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59 Silversea Barcelona Cruise Reviews

Outstanding service and great meals. Our embarkation started off with confusion about what time we could board. Our cruise documents said 2pm but was actually 12pm. We had to get a late checkout at the hotel to wait. Our disembarkation was ... Read More
Outstanding service and great meals. Our embarkation started off with confusion about what time we could board. Our cruise documents said 2pm but was actually 12pm. We had to get a late checkout at the hotel to wait. Our disembarkation was very early, we were the first off and waited 4 hours at the airport but was a very smooth operation. We had sailed a couple of years ago on Spirit and it was in better overall shape than our trip. It is scheduled for a remodel in the next few months, we were told it will look like the Muse in style. The food was outstanding, we ate at all of the restaurants and were very happy. Even room service was great, the food was well prepared and warm. We enjoyed the Flamenco show, very professional and entertaining. The ports were surprisingly beautiful, we really enjoyed each one. This was a wine cruise and we had 2 world class sommelies which taught 6 classes over the course of the cruise and we were able to taste 40 plus Italian wines. It was a great experience. We also took several wine oriented excursions which were very nice. I would highly recommend the cruise line and definitely the ports. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We picked the trip for the itinerary, and because Silver Seas has a good reputation. Our room was large, but VERY tired and not very clean when we arrived. We were in suite 801. When our butler came to our room we requested a bottle of ... Read More
We picked the trip for the itinerary, and because Silver Seas has a good reputation. Our room was large, but VERY tired and not very clean when we arrived. We were in suite 801. When our butler came to our room we requested a bottle of wine. (We usually receive a bottle of champagne when we arrive in our room) He said nothing was available in the room until after we left the port. We asked for appetizers and he said none were available that day. One of the reasons we cruise is because I have a garlic and it is difficult to enjoy restaurant meals. The ship was aware of my allergy, but the butler did not provide menus for the appropriate restaurants so I could pre order garlic free meals. Luckily the staff in the Terrazza where we ate the majority of our meals were very accommodating. Most of the staff was very good, our butler was poor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Had previously been on Silver Seas and I like the small cruise ship experience. This is the oldest silver seas ship and it is showing its age. The staff is very dedicated and polite and made our stay very pleasant. The Shows are at 10 pm ... Read More
Had previously been on Silver Seas and I like the small cruise ship experience. This is the oldest silver seas ship and it is showing its age. The staff is very dedicated and polite and made our stay very pleasant. The Shows are at 10 pm which is too late to sit through as the Silver Seas crowd is older and is up early for the excursions. We enjoyed the truffle hunting excursion, and while pricey it was worth the money. Some of the excursions left early and dropped us off in small towns at 9-9:30 am for free time but almost nothing was open that early so one could not shop and there was really nothing to do but walk around the pier area. More consideration should be given to what there is to do when they give us an hour free time. The guides we good on the excursions and very helpful The gym area was small and cramped and not a place I want to workout. The classes I.e. Pilates were all scheduled at 8 am which is too early, late morning or afternoon would be. More desirable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, ... Read More
I'm afraid that Silversea has gone downhill since last I sailed with them on the Silver Spirit. There's a sense that someone somewhere high up has enforced cost cutting and that there's a malaise affecting some, many even, of the staff. The food has nose dived into novelty crockery as a substitute for really good cooking and consequently majors on elaborate concept and presentation at the expense of quality. We ate at all of the on-baord restaurants and sadly, though Seishin was great and Champagne pretty good (apart from the appallingly slow service) things went downhill from there. The Restaurant was reasonable, the Grill depressing and La Terraza too variable (fair lunches, poor dinner). Worst was Stars which, one night was fair and another was - well, there's no polite way of saying it. Overall they need to go back to basics on food: its ambition should be to taste delicious and if it can then tick the boxes contemporary fancy presentation and theme, that's fine. But at the moment the cart is in front of the horse. It was a relief to eat on shore from time to time - and not at fancy places either. Service was often chaotic and sometimes just bad tempered, though many members of staff were excellent. Don't try getting a coffee at breakfast at La Terraza unless you order it quite a while before you go to get your food. Cabins: really nice, spacious, comfortable, great linens and pillows and beds and toiletries, lovely butler. Overall, the luxury is mostly in the 'lifestyle' marketing. The reality is a bit depressing and literally everyone in our large group agreed with this. It isn't the value it used to be and it needs to drop the gimmicks and focus on getting the key things - service and quality of cuisine - right. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our ... Read More
Every couple of years, a group of us (on average 15-20) will take a luxury cruise. It is an opportunity to treat ourselves and to see parts of the world we've never seen. Unfortunately, this year was the year of disappoint for our cruising experience. Everything was difficult -- booking a tour, trying to get help, trying to make reservations at restaurants. Any time we asked for help, the first response was "That's not possible", instead of "I will look into that and try to help you." We even jokingly started calling certain service personnel "Dr. No" because they kept saying "No" to everything. Separately from the service, with very few exceptions the food was mediocre at best, and generally poor most nights in main dining hall. Unfortunately, all of the smaller restaurants were booked or didn't have the capacity to absorb more than a few dozen people (if that). So, we were not able to make alternate arrangements. I would not recommend this cruise or Silversea to anyone unless they change their attitude, the quality of service, the quality of food and update the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We cruised on Silversea's Spirit from Barcelona to Rome, August 8, 2017 for 9 days. We chose Silversea's because of their sterling reputation for service and they did not let us down, and I commend the Silverseas staff who ... Read More
We cruised on Silversea's Spirit from Barcelona to Rome, August 8, 2017 for 9 days. We chose Silversea's because of their sterling reputation for service and they did not let us down, and I commend the Silverseas staff who are professional, warm and engaging. They get to know their guest's quickly -however there were other areas that disappointed us greatly. The ship itself was in good to average shape but starting to show some wear and tear and in need of a re freshening. Our veranda cabin was a nice size and comfortable BUT the restroom had a horrible smell that pretty much ruined our cruise from day one. The staff (both housekeeping and engineering) worked diligently to try and find the cause and correct it, but unfortunately they were never able to. I immediately brought this odor issue to the attention of our butler, his supervisor, engineering, the head of housekeeping and guest relations. I honestly believe it was an embarrassment to them and it should be. We were never offered another cabin or any kind of compensation, which I thought was surprising and disappointing. The service at the dining venues was excellent, the food was good, but I felt like the hours of operation of the restaurants were too rigid. I was also disappointed that for the evening meal there was no type of buffet option like on Seabourn or Oceania. In all fairness they offer room service 24 hours, but that is not what I was looking for. I was not very impressed with the excursions. Most of them tended to be longer than necessary and not much in the way of enrichment. Of the 5 excursions we did, only 2 were truly enjoyable and fun. Next time I cruise it will probably be with Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our 5th cruise with Silver Sea (in 5 years). Our second time on Spirit. The best things about this cruise were the condition and cleanliness of the cabins, our butler and room attendant were so accommodating, friendly and ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Silver Sea (in 5 years). Our second time on Spirit. The best things about this cruise were the condition and cleanliness of the cabins, our butler and room attendant were so accommodating, friendly and professional and the Captain letting us stay longer in Elba to experience the holiday's firework display! The Elba experience really was the highlight of the cruise! As far as the dining experience, the wine selection was great as usual. Dining in the Main Restaurant, Seishin, Le Champagne, Stars, La Terrazza and in-suite dining were excellent. Dinner at the Pool Grill was poor and really needs to be addressed. The steaks and shrimp were very disappointing. Nothing impressive! The shore excursions in Palma, Alghero, Elba and Florence were good to excellent. The local tour guides can make or break the tour experience. I think evaluations by customers should be completed and submitted after every tour to provide Silver Sea with feedback. We did have a "tainted" water event, where the water running from the bathroom sink and in the toilet were discolored. We reported the situation and upon return from our excursion, a note was posted on everyone's door about what happened and what was done to correct. It would've been nice if someone personally came by and spoke to us about it. Our Butler checked in with us, but to us, it should've been someone in charge. For whatever reason, we feel that our experiences on the smaller ships (Wind and Whisper) were much better and really exemplified luxury cruising. It felt cozier, friendlier and the quality of service and food was so much better on the smaller ships. We will take this into consideration when planning our next cruise on Silver Sea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our first cruise, Silversea was recommended by friends. Liked our cabin #751. Good location, roomier than I expected. Good size balcony. Excellent butler. All staff werevery friendly, helpful. Restaurant staff very attentive and ... Read More
Our first cruise, Silversea was recommended by friends. Liked our cabin #751. Good location, roomier than I expected. Good size balcony. Excellent butler. All staff werevery friendly, helpful. Restaurant staff very attentive and accommodating. Excellent breakfast buffet and restaurant menu. Dinner menus monotonous. Should have several daily specials. Room service daily menus should be available all day in all restaurants. After 2:00pm had to order room service if you wanted lunch. Most excursions got back to the ship after 2:00. The entire ship is too air conditioned. I was cold all the time. Broughtclothes for hot Mediterranean weather not cold. Had one sweater with me and wore it all the time. Had to go out on deck or balcony just to get warm. Would like to have a few shows late afternoon or evening, too tired after a full day to stay up until 10:00 for a show, Was looking forward to the casino but there was never anyone there. Don't want to play Blackjack with just the dealer and no one else in the room. There should be more than one washing machine and dryer on each deck. We had to run from one deck to another to do laundry. Fernando, the Cruise Director, was an interesting guy, very friendly, always remembered your name. Thought the train shore excursion on Mallorca was kind of boring. The Old Villages excursion on Ibiza was a waste of money. Total joke. A couple of cafes a bar and a church. Glad we didn't book anything on Sardinia and Elba. Did enjoy the Menorca excursion that excluded cheese tasting. Pisa and Florence excursions very well done. All excursions we took were very organized, guides made sure everyone was accounted for and could find their way back to meeting place at end. The public spaces on ship seemed a little tired and stodgy, need redoing. My husband and I enjoyed most the cruising into and out or ports.Liked sitting on the balcony and watching. For our first cruise I was dissipointed, my husband enjoyed it more than I did. Maybe I'm just not a cruise person. Felt like I was living in a bubble, a safe space. End. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
AFTER 14 years of Mass Market Cruising I was given the opportunity to step out of the box and sail a luxury line. I did a lot of research and found SIlversea and I am so glad It exceeded expectations. Small ship, (500 pax range). Food, ... Read More
AFTER 14 years of Mass Market Cruising I was given the opportunity to step out of the box and sail a luxury line. I did a lot of research and found SIlversea and I am so glad It exceeded expectations. Small ship, (500 pax range). Food, service, entire ambiance is just awesome. Cabins are large and comfortable. BIG Walk In closet and BIG bathroom. Nice size balcony too. Oh, the towels......I LOVE THEM.....BIG BATHSHEETS.....so fluffy! And the toiletries offered are BVGALRI.........outstanding. The food/service were all excellent. Staff is warm and welcoming. Food all very fresh and they will make you whatever you want if you don't find something on the menu that is appealing. Even the buffet is wonderful. Both breakfast and lunch, all so fresh, many choices and everything is always kept clean and spotless and the wait staff willeven carry your plate to your table. They are all always there to help. There are several restaurants on board, I tried 3 of them and was quite impressed. The GRILL.......you cook on a hot stone, a lot of fun. La Terrazza, Italain and STARZ,which was my favorite. It has a tasting menu and there is entertainment too. A singerand piano player who were both very good. The singers and dancers were pretty good too. I went to 3 or 4 shows throughout thecruise.....enjoyed most all of them. I met some lovely folks on board. I sail solo and there were quite a few other single/solo passengers on board. And I met other folks too......most everyone was friendly. You always get the occasional mean spirited guest...that happened too but overall,I found everyone pleasant and friendly. We sailed from Barcelona to Rome and I loved the itinerary. I took all my tours throughthe cruise line and was impressed. My favorite place is FLORENCE and loved it! If you are able to sail luxury, I would highly recommend SILVERSEA. I even gave thema payment for an "open booking"..........now I need to find another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Silver Muse was a brand new cruise ship first set sail in April 2017. It was the main reason we signed up for this journey. Externally, the ship is an impressive vessel. Internally, it didn't give an impression of a brand new ... Read More
Silver Muse was a brand new cruise ship first set sail in April 2017. It was the main reason we signed up for this journey. Externally, the ship is an impressive vessel. Internally, it didn't give an impression of a brand new ship, in terms of design, decoration, materials used and furniture. It looks 'old', not a trace of plushness. The quality of the staff was uneven. While our cabin butler and suite attendant were politeand efficient, the staffs at the F & B outlets was uneven and left us with an impression of disorganised and undertrained. Some even have difficulties in communicate in English. Managers at some high-end restaurants were not guest-friendly and approachable. They would have to be told in order to squeeze out some warmth. The price we paid for this cruise was 'all inclusive'- food, drinks, wine, liquor and gratuity for the services. In terms of food and drinks, you always have to ask, meaning it will not be offered to you automatically. For example: 1. Upon checking into the cabin, some guests were offered champagne. The rest you'll have to ask. 2. All F &B outlets will offer the guests its own open bottles of flat or sparkling(hardly) water. Other name brands, you'll have to ask, every time. 3. White and red wine of a few brands will be offered at each venue. Guests can request for other brands subject to availability, or pay for more premium wine. (we're not connoisseurs, but found most wine offered disappointing, considering the good quality wine in Europe at a most reasonable prices). Following is our review of the restaurants: 1. Atlantide serves meat and seafood. Steaks were good, some tender and juicy e.g. filet magnon pending nights. Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bream recommended by the waitress was dry and flavourless. 2. La Terrazza serves Italian buffet breakfast and lunch and a la carte for dinner. Buffets were sumptuous with good salad, cold items, sushi and sashimi. Overall rating is above average. 3. Indochine(a Vietnamese name) serves South East Asian cuisine including Thai and Indian. We only tried once for dinner. The sampler starter with 2 other items were disappointing and unauthentic. The chicken curry and prawn were okay taste-wise but poorly presented. Overall rating is below average. 4. Kaiseki serves sushi/sashimi for lunch and teppanyaki for dinner(at usd60 per head). We only tried once for lunch with a total 6-7 guests including us. The Filipino chef rushed around with most servings already prepared. It seemed his knife badly needed sharpening. All salmon sashimi pieces were cut jagged. Frankly this chef is not qualified as a sushi chef. Overall rating is below average. 5. Siver Note serves 'revamped' Tapa cuisine but most did not looked or could be calledTapas. The signature starter was 'Beehives' with a large plate with 'indentations' filled with dollar-sized bits of prepared food or 'slurps'. Some was overtly spicy. Out ladies hated it. The lobsters were mushy and my octopus dish was unimpressive. The saving grace was an excellent jazz duo who entertained guests into late night. Overall rating is below average. 6. The Grill and Spaccanapoli are actually one restaurant located on 2 levels by the poolside. The Grill serves steaks and seafood cooked on sizzling hot stones in frontof the sit-down guests during dinner and light lunch with grilled fish, paella or roast-of-the-day while Spaccanapoli serves pizzas on the upper deck with limited seatings. By far the Grill was the best on board restaurant which served better cooked, better quality steaks and seafood than other more formal and higher-end restaurants below with an efficient manager and energetic serving staff. Overall rating is very good! 7. La Dome serves French fare and costs usd60 per head, open only for dinner. The restaurant was hard to book. The manager was most inapproachable and unfriendly. We managed to pull some strings for a dinner booking prior to the end of our cruise. Due to our displeasure with the treatment by the manager who was replaced by a Portugese national manager who provided us with one of the most satisfying dinner (with wine pairing) on board. Overall rating(food and service) is excellent. Following is our impressions on our cabin(849): The cabin was smaller than described in the brochure. Good-sized walk-in closet with ample closet space, drawers and safe. Sleeping area is separated with curtains from sitting area. There were 2 hard-to-find TVs hidden behind the mirror wall, one for watching from bedand the other from sitting area. Day light from the balcony and evening interior lighting made viewing quality diminished. TV sound system was poor. The sound insulation of the party wall behind the TVs was seriously inadequate. We could hear the sound of TV from our next cabin whenever it was on. Assigned butler and suite attendant tidied up the cabin twice a day with fresh bed linen replaced. Cabin balcony is of good-size with chairs, footrests and a small round low table. Luggage space was designed to be stowed away under the bed(s). Not enough space was allowed for luggage racks although 2 were provided. Bathroom is equipped with a single lavatory, a tub, a shower stall and an airplane-type water-less water closet which let out loud noise whenever used during day or night. Shower stall is equipped with both overhead rain-shower and regular shower head. A flip of the shower lever, one could get a headful of wet hair! It was set that way. One must remember to quickly pull the lever to change into shower head mode. Often there was residual water dripping from the rain shower head which could be annoying. The engineering staff seemed unable to fix it. The interior space of the shower stall is barely adequate for managing a 5' 10"/1.75m, 150 lb/69kg male. There was no wall-mounted make-up mirror provided in the bathroom. A rectangular concave mirror was placed on the lavatory counter. My wife sat on the side of the tub to do her make-up, the only way to use that mirror. Bathrobes were from Etro, but too small even for my size. The robe fabric was too hard and uncomfortable to wear despite the nice design and good quality. Bathroom amenities including shampoo, conditioner and shower gel were from Bvgari, in regular plastic bottles in green colour. Bottle sizes were good to last several days andnot replace daily. We also experienced a terrible and most unfortunate incident happened during our cruisewhich totally affected our enjoyment of the cruise. I had written a long letter to Silvesea requesting their response on July 1, 2017. We have yet to hear from them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The Muse has lots of pluses and minuses! We hadn't been on SS for quite a few yes but had always felt they lived up to our expectations in the past. Many new concepts were introduced on the Muse. Some worked, others were not so ... Read More
The Muse has lots of pluses and minuses! We hadn't been on SS for quite a few yes but had always felt they lived up to our expectations in the past. Many new concepts were introduced on the Muse. Some worked, others were not so successful. Hopefully, SS will be able to modify those to please their guests. Most of the people with whom we spoke agreed with our observations about the deficits. The embarkation procedures were very efficient. Without exception the crew was terrific - remembering names, food orders, drinks, etc. And our experience with food met all our expectations. The food was outstanding. The "Voices" - the six singers - were great! It's not a broadway production but you don't sail SS for the shows. Although these shows almost made you think so. Total wifi should be provided by any 6-star ship. Why it wasn't on the Muse should be their easiest "fix." Biggest problem - DINING ARRANGEMENTS - which are pretty well represented in the other reviews. Almost all guests we spoke with had difficulties with this. Among the problems were $60 per person charges for the Japanese and French restaurants. Half of that should be reasonable. Our cabin was fine - good storage and spacious - but the TVs in the mirrors need to have the speakers adjusted to you don't hear your neighbors' TV, especially at 6:00 am. Our butler and stateroom attendant were terrific. Smoking (particularly cigars - perhaps they should be banned except In the enclosed smoking room). When there are programs in the Panorama lounge and the doors automatically open drawing the smoke in from outside it would seem reasonable to ban smoking on deck 9 at such times. And smoking was permitted only on the starboard side where it was allowed. That's the side facing shore so non-smokers (the majority of guests) had to sit facing open water for the most part, if they wanted to sit on deck. The 5th deck "lobby" is a huge waste of space. Our ports of call left a lot to be desired. Excursions were not all that was promised. And they were certainly not worth the money!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My second Spirit cruise to the Monaco Monte Carlo GP. The trip to and from race was efficient. The Ballet school gives a good view of the race circuit. I love the Spirit and the crew. The only disappointing and extremely annoying aspect ... Read More
My second Spirit cruise to the Monaco Monte Carlo GP. The trip to and from race was efficient. The Ballet school gives a good view of the race circuit. I love the Spirit and the crew. The only disappointing and extremely annoying aspect was the internet service. I purchased the premium service at app $30/day and the service was spotty, disconnected from the internet many, many times /session. I have travelled on the Spirit many times and this was by far the worst and most expensive internet service yet. The crew is, as always, excellent. Food menu is predictable but adequate. Chef always available to provide meals of choice. Italian restaurant ( La Terrazza) menu changes every 3 days. As I have been on board so many times, the entertainment show themes stay the same, the performers change every 4 months. I have my favourite wines but the head sommelier always offers alternatives. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but, this specific week, because of the weekend watching the Grand Prix in Monoco. We began in Barcelona, a city we were anxious to see. We enjoyed seeing all the Gaui buildings but La Sagrada ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but, this specific week, because of the weekend watching the Grand Prix in Monoco. We began in Barcelona, a city we were anxious to see. We enjoyed seeing all the Gaui buildings but La Sagrada Familia was truly a work of art. It is a reason, in itself, to come to Barcelona. Cannes, even with all the crowds for the film festival, is a beautiful city. Monte Carlo (and the Grand Prix) speaks for itself. As does the charming little town of Portofino. It was so pleasant to just stroll around the town. The side excursion to Florence left us breathless and wanting to return. As did our stay in Rome and the sites we saw. Could not have asked for a more perfect itinerary. The ship was very luxurious. Our cabin was quite large and very well appointed. The choices for meals were many. And the menu in each of the restaurants was outstanding, meal after meal. There was enough entertainment to fill the evenings and it was all quite professional and enjoyable. The service by everyone was impeccable. Our personal butler could not do enough for us. Everyone always greeted us with a smile and hello - all the day long. It was obvious that everyone had the same mission - to make our stay aboard the very best. And it was. While you can't take credit for the weather - that too was perfect - the entire trip. All pre and post travel arrangements were very well done and took the stress out of our travels. Thanks SilverSea Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I went on Silversea's Silver Wind for only the 2nd time in November 2016. The first time was 20 years ago during her Inaugural season. Considering she is nigh on 20 years old the state of her upkeep was fantastic. My suite was of ... Read More
I went on Silversea's Silver Wind for only the 2nd time in November 2016. The first time was 20 years ago during her Inaugural season. Considering she is nigh on 20 years old the state of her upkeep was fantastic. My suite was of course in the style of 20 years ago, Spotless and kept so by a very keen maid aided by a butler.A large walk in wardrobe with lots of coat hangers and a easily accessed safe. A lovely comfortable bed and pillows. Alas the bathroom was a disaster without a walk in shower and being disabled it was a nightmare to have to climb in over a highsided bath to have a shower.There are apparently only 2 disabled suites on this ship .Yes there were plenty of handholds once you got in. But for anyone with limited ability to climb into a bath then avoid this ship. There is only one bank of lifts( elevators)at midships so if your suite is near the forward part then there is a long walk to get to another deck. The cruise was a designated bridge cruise and with a competition and a weeks cruise as 1st prize there were 40 avid determined people on board and the rest of us suffered accordingly as some expected activities never materialised. Now for the praise! The food,service,staff could not be surpassed. Nothing was too much trouble and I was met with the greatest of help and kindness. I will travel Silversea again but not this ship There were 3 lecturers on board, 2 were dreadful and one was brilliant Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
First solo cruise. Ship had 4 people assigned toi make us happy. THey did! The staff was great. The psgs friendly and kbid and outgoing. The CC gatherings were terrific. The food ranged from good to excellent. Now for the rest. ... Read More
First solo cruise. Ship had 4 people assigned toi make us happy. THey did! The staff was great. The psgs friendly and kbid and outgoing. The CC gatherings were terrific. The food ranged from good to excellent. Now for the rest. Entertainment fair at best. Future cruise person-Pathetic. Ship itself in average condition and could be laid out better. Rooms were spacious and well kept. tips included. The highs of great crew and excellent service outweighed any shortcomings. The bonus was the wonderful passengers. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and easy. The included wines were good. The extra cost restaraunt was excellent even though the menu did not vary, there were enough listings under the 6 courses that I ate 3 times and never exhausted the menu. I heartily recommend it. Lastly, although I did not book on this account, it was a bridge cruise. The director and the instructor were both better than any I have had in over 50 cruises Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I did a similar Silver Wind crossing last year. This one was much nicer. The enrichment program was good. The speakers were a former high court judge from UK and two university professors. The food this time was wonderful. The food ... Read More
I did a similar Silver Wind crossing last year. This one was much nicer. The enrichment program was good. The speakers were a former high court judge from UK and two university professors. The food this time was wonderful. The food and wine program was enjoyable and informative. The service onboard was excellent. The ports of call were interesting and varied. A good range of shore excursions were offered. There was shore transportation available in each port. Last year I stayed in a Veranda Suite. This year I opted for a Vista Suite. The public areas were such that I did not miss a veranda. In fact I met more folks because I was not sitting on my own veranda. There were quite a few other singles onboard and everyone mingled. It was possible to do as much or as little as we cared to do each day. It was not possible to become bored. I've already booked my transatlantic crossing on Silver Wind for next November! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We spent four days in lovely Barcelona before embarking the Spirit from Terminal Sur, WTC. We stayed at the Hotel Colón, fronting the Cathedral at Barrio Gotic. We had, not a balcony, but a terrace overlooking the cathedral, inclusive ... Read More
We spent four days in lovely Barcelona before embarking the Spirit from Terminal Sur, WTC. We stayed at the Hotel Colón, fronting the Cathedral at Barrio Gotic. We had, not a balcony, but a terrace overlooking the cathedral, inclusive of lounging chairs and many plants. The location was perfect, everything walkable! On the fifth day, we embarked with a smile on our faces, as the ship looked just as inviting as when we last sailed, two years ago. The process was smooth and soon we were at lunch in the Pool Deck. When indicated, we found our cabin (520) and met with our butler, Rashet, and our housekeeper, Mill. I have to say they performed superbly, and always with the positive, helpful attitude one expects from Silversea. I made sure to state our pleasure with them in both the mid-cruise and final review. Our first dinner did not give us a promising start to the cruise. Although we dined at The Grill, we opted for the food to be prepared in the kitchen, and not by us on the hot rock. My steak was rare (rather than the requested medium) and DH's fish was rock solid. The server's attitude was not at all conducive to other options; we were tired and left it at that. We did not return to the Grill and made sure to indicate this experience in the reviews. What a difference in La Terrazza and in the MDR! Service was excellent in all instances. Contrary to other guests, we do not ask for specific sections in the dining venues; we expect all sections to provide equally good service...and we were not disappointed. We found the food to be very good (except the meats, which always came rare) and the wines acceptable. Breakfast offerings at La Terrazza were good though repetitive, but one can always ask for not included items, like pancakes, eggs Benedict, etc. Lunch had more variety, and then there were interesting luncheon buffets at the Pool Deck. Most shows involved the Voices of Silversea, young interpreters with good voices, some better than others, but very charming in rendition, and personable as well. The shows however, were, for the most part a repetition of those we saw two years ago. How many times will we see "Mind the Gap"? For variety, two guests artists were invited and both were delightful to watch. One, a pianist/entertainer, and the other a magician/comedian. Kudos to Silversea for this inclusion! Most sea days the pool deck was full and the pool was warm and inviting. There was a total of 440 guests, but the ship never felt crowded. Just by their accents, I take a guess that the majority were Americans and British, with a good number of Canadian and some Aussies. I also met some Scots and Latin Americans. The ambiance was a lively one, and very elegant. We had three formal nights and most men donned tuxes, and women long gowns. I was in fashion heaven! Except for the fact that we stopped ordering meats (no matter how many times returned, always came back rare) it was certainly a wonderful cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our first cruise so we wanted to do it right. We picked Silversea because of friends' recommendations and extensive review of our options for a Mediterranean cruise. On balance our choice was perfect. The ship was immaculate, ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we wanted to do it right. We picked Silversea because of friends' recommendations and extensive review of our options for a Mediterranean cruise. On balance our choice was perfect. The ship was immaculate, the crew was pleasant beginning with Colin who greeted us on arrival, and lasting with our Butler, Chan. The rest of the staff was equally friendly and accommodating. We scheduled tours for every morning and although (in retrospect) probably one or two too many; it got us up and out to see the sights. The tours where well run and limited in size so you never felt like a herd of cattle. I'd say do them all if it's your first time. The food was ok -- we ate in all of the restaurants ( Le Champagne once and the Restaurant once) -- our favorite was La Terrazza on the aft deck. I say ok because after 10 days not a lot of variety. I recommend one night for Le Champagne -- small, elegant and good food. By the way the only restaurant on the ship that has a cover charge($80). Our room was a 804 -- one of 4 new rooms added on deck 8 (the only 4 on deck 8) and within 75 feet of the pool bar/restaurant. The room was Medallion level so it substantially larger with a double deck, sitting room, spacious walkin closet, and large bathroom. The furniture was nice and well placed. The BAD news -- they built these four rooms below Deck 9 which houses the SPA. Our room was directly under the weight room and we were reminded every time a person dropped a weight on floor above or our ceiling. Suffice to say, we could not get it to stop. Response from Siversea has been nonexistent. SO DO NOT reserve room# 804 should you choose the Silver Wind -- maybe the other three fine, but I can't speak for them. Would we do it again -- certainly and Silversea would be our first consideration. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I thought it might be helpful to compare the 2 as we were on the Seaborne Sojourn last summer. Ship/cabin Sojourn is newer ship with a contemporary understated elegance. It remained me of a Four Seasons hotel. Silver Wind is an ... Read More
I thought it might be helpful to compare the 2 as we were on the Seaborne Sojourn last summer. Ship/cabin Sojourn is newer ship with a contemporary understated elegance. It remained me of a Four Seasons hotel. Silver Wind is an older somewhat dated ship. It was refurbished in 2013 but I am not sure what t they did. There was no movie streaming in the room but a DVD library, kind of like going to Blockbuster 10 years ago The Sojourn cabin was slightly larger than Silver Wind and had a better floor plan. Silver Wind cabin furniture was a little congested. The big difference was the bathroom. Sojourn was twice the size with a separate bath and shower and 2 sinks which made my wife very happy. Silver Sea combo shower/tub with 1 sink. Food We took a tour of the Sojourn galley and met the head chef. The emphasis was on fresh. The chef went to the market each day at the port and bought fresh produce, fruit, eat a seafood from the local market. It showed in the quality with meals being good or great. The Silver Wind seafood and meat were all frozen thus the food was mediocre ranging from good to awful What make this partially offensive is Silver Sea is owned by an Italian family where excellent fresh food is a part of the culture Staff/service Both excellent getting most of what you wanted promptly. The difference is the Sojourn staff seemed to be enjoying themselves and we noticed some of the Sea Wind staff seemed to want to be somewhere else and were just going through the motions The Silver Wind was actually more expansive so the value was heavily tilled toward Sojourn Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We are in our 70's and this was a cruise with friends, back to back Barcelona/Civitavecchia/Barcelona. Embarkation was smooth but one of our cases got misplaced on debarkation causing a bit of a panic. Service was, for the most ... Read More
We are in our 70's and this was a cruise with friends, back to back Barcelona/Civitavecchia/Barcelona. Embarkation was smooth but one of our cases got misplaced on debarkation causing a bit of a panic. Service was, for the most part outstanding, including cabin steward, butler, maitre d's, waiters, bar staff, room service. All excellent. The food however was a big disappointment in the main dining room sometimes cold, not very tasty, tough meats. Pasta was usually good but over salted. Seishin (extra cost) was particularly poor, and the Italian restaurant was average. Champagne restaurant was outstanding both times we went. but you have to pay extra for that. Many people we talked to commented on the poor food and particularly Seishin. Wines were average at best, the wine we kept going back to was a Bogle Chardonnay that is about $8 in the grocery stores. One could of course pay extra for wine, but on a cruise costing $1000 per day one expects better. Wifi was abysmally slow. The decor on the ship is looking very tired and dark. Our cabin furniture was showing signs of wear and dents. Silversea is, I believe, in a cost cutting mode in an attempt to improve profitability. Good Luck with that approach. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We sailed from Barcelona on a Sunday. It was advertised that we could board at 2pm but we arrived a bit early (about 1pm) and they allowed us right on board. We went to La Terrazza for lunch and enjoyed the buffet. The main dining room was ... Read More
We sailed from Barcelona on a Sunday. It was advertised that we could board at 2pm but we arrived a bit early (about 1pm) and they allowed us right on board. We went to La Terrazza for lunch and enjoyed the buffet. The main dining room was also open. At about 2pm, we were invited to go to our cabins and our luggage had already arrived. We met our butler (Jonas) who presented the choice of toiletries (Bulgari, Ferragamo, or hypoallergenic) as well as asking us about our preferences (drinks, etc). Cabin was fairly spacious. We sailed once before with Silversea on the Silver Shadow. That one had larger bathrooms and a bit larger closet - although the bathroom and closet on the Wind were just fine. The only thing we really missed was a separate shower and tub. The TV in the cabin was centered over the desk - making it a weird angle to watch from the bed. (Easier to see from the right side of the bed versus the left side.) Speaking of TV, there are a few news channels and a few movie channels. That's about it besides the ship stuff. Really missed the TV comedies, etc that you get on Oceania and Azamara. There was a DVD player (and a large catalog of DVDs available in the library). Refrigerator was stocked as we asked with beer, wine, water, and sodas. In talking with lots of people on the ship - it seems that you have to remind your butler to refill - which they happily do, versus them just refilling each day. We just left a note each night and it was refilled with turndown service. We found the ship to be in good shape. (Thought it was in much better shape than the Shadow.) There were no visibly worn areas. The staff seemed to be cleaning and polishing constantly. We did find a few areas where Silversea is cutting back. Little things really - such as paper cocktail napkins instead of cloth. Selection at the bar wasn't as robust as we remembered. (Secret is to always ask for what is available versus what you can see. They have several other brands not displayed that they will happily pour on request.) They also don't do the BBQ deck party on every cruise any longer. Just some cruises - which is a shame as that was a highlight of our previous cruise. (They blamed it on USDA regulations for buffets, but if they can do it on some cruises, not sure why they can't do it on all.) Our only real gripe on the the cruise was the fact that they were renovating the gift shop on the 5th floor for the entire cruise. To be fair, they did send us an email two weeks before the cruise advising the gift shop would be closed for renovations and a temporary gift shop was offered in the conference room. (They also offered a discount on goods in the temporary gift shop.) Unfortunately they weren't quite clear that they would be actively demolishing and rebuilding the permanent gift shop. It was a nine day cruise and there was loud construction noise (hammers, saws, etc) for the first 7 days. From about 7am to 10pm. Really. Our cabin was mid ship on the fifth floor (deck) - so we could easily hear the noise. On many days it was too loud to sit on the balcony because of the noise. Lots of unhappy guests about the noise. In addition, there was a haze of sawdust and the smell of various paints, sealants, etc throughout the area. The Hotel Director seemed to avoid interaction with guests as he had no good answers about the construction. We found the food on the cruise to be fantastic. (Again, better than the Shadow.) We really enjoyed breakfast in the cabin. Very stylish setup with tablecloths, etc all laid before the tray was brought in. Classy. Full menu available each day - including day of disembarkation. We had breakfast two days in the dining room. Service was slow but food was good. Only about 10 other guests at any one time for breakfast. The grilled peach is excellent. Corned beef hash is all corned beef and no potatoes. Really good. Great eggs benedict with the eggs actually cooked perfectly. Lunch most days at La Terrazza. The buffet is really good. Sushi selection quite nice, as was the salad bar. Especially enjoyed the cheeses offered. Each day they also had an 'ethnic' item on the buffet that was somewhat representative of the food from where the crew was from. Good Indian, Malaysian, and Filipino offerings that were very authentic. Had lunch at the pool grill a couple of days as well. Very good service - with a menu as well as a buffet. The guacamole was really, really good - as was the fresh salsa. Loved the shrimp cocktail appetizer too! Dinners were quite nice everywhere we went. Least favorite was the Grill. For those unfamiliar, you cook your own on hot rocks. (We didn't really like it on Shadow either.) The problem is the meat sizzles on the rock and splatters you with grease. Wear an old shirt. Dining al fresco was great. Would have much preferred they cook it for you and deliver to your table. (I'm sure they would do that upon request.) Dinner at La Terrazza was really good. We went twice so as to take advantage of the menu change (every five or six days I think). The pasta with duck ragout is amazing. Really good ravioli as well. Great wines, great service. Love the bread too, offered with roasted garlic - although the garlic could have been roasted longer. One night we splurged for La Champagne. We upgraded our wine. The head sommelier (Frank) was amazing. Really great recommendations and generous pours. The food was pretty good - although a few items were not up to par. The lobster bisque tasted a bit scorched. The lobster salad was great. The lobster thermidor was really good too, but a small portion. Souffle for dessert was the best of all. Other nights we ate in the dining room. Really enjoyed it. If you aren't aware, there is an "always available" side to the menu with steaks, fish, chicken, good appetizers, salads, soups. It changes every few days - but it includes all the basics - filet mignon, onion soup, tomato soup, caprese salad, caesar salad, etc. The "other side" of the menu changes daily and included more unique dishes. Service was great. When asking about two dishes, they would offer both or do a combo. Beef wellington was among the best I've had worldwide. When they added the lobster tail with it, made it an unforgettable meal. Entertainment was pretty good. This was the last cruise for the Artists of the Silversea. Found them to be very personable and talented. ABBA show is always a little much but enjoyable nonetheless. Cruise Director (Monya) was very new. This was her second cruise as CD. Her english was tough to understand but she had a heart of gold and would do anything for you. On this particular cruise, we had great weather. The only issue was some winds on two days - which caused us to have to change ports. We couldn't get into Alghero - so they took us nearby but provided a shuttle into Alghero. Really enjoyable. Unfortunately we also couldn't get into Portofino due to rough seas for tendering. Went to Genoa instead. No bus to Portofino but they did offer a shuttle to downtown Genoa. Lots of disappointed guests but those who have been on rocky tenders know that this was probably best. Overally I give Silversea an 8 out of 10 for this cruise. Had they handled the gift shop construction better, I would have given them a 9 1/2. (1/2 point for no bbq deck party!) Top notch service, top notch ship. Would definitely sail with Silversea again. Crowd was mix of mainly Europeans and Americans. Older crowd as expected but very nice people.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We have only done a few ultraluxury cruises before, including with Silversea, so we are not as experienced as many on these boards and perhaps my expectations were too high. Overall we had a very nice time, with a few annoyances and ... Read More
We have only done a few ultraluxury cruises before, including with Silversea, so we are not as experienced as many on these boards and perhaps my expectations were too high. Overall we had a very nice time, with a few annoyances and disappointments. This was an anniversary cruise for us, focussed on the Monaco Grand Prix, as we are big Formula One fans (we DVR and watch all the F1 races at home) We booked 8 months ahead of time to assure we would get space and tickets to the race that were being organized by Silversea, so we would not have to worry about the hassle of getting to/from seats at the track or having to fend for ourselves at what we expected to be a very crowded event with potential for disorganization and "mob scene" we wished to avoid. We had made our own arrangement in Barcelona for four night before the cruise, as I could not get timely pre-cruise hotel information from the Silversea booking agent despite several attempts. Barcelona is awesome, we plan to go back for more days. EMBARCATION: flawless, no lines even though it was just 1.5 hours before latest check-in time, painless passport check, pleasant and welcoming staff starting right at the port when the cab dropped us. SHIP: The Spirit was clean, smooth and comfortable everywhere and everything seemed to work. Public areas were uncrowded and low stress. The African themed art hanging in some of the hallways was, to me, pretty ugly and uninspired, but other than that the decor was tasteful and elegant. I have a back and muscle problem so the soft and comfortable dining chairs in all the indoor and outdoor venues were especially appreciated. SUITE and SUITE SERVICE: Our 365 sq-ft (counting veranda) V5 suite was and remained immaculate through the cruise. Our butler Jerry and his cleaning helper Larry (really) introduced themselves almost immediately, and they efficiently filled and refilled our unusual mini-fridge stocking requests. My towel gluttony request for always having six bath towels on hand was honored. The bed was nice and soft, the bathtub and separate shower and bath toiletries (there is a choice, I chose Bulgari) were perfect. The retractable clothesline over the tub was welcome for small items, though we also used daily laundry service regularly and our clothes were only lost (and then quickly found) once. The veranda lounge chairs were ergonomically just right for positioning my difficult back and legs. We used room service for appetizers a few times and it was prompt, food was tasty. In addition, after a particularly long excursion, the butler surprized us with an unexpected array of appetizers as well, anticipating we'd be tired and hungry. Internet wi-fi was slow and expensive as it always is on cruises, but way better than on our last SS cruises (Alaska, South America). For $250 we got the 1000 minute package and the speed was fast enough to get a reasonable amount of work and communication done and still have leftover minutes. DINING: surprizingly, a mixed bag. Our favorite was the Stars Supper Club, where we ate on formal night (you can be informal there) and were pleasantly surprized with sequential tasty small bites and a sultry singer. La Terrazza outdoor deck dining on the buffet food was efficient, uncrowded and reasonably tasty for breakfast and lunch, and dinner the first night was exquisite, though table service (coffee) was spotty in the mornings. The 3 dinners and 1 breakfast we had in the dining room were mostly just good enough, nothing wow like we'd had on the Silver Cloud. The gratis white and red wines poured were mostly the Silversea label which I did not care for, so we just ordered and paid extra off the Connoisseur menu. Seishin was interesting, tasty sashimi, though the waitress struggled for several minutes with the mechanics of how to open a bottle of special wine we'd ordered (after having first brought the wrong bottle). But she also noticed I was using my hand fan, because the room was hot, and immediately set off to get the AC turned up. Breakfast in the room always arrived on time and with what we ordered, though the offerings of European style "lunch meats" that were there and all over the ship were tasteless. SERVICE: Mostly good, though there was one lady at reception who did not seem to like her job and who had some attitude problems, and some of the (mostly Filipino, not uncommonly talking Tagalog to each other in public areas) wait and cleaning staff seemed tired, especially towards the end of the cruise. One annoying episode was where we'd ordered a Connoisseur wine we did not finish that we wanted to take back to our suite to store for the next day (we always bring the air removal pumping devices for this purpose). The waiter insisted on sending someone to bring the wine to our suite, rather than letting us just carry it ourselves (it really isn't that heavy!). We waited a half hour in our suite, putting off going to sleep as we anticipated a door knock, and the wine did not appear, so I got redressed and set out to track it down. No one seemed to know where it was, until finally, it appeared, late (the next night we knew better, and just carried the wine back ourselves :) ENTERTAINMENT: the only show other than in Stars we went to was opera night, where a mezzo named Victoria Morgan moved me to tears with the beauty of her voice singing Carmen, but one of the male singers was just so-so. PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: -- some guides were great, some not so good, all excursions we did (except for the separately organized F1 race) were good and worth the price, with clean buses and functioning AC, and though the toilets on the buses were routinely locked, the bus driver on one excursion stopped and opened up the toilet for a desparate passenger, which was nice. SETE: all-day excursion to Carcassonne, interesting. About a one hour drive in a comfortable bus with AC, then you see a charming hillside medieval walled town. The local guide who gave a brief tour was terrible (heavy accent, plus the heavy wind this area is known for did not help), though he tried. There was time for a leisurely early lunch of cassoulet (we chose Le Jardin De Templier near the Basilica). It was nice we had enough time for a local lunch, as opposed to just a stroll to buy souvenirs, and time to tour the fortress. A Russian Orthodox choral group happened to be performing in the Basilica, lovely. CANNES: two days -- wonderful. One day we did an excursion to St. Paul de Vence and Chateau de Saint-Martin for wine tasting . Though St. Paul was cute (warning -- steep walking!), the trip to the beautiful Relais and Chateaux location of Saint-Martin alone, where excellent wines and appetizers were served on a gorgeous view patio, was worth the excursion fee. No herding, no mad rush. The only disappointment was that we could not buy the wines we'd just tasted on site. The next day we went on the Nice and Perfumerie Fragonard excursion. This was well-organized but it is a long drive, lots of traffic (included time to buy wholesale quality perfume after a tour of the production facilities). When we stopped in Nice, after some traffic, a guest asked the local guide about toilets and the guide said there were none other than going into a cafe to buy a coffee , "that is just the way things are done here." After we'd wandered around a couple minutes we found immaculate, staffed public pay toilets at the nearby Seven Continents Square (hard to miss), so I mentioned this when we got back on the bus, for the guide's future reference for guests. She defensively said, "Yes, they are there, but I did not mention this because you have to pay 50 cents!" Perhaps local excursion guides should be advised that it is likely Silversea pax would not mind paying 50 cents for a clean toilet?? :) AJACCIO: On embarkation, we were told the Clos Capitoro Wine Tasting excursion out of Ajaccio was cancelled, so we rebooked into the Walking Tour and Fesch Museum option. Then that tour was also cancelled the night before, and none of the remaining tours appealed to us so we set out walking the lovely town on our own (which actually turned out fine). The Fesch Museum is worth a visit, do not miss the Corsican art in the basement which was our favorite. MONACO, 2 days. EXCUSIONS TO NICE AND EZE -- Medieval Eze is beautiful (VERY steep to walk up to!), but unfortunately we were too early in the day, and did not have enough time to have a leisurely lunch in one of the excellent (and expensive) local dining venues. Had just enough time (45 min) for a stroll, drink, and pictures, or a quick purchase. MONACO GRAND PRIX PACKAGE -- Key issue: You will not have VIP seats or service at the race! Two nights before the race we were issued F1 package swag bags which consisted of a cheap mini-backpack with F1 programs, ear plugs, some cheap binoculars, a tiny plastic rain poncho, and our lanyards and tickets. We were given a detailed orientation RE how to get to and from the ship to the track. Access would be only to the races that day (Sunday), not Saturday's qualifying, no pit walk, no special access, just regular grandstand bleacher seats for Sunday, is what we should expect. We were told our seats would be mostly in the K2 section grandstands, "near the checkered flag" (though it turned out we could not see the checkered flag from our seats, as it was up and behind us). We'd been told at booking, and that night, that there would be a "former F1 driver" at the upcoming cocktail party, but we were still not told who it would be until we got the late night newsletter on our bed, where a wiki printout of the bio on Allan McNish awaited us. McNish had started in only 17 F1 races, so technically he was indeed a "former F1 driver" and Silversea did not lie, though his greatest fame was actually that he was a 3-time American Le Mans Series champion. Then the night before the race a special, formal cocktail party in La Terrazza, with excellent canapes and champagne and almost everyone dressed to the nines. A lot of the pax there seemed less interested in F1 than in just being where they thought they should be so they could tell people about it when they got home, but many were hardcore car buffs, and it was nice to meet fellow afficionados. This was followed by an entertaining talk given by McNish, who was a great speaker and we were happy to meet him even though we'd never heard of him RE F1 racing until this trip. Then we had a special dinner with not extra special food at La Terrazza with fellow F1 fans. Then came the actual race on Sunday: we tendered in early to allow time to walk up the hill to the track. The streets were a zoo, full of souvenir shops and tourists as well as high end boutiques, some ladies in outrageously gawdy outfits as you'd expect, but mostly just casual attire like we'd been told to wear. No drivers or celebrities viewed. Our grandstand seating (no backrests), out in the blazing sun was indeed in K2 and, as noted, we could not see the checkered flag. Toilets were few and far away dirty portable units with LONG LINES (3 stalls, one broken, for hundreds of women), so we were afraid to eat or drink anything though the drunken Aussies behind us (not SS pax) kept climbing over us in the bleachers to go get more beer. Overhead announcements were hard to hear and the display board showing driver standings had big delays. As we sat for a few hours, uncomfortable, trying to focus on the race, we longingly gazed at others in town who were luxuriating watching the race from commercial service yachts and hotels, drinking champagne and eating lunch in real chairs, (presumably with access to clean toilets), thinking that if we'd paid a few hundred dollars more (we looked it up), we could have been there instead of suffering on our bleachers. For $1500 per person, we (perhaps unrealistically) expected more, and would not do this again, as we are not interested in bragging rights for just having been there (when we got home, we then watched the race on TV:) PORTOFERRAIO -- we took the tour across the island first, and then toured Napoleon's old villa, nice views and some interesting history. Could have skipped the island tour and just toured the villa on our own. DISEMBARKATION smooth, no problems, took the bus SS had organized to the airport SUMMARY: overall an entertaining cruise, with mostly excellent service on an uncrowded ship, though we probably would have picked a different Silversea cruise (or bought our own GP tickets with better seats) if we'd known the Grand Prix experience was going to be so uncomfortable relative to the price. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Monday Embarkation very smooth, there at 12:30, got all the paperwork completed had lunch on the pool deck ( sea bass & tuna melt) All of our dinner reservation were as per requests made on web site which was great ! Toured around ... Read More
Monday Embarkation very smooth, there at 12:30, got all the paperwork completed had lunch on the pool deck ( sea bass & tuna melt) All of our dinner reservation were as per requests made on web site which was great ! Toured around the ship and our rooms ready at 2:30 Marlon our butler showed up within minutes of entering suite Mini bar was stocked with all my requests made prior the my silversea web launch. Very nice sale away out of Barcelona Tonight was casual nite and we dinned in la terrazzo , great meal and awesome service Tuesday Room service for breakfast very well done, arrival in Sete, very overcast and threatening rain etc DW had a spa appointment this morning, so I hung around the suite and read on the balcony. SS had a first time voyagers meet and greet in the observation lounge which was well attended Had lunch in the "Restaurant" a lovely 2 hrs relaxing meal. Got ready to go ashore for walk around and it started to rain so we retired to the panorama lounge Tonight is formal night which we are looking forward to. We went to the bar for some pre dinner drinks where we meet 3 other couples and had interesting conversations which extended into dinner and we were able to get a table for 8. Great dinner with very large lobster tails! Lots of action in the panorama lounge after dinner Wednesday Arrive in Cannes this morning where we overnight. I cannot believe the yachts in the harbor !! Other than cruise ships there are about 15 yachts some have helicopters parked on them and space for 20' + runabouts inside the hull, was told that one was Tom Arnold's Breakfast in the suite once again another fabulous setup by Marlon, he really seems to enjoy his job on SS and his wife works on board as well. Lunch today was the buffet in la terrazza .. Very nice lunch great selection fresh greens for salads sushi cold meats and hot foods This is a tender port so we meet in the theatre then head out for our French wine tasting tour, where we visited two wineries, where we learned about their history an sample the wines. Tonight we go to the grill for supper, it's a neat concept, I had the salmon and wife had the filet steak, everything was good and wine was flowing. After dinner we made our way to the panorama lounge for some drinks and dancing. Thursday Late night last night, and when I stuck my head out the balcony it was pouring rain, so we just rolled over to catch some more zzz's We had planned on heading ashore to wander around but with the rain on and off we decided to stay on board and enjoy the ships amenities. Off to lunch in la terreza again. Enjoyed playing bingo and trivia this afternoon and even won some silversea bucks ! Dinner tonight is in STARS, it was fabulous, not sure how they equate the menu to STARS, but the food and service were awesome and the entertainment was great Friday Once again we enjoyed breakfast in our suite as we arrived in Ajaccio Corsica. Not much planned for today, took a short walk in town and checked out the market. Returned to the Spirit for a slow leisurely lunch in the pool deck and relaxed for the afternoon. We decided to celebrate my 50th birthday today as we have the Grand Prix Gala dinner tomorrow. We returned to our suite to get dressed for dinner and when we walked in Marlon was finishing setting to a birthday surprise for me. I almost fell over! He had set up a table by the patio door, with a birthday cake made from towels and silver ribbons, flanked by candles and a tuxedo made from napkins! All I could say was WOW! We had reservations at la champagne, so we dressed up in formal attire and headed off for dinner and it was worth every cent of the $30pp surcharge. After dinner we went to the panorama lounge for a couple of night caps and upon returning to our suite the napkin tux had been replaced by a nice chocolate cake. About 3:00 am we arrived in Monaco and we could hear the music from parties ashore ( we were sleeping with the door open) Saturday We awoke to a beautiful view of Monaco and more large yachts anchored all around us along with a couple other cruise ships. Once again breakfast in our suite, then off to tender into town. The seas were pretty rough getting on the tender, but boy are the crew ever good at it. Since it was GrandPrix weekend a lot of roads were closed off but we had made reservations at Stars-N-Bars Restaurant to have lunch and watch the qualifying from there. When we returned to the ship, there was a hot bubble bath waiting for DW. Gala dinner tonight and the pre-dinner meet and greet was in the Panorama Lounge with ex formula one driver Allen Mc Nish. I had a very enjoyable chat with him. Dinner in La Terreza followed. Sunday Tendered in to Monaco for the race. Lots of people in the streets. Seats were pretty good; we had a good view of the cars after they came out of the tunnel and around to the swimming pool. Typical MONACO grand prix, with a safety car on the first lap  It was awesome to be in Monaco for the race .. a big tick off my bucket list. We left Monaco around 11 pm under a starry sky. Monday Our last day of the cruise, and a beautiful morning as we docked in Elba, where Napoleon was exiled to. We took a SS excursion to the eastern part of the island, very narrow and windy roads in a large coach. At one of the stops we had the best cappuccino I have ever had. Sad evening as we packed up our belongings and placed them out in the hall. Tuesday Disembarking was very smooth, we gathered in the bar to await out call, where we boarded a bus into Rome. All in all it was a 6 star experience for us, and we have booked another cruise on the Spirit for December.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Overall Assessment--Supremely Satisfying Trip. This is my first attempt at a cruise review, so inadequacies may be obvious. Embarcation in Barcelona was seamless. Silversea accommodated us as we had arrived early due to a mistiming of our ... Read More
Overall Assessment--Supremely Satisfying Trip. This is my first attempt at a cruise review, so inadequacies may be obvious. Embarcation in Barcelona was seamless. Silversea accommodated us as we had arrived early due to a mistiming of our taxi.So full marks there The Vista suite was very adequate. We have had balcony cabins before on Silversea( both Spirit and Cloud), but found it unnecessary because the deck availability was more than enough, just a preference. Bed was superb. The pillows were so so, but that will always be the case for us. The maid was thorough. The 'Butler' we hardly saw which speaks to that particular service on this trip. We can remember eating as well as this in a first class hotel in Sorrento, in the Hilton Nailert in Bankok and in the now closed Sans Soucis in Toronto. Suffice it to say we feel this is world class cuisine. The staff are superb. We had the most magnificent waiter called Jojo. It will be the highlight of your journey if you get him. He has a BSc in Hotel Management and it shows through. Having said that it is only fair to state that the staff are all so good , pleasant and courteous in an extremely demanding social interface. The passengers were a very interactive and friendly group. Our last voyage on the Spirit was during her maiden Transatlantic crossing in 2010, and the passengers on that voyage were a more detached even perhaps arrogant group, but none of that this time thank goodness. I make no comment on the ports of call as they do not interest us. Our attention is focused on the sea days and the vessel. She handled a moderate "Battering" on this voyage very well, and I had no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
The title was chosen since the Silversea cruise could be divided into two parts from Barcelona to Funchal and then the trip to Fort Lauderdale. The Twice part is an ending comparison with the two Atlantic crossings this year, the Spring ... Read More
The title was chosen since the Silversea cruise could be divided into two parts from Barcelona to Funchal and then the trip to Fort Lauderdale. The Twice part is an ending comparison with the two Atlantic crossings this year, the Spring one on the Seabourn Pride and the Silver Spirit. The cruise started in Barcelona where we arrived the day before to see some of the sights and also get acclimated to a 6 hour change in time zones . We could have used a few more days to see the city. The embarkation went very well with one exception; the taxi took us to the wrong pier. Her mistake but she had the meter running so we paid for it. Surprising to us our cabin was ready so we left our carry-on luggage and went for our first lunch at La Terrazza. It was almost impossible for you to bring your plate to your table since the staff practically took it out of your hand. The buffet was well done and had a very good selection, especially if you like sushi. One problem occurred when I asked about the available wine. The response was we have one for white and one for red as well champagne. I asked what others were available, and the response was that if I did not like this one they would bring me something else. Most of the times this took 5 minutes to find a substitute wine. Based on recommendations from Cruise Critic, we went to make our reservations at the specialty restaurants. There were about 15 people on line but they had only 2 sample menus for each restaurant so you got about a minute to look at each one. Also it was not clear how many reservations you could make. In the end we got two at the Grill(aka Hot Rocks) and La Terrazza, and one each at Le Champagne, Seishin and Stars. We also got waitlisted for additional times at these restaurants. Our cabin was the standard veranda suite that was about 300 square feet on Deck 8. The cabin size for more than enough for 2 people and had plenty of storage space. The couch was uncomfortable, which is typical for a cruise ship. The only issues in the cabin were the shortage of electrical outlets but the two TV monitors are great. The balcony contained two adjustable chairs and a similar table. We really liked the marble and granite bathrooms, which included a full sized tub, and a separate, glass shower cubicle. The luggage cam very promptly and we met our butler and cabin attendant. We then placed our beverage order for 2 bottles of liquor that we actually used only one of them since there were plenty of places to drink. The fridge was stocked with a variety of soft drinks and water. When we told the butler what we liked for soft drinks, he filled the refrigerator with the chosen beverages. But he did fail to remove the unwanted brands, which was not a big issue but he had to replenish the requested items more often. Finally I would like to complement the cabin staff, they were always available to meet your needs and our cabin was made up quickly. We had the meet and mingle party in the Observation Deck. Silversea did a great job in hosting the event and we met a number of people that we got to know really well for the rest of the voyage. The average age of the passengers was definitely over 60, which is what we expected. Our first dinner on the ship was at La Terraza and the menu featured many great items. Unfortunately we never saw that menu again since they periodically change the menu about every three days. The food was done right with the exception of the liberal use of salt in all dishes. This was true in all restaurants and we soon learned to have them put the sauces on the side and not to season meat before we cooked it at the Grill. Again we went through the same game with the wine. I had to taste it and reject it first. Since it was an Italian restaurant, you would have thought they would offer an Italian wine as the featured wine. They did find a Chianti that was above average and we enjoyed a few more bottles later in the cruise. The second night dinner was in the main dining room (The Restaurant) and my meal was the Beef Wellington that was done perfectly. Unfortunately my spouse’s steak was very salty and over-cooked. They quickly replaced it with a Beef Wellington. In most cases when there was a problem the crew responded very well and quickly addressed the issue. At the end of the first few days I would have rated it as the best MDR on any ship. More on this issue later. My spouse used room service for breakfast on all days while I used it only sparingly. The service was prompt on all days and early on several days when the butler explained that people were specifying the same time for tours so we won (?) and got the food early. If you ordered hot items it was 50/50 chance it was not hot on arrival. We stopped ordering toast since it was always cold and hard. The bread untoasted was the best approach. I will do a quick review of our and some of our fellow passengers experiences with the other restaurants and room service. The Grill, starts with a basket of tortilla chips and guacamole dip. There is achoice of a couple of salads and then you get to cook your meat and fish on a hot slab of volcanic stone. As mentioned earlier the first time we ate at the Grill the meat was over-seasoned but the next two times we requested and got the meat with no seasoning. The meat dishes are accompanied by a small and actually the right sized baked potato and a skewer of veggies. The veggies seem to arrive cold so they spent some time on the hot rock to reheat them. There were a few choices for the desert course that were not anything special. It was consistently the best restaurant on the entire cruise. The Grill for lunch was ok but only when they had special setups. The standard burgers were ok but the sandwiches were horrible. The choices of deserts were terrible and the selection of ice cream was limited. By far the best pool side grill is on Oceania. The choices are freshly cooked and the ice cream choices are numerous. The one problem with the pool deck is that one side of the deck is reserved for smokers and you can smell the smoke even when you are a distance away. It is time to ban all smoking on ships. Le Champagne is a Relais & Châteaux restaurant but unfortunately it does not measure up to other R&C restaurants. The menu at Le Champagne changes periodically during the cruise. Le Champagne is an intimate, dark and elegant space on Deck 4 across from Seishin and next to The Restaurant. We were able to find a good Bordeaux wine to drink at the restaurant. The rack of lamb was great but the lobster was terrible. One of the courses arrived cold and it was not the salad. Several days later a group of our friends ate the restaurant and the service was terrible and they also experienced cold food. It was so bad that the cruise line refunded their guest reservation fee is US$30 per person. We cancelled our waitlists for the restaurant. With STARS, Silversea attempts to re-create the atmosphere of an art deco-inspired supper club with a singer and piano player. The menu is a set, multi-course collection of unique items in tapas-style served three at a time. There were 5 courses and also they offer an additional small plate of pasta if you want it. One of us had the pasta and the other did not need it. The staff did a great job in getting sauces for one of use separated from the entrée. This created a table full of small dishes. It was an unique experience but one we chose not to repeat since we found several items that neither of us liked. We did like the show so we came again later on another evening. SEISHIN RESTAURANT Seishin specializes in Japanese food. The Sushi preparation station is in the middle of the restaurant where you can watch the dishes being created by the Sushi chef. We elected to have the Teaser menu and since my spouse does not eat raw fish the restaurant put together a special Teaser menu for her by combining items from each Teaser menu.There was a $20 pp reservation fee for Teaser menus. Again we went only once. However the best kept secret is that Seishin offers a complimentary sushi and sashimi bar for lunch. It is GREAT for sushi and sashimi lovers. I ate there six times and always enjoyed it. What was amazing was that the restaurant was also always empty for this lunch treat. The only negative point was that they ran out of Asahi beer. This restaurant had the best service staff. Maybe since there were very few guests. This brings me to the changing point for the two cruises comment. Starting in Funchal the ship started to run out of items some that could be expected on a 16 day cruise but others were crazy. How could an Italian restaurant on a cruise ship owned by an Italian family run out of Parmesan cheese with 7 days to go. They seemed to make no effort to replenish any items at the ports of call. The food also seemed to increasingly seasoned to a very high level. The soup in La Terrazza was so salted that it was inedible. It just happened that the chef was making his rounds and when we quietly told him about the soup he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. He only wanted to hear complements and not problems. The Restaurant also became middle of the road in both quality and service. We were told we could not order an alternative wine without tasting the offered one. I tried to explain that I had already tasted that one and did not like it. I asked who told him to do this and he said the head sommelier. Since I had met the sommelier at two wine tastings I knew what the waiter told me was correct. The two wine tastings were humorous. At the first one we tasted only one wine which they were selling on their alternative menu. I think he must have heard the complaints so the next tasting had two wines one of which was available on the complementary list and the other was one they were thinking of adding to that list. I have been accused of being a “wine snob” but I found the pitch from him that their exclusive wine list was a real bargain compared to what passengers would pay at their retail stories. I challenged him on that point since he had a Bordeaux on the list for $240 that can be bought for $100 in the US. But more importantly he was selling the wine from an average year at a premium price when better years were easily available from the same Chateau. There are people that insist you should not order fine wines on ships since the motion of the ship harms the wine. In the end we were able to narrow down the list of complementary wines to two whites and four reds that were enjoyable. It was interesting that none of these wines were featured at any meal on the ship but had to be requested. Also interesting is that there were no Spanish wines on the available list even though we started in Spain and also made most of our ports in Spain. The wine from Portugal was one of better reds available. The second half of the cruise also reflected less quality in the service in the restaurants and the bar areas. Many sea days do challenge the crew but this was greater than expected lapse in service. Based on our previous cruises we did our own touring at all ports on our own. The only exception was the tour of the Alhambra from our stop in Malaga. Silver sea did a great job on this tour. We had two buses that were about half filled so it was a manageable number. The tour guide on the bus was entertaining but he tended to repeat himself constantly. The guide for the Alhambra was first rate and she really knew how to keep the group under control. Even though it was off-season it was full of tourists and tour groups. The restaurant for lunch was first rate with plenty to eat. The dessert was passable but I was not hungry after the previous courses. I think the tour could have been shortened by dropping the drive through Granada since all you saw was some buildings from the bus. Once again there are passengers who do not read the description of the amount of walking and they had limited mobility so that they should have skipped this tour. Silver sea did a good job of providing information on the ports of call but neglected to tell you where free Wi-Fi was available in the town. The ship internet rates were high but luckily we were able to use the smallest package for the days at sea between Funchal and Bermuda. By doing our homework we found places with free or low cost internet. In Barcelona our hotel was only 10 minutes from the Apple store and McDonalds worked in Valencia although you had to buy something to get the code for the internet and the bathroom. The library on the ship was first rate and also provided an area to exchange books among the passengers as well as their own books. Even on sea days it was not crowded most of the time. The Fitness Center was small and a selection of equipment that worked and other items. I found it never crowded and saw the same few people in the morning every day that I went. My spouse was totally disappointed in the Spa. She found the need to wear a bathing suit instead of just a large towel to be stupid in the steam room and sauna. On a trip with many sea days, the entertainment becomes more of a necessity than on a port heavy cruise. . We attended a few of the lectures but they were a mixed bag of presentations including a few that had technical difficulties. The entertainment was provided by six singers whose voices were above average for a cruise line. Two of the shows were very good while two of them were subpar. The worst one was the sing along to Elton John songs. They picked the wrong songs that had too many lyrics and the lyrics on the screen did not match the song. It looked like a grammar school show. The Casino was a joke; they ran two blackjack tournaments that only a couple of people showed up. The highlight of the day was team trivia with about 30% of the passengers participating. As usual too many took the game too seriously. The cruise director did a good job in controlling the group. The real disappointment was the lousy gifts for the points won at that and other games. When we pooled our points we had enough for a t-shirt. Unfortunately the size we wanted large was unavailable so we got a small for our daughter. The t-shirt was a piece of junk. It was a Hanes underwear shirt with Silversea on it. We decided to use it as a rag rather than giving it to her. This is what you got for 110 points. On another cruise line we got a great shirt with a collar for 10 points. Since drinks were included our review will include an assessment of the bars we visited. The pool bar suffered from having the smokers around it but you could get a drink easily. However there was a limited selection of beer. The bar in the Observation deck was the best one and served great drinks and nibbles. Unfortunately it was not the place to be during rough seas. The Bar was generally crowded and also the waiters brought the wrong drinks. Arrival at Fort Lauderdale was fine but slow in getting people off the ship and then a long wait at customs. Only two agents available initially and then a third one was added. There was no wait for a taxi and we got to the airport faster than people who used the cruise line transfers. In summary the cruise was very good and the best part was the people we met. We found them to be fun loving and felt very comfortable with most of them. Now for a comparison of Seabourn and Silversea for the same size of ship. Where they were equal I did not evaluate them. Cabin – about the same but you felt more closed in on the narrower Silversea room. Cabin furniture – Silversea since the balcony furniture was better and better TV size Main Dining Room – better on Seabourn but one of the best meals on Silversea Specialty restaurants – better on Silversea but you have to pay extra for two of them Pool Grill - Silversea Sushi – clear winner is Silversea, none available on Seabourn Buffet – slight edge to Silversea except conversion to dinner better on Seaborne with different themes Alcohol – generally gave you the same brands, easier selection process on wines on Seabourn Pool Deck Furniture – better on Silversea Excursions – Silversea but limited data here based on a few tours Spa – clear winner is Seabourn Entertainment – a few better shows on Silversea but more consistent good performances on Seabourn Internet – clear winner is Seabourn, 20% of the price of Silversea Fellow Passengers – very similar but edge goes to Silversea on these two cruises Crew Helpfulness – slight edge to Seabourn, Silversea crew tended to focus on frequent travelers   Read Less
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