immigration. So the passengers had to endure three extra very long sea journeys. The captain and his crew were not happy about this either. This was not a slick Silversea Cruise. Lots of hanging around, total lack of ability for the team leader to plan due to lack of thorough planning and investigations by the people who dream up the cruise routes. The Discoverer is due to be decommissioned early 2019 and it will be replaced with a larger ship. The whole point of the smaller ships is that those who use them love the expedition type cruise. Almost no one on board enjoyed big ship cruises . So this might be the end of the road with my relationship with Silversea and small ship cruises. Others expressed this as well. The meals on board were excellent. Small but very tasteful dishes. The crew were all very helpful and did all they could to please the client. Hot Rocks is always a good evening as was the special Blue Moon evening meal on deck. The video of the cruise is very expensive #100us. It all depends on the expertise of the photographer. There were no views of activities on board, lots of views of local people. Did buy it but it is a very expensive reminder of the cruise . Silversea please do not discard your small ships. Many people love them and the places they visit Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The expedition team on this cruise apparently did not do a site visit or any planning. The itinerary changed once before the trip and four times during the trip - always because of 'the Indonesian government'. As someone who ... Read More
The expedition team on this cruise apparently did not do a site visit or any planning. The itinerary changed once before the trip and four times during the trip - always because of 'the Indonesian government'. As someone who planned humanitarian service travel for groups of 40+ for almost two decades, these issues can almost always be sorted before departure. One itinerary change was because they did not know when it would be high tide in Kumai - something ultimately knowable, and not in control of the Indonesian government. Besides the inconvenience of constant itinerary changes, the team did not plan for participant safety. A group of seniors was asked to high straight up a mountain (6.6 miles round trip) in 95 degree heat and 99% humidity. No alternative travel up the mountain was planned except that provided by locals trying to make a buck, transporting folks in rickety iron 'carts' pulled by three guys with ropes. But the most serious offense was transported guests in open river houseboats across open sea with no lifevests - and no way to disembark to the dock. There were no expedition team members on board, just locals. We were asked first to jump six feet off the railing to the dock & when we refused that option, we were asked to climb up 5-6 feet of a slick rock outcropping in the dark - being pulled by the arms by locals. All while the ship's crew looked on. It is a miracle no one was hurt. In addition to the danger, our stateroom was filthy upon our arrival - sheets had not even been changed - but we didn't discover that till we got in them to go to sleep. Food was marginal. Itinerary changes resulted in three days on rocky seas with nothing to do - No TV, no internet, no entertainment to speak of except slapped together power points from the 'expedition team'. Though seeing the orangutans was fun, the rest of the experience was just not acceptable. We've been on four other Silversea cruises without complaint, only praise. So the cruise line really needs to fix the multiple fails on this journey to salvage reputation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Silver Discoverer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.3
Dining 5.0 3.8
Entertainment N/A 2.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 2.7
Family 2.0 2.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.1
Rates 5.0 N/A

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