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14 Silversea Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews

We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! ... Read More
We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! We traveled to Barbados independently on the day before we embarked the ship. We have been to Barbados many times, and our stay was entirely in our hotel. Embarkation was smooth on the following day, and we were aboard and having lunch quickly. Our stateroom was ready at around 2pm, and our luggage was delivered at the same time, including the suitcase that we had sent ahead using the Silversea service. Our stateroom was on Deck 8 midships, and was superb. Our butler Anu made himself known quickly, and was very attentive throughout the cruise. We loved the decor on board, as modern and minimalist suits us. We found the dining venues to be excellent and the service in all areas of the ship was excellent. We know the Caribbean quite well, and liked the islands visited. We always enjoy going to Bequia and the Dutch Antilles were a lovely surprise. We remained on board at some venues, as we had been before and were playing bridge at the time. Overall a fabulous experience, we will travel with Silversea again having booked a future cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Overall a very nice ship in appearance and space to passengers ratio was good. Will not be too judgemental but really expected more for the price and hype of advertising. Embassy suites is nice to stay at night before embarkation---Tip: ... Read More
Overall a very nice ship in appearance and space to passengers ratio was good. Will not be too judgemental but really expected more for the price and hype of advertising. Embassy suites is nice to stay at night before embarkation---Tip: arrive early for embarkation and miss the gaggle (as early as noon although cabin may not be ready until 2:00pm)...Majority of guests where from Europe (Great Britain) and the average age was probably 70 and very demanding/at times rude-snobby behavior...felt like we were on a floating old folks home (we are a young 60)...advertisements/photos show younger professional folks... Public areas were mostly accommodating: Observation Lounge great place to relax with a good book and enjoy the views entering/departing ports. Dining choices very limited: Main dining room OK: on scale with a nice Carrabba's. Breakfast buffets much like an Embassy Suite experience/get there early to enjoy outside seating and comfortable process. Seating process slow and average dinner lasted 2-2.5 hours (far to long between courses). Must say that the Wine was above average and free flowing. Reservations to the three other restaurants impossible to get as they were monopolized by the folks that booked early...no limit to Number of nights they could book (not at all fair for the rest of us regular travelers). Limited shore excursions (Caribbean is limited period) and again limited seats taken by those who could plan 180 days out. Butler service so hyped is really nothing more than a maid with a big smile...not able to do much in the way of arrangements or service. Mini bar a joke unless you force the issue. Cruise director on another planet. Bingo and trivia may have been the highlight of ship board activities. Entertainment was High School quality but we tried to endure their performances. Piano players on board were playing electric key boards synthesized heavily to cover up average skills. Pool area cramped/miniture pool /but nice mini-hot tubs not used much. Lounge chairs as usual for any cruise were at premium and annoyingly cramped together. Fortunately we did not go on board with tremendous expectations; just needed time away together to decompress from holidays and most difficult year. We were successful at accomplishing this...for somebody looking to really have a great/truly first class experience try Seaborne lines or go with the best--Cunard lines (Queen Mary). Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our fourth trip with Silver Seas and it won't be the last. I'm a bit disappointed that we can't post these comments on TripAdvisor but hope they receive the same traction as we do on TA. We enjoy finer properties, ... Read More
This was our fourth trip with Silver Seas and it won't be the last. I'm a bit disappointed that we can't post these comments on TripAdvisor but hope they receive the same traction as we do on TA. We enjoy finer properties, service and staffing excellence and the Silver Wind did not disappoint in the slightest. There were many shining stars on their team and the most notable where the restaurant manager, Damian Wlodoraczyk who could not have slept much but assured that every dining venue was perfect. His colleague Joy in the aft dining room was cut from the same cloth as were the pool staff, especially Alfonso, Alison and Dexter. They were all more than attentive, polite and professional. Samantha Hahn, the perfect German Hotelier made the rooms and staff shine and we are indebted to her and her boss, Daniel Ilios (Hotel Director) for all that they did to make our voyage so enormously enjoyable. I did ask each and every one of these folks for their names so that proper attribution could be provided along with the respect and admiration I share for their professionalism and service. Thank you and we look forward to our next voyage sometime very soon - we hope! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The cruise through the Caribbean Islands was lovely. Be aware the ship is quite small and book a mid ship cabin as to make sure there are not any rough days. We sailed from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale with stops at many of the islands. The ... Read More
The cruise through the Caribbean Islands was lovely. Be aware the ship is quite small and book a mid ship cabin as to make sure there are not any rough days. We sailed from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale with stops at many of the islands. The excursions were great with easy on and off the ship. The service was fantastic! Having a butler for your cabin is very nice and be sure to have a balcony. The food was very good. Gratuities were included, but we added to some of the staff that went over and beyond. The only things that were not fantastic was the entertainment, which was very limited and the casino, very, very small and nobody ever there. Definitely for an older more sophisticated group...but we had a great time. This is definitely not a cruise for children. I would suggest a Royal Caribbean ship with all the activities if you are bringing children. We will probably take another Silver Seas cruise, but on a larger ship. March was a great time to take this cruise. The weather was fantastic. Be sure to make reservations prior to boarding for spa treatments, beauty salon and excursions. They do fill up. We did spend a night in San Juan prior to boarding at The Condado Vanderbilt. Highly recommended! Dinner at 1919 was spectacular and not too far from the pier. Have a wonderful time! You will not be disappointed! We enjoyed every minute and met some new friends! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Booked with Silversea with high expectations, having been on two superb Seaborn cruises. The suite was very dated with drab furnishings and what looked like the original 25 year old bathroom.shower in the small bath, difficult to ... Read More
Booked with Silversea with high expectations, having been on two superb Seaborn cruises. The suite was very dated with drab furnishings and what looked like the original 25 year old bathroom.shower in the small bath, difficult to access, nice toiletry. Very little interesting activities on board, unless you like unaccompanied bridge!, or a wine tasting at 11am in the dining room. The boutique is ridiculous and so overpriced with poor stock, unless you wanted a white teeshirt for $110. Entertainment was poor with half a dozen young singers and recorded music. Several people commented that the food was very basic with mostly cheap ingredients. Food in the main restaurant was often lukewarm and the appetisers so small as to be a bit pointless. We ate in the Terrazzo restaurant mostly which was certainly better although repetitive, service here was excellent. The pool cafe was very ordinary and when they got really busy half the ingredients were sometime left off the dish. Service was very mixed. All in all a bit pretentious what with butlers, and certainly did not live up to the advertising. Definitely not recommended to cruise on this ship.cant speak for the other ships in the company. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my first cruise with Silverseas and unfortunately it was not what I expected ! The ship was very " tired " and tatty in places, it is in my opinion ready for either a complete refurbishment or ready for retirement from ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Silverseas and unfortunately it was not what I expected ! The ship was very " tired " and tatty in places, it is in my opinion ready for either a complete refurbishment or ready for retirement from the fleet. Cabins are definitely in need of upgrading, carpets were in need of replacing, no tea or coffee facilities and bathrooms were cold and tired. Balcony was rusty and shabby. Service of the cabins was at best mediocre. Entertainment, Oh dear, this was one of the biggest disappointments. This did not cater for the age of the passengers on this ship at all. The 6 singers were all very pleasant but were too young and inexperienced for this cruise. No good shows, awful costumes that didn't fit and a terrible sound system did not bode well. Perry, the pianist in the lounge was excellent but that was it ! Dining, Le Champagne is not worth the extra money and to be honest the food in the main restaurant was nicer. Service in Le Restaurant was excellent and the food wonderful. Dining on the pool deck was also good and again excellent service . In short this was an enjoyable cruise but not an excellent one and definitely not worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Sailed luxury cruising (six star) several times but first time with Silversea Cruises. 1. First impression, embarkation smooth no long lines which was a plus point 1/2 glass of sparkling wine on arrival 2. Cabin old and tired. ... Read More
Sailed luxury cruising (six star) several times but first time with Silversea Cruises. 1. First impression, embarkation smooth no long lines which was a plus point 1/2 glass of sparkling wine on arrival 2. Cabin old and tired. No champagne in cabin on arrival. No fresh fruit daily or coffee maker. Small bathroom, shower over bath showing its age. Very old and grey bathrobe. Had to ask for toiletries to be replaced on occasion. Very noisy in cabin from engine, anchor, vibration etc. not much sleep at all throughout the cruise. Bar set up was organised by the butler but not topped up with soda etc or wine replaced until reminded. 3. Muster drill well organised 4. Pool grill excellent - especially fish of the day and the snacks. Pool staff worked extremely hard all day supplying food and drink replacing pool towels etc. pool and jacuzzi's clean. 5. Hot rocks - nothing spectacular basic food 6. Buffet breakfast again basic 7. The restaurant - again nothing special. No wow factor - food ok not as expected from a luxury cruise line. Food occasionally Luke warm. Did wait 20 minutes before being offered wine. 8. Did not go to the le champagne restaurant so cannot comment. This is an extra cost restaurant. 9. La terazza nice experience in the evening good service. 10. The Bar. Nice place for socialising and pre drinks. Good service with canapés. The live music in the bar excellent. 11. Did not go to any shows as retired early. 12. Trips ok extra cost Although the staff were amazing and worked extremely hard I thought the cruise overall was average, certainly not six star. More like 3 to 4 star. I cannot see how Silversea can justify the prices they are charging for their cruises. I will not be returning. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our second Silversea cruise, this one being for two weeks visiting 9 islands, with 2 days cruising each way. This is an excellent way to start and finish with no rush at the end - pleasantly relaxing with plenty of optional activities on ... Read More
Our second Silversea cruise, this one being for two weeks visiting 9 islands, with 2 days cruising each way. This is an excellent way to start and finish with no rush at the end - pleasantly relaxing with plenty of optional activities on the go. Boarding was quick and efficient with suites ready early afternoon. Suites themselves are spacious, a separate walk in clothes cupboard, and a good size bathroom with separate bath and shower. There is a range of sensitive skin bath and shampoo products, as well as about 8 pillow varieties ideal for neck problems. Other than the specialty Champagne restaurant ($40 supplement and not really special enough to visit twice), we had equal numbers of visits to the main Restaurant, La Terrazza (Italian), and the Pool Grill (hot stone meat and fish). All venues serve excellent food, service is good and friendly and senior staff welcoming and efficient. In our opinion La Terrazza has the edge over the Colonnade on Seabourn, and Setti Mari on Regent. Lunch in La Terrazza was a treat with a good varied daily menu. The Pool grill both lunch and evening was efficient, good quality and efficiently friendly. With the good weather it was a treat for us, from the north of England, to sit outside for meals as often as possible. All bars made excellent cocktails, canapés were varied and well presented, and theatre service exceptional in the dark! I was not over impressed by the quality of basically presented wines but alternatives were available - in particular an excellent Californian Pinot. A list of available complimentary wines would be helpful. We prefer the signing rather than dancing/gymnastic entertainment, but the singers were better on Silver Wind 2 years ago. Two of the six on Shadow were very talented but all together they were not, for us, great, and far to loud in a small theatre with microphones. However the band and the signing duo were really excellent and attracted quite a lot of dancers.the guest magician was also good. The tendering crew were very good and careful. We chose 5 excursions, all managed well but sitting in the back of open four wheel trucks on poor roads, with seat belts in Barbados, and without in Bequia (unacceptable), is not our favourite pastime. All islands were interesting to visit and we took the opportunity for some beach time. Tortola was our favourite. We were perhaps disappointed that there wasn't a Caribbean or Bbq evening on board. We had expected one or two such special functions in the two weeks. That aside, an excellent cruise by a line to which we will return. A lasting memory is of the continual friendliness and politeness of all the crew. An excellent cruise director Kirk was assisted by two Portuguese international hostesses, negating the need for a superfluous assistant cruise director we have had on similar sized other lines - and wondered why they were there! Had I been writing this after our first trip with Silversea 2 years ago I could not have been so effusive, nor give it 5 stars. There were issues concerning cabin noise not ideally managed on board. Sadly recourse to Customer Relations in Fort Lauderdale initially elicited a rather unsatisfactory and dismissive response not addressing the cited problems. Following media advice and our cruise agent intervention, a satisfactory outcome (why could it not have been sooner?) lead to our booking again for this cruise. Customer relations subsequently have taken steps to ensure this cruise was to our satisfaction, and we were very pleased with the final outcome. As above we shall sail with Silversea again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
After 50+ cruises on the Big Boys RCCL, NCL, Celebrity and Disney ... it was time to experience what Silver Seas is all about. We opted for a Silver Suite. If you read the brochure before hand, it says the Butler unpacks for you and makes ... Read More
After 50+ cruises on the Big Boys RCCL, NCL, Celebrity and Disney ... it was time to experience what Silver Seas is all about. We opted for a Silver Suite. If you read the brochure before hand, it says the Butler unpacks for you and makes your dinner reservations ... neither true. Frankly unbeknownst to me most passengers had already signed up at the specialty restaurants. We went to departed from Fort Lauderdale for Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize City and Key West. All forgettable places to visit. Tee Shirt shops and bars. Unlike larger ships, this vessels seemed void of stabilizers and rolled terribly. The Food was average at best. The Service was inattentive. The Entertainment was sophomoric. We're in our early 50's and the average age of the other passenger was near 80 (at best) so be prepared for walkers and oxygen tanks. Stars entertainment was good but the food terrible. Le Champagne .. after slipping a $50 to the manager got in and the food and service was very good. Worth the $30 pp cover. The Italian place sucked and we didn't dare to eat the sushi. The casino was the size of a large walk in closet. This was not the dream cruise we were so looking forward to.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My cruising experience has been a pattern of progression. My first it was a weekend Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean. After watching the belly flop contest I learned about Celebrity's promised "more upscale experience." ... Read More
My cruising experience has been a pattern of progression. My first it was a weekend Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean. After watching the belly flop contest I learned about Celebrity's promised "more upscale experience." It was then Millennium, followed by an Azamara to Silversea. My lady friend and I found a great 7 day Caribbean bargain and decided to see if the "all inclusive" experience was worth all the hype. I'll make this simple. Silversea, down to the slightest detail up to the top is a marvelous experience. Onboard Silversea Silver Spirit even the simplest quick lunch is first-rate. Speaking of dining its consistently at the 4.5 - 5 star level in terms of quality -the entire experience. The "suite" staterooms are just as luxurious as the cruise line claims; marble sinks, tubs, and flooring; impeccable bed and bedding; and the stateroom's amenities. Spirit is their "larger" ship but not even close to a mass market sized. You'll see the same staff rotating around from serving and tending position each day. Service is very personable as you'll get to know the same crew you'll see every day. The entertainment was varied and done well but with a ship this size it was obviously limited compared to a mega ship. If numerous entertainment venues are an important option for your cruising experience you'd be on the wrong cruise line. The greatest distinction of all inclusive cruising is the wondrous absence and silence of the "chit chase". I must confess I enjoy my libations during cruising. It is comforting to not have the round trip chit delivery with the beaming face with pen in hand. Not to mention the solace of very little sticker shock of the "settlement statement" at the end of the cruise, and the tip collection at the end as well -all that mostly gone. It's very nice. Service is also an important expectation and cruising pleasure for me. For example I would be dozing on an outdoor cushioned round rattan chair. As soon as my eye lids parted I'd have an ice water with lemon in front of me -instantly if not telepathically. In short Silversea indubitably lives up to its touted claims of elegance, quality and impeccable service. But there is one aspect about our Spirit experience I want to convey: the clientele aboard this ship. My girlfriend and I found a 7 day bargain ,if you could call it that. Generally we would not cruise a cruise line like this. We are both doing well and for the most part were able to fit in. We had fun. But make no mistake; most the cruisers we met and got to know are very well made people. On any given evening the ladies were wearing $5,000-$15,000 worth of stones and many of them wouldn't have any problem adding that much to their jewelry box in one day either. The men were probably lower key on the self-stature posturing. But their wives wouldn't let you forget that at times when they were together. These are CEOs, large business owners, and government affiliated types a tad above city councilman. Personally I respect success, am politically and geographically knowledgeable so I had some interesting conversations while sitting at the bars. But after 5 or so days I felt like I was at the country club in the VIP lounge with the same people daily. Also keep in mind that people of this standing may not be jolly social butter flies or closing down the dance floor ,if the ship even offers it. Picture a senior director for the IRS with an advanced degree in finance and you get the gist. But I don't necessarily want to be on a mass market cruise with kids running around everywhere and parties flying until 6AM either. After several days I found, at times, I was having more fulfilling conversations with a couple of the bartenders. Spirit is Silversea's larger ship that's trying to bring a wider variety of ages aboard. But most were 50+. I am told their smaller ships have a higher ratio of older cruisers aboard them. Their ships are also suitable for the solo traveler that wants to be left alone with a book but showered in exceptional service and fine dining. All being said if an unforgettable luxurious cruising experience is what you yearn for you will not be disappointed by any of their ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Silver Spirit offers comfort, class and lovely cruising amenities for a wide range of ages and nationalities. The cabins are well equipped, with plenty of storage space, full size bathtubs, very comfortable beds and luxury linens and a ... Read More
Silver Spirit offers comfort, class and lovely cruising amenities for a wide range of ages and nationalities. The cabins are well equipped, with plenty of storage space, full size bathtubs, very comfortable beds and luxury linens and a nice seating area with good reading lights. The butler service is helpful and unobtrusive and the assistant cleans early and often during the day. We always had plenty of fresh towels, ice and our beverages replenished daily. The butler makes dinner reservations and handles laundry pick up and delivery.There's also a washer,dryer and iron on each deck. The Silver Spirit dining options are all good choices, with advance reservations needed for Le Champagne, Stars supper club and the Asian room with sushi chef. The main dining room offers a changing dinner menu daily and excellent service with complimentary wines matched to the foods. La Terraza has the best fresh pasta and carpaccio with hearty osso buco and fresh fish. This dining room is much larger than the three theme restaurants, but fills quickly so reserve a table. The Italian theme is part of every evening menu. The room is used for a buffet breakfast and lunch or you can dine in the MDR. The Panorama bar and adjacent outdoor seating has excellent afternoon tea service and early riser coffee, juice and pastry available from 0630 am. The friendly bartenders and servers remember your name and drink preference. Piano music is always entertaining the guests and a great jazz singer in Stars. The shows were fun and colorful with a young team of dancers and singers. The ports we visited: Key West; Santo Tomas, Guatemala for the Rio Dulce River and Livingston village by boat tour; Belize City, Belize for Mayan temples set in a national park visited by boat and Cozumel, Mexico for great snorkeling. Check in, front desk, shore excursions & departure well managed by hotel staff. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We embarked in Barbados--Silversea works hard to get you to the ship from the airport and onto the ship, but check-in at the dock was tedious--unorganized. Reception on board was smiley-face friendly, but not much else. Cold towels (good) ... Read More
We embarked in Barbados--Silversea works hard to get you to the ship from the airport and onto the ship, but check-in at the dock was tedious--unorganized. Reception on board was smiley-face friendly, but not much else. Cold towels (good) and warm champagne--glasses half filled (bad) and you had to look for a server. Most arrivals hadn't eaten all day and there was nothing to snack on, and I finally grabbed someone and asked them to show me to our room...which was ready--noting that liquor I asked for in my room was there--very good. The ship was clean as a whistle--and the staff otherwise quite accommodating, or certainly willing to be accommodating. This was a 9-day cruise that stopped at six islands and returned to Ft. Lauderdale. Ports were fine--no issues, even though my wife and I stayed on board for two islands we'd been to previously. Also, the on-board pool is salt water--a very pleasant surprise--clean as a whistle. All ships should consider converting to salt water Now, don't go by the company's website hype and photos. At 61, take my word, I was in the young crowd, and don't believe for a minute that these are executive type travelers...80% on this ship (at only 2/3 full) were retirees--great folks, but this ship/cruise did not offer a chance to hob-nob with fellow business folks--65% American and the rest Canadians, Brits and Europeans. There were three children on board with one being totally obnoxious and mostly un-managed. I'm beggin' you if you go on this cruise line--please dont take kids on this cruise line--there is nothing for them to do and everyone else is on board to get away from kids. Our cabin was simply great--comfortable bed with our butler just about as good as it gets. The cabin was spanking clean everyday...we even told our room steward not to change the sheets everyday--it was just that clean. Good for Silversea. Food, unfortunately, was average at best with a less than suburban steak house quality steak in the main restaurant (yuk). The whole food thing on Silver Spirit needs to be re-worked, in my opinion. The specialty restaurants were okay--booze selection was top drawer, but you had to ask for it--wines above average all around. The breakfast buffet--our choice for all nine days, was well run with excellent food and health food choices. Hats off to the bartenders throughout--all very good--all very accommodating, with a special nod to Wilma and Bass in the Reception Lounge and Rex at poolside. The captain and the crew were very standoffish. Even though language barriers were evident, the captain made no attempt to respond to my several friendly "hellos" and gestures other than with grunts. This is the first cruise I've ever taken with no dialogue with any of the staff/crew. We we're in a very upscale cabin--yet no captain's dinner, no reception--no nothing. On our very similar Windstar cruise (Wind Surf) two years earlier, everyone gets to know everyone, and the captain and his crew were totally interactive--not so on the Silver Spirit. Entertainment was okay--about what you'd expect for a small ship--but a very nice show lounge. The poolside "horse races" with the talent staff to earn on-board cruise points just may have been the most annoying thing I've ever witnessed on board a ship---they need to lose it...nobody cared, except the screaming kid. Lastly, the crap about not tipping from management just means most people don't, which is a shame. As expensive as this cruise was, my wife and I tipped our butler, our room steward and several of the bartenders. The tips were greatly appreciated...these folks are just working stiffs like we all once were-- looking to make a living...please take care of them as well. Good cruising to you--we'll probably go back, just not sure where or when. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Western Mediterranean, 7-21 October 2011. I am a well-traveled, 53 year-old female cruising with my same-age niece. I have about 10 weeks of cruising experience, on a variety of lines and different-sized ships, this was my first ... Read More
Western Mediterranean, 7-21 October 2011. I am a well-traveled, 53 year-old female cruising with my same-age niece. I have about 10 weeks of cruising experience, on a variety of lines and different-sized ships, this was my first Silversea cruise. Rather than a "destination", we used the ship as a "Five-star floating hotel" to travel to and see parts of the Med that we had not seen before. There's definitely something to be said for unpacking and packing once to see twelve different ports! Cabin - 910, Least expensive Veranda cabin; located on the Pool Deck. Everything you've read about the narrowness of the cabins on the Spirit is true, it's just too narrow in the very middle where it really counts. We had the beds configured as twins, so this at least made it a little more convenient to pass than if the bed was configured as a queen. It just doesn't work, we were constantly in each other's way. The TV which is hidden behind the mirror is a definite space-saver, but it makes for a darker mirror and it is impossible to use the mirror while the TV is on. The TV behind the living area mirror works better, but is impossible to "tilt" toward any other part of the cabin. Otherwise, the space in the cabin is very comfortable, the veranda is larger than most (deeper) allowing for ottomans for your faux-wicker chairs. Desk area is spacious as is storage and walk-in closet. Shall I tell you about the bathroom?... Whoever designed the sink and faucet was an idiot. After two weeks using the stupid thing, we still sprayed and splashed water all over the place. They should have opted for two smaller sinks with "normal" faucets! The boat-shaped shower is small and awkward, and makes it impossible to shave your legs. Good thing they also put in a full-sized tub. Both have good pressure and we never ran out of hot water. Make-up mirror is not lit, and there is poor overhead lighting; better to opt for the vanity area by the bed - much better lighting. Plentiful and luxurious towels and amenities. Restaurants - "The" Restaurant - Smaller and more intimate (lots of 2-tops) than most ship's dining rooms. We never had a problem getting a table, even when it looked crowded. Good service, not excellent - and very loud bus stations, ask to be seated as far away as possible. Good choice of "everyday" selections and creative and varied "specials". There was always a selection of good wines available at no extra cost, or you could just ask for your favorite. Portions are small, such that a three- or four-course meal is possible without being stuffed. Breakfast gets boring, always the same menu (exactly the same as room service) and there are no specials. "Seishin" - I'd call it Asian "tapas". You choose from either a 4-5 course ($30) or a 9-course ($40) dinner, then you can add on Sake tastings for extra. Food and garnishes became repetitive on 9-course meal, but overall it was a fun and tasty experience. This is the only place you can be served Japanese beer on the boat - too bad they don't have a bar, only seating for about 26 diners with a Sushi-bar "demo" in the middle. "La Terrazza" - This is the ubiquitous buffet restaurant for the boat, at least for breakfast and lunch. Both meals had the same food display and availability (with minor changes) daily - it became boring, but at least you can get in and out in a hurry if you choose. Breakfast service is a little awkward, you must go through the buffet, then sit down to order any egg dishes, as they won't take your order while you wait at the buffet. Lunch always included a generous salad bar and assortment of sushi. For dinner, it's a reservations-only, sit-down Italian restaurant, the menu changes every 5 days or so, but some dishes are always available. Good food, good wine - just ask to be seated away from the bussing stations - as the constant clang of dishes and silverware tends to de-romanticize the dimly-lit beautiful dining room. "Le Champange" - Best food on the ship! Every day they feature a specific food, then build a six- to ten-course menu around that food. We went twice, for Lobster night and Fois Gras night - absolutely delicious! They advertise it as a Gourmet Food & Wine experience at $200 per person, with a special glass of wine paired with each course. BUT... if you buy yourself a Bon Voyage gift prior to departure (see Silversea's website) , it's only $150 per person. And, even better, it's only $30 each if you get the "tasting menu" and purchase a bottle of wine off their wine list (mandatory), the wine list starts at about $50 per bottle. Generally, what they were pouring with the full menu was very young and mostly drinkable, but in my opinion not worth $170 each. "Stars" - Billed as a "Tapas" restaurant with live Jazz entertainment. Good food, not great. Good music, not great. Still, I think it's a "must" during the cruise. "Hot Rocks", also known as The Pool Grill - this is a great idea that really works. You get a salad, then they bring out individual hot "tiles" on which they have just placed your selection of meat(s); you also get a veggie skewer and a baked potato. You cook your meat the way you like it, then put it on your plate and eat it. Simple dinner, but it was really good. Somehow, after all the fancy food, a steak and baked potato just hit the spot! Dress - As I expected, anything goes. Unfortunately for you guys, ladies can get away with dressing-down easier than men can. Ladies can go to dinner any night in nice black pants and a silk top. On the formal nights, I saw everything from tuxedos and ball-gowns to jeans and short skirts. If "Formal" is your thing, just plan the evening around "The Restaurant" or "Le Champagne" and dress to the nines! If "Formal" doesn't do it for you - then make a reservation at Hot Rocks and wear your jeans. It's just no big deal - do whatever you feel like and you'll be comfortable. I way-overpacked, especially considering the convenient and free self-service laundry on each deck. Service - Silversea obviously cares about this aspect and has trained their staff to be responsive to the guests' needs. Almost always, they come through with shining colors, but occasionally, they just miss the mark. When they don't get it done correctly the first time, follow-up and follow-through get lost; I have a feeling that because the staff has such task-specific jobs, they expect each other to take care of issues, and then they drop the ball thinking it's not in their job-description. Then, when you have to ask again, the staff seems put-out, like "we are taking care of that already," you want to ask who is? and when? Nevertheless, within less than a week, most of the staff knew us and addressed us by name - what an accomplishment when there are 500+ guests on board! All staff we encountered spoke perfect English, as well as other languages I'm sure. Overall, I was definitely impressed by the level of service and the extensive knowledge of the staff. Shore Excursions - It was nice to have smaller size groups for tours, it was also a bonus that each tour was accompanied by a crew member, usually from the "Social Staff" (entertainers, etc.). During two weeks on board, we took a tour everyday except one. Sometimes we would have only 18 to 20 people on an excursion - and they used those huge, 52 passenger busses. It felt like a waste, but I understand why they do it - people would rather have the extra elbow room and not feel packed-in like sardines. I personally think it would be better to use those smaller 22 passenger mini-busses and just fill them up. Most excursions were very professionally led and very informative - you know there's always an exception, we had one tour-guide who spent more time on her cell phone than she did telling us about what we were seeing. I highly recommend ANY of Silversea's shore excursions which feature the little crown - they are very special indeed, always done in very small groups, usually include an incredible meal, and worth the price! If you want to stay away from the larger groups and the older, slower-moving crowd - look for the "extensive walking" excursions - they were much faster-paced and tended to cover more ground and spent far less time sightseeing from the bus. However, be aware that even with a sold-out cruise, they still cancelled shore excursions (always at the last minute!) - book yours early and be prepared with a second choice. Spa - Every day they have a "special" announced in the Silversea Chronicles - act fast getting a reservation, because the specials are usually combination-type packages and up to about 30% off, and they sell out fast. They have a wide variety of treatments, more than I've ever seen offered on a ship - but they are very expensive. The facial and massage treatments I had were basic and average, but being able to take advantage of the quiet, covered deck, exclusive hot-tub, and heated relaxation beds was a treat. Facilities are new and really nice, but not worth the extra $$$ required if you are not having a treatment. Overall - I detest being nickled-and-dimed to death on cruises, I also dislike the constant P.A. announcements trying to sell me something and not being able to enjoy sea-days without having art or jewelry hawked all day. It was a real pleasure to be onboard Silversea and have absolutely NONE of that! Silversea's Spirit is the epitome of a truly classy, luxury vacation. The "house" champagne was Heidseick Blue-top, and it was available whenever and wherever I wanted it - does vacation get much better? I loved having all the different dining options on the Spirit, just be sure and get reservations for every night as soon as you get on board, otherwise you'll be disappointed when your wait-list never clears! I'm ready to go again... where do I sign up? Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We were a little worried about Silver Sea after having a bad time on a cruise about 5 years ago (poor dining room service several times too many). This cruise was just the opposite: everything just went as well as anyone could wish. My ... Read More
We were a little worried about Silver Sea after having a bad time on a cruise about 5 years ago (poor dining room service several times too many). This cruise was just the opposite: everything just went as well as anyone could wish. My wife and I had a private dinner with the captain one night and 2 private dinners with the cruise director, Don Fluke. We found both to be very knowledgeable and enjoyable. (As often is the case, it helps to get to know someone before critiquing him/her).The food was good, the wine selections satisfactory (although my wife found and returned a bad bottle, the sommelier agreed), and I purchased a 3-bottle wine package for $303, which was fairly priced for the wines involved; the sommelier (Robin or Rose) made sure where we were eating each night so the wine could opened 1-2 hours prior to dinner.The room butler Dann was ever-present and every request was granted, and some we didn't even think about (like making sure our clothes were ready for formal night, and we had just a regular cabin).The internet was fairly priced: $85 for 250 minutes. We were charged $200 for 250 minutes on Oceania just the month before.My wife required a gluten-free menu. The gluten-free bread was a special recipe (which they gave us), her meals were thoughtful, and gluten-free vodka (yes, they are needed---wheat-free) was in our cabin and on the floors.We have signed up for the Prince Albert in Dec. We expect rough water for 2 days, but otherwise can only hope the over-all cruise is as good as this was. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
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