60 Silversea Silver Spirit Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Mediterranean

This was our first cruise on Silversea and we were extremely impressed. Our cruising background is limited, only three recent Celebrity cruises and one Norwegian back in 1989. I was a bit worried about prior negative reviews and cannot ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Silversea and we were extremely impressed. Our cruising background is limited, only three recent Celebrity cruises and one Norwegian back in 1989. I was a bit worried about prior negative reviews and cannot understand some of the negative commentary. We found the strongest aspect of this cruise to be the food/beverage. In short, everything we were served was wonderful. Once you give yourself in to the multi-course slower pace of dining it makes perfect sense. Highlights were La Terazza and Shen Shen but we loved all the restaurants, including the main dining room. The biggest difference between Silversea and Celebrity, aside from the better food, would be the lack of crowds. There was never a line anywhere on the ship and pool butlers were always available to set up a chair either by the pool or on the deck area. A huge plus. While a bit small due to the size of the ship, the workout area was well appointed an rarely had any more than one other person using a machine. Classes were free and the guy running the gym was very good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, ... Read More
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, of the staff. The food has nose dived into novelty crockery as a substitute for really good cooking and consequently majors on elaborate concept and presentation at the expense of quality. We ate at all of the on-baord restaurants and sadly, though Seishin was great and Champagne pretty good (apart from the appallingly slow service) things went downhill from there. The Restaurant was reasonable, the Grill depressing and La Terraza too variable (fair lunches, poor dinner). Worst was Stars which, one night was fair and another was - well, there's no polite way of saying it. Overall they need to go back to basics on food: its ambition should be to taste delicious and if it can then tick the boxes contemporary fancy presentation and theme, that's fine. But at the moment the cart is in front of the horse. It was a relief to eat on shore from time to time - and not at fancy places either. Service was often chaotic and sometimes just bad tempered, though many members of staff were excellent. Don't try getting a coffee at breakfast at La Terraza unless you order it quite a while before you go to get your food. Cabins: really nice, spacious, comfortable, great linens and pillows and beds and toiletries, lovely butler. Overall, the luxury is mostly in the 'lifestyle' marketing. The reality is a bit depressing and literally everyone in our large group agreed with this. It isn't the value it used to be and it needs to drop the gimmicks and focus on getting the key things - service and quality of cuisine - right. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our ... Read More
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our cruising experience. Everything was difficult -- booking a tour, trying to get help, trying to make reservations at restaurants. Any time we asked for help, the first response was "That's not possible", instead of "I will look into that and try to help you." We even jokingly started calling certain service personnel "Dr. No" because they kept saying "No" to everything. Separately from the service, with very few exceptions the food was mediocre at best, and generally poor most nights in main dining hall. Unfortunately, all of the smaller restaurants were booked or didn't have the capacity to absorb more than a few dozen people (if that). So, we were not able to make alternate arrangements. I would not recommend this cruise or Silversea to anyone unless they change their attitude, the quality of service, the quality of food and update the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We cruised on Silversea's Spirit from Barcelona to Rome, August 8, 2017 for 9 days. We chose Silversea's because of their sterling reputation for service and they did not let us down, and I commend the Silverseas staff who ... Read More
We cruised on Silversea's Spirit from Barcelona to Rome, August 8, 2017 for 9 days. We chose Silversea's because of their sterling reputation for service and they did not let us down, and I commend the Silverseas staff who are professional, warm and engaging. They get to know their guest's quickly -however there were other areas that disappointed us greatly. The ship itself was in good to average shape but starting to show some wear and tear and in need of a re freshening. Our veranda cabin was a nice size and comfortable BUT the restroom had a horrible smell that pretty much ruined our cruise from day one. The staff (both housekeeping and engineering) worked diligently to try and find the cause and correct it, but unfortunately they were never able to. I immediately brought this odor issue to the attention of our butler, his supervisor, engineering, the head of housekeeping and guest relations. I honestly believe it was an embarrassment to them and it should be. We were never offered another cabin or any kind of compensation, which I thought was surprising and disappointing. The service at the dining venues was excellent, the food was good, but I felt like the hours of operation of the restaurants were too rigid. I was also disappointed that for the evening meal there was no type of buffet option like on Seabourn or Oceania. In all fairness they offer room service 24 hours, but that is not what I was looking for. I was not very impressed with the excursions. Most of them tended to be longer than necessary and not much in the way of enrichment. Of the 5 excursions we did, only 2 were truly enjoyable and fun. Next time I cruise it will probably be with Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our 5th cruise with Silver Sea (in 5 years). Our second time on Spirit. The best things about this cruise were the condition and cleanliness of the cabins, our butler and room attendant were so accommodating, friendly and ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Silver Sea (in 5 years). Our second time on Spirit. The best things about this cruise were the condition and cleanliness of the cabins, our butler and room attendant were so accommodating, friendly and professional and the Captain letting us stay longer in Elba to experience the holiday's firework display! The Elba experience really was the highlight of the cruise! As far as the dining experience, the wine selection was great as usual. Dining in the Main Restaurant, Seishin, Le Champagne, Stars, La Terrazza and in-suite dining were excellent. Dinner at the Pool Grill was poor and really needs to be addressed. The steaks and shrimp were very disappointing. Nothing impressive! The shore excursions in Palma, Alghero, Elba and Florence were good to excellent. The local tour guides can make or break the tour experience. I think evaluations by customers should be completed and submitted after every tour to provide Silver Sea with feedback. We did have a "tainted" water event, where the water running from the bathroom sink and in the toilet were discolored. We reported the situation and upon return from our excursion, a note was posted on everyone's door about what happened and what was done to correct. It would've been nice if someone personally came by and spoke to us about it. Our Butler checked in with us, but to us, it should've been someone in charge. For whatever reason, we feel that our experiences on the smaller ships (Wind and Whisper) were much better and really exemplified luxury cruising. It felt cozier, friendlier and the quality of service and food was so much better on the smaller ships. We will take this into consideration when planning our next cruise on Silver Sea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our first cruise, Silversea was recommended by friends. Liked our cabin #751. Good location, roomier than I expected. Good size balcony. Excellent butler. All staff werevery friendly, helpful. Restaurant staff very attentive and ... Read More
Our first cruise, Silversea was recommended by friends. Liked our cabin #751. Good location, roomier than I expected. Good size balcony. Excellent butler. All staff werevery friendly, helpful. Restaurant staff very attentive and accommodating. Excellent breakfast buffet and restaurant menu. Dinner menus monotonous. Should have several daily specials. Room service daily menus should be available all day in all restaurants. After 2:00pm had to order room service if you wanted lunch. Most excursions got back to the ship after 2:00. The entire ship is too air conditioned. I was cold all the time. Broughtclothes for hot Mediterranean weather not cold. Had one sweater with me and wore it all the time. Had to go out on deck or balcony just to get warm. Would like to have a few shows late afternoon or evening, too tired after a full day to stay up until 10:00 for a show, Was looking forward to the casino but there was never anyone there. Don't want to play Blackjack with just the dealer and no one else in the room. There should be more than one washing machine and dryer on each deck. We had to run from one deck to another to do laundry. Fernando, the Cruise Director, was an interesting guy, very friendly, always remembered your name. Thought the train shore excursion on Mallorca was kind of boring. The Old Villages excursion on Ibiza was a waste of money. Total joke. A couple of cafes a bar and a church. Glad we didn't book anything on Sardinia and Elba. Did enjoy the Menorca excursion that excluded cheese tasting. Pisa and Florence excursions very well done. All excursions we took were very organized, guides made sure everyone was accounted for and could find their way back to meeting place at end. The public spaces on ship seemed a little tired and stodgy, need redoing. My husband and I enjoyed most the cruising into and out or ports.Liked sitting on the balcony and watching. For our first cruise I was dissipointed, my husband enjoyed it more than I did. Maybe I'm just not a cruise person. Felt like I was living in a bubble, a safe space. End. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
AFTER 14 years of Mass Market Cruising I was given the opportunity to step out of the box and sail a luxury line. I did a lot of research and found SIlversea and I am so glad It exceeded expectations. Small ship, (500 pax range). Food, ... Read More
AFTER 14 years of Mass Market Cruising I was given the opportunity to step out of the box and sail a luxury line. I did a lot of research and found SIlversea and I am so glad It exceeded expectations. Small ship, (500 pax range). Food, service, entire ambiance is just awesome. Cabins are large and comfortable. BIG Walk In closet and BIG bathroom. Nice size balcony too. Oh, the towels......I LOVE THEM.....BIG BATHSHEETS.....so fluffy! And the toiletries offered are BVGALRI.........outstanding. The food/service were all excellent. Staff is warm and welcoming. Food all very fresh and they will make you whatever you want if you don't find something on the menu that is appealing. Even the buffet is wonderful. Both breakfast and lunch, all so fresh, many choices and everything is always kept clean and spotless and the wait staff willeven carry your plate to your table. They are all always there to help. There are several restaurants on board, I tried 3 of them and was quite impressed. The GRILL.......you cook on a hot stone, a lot of fun. La Terrazza, Italain and STARZ,which was my favorite. It has a tasting menu and there is entertainment too. A singerand piano player who were both very good. The singers and dancers were pretty good too. I went to 3 or 4 shows throughout thecruise.....enjoyed most all of them. I met some lovely folks on board. I sail solo and there were quite a few other single/solo passengers on board. And I met other folks too......most everyone was friendly. You always get the occasional mean spirited guest...that happened too but overall,I found everyone pleasant and friendly. We sailed from Barcelona to Rome and I loved the itinerary. I took all my tours throughthe cruise line and was impressed. My favorite place is FLORENCE and loved it! If you are able to sail luxury, I would highly recommend SILVERSEA. I even gave thema payment for an "open booking"..........now I need to find another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our review may seem harsh, however, we are rating our experience on the Silver Spirit to numerous Seabourn cruises over the last seven years. There is no comparison. We were in the owners suite (No. 802) on this trip and have booked the ... Read More
Our review may seem harsh, however, we are rating our experience on the Silver Spirit to numerous Seabourn cruises over the last seven years. There is no comparison. We were in the owners suite (No. 802) on this trip and have booked the same level suite on Seabourn so we feel our comments are fair and balanced. 1)The ship seemed tired and in need of an update; the public areas and the bars did not have any energy and our entire experience was boring. . 2)Our cabin also needed an update (i.e. furniture, carpet, etc.). The air conditioning was sadly lacking and even after multiple visits from engineering the room never really cooled off. The curtains had to be drawn all day, every date to abate the heat, thus we never had an opportunity to enjoy exterior views. 3)Dining was our biggest disappointment. Menu choices were limited and varied little from day to day. The room service menu was very limited and the food was tasteless.The only exceptional meal we had was in the French Restaurant (which had the same menu every night of our cruise). No comparison to what we have experienced on multiple Seaborn ships. 4)Service: Although the "language of the ship" was English, staff and crew generally spoke languages other than English when talking to each other. No one, other than our butler, ever learned our names and never used our names without first determining our suite number. Even though we were in a premium suite we never met any of the senior crew members or officers. Ports and shore excursions were great, but they were not the ship's program. They were arranged by David Morris and/or our Dallas travel agent. We will not be sailing again on a Silver Seas ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Everything I read indicated this was the Best, for starters, the food was not as good as Carnival Cruise line, Expected much better quality for the cost of the Cruise. WIFI was free for only 1 hour total the entire cruise. Speciality ... Read More
Everything I read indicated this was the Best, for starters, the food was not as good as Carnival Cruise line, Expected much better quality for the cost of the Cruise. WIFI was free for only 1 hour total the entire cruise. Speciality Dinning was inpossible to get, even when the dinning rooms were half empty (we checked, looked in at all hours listed). Tried to book reservations on line months prior to cruise, was only able to get standby for Seishin restaurant, on nite we dined there the restaurant was not even half full, we stayed till 9:45 pm. Food was very good at the Seishin. La Terrazza restaurant was the best, again you need reservations, when denied, restaurant is not full, what's up with this? Length of time at the best ports was too short, if you take excursions, you miss the old town areas. Cabin was Great, always clean, wait staff the best, drinks were fast in comming and very good. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth, water taxis in Venice, if scheduled on ship is twice as much as what is charge if you walk up to the Taxis stand. Enterainment was average, Ship was very clean and easy to get around, with only 500 guest it is very social. Not the bang for the Bucks I expected, so said many of the guest we met on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our third cruise in as many years on Silversea, and our first time on the Silver Spirit. Our two previous Silversea experiences were on smaller ships, where we were delighted by high level of service at every turn. On those two ... Read More
This was our third cruise in as many years on Silversea, and our first time on the Silver Spirit. Our two previous Silversea experiences were on smaller ships, where we were delighted by high level of service at every turn. On those two cruises, we felt like the staff read our minds, anticipating and meeting our needs before we asked. We couldn’t imagine a better experience on a cruise ship. With the exception of multiple service problems, our third cruise met our basic expectations. The Silver Spirit appeared to be in fine shape, well maintained, and clean. We were pleased with the selection and availability of food and beverages throughout the ship. We made restaurant reservations on line as soon as booking opened, and all were honored on board the ship. Our favorite restaurant for dinner was La Terrazza, where we always had very good food and service. The itinerary – Lisbon to Venice, with stops in Portimao, Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena, Trapani, Malta, and Corfu -- was interesting, with plenty to do and see. The only suggestion we would make would be to extend the in-port times in Trapani and Malta, which were too short. We walked around most of the ports on our own, which was extremely easy to do, and hired a driver in Trapani because we needed help squeezing everything we wanted to see into the six hours we were docked. We did not take any Silversea tours. We were astonished by the weird service problems on board, some of which we are still laughing about (after all, it was vacation!), and some of which are inexcusable for a luxury experience. For example, on our two previous Silversea cruises, we were welcomed aboard by smiling staff members and waiters offering glasses of Prosecco. This time, not a single staff member smiled at us or welcomed us on board; we had to ask a glum waiter, standing in a corner near reception and holding a tray of glasses of sparkling wine, if we might have one. The waiter did not respond, so we took glasses to drink while waiting in line at the reception desk. No one came around to collect empty glasses. After we handed over our credit card and had our pictures taken by another glum uncommunicative staff member, we headed to the main dining room, weighed down by hand luggage, to have lunch while we waited for our rooms to be available. Upon arrival at the main dining room, the person at the podium, without smiling or greeting us, simply said, Wouldn’t you be happier at the buffet? We said no, we preferred to eat in the main dining room. The person reluctantly directed a waiter to seat us, but stopped the fourth person in our party, who was wearing a fedora, telling him hats were not allowed in the dining room. Our friend said he understood and he would remove his hat as soon as he put down his hand luggage. The person at the service station glared at him and told him to put his luggage down immediately and remove his hat if he wanted to eat. It was an extraordinary start to the cruise, leaving us to wonder if we were on the right ship or if something terrible happened before we boarded. Unfortunately, the indifferent dining room service continued throughout the cruise. Each time we entered the main dining room for breakfast or lunch, a person at the podium attempted to direct us to the buffet and seated us only after we insisted we wanted to eat in the dining room. We began to feel that eating breakfast and lunch in the dining room was a tremendous imposition on the staff. Service was painfully slow and uneven; sometimes we’d be offered breakfast pastries or bread, sometimes not. Sometimes butter, salt, and pepper would appear on the table; sometimes not. Perhaps this explains why there were so few passengers in the dining room at breakfast and lunch. On three occasions, we were served coffee in cups and water in glasses with obvious lipstick marks. The cups and glasses were replaced immediately when we pointed out the problem, but those cups and glasses should never have reached the table. (Lipstick marks seemed to be a problem for housekeeping, too. When our room was available, we noticed obvious lipstick marks on the pillowcases as soon as we entered and asked to have the linen changed.) Several waiters in the dining room had problems speaking and understanding English. Typically, we had to repeat our order two or three times while pointing to the item in the menu, before the waiters appeared to understand. Even then, we were served things we hadn’t ordered and not served things we had ordered. Waiters also argued with us. One morning, when we ordered a bagel with cream cheese at breakfast, which we had successfully ordered the previous morning, the waiter insisted a bagel with cream cheese had never been available on the ship and but that we could order a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. One evening, when I told a waiter that there was no cheese in the Caesar salad I ordered, the waiter picked up my fork from my plate and dug through the salad insisting I must have overlooked cheese at the bottom of the salad. To Silversea's credit, after we reported the problems to management, we noticed improvement in the dining room service. While I hope our third Silversea experience was just a one-off thing, perhaps some combination of over-worked staff, poorly trained staff, customer-facing staff with poor English skills, and the phase of the moon, it’s often the little things that form long-lasting memories. If we take a fourth Silversea cruise, it will be on one of the smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Cruised on Spirit in 2013 and it was wonderful. What a shame it has sunk so low. Meals bland and cold: menus had little variety. The breakfast and lunch buffets were almost the same daily. The Italian restaurant had very little ... Read More
Cruised on Spirit in 2013 and it was wonderful. What a shame it has sunk so low. Meals bland and cold: menus had little variety. The breakfast and lunch buffets were almost the same daily. The Italian restaurant had very little changes to its menu. There were none of the special Italian desserts that we had loved so much previously. The main dining room dessert menu did not change during our cruise. The cabins are shabby and worn. Our bed had a deep depression per person. The TV reception and audio were pathetic. Staff were lovely and did their best. Dining area waiters were willing but seemed to lack coordination from management. Some at the reception desk had poor English skills. Half way through our cruise another hundred plus passengers joined the cruise. Obviously paying less than the full cruise, there were some very rude people among them. A highlight positively was the opera evenings with singers from LaScala Milan. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My last cruise was over 10+ years ago on a mega ship with 4500 guests so this cruise must be on a different level. Sorry to say but the mega ship is on a much higher level. All of the restaurants service were agonizingly slow. Each ... Read More
My last cruise was over 10+ years ago on a mega ship with 4500 guests so this cruise must be on a different level. Sorry to say but the mega ship is on a much higher level. All of the restaurants service were agonizingly slow. Each meal would take 3-4 hours to finish. The wait staff didn't bother to remember our names even though they had ipads with our names and pictures while taking our orders every time. We gave up on eating at the restaurant, was just tired of having to wait so long for bad food and service. We end up just ordering burger and fires from room service on most nights. Over all the staff were nice and friendly but that is expected in any service industry. I can't comment about the shows because they were usually almost over when dinner was done. Luckily, we only booked 2 excursions through SilverSea. It was nothing special, big bus, time limits and local guides. We found that booking a local privet car and guide at the port was the way to go. We got to see and go to places where the big buses can't go. So why did I book with Silversea? It was on the recommendations of friends who averages 100+ sailing days per year with Silversea. Long story short, they and many other guests were booking their next trip on other cruise lines while we still had 8 days left on this cruise. I personally will not be booking with Silversea again. I'm looking to book on a new cruise line by a major luxury hotel brand. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The service everywhere on the ship was excellent. The only area where Silversea dropped the ball was on embarkation. We waited well over an hour after getting our baggage in the airport in Paris, for the bus to take us to Rouen. We ... Read More
The service everywhere on the ship was excellent. The only area where Silversea dropped the ball was on embarkation. We waited well over an hour after getting our baggage in the airport in Paris, for the bus to take us to Rouen. We like the formal nights. The people dress well unlike other lux lines. The quality and the variety of the food is very good at breakfast and lunch. Although we had chicken at the grill at one lunch that was so tough we couldn't eat it. However everything else at the grill was fine. Dinner is a different story. The entrée quality in the main restaurant and La Terraza really isn't good considering the price of the cruise. I would expect this level on Carnival or Princess, not a lux line. The food at Stars is very good and so is the entertainment. It was easy to get reservations in both specialty restaurants. We took a lot of tours. The guides were very good, knowledgeable and well trained. We can get free Wi-Fi on Regent. Silversea only gives 1 hour per day. That's a bit stingy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We were given the incorrect embarkation dock. I had to call my American Express agent in Canada (from Lisbon) for her to call the company in Fort Lauderdale to find out where the driver should take us. Our cabin stunk of cigarette ... Read More
We were given the incorrect embarkation dock. I had to call my American Express agent in Canada (from Lisbon) for her to call the company in Fort Lauderdale to find out where the driver should take us. Our cabin stunk of cigarette smoke. We asked to be moved. They could not accommodate us. On the day of disembarkation we were put on a 5:30am transfer to CDG. Our flights were 1:15pm and 8:10pm respectively. We asked to be put on a later transfer. Reception said that the 8:30am bus was full and that they could not accommodate us. We asked if they could arrange a taxi. Reception said that they could not. We left the ship at 8:00am with the hope of getting a taxi. Seeing that the 8:30am bus was still there I asked ground crew if there was space. There was and we took the bus to CDG. I noted that there were 16-empty seats. I wish to add that I have more than 300-days with Silversea, I have sailed with Seabourn, Regent, and Crystal. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose this cruise because of the ports and the emphasis on Champagne . Every thing connected with that part of the trip was excellent. didn't like the fact of sooo many tender dockings and did not like where the shipswere docked ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the ports and the emphasis on Champagne . Every thing connected with that part of the trip was excellent. didn't like the fact of sooo many tender dockings and did not like where the shipswere docked when we did go to a port. They were far from the destinations. There were shuttle buses to take us to towns and that was great if you didn't go on ships tours. Oyster tasting excursion was excellent. Didn't do any other shore trips because they were frightfully expensive. Trip from Rouen to Paris airport was another long bus ride. AIrport service was excellent. Attendant at airport was very accommodating. Dining room service was excellent and so were cabin attendants. Every one went overboard to make sure you were pleased except for the reception desk. They were inexperience .One said this was her first ttime. Cruise director was very attentive and tried so hard to be helpful when something wasn't running smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Silverseas cruise line is one of our favorite and our recent cruise on the Silver Spirit once again was proof to us of Silverseas excellence. Our Mediterranean cruise from 5/31/17 thru June 7th 2017 provided us with a lifetime of memory ... Read More
Silverseas cruise line is one of our favorite and our recent cruise on the Silver Spirit once again was proof to us of Silverseas excellence. Our Mediterranean cruise from 5/31/17 thru June 7th 2017 provided us with a lifetime of memory and the crew of Silverseas played a major role in ensuring a memorable time. Our vacation started out rocky due to a mishap with British Airways meltdown and lost luggage. We had planned three days in Rome prior to the start of our cruise and we were left without luggage so when we boarded our cruise we had no luggage and limited clothing . Of course it was not the way we wanted to start our cruise but the Silversea crew came roaring to our rescue! Priscilla the Guest Relations Manager, Marlon our butler and Gracie our maid and so many others were absolutely wonderful to us. Priscilla was compassionate and understanding and arranged for a crew member to come to our suite and was able to provide me with shirts, slacks, t-shirts, dress shirts etc so that we could enjoy the cruise in comfort. Priscilla and her crew truly only wanted our happiness and wanted us to enjoy our time with Silversea and went above and beyond for us and for that I give this cruise-line and the Silver Spirit a 5 diamond rating!! The ship itself was very nice and the food, entertainment and accommodation were great. We did find the excursions to be a bit cramped for time and some of the excursion guides were difficult to understand but overall the excursions were adequate in terms of guidance the excursion locations were wonderful. The only other negative we would have is that our experience with the Silver Whisper on a prior cruise was a bit more intimate and the embarkation process on the Silver Spirit was a bit sloppy and not as memorable compared to our previous experience. But we would like to thank Priscilla the Guest Relations Manager, Marlon our butler, Gracie our maid and Miles the cruise director and all of the Silversea staff for a wonderful experience, these crew members work very long and hard hours to ensure our comfort and happiness and they deserve outstanding recognition. We will return! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but, this specific week, because of the weekend watching the Grand Prix in Monoco. We began in Barcelona, a city we were anxious to see. We enjoyed seeing all the Gaui buildings but La Sagrada ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but, this specific week, because of the weekend watching the Grand Prix in Monoco. We began in Barcelona, a city we were anxious to see. We enjoyed seeing all the Gaui buildings but La Sagrada Familia was truly a work of art. It is a reason, in itself, to come to Barcelona. Cannes, even with all the crowds for the film festival, is a beautiful city. Monte Carlo (and the Grand Prix) speaks for itself. As does the charming little town of Portofino. It was so pleasant to just stroll around the town. The side excursion to Florence left us breathless and wanting to return. As did our stay in Rome and the sites we saw. Could not have asked for a more perfect itinerary. The ship was very luxurious. Our cabin was quite large and very well appointed. The choices for meals were many. And the menu in each of the restaurants was outstanding, meal after meal. There was enough entertainment to fill the evenings and it was all quite professional and enjoyable. The service by everyone was impeccable. Our personal butler could not do enough for us. Everyone always greeted us with a smile and hello - all the day long. It was obvious that everyone had the same mission - to make our stay aboard the very best. And it was. While you can't take credit for the weather - that too was perfect - the entire trip. All pre and post travel arrangements were very well done and took the stress out of our travels. Thanks SilverSea Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Breakfast and lunch selections were no different than what's served on Royal Caribbean--which is one fifth of the price of a Silversea cruise: way too much quantity and not enough quality. Dinner is outstanding, but not in the same ... Read More
Breakfast and lunch selections were no different than what's served on Royal Caribbean--which is one fifth of the price of a Silversea cruise: way too much quantity and not enough quality. Dinner is outstanding, but not in the same league as the food served on Oceania, Seabourn and Regent. The first two cruise lines we have experienced personally; many Silversea passengers told us about the superior food onboard Regent. The Silversea chef has done outstanding work with an obviously limited budget. This should not be the case given the cost for this cruise. Tuna, lobster, giant prawns, steaks and lamb chops should be offered on a regular basis. It's painfully obvious that Silversea is trying to save money, and only serve these items on request, or in the specialty restaurants where the portions (except for the Grill) are embarrassingly small, or where they are part of an appetizer. More wines should be made available for each meal: not just one red and one white. Yes, others are available on request, but that shouldn't be required. They should be offered. I did enjoy tea time but it is nothing like Oceania's. They make 5-8 truly creative and delicious full size desserts every day n Oceania. Same for dinner: only two desserts are offered for dessert on Silversea: that's way too few. Bread is average, never served warm and the same in every dining venue. Instead of the fancy china and pompous service in the speciality restaurants, how about better food? It's insulting and you're not fooling anyone. Coffee could be better. You need to have filtered coffee available. Adding water to an expresso for an "Americano" tastes horrible. Also, The milk in the cappuccino was not frothed as it should have been. Sushi did not look appetizing. The water needs to be wiped away from the fish as it defrosts. The rolls in the sushi restaurant appear to be primarily rice--and that's what many diners told us: if sushi is too expensive, then don't offer it; but don't be cheap about it--not at the prices we pay for the cruise. The sushi on Oceania and Nobu on Crystal was far superior. Internet: in this day and age the internet speed offered--even the "high speed"--was not acceptable. The internet on Royal Caribbean is faster than at my home! Why not on a premier cruise line like Silversea? Service is outstanding and is superior to the competition. We aren't retired like most guests, but we do eat the finest food available in New York City on a regular basis and expected the same on Silversea. We were disappointed. We still had a great time. As I mentioned previously, all the staff are superb--and that counts for a great deal. We are not in any way angry or bitter; but we won't be taking another Silversea cruise in the future. Frankly, Oceania, Seabourn (and from what many passengers told us) Regent all have a better product. I realize most of the focus of my comments are on food. First off, it is a major part of cruising. Secondly, its tangible. Are you offering cheap pork chops, or expensive lamb chops; cheap Atlantic salmon or expensive Japanese tuna? As for other aspects of the cruise: expeditions, entertainment, room size and amenities, and so forth, we haven't found many differences among the top cruise lines. Better and more recent movies in room would have been nice in case there were rainy days etc. The indoor ping pong table was great. Same for complimentary laundry on each floor. Outstanding! The gym was similar to many other cruise lines. Casino staff were great. Trivia was also great. Didn't do much onboard shopping--can't comment. Excursions, tendering, on and off boarding: no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Having not sailed Silver Seas for some years it was with some interest we ventured back having sailed with Regent the past four times over the past year. For space this ship really is hard to beat almost like a private sailing on ... Read More
Having not sailed Silver Seas for some years it was with some interest we ventured back having sailed with Regent the past four times over the past year. For space this ship really is hard to beat almost like a private sailing on occasions. A downside is being advised what to wear in the evenings ,I much prefer the Regent and Seabourn "country club casual" which in addition to being much more comfortable saves on packing space. The other down side is the charging for a couple of restaurants,on premium ships like this it should not be the case and unlike Regent unless you are hot off the blocks and make reservation months in advance even paying you wont get in as the regulars seem to book in even if they want to eat in them or not. The supper club idea really dosen't work and thought should be given as to what this could be turned into ,clearly dosen't work as it was empty most of the time with very few repeat visits. The transportation in most ports is wonderful and the agents used on this sailing all top class. The entertainment was all a bit samey with singers on every night nearly although doing different themes,no band to sing to taped soundtracks ,just one of my personal hates ,hire musicians!! Food in the main was fine ,again in my view a notch below Regent ,although the anytime dining menu was available in the dining room they don't really remind you of that. Special dishes can be requested normally 24hour before which is nice and they aim to please. On this cruise so much time was spent in port that sea watching happened rarely ! Sliver Spiirt is a fine ship offering a fine vacation ,but my personal favourite line is still Regent by a small measure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have sailed Silversea's before and switched to Crystal. Decided to try the Silver Spirit since we had not sailed her before. The ship is beautiful and the service from all crew members was excellent. However, we missed a few ... Read More
We have sailed Silversea's before and switched to Crystal. Decided to try the Silver Spirit since we had not sailed her before. The ship is beautiful and the service from all crew members was excellent. However, we missed a few things that we enjoyed on prior Silversea voyages. There was no Galley Brunch, no live music on the pool deck, and not much fanfare as we left ports. Also, there used to be two shows in the evening. Now, the only show starts around 9:45 PM. For early diners, the gap is too long and there is very little to do while waiting for the show. The Supper Club concept sounded fascinating and romantic but was a huge disappointment. The food was not good, the room was half empty and the "Supper Club" ambience was lacking. Seishin had sushi on the menu but was actually a variety of pre-made rolls that were very heavy on rice and skimpy on fish. After Silk Road on Crystal, this was another huge disappointment for sushi fans. Champagne lived up to its hype. Great food and excellent service. A truly special dining experience. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and will likely continue sailing with Silversea, but it isn't quite as special as it was 10 years ago. PS: The wi-fi is rediculously frustrating. At these rates, everyone should have wi-fi 24/7 anywhere on board. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Food and facilities were generally excellent. Terraza was a bit hit and miss - excellent the first time and not so good the second time. Sushi Restaurant was great - first timer for sushi and I loved it.. Stars Supper Club has the ... Read More
Food and facilities were generally excellent. Terraza was a bit hit and miss - excellent the first time and not so good the second time. Sushi Restaurant was great - first timer for sushi and I loved it.. Stars Supper Club has the potential to be excellent (great music and ambiance) but food wasn't quite up to scratch. Stars has a tapas/small plate menu, so each morsel has to be perfect and they really weren't. The Grill has excellent steak and shrimp. The main Restaurant was great every night. Wine selections could not have been better - if we didn't like the daily selection we asked for others and got them at no extra charge. Service was excellent in some areas but not so good in others. Passengers want personal service from crew and now that they have to use iPads in the dining areas for food orders the personal service and interaction has been removed. I think the iPads affected the level of service. Use the iPads away from the customer - After you have taken the order. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Since it was my first time in a cruiser, I find it difficult to make a comparison. Our butler Dorothy and our room service Hilda were perfect. They did their best to make us comfortable and to meet our wishes. Other crew members were ... Read More
Since it was my first time in a cruiser, I find it difficult to make a comparison. Our butler Dorothy and our room service Hilda were perfect. They did their best to make us comfortable and to meet our wishes. Other crew members were also friendly and easy to talk to. Two of the 8 restaurants onboard did not meet our expectations and we went only once in each. The other ones were excellent. In one of them we had live music with a very good singer. She performed a tasteful repertoire. Unfortunately, I attended only one of the night shows and it was not what I expected. The singer had a good voice but used a lot of playback, which I found disappointing. When he played with the Silversea Trio, then it was good. All in all, I hope to take one or more cruises with Silversea in the near future! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have just returned from 10 days of the most relaxing holiday on the Spirit. Nothing is too much trouble for the crew. The ship did not feel crowded at any time and we met very interesting people. The ship is in great condition and ... Read More
I have just returned from 10 days of the most relaxing holiday on the Spirit. Nothing is too much trouble for the crew. The ship did not feel crowded at any time and we met very interesting people. The ship is in great condition and the suites are very clean and a good size. The different pillow options are perfect as DH cannot sleep without a hard pillow, and the bed is a good size. I loved the Bulgari shampoo, conditioner and body wash they provide. The hairdryer had good power I have long hair and it was absolutely fine. The fact that the mini bar is stocked with whatever you want I had champagne and DH wanted G&T which they made sure fresh lime and lemon slices were in the fridge daily. The food choice is outstanding, we booked all the restaurants and enjoyed them all. Room service is 24 hours and also included. The bar staff will make any cocktail you request, there is a cocktail menu but my favourites were not on the list but it was no bother they just made them – and they are all included in the price. Internet for an hour for each passenger was free per day, but there are packages that can be purchased for faster or longer periods. The only negative is that I had to come home, but we certainly will return Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
For our first cruise we selected SilverSea based on reviews we'd seen on a lot of sites, but specifically Cruise Critic, plus recommendations from friends who had sailed with Silversea before. We selected this 7 night cruise because ... Read More
For our first cruise we selected SilverSea based on reviews we'd seen on a lot of sites, but specifically Cruise Critic, plus recommendations from friends who had sailed with Silversea before. We selected this 7 night cruise because we were spending a few days in Tuscany prior to departure and Rome was a great embarkation point for us. In addition, we liked the idea of sailing north through the ports selected for this voyage, ending in Barcelona. We found our itinerary to be a little daunting, as we visited numerous Tuscan towns over 4 - 5 days and then spent a full day with a guide in Rome. Yet, the Rome Cavalieri hotel that SilverSea used was fantastic, in every way. Comfortable room, excellent dining, and a great location, not to mention their fantastic service attitude. Regarding the cruise itself, first we found SilverSea's organization to be incredible. Just the act of getting so many people organized and bused to and from the ship was a challenge that they've definitely figured out how to navigate. Onboarding was easy and even the initial muster drill was a bit of a lark. Onboard, the organization continued to be excellent with most questions a traveler would have being answered before you even asked. Our Veranda Suite was roomy and comfortable, and the service provided by our butler and the maid were timed perfectly and delivered with, again, great attitudes. Point in fact, we found the attitude of all staff members on the Silver Spirit to be enthusiastic and pleasant. Food in the restaurants was excellent. We visited all the normal, standard restaurants (La Terraza, The Restaurant, The Pool Grill), as well as Sheishin and La Champagne. One suggestion might help and that would be to expand the menu at the pool grill. It seemed a bit limited, although what was offered was normally very good. Ports of call were interesting. As this was our first cruise we only chose to use the "included" excursions and realize now that we might have enjoyed being off ship better if we had chosen some more select outings. The standard excursions began rather early in the day for us and were really dependent on the quality of the local guides and some mediocre listening devices. In our case, several were mainly average and one, at Porto Mahon, was outstanding. A suggestion for Silver Sea might be to schedule one or two of the included excursions a bit later in the day. One other comment on the excursions. In one instance we had chosen "Medieval Lucca" as our excursion. Unfortunately, on the day we visited the annual Comics & Games Festival was being held in Lucca, which caused the city to be overrun by costumed characters and limited our ability to see the town. I do know that one tour group was given the option of leaving and visiting Pisa instead. In another instance, we visited Monaco and Monte Carlo on a day that the Banks were closed, as were many of the local shops. I'm sure SilverSea was aware of these two situations and might have offered options in advance. Overall, however, we still think this was an outstanding experience for us and we will certainly consider sailing with SilverSea again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise upon the advice of friends who were also going with us..total of 8 adults. Checking in was fine, but once on the ship, disappointed in the presentation of the staff. The ship was old and worn, the staff did not seem ... Read More
We chose this cruise upon the advice of friends who were also going with us..total of 8 adults. Checking in was fine, but once on the ship, disappointed in the presentation of the staff. The ship was old and worn, the staff did not seem happy to be there. As walking around the ship, we found that every aspect of it was dated. Our suite was spacious, but found they did not "clean" it daily. There was a ring on the table on the deck and it was there the entire trip. The butler was a nice touch, but in all honesty, didn't do anything really special. Dining....well, it was not the best. Waiters could care less, for a small ship, they should have known everything about us. When we sat on the aft deck and asked for a snack, they brought us potato chips!!! The food was sub-par the entire cruise. Breakfast was pathetic and left a lot to be desired. Entertainment....again...for an "upscale" ship, terrible. Service, it must have been a first cruise, especially for the bartenders....no one ever smiled, nor did they know how to make simple mixed drinks. Excursions, they were included in the price, so no great shakes there. And even the paid ones were just "ok" We have sailed on many different cruise ships, including Crystal, (the best) and must say, this was the most disappointing ever. We wrote to Silverseas and never got any response...and will honestly, never cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Silver Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family 2.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates N/A 4.0

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