12 Silversea Silver Spirit Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Mediterranean

We just returned from a Silverseas sailing on Silver Spirit from Barcelona to Rome. It was our first time with Silversea. I would give this cruise a mixed review. Likes: I liked our specious suite and the service was quite ... Read More
We just returned from a Silverseas sailing on Silver Spirit from Barcelona to Rome. It was our first time with Silversea. I would give this cruise a mixed review. Likes: I liked our specious suite and the service was quite good.  Dislikes: The dining options are rather limited. I did not like the fact that dinner started late- 7pm at the earliest.  And, I also thought the dress code on non formal nights was too formal. There was also no casual dining options in the evening except for room service. The shows were also on late - at 10pm. I would prefer the option to eat at 6 and go to a show at 8 or even 9. Also, I got ill- food poisoning. I am pretty sure it was from an oyster in the lunch buffet. I was sick all night, and then quarentined all the next day. After I recovered I was fine the rest of the trip. While I enjoyed luxury crusing, I don't think I would do Silversea again as I would prefer earlier dining options/earlier shows/less formal dining options. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My second cruise with silversea. I found the silver shadow far more engaging. My first day onboard was a put off in that I didn't find it either welcoming or friendly. As it's only a 4 day stint I have a gut feeling that many of ... Read More
My second cruise with silversea. I found the silver shadow far more engaging. My first day onboard was a put off in that I didn't find it either welcoming or friendly. As it's only a 4 day stint I have a gut feeling that many of the staff took the foot of the peddle. Other than the cabin staff and waiter in the section of The main restaurant I ate in every day the word that best describes most I encountered was disinterested. The experience on silver shadow prompted this short journey as it was absolutely fantastic. I had no hesitation booking 2 further cruises with them next year, however if not for the fact that I am committed to flights for both journeys I would think again. The inconsistency in service levels between both ships indicated that some of the service personnel on this vessel choose to take a little downtime. Cabin and food excellent, linens bathroom superb. Glad it is undergoing a makeover public areas are a bit tired Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My last voyage in Silver Winds was eccelent. But in this y had a desilution. Too much difference in all the services. Very good the cabin but a great difference in food specialist in the Terrace my favorite restaurant. A few change of ... Read More
My last voyage in Silver Winds was eccelent. But in this y had a desilution. Too much difference in all the services. Very good the cabin but a great difference in food specialist in the Terrace my favorite restaurant. A few change of dishes always the same. In the grill is imposible take lunch. Horrible. The higienic paper very low quality. The bread low quality and humedity, so always y must required to be toast, the only way for eat it. Very good all the bars. Very good yours hostess. The thatre was a low perfomance. Always the same. Y hope found a better erxpereance in another trip.Sorry of my poor englesh. Y hope to do another voyage with your company perhaps in a small ship an reverse this no agradable experience. Very good atención of Roca tours an Mr. Decimo. My best regards for all of you. Raul Rosental Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had a fabulous experience in virtually every way two years ago on the Silver Wind so we were really looking forward to another cruise with Silversea. We chose this trip because of it's itinerary, but little did we expect that the ... Read More
We had a fabulous experience in virtually every way two years ago on the Silver Wind so we were really looking forward to another cruise with Silversea. We chose this trip because of it's itinerary, but little did we expect that the excursions would be led by such poor guides and leaving us with a very unsatisfied feeling about the cost vs value received . Realistically, the rest of the cruise could have been perfect but with excursions being so poor and also VERY expensive, it is hard to come away with a good feeling about the TOTAL experience. In fairness: the food was excellent, the ship offered an outstanding sommelier program which was truly a highlight (and FREE), excellent guest speaker from Columbia University, our butlers were fantastic and totally on the ball, the wines served on the cruise were very interesting, often regional according to port and well thought out, dinner at La Dame was amazing and even for a non-sushi lover-the food at Senshei was excellent, entertainment was very good most nights but not as frequent as it could have been in my view, bar service and restaurant was top notch and very accomodating. One last item-the ship is very dated decor wise but we were told it is going to be retrofitted next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose for the ports. There were no port lectures. No childrns activities Entertainment was poor especially the post show panorama lounge. Felt like the cruise line wanted us to go to bed, did private tours and no admissions were ... Read More
Chose for the ports. There were no port lectures. No childrns activities Entertainment was poor especially the post show panorama lounge. Felt like the cruise line wanted us to go to bed, did private tours and no admissions were included in the tour which I felt like being nickel and dime'd. La terrazza service lacking and tables dirty for breakfast. Always had to wait for outside table. Dining room was excellent. Need more simple grilled fish and Greek salad on a Greek cruise. All seafood had too many heavy sauces. The pouring wines were essentially undrinkable. Constantly having to ask for alternatives or order a bottle. Pool lunch menu and options were lacking and food service ends to early. Could not even get some ice cream on the pool deck in late afternoon Spa did not honor appointments that were confirmed on more than one occasion My cabin but,er was phenomenal and provided the best service on the ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our fifth cruise with Silversea. Ports were excellent and dates worked for us. Thought the food was average, dinner service was ok. Suite (848) was not good because of a constant vibration in the wall whenever the ship was ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Silversea. Ports were excellent and dates worked for us. Thought the food was average, dinner service was ok. Suite (848) was not good because of a constant vibration in the wall whenever the ship was underway. Something wrong when the wall is vibrating all the way up on the 8th deck. Makes you wonder about the engines/props. Could not read in bed because the headboard was vibrating so bad. Sleep was interrupted if the pillow moved next to the headboard. The ship (Silver Spirit) seemed different from other cruise ships we have been on. We would have a lot of questions before booking on the Spirit in the future. The excursions and (especially) the guides were very very good. The smaller ports appealed to us and we were very happy with the Virtuoso tour of Kotor. One of the best excursions we have had with Silversea. The outdoor grills were very good but the restaurant food was average. The buffet was good and the lunch service was quite good. Deck service was excellent. Room service was excellent and the housekeeping was excellent. The Silversea connection with the Bauer Palazzo in Venice (2 nights prior to embarkation) was outstanding. A terrific hotel experience. 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
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
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
We are in our 70's and this was a cruise with friends, back to back Barcelona/Civitavecchia/Barcelona. Embarkation was smooth but one of our cases got misplaced on debarkation causing a bit of a panic. Service was, for the most ... Read More
We are in our 70's and this was a cruise with friends, back to back Barcelona/Civitavecchia/Barcelona. Embarkation was smooth but one of our cases got misplaced on debarkation causing a bit of a panic. Service was, for the most part outstanding, including cabin steward, butler, maitre d's, waiters, bar staff, room service. All excellent. The food however was a big disappointment in the main dining room sometimes cold, not very tasty, tough meats. Pasta was usually good but over salted. Seishin (extra cost) was particularly poor, and the Italian restaurant was average. Champagne restaurant was outstanding both times we went. but you have to pay extra for that. Many people we talked to commented on the poor food and particularly Seishin. Wines were average at best, the wine we kept going back to was a Bogle Chardonnay that is about $8 in the grocery stores. One could of course pay extra for wine, but on a cruise costing $1000 per day one expects better. Wifi was abysmally slow. The decor on the ship is looking very tired and dark. Our cabin furniture was showing signs of wear and dents. Silversea is, I believe, in a cost cutting mode in an attempt to improve profitability. Good Luck with that approach. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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