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47 Silversea Repositioning Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because I wanted to see this part of the world. A better name would have been Patagonia and Chilean Fjords. Antarctica was not really covered. Ushuaia was a loveley port, but the ship did not provide an overnight or ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to see this part of the world. A better name would have been Patagonia and Chilean Fjords. Antarctica was not really covered. Ushuaia was a loveley port, but the ship did not provide an overnight or even an option to discover Antarctica. Luckily I decided to stay an extra day and forgo the charter flight from BA on the same day. Silversea provided an excellent lunch and a great checkin option in Ushuaia and I had no problem joining the ship there. Embarkation was quick and efficient. My cabin was a Vista Suite and I had much space and lots of storage. The bathroom was good, except for the smell of urine....they changed my room within a few days of embarkation... a little late but it seemed to have been a known problem. The ship is lovely for a purpose-built ship and the staff was excellent. Initially, they did not exceed expectations, but during the course of the cruise I came to the realization that they were excellent, if not low key, and came to appreciate the service. I had no real complaints. Hilman and Elisa did a wonderful job of caring for me. Reception exceeded expectations, handling everything from any issues to room service, Maria stands out and Carlos was also excellent. Dining staff were wonderful ... Robert and his team are so professional and fun.... bar staff.... thank you Shannah Kay et al for your attention every day with a smile! The Expedition Team were amazing....Luke was superb at keeping everything on time and everyone in the know. While some who had been on expeditions before thought this was "Expedition Lite", I didn't have much frame of reference and thought things were good. I could have used a little more "action" but overall was happy with what I learned ... or DIDN'T learn ... sorry Luke.... about flora and fauna .... that's what google is for! LOL Chef Ross tried hard but the food choices didn't provide a lot of "local" stuff even though it was snow crab season. Everything was tasty and we spent a few nights braving the environs upstairs in the Grill! I am not a "sheeple" tour person and some stuff was a little too much herding about for me. Loved the recap nightly and info next day. Captain Piers was approachable, fun, present and informative always. After hundreds of cruises, it was amazing to see a Captain so inclusive and approachable. And interesting, LOL The public rooms are spacious and accommodating. Dining rooms are lovely. Room service always whenever, wherever and attention to detail on every level exceeding expectations.... including martini service in laundrette and morning green smoothie service following me wherever I went to get away from it! Thank you Zoran! What a team. Ports were interesting....saw amazing things. Attention to time on deck looking for things to see .... excellent. I can make my own fun wherever I go....but I was really happy to have been looked after so well from a personal standpoint and was appreciative for the Captains constant attention to advise us of everything! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I like re-positioning cruises, for the days at sea; having cruised so many times and places since the 1970s. Overall, my trip was good: and put me in mind of Royal Viking (though maybe not quite so good on some things, perhaps due to time ... Read More
I like re-positioning cruises, for the days at sea; having cruised so many times and places since the 1970s. Overall, my trip was good: and put me in mind of Royal Viking (though maybe not quite so good on some things, perhaps due to time moving on, and standards not so high now as they were many years ago). It was disappointing that a refurbishment was being done during the cruise, instead of in dry dock (as, in my view, it should have been). This meant inconvenience from such things as materials being stored in passenger deck space, paint smells being unavoidable at times, whilst painting - and stored paints not properly sealed - was going on. Also furniture, carpets, curtains and such, was being changed such that the decor was not at its best. Also, who thought of a wavy line carpet for a ship's passenger area?! (If you weren't feeling seasick before, well ... {though i do not suffer from this personally}) The bartenders were not up to the standard of Fritz, my old Swiss trained mixologist from Royal Viking days, and didn't work as fast as him either; nor able to hold a conversation at the same time, as he did! But, every member of the crew, ship and hotel side, was eager to help, friendly, and keen to be assured that they were doing what was wanted; even though at least one passenger gave them a hard time all the time. This included bar, restaurant and entertainment staff. Definitely six star cruising on that score. The ship itself wasn't the most modern (hence, maybe, the refurb), but facilities were acceptable, if not top notch. My stateroom was well looked after by both Lorenzo, the butler, and the maid (whose name, shamefully I have forgotten; perhaps because the wrong name was put on my card in my stateroom). Breakfast in my stateroom was always promptly brought, and enjoyable; and the cleaning first rate. Dining was not set, so one could eat wherever and with whoever one wanted; and there was 24 room and food service, if that was required. Given that it was all-inclusive, it took an effort not to overindulge in alcohol, and in making that effort, I discovered that the no-alcohol wines on board were very palatable, to me anyway. The food itself was good and varied, although the meats were not always cooked to the degree requested: but were always re-cooked/re-done when queried. The entertainment was alright: no big (fading) names, and no-one likely to become big, in my opinion; but enjoyable when one made the effort to attend a show. I only took one shore excursion, which was ok, and enjoyed more for the visit to Rick's Bar (yes: I know the film never got any nearer to Casablanca than a Los Angeles airport for the final scene), as Casablanca is my favourite film. Don't cruise Silversea if you've got children with you: there is nothing for them, and they would be bored. I travelled as a single, and the 25% supplement is less than other lines offer: which given the fares, was very helpful. However, I was disappointed at having to pay over $400 for 24/7 wifi and internet access. One hour a day free is not enough, and easily exceeded if one forgets to log off, which many do. At these cruise prices, free wifi all of the time should be standard. I'm in the process of trying to book my next Silversea cruise, so yes, I will cruise them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We hate to fly, so this cruise attracted us because we could drive to NY and avoid one flight. Sailing out of NY Harbor at sunset is an incomparable experience. Destinations were well chosen and sailing was quite smooth - little motion. ... Read More
We hate to fly, so this cruise attracted us because we could drive to NY and avoid one flight. Sailing out of NY Harbor at sunset is an incomparable experience. Destinations were well chosen and sailing was quite smooth - little motion. Food quality was excellent and service above average. Selection of house wines and premium wines was very good. Bar service excellent. We spent 3-4 days at sea, and wished there have been better structured meet & mingle events at the beginning so we could bond with other couples for the remainder of the cruise. Biggest downer was very limited TV, nothing but news channels and ESPN - no movies and the DVD's in the library were awful. Public Rooms and Restaurants nicely decorated & appointed. The Gym was barely adequate and some equipment wasn't working. We only used tender service at one destination (St. Barts) it would have been nice to have published schedule of Tender departures. (We missed opportunity to dine ashore because we arrived too late for the tender.) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I selected this cruise due to itinerary and the flight purchase inclusion. I had never experienced 'all inclusive cruising' and was not disappointed. There was an issue that I've taken to corporate; feel it was an anomaly ... Read More
I selected this cruise due to itinerary and the flight purchase inclusion. I had never experienced 'all inclusive cruising' and was not disappointed. There was an issue that I've taken to corporate; feel it was an anomaly and am disappointed it hasn't been fully addressed to date. Barring that and ship repairs that interrupted the entire cruise on the pool deck, I would love to have an unblemished experience in the future. The staff is incredible and their attention to each person aboard is to be commended. My Butler Mae, our sommelier Marco and everyone in La Terrazzo , the fitness leader Katerina were above outstanding. Jeffrey in the Panorama Lounge was very entertaining and very accommodating. I dined in the dining room only a few times and they address me by name - appreciated! I enjoyed out Bridge instructors and the lessons. I am remiss at remembering all of the names of the staff I would like to commend. Silversea, please address the unpleasantness of the suite issue. I want to recommend this line to all! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We explored our departure and ariival cities on our own. We used some of the ship's excursions and also those provided by Abercrombie & Kent. The ship definitely needs to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We explored our departure and ariival cities on our own. We used some of the ship's excursions and also those provided by Abercrombie & Kent. The ship definitely needs to be refurbished - it's old and tired looking. The gym, spa and beauty parlor also needs to be modernized. Our cabin was nice and spacious - just a bit dark and very small veranda that needed to be better maintained. The TV in the room didn't work well and the ship should provide more than 1 hour of wifi service per day. The food and service in Main Dining Room was very good. La Terraza restaurant was OK and the buffets offered during the day were mediocre. Room service was very good!! Our meal in Le Champagne was outstanding! The evening in La Terraza on the 19th featuring the visiting French chef was excellent! The Grill during lunch was OK but the wait staff were frequently overwhelmed with the number of guests to serve. The SilverSea singers were very talented and enjoyable, the pianist, Nataliia was excellent but the guitarist/singer Charlie's repertoire was not current. The girls in the Beauty Parlor should speak better English. Our wait staff were all great as were the butler and his assistant. The Concierges need more training on what if offered in the Ports of call. It's time for the Cruise Director to retire. We would go again perhaps on a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
After a pretty dismal ride on the Silver Cloud on one of its last cruises prior to refit, it was a pleasure to be on board the Shadow where most things 'worked'. The staterooms are still a little dated, think Italian hotel about ... Read More
After a pretty dismal ride on the Silver Cloud on one of its last cruises prior to refit, it was a pleasure to be on board the Shadow where most things 'worked'. The staterooms are still a little dated, think Italian hotel about 1992, but bathrooms have been smartly updated, and the ship was definitely comfortable with only 302 guests on board - it was a cruise with a low single supplement so not all the cabins were two to a room, in fact a lot of the passenger suites were occupied by staff and entertainers, including several on higher decks which seemed a bit cheeky when there might have been an opportunity to upgrade some paying customers? Anyhow, being on a lower deck - 4 or 5 - was the best deal on this voyage as we hit Typhoon (Tropical Storm) Talim on our northerly approach to Japan and this really threw the boat around for 24 hours, right down to the classic image of waiters, tables and glassware sliding across the floor of the dining room while the waves washed the windows. Food is always a highlight, and the relentless adherence to an 'Italianate' menu means a lot of repetitions and some slightly bizarre combinations - but even on a long overwater voyage from Alaska to Japan we had some excellent meat, fish and fresh fruits and salads in good condition. Entertainment is as bad as ever, a hoary old working-mens' club comedian was the Cruise Director who never learned a passenger's name, and the usual rag-tag collection of singers (two operatic, two musical theatre, two who can't dance) that it's never possible to weld into a 'company' or direct in a cohesive show. One good female lecturer from Alaska itslef, and two old bores. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because it stopped in Ireland, Iceland and Greenland. We had two really great lecturers on board which helped to fill the days at sea. Having been on several Silver Sea cruises before we knew pretty much what to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in Ireland, Iceland and Greenland. We had two really great lecturers on board which helped to fill the days at sea. Having been on several Silver Sea cruises before we knew pretty much what to expect. Unfortunately we missed two ports. One due to weather and another due to a mandatory slow down in the St. Laurence river. The slow down was announced by the government before the cruise left but the passengers were not told until midway on the trip. Not good PR on the ship's part. We enjoyed all the ports with the exception of Corner Brook Canada. Bad weather was not the ship's fault but there was a long bus ride with a poor tour guide and not much to see. I would encourage Silver Sea to go back to supplying the rooms with high quality binoculars as still mentioned in their brochures. We expected them and would have brought our own if we knew of the policy change. We return to Silver Sea because we like the smaller ships, the no reservation policy in the main dining room, all inclusive food and beverages, butler service, verandas, room service, handy launderette and a very friendly staff. Most of the food is excellent but on this cruise too many of the dishes featured pepper or hot spices which we do not eat. So, it somewhat limited our selections. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Food and facilities were generally excellent. Terraza was a bit hit and miss - excellent the first time and not so good the second time. Sushi Restaurant was great - first timer for sushi and I loved it.. Stars Supper Club has the ... Read More
Food and facilities were generally excellent. Terraza was a bit hit and miss - excellent the first time and not so good the second time. Sushi Restaurant was great - first timer for sushi and I loved it.. Stars Supper Club has the potential to be excellent (great music and ambiance) but food wasn't quite up to scratch. Stars has a tapas/small plate menu, so each morsel has to be perfect and they really weren't. The Grill has excellent steak and shrimp. The main Restaurant was great every night. Wine selections could not have been better - if we didn't like the daily selection we asked for others and got them at no extra charge. Service was excellent in some areas but not so good in others. Passengers want personal service from crew and now that they have to use iPads in the dining areas for food orders the personal service and interaction has been removed. I think the iPads affected the level of service. Use the iPads away from the customer - After you have taken the order. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I were excited to try the newest ship in the fleet. Overall a very solid experience, however there are a few changes that are unwelcome. Pluses: Excellent internet speed. We purchased the full cruise high speed package, and ... Read More
My wife and I were excited to try the newest ship in the fleet. Overall a very solid experience, however there are a few changes that are unwelcome. Pluses: Excellent internet speed. We purchased the full cruise high speed package, and never had an issue with speed or connectivity. We used it for both work emails and daily posts to Facebook with pictures and commentary on our fantastic experiences. We truly enjoyed the shore excursions, more than we had on previous Silversea cruises (we have become "Silversea only" cruisers since 2004, and this was our fifth). While our meals in La Terrazza and La Dame were consistently excellent, we found Atlantide to be just "good". We miss the open seating policy of the Restaurant. Every night required reservations, however the maitre'd in both La Terraza and Atlantide were always able to get us in where we wanted. We would skip Seishin and Indochine next time, and focus only on La Terraza, Hot Rocks, Atlantide and La Dame. The spa was not fully ready for us, as the lockers lacked hangers so our clothes ended up piled on the bottom. A good massage though. While we prefer the other ships and their open seating in The Restaurant, the overall execution of the new ship is excellent. Shows were well done, and seating very comfortable. We enjoyed the art work as well. As a bonus, we met a lovely couple from Shropshire, England with whom we plan to travel again. Silversea passengers are wonderful overall. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
My husband and I just finished a fabulous cruise on the Silver Shadow. Our son lives in Japan so it was a great way to go there. The crossing was good except for one rough night. The service on the ship was perfect! The butlers were ... Read More
My husband and I just finished a fabulous cruise on the Silver Shadow. Our son lives in Japan so it was a great way to go there. The crossing was good except for one rough night. The service on the ship was perfect! The butlers were there when needed and did everything they could to make sure your every need was handled. The food was good as was the wine selections. I enjoy wine and found that I was introduced to many types of wine that I had not had before, which broadened my understanding of various grapes. The ship itself is comfortable and a nice size. It is in need of a little refurbishing but is due for dry dock in January. The lectures were outstanding! One speaker spoke on Japan and the other about the history of Warner Brothers. The entertainment was varied and enjoyable. We enjoyed opera singing,pop, violinists, and outstanding piano performances. All and all, we look forward to another Silverseas cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first Silversea cruise, and we were very excited to "step it up" to a luxury line. The following details our experience as honestly as possible: Embarkation: Very easy. Just walked aboard after checking in. No ... Read More
This was our first Silversea cruise, and we were very excited to "step it up" to a luxury line. The following details our experience as honestly as possible: Embarkation: Very easy. Just walked aboard after checking in. No line whatsoever. Were greeted with a welcome champagne (Drappier in contrary to the brochure Pommery) and our carryon was taken from us after we had our photos and passports taken. We were escorted to our midship veranda suite by a friendly lady. Suite: The midship veranda suite was very nice and perfectly adequate space for a 14-day cruise for 2. As other's have mentioned, the suite is very narrow and long, and there is an ackward makeup desk/mirror 1 foot in front of the bed which made it quite difficult to walk by while my fiancee was getting ready. The bathrooms were nice with marble and wood highlights. The bowl sink was ok and large enough for 2 to use simultaneously but the faucet did spray water everywhere if not careful. The separate shower and bathtub were nice and the water pressure was excellent in the shower. We appreciated the choice of bathroom products and tried all of them including the heavily perfumed Bulgari, the lighter Ferragamo, and the nonscented Neutragena. The walk-in closet with armoire were good storage. The bed was very comfortable and the choices of pillows were fun. We tried buckwheat for the first time and enjoyed them. The sitting area of the suite was spacious enough for 2 and the convertible coffee table with top made in-suite dining convenient. The balcony was decent size, and the outdoor furniture was nicer than most cruiselines. We had a strange loud squeak from the wall of our suite that made it very difficult to sleep while at sea, but as soon as we complained about it, it was fixed. Butler: Our butler was very conscientious and worked hard. He occasionally missed things though esp with breakfast but always got our special requests right. For special occasions (Bday, romantic evening, etc) he did an awesome job with candles and special surprise desserts. He even had cheese and snacks waiting for us after we returned from a long shore excursion. We were especially impressed when our butler brought us a 1 liter bottle of Baileys for our room when we asked. Service: As a whole, the service was great but not as personal as I have heard about Silversea. There were a few people who knew our names, but not many. The service in the main dining room seemed rushed and they seemed overworked. Service in the other restaurants was much better. It was nice having gratuities and alcohol included; we were not hounded by servers trying to sell drinks and we didn't feel guilty to have a drink by the pool. Food/Wine: Food as a whole was some of the best cruiseship food we've had but it did not rival restaurant-quality food (except for Le Champagne). The food in the main dining room was always artfully presented and usually quite good but not as amazing as we were hoping for (we are foodies). Every dinner was accompanied with complimentary white and red wine most of which were quite good. We never felt the need to order from the Connoiseur's list. Le Champagne was outstanding but $400 inc wine pairing was steep. It did rival some of the Michelin 3-star restaurants we've been to. Seishin was somewhat disappointing eventhough the food was presented nicely. The sushi was ordinary in comparison to Nobu or other creative Japanese restaurants. Hot Rocks was excellent and we ate there twice. Cooking beautiful filets on 500 degree stones was fun. Stars was a great concept and the tapas were nicely done and well presented. La Terraza for dinner was excellent especially the filet course with a truffle sauce (we ate there twice). The decor in La Terraza seemed more intimate and inviting than the main dining room, and the service was better. La Terraza for lunch was decent though we prefer food cooked to order rather than buffet. Entertainment: As a whole, the ship seemed to go to sleep just after the main 10:15 show for the evening. We did not go to the casino, and we went to the disco once (only to find 5-6 people there). The production shows were decent but not extraordinary; definitely less impressive than other cruises. The other acts (a multiinstrumentalist and a pianist) were not very good. The ship band was pretty poor as a whole. The best entertainment was a female jazz singer and her accompanying pianist. We enjoyed them very much in Stars and their one show in the main lounge. Ship as a whole: The ship was immaculate, new, and intimate. The overall design was good except for the boutiques and casino which were hard to find. Also, the observation lounge was hard to get to. The ship was nicely decorated though art deco wasn't really our preference. Itinerary: The itinerary was excellent, and we experienced a lot of diversity over the 14 days: western europe, Morocco, Canary Islands, 6-days of doing nothing across the Atlantic, then Antiqua, Dominica, and Barbados. St Lucia was cancelled and we were rerouted to Dominca due to hurricane damage. Weather was sunny and 70's for most of the trip except for severe rain in Antiqua. Excursions: Ship shore excursions were better than others I've been on. They seemed to be well organized and interesting. We were able to find some more active excursions in the Caribbean including speedboating and snorkelling. Ziplining was offered but it was cancelled due to hurricane damage. Fellow passengers: This was our only complaint- the average age (physical and mental) of the passengers. It seemed like most people were in their 70's with some in their 80's. We were the youngest couple on board BY FAR. We enjoyed the lack of screaming kids (there were NO kids on board), but we would have liked to hang out with some more energetic and fun people. There were times where we felt as though we were on a floating nursing home, but as a whole everyone dressed elegantly and seemed polished. Would we do it again: We both enjoyed the luxury of Silversea but at our current age, I'd say NO. There are other cruiselines we'd like to try before returning to Silversea. Perhaps in 20-30 yrs, we'll be back. Who knows? :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
My wife and I just completed a 14 day Transatlantic cruise on the Silver Spirit out of Lisbon and wanted to share briefly some of our expectations that were met and not met by Silversea. This was our first Silversea cruise and looked ... Read More
My wife and I just completed a 14 day Transatlantic cruise on the Silver Spirit out of Lisbon and wanted to share briefly some of our expectations that were met and not met by Silversea. This was our first Silversea cruise and looked forward to it very keenly based on the many positive reviews we read and talking to our cruise consultant. In summary from my first touch-point with the cruise line: 1) the website is cumbersome and tired for an upscale cruise line. In fairness it has undergone an update but still lags other. 2)Booking spa treatments before the cruise is a nice plus other lines don't offer but 3)we find it maddening that one cannot book the specialty restaurants before hand as most other lines allow. If one wants to make sure they obtain their choices they need to rush aboard and run around the ship to each restaurant and book since it is not automated but manual lists are kept 4)beverages and gratuities included in the tariff is a major plus especially on a 14 day cruise 5)embarkation was smooth but again manually performed? 6)upon boarding you can have lunch in the Restaurant or (not publicized) in La Terrazza before departure 7)Staff is attentive and by mid cruise most remember your name 8)the Butler service is spotty compared to past ones we have had 9) the ship is new obviously but somber and almost non-offensive in its color palette and uses of woods. The narrow cabins and funky sink are well documented and accurate. Storage is ample 10)The Restaurant and La Terrazza are the 2 best with no surcharge restaurants aboard. Seishin was very poor in every respect. The concept needs to be rethought. La Champagne was tried 3 times and was fine in food quality but not worth $300 with wine. Stars was fun with its tapas concept and music but once the music started the diners were asked to be quiet while everyone listened to the "concert". Hot Rocks was intriguing as it is on the outside upper pool deck and everything is served for you to grill. Some nights can be gusty indeed and the heaters are rolled out. 11) Getting a poolside perch was not difficult during the cruise. 12)The average age of cruisers was older then we thought and certainly much older then we preferred. If I were to guess I would say in the 70's. This had a tempering effect on ALL activities on the ship. 12) By 10:00pm or so the ship save for a hearty 20 to 30 of us "goes to sleep". If this is your style this is your ship. 13)The Casino is small but adequate as we used it nightly. 14)The internet worked beautifully as I had to use it quite heavily for business 15)The shore excursions were simple and thoughtfully geared to touring for the older audience. 16) debarkation was simple and felt not rushed. So, in conclusion if I haven't lost you yet the key question is would we cruise Silversea again and would we do it on Spirit or on one of the smaller "clubby" other Silversea ships. I honestly don't know. We purchased a refundable trip for the future and gave them a $1,000 deposit to save 5% off on a future cruise. We have 12 months to let this one sink in and regroup. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Several friends had taken this Baltic cruise and raves about it. Chose Silver Spirit because it could dock in downtown St Petersburg (instead of naval marine terminal out of town). Embarking in Stockholm was a breeze, but luggage ... Read More
Several friends had taken this Baltic cruise and raves about it. Chose Silver Spirit because it could dock in downtown St Petersburg (instead of naval marine terminal out of town). Embarking in Stockholm was a breeze, but luggage delivery was strange. Two bags quickly came to cabin, but a hour later two were still missing. Went looking and found both in the hall - one near our cabin, the other several cabins away. No crew doing anything with them. Dining was generally very good. However, almost every time we asked for red wine, we were handed the wine list instead of being offer complimentary house offerings. We did buy premium wines, but left with feeling wait staff was trained to push paid wine over included wines (which were often very good). A cheap touch that mared otherwise fine dining. Aside from the wine thing, the wait staff was terrific. Cabin was excellent, well-appointed, and very comfortable. Butler and cabin attendant were superb. Shore excursions were OK. I think they failed to meet extraordinarily high expectations set by things our friends had said about their trips. Glad to have seen the Hermitage, but found being in there with mobs of people too much. Literally found some rooms so packed it was hard to breathe. I guess that’s they way that place is, but it was a miserable experience. Shore excursion staff not much help - lacked options - to help us change during the cruise. Their knowledge of the excursions seemed to be limited to what was printed in the books we were given. Expected greater knowledge. If we were do this again, might be inclined to arrange shore tours on my own via A&K or some similar outside group. That said - Nadia and Daria in St. Petersburg and Andrei in Tallinn were excellent guides. Disembarking went very smoothly. I realize flipping the ship in a few hours for new passengers is an all-hands-on-deck job, I might suggest allocating a few staff to offer coffee or drinks to passengers sitting in lounges for a couple of hours between the time we had to be out of our cabins and leaving the ship. Would I go again? Not likely to repeat any cruise I’ve taken. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Ship with a wow factor is the first impression. Suites are well furnished and comfortable with an excellent bathroom. Nicely furnished verandah. Bars range from the intimate Atlantide and Arts Cafe to the larger Panorama and ... Read More
Ship with a wow factor is the first impression. Suites are well furnished and comfortable with an excellent bathroom. Nicely furnished verandah. Bars range from the intimate Atlantide and Arts Cafe to the larger Panorama and extremely large Dolce Vita, plus the Pool Bar. Good selection of premium liquor not supported by the mixes available. Good entertainment in the Panorama and Dolce Vita. Wide range of dinning options, Atlantide fish and steak menu in a comfortable restaurant with good ambience. Fish and Texas steaks the best items. Indochine an Asian fusion menu in a rather sterile restaurant and less comfortable. All the dishes sampled were good. Hot Rocks and Spaccanapoli both on deck serving steaks and fish or Pizza respectively are both good in warm weather only.There are no heaters in Hot Rocks! Nor wind breaks for either location. Arts Cafe is a delight for coffee or tea with its ever changing menu breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour to chocolates and truffles after dinner. Space at a premium during tea. La Terrazza the restaurant serving buffet breakfast and lunch and an Italian menu at night. Lacks ambience due to its size and table locations. The ships menus take literary license and are fixed unlike the other ships. Food is variable in preparation most noticeable in La Terrazza and Atlantide to a lesser degree. Also food is never served hot always barely warm. House wine selection is very good. Service from long serving staff is excellent, many of the recent hires need better training. Outdoor and indoor seating areas were a mixed bag but mostly populated by uncomfortable chairs. Spoils the many nice nooks for enjoying the cruise scenery. Ships laundry was very good. Monitors around the ship are annoying they only show location and itinerary of all Silversea ships no navigation data like the other ships. Entertainment and the theatre leaves much to be desired. The theatre does not have reserved space for handicap people and the slope of the floor makes for poor sightlynes from the rear. Seats are also uncomfortable. Cruise Director and his assistant are excellent. Lecturers were good but have been on Silverseas many times and its time for new blood. Destination lecturer was superficial and not always factualy or politically correct. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night ... Read More
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night from the same menu. They put it on fancy plates and call it luxury or nouvelle cuisine, but we can't help but call it cutting corners. Flawed concepts ruin your experience, like reservation-only specialty restaurants with no main dining room that leaves hundreds of people to eat at 9:30 or eat outside, covered in blankets, eating pizza or DIY grill while crossing the Atlantic ocean in October. Either that or room service since you can't get a reservation anywhere else. Did they even talk to guests before making this catastrophic change? They did not encourage us to give feedback. Surprisingly, they asked us to leave a review here, on CruiseCritic. Service is still in training, so it's a real mixed bag. While they've taken management off other ships, many others are new to their jobs. Cruise the fjord for a few hours beginning at 9am and not offer coffee and biscuits in the observation lounge? Leave port into the sunset at 5:45 and don't serve drinks at 5:55 because it's not 6:00 yet? No lunch buffets on deck on at-sea days? No regional cuisine? Onions and peppers the only vegetables in many dishes? These examples show the complete lack of flexibility from the set rules, which give the impression of cost-cutting at every opportunity. You can't expect guests on a 2-week+ cruise, even if they do plan months ahead and get reservations, to eat from the same menu every single night and every single day, 3 meals a day. And yet, the Silver Muse tries to make you happy about it. We met others who had booked back-to-back legs and were still eating from the same exact menus a month later. Silversea says they're planning on fixing the food and restaurant issues, but until we hear that actually happen, there's no way we'd cruise this ship again. We just got an email this week that said they were planning to do the same thing on the other ships. On the positive side, the Silver Muse is stable and the basic food quality is good. But give us the old Shadow, the Wind and the Whisper any day. Even the expedition ships are a better value. But maybe Silversea is moving away from the grand days of luxury cruising now, trying to be "modern." There are plenty of low- and mid-market "modern" cruise ships that offer better value. Silversea should be careful not to lose their loyal passengers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Simply put: Way over priced for the value received. The service was OUTSTANDING. The wait staff and bar staff were superior. The food was mediocre and too eclectic for our taste. Italian offerings were named right but over-presented. ... Read More
Simply put: Way over priced for the value received. The service was OUTSTANDING. The wait staff and bar staff were superior. The food was mediocre and too eclectic for our taste. Italian offerings were named right but over-presented. It is not a ship to trans-Atlantic on. Sea days were boring. The weather did not cooperate. We were disappointed that there was no "Plan B" for missing the Azores, instead we endured 8 days at sea. The stateroom personnel, Butler, maid and attendant were most supportive during our illness and catered to our every whim. THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS THE MOST SPECTACULAR WE HAVE WITNESSED ON ANY SMALL SHIP. Production numbers rival the best we have seen on any cruise. The Voices of Silversea were a treasure to see and hear. They would be the primary reason we would ever return to Silversea. The "Suite" was overstated in the brochure and differed very little from the mini-suites on Princess. My wife traveled with a Power Chair. Despite my coordination with Silversea, they were not prepared or adaptable to moving the chair on and off the ship except at embarkation and dis-embarkation. Off deck 5 they had a ramp but never offered to put it in place for us to go ashore. Off deck 3, the ramp was severely ridged and challenged even the ship personnel to move the chair Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Where to begin?? I chose Silversea because I had always wanted to sail on a smaller ship, and this 17 year old ship only holds 382 passengers. The itinerary was a 14 night sailing from Seward, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan. ... Read More
Where to begin?? I chose Silversea because I had always wanted to sail on a smaller ship, and this 17 year old ship only holds 382 passengers. The itinerary was a 14 night sailing from Seward, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan. Silversea's marketing materials boasts luxurious accommodations, free beverages, and a butler with every suite (all cabins are considered suites). So far so good.... but, in my opinion, that is where the marketing materials and reality part ways. Bus transfer to the Train Station: Having pre-purchased a transfer from the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage to the train station located adjacent to the Anchorage airport, the day before embarkation day I went down to the Silversea's representative's desk in the hotel lobby to collect a time slot ticket that would allow me on the bus. That went smooth enough. however we were told to be down there to hand over our luggage no later than 9:30 a.m. on embarkation day. Problem was there was no one there to take the luggage, no rep at the desk, and several of us ran around trying to figure out if we were even in the right place. Finally, the Rep arrived and a porter started scooping up the luggage left beside the Rep's desk, and we all just hoped it would go to the correct place as it seemed very hap hazzard. Transfer to the Ship: A complimentary transfer was provided through Silversea from the train station in Anchorage to the port at Seward. The description of this 4 1/2 hour journey said that 'refreshments' would be provided. Said 'refreshment' was about 2 ounces of sparkling wine to make a 'toast'. The seating on the train was on very tight bench seats with a table in front of you, so there was people on each side of the table looking directly at each other. We had been warned that there was no room for carry-on luggage and they didn't disappoint on that score. You had a space below your bench seat that was about 12 inches in height, which would accommodate a handbag, and perhaps a very small camera bag. We were 1/2 hour late leaving and basically from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. if you wanted to eat or drink anything you were forced to order ridiculously overpriced beverages and tasteless food from the caterers that had the contract for the train. Arrival at the port: Since our 'check-in' had been done at the train station boarding the ship was quick and smooth. We were told to go to 'The Bar' on deck 5 where some very confused looking staff fumbled around and then you were assigned a miserable looking (in my case anyway) butler to show you to your cabin. It is one of those things that is supposed to make Silversea look good (in their minds anyway) but actually makes them look disorganized, and is off-putting with the lack of social skills by your escort. Cabin: I was in a mid-ship balcony on deck 6. It was pretty much as advertised and there were no problems at all. The 'teak deck' they advertise is just some teak planks placed over top of a steel deck, so not even as nice as the surfacing you would find on Celebrity's balconies. Oh well, it's an old ship so that can be forgiven. The nice thing about this cabin was its proximity to the laundry facility. The laundry machines become very busy during the cruise (and don't trust the time read outs on the machines) so it was easy to nip back and forth checking on my laundry. Food and Dining experience: Okay folks, hold on to your hats because this to me was the most unbelievable disappointment on this ship. The main dining room (cleverly named 'The Restaurant') is not a pleasant venue at all. Most nights it was kept at a temperature slightly above that of a meat locker. Even with the room half empty the service is painfully slow, the food arrived barely warm, and the food taste and quality was poor beyond description. The filet mignon was absolutely disgusting. They don't ask you how you want it cooked, and if you inquire they say they don't need to know!?! What arrives is a bland looking grey blob that looks like it was parboiled and finished off in a frying pan. If you don't believe me I invite you to pay a small fortune to sail on the Shadow and experience it yourself. After the second visit to this dimly lit, freezing cold, venue I refused to have dinner there again, so spent the rest of the cruise dining in La Terrazza, Le Champagne, and on one occasion The Grill (Hot Rocks). Le Champagne ($40 per person) and The Grill (free): I would recommend both of these dining venues. I went to Le Champagne three times and felt is was well worth the cost. Both food and service were outstanding! La Terrazza ~ this is the venue that serves as the 'buffet' for breakfast and lunch. However, it is far superior to a traditional buffet found on the non-luxury cruise lines, so it easily transitioned to a quaint Italian themed venue in the evening. I had registered as requiring a gluten free (gf) menu. To give you a frame of reference on Princess when you register as gf each evening after dinner the Maitre'd brings you the next evening's menu and works with you to advise which dishes can be adjusted to be gluten free. You then pre-order your specially prepared gluten free dinner (and can also pre-order lunch) for the following evening. In La Terrazza on the Silver Shadow ~ you arrive and are handed that evening's menu with 'Gluten Free' scrawled in handwriting across the top. Beside each dish is the hand written notation 'NO', 'NO', 'NO' and then eventually a check mark for a dish that doesn't contain gluten. News flash: I don't need these Bozos to point out which dishes contain gluten, I know that already. If I didn't know better I would have thought I was being punked!! Bare in mind folks this is a cruise that easily costs four times more than a similar itinerary on Princess, and this is their idea of providing 'luxury' service. Having been on 62 previous cruises with many different cruise lines it soon became apparent to me that the Chef/Chefs on this ship think they are above even the Captain, and rule with an iron fist. If I had a nickel for every time they removed prawns from the menu and replaced it with tilapia, or we were told 'No' for a request made at dinner, I'd be rich! Okay, so I could go on and on but you get the picture. I just want to leave you with one final experience that really brought into focus the Shadow's senior staff's attitude towards the passengers. One morning we were in port and I chose to remain on the ship. Around 10 a.m. I went into the Panorama Lounge to get a cappuccino and noticed four senior officers (Including the Hotel Director and the Head Maitre'd) sitting in one corner of the lounge. I took a chair a couple rows away from where they were sitting but noticed that they had lowered their voices when I came in. Well, as time went on their voice became easily audible and their comments shocked me. First they complained how the Cruise Critic passengers want a gathering organized on the ship, but they only talk to each other online and don't bother mingling once on board. Then the conversation moved on to how demanding the passengers were in the dining room, how they complained that the fish wasn't fresh, etc. etc. The degree of resentment towards the passengers exhibited by these officers was unbelievable. So there you have it folks. If you want to pay through the nose for sub-standard food, and be viewed as enemy #1 by the senior staff, have at it. Personally, I don't feel the need to drain my bank account for that kind of experience, especially since I had significantly better service and food on the Carnival Conquest last November. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
On our first Silver Sea cruise aboard Silver Shadow on September 7, 2017 (Anchorage to Tokyo), we encountered a plethora of stupid mistakes and errors, starting with the initial booking with the Fort Lauderdale office. Not only did we ... Read More
On our first Silver Sea cruise aboard Silver Shadow on September 7, 2017 (Anchorage to Tokyo), we encountered a plethora of stupid mistakes and errors, starting with the initial booking with the Fort Lauderdale office. Not only did we receive a confirmation booking in someone else’s name which was followed by the sales rep requiring us to produce a doctor’s letter (Fit to Travel) from husband’s doctor in 48 hours or our booking would be cancelled. We jumped through hoops, obtained the document, scanned and emailed to Special Services. The Special Services Manager quickly responded to us that this was totally unnecessary, as we had provided all the proper medical information on the original booking! Secondly we were stopped from boarding the train from Anchorage to Seward due to administrative mistakes by both front office and the ship. We were told we were being singled out because we did not have Japanese Visas (we are American citizens). The manager at the train station could not understand the requirement and could not get anyone from the ship to answer his phone calls. Finally, everyone else was processed with stateroom keys to board, we were allowed to board the train without stateroom keys. The manager alerted us we might be refused entry to the ship, in which case, they would return our passports and we would return to Anchorage on the train. Needless to say, it was a miserable 4-hour rain ride, as we were upset, confused and feeling stigmatized by the events. Turns out, no one representing Silver Sea in at Port of Seward knew what to do with us. Obviously without stateroom keys, we could not board. Asked to produce our passports, we replied, “You have them”. After much delay, someone located our stateroom keys in the boarding area. No explanation forthcoming from anyone. My husband was ready to abort this trip and come home. At the gangway, expressing my dissatisfaction to Hotel Manager at the Port of Seward, I was told to contact the Finance Manager the next day. I asked to have this person contact me immediately! We were fed up with mistakes and errors. What else could go wrong? We received apologies for the “lack of communication” between Anchorage & the ship regarding our passports, as the processing from the home office had obliterated my passport data from the booking paperwork! We were victims again of the incompetent who handled our booking in the front office, and compounded by the manner in which this was escalated. All that was needed in Anchorage was confirmation of a USA Passport – not to be denied passage, or threatened to be returned to Anchorage. If not sufficient rationale to be disturbed by petty events caused by incompetence, we were again accosted by the reception staff on board Silver Sea via voice message, informing us they did not have our Russian landing cards, when in fact I had prepared them the same day we received them, personally delivered the cards to reception with the added information to look at our passports (in their possession) because we have valid Russian Visa (in case they wanted to include that data in the box provided on the form). I returned the call, being irritated by never ending cascade of stupidity and incompetence. The first receptionist did not seem to know what I was calling for….and put another person on the phone. I expressed my frustration at their incompetence and repeated all the conversation confirming delivery of the landing forms plus the fact of the Russian Visa. This person had the nerve to inform me I didn’t need the landing cards if we possessed Russian Visa! So why did I receive the landing cards in the first place if this is the case? More apologies forthcoming regarding “lack of communication” and “reception should not be bothering passengers” when the landing cards were already in ship’s possession. Any wonder I am fed up the compounding of errors, petty mistakes, and incompetency of Silver Sea organization & poor administrative procedures? The aggravation seemed never ending. Apologies notwithstanding, we say, “Never Again”! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We have 300 nights on Silversea and usually love the experience they have to offer. We are well known to the staff, whom we love. This time, we sailed for 28 nights from Lisbon to Montreal in September 2017, six months after the launch of ... Read More
We have 300 nights on Silversea and usually love the experience they have to offer. We are well known to the staff, whom we love. This time, we sailed for 28 nights from Lisbon to Montreal in September 2017, six months after the launch of the ship (plenty of time to work out the kinks). Unfortunately, the Silver Muse did not provide any luxury despite the hype in the brochures and the extreme friendliness of the waiters. I had to wear ear plugs at night when the sea was even a bit rough because the ceiling creaked so loudly and the balcony door banged. The sewer-gas smell in our otherwise very nice bathroom was off-putting to say the least. It did get fixed. There seemed to be no professional chefs on board and no one in charge of the restaurants. We've had better food and better organized service in hospital cafeterias and retirement residences. We quickly memorized the menus that never varied, and we got tired of the meals being served somewhere between room temperature and lukewarm. In the Terrazza buffet, the pasta chef was sullen, his pasta often incompletely cooked (crunchy, not al dente) and covered in stone cold sauce. They never turned on the radiant food warmers in the Terrazza, so that the scrambled eggs, home-fry potatoes, and Asian lunch dishes (clearly made from leftovers) were barely warmer than room temperature. The soup was never hot; even when I sent it back three times, they never got it hot -- I was told the Terrazza kitchen was three decks down, which is why the food got cold on the way up. The service in Terrazza was friendly but disorganized; the restaurant managers were usually in hiding or chuckling in a corner with the head waiters; the chefs never made an appearance to check on the quality of their dishes, so they had no idea of the inferior results sitting on our plates. One head waiter was outstanding; she was the only one to actually supervise and pitch in when necessary; her name is Eileen. The officers rarely ate in any of the restaurants, and now I can see why; they probably got much better fare in their officers' mess. Atlantide, the premier complementary restaurant, served the same boring food every night: a hunk of fried fish or fried meat on a cold plate served with a few tasteless, boiled vegetables. No variation, art, creativity or skill went into any of the meals. Almost anyone can boil up a few veggies, throw a piece of meat on a grill, and then toss the lot onto a cold plate. But this was supposed to be six-star luxury. There were two nice appetizer dishes; but having the same things over and over got very frustrating and tiring. La Dame, the $120-for-two restaurant had terrible seating (you stared at either the wall or the wine rack), indifferent service, and pretentiously described food that was not served hot and was not as tasty as we can make for ourselves at home. The entertainers (Chantal and Esther) in the Silver Note supper club were lovely but the food was just plain weird. How can a bowl of rice mixed with quinoa, served dry and on its own, be classified as a appetizer? The tough lobster on mashed potatoes, served lukewarm, was edible but not exactly gourmet. We love Asian food, but the Asian Indochine restaurant produced nothing tasty or authentic. Our local takeaway Thai and Indian places serve much better fare. The Arts Cafe, run by Jason and staffed by the delightful Jhowel, Paulo, Richard, and Juan, was the dining highlight for us. Afternoon tea was served at four from proper tea pots with perfect scones along with real clotted cream and jam. Whoever made the scones really knows how to bake a scone (that person needs to teach the other bakers how to make American muffins and pancakes that are not a wet mass of partially cooked dough.) Jimmy and Luke were the terrific cruise director and his assistant. They added greatly to our enjoyment of the cruise and we felt very lucky to have them. Jimmy does a wonderful Team-Trivia and Luke an excellent Name-that-Tune. Both are warm and welcoming to the guests on a individual basis. Sad to say, we will never sail again on the Silver Muse. And before sailing on any Silversea ship again, we will need to find out whether all the ships have adopted the disastrous idea of the unvarying menu. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose SilverSea to experience a luxury expedition. The staff and the Arctic lived up to reputation but the ship was a huge disappointment. See our review of the cabin. The quality of food was excellent however to have hot dishes ... Read More
We choose SilverSea to experience a luxury expedition. The staff and the Arctic lived up to reputation but the ship was a huge disappointment. See our review of the cabin. The quality of food was excellent however to have hot dishes served luke warm from the buffet at breakfast and lunch was a complete turn off. By the end of the week I was reduced to eating from the pasta station as this was the only food hot. Dinner service was dependent on the side of the restaurant you were seated. Waiting over 30 minutes from the end of main course until dessert arrived is not acceptable. The next night the meal service took over 3 hours to be completed. The public rooms are tired with the door to the observation lounge half falling off and cracking window ledges in the theater. The smoking policy makes no sense. With the smoking room attached to the panorama lounge every time the door is opened the room fills with the smell of cigarettes. The staff serve the smokers and their uniforms absorb the smoke. That made afternoon tea and bar service totally out of bounds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Choose cruise because the iteniary was interesting with stops in NYC, Newfoundland and Ireland. Ship is very lovely but the food services are TERRIBLE. The food preparation, service (never hot in serving temperature), quality and ... Read More
Choose cruise because the iteniary was interesting with stops in NYC, Newfoundland and Ireland. Ship is very lovely but the food services are TERRIBLE. The food preparation, service (never hot in serving temperature), quality and selection of food venues is the worst of any of my over 1000 sailing days on various lines. Basically only 2 inside restaurant choices for lunch daily. Both serving below average food in selection and quality. Do not open the Japanese restaurant nor the IndoChina for addition luncheon variety except on shore days, which makes no sense. Other than the IndoChina restaurant, menus remained the same in all the inside restaurants for an entire cruise. Not even Evening Specials. Think the only reason for keeping the Atlantide Restaurant open (the worst of all the eating places) is to drive passengers to the 2 pricey optional restaurant choices.....neither of which is outstanding. The best food is offered in outside venues with no enclosures for weather considerations. This is true of both lunch and dinner. The Grill serves hot food and good service. The Pizza Parlor is also excellent. The Italian restaurant, which you would expect to be outstanding due to the ship's owner ship is barely adequate. Menu does not include such staples as meatballs, sausages, Ceasar Salad or cannolis. Gravy ( sauce) is ok but not authentic Italian taste or quality. The bar service was very good as well as the nightly entertainment in the bar. Overall entertainment was amateurish with young on- board singers and dancers and a couple of guests. No professionals. Activities on the ship definitely designed for non-active seniors. The usual bingo, trivia games,etc. Cabins and the ship in general were clean, modern and very pleasing. Excursions were fun and well handled by the staff as were the post trip hotel accommodations and transfers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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