4 Silversea Silver Whisper Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Norwegian Fjords

We had read about the small ship experience. Cannot tolerate large groups of people in a small area. Silver Seas was perfect in all respects. Great service, great crew, great ship, fantastic dining, beautiful and well planned excursions. ... Read More
We had read about the small ship experience. Cannot tolerate large groups of people in a small area. Silver Seas was perfect in all respects. Great service, great crew, great ship, fantastic dining, beautiful and well planned excursions. Our Cruise director, Ms Vicki Van Tassel was the best. She made the trip very, very special. We had 380 passengers just like us. We met wonderful friends who we know will be in our lives for years to come. A real bonus. The all inclusive aspect made the day. Our suite and accommodations were exemplary. Our butler was there for anything we desired. Will cruise Silver Seas again and again. The price was higher than many cruises. The value was terrific. We got much more than what we paid. That is good value. A bonus: the entertainment was very special. Such talent was not anticipated on a small ship. The singers and dancers were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise so I could get a balcony on a smaller ship that sails up the fjords of Norway. This was the best cruise experience I have ever had, and I have been on quite a few cruises. The standard room is so large! balcony, ... Read More
I chose this cruise so I could get a balcony on a smaller ship that sails up the fjords of Norway. This was the best cruise experience I have ever had, and I have been on quite a few cruises. The standard room is so large! balcony, living area, large very comfortable bed, very large walk in closet, hallway and very large bath with separate tub and walk in shower and two sinks in the vanity. I have never been so comfortable on a ship. I thought having a butler was silly. But she and the housekeeper did so much for us. All of our luggage was lost and they worked to take care of laundry, tailoring for clothes we bought, and made sure we were always comfortable. After terrible flight problems and delays and lost luggage they were a welcome service. The Receptionist staff (cursor?), led by Priscilla worked tirelessly until they got British Airways to find and deliver our luggage. Priscilla personally called BA twice a day and tortured them in to resolving this. My husband's luggage was shipped to bergen our second port. Mine was supposedly shipped to Christiansund, our second port, but BA really shipped it to Christiansand, not a port of ours, and finally flew it into Flam where I got it one day before we finished. What wonderful great people. On top of that the wonderful food, excellent excursions, incredibly kind, efficient and friendly staff at all levels, fun entertainment and beautiful facilities. The free alcohol and drinks are completely on the up and up. This ship was never stingy once. I would gladly cruise with Silverseas anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My first cruise, my wife has been on several but I have always been dubious of marketing hype so this skeptic took a bit of convincing, glad I did, I looked online for a variety of options and the mass market sailings almost put me off ... Read More
My first cruise, my wife has been on several but I have always been dubious of marketing hype so this skeptic took a bit of convincing, glad I did, I looked online for a variety of options and the mass market sailings almost put me off until I found Silver Sea, quality from start to finish, We went to Norway and the weather was fantastic circa 29*c and sunny so I accept we were very lucky, however I can only comment on what I found, the service was outstanding, everything was of the best quality, I cannot find fault anywhere, we normally safari in Africa and the expense of this trip was on a par with that so for our main holiday it was not excessive, the clientele was mainly 50 plus, very few children or teenagers and the ones that were there were well mannered and behaved, if you want a robust experience this is probably a bit sedate but it worked for me. Difficult to pick out any feature that was in any way negative the attention to detail and the staff was as good as it gets. Reading my report makes me look like the best employee Silver Sea has ever had but I can assure you there is no connection and I am no sycophant, if anything I am hyper critical. Lets just say, for our next cruise I wont bother "trawling" the web, it will be Silver Sea, no doubts, no worries. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I booked this cruise over a year ago, specifically for the itinerary and size of the ship, allowing access to smaller fjords. It was more than I usually spend, however, from all reviews, it would be well worth the extra cost. I am a ... Read More
I booked this cruise over a year ago, specifically for the itinerary and size of the ship, allowing access to smaller fjords. It was more than I usually spend, however, from all reviews, it would be well worth the extra cost. I am a single woman traveler, mid-60's and accustomed to traveling alone, I have always met like-minded travelers along the way and had great experiences. I have cruised 23 times and been on 8 river cruises. A disappointing start, when the captain announced an anticipated storm on the North Sea, and the ship would leave Copenhagen later and miss our first port. I later discovered that many passengers had delayed flight. I believe we could have left on time and been ahead of the storm, riding out the weather in our first port. As it turned out, we spent two days at sea in the storm and then missed our second port, three days at sea! No adjustment was made to the itinerary to try to compensate for the loss of two ports. This was a small ship, the ports were not busy, a smart operator would have made changes to the itinerary to pacify passengers. The ship lived up it it's reputation as to service and food, I was happy with the service from an excellent butler, Ivy, and her team. My cabin was considered a "suite", as Silver Seas is an "all suite" cruise line. The bathroom was large, double sinks, shower and separate tub. Furnishings were worn, bed very uncomfortable. The food was better than average, however, quite repetitive after the first five days and no consideration was taken for the amazing fresh fish and produce available in ports. No special "theme" nights as we sailed through spectacular scenery in the fjords. Room service was excellent, the dining room dinners were slow and repetitive. I ordered room service 3 nights, which was more relaxing than dragging through a slow pompous dinner with stuffy passengers who loved to expand upon their number of sailing days, how many homes they own, and their brilliant careers. Between the hours of 5:00 - 7:00 pm food was only available from room service, so if you returned from a shore excursion after 5 pm, there was no choice of where to eat. The entertainment was very limited, repetitive and not too rate. Geared more toward the over 70's crowd. The cruise director extremely corny. The port lecturer, a "geologist" gave a talk most mornings, his slides were 15 years old. He did not go up to the bridge and broadcast as we sailed through magnificent fjords, villages and various points of interest. The shore excursions were expensive, tour guides poor, tours too slow paced and uninteresting. I later discovered that the shore excursions manager had not visited the ports in advance. A group on board called "Captain's Circle" had exciting excursions and planned activities on board for their guests which were well organized and when the occasion needed, their itinerary would be changed. No attempt to make alternative arrangements was made by Silver Seas. On one tour, we were put into an open, wooden boat in belting rain and taken over and back to an island for coffee, cake and a movie?! Embarkation was a breeze, as passengers arrived at various time. Disembarkation was a disaster - lots of confusion, people on wrong buses, no help loading/unloading luggage. I was put on a bus to the airport at 9:00 am for a 2:20 pm flight! About 50% of the passengers were leaving the ship, I don't know how they would have managed if 100% were disembarking. My Silver Seas experience was an expensive disappointment. This is a cruise line catering to a very select, over 70's market. Don't know how much longer they will survive in today's market. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Silver Whisper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
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 4.0 3.7
Rates N/A 4.1

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