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Sail Date: August 2019
We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage. The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor ... Read More
We selected this vessel due to cross over Russian Arctic on 25 day Voyage. The Expedition program ( under contract ) was good with most Arctic Ocean stops accomplished. However the vessel is an old ( 30+ years in service ) with poor public spaces and mediocre staff service. For two pax price ( $100,000) no real value here. SILVERSEA has taken older vessel and placed in “ expedition service” without any discernible improvement in boat safety facilities. Older gangway and Zodiac loading stations are hazardous - should have been replaced before vessel was placed in ocean service. The food was poor - kitchen ran out of basic ( fruits, vegetables ) half way into voyage. Officers are foreign nationals - Russians - with little interaction with passengers. In summary, poor quality for the price. We have been on better trips for a quarter of the price of this voyage. SILVERSEA appears to be solely interested in sales, marketing and promotion at the expense of passenger experience ! Member, Circumnavigators Club Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have enjoyed Silversea Expedition cruising in the past. The small number of passengers, terrific Expedition Team combined with luxury that Silversea excel at make for a wonderful cruise. We boarded via the clipper boat for Tower Pier ... Read More
We have enjoyed Silversea Expedition cruising in the past. The small number of passengers, terrific Expedition Team combined with luxury that Silversea excel at make for a wonderful cruise. We boarded via the clipper boat for Tower Pier next to the Tower of London. We were checked in efficiently and went straight to Terrazza for a buffet lunch. As the ship started to fill with other passengers, we went to our suite and the suitcases arrived soon after. The butler and room attendant combination suits us well. Available but not intrusive. The laundry service is very efficient and good. We enjoyed all our meals on board. We ate in the main dining room, La Terrazza and at the Hot Rocks on the pool deck. The crew are fantastic. Friendly and efficient. Unfortunately we missed many of our stops due to choppy seas being to unsafe for the zodiac landings. The Expedition Team laid on extra lectures and games such as ‘Name that tune’ to substitute. Moss Hills is an outstanding Social Director. After 10 days travelling up the west side of the UK, we sailed to Orkney and the Faroes and the final 4 days were spent circumnavigating Iceland. The disembarkation went smoothly apart from our non Silversea taxi going to the wrong port! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have sailed Silversea before but chose this cruise for the itinerary and also to experience expedition cruising and find out the difference. Staff on board incl butler were great, cannot fault them , dining was also impressive , so ... Read More
We have sailed Silversea before but chose this cruise for the itinerary and also to experience expedition cruising and find out the difference. Staff on board incl butler were great, cannot fault them , dining was also impressive , so was the quality and variety of the food and wines offered. The shore excursions were not too different from a standard cruise. Only one shore activity during the 14 day expedition cruise involved some expedition like feature when we had a wonderful afternoon going ashore on the zodiacs watching a variety of seabirds nesting on the Scottish Island of Lunga. There were a lot of shore landings cancelled due to stormy weather. Enrichment lectures were generally good, although some were repetitive due to the increased requirement of additional lectures after many cancelled shore landings. Expedition staff seemed to display a lack of interest at times. Our Vista Cabin had a sewage issue on day 2. We were moved to another cabin after that. It became obvious after talking to other guests that Silver Cloud has had ongoing sewage issues. We feel that it shows that the ship is 25 years old and has had a refit to comply with expedition ship/ice class regulations, mainly the strengthening of the hull. Apart from that there were a few serious problems visible like huge cracks in the cabin doors and also cracks in the fire doors of the ship. And the sewage issue. In our opinion this ship is past its use-by-date and should not sail Arctic or Antarctic regions . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Once in a lifetime Expedition itinerary. Aldabra ... Zodiacs to fabulous beaches ... Drift Snorkeling from the ocean into the Aldabra Lagoon ... Expedition crew is the only thing that kept this from becoming a very bad cruise. ... Read More
Once in a lifetime Expedition itinerary. Aldabra ... Zodiacs to fabulous beaches ... Drift Snorkeling from the ocean into the Aldabra Lagoon ... Expedition crew is the only thing that kept this from becoming a very bad cruise. Stateroom was a bit small but thoughtfully designed and we found ample space for our 4 very big bags with drone equipment and lots of camera gear. Personal Butler from Bangladesh is a joke. He can never be reached and has at least 10 to 15 suites to attend to. He is really just part of Room Service ... or a Stateroom Attendant that is marketed as a butler. We never could reach him directly ... Only way was to go through the front desk. Could not get a haircut or shave on board at the spa. Ship did not have bottled water on board. You were forced to drink the on board water, which had a mineral or odd taste as it is produced using Reverse Osmosis. I complained so they made an exception to me and got bottled water at the next port of call. Dining room attendants would cover up the "Evian" Label for me to make sure that other guests were less likely to notice that I was served bottled water. Executive Chef and staff in the main dining room are TOP CLASS. Silversea Shined here. Food prep was fantastic. People on Deck 7, which was one of the only places to sun bathe (as near the pool on Deck 5 only 5 chairs and people eating around you) .... NO SERVICE ON DECK 7 ... No one to take your drink order ... Have to go yourself to set up a sun lounge chair ... or go down to Deck 5 to get someone to help ... No towels available without going down. Some of the Fillipina Staff on Deck 5 were rude and very resistant to help ... Some were attentive and conscientious. Me: "Would like a cocktail.. what do you like to make?" Them: "Anything you like" ... Me: "What do you suggest?" Bartender: "Tell me what you want I will make it." .. on and on .. and on .. it goes ... Some of the Dumbest bartenders EVER. Certainly this is about 2 stars for service ... Never (except on a formal night) did I see anyone wearing white gloves and coming to offer something to guests on Deck 7. Misleading marketing. Risk of becoming unhygenic ship, in my mind. No plastic liners in trash bags in the staterooms. Toilets need to be flushed multiple times because of the poor quality of the toilet. Showers are good and crew was responsive to requests so this mitigated the risks. Many lectures on plastic use ... ridiculous ... we come to vacation to get away from radical plastic nazis and here they are on a SilverSea cruise with their propaganda and stupidity. I enjoyed nature hikes, but don't enjoy the hysteria about a bird or a leemar or a turtle. Much prefer to listen to the sounds of nature rather than the chatter of a tour guide or a bunch of guests talking about "snowfall" in Boston. The lectures are a good place to listen to the professional naturalists who truly were TOP CLASS. If you see Scotti or Roddy in your SilverSea Travels, you will know how extraordinary some of their staff are. Ships Doc is #1. Brazil food attendent is #1! We had fantastic Main Dining Room table waiter and attendent from Phillipines. This ship is great for expeditions but, in my opinion, the service truly is far from achieving a standard consistent with the Brand SilverSea. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Silversea positions and prices itself at the top end of the market. We expected it to be good all of the time rather than most of the time. Our cabin butler was outstanding which was certainly a big plus. Restaurants usually but not ... Read More
Silversea positions and prices itself at the top end of the market. We expected it to be good all of the time rather than most of the time. Our cabin butler was outstanding which was certainly a big plus. Restaurants usually but not always good and a couple of times particularly slow for no obvious reason. Sometimes thought the staff would have like to have been elsewhere! One expensive shore excursion was seriously misrepresented and when people raised this when back on board the reaction could only be described as dismissive. This told us something about the real culture of the company. One chap we spoke with was arranging personal guides via the Find my Guide website, was very happy with the results and said it was only costing him 20% of what Silversea would have charged. Passengers told us there are better lines at this end of the market. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have cruised twice previously with Silversea on their expedition cruises (Galapagos and Bering Strait) and when a couple we met last year on the Bering Strait cruise asked us to join them on this one we did so without hesitation. ... Read More
We have cruised twice previously with Silversea on their expedition cruises (Galapagos and Bering Strait) and when a couple we met last year on the Bering Strait cruise asked us to join them on this one we did so without hesitation. What we were expecting and what we got were two entirely different things. First of all on the two previous Silversea expeditions you would pick your next day activities after a late afternoon / early evening briefing. You could always get the activity you wanted. On this trip we found out too late that we were supposed to go online and pick our activities far in advance. By the time we found this out all the interesting excursions were completely sold out and the ones that were left turned out to not that good. Like a walk around a small town with a guide who just started guiding that day. Or a bus ride around a small island with a guide who had nothing interesting to tell us. The ship is fine, reasonable food - not great but good, the staff is friendly and helpful. The entertainment could be better but was okay - we didn't come for the music. The pool area is really good for a ship this size and the jogging track makes it easy to burn off the extra calories. The butler and room attendant were friendly and efficient. We never had to ask for anything. The shore excursions (when we actually got to shore) were, in my opinion, sub par. The expedition staff was mostly invisible as we never did any real expeditions. I don't know what they were along for. The main problem, IMO, is that there are just too many people on this ship for it to function as an "expedition" ship. I would not do this cruise again. I would cruise on the Silver Cloud if it was just a traditional cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife and I booked this cruise believing it was going to be an active, challenging experience with the added bonus of visiting new areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Such as Sable Island. In anticipation we went out and ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise believing it was going to be an active, challenging experience with the added bonus of visiting new areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Such as Sable Island. In anticipation we went out and spent a great deal of money purchasing the recommended clothing, insulated boots, and other supplied suggested by Silversea. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!! We feel like we were conned into a cruise run by people that were completely incompetent and inexperienced in this type of cruise. We have been on many Silversea ships and have generally been satisfied but this was outrageous. First, many significant experiences were cancelled because of "rough seas" making it impossible for the zodiacs to land. Not true. We were denied the opportunity of landing on Sable Island in perfectly acceptable seas because of the evident inexperience of the expedition staff. There were a significant number of older passengers and many had disabilities. Instead of doing what other expeditions cruise lines do, which is only allow people capable of landing in somewhat rough seas to get off the zodiac, this expedition staff decided that no-one would land. The zodiacs were turned into the equivalent of tenders and only in relatively calm waters. Other landings that could have been easily accommodated were cancelled completely for the same reason. The kayak staff were even worse than the expedition staff. At evening lectures we were warned not to kayak unless we were prepared to be clad in full body suits and were capable of both being uncomfortable for several hours and also capable of not having to use a washroom for several hours. It seemed they were doing everything possible to discourage the passengers from participating in that activity. My wife and I have kayaked in oceans before and have never been fed such negative propaganda. I suppose the kayak staff preferred not to work The demographic of Silversea ships is older. Unless they can find staff who both know what they are doing and know how to organize and run these activities for a more senior group, they should stay out of the expedition business. The ship was fine. The cabin was fine. The food was all right. The main purpose of the trip was next to non-existent. It was a complete waste of time and money. I will never sail on a Silverseas expedition cruise again. It it not worth a repeat performance. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was to be a "cruise of a lifetime." I hope it is, because I never want to experience something so bad again, ever. The cruise was to be Nome to Nome, up to Wrangell Island, and along the Russian Arctic coast. 19 days of ... Read More
This was to be a "cruise of a lifetime." I hope it is, because I never want to experience something so bad again, ever. The cruise was to be Nome to Nome, up to Wrangell Island, and along the Russian Arctic coast. 19 days of "nobody else gets here" cruising. The itinerary was changed a few days before we were to leave, for reasons of "fuel supplier restrictions" but the new itinerary was as cool as the old, so fine. What we got was ice blocking us from three quarters of our destinations. The ice conditions were known by Silversea before we left Nome. We never made it to Wrangell Island. The ship got to 8 nautical miles away, we got to six nm away, in zodiacs. We diverted for a medical emergency, spending more than two full days doing nothing but high speed in open sea to meet the helicopter, and then get back to someplace desired. Then, having been foiled at Wrangell, we had to steam to Anadyr for fuel. (The refueling was added to the schedule partway through the cruise, the schedule couldn't be changed, we paid for it with our time.) As a result, we ended up in Nome a day early, simply due to the need to leave Russia and enter the USA, where the timing for refueling and the paperwork cut our cruise short by a day. Silversea never lost an opportunity to leave us in the dark, or blame Russian intransigence. We do not begrudge the medical evacuation. People need a doctor, you get them to a doctor. But we had to leave Wrangell to do it, and we had been steaming at top speed for several hours on the new heading before the ship bothered to tell us about the changed plans. Every question was met with "we're doing all we can" and "that is above my pay grade" and never once did Silversea treat us like adults. On a 19 day cruise, we saw the Captain on the first and last day. no ship's officer ever explained to us what was going on. The cruise was such a disappointment that passengers are asking for their money back. Silversea was late in offering anything, paltry in their offer, and has stalled us at every step. I'll swim to my destination before I ever set foot on a Silversea deck again. One good thing: despite the cruise, expedition team and management being disappointments (each in their own way) the hotel and food service were exemplary. But still not good enough to lure me onto a Silversea ship again. Ever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise to sail among the small islands of the Sea of Cortez with abundance of marine, birds, and reptiles. Professional team with Kit Masters leading. She made every effort to insure that everyone needs were met. There were ... Read More
We chose this cruise to sail among the small islands of the Sea of Cortez with abundance of marine, birds, and reptiles. Professional team with Kit Masters leading. She made every effort to insure that everyone needs were met. There were many opportunities to snorkel, hike and view birds/landscapes from Zodiacs. Our cabin was very comfortable with Butler/attendant on call. The food could be better, Particularly the fish - not fresh. Lack of fresh vegetables, lots of salad greens instead. Lots of desserts. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. Travel to Copper Canyon was too long 16 hours there and back. The landscape was beautiful from our balcony view of the can tonight. Shipboard credit $1000 per person only if you ask.. other couples which we met told us so, you had to ask. As first timers, this is a ridiculous offer. To get with Silverseas again is questionable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Its the only way to see the Chilean coast inlets and scenery short of having your own boat. There are no roads or habitation in most of the areas we visited. Excursions by zodiac to see wildlife and glaciers were amazing. The ship was ... Read More
Its the only way to see the Chilean coast inlets and scenery short of having your own boat. There are no roads or habitation in most of the areas we visited. Excursions by zodiac to see wildlife and glaciers were amazing. The ship was small by cruise ship standards but was therefore able to sail in confined fiords and through narrow passes. The food and service was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The ships captain was informative and approachable. The company issued everyone with appropriate clothing which was just as well because that part of the world has heavy weather at most times of the year. If you needed items of clothing or spares for your photography the ships shop was well stocked. Improvements are possible in some detailed areas. The graphic display of the ships position was poor. The exterior of the window could have been cleaned. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Chose this cruise for the expeditions it promised but it did not fulfill it's promise. We did not get Zodiac trip to Bond island, did not get canoe trips, shore excursions and snorkeling was awful, etc. Local boat to floating island ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the expeditions it promised but it did not fulfill it's promise. We did not get Zodiac trip to Bond island, did not get canoe trips, shore excursions and snorkeling was awful, etc. Local boat to floating island had very poor visibility, we never got to do canoeing around Bond island and did not get to the caves. We never got to the park and the snorkeling water visibility was less than 2 feet. Only acceptable part of this cruise was seeing the orangutans. Trip to Tjong A Fie Mansion was disastrous as I got separated from the main group and nobody knew where our bus was. We never got to Mekong Delta and ended up arriving at Ho Chi Minh City one day earlier. We went to a beach that had nowhere to sit and definitely had no swimming or snorkeling. Over al it was a terrrible trip. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
There are really no words to sum up how amazing this was. We have done a few cruises since and every time we say “well it’s not Silverseas”. The proof is in the details, we felt like royalty on every shore excursion. The service is ... Read More
There are really no words to sum up how amazing this was. We have done a few cruises since and every time we say “well it’s not Silverseas”. The proof is in the details, we felt like royalty on every shore excursion. The service is beyond 5* our Butler was so gracious,If you are fortunate enough to book a SS expedition cruise you are in for an incredible experience.there is no going back! We went because I really wanted to experience the andaman and Nicobar islands, we made several landings all exsquiste, our land trip in Myanmar was unique, had more locals taking photos of us than them, I felt like Christopher Columbus.. overall the best cruise we have ever done The food was fantastic,the wine even better, it’s pushing me for a negative and the only thing I can come up with is that I really wanted a silverseas baseball hat! They don’t sell them so we were advised to try and talk a crew member out of one... no luck,! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We wanted to see the Maldives and Indian Ocean islands, thought we would snorkel every day in beautiful water. ( Water was beautiful) However this did not happen, excursions were not planned well, so we spent most of our days on an ... Read More
We wanted to see the Maldives and Indian Ocean islands, thought we would snorkel every day in beautiful water. ( Water was beautiful) However this did not happen, excursions were not planned well, so we spent most of our days on an old ship with little amenities! we got to snorkel 2 times, for 45 minutes. Nothing for the other 9 days. Food and service was good. We had OBC to spend, but there was nothing in gift shop to buy ! The fitness center is a cubicle, they offered massages in an empty guest room, only 5 people could use pool at any one time, only 10 lounges for 90 plus guests. Total experience was very poor when supposed to be 5 Star Luxury cruise and we were charged a 5 Star price. Even though we bought our air and transfers from Silver Sea, they did not make arrangements for us to be picked up from the hotel to get to the ship. We (and 12 other couples ) had to transport our own luggage in the pouring rain onto and off the public pier and public ferry to get to where the ship was picking us up. Never have we been treated like this. There was no apology or reason given for our poor service, our tour leader just said, "he was having a bad day!" Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose it for the Maldives and Kerala, India on the itinerary. We didn’t see enough of the Maldives and we were dropped off at an island with lots of plastic and trash after having the permission for another island revoked. We ... Read More
We chose it for the Maldives and Kerala, India on the itinerary. We didn’t see enough of the Maldives and we were dropped off at an island with lots of plastic and trash after having the permission for another island revoked. We understand those things can happen but a good option would be nice for plan B. We were frequently late to destinations and rushed around to get back and sail to the next place. Many passengers felt like a three hour boat tour on the canals was too long with a long drive each way to get there. The general consensus was that lunch at the Gallery Cafe in Cochin was pretty bad. One of the islands took a 55 minute zodiac ride each way and the water was murky so not great for snorkeling. There wasn’t hardly any free time to wander so people felt way too restricted and regimented. There could have been some interesting talks on the history of Kerala and Galle considering there were two historians on board. The expedition Crew seem to be very knowledgable but didn’t have as many opportunities to speak when there was plenty of time at sea. The spa services were very good! The crew on board was excellent and did a fantastic job. Dinner was very good, lunch could be better. We have been on the ship several times but decided to cancel the trip booked in August after a lackluster experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was one of many wonderful cruises on Silversea but by far the longest at 73 days. This was part of this years World Cruise. I have high praise and a 10 for everything. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth. The ship needs ... Read More
This was one of many wonderful cruises on Silversea but by far the longest at 73 days. This was part of this years World Cruise. I have high praise and a 10 for everything. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth. The ship needs new carpets and some improvements here and there but nothing major. Dining was easy. Reservations were easy to get and we were always acomodated. The poolside luncheon menu is good but for such a long stay could use some new items , perhaps a weekly special sandwich - minor point. Entertainment and activities could fill up your entire day if that is what you wanted. On board bridge teachers as well as "arts and crafts" and language classes abound. The pool deck was superb with service like no other for those that enjoy the outside on sea days. Jogging deck was always ready even after some heavy downpours. The gym is small but it is built in and I don't know how that could be improved. On board personal trainer was one of the best I have experienced in over 500 days on SS. Ports were extensive ranging from the relative tranquility of Hawaii and the Society Islands to the kaleidoscopic experiences in Indonesia and Malaysia. The beauty of the Philippine Islands took me by surprise. There was a wonderful tour there which took me snorkeling and swimming. A treat for the senses. I would do this again in a heart beat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my second expedition cruise with Silver Seas; the first having been on the Prince Albert II in Svalbard. Therefore I had high expectations, most of which were met. I agree with other reviewers that the ship is old and needs to ... Read More
This was my second expedition cruise with Silver Seas; the first having been on the Prince Albert II in Svalbard. Therefore I had high expectations, most of which were met. I agree with other reviewers that the ship is old and needs to be replaced. There is only so much cosmetic refurbishing that can be done. That said, the rooms were small, but very clean and comfortable. The public areas had also been refurbished. The food was excellent and up to Silverseas standards. The dinner portions were small enough so that you could eat all four courses if desired. Wait staff were excellent and identified me by name soon after we commenced our voyage. My maid and butler were both charming. The maid kept my room looking "together" throughout the voyage. I was pleased to have the butler service so I could have a meal in my room, which I did several times since I returned to the ship after very hot and humid weather excursions and didn't feel like eating in the dining room. I only did "hot rocks" once, but it was a lot of fun and had no problem whatsoever in reserving this. The bar/kitchen near the pool was too small and the wait staff did a super job in trying to cope with inadequate space. Overall I thought the staff was excellent and we had some very interesting lectures, although not the quantity that I experienced on the Arctic cruise. The first lecture was generally at 9:15AM, which was a bit early, esp. on days at sea. Unfortunately, a cyclone off the coast of Madagascar affected our time at Aldabra Atoll. The crew should be commended for being able to land us for a late afternoon walk to the ranger station; at least we were able to see a large number of the Aldabra giant tortoise. Due to the weather, we could not do the lagoon tour or any snorkeling/diving the next day. Most of the coral in the Maldives had been bleached out due to an El Nino in 2016. However, we did see a lot of beautifully colored fish. Snorkelling in the Seychelles was not good due to weather complications. Great great shore excursions in Zanzibar and Victoria. Poor scheduling though because we landed in both on Sundays! Thank you to Jamie again for fixing my mask and getting to my "taxi" on shore in Dar es Salaam. I'm not sure who was at fault for this but there was NO information for pre or post-embarkation/disembarkation or hotels given to me prior to the cruise. I made my own arrangements in Colombo and used the ship's way-overpriced $89 ride from the port in Dar to my centrally-located hotel, which I arranged on my own. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We went on the Explorer last year in May 2016 to Scotland and Norway and was the first time with Silver sea. We have traveled Seabourn and was happy, but friends had mentioned to try Silversea. There were 2 days at sea due to canceling ... Read More
We went on the Explorer last year in May 2016 to Scotland and Norway and was the first time with Silver sea. We have traveled Seabourn and was happy, but friends had mentioned to try Silversea. There were 2 days at sea due to canceling beach party in Timor Indonesia saying the country would not allow cruise ships there any longer. Then we arrived in Dawrin docked a day early, so 3 days lost. They tried to get a couple tours on land at the end. One a city drive and the other a wildlife park/aquarium tour. Food fair, but r redundant. The rooms were worn and outdated. Lots of crickets in our cabin and balcony. They said they probable hitched a ride back in Darwin. Yikes! The cabin attendants were top notch. Most of the waiter staff were good, but seemed frustrated at times. Less luxury and more of a working ship for exploration tours. Price was 30K for Veranda Suite....and not worth that to see a few rock carvings and the hikes were very hot and humid. Be in good shape and hold the bladder for 2-3 hours. Rod river cruise had a bathroom on the boat. It was a fun tour and the zodiacs getting you wet under the waterfalls were the best 2 things out of 11 days. Kind of boring. Should have been more activities. No bathroom provisions on most the tours. No photographer as he had visa issue and there was not a cruise coordinator to help with other trips. Reception was overworked. Piano player was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
I have always liked the Whisper but will never take a segment of a world cruise again. In this segment, the majority of the passengers had been on this cruise since January and had established little groups to dine, drink and socialize ... Read More
I have always liked the Whisper but will never take a segment of a world cruise again. In this segment, the majority of the passengers had been on this cruise since January and had established little groups to dine, drink and socialize thus the new passengers had to find other new passengers in order to have a good time. This segment from Dubai to Athens had fewer new passengers due to the possible danger passing Yemen and other countries in the news but the tours to Luxor, Petra and Gisa were very worthwhile and Silversea takes precautions and has never had a threatening incident. The familiar crew on the Whisper helped make the trip more enjoyable. On the next segment from Athens to Monte Carlo, it was reported that 160 new passengers would board so I'm sure they outnumbered the tired world cruisers but we have cruised the Mediterranean many times and had seen many portsand we departed the Whisper in Athens. The food was wonderful in all dining venues and tasted better than I had remembered. The evening entertainment was professional and entertaining, Day lectures were educational and worthwhile and included a travel professional who highlighted the upcoming tours with a visual presentation describing history and cultural advice and additional sights. On days at sea, two speakers entertained passengers, one on British spies during World War 1 and two The other speaker told us his fascinating experience in Africa with camels. He actually rode by camel across the Gobi desert. Also on the British experience in Africa. The swimming pool was active with sun worshippers throughout the day as well as the hot tubs. Underwater exercises took place at 2 pm followed by water volleyball at 3. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
WOW! There is no other way to start this review. We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff ... Read More
WOW! There is no other way to start this review. We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff reassured us that the vessel had recently undergone further work to address the issues raised (in late 2016 and early 2017). Should we have been worried? It’s Silversea? Our simple answer is a resounding “No”! As soon as we embarked on an overcast day in Bali we were greeted by a crew of enthusiastic and professional staff who worked very hard to make sure that this was trip that none of the 94 passengers would forget in a hurry. (The amazing scenery worked hard too and more on that later). The two restaurants were excellent. The main restaurant provided eleven days of high quality and varied menus, some days starting the breakfast service at 5am to enable an early get away by the Zodiacs. The four course dinners were always accompanied by excellent wines many of which were new those of us Australia. The pool grill provided excellent energy food and a great evening hot rock experience. The fresh past prepared by Daniela everyday was excellent. The high quality service continued into the bar either by the pool during the heat of the day or in the lounge into the late evening. The expedition itself was from start to finish superb. Led brilliantly by Brad Siviour and the expedition team of experienced and well qualified experts we explored the Lower Sundas islands, survived the 1.5 hour coach drive to Kivu, came face to face with Komodo dragons, snorkeled at Pink Beach, danced on Savu, sailed through a storm as we approached Australia, sailed the mighty Ord River, flew over the Purnululu National Park home to the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond mine, marveled at the amazing and very full King George falls, saw ancient and recent rock art, sat in the cockpit of a WW2 DC53, explored the Hunter River mangroves, cruised over and into Montgomery Reef and went through half of the horizontal waterfalls. Every day was carefully planned by the Captain Taillard and Brad, taking into account tides, weather and other variables. Each evening we were all briefed about the next day, what we would do and when over cocktails. On our return the next day we all shared tales of our adventures over champagne and cocktails around the pool. Good friendships have been made as a result which made the whole voyage even more enjoyable. Nothing that good happens without serious planning and the input of people who know their destination very, very well. The combined experience of the Captain, senior crew and expedition team made sure that we all saw the best of what the Indonesian archipelago and the remote Kimberley coast had to offer. Coupled with the big wet season, the Kimberley delivered an adventure that few of the 94 passengers will forget for many years. Nothing is ever perfect and if it was there would be no room for improvement. However the few points that we could raise have been passed onto Silversea and we would expect them to respond positively. When asked for constructive feedback mid cruise they worked hard to address the issues be they in the restaurant, rooms or during the expedition trips. For example a point that there was no way to refresh the stainless steel water bottles they provide during one long shore visit (they do not provide water in plastic bottles which is a huge plus). The next shore visit a large water cooler was provided for everybody to keep hydrated, a clear demonstration that Silversea listens and acts. We all disembarked in Broome and felt privileged to have visited both the Indonesian islands and the amazing and remote Kimberley coast. The thankyous and good byes were heartfelt and sincere from both sides. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We joined the ship in Singapore -one of our favourite cities in the world- and as Silverseas arranged the flights we were met and taked to the hotel and on Tuesday to the ship. We walked straight on and it was lovely to be ... Read More
We joined the ship in Singapore -one of our favourite cities in the world- and as Silverseas arranged the flights we were met and taked to the hotel and on Tuesday to the ship. We walked straight on and it was lovely to be 'home' again. The ports of call were the normal for these sectors but there were a few new ones so we were happy to wander around without the need for a guide The food in the resturant was for the most part excellent and only 2 or 3 nights did it fail. even I make mistakes :( We really enjoyed lunch on sea days in the resturant as it was not hurried and the food was excellent. and you could easily dine in complete privacy. We finished in Monte Carlo and are trying to book a little sector for 2019 but it seems like it will be booked out as it ends in London for a change Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Having travelled with Silversea before, I decided to try an expedition ship - I was a little daunted before I travelled but after talking in depth with my cruise advisor, I was a little more relaxed. I was so surprised at how incredible ... Read More
Having travelled with Silversea before, I decided to try an expedition ship - I was a little daunted before I travelled but after talking in depth with my cruise advisor, I was a little more relaxed. I was so surprised at how incredible the whole experience was. I stayed in Phuket pre-cruise and met with a friend from a previous cruise. The flights were excellent, the service by Silversea to the hotels and ship were excellent and the cruise was magnificent. The staff were amazing - they couldn't do enough to assist us. That includes restaurant, butler and bar staff who all knew our names and were just lovely. They also had great senses of humour and put up with all our idiosyncrasies. The food was generally of a high standard and I had no complaints. Our amazing restaurant waitress, Catherine was a firm favourite so I always ate dinner at one of her tables where we were assisted by Darwin, the Sommelier who was most informative and actually found me a lovely red that I actually liked, which is no mean feat. Caroline was also on hand to assist. My butler, Ivy was superb and couldn't do enough to help me. The expedition team as well as the fitness team were amazing and not only did they inform us, look after us and find amazing destinations but they also advised on future trips and gave us insight to experiences that they had had. James the photographer took a superb DVD that we could purchase at the end of the trip - it was worth every penny I spent. The experiences in Thailand and Indonesia were phenomenal from seeing Oran-utangs in the wild to cultural dancing, the Simelue islands that had never been visited before by a cruise ship, where the people were so friendly and welcoming, to the Nias Islands where we watched the initiation ceremony of young men jumping over high walls with bare feet and landing onto stone - crazy but incredible. The different buildings and villages were also superb - to be honest the experiences were too many to describe, but we also visited Anak Krakatoa - mind blowing as well as a wonderful day on Kura Kura for some relaxation and snorkelling. Riding the zodiacs was fantastic. Basically, I can wax lyrical for ever but if you haven't done it, get out there and do it. My cabin was amazing. Do not listen to negatives as the positives totally outweigh the positives as there are no negatives. Silversea are fantastic. Go cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Mahe - Seychelles expedition cruise The ship developed a significant electrical fault in Reunion. Not happy! All pax were transferred to hotels - the capt advising the ship was under repair. We spent yet another day away from the ... Read More
Mahe - Seychelles expedition cruise The ship developed a significant electrical fault in Reunion. Not happy! All pax were transferred to hotels - the capt advising the ship was under repair. We spent yet another day away from the ship - two full days of the itinerary were lost. Eventually weset sail with a modified itinerary. Unfortunately we will never know what we missed out on in Madagascar that destination being the main attraction for this cruise. One wonders if the age and condition of Discoverer requires more frequent maintenance. Despite the disappointment and shaky start the service crew were very attentive, especially the bar staff. The Butler was a true gentlemen and was always around to help. The interior of the ship was adequate since new floor coverings and furniture was provided in October 2016. The cabins were ok, but showing signs of wear and tear, not that it bothered us. The food - as expected on an expedition ship - doesn't really rate 'fine dining' but was always well presented. Wines were acceptable and alternatives available if the wine being served didn't suit. We never went short. I wish the aft deck was better suited to alfresco dining - the lunch options never changed - the burgers were awful. The 'hot rocks' in the evenings soon lost their appeal - silversea would be well advised to offer an option, perhaps from the MDR menu. Ending positively - the expedition crew, especially the Leader, were well organised and very informative. All lectures were 45m which was just about right. Hats off to Nikki the Expedition Leader for keeping her head above the water when the chips were down. Finally - the $2,000 credit towards a future Silversea cruise will not be enough to entice us back from Seabourn. I rated this cruise 7/10. The staff 9/10. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We came on the ship as basically first time Cruisers for the World Cruise 2017. Jan 6 to May 3, San Francisco to Monte Carlo. We had no complaints about the cabin or the ship, it is a little dated. Many of the repeat cruisers were ... Read More
We came on the ship as basically first time Cruisers for the World Cruise 2017. Jan 6 to May 3, San Francisco to Monte Carlo. We had no complaints about the cabin or the ship, it is a little dated. Many of the repeat cruisers were very unhappy with the condition of the ship as most were led to believe the ship had gone under renovation before the cruise. It turned out only some internal things were redone. New carpet was installed. Getting into the restaurants was not a problem. We thought La Terraza, morning and afternoon buffet was very good even though it was pretty much the same everyday. It was the best food of 3 in the evening. Food was very good, most of the time, but most of the menus were repeats. There was lots to do with many days at sea. Lots of lectures, classes and entertainment.. The service was way beyond our expectations. The crew was outstanding and worked very hard to anticipate your every need. There was a bit of a language barrier at times but their smiles and happy attitudes made up for it all. Some of the ports were redundant, and some we wondered why we went there at all, as there was nothing to do, or it would be Sunday and everything was closed. The biggest disappointment was the shore excursions. Many of the tours did not fit the descriptions. Many of the tour guides had their own agenda, or could not speak good English, so you were basically riding around in a bus wondering what you saw. Complains to the Excursion Desk fell on deaf ears. Hard to believe they had done some of these in previous cruises. Book with a Travel Agent company who has a representative on board and includes some of the land tour. Someone that hears you and advises you on board. Private cars were some of the worst unless you know where you want to go and a little something about the port. Don't be afraid to complain and fill in your reviews. We did not and that was a mistake, as we were basically ignored, I suppose assuming we were happy. We are not complainers. Final, this is not a cruise for children, not even any of the legs. Not a fit for the World Cruisers and nothing to do on board. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The cruise was excellent, not many passengers and plenty of room to move around, if it were full though I expect it would have been harder to enjoy. The staff could not be faulted, 10 out of 10. The food though was just average, ... Read More
The cruise was excellent, not many passengers and plenty of room to move around, if it were full though I expect it would have been harder to enjoy. The staff could not be faulted, 10 out of 10. The food though was just average, but a lot of effort was put into beach and deck dining, a bar was also made available on every remote landing where time permitted. For the price charged the standard of food was not up to the standard expected of Silverseas. The ship however, though new to Silverseas is greatly in need of an upgrade, which we were told would happen in October, so if you go before then , be forewarned and temper your expectations. The remote places visited were very interesting and the locals put on an outstanding welcome for us. The authorities in Indonesia however gave the ship a very hard time at three different locations, which left everyone feeling very unseasy, crew and passengers alike. You don't expect this in the modern world. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
I chose the full world cruise because of its long duration and the ports of call, and this ship because it is just the right size for me, and I know its crew and amenities from my previous 600+ days on board. It was indeed like coming ... Read More
I chose the full world cruise because of its long duration and the ports of call, and this ship because it is just the right size for me, and I know its crew and amenities from my previous 600+ days on board. It was indeed like coming home, and the staff said, "Welcome back." At the ports where I had visited before, I either took different land excursions, or revisited some to see the changes over the years. I enjoyed all the benefits of the owner's suite, and my daughters took turn occupying the adjacent cabin for different segments. Joined together, these two accommodations provided a lot of space to enjoy on sea days. We all attended and learned much from the lecturers. Special events such as the dine-around, crew games, and boat-building were lots of fun. Our butler was exceptional, anticipating our preferences or desires before we even thought of them, and efficiently organized the unpacking and repacking. The captain and officers were always visible and very accessible, and the head chef was extremely obliging with special requests. Read Less
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