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54 Silversea Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

Flights to Athens and home from Nice were arranged by Silverseas and went without a hitch. No sign of any demos in Athens on 30th September and we were welcomed on board with a glass of bubbly while we checked in. Our butler was on ... Read More
Flights to Athens and home from Nice were arranged by Silverseas and went without a hitch. No sign of any demos in Athens on 30th September and we were welcomed on board with a glass of bubbly while we checked in. Our butler was on hand to greet us as soon as we arrived at our midships veranda suite and was to prove helpful during the cruise, making sure drinks/canapes were there when required. Also booked alternative restaurants for us. This was a 7 night port intensive cruise so not much in the way of on board activites other than a ports lecturer who we found to be very knowledgeable and helpful. We took a couple of ship's tours - Mount Etna drive in Sicily and Etruscan countryside from Civitavecchia - while we did our own thing in Malta,Sorrento,and Elba. The ship's tours were fine - not too crowded on the coach and good local guides. They are too expensive though. We ate in Hot Rocks twice (very good). La Terrazza (diasappointing) Le Champagne (a bit pretentious) while the main dining room food was first class and service excellent. Because of the low ceiling, the room itself is not particularly attractive. Our suite was fine and all the public rooms had a good standard of decor and we felt that the ship was, in every way, as well looked-after as it had been on our previous cruise 12 months ago. The entertainment consisted of a singing/dancing group and they performed every evening. They were young and enthusiastic and did a pretty good job. It was a little surprising that there was no comedian or musician to take some of the entertainment load. Finally, a special mention of Fernando - the best cruise director we have come across. He was everywhere, did everything, and seemed to know every passenger's name Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Having completed 6 Cruises with Silver Sea I'm afraid there is no going back to "traditional" size Ships for my Wife & I. The "Whisper" is a perfect size with 340 pax to 300 Staff. SS offer every Facility that ... Read More
Having completed 6 Cruises with Silver Sea I'm afraid there is no going back to "traditional" size Ships for my Wife & I. The "Whisper" is a perfect size with 340 pax to 300 Staff. SS offer every Facility that you would expect of a 6* Cruise Ship. Accommodation is excellent,The Mini Bar is re Stocked every day with your Preferred Champagne & Wines. Every Staff member is highly trained, extremely Pleasant and very attentive. Restaurants are well Furnished, Food is of an excellent standard (we feel as though we are Dining out every night!)Le Champagne, well worth paying a supplement for. We paid $30 each and bought our Champagne and Wine.......a less expensive option than the $200pp Degustation Menu charge. Pool is excellent, Spa and Gym are Functional. The Bars are well staffed, after night 1 the Barman (Oscar) remembers your drink! nice touch. Entertainment in the evening can be anything from a "Classical" Concert Pianist to a "Hollywood musical" with a late night (10pm)Cinema Film. There is a Bridge Club, Casino.There is a fumidor for Smokers, the Spirit allows Smoking on Oneside of the main Bar and on the Pool Deck. Silver Sea Ships are truly ALL INCLUSIVE! Fantastic experience Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
I had a long review typed out until my puppy jumped on the keyboard. So here's the short version. 1. Most people on the ship weren't overfed whiners like a couple of previous reviewers who were complaining about everything from ... Read More
I had a long review typed out until my puppy jumped on the keyboard. So here's the short version. 1. Most people on the ship weren't overfed whiners like a couple of previous reviewers who were complaining about everything from fish salt levels to the crew's race (yet ignoring the line putting you up on their dime when the volcano messed-up travel). I found most to be down to earth, friendly, and approachable. Well-traveled and of good taste but not entitled and spoiled, wide range of ages from late 40s to 80s, maybe a dozen kids on the ship but all well-behaved. 2. Free alcohol goes a long way towards having a gooooood time. 3. Crew tried very hard to please. The butlers realized how quickly we were devouring the champagne and started leaving a fresh bottle ever night. The social hostess saw that our camera battery was low and sent up her personal charger. The maitre d'hotel sent us to the best table in the house after we helped him out (and I generally found the restaurant at least 2-Michelin-star quality.) Two watchouts: A. Shore excursions were generally very high quality with excellent guides, far better than the typical tour. Only problem was one tour where the "jewelry factory and museum" was actually a tourist trap gold shop. We visited there at noon and didn't have lunch until 3.30. On another, the tour company dropped us off at their rug store which had a big "Silversea" sign, which looked like Silversea was endorsing their subsequent hard-sell. In both cases the tour concierge had no interest in trying to make it better next time (such as eliminating the jewelry store and sending a message in advance about the rug store). She's been at sea a bit too long. B. Breakfast buffet was a tad limited. The space is just too small and crowded to be a proper buffet. Try room service or wake up early and go to The Restaurant. And if you're concerned about foxtrotting on the dance floor (per one of the earlier reviews), we did so for about a half hour and had no problems. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Just Returned From Silver Whisper-FABULOUS!! My husband and I were on Silver Wind ten years ago and had the trip of our lifetime. I never thought it could be repeated again. But it was! Another trip of a lifetime on Silversea! We were ... Read More
Just Returned From Silver Whisper-FABULOUS!! My husband and I were on Silver Wind ten years ago and had the trip of our lifetime. I never thought it could be repeated again. But it was! Another trip of a lifetime on Silversea! We were on a 9 day cruise - June 6-15 to Greek Islands, Sicily and Italy. Of course the ports were wonderful, but I am not going to review the ports since everyone chooses an itinerary based on their own preferences. My objective is to discuss our experience on Silversea. From the moment we boarded the ship- The service was incredible!! Every staff person always greeted us and had a big smile on their faces. Woke up very early every morning (we couldn't wait to start our day on Silver Whisper) - and ordered cappuccino delivered to our rooms. Ten minutes later it would arrive and placed on our balcony with fine linens and china. 24 hour room service- you can order anything to eat or drink. Ordered drinks at 2:00 a.m. and same efficient and quick service. Then we would go to La Terrazza for buffet breakfast when it opened. Huge wonderful assortment of breakfast items, juices, fresh omelet station, fresh fruit station with staff cutting the fruit. etc. - Glasses for juices were chilled. The attention to this kind of detail was evident in everything they did on the ship. Then you could have pancakes, waffles etc., prepared for you. I am not a breakfast eater- so ordered Lamb Chops, with wild mushrooms and ice tea every morning. (Asked for fresh pineapple slice in my ice tea). By the second day, the waiters knew me and would say - "Are you ready for your Lamb Chops and your Ice tea with fresh pineapple". 10-15 minutes later the Lamb Chops arrived. The point I am trying to get across is whatever special request you may want- the answer is always "YES"! The waiters would carry your plates to your table from the buffet. All the waiters had wonderful attitudes and were there to please you in every way. You are made to feel very special! We had a veranda suite which included a balcony. We loved having the balcony and used it all the time. The room is lovely, with plenty of closet space and more drawers than you can fill up- and we had 4 pieces of luggage. Personalized stationary with your name on it. Fresh flowers in your cabin. The bathrooms were fantastic! - double sinks, shower and tub with Bulgari amenities- soap, shampoo, conditioner etc. Very comfortable bed with fine linens and duvet cover. The stewardess was fantastic. Always smiling and calling us by our names. Good morning Mr. and Mrs....... The stewardess's- work in teams with 2 people taking care of your suite. The cabins are cleaned twice a day and the cleaning was immaculate. They even lined up my makeup in a straight row! We kept saying to ourselves, this service is UNBELIEVABLE!!! We had to keep asking ourselves how anything can be so perfect like this. We ate dinner every night in the main dining room and also ate once in the Italian Restaurant. The food was excellent. Many choices and if you don't see what you like on the menu- they will bring you what you request. One day I saw an appetizer from lunch that looked interesting and requested it for dinner. Nothing was ever a problem! The dining room wait staff was so professional, great attitudes and impeccable service. We were greeted by the waiter and wine steward the minute you sat down. Every night it was like eating in a fine restaurant. Presentation of the food on the plates was always beautifully done. The beef dishes were extraordinary- beef melted in our mouths! You will be pampered beyond belief!! Most nights we would stay in the dining room for 3 hours talking to our fellow guests we were dining with at our table. We enjoyed the formal nights as it made for a Glamorous Evening! Chef David was accessible to all the guests. Coming out to the dining room, greeting everyone and making sure you were happy. One day my husband told the chef- he may prefer something different instead of a filet of fish. The chef said call me and let me know- he said "do you want a whole fish- I can make it anyway you want". Almost on every port before we were ready to sail- there would be a lovely small buffet set up by the pool area before dinner. Chef David was always walking around - getting to know all the guests. One night we had a "Barbeque Dinner" on the pool deck. It was FANTASTIC! Forty desserts to choose from- I counted! The pool deck was set up with fabric covered chairs, linen tablecloths. Great entertainment and dancing to the wee hours. We were talking to a few couples and the Captain came by our table and talk to us for one hour! That is what made our cruise so special- all the staff treated you like family! Every cruise they do an open Kitchen Galley Buffet Lunch. What a magnificent presentation! So interesting to see how the kitchen functions. See pictures of Kitchen Galley Lunch, Barbeque Dinner Buffet on Pool Deck and Breakfast Buffet: http://pictures.aol.com/galleries/dafne478965 At the bars they use linen napkins- another attention to fine detail! All the bartenders made great drinks! I like Pina Coladas and had it prepared in Hawaii with vanilla ice cream. I told the bartender and with in a few minutes they went down to the kitchen galley and got the ice cream. No request is denied! When we disembarked at the ports they had cold bottled water to take ashore and on the way back waiting for the tenders to return to the ship -at the ports they had cold punch, water and chilled towels! What makes Silversea cruises so special are the fellow passengers you meet. We met wonderful, fascinating people from all over the world. Everyone was so friendly and wanted to socialize. We have made some lasting friendships that we will keep in touch with. If you want wonderful service, great food, and a smaller ship than there is only one Cruise Line- SILVERSEA! The advantage of the smaller ship is that it is easier to make friends since you run into the same people all the time and the staff members get to know you personally. Ron our cruise director was so friendly, and eloquent making announcements and always had a big smile when he greeted us. The entertainment was classy, A Broadway singer, a famous pianist etc. On the third day the Cruise Hotel Director delivered to all cabins a sheet asking if there is anything that he can do to make your cruise more pleasant please let him know. I wrote back on the sheet: "HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE PERFECTION" And I meant it. There is nothing that I would add or change. Spoke to many fellow passengers the last day of the cruise and everyone had the same opinion saying it was FABULOUS! If you like Four Seasons hotels than you will love Silversea! In fact I think Silversea is a cut above Four Seasons Hotels if you compare everything. Silversea is a CLASS ACT! You will not be disappointed. In fact it will probably be one of the highlights of your life!! You will be blown away with the Perfection in everything they do to make your cruise a memorable experience. Silversea is expensive, but worth every dollar you pay. We loved an all inclusive cruise- never have to sign for anything. Everything is included. We kept asking ourselves, how can a cruise line deliver such a perfect product down to every last detail. We travel all over the world for our business and have stayed in the finest hotels- and the Cruise we just went on with Silversea in all around service, food, attention to detail, and staff is top on our list. To be honest it was hard to go back to reality when the cruise ended as this cruise was a Fantasy come true! Our experience on Silversea was beyond our wildest dreams! How would we describe our cruise? MAGNIFICENT! AMAZING! PERFECT! FANTASTIC! INCREDIBLE! AND FABULOUS!! If you want the best service, great food, a wonderful cruise experience than Silversea is for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2007
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