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5 Silversea Rio de Janeiro Cruise Reviews

lets start by saying this was the best holiday we ve ever done. Rio through the Amazon up to Florida. What made it so good, everything. Crew were amazing, service unbelievable, food excellent. I read some poor reviews before I ... Read More
lets start by saying this was the best holiday we ve ever done. Rio through the Amazon up to Florida. What made it so good, everything. Crew were amazing, service unbelievable, food excellent. I read some poor reviews before I embarked , cannot understand where they came from as we had a delightful experience. 25 days on board meant that we got to know all the crew including the silverseas entertainers. Everyday was brilliant particular sea days. The shore trips well organised. We did have a underperforming tour in Maceio which was fault of tour operator but silverseas refunded in full and it wasnt their fault. Not the best transfer in Rio but those are the only negatives on a long trip. we would not hesitate in booking another cruise with Silverseas. we ate at all the restaurants except the Japanese.All were very good . The wines presented were also of a very high standard and likewise the late night Brandies. Unlike us we had many a late night dancing late into the night with the Silverseas team. Well done to all who gave us such a great time. Irregular Kev Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I have sailed Silver Seas more than 600 days and got to know and befriend the crew on other ships. Knowing that SS chose the cream of the crew for Muse I wished to join them. The crew exceeded my expectations. As the ship is new there were ... Read More
I have sailed Silver Seas more than 600 days and got to know and befriend the crew on other ships. Knowing that SS chose the cream of the crew for Muse I wished to join them. The crew exceeded my expectations. As the ship is new there were very few visual or maintenance problems. The inexpensive art works were not great. My major problem was the dining experience. Firstly, and mainly, the in cabin dining has really been downgraded. Up until Muse, and now I gather in the stretched Spirit, in-cabin dining only offers the room service menu. Previously I could order from MDR dinner menu. Food was tasty, a little salty, and the menus went unchanged for a week at a time. CD Vicki, as always, was bubbly, entertaining and efficient. I would have liked to experience "Ship Happens" again. David Bilsand was excellent.Ship did not run out of Billi Billi! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Wanted to see Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Also, having cruised the western end (Peru) of the Amazon, we were interested in seeing the eastern end. From a nature and wildlife perspective, the Peruvian Amazon was much better and ... Read More
Wanted to see Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Also, having cruised the western end (Peru) of the Amazon, we were interested in seeing the eastern end. From a nature and wildlife perspective, the Peruvian Amazon was much better and far less commercial. The small cruise ship there, however, only held about a dozen passengers and was nowhere nearly as luxurious as the Muse. Regarding the ports visited, there were a few that were of little interest, specifically Salvador de Bahia, Fortaleza, and Alter do Chao. Rio de Janeiro was disappointing because of all the warnings given about the security and crime in the region. Aboard the Muse, we had an outstanding buttler named Oscar Ferrer. He was quick to make sure that we were always comfortable and content. He was personable, polite, reliable, and good company. Another person that was a pleasure to work with was Daniel Arribas, our Silversea cruise consultant. He made everything so much easier in planning our trip. You don’t want to lose him, so give him a raise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First time on Silversea; most comparable cruise we have been on was Seabourne, so that is the best comparison. We took a mid-ship veranda which was very comfortable: king bed, full-size couch, separate closet, shower and bathtub, toilet in ... Read More
First time on Silversea; most comparable cruise we have been on was Seabourne, so that is the best comparison. We took a mid-ship veranda which was very comfortable: king bed, full-size couch, separate closet, shower and bathtub, toilet in separate room. We boarded in Rio, traveling to Paraty, Santos, Puente del Este, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Silver Spirit is approximately 4 years old and accommodates 550 guests; on the trip the loading was approximately 500. Positives: * Cruise director was one of the best we had every met; made the entire trip fun. Seemed to work more than 15 hours each day. * Food was excellent across the restaurants; service was not consisten. * Veranda room was bigger than comparable room on Seabourne * Speciality restaurants Palazzo and Pool Grill (not charging additional money) were excellent and many guests gravitated there for dinners * Butler service was excellent; we were well looked after several times a day * Gym not large, but adequate; track on 10th level (10 laps = 1 mile) * Entertainment was good (a group of 6) who tried hard; most events were well attended * We traveled over SuperBowl Sunday; cruise director managed to buy the tv rights and 200+ guests had a wonderful evening on the sea watching the SuperBowl, with delicious snacks Negatives: * Dining Room service was terrible for breakfast and lunch; staff not interested in serving us. One breakfast we sat for almost 2 hours. We gave up on the Dining Room and ate in the buffet restaurant (Palazzo) instead which was excellent. * Specialty restaurants charging $30 per person per meal were not worth the additional cost, in our opinion. Food was not significantly better. * Internet was ridculously expensive. Best deal was 1000 minutes for $250 and then 250 minutes for $85. Almost twice as expensive as Seabourne. Also many complaints by passengers about difficulty to log on and log off, despite an "internet concierge." * Many private cocktail parties curtailed use of bars in the early evenings * Concierge desk rarely helpful; worst staff we encountered on the ship * Silversea wants each guest to make a contribution to a Silversea charity run by the family; you need to opt out of your contribution is automatically added to the bill * Very little notice about bridge and kichen tour; concierge refused to make a second tour despite many guest requests. As noted above, concierge more interested in creating impediments than granting requests. * Enrichment lectures were very uneven. One of the guest lecturers, a former Ambassador in South America many years ago, was not very informed and was criticized by guests. * The barbecue, which prior guests told us was a highlight, was cancelled because of a rain forecast. Seemed to us that the barbecue could have been held on another night with good weather. * Ship excursions were very expensive! Many guests traveled on their own. Ports: Many of the ports that Silver Spirit used on this trip are container ports, requiring a bus trip (provided for free) or a long walk to the actual port terminal. * Rio de Janeiro (2 days) -- so much to see; continual worries about pickpockets and personal safety in certain areas; traffic was terrible! * Paraty -- very little to do; very poor city, difficult tender. Most guests left after an hour or two to return to the ship. Another port would have been much more fun, or two days in Puente del Este! * Santos -- nice port city with good shopping and gateway to Sao Paolo * Puente del Este -- beautiful beaches, great shopping; Bevery Hills meets South Beach; friendly people * Montevideo -- interesting city with beautiful beaches, great architecture and fun shopping; friendly people * Buenos Aires (2 days) -- wonderful city which holds its own even with economic difficulties. Wonderful to spend an evening there   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Silver Whisper Rio de Janeiro, 5 sea days, St. Helena, 2 sea days, Walvis Bay (overnight) 1 sea day, Cape Town (overnight, disembarkation) Capt.: Angelo Corsaro Hotel Director: Norman Rafelson Cruise Director: Fernando d'Oliveira ... Read More
Silver Whisper Rio de Janeiro, 5 sea days, St. Helena, 2 sea days, Walvis Bay (overnight) 1 sea day, Cape Town (overnight, disembarkation) Capt.: Angelo Corsaro Hotel Director: Norman Rafelson Cruise Director: Fernando d'Oliveira Guest Relations Mgr: Enzo Carraro Cruise Consultant: Selvaggia Chef: Anne-Mari Cornelius La Terrazza Chef: Elton Tabaj This is my partner and my 15th Silversea voyage. We traveled with our friend, Mary, who had only one cruise under her belt and that was a Carnival cruise about 20 years ago. She had two concerns about joining us: 1) That all cruises were more or less like her Carnival experience and 2) that the 5 consecutive sea days would be boring and confining. I was keen to see if, in her eyes, the cruise lived up to her expectations and erased her memories of Carnival. This cruise is the second leg of the Whisper's World Cruise and the first embarkation since the Costa Concordia incident. Embarkation: A breeze. We arranged a private tour of Rio and the tour guide took us to the pier at 2PM when it was over. The curbside representative took our baggage and made sure we didn't stand on the line of Costa Fortuna passengers who were also embarking. Our friend Mary remarked, "I like not waiting on lines!" We told her that she wouldn't have to wait on any lines for the next 13 days. The standard champagne welcome and escort to the staterooms quickly followed. We met our butler, Jithu, and asked that he unpack for us, which he did effortlessly and efficiently. The ability to have the butler unpack and pack is one of our favorite services on Silversea. Once we checked in we returned to the cruise terminal to spend our remaining Reals before going to the mandatory lifeboat drill. On all of our previous Silversea trips the lifeboat drill has always occurred prior to sailing and this trip was no different. What was different this time around was that the captain spoke via the PA both before and after the drill; there was an announcement that no drinking was to occur during the drill; and our cabin numbers were taken as we entered the muster station before heading to the theater for the drill. Interestingly enough (or not!) we were shown how to don the life vests but did not have to actually put them on. Shortly after the drill, we cast our lines and headed into the S. Atlantic Ocean bound for St. Helena. Days 1 -- 5, 7-8 11 (at sea) Midway through the first sea day Mary said, "I get it. I get the sea days, " so I think we have a convert. The weather for the most part was perfect for pool lounging. There was afternoon volleyball games, lectures, movies, trivia to participate in if one so desired. We lunched by the pool each of these days save one, when we went to the Terrace Cafe. Each day at the pool there was a different theme to the grill...Chinese one day, two of the ship's officers preparing pasta another and so on. Food and service were both top notch. There was only one day of bad weather and that was the last sea day, (and it wasn't all that bad...you just knew you were on a ship) St. Helena: This was our second visit to the island, the first being in 2002 aboard the Seabourn Sun. We had independently booked a tour in advance of our visit and when Norman heard of this he advised us to go to the Shore Excursion desk to let them know since the first tenders were "reserved" for people on tours. Once this was done we had no problem disembarking the Whisper upon our anchorage at Jamestown. St. Helena is a fascinating little island which is probable best known for being the place of Napoleon's exile and death. The three of us plus tour guide toured the island in a seven-passenger Toyota Granvia. During our 4 hours there we saw Napoleon's two homes, the Governor's mansion, Jonathan the 170 year-old tortoise and his buddies, the natural rock formations of Lot and his wife, Sandys Bay, Jamestown and Jacob's Ladder. That's just a taste of what we saw. It was great, informative, and comfortable. In speaking with our fellow passengers we saw more places for less cost. The cost was GBP98 which would've covered up to 7 people in the car. (Reference available if anyone would like. They're a great company.) Walvis Bay, Namibia: The Whisper overnighted at Walvis Bay. Here we also chose to arrange our own tours in advance and are very glad we did. The company we used was out and out SPECTACULAR! We did a half-day tour upon arrival, timed to return in time for the "Dinner in the Desert, " and a second half-day tour the following morning which got us back to the ship in time for sailaway. The first tour was to take us by Land Rover 4x4 to see flamingos, pelicans, seals and other ornithological interests, many of which are on the grounds of a huge salt factory. The guide sure knew his birds! We saw thousands of flamingos. When we returned to the ship, our fellow passengers who had taken the Silversea tours saw in the range of zero flamingos, having been told they'd migrated already. We even went into a closed area of the salt factory to view birds, etc. The second day of touring was of these immense sand dunes near Walvis Bay and on to the German town of Swakopmund. Again, the guide really knew his stuff and he was obviously, and rightly proud of Namibia. The cost of each tour was NAD750 p/p with a minimum of four. Again, if anyone would like the name of the tour outfit I'd be happy to provide it. (I don't know if CC allows me to publicly post the names.) Now, the "Dinner in the Desert..." It was great fun, very well put on but I don't think I need to do it again. It's about a 45 minute VERY bumpy ride to to the event. The food was laid out buffet style under large tents and was surprisingly good! There were fire twirlers and the obligatory kids' choir before returning to the ship. Cape Town: We arrived in Table Bay to await the pilot spot on time but due to severely high winds which closed the port the previous few days the pilots were busy clearing the backlog so we had to wait about 30 minutes. We were alongside around 1:30PM. We did end up at the commercial port of the Duncan Docks instead of the V&A. The overnight on the ship before disembarkation was nice as it gave us an afternoon to toodle around Cape Town on the "Hop-on Hop-off" bus and to go to the top of Table Mountain. The skies were amazingly clear. Unfortunately it was disembarkation day where everything went wrong. The crew of the Silver Whisper made us, actually MADE US disembark! How disappointing is that? J Overall, this was one of the finest trips I've taken on Silversea. Ninety-nine point nine-nine-nine percent of the crew exceeded our expectations. If I had to nit-pick I'd say the reception desk wasn't always the most friendly folks on the ship. A second nit-pick would be that there was no karaoke!! Food: We ate at The Restaurant, La Terrazza and the Black Rock Grill for dinner on this trip. All were excellent. The winning dishes would be any one that had pasta in it! Silversea Touch of the cruise: My partner just offhandedly mentioned something about watermelon juice. The next day? He had a glass of watermelon juice! So, here's my review. I hope it proves useful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
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