6 Silversea Silver Wind Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

Silver Wind is in for a full refit in twelve months time. This is probably twelve months too late. Looking tired, the ship is saved by its excellent crew. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with the cruise, probably still a good 4.5 ... Read More
Silver Wind is in for a full refit in twelve months time. This is probably twelve months too late. Looking tired, the ship is saved by its excellent crew. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with the cruise, probably still a good 4.5 star experience. But that is not how Silverseas is marketed. Fellow travellers were discussing looking elsewhere. Food was good but not exceptional. Furnishings slightly raggedy around the edges. Again, nothing disastorous but not the kind of attention to detail you would expect from say Four Seasons which is the type of place Silverseas clientele typically frequent. Casino crew were downright miserable, servicing a worn room with an unfathomable set of slots. Silverseas still check all the right boxes, but the fear is that the new owners are destroying the brand by their cutting of costs. Silver Wind needs sorting out and quickly. This overdue refit can only damage the brand. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband has been wanting to take a cruise around the British Isles. I liked the itinerary of this one and it fit into our summer schedule. I had thought that the Silver Wind had been refurbished recently, so was surprised that ... Read More
My husband has been wanting to take a cruise around the British Isles. I liked the itinerary of this one and it fit into our summer schedule. I had thought that the Silver Wind had been refurbished recently, so was surprised that nothing had been done since 2008, ten years! The ship was definitely shabby, and not in a chic way. The decor was very dated, the carpeting in the public corridors was old and stained. Our cabin was dreary and the layout of the bathroom was the worst i have ever encountered. The food was quite ordinary and nothing like the quality and variety of the cuisine on the Crystal cruise that we took in April. The entertainment in the theater was excellent. I was very impressed by the quality of the singers and their high level of talent in both singing and dancing and in all round entertaining. We didn't partake of any of the other activities. The services provided by our butler Dipak and our steward, Sumesh, were first class. In The Restaurant we sought out the tables serviced by Olesia (?) from Odessa because she was such a delightful and efficient and helpful server. The restaurant staffs were good but often seemed a bit overwhelmed by the fact that everyone, of course, tends to arrive en masse. I suggest that you might rethink your "dress code" which, in today's world, is quite out of date. Granted, we have spent most of our cruising days on expedition ships which are informal. But that you can be hustled into a jacket or tie should you appear in the only dining room that doesn't require a reservation seems quite fusty and silly. My husband is 89 years old and always appears well dressed, almost always with a jacket. However, he swore off ties when he retired from Wall St. and only wears one under duress, not when he's traveling for pleasure. As to the shore excursions, they were fine. You can't be held responsible for the fact that if you've seen one sheep, you've seen them all. The disembarkation was handled in an organized and efficient manner. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My Wife and I and two friends chose this cruise because of the destinations. Leaving Lisbon, Oporto La Coruna, Bilbao, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Belle Isle, St Malo and Honfleur. All the Cities and villages we ever wanted to visit. ... Read More
My Wife and I and two friends chose this cruise because of the destinations. Leaving Lisbon, Oporto La Coruna, Bilbao, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Belle Isle, St Malo and Honfleur. All the Cities and villages we ever wanted to visit. For our Anniversary I had upgraded to a larger suite (601) which was at the front of the ship. My wife was delighted and the suite was OK except the Bathroom was a little Archaic with the hose hanging over the Bath, and no shower curtain, so the water went onto the slatted wooden floor. The Ship looks badly in need of a refit and the Staff said one was due in 2020 (not before time). Whilst all the Staff were superb, the facilities on board were old - the Table Tennis was rammed up against the inside bulkhead, and the shuffleboard deck was so old that it had almost faded away. The food was very good on the whole but in the Italian Restaurant there was very few changes each day so its almost Deja Vue each day. The Excursions which some Cruise Liners supply free of charge, were very expensive,and it depended on the quality of the Guide to make or break the visit. Loved the Venues but not on this Ship - not for me another Silversea Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose from Tower Bridge so no flying. Excellent enbarkation but waiting staff organisation disorganised for first few days. When we left at 6am no hot drinks available. 3 days into the 14days the restaurant had run out of Pouilly Fume, ... Read More
Chose from Tower Bridge so no flying. Excellent enbarkation but waiting staff organisation disorganised for first few days. When we left at 6am no hot drinks available. 3 days into the 14days the restaurant had run out of Pouilly Fume, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot Grigrio. Plenty of other wines but not to our taste, luckilly plenty of champers. Cabin staff excellent and cabins good. Ship seems a bit tired and old fashioned. Normally we would have expected short talks on next port of call, history things to see and how to get about on your own. Sadly lacking. This our second cruise on this ship, the first was excellent but this not so good and we would think carefully before using Silversea again - it all depends on destinations . Having said that we had an enjoyable time with excellent food. There was a cruise director on the ship but I have no real idea what he did apart from telling us the gang plank was down, what time to get back. Oh he ran a trivial pursuit quiz eack afternoon. One last thing, the on board lectures about world politics were very good. Reading through the above I seem a bit negative but our previous cruise on Silver Wind was so good so maybe this was a glitch. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband booked this cruise as a surprise based on the ports of call and the fact that this cruise line promoted itself as having ultra luxury ships. We expected Four Seasons/Oberoi hotel service, food, treatment - we were expecting ... Read More
My husband booked this cruise as a surprise based on the ports of call and the fact that this cruise line promoted itself as having ultra luxury ships. We expected Four Seasons/Oberoi hotel service, food, treatment - we were expecting ultra luxury. We were disappointed even prior to boarding. Whilst our luggage had been taken very promptly by the porters, we were told that we could just roll our carry-on luggage on and off the tender. No-one told us we would need to stand in the cold wind waiting for the tender and then once off, climb a set of stairs and ramps prior to boarding the Silver Wind. All very awkward and difficult. We felt sorry for the female crew who were there trying to offer their assistance. Disembarkation had the same pitfalls but at least it was a little easier carrying hand luggage down rather than up stairs. My husband had booked the Royal Suite (2 bedrooms) which was located at the front of the ship - this turned out to be directly above the anchor area which is an extremely noisy location when docking at or leaving ports. The beds in the suites, however, were extremely comfortable - the kind of bed you would like to take home. It was just unfortunate that there was very little space underneath to store suitcases. A major issue when in a normal suite. The food offered in the restaurants was bland and boring. I was also disappointed that it was extremely difficult to get any changes to a dish - I asked for some green peas one night (I knew they had them on board) but the effort was not worth it. Considering that there are less than 300 passengers on board a little more flexibility would be expected. Most evenings there was a show on in the theatre and whilst all the performers were very talented and had great credentials, it got extremely tiresome. How many numbers can you sing from "Phantom" and "Les Miserables"? Some variety in the type of entertainment would have been welcomed. Shore excursions covered all types of activities and the ones we joined worked well. Most of the time we took private tours which gave us freedom and flexibility to do what we wanted. The good thing is that being on such a small ship, it is easy to disembark at ports - no long queues. The exception to this is in St. Petersburg where immigration is slow and has passengers lined up almost back to the ship. Not so bad except when it rains. This would have been a great opportunity for Silver Seas to show some empathy for passengers - a few umbrellas brought out would have been greatly appreciated. Just a little touch that all "luxury" accommodation would ensure was the norm. All staff were good but the service we received from our cabin team was excellent. Friendly, helpful and always wanting to do more. Exemplary. Did we have a good time - yes. The ports were excellent. Would we travel on Silver Seas again - considering the amount of money we paid and what we received, I don't think so. Value for money on some of the other cruise lines is definitely better considering there was nothing to make the Silver Wind stand out except its size. There was certainly no "wow" factor with anything on board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
It would be easy to start by simply saying we were over sold by a cruise consultant who disappeared 3 months before our Cruise ... It would also be easy to argue we are inexperienced , however thats far from the truth ... but the whole ... Read More
It would be easy to start by simply saying we were over sold by a cruise consultant who disappeared 3 months before our Cruise ... It would also be easy to argue we are inexperienced , however thats far from the truth ... but the whole experience by both comparison , experience and expectation was underwhelming ... Yes the ports were terrific , and the experience albeit unique were difficult . The Suites , yes we sail always with two this time 601 & 603 , they were noisy , uncomfortable and less than private ... Our Butler and Maid were outstanding and tried so hard to please but the product is average .... 5 or 6 Star this is not , it fades into comparison with some areas on larger cruise lines and regardless of the inclusive , small ship environment the luxury is just not there .. We booked a year in advance and I had wanted this to be a super experience for my wife and I , we are travellers of great experience , 1,000's of Flights , hundreds of hotel rooms and almost 100 nights of Cruising , Cunard , HAL , Norwegian , etc .. always in Grill , Horizon or Pinnacle Suits ... 601 & 603 were our choices on the cruise , the Royal Suite & the adjoining , deck 6 ... at the bow of the ship , unfortunately that was where our mistakes began ... next to the anchor ... so all night crew entered and returned via a door to the outside walkway and anchor bay , bang , bang ... then on arrival in port or any time the ship slowed , reversed or docked the noise is incredible ... starting many mornings at 5.00am ... maybe I should have volunteered to swab the deck .. This made for an average experience from day one ...Issues with air-conditioning , embarkation from Tower Bridge , quality or lack of with room service food , an issue with" Do Not Disturb" not fit for publication , some pretty average fare in both the main dining room and La Champagne ... Yes we had a delightful dinner (dried up Pasta) with the Captain and very well received dinner with the Head of Hotel Daniel Illas .. who is a committed , experienced and aware individual ... but even that coupled with an issue or two related to poorly explained shore excursions couldn't really have me say this met expectations ... Would we come back ... I doubt it , our experiences in other places and on other ships have left the Sliver Wind languishing with little wind and certainly only a tarnished relic of what may have once been a Silver Star experience ... Sorry not any more ...not for almost $60,000... Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Silver Wind Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 3.8
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 5.0 4.0

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