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54 Silversea Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Silversea Cruise Critique: Athens to Venice September 21 to September 28, 2027 The Silversea doesn't compare in its service, in the quality of its staff nor in its overall attitude to the Seabourn. Here are a few examples: ... Read More
Silversea Cruise Critique: Athens to Venice September 21 to September 28, 2027 The Silversea doesn't compare in its service, in the quality of its staff nor in its overall attitude to the Seabourn. Here are a few examples: Food: The cuisine is too nouvelle: ‘too cutesy by half’. The portions are small; odd combinations that don't work together; poorly prepared, and frequently luke-warm. Dinner entrees with incredibly sized entree portions: One night my entree had only 3 scallops and another only 3 raviolis. There is no choice if you want to order wine by the glass. For example, if you want a glass of red wine, you get whatever they are offering that day; otherwise you must buy a bottle. The choice of 2 or 3 room service appetizers were limited and nontraditional. No shrimp cocktail; no antipasti (and this is an Italian ship); no pate or assortment of cheeses or nuts; and no free caviar. Staff: The personnel do not seem to have a service orientation. Most of the staff are genuinely disinterested and appear to be ‘working’ by rote. The maître d ’hotels appear annoyed if you don't like the location of the table they offer you at meals and are disgruntled if you ask them to find a different one. Disagreeable and borderline surly restaurant managers spend more time talking to each other than helping guests. Waiter staffs who only want to do the expedient thing: dish the food at you and move on so they can wrap up their meal service chores. Their touted 'butler' service is over rated. When ours wasn’t busy looking for a tip, he caught a cold which my wife then caught. Shore Excursions: The arrangements of the timing of the ship getting into each port and the shore excursions are poorly planned. Instead of arriving at 8 am and starting a shore excursion at 8:15 am, if the ship were to arrive a little later, and depart a little later, the shore excursion could occur later. This is particularly important for excursions that involve swimming when that activity should occur in a hotter part of the day. Many of the shore excursions/ports of call were not well thought out and in at least one case, passengers complained and a partial refund was obtained from the shore operator. Their brochure offered a transfer excursion in Venice on disembarkation day as part of the transfer to the hotel. The offer was perfectly clear and in plain English. But in a bait and switch move, they reneged on that option. Miscellaneous: Wi-Fi was way over priced and then worked only sporadically and inconsistently. A polite inquiry was summarily dismissed and not treated with any effort to understand or investigate. Generally the atmosphere on this cruise was one of being 'nickeled and dimed': an extra charge for everything. Bottom Line: They are chintzy while trying to appear ritzy. The Silversea cruise line is not worth the price and certainly doesn't compare to the Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We found the restaurants to be pretty good. Not a very good experience at Le Champagne. Several of the dishes had been sitting for awhile with mushroom soup being lumpy. We had to stir the soup to eat it. It should be better. Great wine ... Read More
We found the restaurants to be pretty good. Not a very good experience at Le Champagne. Several of the dishes had been sitting for awhile with mushroom soup being lumpy. We had to stir the soup to eat it. It should be better. Great wine selection and nice size Foie Gras. We found the Italian restaurant and the main dining room to our liking. We had two reservations in both Le Champagne and the Japanese. Cancelled the second reservation in both. If we had to pick a weak spot for the overall experience, it would be the staff. Slow food service at the pool. Our room was not clean when we checked in. Trash under the bed with dust bunnies, sticky residue on counter top and on our phone. After that was addressed we had no problems, room was kept clean. Our butler was very nice, but it took two days before our bar was stocked. Our travel partners across the hallway got their bar stocked on day one. The reception was unable to answer simple questions regarding disembarkation. We got off the ship in Venice, at a dock far away from the main port terminal. Reception had no idea how to arrange private taxi transfer to our hotel. We had not purchased transfer thru SilverSea what we felt was completely overpriced private boat taxi to our hotel. The fact that the reception did not know the process is unacceptable. It turned out to be very simple. Just pick up your bags and walk 100 yards to the Taxi dispatcher! We had prepaid for the transfer directly with Venicelink and had to wait about 30min for the boat. No big deal. Spa was nice, but again very expensive. Workout facilities, about the size of a tiny hotel room, basic. Found it annoying that all of the pools and every hot tub on the ship where drained and closed the morning before we got off the boat. None of the people we talked to had heard of this being scheduled. Pools and hot tubs are a major part of the facilities on a ship and loosing all of them for 1 of 7 days we felt ripped off. We had very low expectations of the on board entertainment and after attending one event that was confirmed. No big deal. Did not partake in any of the shore excursions as we booked our own for 1/2 the price on-line. Used tenders to reach two of the ports, very well run, never waited at all. Well done! Buffet for both breakfast and lunch where outstanding. Decent wines served everywhere. Security on board and at shore was good. We felt safe and secure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruise line. We have sailed with Silversea 5 times. This last cruise service and food has gone down hill. The buffet breakfast service was poor. The Grill food was poor. The Le Champagne restaurant was excellent as well as the Italian ... Read More
Cruise line. We have sailed with Silversea 5 times. This last cruise service and food has gone down hill. The buffet breakfast service was poor. The Grill food was poor. The Le Champagne restaurant was excellent as well as the Italian restaurant for dinner. The highlight of the service was the room butler. He was very attentive and efficient with a good personality. The onboard entertainment was extremely poor. The cruise director served as the main entertainment ( kind of mom and pop) and the rest of the entertainers were poor. The room was well kept and serviced and modern and clean. The ship is well kept and clean. The exercise facility is small and limited. Spa facilities are over the top expensive. The ports of call were ok. Kudusadasi was the best port of call. Mikanos was a bit of a disappointment. The downtown area is nice but that's all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
One of the best cruise experiences we have ever had. The check-in in Athens was the smoothest every with a champagne toast on arrival and an escort to our room, Our Butler Darwin met at the door with a bottle of champagne to assist us ... Read More
One of the best cruise experiences we have ever had. The check-in in Athens was the smoothest every with a champagne toast on arrival and an escort to our room, Our Butler Darwin met at the door with a bottle of champagne to assist us in our arrival. The luggage arrived almost as soon as we did. We stayed in Suite 646 a Veranda 4 stateroom. In addition to the bedroom, living room and balcony the suite had a full closet with a chest of drawers and ample room to stand and pick out your wardrobe for the day. The bathroom had a full tube and a shower with ample room to enjoy. We dined in Stars, La Terrazza, The Grill, Le Champagne, Seishin. Each restaurant was special with exceptional service and food. Our favorite was Le Champagne where we celebrated our 25th Anniversary in style, The entertainment was very enjoyable with four song and dance shows and two special ballet shows. We particularly enjoyed the theater seating which was a lounge chair We also signed up for the thermal suite and basically had our own private hot tub and lounge area at the back of the ship to enjoy each afternoon when we returned from shore. This was well worth the additional money. On our Anniversary our Butler Darwin and our room steward Jeffery decorated our room with swans and rose petals and really made the day special. We embarked in Athens (Piraeus) and made port calls to Monemvasia, Aghios Nikolaos on Crete, Marmaris in Turkey, Kusadasi in Turkey, the island of Mykonos, and Mytilene, on the island of Lasvos. We took two of the ships tours to the Palace of Knossos on Crete and to the Ancient Cities of Caunos & Dalyan in Marmaris both were small groups and very interesting. In Monemvasia we went on our own using the local bus to the old fort and had a wonderful lunch at Matoula Restaurantat overlooking the ocean. In Kusadasi, we took a tour to Ephesus & the Terrace Houses provided by our travel agency, VIRTUOSO followed by a wonderful lunch and dance show on a terrace at the Hotel Kismet. In Mykonos, we took the bus provided by the ship to the town of Horta and wondered the alleyways. We found a fantastic restaurant, Restaurant Kostas behind the church recommended by the bus driver which was not crowded. In Mytilene, we found a small public beach not far from the tender drop off to enjoy the morning. On our return to Athens we took the cruise transfer to the airport to catch our return flight. We had a very memorable Silversea Cruise and will be back aboard a Silversea ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We selected this ship because of the itinerary and the fact the ship was new. It is underwhelming ship, the decorating was prefabricated a la Mobil home like. The public restrooms were so cheap looking, I hesitated to use them. The decor ... Read More
We selected this ship because of the itinerary and the fact the ship was new. It is underwhelming ship, the decorating was prefabricated a la Mobil home like. The public restrooms were so cheap looking, I hesitated to use them. The decor on the stairwells were ridiculous looking, so skimpy and unimaginative. There was not a nice place to take a photograph. The room was alright, not great. The bathroom had only open shelves, not one drawer and when taking a bath you could see all of the untidy plumbing etc under the sink. The bedroom area and closet had good drawer space but not a smaller drawer for cosmetics. The mirrors are poorly placed so it was impossible to see yourself in the floor length mirror as the bed was right behind you. The shower was all prefab plastic and the one small stainless steel soap holder was open on one end so everything fell out. The shower was rather small and awkward to maneuver. The balcony chairs are so cheap looking and uncomfortable. The railings all look unfinished. The pool area is already dated looking....the chairs were also not comfortable at all. The separate dining areas were a little annoying, always having to check which restaurant at which time, too much work. The restaurants Le dame and Atlantide were fantastic, other restaurants were all mediocre. The only thing nice about Indochine is the name, the food is awful. La tarraza is the Italian restaurant and the menu was a poor selection of food. There was not one veal scallopini dish. I was to,d if I special ordered it that the chef would make it for me and I did so and then they said it was not confirmed and they couldn't prepare it for me. Very sad.... The gym is too small and there is no internet or television service in there. The trainer Rachel is great however. The spa area is also small, however the massage and pedicure I had were very good. The public laundry was too small and had one bad iron and board so close to the wall it was difficult to iron. The positive comments are the staff is superb and extremely attentive. I would never go on a silversea cruise again! The bottom line, the line is lacking an element of class or luxury! Regent, Crystal cruise lines are way above and that's where we will go with from now on... Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Recommendation from friend, Nice itinerary. Did not feel like we where in a top cruise. I prefer by far the treatment received at other luxury cruises (Seabourne is great). Ship was beautiful, food great (though sometimes extremely ... Read More
Recommendation from friend, Nice itinerary. Did not feel like we where in a top cruise. I prefer by far the treatment received at other luxury cruises (Seabourne is great). Ship was beautiful, food great (though sometimes extremely slow, once we had to wait 1 hour between our soup and main dish at Indochine, The waiter was very ashamed of the situation but that is not an excuse.) There seemed to be a lot of excuses actually, like that the ship was new, that should not be an excuse. Lots of guest had complaints, one even talked about sending a letter with his attorney (a little excessive for my taste, but he had a plumbing problem so how could I know his experience.) Service at the pool terrible, Nobody was capable of spreading a towel on our daybeds, which is expected at luxury hotels and cruises. This is nos Carnival... The food was great, the wine was great, the boat beautiful, but it is really a shame that the service was so bad. Its not even an issue of attitude (other that the pool), it seems to be an issue of motivation, training, supervision or something like that. We stayed in a large room (Silver Suite), so you would expect that they pay the same or better attention to us, but sometimes it even seemed that because we where young, they seemed to be less interested in us (My wife and I are 32). Jacuzzi stopped working, we reported it, supposedly fixed, but never worked again, got tired of reporting it. Too bad... Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Chose cruise for itinerary. Usually sail with Crystal and I missed them! This ship pretty but staterooms' soundproofing lacking because TVs were in wall. Could hear neighbors' TV right through the wall, Food was not memorable ... Read More
Chose cruise for itinerary. Usually sail with Crystal and I missed them! This ship pretty but staterooms' soundproofing lacking because TVs were in wall. Could hear neighbors' TV right through the wall, Food was not memorable and passengers had no open seating option. Had to reserve every night--earliest was a 7 p.m. reservation. One show each night at 9:45 or 10 p.m. --not good for those passengers who go to bed before midnight. Tiny library. Service was excellent. Scenery and excursions very enjoyable. Went a day early to Athens. Very nice hotel stay with concierge level upgrade. Enjoyed Silversea's provision for business class flights. Traveled by myself as I usually do and encountered some staff who did not react as I would have expected. Given my experience, I doubt I will be taking another cruise with Silversea. I have conveyed everything I have said here in my surveys on the ship and in conversations with staff on board so nothing in this review should surprise them. Missed having lectures to prepare for port visits. Great fitness option Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The ship is new & beautiful, & the staterooms are terrific. All the ports of call were excellent, & the people working on the ship were great. The shore excursions that we took were, for the most part, excellent. We ... Read More
The ship is new & beautiful, & the staterooms are terrific. All the ports of call were excellent, & the people working on the ship were great. The shore excursions that we took were, for the most part, excellent. We especially liked the Opera nights, & we really enjoyed the late night dancing up in the Panorama lounge. The decision to spread the dining between multiple restaurants was effective in making the ship appear less large, but it also was a barrier to meeting people & forming new friendships. The reservation system was confusing & cumbersome, as was having different dress codes for each place. The exercise facility is entirely too small & has average equipment. The need to pre-order certain types of alcoholic beverages before starting the cruise or not to have them be available is also not well done. We were not used to a high-end hospitality business telling us that they could not get us what we wanted. We loved many aspects of the cruise, but we would not sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Embarkation from the port in Athens was remarkably smooth and fast. We were among the very first passengers there which probably helped. We went to the pool deck for lunch and it wasn't too long before we were allowed to go to our ... Read More
Embarkation from the port in Athens was remarkably smooth and fast. We were among the very first passengers there which probably helped. We went to the pool deck for lunch and it wasn't too long before we were allowed to go to our suite. Luggage took a little while to arrive, but not an unacceptable amount of time. The ship is pristine. Our silver suite on deck 10 was extremely comfortable. A very pleasant sitting room with balcony, bedroom with comfortable bed & beautiful bed linen. A very spacious walk in robe with ample hanging space and hangers plus cupboard space. We had a lot of luggage and were able to unpack and put away everything. The bathroom is beautiful. A seperate toilet, huge shower and spa bath and double sinks in a well equipped vanity. Our butler and cleaner were both lovely people and extremely helpful. I have read a lot of criticism about the lack of a communal dining room on the Muse and also difficulty getting into the restaurants. I can't agree. It was my first cruise so I have no experience of the communal dining room. We only pre booked a restaurant for the first night. After that we would speak to our butler each morning and tell him which restaurant we would like for that evening, it was never a problem. We did dine ashore on a couple of occasions. The service in all the restaurants we tried was excellent and the food very good. The only problem I had was at breakfast in La Terraza where the service was sometimes a bit distracted and haphazard. We spent a lot of time on the pool deck as the weather during our cruise was extremely hot. The pool is beautiful and filled with salt water so there isn't that awful chlorine smell. The service around the pool was excellent and it was great to be able to simply move from your lounge bed to a table for lunch. We didn't take part in any shore excursions. They all started early in the morning and we are not early morning people. We would go ashore when it suited us and either wander around or get a taxi to a specific location. For example on Santorini, I chose a beach which was about 20 minutes in a taxi from the port. It was great, well equipped with waiters providing drinks and food & it was lovely to be able to swim in the Med and we simply told the taxi driver when to return to pick us up & he was there right on time. We did a similar thing when we got to Taormina. We did go to the casino, which is very small but perfectly adequate, but not to any of the after dinner entertainment, it simply didn't appeal to us. I did use the Spa for a facial, massage and manicure. The facial was very disappointing with half hour taken trying to convince me (unsucessfully) to have some extremely expensive anti aging treatments. The massage was excellent, although at the end I was talked into buying several hundred dollars worth of product I really didn't want. I was so relaxed after the massage she could have sold me a house. The manicure was perfectly adequate although expensive compared to what I get in Sydney. Disembarking in Rome was again easy although I must admit I didn't expect to have to leave quite so early (cabin vacated by 8.30am) and having your luggage picked up the night before is a nuisance as all the toiletries you need for the morning plus your nightwear then have to be carried with you. Would I go on the Muse again? Definitely if the itinerary was different. I didn't like the concept of a different port each day. There really is no time for anything but a very superficial look at each destination. If there were fewer ports but several days in each one I would happily travel on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our previous experiences with Silversea have all been wonderful, we were really interested in the ports of call. We thought a new ship would be a good experience. However, the Muse is a step down on Silversea experiences. Service, ... Read More
Our previous experiences with Silversea have all been wonderful, we were really interested in the ports of call. We thought a new ship would be a good experience. However, the Muse is a step down on Silversea experiences. Service, specifically in the restaurants was middling to poor, and you had to make reservations, making the experience much less relaxed. We missed the formal nights. Not having them meant the dress code was inconsistent, and you needed (supposedly) to be formal just to get into certain restaurants. Then when you arrived, you found that the standard for formal was very elastic. At the end of the trip we ask for transportation from the port to the Hotel Bauer in a water taxi ,and we were charged a 196 dollars for my wife and I. We waited in the sun for approximately and hour and a half with another couple until the taxi arrived. I. Don't think you should be using this company Venezia Futura in the future. Considering that the other couple was charged the same as we had ,we paid almost 400 dollars for a taxi that's advertised at 92 Euros for up to four passengers, and we had to wait an hour and a half. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We've cruised with Silversea for more than 19 years because we loved its style, intimate atmosphere an excellent food and service. Of course some things needed technological adjustments and renovation in suite confort and decoration. ... Read More
We've cruised with Silversea for more than 19 years because we loved its style, intimate atmosphere an excellent food and service. Of course some things needed technological adjustments and renovation in suite confort and decoration. Now Silver Muse suits offer world class amenities and decoration. Dining options are more varied. But apparently minor changes, such as the dress code, or the cancellation of the no reservation policy of the main dining room have dramatically changed the ship´s signature style and atmosphere! Now you find in common areas men in black or white tie, along with others with no tie or jacket, ladies in evening dressing gowns, along with others in sport attire, and even some wearing bathrobes on the aisles. You feel over dressed or under dressed, or even ridiculous! Enrichment lectures were one of the things I enjoyed. Learning about the culture and history about the places you were about to visit from renowned specialists. This time we visited sites with a rich past, such as Bergamo, Troy, or Ephesus and the lecturer was speaking about Frank Sinatra! This was absolutely not an enrichment lecture! All the staff were friendly and the food was excellent, although in some restaurants and in the pool service was slow at peak hours. I understand the trend to move to big ships and to different customers responds to economic reasons, but if this is the case, why not sell Silver Muse as a different trade mark? I wish Silversea could keep on renovating its smaller ships, but keep the same refined style and excellent service that have gained it world recognition. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We are 12 times cruisers, 3 with silversea. We were looking forward to being on a new ship as the last Silversea ship had some problems with leaks into our suite, it was due for refurb. The new dining arrangements on Silver Muse ... Read More
We are 12 times cruisers, 3 with silversea. We were looking forward to being on a new ship as the last Silversea ship had some problems with leaks into our suite, it was due for refurb. The new dining arrangements on Silver Muse didn't suit us and from speaking with other guests onboard they all agreed. The fact that there was no dining room where you could walk up and ask to be sat at a table of 4 or 6 took a lot of the joy of cruising away. We enjoy talking with other guest from around the world over dinner. I spoke with the ship's hotel manager and he acknowledged they had a problem and were looking at ways to remedy. It is a big problem for him with the ship's design not suitable to have a "main dining room". Other than the dining problem most other aspects of the cruise went well, the staff were efficient and friendly, we enjoyed the trivia, ( where we met other guests), the ports were interesting and the weather was kind to us. We may cruise with Silversea again but NEVER on Silver Muse if the dining arrangements remain the same. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We started out with a horrible pre-cruise experience. We booked directly with Silversea's "Cruise Specialist" and after submitting our passport information, including expiration dates, and having it accepted by Silversea, ... Read More
We started out with a horrible pre-cruise experience. We booked directly with Silversea's "Cruise Specialist" and after submitting our passport information, including expiration dates, and having it accepted by Silversea, we received all documents and got to the airport, where they refused my husband boarding because his passport expired in two months. We had to spend 2 nights in Philadelphia waiting for the passport office to open before we could get on the plane and received no call backs or help whatsoever from Silversea, even though we followed their emergency directions. It is in the fine print that a passport should be valid for 6 months after return, but my husband had just returned from Asia, who has the same caveats, with no problem. So, we missed the first two nights of our vacation in Greece & got to spend them stressed out in Philadelphia with no baggage, as it had gone on to Athens, and no assistance form Silversea, instead. Not a great way to start a vacation. Upon arrival in Athens - Car & driver waiting with car that was too small, but still a good transfer to Piraeus. Boarded the ship - it's pretty, but bland - not very warm and I'm not a big fan of the art, as I am of the Silver Spirit's or the ships. Ugly carpet through. Cabins are beautiful, with one exception - there is no longer a vanity, so make-up, etc. has to be done in the bathroom, which is annoying. Staff were absolutely wonderful - We were diverted from Dikilii to Izmir, which was an awful port. Kusadasi is always nice, but Marmaris so so, Santorini has gotten so overcrowded it's sad, Patmos was wonderful, Kotor fabulous as always, Dubrovnik always great, Hvar was probably our favorite, Koper has a cute little old town, but we grabbed a taxi to Piran, a seaside resort, which was beautiful. Breakfast always good in LA Terrazza. Had it one morning in Atlantide & it took 2 hours, so we gave up & stuck with La Terrraza. Rarely had lunch on board, but the Grill was ok, not great. La Terrazza dinners were good; Silver Note really not great food - too much going on, although the entertainment was fabulous; Kaiseiki was fun and worth the uncharge; La Dame was a let-down after many great Le Champagne meals - undercooked lobster, but good service; Indochine was awful - dried out dim sum, chicken coconut soup that didn't take or look like any I'd every seen before, naan looked & tasted like burnt tortilla slices, just not good; Hot Rocks always good; Atlantide I enjoyed, but husbands fish was not good - excellent service though. Pizzeria ok. Wish they could get fresh fish on board, as the frozen is always disappointing. Missed not having afternoon teas and the Arts Cafe' was a cold souless room and not a great substitute. Our biggest complaint was no main dining room - is it a pain and very stressful to have to make reservations every night. We missed being able to go into the Main Dining Room at any time with any size group and have a broad selection of food choices, all served beautifully & that is probably the reason I won't steer towards the Silver Muse again. Dining was a pain and the food wasn't all that great. The pool area is fantastic - loved the new L-shaped sofas for those of us that don't want too much sun. Only had one massage from Adena, but it was probably one of the best I've ever had - she was wonderful!! Work-out facilities nice. Reception, main lobby and bar are huge and no one ever in them - I would suggest using 2/3s of this as a main dining room. We had a wonderful cruise once we finally got there, but don't think we will choose the Silver Muse or book directly with Silversea ever again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Overall the cruise was extremely pleasing and we enjoyed it very much. The cabin was very well appointed and comfortable, the shower would be better if it was larger, we find no need for the bathtub. Dining experience not good, ... Read More
Overall the cruise was extremely pleasing and we enjoyed it very much. The cabin was very well appointed and comfortable, the shower would be better if it was larger, we find no need for the bathtub. Dining experience not good, having to make restaurant reservations months before departure with little knowledge of the setting is not effective and leaves no room for flexibility of choices. Meeting new friends and desiring to dine together not possible. Menus in all venues redundant, no changes or options. Gilbert handled complaints very professionally. Destination lectures should be provided, it would be tour enhancing if before tour talks were provided. The 5th floor Lounge should be made more welcoming and cozy and possibly used as a meeting location of those passengers wanting social time before dinner as well as a venue to talk about the days tours and the next days venue. Shows were not up to our expectations, some performers were good, some just okay. Arrangements were dull, repetitious, and not professional. The ship and crew could not have been more accommodating and pleasant. Most of the shore excursions were good, the lunches were to long and felt time filling, more information and less food would be more to the reason for the learning experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Have sailed with Silverseas before and liked it. However, the experiments on Muse were a failure in my opinion. No open dining! Well, we made reservations for several nights. The problem was we met some great people and the 8 of us ... Read More
Have sailed with Silverseas before and liked it. However, the experiments on Muse were a failure in my opinion. No open dining! Well, we made reservations for several nights. The problem was we met some great people and the 8 of us wanted to have dinner together. They made that almost impossible so we ended up dining off the ship in the evenings when we were in port until 10. There were a lot of complaints about this and I hope they decide to allow at least one restaurant to remain open dining. If not, we won't sail on this ship again and if they put this into place on all their ships, I'll be looking for a new cruise line. ALSO...no coffee or tea available until 6:30 am. One of my favorite times of day on a cruise is early morning (5-6). Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch the sunrise over the horizon. Well, unless you wanted to order room service and wait 1/2 an hour or pre-order the night before (and that would be the morning you actually managed to sleep in) there was nothing available until 6:30 am. You don't need a barista; you simply need coffee and hot water and fixings to make a cup to roam around. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The itinerary was the initial draw along with the fact that the ship was brand new. The size of the Muse was very appealing and the ratio of crew to passengers was exactly what we were looking for. The food was superb and the service was ... Read More
The itinerary was the initial draw along with the fact that the ship was brand new. The size of the Muse was very appealing and the ratio of crew to passengers was exactly what we were looking for. The food was superb and the service was impeccable. I made all our dinner reservations months before we boarded so I had something reserved for each evening. I presumed we could change our plans once we were onboard, but I thought it safer to have something lined up. The cabins were beautiful and very comfortable. Everything was seamless -- embarkation, debarkation, the land excursions, tendering, etc. All of it was done exactly as we had envisioned it. We had a great time and look forward to our next cruise on the Muse. The only suggestion we had is that it might be a nice touch to provide unlimited internet for everyone. Other than that, I highly recommend Silverseas as it lived up to and actually surpassed all the wonderful things I had heard about the cruise line beforehand. I think I have been spoiled for any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the Silver Muse, our expectations were exceded, what an intelligent selection we made. The organisation, logistic, attention and service provided are amazing, you can feel the intentions ... Read More
We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the Silver Muse, our expectations were exceded, what an intelligent selection we made. The organisation, logistic, attention and service provided are amazing, you can feel the intentions of the personnel to make your stay confortable, enjoyable and well taken care off. The SHIP... Oooohhh THE SHIP what a MUSE, well named! clean, neat, peaceful, happy, confortable, we enjoyed everything. Must of all the system of the different restaurant and the flexibility to make reservations at different hours, I coordinated the times according to the ports departures to have the most time at land, the wine list SUPERB! the meals exquisite high-end cuisine.The entertainment on board made us meet new friends and enjoy each show and bar with them, My Butler OSCAR FERRER a must at silver, made our anniversary night amazing! Memories we made at MUSE are a keepsake in our hearts! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We sailed on the Silver Spirit on it's Athens to Venice seven-day cruise in August 2016. It was our first time on Silversea and we were looking forward to our cruise and it didn't disappoint! Embarkation was as easy as ... Read More
We sailed on the Silver Spirit on it's Athens to Venice seven-day cruise in August 2016. It was our first time on Silversea and we were looking forward to our cruise and it didn't disappoint! Embarkation was as easy as imaginable. We were the only two people embarking. We did get there a little early but not much. We were escorted throughout the process and even escorted to our cabin to see where it was even though cabins weren't ready yet. We had lunch on the pool deck and by 2pm the cabins were ready and our luggage had been delivered! We had a veranda suite on deck six. It was very spacious with a great walk-in closet and plenty of drawers for storage. The sitting area was spacious too. The bathroom was nice although we never used the separate tub. We did use the veranda some and that was fine. A couple of other nice treats were the binoculars in the room and the TV in the mirror. However, the sound and picture quality on the TV need updating. It wasn't HD quality and the sound was like like a radio not quite set to the station. Our butler was new but good. We had breakfast in our suite every morning and he was very punctual. We really liked the small ship feel. No crowds, no lines. Also no pesky photographers. Service was very good throughout. We also liked the all-inclusive aspect and not having to sign for drinks, etc. Having bottled water when getting off and on the ship was great. Some nice cool towels when returning after a hot day in port would've been a nice touch. We only got that at embarkation. We have had that service on other lines and were surprised not to find it with SilverSea. The food was very good to fantastic. I realize that's subjective but we like to have a great meal at a nice restaurant and Silver Spirit did well in the regard. We had dinners in Stars Supper Club, La Terrazza (twice), the Hot Rocks Grill and Le Champagne. We had dinners ashore twice. We had lunch by the pool and in the MDR a couple times. We always had breakfast in our suite. We also thought the bar service was very good, either with standard cocktails or wine or with some special orders. We were traveling with a small group so we didn't partake of the entertainment. We did find some time to play blackjack though and found the dealers and fellow players to be very good. We ended the cruise up a few bucks, so that helped! There isn't much for shopping on the ship compared to bigger ships but that was OK. They do have some sundries hidden away if you need something basic; you just have to ask in the shop. There was some confusion in getting our butler to help with a purchase of Zantac, as our documentation stated that Butlers or Reception could help with this purchase, but we ended up just getting it ourselves. Both the Butler and Reception insisted we see the doctor for this over-the-counter medication. Since we spent a good part of the time in port, the ship's shops were not open very often. The internet was typical cruise ship internet; good enough for checking email, Facebook and the news. We got an hour a day with our suite and that was enough for us. We booked our excursions through Silversea. Several were included excursions and they were good. We had a paid shore tour in Venice that was quite good and a dinner ashore in Dubrovnik at a family estate that was fabulous! On thing about this cruise, the held our passports on the ship. They said it was to assist with getting clearance in each port. We got them back in Venice. We heard they might do that so we brought color copies of our photo page with us ashore. Disembarkation was just about as easy as getting on. With such a small ship, finding our luggage was very easy. Overall a five star cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Originally chose this cruise as it left from Istanbul and having worked with ships through the Turkish straits for nmany years had always wanted to go through myself. However with the security situation this year they moved the start to ... Read More
Originally chose this cruise as it left from Istanbul and having worked with ships through the Turkish straits for nmany years had always wanted to go through myself. However with the security situation this year they moved the start to Athens which was the biggest let down of the holiday but understandable and at least they took the decision early. It proved a good decision, on the day we flew to Athens, Istanbul airport was closed dues the bombs there! Booked through 6 Star Cruises, who's transfers and the hotel booking in Athens were immaculate. Boarding was very swift, almost no one else there at that time as we came from our hotel by taxi. After lunch all luggage was happily in the room for unpacking. On this cruise we hadn't seen much point in booking excursions, just did one (on Corfu where there was limited shore time for such a large island).The excursions there were seemed very expensive and I didn't hear too much glowing praise so maybe this was a good choice. At almost every port of call we were lightered to or docked in the port so didn't need tours to have a good day out. Lightering worked very well and we never had to queue more than a couple of minutes. Food I thought was very good, better than Regent the previous year. The Japanese is really good but only worth one evening paying due the limited menu, and I would skip the French completely anther time for the main dining room as there is too much fat/cream in the food, but the (inclusive) Italian, grill, and the main dining room were excellent quality and had grreat choice on the menu. We always got good tables, quickly and service was excellent. Recommend going to the Japanese for lunch of Shasimi and Sushi at no extra charge if you don't watn to pay the extra $40 a head for dinner. For drinkers like us there were excellent wines at the table, plus cocktails in the bars, where they seemed happy to make anything even stufff not on their lists. Live entertainment was OK , the performers excellent but I have to say not really what I was into. They showed the Euros final in Paris on the big screen and the semi finals in conference rooms with bar service which was an excellent touch. The cruise director's show was best, he's a great guy and his regular trivia quizzes are good fun in the late afternoon., though the points awarded are rather mean - you need 80 for a base ball cap and the list of prizes list actually very poor!! We didn't go to many enrichment lecturers but saw them all on the ships TV and they were very good and helpful with each port. The one bad event happened to me in Koper where some mad old lady local dumped a bucket of water containing god knows what over me in the main square by the cathedral from a 3rd floor window. I went back to the ship to change, reporting the issue to the shore and ship staff and filled in and filed a report but little happened and I have no idea really if the incident was followed up by the police. Silversea did not handle this well. Liked the forward and observation lounges for cocktails before or coffee etc after dinner. Room were comfortable, plenty big enough (we were in 755), the facilities OK though these days the TV should be much larger and the fridge actually cool. The butler was a good guy, thugh we didn't use him too much, and the cabin attendant was a really nice man. All the crew seemed very friendly and happy and I thought that the ship on the whole is very well run. Public rooms good too. WORST THINGG ON SHIP - without a doubt the awfully slow wifi, so antiquated, really needs some investment,, should be so much better on such a small ship given what you are paying. First stop ashore was always a coffee bar with free wifi, always so much faster in every country. Most days could not download the Times in less than 20 mins, a pain when you are on a limited time budget for the voyage. Overall loved the ship and would use Silversea again, but would prefer say Regent for an itinerary where tours were necessary. Ports 2 July 2016 - Mykonos, Greece (lightered) Nice luxurious island, excellent for a stroll about the town and viewing the shops and the windmills. Lightering point short stroll away. 3 July 2016 - Monemvasia, Greece (lightered) Catch a (cheap) shuttle (pay) bus to/from the city gates (about 1.5 miles away) from lightering point. Too far to walk in the heat and dangerous on the narrow road. Very unique and interesting World heritage town. but to fill the full day ashore go swimming after or go back to ship for lunch and air con. 4 July 2016 - Zakinthos, Greece (lightering) Rather boring town on medium sized island. Not much to see, could easily be dropped from the cruise itinerary for somewhere more interesting like in Albania. Best plan to go swimming. Top site seems to be a 40 year old shipwreck that spoils a rather nice looking secluded white beach. Ship did a short detour on leaving so we could see this famous site. Best way to see it is that way with a Bellini in your hand! 5 July 2016 Corfu - docked Ship is docked a good way from the port exit and the town, if not doing a tour you need to take a bus or taxi. Did tour to Achillion Palace (well worth seeing, loads of history especially if you have been to Vienna and seen the other side of the links to the Austro Hungarian empire) , with a stop to see famous Mouse Island and the planes landing below you at the airport. Then onto Corfu town. Would have liked more time in the town but so hot walking around at midday a bit tough. 6 July 2016 Kotor, Montenegro - 7 July 2016 Fabulous sail in/out, get up early and sit with coffee on your balcony, you will see both sides as ship stays overnight . Ship initialy lightered but then docked at 5pm for an overnight stay. Unfortunately a thunder storm rolled in and spoiled any chances of an evening ashore. Geat waled city, wish we had seen more but the above menioned incidnt rather spoiled it for us. 7 July - Dubrovnik (lightered) Arrived after the great early sail out from Kotor and breakfast. Lightered but again strait to town, no walking at all to be in the old city. Very crowded, much better later in the pm which with a late evening sail out we happily could do. Prices very expensive though. 8 July 2016 Hvar, Croatia - (lightered) Nice island small town, not a lot to see though, best to go swimming after a look around the shops and the cathedral, or go on a tour to Split 9 July 2016 Koper, Slovenia (docked) Docked right by the city so easy walk in. Great views from bell tower. A quieter city than many of the others (maybe as it was Saturday and all locals at the beach). Worth looking around and good shops. 10 July 2016 Venice, Italy -and overnight Worth getting up v early to see the great sail in past San Marco etc. Short walk to shuttle boat from cruise docks to 2 bridges up from an Marco, very convenient start point for what ever you want to do. Having been a few times before we were happy to wander. though marvelling at the extortionate prices they try to charge (saw coffee at €10 for example). Really nice to view from ship but a port best seen in off peak season, especially in winter. 5 ships in the day we docked. Too many people. Disembark - Transfer - Flight - Venice Venice airport a dump, glad we were in a lounge, and as usual BA were late (3 hours on London-Athens leg and 1.5 hours on this return). Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband & I completely enjoyed our Silver Sea experience, everything went smoothly from beginning to end, on our 10 day cruise on Silver Spirit from Athens to Athens. We cruised the Greek Islands as well as Kusadasi, Turkey just ... Read More
My husband & I completely enjoyed our Silver Sea experience, everything went smoothly from beginning to end, on our 10 day cruise on Silver Spirit from Athens to Athens. We cruised the Greek Islands as well as Kusadasi, Turkey just prior to the airport bombing in Istanbul airport, and our experience of Ancient Ephesus and Mary's house was incredible, and not to be missed. Icha was a wonderful, amazing tour guide! It would be very sad to not be able to go to Turkey now, because of the political unrest, it was so beautiful! We absolutely enjoyed the different aspects of each of the Greek Islands and hope to go back in particular to Magical Santorini, Historical Rhodes with it's fabulous beaches, Old city and castles, as well as Mama Mia's Skiathos Island! And if you go to Thessaloniki, make sure and do your shopping there, as the prices & choices are best there. The historical Churches were amazing to see there as well. The Ship; Let me tell you about the ship, first of all this is the smallest ship we have sailed on and also our first luxury cruise. So I am writing this review from the perspective of a first time Silver Sea cruiser. I am wanting to impart information that gives you a heads up as to what to expect, particularly if this is your first time on Silver Seas. This ship did live large though, we never felt cramped. I have cruised several other cruise lines. This ship was about 2/3's full. Our cruise was a celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary and we wanted to treat ourselves. The cruise did not disappoint, we were impressed with the impeccable service all throughout ship. Truly top notch! And the tasty 5 star food. Even the breakfast Danish tasted as if it was freshly made that morning, and they were huge! Our Butler Riju and Mark our cabin cleaner were amazing in always knowing the right time to come by and they did pamper us with treats and great room service. The cruise ship is layed out quite nicely and there are many different places on the ship to hang out inside and/or outside to enjoy your drinks and canapés that the ship serves in the bar/lounge areas prior to dinner. The bartenders were fantastic and remembered what drinks we wanted and our names. Rex and Fred were outstanding! We loved meeting the Art Dealer and his wife in the bar. In the evening after 5 pm, women are expected to wear long pants or a dress, it can be casual on informal to casual nights. And men are expected to wear long pants. On Formal nights men are expected to wear jackets and a tie as well in the dining and indoor restaurants. The exception is if you eat at The Grill. The Restaurants; My favorite restaurant was La Terrazza because it was fabulous Italian food and you could eat outside which was fun during a sail away. The pasta was freshly made everyday, and the portions were small and the menu changed slightly day to day. I really appreciated all that. Our least favorites were the 2 specialty restaurants, Le Champagne and Star Supper club, not because of the food, because all the food on the ship was 5 star, but mostly because the service took so long. We sat there for 3 hours in each. I don't like to sit anywhere 3 hours straight! The wine served with all the meals were delicious choices. Someone definitely knew how to pair wine with the meals and did a great job! However, it was a very nice experience to spontaneously decide to have dinner with another couple, and not have to have an awkward moment with someone new as to who is going to pay, or how to divide up the check. Because, we all already paid for everything in advance of the trip. The Pool area: I found the pool a bit on the cold side, it could have been a degree or two warmer to be able to lounge in it. Even though Greece was having a heat wave, the pool was colder than the Greek ocean water. There were always empty lounge chairs, and so it was easy to relax by the pool. The Cabin on Deck 4: Let me tell you it is the biggest suite we have ever cruised, and we booked the least expensive regular cabin and it was huge. It has 4 separate sections. 1) First we walked in we noticed a soaking tub for 2 people, as well as a large shower ( for a cruise ship) As well as plenty of space for toiletries on the granite bathroom counter with dual sinks. Our fabulous butler brought us balloon's for my birthday, yes we celebrated my birthday on the ship as well, and we had a bath drawn for us 2 nights out of our 10 day cruise. We felt spoiled and well taken care of! We even had our sunglasses cleaned and polished with a polishing cloth that was left for us, and my husband also had his shoes shinned, and at the end of our trip our luggage was thoroughly cleaned inside and out. 2) The second section was the walk in closet space with enough hangers to hang all our clothes and plenty of spare room in the closet and a 6 drawers tall chest of drawers. There was plenty of room to change our clothes in the closet area. 3) The King bed area, also had two end tables on each side as well as a vanity at the foot of the bed with a TV in the wall area, which doubled as a mirror when the TV was off. There was plenty of cabinets in which to store things, but we didn't end up using it. 4) The fourth area had a curtain that could be drawn between the seating area with a coffee table, couch and sitting chair. It also had another TV in the wall/mirror area and another vanity area. This area also had a refrigerator that was stocked with our favorite drinks as well as fresh ice everyday. We did not spend much time in the cabin because we toured everyday, but when we did spend time in it, we loved the space! We did not book a balcony cabin, and we were told by our butler Riju that it was too warm to hang out on the balcony anyway because of the heat wave, and that we then had more floor space in our suite without it. The Passengers: There was a mix of couples and friends traveling together. Everyone was open to meeting new people, and we got to meet and know some very interesting, warm and engaging people. And it was wonderful that everyone shared tips about the various restaurants and excursions. We met a recently retired NFL coach and his lovely wife, a retired attorney. A 29 year old entrepreneur who had also brought his girlfriend and parents on the trip. And a lovely retired couple from Australia and another lovely couple from S. Africa. Excursions: Each excursion had about 22 people or less, and we never waited in any lines whatsoever, not for getting off the ship, not for dinner, and not for an elevator as you do on some of the bigger ships. Also the entertainers by night become chaperones during the day trips and alert you when the time is right to get back on the bus or to leave back for the cruise ship. It was nice to get to know them well. The Gym & Spa I did go look at it, but unlike using it on cruise ships in the past, I never felt like I had the time or the energy to use it. Our excursions were in the morning, and by the time we were done touring in the Greek heat, I was done for the day. There were no at sea days on this trip. So it was tough to make time to spa as well, just not enough time for everything. I am an eclectic cruiser, I like variety of cruise styles and ships with a preference for the much larger ships. Each cruise line has their pros and cons. And I especially appreciate the larger than life entertainment & comedy & shopping on the larger ships which was missing on this smaller luxury cruise. Shopping, Gambling & Photography on board: The boutiques on board were only open very late at night, and there wasn't much to look at in the stores, I was disappointed by that. Just few pieces of very high end jewelry and clothes. If you forget something for your trip, make sure and ask the shop keeper if she has the item you need, because the most basic things one might need are hidden from view and are behind a locked mirrored cabinet. We never saw anyone gambling in the casinos when we walked by around 10 to 10:30 pm, but we were told they do get busy very late at night. Also while cruising, I do like having our pictures taken particularly for formal nights to commemorate a special trip, but there are not any photographers on this cruise. I did miss that perk that you get on the larger ships. In Conclusion; My husband prefers the Silver Sea experience over the other cruise lines. He said he has never felt more relaxed. He loved that everything was paid for in advance and that he wasn't needing to sign for anything at all! We look forward to our next trip with Silver Seas. As far as I go, I prefer the larger ships, but will definitely be more than willing to do another Silver Sea cruise in the near future. It was an unforgettable 5 star experience, and my favorite part was meeting all the fabulous friendly people, and having the most interesting conversations with them, as well as the exquisite dining experiences! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We traveled with our adult children (separate cabins). We enjoyed the size of ship and the shore excursions. The ship staff was not that good at keeping track of passengers or helping those with mobility issues on the excursions. The ... Read More
We traveled with our adult children (separate cabins). We enjoyed the size of ship and the shore excursions. The ship staff was not that good at keeping track of passengers or helping those with mobility issues on the excursions. The food was good although I was expecting the quality to be higher. Service at the restaurants was generally good (not exceptional) but inconsistent. The cabin service was good. Cabins were spotless. The butler service was inconsistent. One room the butler was very good, the other adequate. All in all an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We chose for the smaller of the three types of ships that they have. We have, in the past, sailed on the Silver Cloud and the Silver Spirit. We did not really like their largest ship the Spirit. The trip went from Athens, four ports in ... Read More
We chose for the smaller of the three types of ships that they have. We have, in the past, sailed on the Silver Cloud and the Silver Spirit. We did not really like their largest ship the Spirit. The trip went from Athens, four ports in Egypt as well as the Suez Canal, Aquaba, two ports in Oman and our last stop was Dubai. What a great trip this was, the very best ever with Silversea. Not one complaint. But we sail for specific reasons with them. We want a small ship, we want 4 - 6 real sea days, with no land in sight. We go for great food, good wines and very very good and friendly service. We like the all inclusive prices that they have. We like their suites, but moaners and groaners will probably have some reason to bitch about the size of the bathroom or a little bit of wear and tear. So it is not 100 % perfect, but it is cozy, homely, classy, european, friendly and luckily with few nouveau riche, noisy complaining, non cultured windbags. We loved it and have booked again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Embarkation in Piraeus, the port for Athens, on 10 May was extremely smooth and easy. In a change from our typical “do-it-yourself” approach we actually stayed at a Silversea hotel and took their transfer ... Read More
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Embarkation in Piraeus, the port for Athens, on 10 May was extremely smooth and easy. In a change from our typical “do-it-yourself” approach we actually stayed at a Silversea hotel and took their transfer from the hotel to the port. Yes, it was a large bus but only 24 or so passengers so it was a quick and easy 45 or so minute trip. Our luggage was whisked away by waiting porters and we went into the terminal to go through security and check-in. Other than the Greek officials checking passports the rest of our processing was done by ship's staff in the terminal. The check-in entailed surrendering our passports, verifying the credit card we'd be using for ship board purchases, and getting our room key cards. No waiting for group numbers or colors to be called, we were immediately escorted to the ship where staff took our carry-on luggage from us and assisted us in boarding the ship. We were greeted by Colin Brown, the ship’s cruise director, and he recognized us from our previous cruise on the Wind. The staff with our carry-on bags waited patiently while we exchanged pleasantries and then escorted us to our cabins. Amazingly, though probably not surprising considering the size of the ship, our luggage was very quickly delivered to our cabins. Disembarkation on 28 May in Civitavecchia, the distant port for Rome, was amazingly rapid and easy. One thing we didn't like about disembarkation, and it's more of an observation than a complaint, is that Silversea asked us to leave our cabins not later than 8:30 AM so they could prepare for the on-coming passengers though our butler and cabin attendant were very patient and really didn’t pressure us. We’d had eighteen days with them and had gotten to know both of them very well. An outstanding team. As it turned out we went to one of the restaurants for a full breakfast and we were off the ship by 8:45 AM. Passing through Italian Customs and Immigration was quick and really very easy. The ship's staff, many of whom we'd gotten to know during the cruise, quickly greeted us in the terminal, helped us locate our luggage, and make connection with our transportation. Once again we used a Silversea hotel for our post-cruise stay in Rome so we were again on a partially full bus. Sadly, but efficiently, we were driven away from the terminal within 15 or 20 minutes and arrived at our hotel some hour and 45 minutes later. Itinerary: The highlight, and main reason for booking this cruise, was the itinerary. Actually it was a combined itinerary of two 9-day cruises and our first back-to-back cruise. Fourteen ports in eighteen days, and actually three of those were overnights, was intense and exciting. We started in Athens then on to Kusadasi, Santorini, Nafplion, Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, Koper, Split, Sorrento, and finally Civitavecchia. At least for us this was a second cruise of a lifetime following our previous Mediterranean cruise that had focused more on the eastern Med. We'd be hard pressed to say we like one better than another as each had its own attraction, flavor, and interest. Excurions: Quite frankly we were on the move on this cruise. The first sixteen days were port after port, city after city, and site after site. In fact, out of eighteen days we only had one sea day and that was during the second cruise on the next to last full day. We took a mix of self-guided, ship's, and private tours. I think we did just about as well as we could have done and in retrospect I can't think of any tour we would have done any differently. It's almost impossible to list where we went and what we saw on this cruise. Overall highlights have to include a second and unrushed visit to the Acropolis in Athens, Ephesus and the terrace houses , Olympia, Venice, many sites in Rome that we didn’t get to two years ago including a private tour of the Vatican, and that's just to name a few off the top of my head. Let's just say the list of "oh my gosh's" is long and extensive and I'd ventured to say my wife's list is probably different than mine. She's building our website report, day by day, right now and eventually the whole cruise will be captured at www.klugsplace.com . Service: The service on the Wind was almost impeccable without being intrusive or overbearing, certainly the best we've had in all of our cruises. Regular or loyal Silversea cruisers are probably thinking "And you expected what?" about this time and admittedly stepping up to a luxury cruise was everything we thought it might be and maybe a bit more. Maybe it's all about expectations and I like to think we're not demanding people so it's not like we set out to come up with requests or challenges to see how well the staff performed. It is just little things like thinking we might want to eat outside the night we transitioned through the Straights of Messina. We’d failed to make reservation and were pretty much resigned to eating in the main restaurant. At lunch that day one of the head waiters came by and asked how we were doing and where were we going to eat that night. We told him the main restaurant as we’d failed to make other arrangements. He immediately said “Let me check on that”. Within an hour we had a wonderful table on the aft deck outside of the La Terrazza restaurant. Food: I feel like I'm sounding like a broken record, or sound loop for those of you who don't remember records, but the food on the Wind was excellent. Even on this small ship there are basically four dining venues. There is the main restaurant aptly named The Restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is the La Terrazza that is semi-buffet for breakfast and lunch but transforms into a full service Italian restaurant at night. There is the Pool Grill that serves a continental "wellness" breakfast, has menu lunch, and transforms into the Black Rock Grill at night. Should say here that the Black Rock Grill is actually a fun, interactive dining option where you get to cook your own dinner on this extremely hot eight or so inch square flat lava rock. Hard to explain but it's actually easy and the staff is right there to help you through the process. The final option is the Le Champagne which is the Wind's only additional charge specialty restaurant that serves only dinner in a very small and intimate setting. We ate in all the venues on the cruise with the exception of the Le Champagne this cruise. The Restaurant and Hot Rocks were fantastic but I will have to say the La Terrazza was a big disappointment this cruise. It was one of the best venues on the same ship two years ago but throughout our cruise the food was sometimes marginal and the service painfully slow. Entertainment: In a break or a change from our previous cruise on the Wind we didn’t go to many of the shows on this cruise. We did go to see Colin Brown who is not only the Cruise Director but also a very accomplished concert pianist and he performed a couple of nights during the cruise. In addition the ship had a small 4-piece band who performed nightly in the Panorama Bar and a piano player/singer who performed in The Bar, yes another aptly named venue, every night. There is a casino, and I use the term a bit loosely here as it is small with only one blackjack table, one variation of poker table, one roulette table, and maybe a dozen slot machines. Unfortunately the casino was closed totally or until late many nights as we had the overnights and many late departures. We spent much less time there and dancing versus our previous cruise and really just enjoyed the company of fellow passengers and ourselves most evenings. Passengers: I'd say the average age on this cruise was in the mid-50's to early 60's, a bit younger than what we've become used to on Holland America but not significantly different. It certainly was an international group with the majority being English speakers, probably 90% of the passengers, from United States, England, Canada, Asia, India, and Australia. I did also hear German, French, Italian, and I think Russian from a few couples. There were a few children, maybe five or six, mostly babies and none over two or three years old but the families seemed to stay pretty much to themselves and you really didn't notice them around much. Of course with such a port intensive cruise folks were off the ship almost daily so there wasn’t a lot of time confined to the ship. One observation was the interesting difference in the two 9-day cruises. Only 18 or so of us stayed on the ship for the second leg so we had a significant turnover of passengers. The nature of the overall group on the first 9-day leg was a little more party-like. Interestingly it was driven in large part by one couple who were celebrating a birthday and them, in a good hearted way most of the time, wanted everybody to enjoy themselves and help them celebrate. It wasn’t distracting but it was certainly obvious. The second group was more reserved and had more returning Silversea Venetian Society members than the first. We met great people on both legs and made what we think will be two or three lasting friendships to the point we’re presently planning to cruise next year with one of the couples. Overall Impression: This was our second cruise on Silversea after several cruises on Holland America and one Celebrity cruise. In all fairness it probably isn't fair to compare those cruise lines to Silversea. Yes, it's a cruise and a ship but the scale of operations and the resulting level of service plus the all-inclusive aspect don't lend themselves to exact comparison. It's hard to say, mainly because it's so subjective, that one is better than the other or one is worth or not worth the money. This cruise set an extraordinarily high mark from the itinerary to the service to the food. Without a doubt it was a great cruise because of the unusual and exciting itinerary so many cruises would pale in comparison. We will cruise Silversea again without hesitation and are already planning a cruise for next year with new found friends from this cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Seabourn Quest 2012 cruise vs. Silversea Spirit 2013 cruise We took the Seabourn Quest 2012 11-day cruise from Rome to Barcelona and a 2013 Silversea Spirit 7-day cruise from Athens to Istanbul. Bearing in mind that we are dealing with ... Read More
Seabourn Quest 2012 cruise vs. Silversea Spirit 2013 cruise We took the Seabourn Quest 2012 11-day cruise from Rome to Barcelona and a 2013 Silversea Spirit 7-day cruise from Athens to Istanbul. Bearing in mind that we are dealing with the top of the high end, and that a comparison in this league is perhaps splitting a few hairs, here is my attempt to make a head to head comparison: 1. Embarkation process: Equally flawless from arrival to completion with lunch served while suites were being prepared for early arrivals, but with some minor differences noted: when you arrive your cabin on Quest, your luggage is sitting on a mat on your bed, whereas on the Spirit your luggage is waiting at your suite’s door. However, the Spirit has a "butler” assigned to all cabins, who offered to unpack us (we declined the offer). (Butler service on the Quest is limited to the highest end suites.) One troublesome gaffe on the Spirit (which I guess could happen anywhere), is that one of pieces of our luggage did not arrive to our room, despite bearing the preprinted Spirit label with suite number on it. We immediately alerted our butler, who repeatedly assured us that the "hotel manager” was on the dock dealing with it and that most likely was delayed for additional security screenings due to containers of liquids in the piece. Then, after 90 minutes of such "assurances”, another guest graciously brought the missing luggage to our suite, advising that it was mis-delivered to his suite. It would be better if they used bar code scanner labels to know where luggage is during movement. Notwithstanding this gaffe, I give a tie vote to the embarkation process. 2. The Ship: Upon first entering the Spirit, my first impression was that (perhaps because it is older), it was dark (using dark woods), as compared to the Quest which presented a lighter and more open experience. As one descends to the lower decks on the Quest, the hallways get narrower, following the taper of the hull, consistent, however, with maintaining uniformity of suite size on all decks. Also, a significant issue to watch out for on the Quest is that some of the suites on the lower decks had portions of veranda walls in metal (instead of the usual glass), effectively serving to block some of the exterior views from those cabins. A niggling design annoyance on the Spirit was that one person could not pass another at the foot of the bed because of the narrowness created by the Spirit building in a second vanity table coming out from the wall opposite the foot of the bed. Otherwise, appointments within the suite were equal, though the Spirit had a bathtub (which the Butler or housekeeper once left with a surprise bubble bath for my wife!), whereas (I think) the Quest did not have a tub (which we do not use anyway). Due to the brighter presentation of the Quest, and the annoyance of inability of us to pass each other at the foot of the bed on the Spirit, the edge in my vote goes to the Quest. On the other hand, while we were midship, higher than middeck on both ships, the sense of any movement, docking, or dock departure was simply undetectable on the Spirit, whereas I did get seasick one night on the Quest. (That, however, may be more a function of routing on open seas, than ship.) However, this should be balanced by the fact that at the time of our booking, Silversea’s pricing for virtually the same 2013 cruise offered by Seabourn (not on Quest), was much more aggressive, which can serve to assuage petty annoyances! (Seabourn’s substantially higher pricing at the time may have reflected it having sold out of the mid-range suites, and the fact that Silversea was running a sale at the time of our booking.) Finally, we experienced some substantial vibration in suites on the aft end of the Spirit that we never experienced anywhere else on the Spirit, so I would book mid or forward on Spirit. 3. Food: Food on cruises is a very big deal to me, so my commentary is perhaps skewed in relation to other factors. The food is excellent on both ships. Now for the whining: The (outdoor buffet) breakfasts on the Quest are deeper in variety, such as interesting daily specials made to order. And one more niggling point about breakfast: it is almost a sacrilege to me for the Spirit to have such wonderful servings of smoked salmon, with cream cheese and capers, and yet no bagels upon which to enjoy it. (I certainly respect readers’ right to deemed me "spoiled”, or to not even know what a bagel and lox is; suffice it to say, the Quest had bagels to go with the smoked salmon, which I enjoyed at many breakfasts.) At (outdoor buffet) lunch, this issue got deeper on the Spirit. There was plenty of good food, but simply not at the depth of quality and selection (and expense to the ship) as on the Quest. For instance, on the Quest, the chef continuously put out individual chilled glass bowl servings of plump shrimp cocktail. Nothing like that on the Spirit. There was more selection of high line food on the Quest’s outdoor lunch buffet, and fellow gourmands (who sailed both cruise lines) concurred with me that there appeared to be relative economizing on the Spirit’s outdoor lunch buffet. (Of course, perhaps over the last year, Seabourn performed some belt tightening of which I would be unaware (no pun intended)). Dinners on both ships’ restaurants were equally excellent, though the standing menu filet mignons on the Spirit were so thin that they appeared to curl up a bit in cooking. The Spirit had more restaurants (+-6 vs. +-4), but two of them on the Spirit were extra charge restaurants, in comparison to there being (I think) no surcharge-restaurants on the Quest. 4. The staff: equally excellent, well-selected, well-trained, and held to " and infused with -- the highest standards of gracious hospitality. Some staff on each ship recalled what alcoholic beverage I had the previous day and automatically brought it over to me the next day " all to the credit of both cruise lines. The Butler on the Spirit, in each case on his own, took my shoes out one night during dinner to be shined, another afternoon had tea sandwiches in our suite upon our return, and on another day had strawberries with chocolate sauce and bubbly on ice awaiting our return to the ship (as though we needed more food!). (That said, as happens anywhere, there are some minor exceptions: the maître d’ at the Italian restaurant on the Spirit needs to be retrained to pick his head up from looking down, and respond to greetings; and a tour director on the Quest shouted at a staffer in the presence of my wife.) Edge to the Quest for the minor luxuries of more staff taking the trouble to learn our names and preferences, which added personalization; though some folks may prefer the feature of the Butler on the Spirit, who was extremely gracious, but whom we really didn’t use since everything generally was executed well, thus not needing his help, though all his special treats were indeed nice. 5. Excursions. Pricey, but well-executed on both ships. (We were advised that Seabourn dropped one tour operator about whom several guests complained.) Dinner at Ephesus, Turkey (illuminated) library ruins (Quest, included), or nighttime concert there (Spirit $179 p/p), is a life-experience not to be missed. 6. Enrichment: Winner is Seabourn; it had pre-port arrival briefings by both a local expert, as well as by a Phd who explained the geopolitical considerations of the port into which we were next to dock. This provided input both practical and intellectual. In contrast, the Spirit had a speaker talking about her book of interesting places to see in the world " none of which had a thing to do with the ship’s itinerary, and there were no other speakers providing local briefings on the Spirit (though both ships maintain local expert-desks for answers to questions / suggestions.) Finally, during such briefings, the Seabourn briefing room / auditorium had servers serving drinks, together with a place to put the drink. The Spirit, had no servers (though you could find a bar on the opposite end of the same deck and bring your drink back to the auditorium where, alas, the drink holders (it that is what they were) were too small to hold a drink glass. Sniff! 7. The bottom line: assuming rough parity in price, I would go "Seabourn” again, because weighing unequally the factors that mean more to me, it is worth a bit of a premium, but not a price gouge. All-in, we are indeed privileged and happy to be on either ship line.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This trip was exceptional from start to finish, with a few middle-eastern style 'quirks', which were down to the locals not the ship. I would highly recommend Silver Wind to anyone who values the personal touch, the very very ... Read More
This trip was exceptional from start to finish, with a few middle-eastern style 'quirks', which were down to the locals not the ship. I would highly recommend Silver Wind to anyone who values the personal touch, the very very best of service and personality over cutting-edge design and gimmicks. Silver Wind met my every expectation, it was a joy to be on-board. The people really make this ship, the crew, staff, managers and fellow guests were the best I have come across. We arrived into Athens during an anti-austerity demonstration outside the parliament and where was out hotel, King George Palace, but in Syntagma Square. Luckily George's Taxis were able to get us there even though all the roads were closed and the army and riot police were standing in a line blocking the streets in case things started to get lively. Our rooms in the hotel looked out over the square, it was interesting to watch the protests from the balcony. We didn't for one moment feel unsafe and as soon as the demonstration was over, ten minutes later the street sweepers were out, tidying up and things quickly returned to normal. Our transfer to the ship was again with George's Taxis, all went to plan. Dropped us right outside where Silver Wind was berthed. We were met by the car door by a porter who whisked us to check-in, no one was waiting, there were NO QUEUES! 5 minutes and we were onboard and it was only 12.30! Our bags went to our cabins and we went for lunch, outside at the back of the ship. The whole ship is friendly, comfortable, welcoming and very professional. When our suite was ready our butler and her assistant unpacked our cases for us, a real treat, whilst we relaxed and explored the ship. The fridge in the suite was stocked daily with whatever you desired, champagne, fresh juices, spirits. The staff knew our names by the second day and were addressing us by our first names by day 3. Food in all restaurants was invariably excellent and there were invitations to dine with various members of the ship's crew throughout the voyage, all very memorable. Onboard there is very much a have whatever you want, wherever you would like it policy and if that means curry, prepared by one of the Indian chefs, in the main restaurant, them so be it. You only need to ask. Entertainment was excellent,pianists, the ship's band, a young, very talented acoustic guitarist was exceptional. We participated in 'L'Ecole des Chefs' a cookery school with a series of demonstrations, tastings, lunches with wine pairings and workshops. All were excellent and included in the fare. Disembarkation was well organised and civilized. Obviously sorry to be leaving, but looking forward to a few days in Dubai. We will definitely be back onboard the Silver Wind some day, hopefully soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
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