10 Silversea Silver Whisper Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

Celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. We knew that Silversea would enable a trouble free voyage. Our Butler and Maid decorated our suite for the birthday/anniversary celbration with clever towel art and balloons. Our fridge was ... Read More
Celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. We knew that Silversea would enable a trouble free voyage. Our Butler and Maid decorated our suite for the birthday/anniversary celbration with clever towel art and balloons. Our fridge was constantly restocked with our favorite beverages. Our every need was cared for (including some seasickness tablets on the occasion that they were needed. The food was simply amazing with the specialty restaurant La Dame serving on eof the best meals we have ever enjoyed. While we did not take part in the entertainment at night (being early to bed folks) we did enjoy the lectures. And the Bingo. And the Trivia contests. The dining options enabled us to enjoy what we wanted when we wanted it. And when the (free) WiFi went out on deck 4 and 5 we were presented with a $300 credit. A really fine gesture for a porblem that was not foreseeable. What can I say? It is Silversea.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We prefer to cruise back from Europe rather than flying. We have been on Silversea for only four years, but it is our "go-to" cruise line. This trip fit in with our earlier plans: started with a week in Madrid in a rented ... Read More
We prefer to cruise back from Europe rather than flying. We have been on Silversea for only four years, but it is our "go-to" cruise line. This trip fit in with our earlier plans: started with a week in Madrid in a rented apartment; then fly to Porto for an Ama Waterways cruise up and down the Douro River; then the high-speed train to Lisbon for a few days waiting to board the Whisper fro the crossing. As usual, the ship met or exceeded our expectations. The staff is wonderful and as repeat cruisers, we re-acquainted ourselves with many of them. It is such fun to walk into a bar on board and not have to order a drink. It just appears before you! The crew and the wait staff were also a welcoming sight. We have recommended Silversea to many of our friends and the feedback we get is always positive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This cruise on Silver Whisper was from Southampton to Montreal. I live in the UK near Southampton so I was really looking forward to the sail away. Traditionally Silversea used to have Sailaway parties on the pool deck so I was very ... Read More
This cruise on Silver Whisper was from Southampton to Montreal. I live in the UK near Southampton so I was really looking forward to the sail away. Traditionally Silversea used to have Sailaway parties on the pool deck so I was very disappointed on boarding to see that a lot of the deck was under repair (large tent covering one side of the pool deck, under which repairs took place). There was no Sailaway party as such, instead just a gathering in the Venetian Lounge (indoor theatre with no windows). This cruise was very expensive and definitely not a repositioning cruise (well over a US$1000 per night) but the deck maintenance continued every single day of the trip and was combined with balcony sanding and varnishing, there was absolutely nothing relaxing about sitting around the pool area! There were some highlights of the trip such as a beautiful day in Greenland but the excursions were overpriced and widely varied in quality. 2 ports were cancelled, 1 ostensibly for bad weather but it was extremely difficult to see why as there was a light swell only, the other was cancelled because of the speed restriction imposed on the St Lawrence sea way. Reasonably this could have been anticipated since there have been speed restrictions for many months and the cancelled port would have given plenty of time but Silversea are impervious to criticism and the trip turned into sea day after sea day. I was doing a back to back trip which then went on to New York (a lot of people were also doing the back to back trip of 28 days) but in lieu of the cancelled port we were just taken to spend longer in Quebec. Quebec is a fascinating City but we ended up spending nearly 3 days there instead of some of the parts of Newfoundland where we should have visited. For the second part of the cruise the food and entertainment were complete repeats of the previous voyage. Nothing different at all and there was little variety even on the first cruise. La Terrazza is the buffet service for breakfast and lunch and is the most popular venue but really it is more like a canteen than a 6 star restaurant. Part way through the voyage they decided to discontinue offering a hot dessert at lunchtime and all of the deserts were sub standard. Cheese choice was good and there is a cheese menu in both restaurants. The dining room is okay but if you don't get there for the start of dinner then you wont get a decent table so it all turns into a bit of a scrum. A well dressed scrum mind you......nearly every night was 'informal' which means a jacket for men so that gets a bit wearing night after night, even when in Port. The wifi onboard is supposed to be better but honestly is dreadful, really slow and disconnects you all of the time. There is now an 'on demand' small movie selection but it is very small. Lots of problems with lack of hot water in the state room. Only 'excellent' for us was that we had a good Butler. He was the Senior Butler brought on to train other Butlers as many experienced butlers have been moved onto the larger Silversea ships. In summary, I think that Silversea are trying to grow too quickly and are not paying enough attention to their loyal guests. The prices are ever higher, the portions of food in the restaurants ever smaller, no canapés before dinner on any evening without asking for them and having had them we wouldn't bother asking again! Drink choice very limited and drink service generally slow. Entertainment very repetitive. The same shows exactly as we saw 3 years ago! The staff are generally as charming and warm as they have always been. The gym had a lot of cardio machines that were not connected to the entertainment system (broken) or other equipment that was out of use. Overall we were disappointed and will consider other cruise lines for our next trip. A shame as I have nearly 700 Venetian days so I do get a discount with Silversea! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Chose this cruise because of ports visited, seas were rough and we found out they were always rough on this cruise. We were not advised of this and we spent several days in our cabin sea sick. Not fun,big disappointment. We could not visit ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of ports visited, seas were rough and we found out they were always rough on this cruise. We were not advised of this and we spent several days in our cabin sea sick. Not fun,big disappointment. We could not visit several ports because of rough seas. The Whisper is an older ship and frankly some areas of the ship our out dated and in need of repair. Example deck around swimming pool was under repair the whole 17 days we were aboard, A big plus was the ships staff who always were of great service. We stayed an extra day in London and had a great time at St. James. We were picked up on time and delivered to ship in a timely fashion. We did not have anything to eat until our butler asked us about lunch. No one told us about lunch being available. Thankfully our butler brought us some cold stuff,which carried us till dinner time. We stayed over in Montreal at St. James. Besides getting our room at 3 PM the hotel was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My wife and I were aboard the Silver Whisper (cruise 4723) departing Southampton, England on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and arriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Friday, September 8, 2017. It was our second Silversea cruise having earlier ... Read More
My wife and I were aboard the Silver Whisper (cruise 4723) departing Southampton, England on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and arriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Friday, September 8, 2017. It was our second Silversea cruise having earlier gone to Antarctica, etc, aboard the Silver Explorer. The Silver Whisper rides very well. The engines are quiet and even in North Atlantic 12-15 seas, the roll was negligible. Many times, you had the feeling we had to be in port only to open the curtains to see we were still moving. The public areas are all well designed and well kept. The dining rooms are large and comfortable. It's nice that guests can dine alone or in groups at any meal at any time. The maitre d's and wait staff are polished and friendly. The food - at all venues and in room service - was excellent, always brought at the right temperature, and sensibly portioned. First-rate. The "house coffee" at breakfast was not the best, leading many guests to order cappucinos/americano. The buffet area (lunch & dinner) could be larger. Le Champagne, the posh restaurant, is headed by an excellent maitre d' and staff and they serve a wonderful meal but the nearly windowless room doesn't have much of an appeal. The Panorama Lounge is a nice space and could certainly offer more in the way of a light breakfast. The Observation Lounge is rather lifeless. A better chair arrangement, tiered somehow, would offer better views. The Bar - for obvious reasons - is probably the livliest space on the ship. Excellent pianists & singers in the bar. The Grill by the pool, weather permitting, is casual and has a great lunch menu and a fun grill at night. Our cabin/suite on deck 6 was excellent, with a large sitting area, a rather stiff sofa (sleeper) and a private balcony. There is a very good walk-in closet. The bathroom had both a full tub and separate walk-in shower. Excellent towels and toiletries. My problems with the room were limited to the wi-fi which was unreliable and slow. Admittedly, we took the free, daily hour but the wifi experience did not meet Silversea standards. The in-room television needs a sports channel that carries American sports. The "map channel" that charts the ship's course uses maps of such a scale that they are almost useless. We will not see our 65th birthdays again and yet we were among the youngest guests on this cruise. Perhaps a 17-day cruise during back-to-school weeks isn't one likely to attract younger people, but you can disregard the brochures and ship promotional material, this cruise skewed old. The entertainment was poorly chosen. A guest violinist was excellent. The house trio and the ship's two pianists were first rate - otherwise there was too much "show tune" fanfare indifferently lit but earnestly performed. Given the guests, how many people were up for the late-night karaoke and disco nights. Get real. The cruise itinerary was well-planned - Cornwall-Ireland-Reykyavik and "sunny, Southern Greenland" were wonderful. The last week, however, was a slog. It is always subject to weather adjustments but we felt that our Canada changes were mishandled by Silversea. It was too rough for the tenders at L'Anse aux Meadows, so that stop was cancelled. But that came after we had already been told our visit to the Gaspe (three days out) was being cancelled because of some slowdown mandated to avoid the numerous right whales in the area. So, all we got was a forgettable day in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The people were nice but, how can I say this, there is NOTHING to do or see in Corner Brook other than the ever-belching stacks of a paper plant. Some people took bus tours looking down on islands they had just sailed past. And it was raining and it was Canadian Labor Day - everything was closed. Some creative thinking at Silversea (skip Corner Brook and go to Gaspe?) would have helped. HQ could have found a better alternative than napkin folding competitions in the Panorama Lounge. I give the Silver Whisper ship an A. The food and drink, dining and suite staff an A. I give the larger cruise experience a B. As for "the ratings" below, it is really unfair to have to things like enrichment, excursion and entertainment overall. The offerings on Silversea were all above average but "very good" seems too strong. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because it included Iceland & Greenland. These two locations were excellent and the excursions there were well done. Beyond that the Silver Sea experience was more than expected! Cruise Director Vickie was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included Iceland & Greenland. These two locations were excellent and the excursions there were well done. Beyond that the Silver Sea experience was more than expected! Cruise Director Vickie was always available for questions and ever smiling. A special call out to our Butler Mustafa, he went beyond our expectations with offerings to help and provided nonstop service. Restaurants provided both excellent service and quality of food was outstanding. Wines offered were appropriate at all times. Opportunities to improve: 1) Lighting control for entertainers was inconsistent 2) Karaoke had song words by piano where singers, to read, had to stand in the dark 3) Water pressure in men's spa showers was poor! 4) Internet was both pricey and inconsistent 5) More casual dress nights would have been better The trip was complete luxury and the few opportunities mentioned, not withstanding, we look forward to our next Silver Sea Cruise and have friends we have shared this with who are looking forward to joining us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this specific voyage due to the itinerary - with stops in Iceland, Greenland & the northern tip of Newfoundland being the most of interest. This was our third Silver Sea cruise, but at 17 days the longest we'd ever ... Read More
We chose this specific voyage due to the itinerary - with stops in Iceland, Greenland & the northern tip of Newfoundland being the most of interest. This was our third Silver Sea cruise, but at 17 days the longest we'd ever been on a ship. The Whisper is an older ship, but well maintained. Don't be looking for a lot of glitz - it is understated class more than 'in your face' fancy. Embarkation was very easy. Due to the small number of passengers it took us less than 30 minutes from the time we arrived at the port until we were sitting in at the bar on the pool deck with a beer. Our cabin was well maintained. There was an issue with the sliding door on our veranda which became evident the first night we encountered heavy seas, but maintenance fixed the door during our next port stop. At most port stops we found our own way around - the few ship excursions we took were mostly large (30+ bus) groups which we didn't really enjoy. SilverSea should put the estimated number of participants on each tour so we could avoid these in the future. (On a previous voyage the tours we took were on small mini-buses, with maximum 12 participants, which suit us better.) Dining was exceptional in both The Restaurant & La Terrazza, with our meal in Le Champagne being our only real disappointment: Not worth the $40/person surcharge when the food elsewhere was already superb. The service throughout the ship was outstanding. Our suite was kept clean & well stocked by our room attendant and butler. We were somewhat disappointed in the L'ecole des Chef's program which mainly consisted of a couple of shopping trips to public markets in Cork & Belfast and sampling the food purchased once back on the ship. The best part of the voyage was the day spent cruising Prince Christian Sound in Greenland. We were blessed with perfect weather for the day: calm seas, blue skies. Unfortunately the weather gods did no cooperate for our next stop in L'anse Aux Meadows, as the sea was too rough to launch the tenders safely, so that became an extra sea day. We also missed our port call in Gaspe due to regulations governing the speed of vessels in the St. Lawrence, so we had more sea days than originally planned. Not Silver Sea's fault though, so they did the best they could given the circumstances. All in all, it was a 'once in a lifetime' voyage for us. We are glad we went, and enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband wanted a repositioning cruise and I didn't want to be at sea more than two days at a time. Given that we decided to cruise less than 90 days before departure this was the best option. We'd never sailed on SilverSea ... Read More
My husband wanted a repositioning cruise and I didn't want to be at sea more than two days at a time. Given that we decided to cruise less than 90 days before departure this was the best option. We'd never sailed on SilverSea but friends have and loved it. Embarkation and disembarkation were the easiest we've experienced. The ship is lovely and the veranda suite, very comfortable and well-designed. Our crossing was rough seas and we were at the front on an upper deck. We recommend midship on decks 5-7 for a less rocky ride. The crew is superb. The dining staff, reception, cruise director's assistants always greeted us by name. The bar keepers remembered our preferred beverages. All crew members were cheerful, always greeted us good morning, afternoon, evening. They were courteous to one another and seemed to enjoy working together. I cannot praise them enough. Our butler and cabin steward were creative in suggesting ways to be of service and they were charming, gracious men. The food was very good. We dined at least twice in every venue for dinner and lunch, and the food is very good. The dining service is exceptional. We did tire of the menus after several days, although we did try many different items. We thought they should have more menu changes every few days. Do not miss tea in the lounge. The scones with clotted cream were even better than what we had on the Cornwall shore excursion. The rest of the tea munchies were excellent but go for the scones, although not daily as they are very rich. Frank, the sommelier, was very helpful about the wines, as well as eager to share his commendable views of the offerings. Regina, shore excursions manager, was knowledgeable about the mobility requirements of each excursion and was very patient in answering questions. Each local guide was excellent and enthusiastic, well versed in what would be of interest to his guests. We had a good overview of each destination during the excursions. That said, if doing this over, I might book private guides to see more in less time. The small boat photo excursion in Greenland was spectacular and our favorite of them all--getting close to so many and such varied ice bergs--was extraordinary. Because we booked the cruise so close to departure, we were wait listed on several excursions and dinner reservations but always cleared. Vicki, the cruise director, has a delightful personality and is immensely talented. Her assistants, Helen and Luisa, are treasures. Vicki's "Ship Happens" was creative, personal, perfect. The Riverdancers were terrific, as were the lovely young women Celtic singers. The enrichment by Bill Miller and Nikki were very polished, informative, and fun. The crew performance one evening was great fun and Oliver, head bartender, and Romeo, butler, were terrific. Oliver is a natural comedian. Cruise consultant Nancy has a lovely voice and personality. Unexpectedly, the other passengers were down-to-earth, sometimes quirky, generally fun and interesting people very interested in experiences on shore. The couples all clearly enjoyed being together and took great care of each other. The crew was very safety conscious, important given the rough seas. They spa and fitness center were closed when seas were too rough, and I had full confidence in the tenders crew when we went ashore in rough seas. We don't like dressing up but crew was easy about making us comfortable and we made sure to meet minimum expectations, which wasn't a chore. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The New York sail away was wonderful with sunny skies and warm temperatures. From one side we could watch the passing of the Statue of Liberty and from the other the new dome for the World Trade Center.Suite very comfortable and ... Read More
The New York sail away was wonderful with sunny skies and warm temperatures. From one side we could watch the passing of the Statue of Liberty and from the other the new dome for the World Trade Center.Suite very comfortable and immaculate. Butler all we hoped for (did our packing and unpacking which was great). Butler did not speak clear English and it was necessary to have a few words/sentences interpreted for me as i am hearing impaired. Details on ship and ambiance all we had hoped for. Food was for the most part five star. Public rooms enjoyable and we had plenty of time to relax and read. The elevators seemed always available and never crowded. Shore excursions were well planned and interesting. We had never been to NewFoundland before and found both ports to be beautiful. We had to miss one port in Ireland due to weather and stayed an extra day in Cobh where we had been before on another land trip. Traveling by ship to a place we had visited on driving was as if we saw many new places and some familiar but had fun there. Entertainment was attended twice and both were pleasant and well directed, planned, etc.This was our first Silver sea cruise. We liked this itinerary and the pricing was good. We would be happy to take another Silver Sea trip if the details, itinerary and timing would be to our liking. (We agreed another line is a bit more to our liking but SS is a close match). Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
The Muster Drill Given the Costa Concordia tragedy, I will open with a few comments on the importance of the muster drill. As a former holder of a US Coast Guard Masters License I have observed these drills with a critical eye. In ... Read More
The Muster Drill Given the Costa Concordia tragedy, I will open with a few comments on the importance of the muster drill. As a former holder of a US Coast Guard Masters License I have observed these drills with a critical eye. In recent years I have cruised on Crystal, Oceania and Silversea and all ships had full muster drills prior to departure. Having only been aboard only a few hours, the muster drill gives the passenger the opportunity to locate their life jackets, get familiar with them and become knowledgeable with the location and procedures of the life-boat stations. A critical aspect of the drill is that the crew station themselves on the stairways and hallways to give directions to the passengers. Since everyone is wearing a life jacket, the crew ware brightly colored hats which distinguish them from the passengers. The crew on Crystal and Silversea took their duties seriously and were easily identifiable by their hats. On Oceania the crew were more casual about wearing their caps and often grouped together chatting. On our trans-Atlantic on the Whisper last spring the crew was superb in performing their responsibilities, but once on deck the muster officer in charge did not wear easily identifiable clothing or headgear. With his uniform covered by his life jacket he looked like any other passenger. I spoke with him latter and he felt that his hand-held radio on his belt ( where I have my cell phone ) distinguished him from the passengers. In a crisis environment the passengers would not have known which individual was in command. The ships officers need to be required to be easily identifiable, and if they object, the cruise lines should have them replaced. How to accommodate a passenger One of the guests on our passage was a delightful gentleman in the 80's who was confined to a wheel chair -- he need water/aerobic therapy and apparently had pre-determined that the depth of the pool would accommodate his requirements. Alas the pool was about 6" too deep -- but the ship engineers would lower it daily for his swim. Now that's taking care of a passenger! Bravo !! In contrast was the pool of the Shadow during our Alaska cruises in the Spring of 2010. The pool was seldom heated and was treated with chemicals which would quickly cause a skin rash. After complaints -- the Shadow's engineers found the answer to its passengers concerns -- they closed the pool. Dining on the Whisper We had a most enjoyable food experience with the exception the Le Champagne. The food and service in the Main Dining room was superb. The wait staff quick learned our names and special requests. The house wines were mostly adequate and the wine servers would offer alternatives if requested. There seemed to be an emphasis on South American wineries ( perhaps because of their price value ). With the exception of the breakfast fruit bowl ( mostly water melon with few berries) the La Terrassa was most enjoyable. They feature Italian cuisine and it never disappointed. The Hot Rocks was better than we anticipated and would repeat. Le Champagne To be disappointed one had to dine at the Le Champagne. The room has the charm of a morgue -- no carpet, white table coverings and the room is surrounded by glass doors of the wine coolers. We did a better job with the decoration of our high school gym for the senior prom. The restaurant features rotating menu each day and being aficionados of classical French cuisine, we choose the French experience "The Best of Burgundy" featuring escargot and Chateaubriand. Oh my! The escargots were not the classical bourguignon but instead were in a crusted pastry much like a chicken Kiev. Uggh. Chateaubriand was again not the classical French receipt which was originally created for Rene de Chateaubriand the French ambassador for Louis XVIII. Instead of being sliced was served Texas style -- a single chunk roasted meat on the dinner plate. The staff also missed an opportunity for a dining presentation where French table side service would be a special treat. The food was a disappointment and not worth the premium. The word spread quickly on the quality and lack of value of Le Champagne and on a typical night they had 8 or less diners. If the cruise had offered "ships credits" they probably could have filled the restaurant as they could actually being paying the guest to dine! Public Spaces The typical cruise ship is designed for dining/entertaining, sleeping and typically in port during the day. Only when one takes a multi-day passage ( trans Atlantic) to discover the inadequacy of the public seating areas. The library had only two chairs which were suitable for reading. The best chairs (largest and most comfortable) were in the smoker's lounge! Otherwise the only other comfortable seating was in the observation lounge next to the spa. The bar lounges and entertainment venues featured low back club style seating which was not where one would want to spend a day reading at sea. Perhaps the Whisper is better ship for port to port cruising than ocean passages. Bottom Line: With the short comings mentioned, the Whisper and its staff provided the ambiance and superior service for a most enjoyable cruise. We will return. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Silver Whisper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 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 4.0 3.7
Rates N/A 4.1

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