6 Silversea Silver Whisper Asia Cruise Reviews

Our overall impression of the Silver Whisper was amazing. The services were excellent. We had a wonderful butler and maid. The attention to every detail made us feel very special. The food was amazing and all our waiters were quite ... Read More
Our overall impression of the Silver Whisper was amazing. The services were excellent. We had a wonderful butler and maid. The attention to every detail made us feel very special. The food was amazing and all our waiters were quite efficient as well as entertaining. The ports were places we never dreamed of seeing and experiencing. We would definitely recommend the Silver Seas. The only comment on the negative side would be that our ship did not have a gift shop for sundry items and logo wear from Silver Seas. The gifts shop on board carried lovely specialized gifts and apparell. We particularly enjoyed the two shows that were scheduled earlier in the evening (6:45 pm). We found it difficult to stay up for show at 10pm after having such wonderful dinners. Our excursions took us to the places we really wanted to see. Some had extensive travel in the vans but could not be helped. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Pick the finest hotel and place it on a boat. You are welcomed and within a day the entire crew addresses you by name. Clean, outstanding food choices, wonderful products and towels, outstanding crew and the facilities are beyond first ... Read More
Pick the finest hotel and place it on a boat. You are welcomed and within a day the entire crew addresses you by name. Clean, outstanding food choices, wonderful products and towels, outstanding crew and the facilities are beyond first class. There is so much to do on a "sea day." You can relax or stay as busy as you desire. Everything is included so that you do not need to worry about extra costs or tipping except if you take an excursion. Embarkation and disembarkation is smooth and seamless. What a wonderful experience. We have experienced Silverseas prior to this one that went to Southeast Asia. Already we are planning to take the entire family away next year. i want my family to experience luxury on the sea, while staying in shape, eating with great options and experiencing the world with excursions. Nothing could be better! I cannot see trying another line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I received an unsolicited call from my travel agent saying "You gotta do this" OK, I'm standing in line in a liquor store anyway, why not! OK, I'm a man of my word. I agreed to this. I guess I'd better read up on ... Read More
I received an unsolicited call from my travel agent saying "You gotta do this" OK, I'm standing in line in a liquor store anyway, why not! OK, I'm a man of my word. I agreed to this. I guess I'd better read up on it. Armed with a glass of something, I started checking some of the blogs for Silverseas "Silver Whisper" Iv'e been on the Silver Spirit and the Silver Shadow since then but nobody forgets their first time! I recall reading a blog in which the writer advised several things including that Lamb Chops for breakfast on Silverseas was not to be missed. I locked this away in my human hard drive. The ship was everything that the other cruise lines weren't. All ships take you picture for your boarding card. Silversea Officers take pride in knowing the guests by sight and calling you by name. OK, there are only 325 passengers but this is still pretty cool. Once we got settled in our stateroom, we thought about ordering-in for the next day breakfast. We went through the usual and then I remembered Lamb Chops (med rare).Later that evening we received a call from the Executive Chef no less appologizing profusely that they did not have Lamb Chops but that they would get some on the next stop. I had placed a couple of good bottles of wine in my suitcase to see if we could do a tasting with the Sommelier. He pulled out some of his favorites out of the cellar. Great evening. If you are planning a multi generational family cruise, this is not for you or the little ones. No nursery. What they do they do very well. It is not stuffy.My favorite cruise line Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We flew into Singapore from our home in Manila, and being cheapskates we took the MRT (light railway system) directly from the airport to the cruise terminal which is incorporated inside a busy shopping mall. We were a couple of hours too ... Read More
We flew into Singapore from our home in Manila, and being cheapskates we took the MRT (light railway system) directly from the airport to the cruise terminal which is incorporated inside a busy shopping mall. We were a couple of hours too early for boarding, so it was a relief to discover that we could nevertheless check in our bags. Even at this early stage we began to experience was was soon to become the norm..the wonderful personalized service of Silversea. While already being escorted from the information desk to the check-in area another Silversea representative came rushing over to welcome us with a warm handshake, and stayed chatting with us during the baggage check-in process, which, given that we were the only passengers at that time, took no more than 3 minutes. We returned 2 hours later, and following a 5 minute wait were through security and on into the lounge where were were offered champagne and canapEs before receiving the access cards for our suite. I would just like to mention in passing, two irksome episodes during our boarding experience. My Filipino partner was asked at pre-boarding if he was crew, and again when we boarded a security officer asked if he was a travel agent. You may read into this what you will! Our balcony suite was nicely furnished and the queen sized bed almost too comfortable to be true. The luxurious marbled bathroom complete with a full range of Bulgari products was the icing on the cake. The balcony furniture, consisting of a small table and 2 mesh chairs looked a little cheap, however, this was not an issue since we hardly used this area. Having said that, when we did use the balcony we were bothered by a pipe smoker from the deck below. Too bad also about the noise of the anchor dropping when docking early morning at each port of call. We ate from the buffet breakfast each morning and apart form the wonderful array of food on offer, it was a joy not to have to stand in line for anything. With the exception of one day, we chose to skip lunch, preferring to save ourselves for the luscious afternoon tea. For dinner we ate twice in the much lauded Le Terrazzo restaurant. Great for an intimate meal, though unfortunately one evening was somewhat spoiled by a large and noisy golfing group. To his credit, the maitre'd warned us in advance, and our experience the following night more than compensated. The service in Le Terrazzo and The Restaurant was above reproach. I will give special mention to Devish, and Skulk, but this in no way detracts from the service of all the other waiting staff we came into contact with. On our first night, having mentioned to the wine waitress that I was a non-drinker, she offered to make up a special non alcoholic cocktail for me. To my delight, and without any prompting, she proffered a 'surprise' drink to me each and every evening. In general, we had no complaints about the food, but neither were we ever overwhelmed. The ship itself and the overall service were 6-stars but, similar to previous postings, I would not rate the food as such. On the subject of the overall service I cannot say enough. From the moment we stepped out from our suite in the morning we were greeted by each and every member of staff most of whom addressed us by our names. This surely is the key to making every guest feel special. The entertainment was for me typical cruise fare, and for the most part was entertaining, though I did feel that Helga the cruise director tried too hard on occasions. (How many encores can you bleed from an audience?) We did not partake in any of the tours, since I consider the organized tours of any cruise line to be overpriced. (cheapskates). We did however venture out on our own, and frankly, with the exception of Penang, we found the other ports of call to be dull and uninteresting. Having previously read the passenger profile for Silversea, I was a little apprehensive, fearing that we would be spending a lot of the time alone. However we were to be proved wrong since we made many friends of all ages and backgrounds. This was our first cruise on a smaller ship, and with the exception perhaps of Celebrity, I will never venture on a large ship again following our experience with Silversea. Read Less
Sail Date November 2008
This was our 2nd Silversea's cruise, the first being on the Shadow in the summer of 2006 which did not meet our expectations. Now onto the Whisper, although an identical ship the whole package was just so, so fantastic and why so much ... Read More
This was our 2nd Silversea's cruise, the first being on the Shadow in the summer of 2006 which did not meet our expectations. Now onto the Whisper, although an identical ship the whole package was just so, so fantastic and why so much better than the Shadow my wife and I will never know.I would like to add that all reviews are " In our opinion "and would like to trust that all future cruisers with Silversea's might expect the same,we do hope so. Our short cruise was an 8 day from Dubai to Mumbai which included an overnight on the ship in Dubai and Mumbai, call at 2 ports in Oman and 1 in the U.A.E.. We made our own air arrangements with British Airways and stayed for 1 night pre cruise in Le Meridian airport hotel in Dubai.This hotel avoids the traffic of the beach hotels is of a fine quality with some excellent places to eat, we choose the " Seafood Market " which was superb. My wife and I paid the extra $100 pp early embarkation fee which was well worth the cost as you have to vacate the hotel by noon. Greeted with a glass of champagne and told our suite would be ready around 1.30 pm we boarded at 10.30 am, no problem ,we made our way to a bar and within 15 minutes we are informed that our suite was ready and shown to our room. Our suite was spotless and well maintained during our cruise, after leaving Dubai the bar was stocked with our choices of spirits and beer with no complaints in this department. We opted for a basic veranda suite which was very spacious with a walk in closet, separate bath and shower and a "his"and "hers" double wash basins.All in all the suite would be fine for a much longer cruise. The ship on our cruise was about 95% full with a passenger list of 365 and a crew count of 297 by anyones' standards that is a good ratio for the guests. The service in every area was superb,faultless and gracious with many crew members addressing you by name, knowing your preferences in food and drink and treating you with great respect. With the exception of one bland white fish dish,the food was bordering on gourmet.Where ever you ate it was an un hurried service and the food was delivered with excellence.You can order off of the menu with a little notice and this proved to me to had had one of the best Beef Tatares I have ever tasted. You can find out about all of the ships facilities on the web or brochures so there is little need for me to go on. In the U.K.Silversea Cruises are one of travels best kept secrets, this is a real shame as this Six Star product with the weak $$$$ is good value for British clients.I have worked out that if you do a like for like cruise matching cabin size and are a moderate social drinker with the big lines such as Celebrity then a cruise on the four ships of Silverseas' is much better value. On board there are no trashy "Art Auctions" no " Inch of Gold " no "Snowball Bingo" just a fantastic feeling of being spoilt,why not. I just hope that the company can keep it up with the expansion plans with the much larger new build due in 2009, fingers crossed. The only small downside is the lack of quality entertainment, the 4 piece band were awful and seem to be where ever you were, not really a problem. From this review it may look like a work for Silverseas', I do not but wish I did because I could increase their U.K. market but a hugh amount. Please feel free to Mail me if you have any further questions about the product,it was and is industry leading. Chris Willett Read Less
Sail Date November 2007
Our cruise was some months ago, but we're just discussing where to go for the next cruise and .. I realized I meant to review it at the time. We were on Silver Whisper late February 2007 from Bangkok to Singapore. It was our 10th ... Read More
Our cruise was some months ago, but we're just discussing where to go for the next cruise and .. I realized I meant to review it at the time. We were on Silver Whisper late February 2007 from Bangkok to Singapore. It was our 10th wedding anniversary, when we married we went from Bangkok to Singapore on the Orient Express, this was the same journey, just a bit slower. We stayed a couple of nights in Bangkok before the cruise, it's a better place to visit than it was a few years back, less touting, better service and great food. The trip down to the docks was somewhat fraught, roads were dug up and the driver got very lost in the port, so by the time we arrived we were pretty fried. We sat around the departure area for about 10 minutes before giving up and agreeing to pay the extra for early boarding, we just wanted to get on the ship. We were never actually charged for this .. which made us happy in the end. For reference our previous cruises had been with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, on and one with Star Cruises just better forgotten. The ship was lovely. Maintained, well appointed, just great. It's quiet, it seems empty even when it's not, we absolutely loved it. On the other cruise lines we'd chosen some of the larger suite cabins expecting we'd need to retreat to them and spend most of our vacation there (and we did). On silversea we were near the bottom of the categories and were concerned about that, but the room (vista balcony) was fine for the 11 days on board and the public areas of the ship were good enough, and quiet enough, that we could spend more time out of it. The room layout is wonderful, great use of space, clever closet, lovely bathroom. The housekeeping staff kept it in fine condition the whole week. We loved the service. This set the cruise apart from other cruises we'd been on. The staff got to know you, they figured out your likes and dislikes early on and that's good service. Like most people we had a favorite waiter in the restaurant. We felt the staff were all trained to the same standard, clearly Silversea didn't just put people on a ship and expect them to figure it out. The restaurant staff learned what we liked to eat, the deck staff quickly learned what I liked to drink, that's service. We found the food to be of a consistently high standard. It surpasses that on the other cruises we'd taken and we felt that it would be hard to deliver better on board a cruise ship. We didn't mess about asking for odd things, we took it as it came and were happy. As it was an asian cruise we'd have appreciated more asian food choices, just for fun, the impression was that the food was independent of the cruise, a little flexibility would be nice. Included alcohol was welcome and we thought the wine choices were good. We tried La Terazza one night and somehow it disappointed, the service was a mess, food was nice though. I used the internet daily and was pretty impressed that a ship managed to keep up a sold connection almost all the time. I probably spent 2 hours a day working and had very few problems. It wasn't cheap, but it's a necessary evil and I wouldn't cruise on a ship which didn't have it. I note that in-room wireless access is one of the post-drydock features .. I'd have liked that, although working in the forward lounge was fun, if I sail on the whisper again, I hope I don't use the in-room internet too much. I also put on the comment card that the whole ship needed LDC TVs because the old CRT ones were useless in a metal ship, I gather that too is being done in drydock, that's a plus. We didn't like the cruise director much, but a lot of people seemed to. See the comment below about 'young cruisers'. We didn't expect to like the entertainment a whole lot and ... we really didn't. This was expected when we booked, we watched DVDs in our room and that was more our taste. Definitely understand that a cruise line can't cater for every taste and we're perhaps not the target market. We found the staff in the gym/spa to be great. The fitness director on this cruise was so passionate about the subject I was finally, after 20 years of laziness, spurred into fitness action and I'm still going. If we had a complaint at all it was that the crew didn't seem to quite know how to deal with younger cruisers. I'm early 40s, my wife mid 30s and asian. We didn't get quite the personal treatment some other travellers received from the senior staff, table by the kitchen unless you asked not, nothing very special on our anniversary (noted that everyone on board had something special that week, so you can't all dine with the captain), cruise director didn't really stop by to say hi. At the same time we found the younger cruise staff very open and friendly so perhaps what we lost with the senior staff, we gained at the other end. The younger staff work very hard indeed, and with a smile and for us their attitude made the whole cruise. Silversea blew us away, really, there are always things can be done better, but we relaxed and we got off the ship wanting to go back, relaxed and happy. yes we're comparing with mass-market lines as that's what we'd done before, but the step up in quality and staff attitude was key to us really relaxing. We're planning our next cruise and looking at other lines too but it's hard to not go back, it's certainly hard to choose any line back down market. We read that the whisper is going for drydock and being tweaked and that really makes us feel that we need to return. Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
Silver Whisper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 2.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.7
Rates N/A 4.1

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