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Amazing Ship & AMAZING Service! by RosemarieReed13

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

I have been on 30+ cruises on both contemporary and luxury ships but this by far is the BEST! The staff anticipate every need before you even know what you need! When leaving for dinner our butler would be waiting in the hall to escort us to the elevator and wish us a great night. Once he learned what we like to eat and drink we always came back to special treats!

We were sailing on a girls trip of 3 women ranging in the age of 30-50 and I was concerned at first this would be a cruise with much older people and it turned out not to be the case. Most clientele onboard was between 40-50. Of course there were some older folks and younger professionals but overall it was still very lively!

 

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Best Cruise Experience (so far) by JEB0114

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Almost everything about this cruise was top notch. Room with veranda large and comfortable. Itinerary great, with easy access to picturesque ports. Gibraltar, Spanish coast most enjoyable for sightseeing. Food outstanding, with one exception: they served tilapia and catfish one day at lunch (inferior fish!). Several restaurants provide welcome diversity. We tried them all, with excellent results each time. (I do not pay such compliments lightly. I am a restaurant reviewer with over a thousand published articles. Had to visit several venues to find music we wanted to repeat, but once we did, we went back every night. 

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Trip of a lifetime by EileenKrell

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Our first trip with Silversea. We were treated royally by all the staff. The food and accommodations were exceptional. Would definitely cruise again with this line.  The suite had more than enough room; I especially loved the walk-in closet and ample storage space. The shore excursions were all very educational  with professional and knowledgeable guides.  Criticisms: shore excursions very pricey and wifi access was poor and costly.

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Extraordinary Service! by bzimonja

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

The Silver Spirit is just the right size for convenience\, meal options\, great ports\, and a fabulous crew.

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DONT GO!!!!! by CJasonC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Caribbean

we had the ROYAL SUITE #702.  right up at the front of the ship.

it was a BEAUTIFUL room.  lots of space, very comfortable (during the day ONLY).

at night every time the ship went up in down in the water we heard what sounded like a refrigerator being thrown down a stairwell (the nights at sea).  ear plugs helped diminish the noise enough to sleep.

each morning that we would arrive into a port (about 5am'ish') we would hear the anchor falling into the water with its heavy chain behind it.  NO NEED FOR AN ALARM CLOCK!!!!

IT SOUNDED LIKE WE WERE BEING BOMBED!!!   this would happen 4 or 5 times at each port.

 

just an absolute terrible place to put the luxury cabins!!!!

for this reason the ship is terrible designed!

 

the food was terrible!!!!!!!! desserts, pastries & ANYTHING chocolate - were worse HORRID!!!!

we sustained ourselves on ham & cheese sandwiches.

the chocolate ice cream them served was ZERO CALORIE and came in a container, other ice creams where made on ship.  ZERO CALORIE on a vacation??????

specialty restaurants:

le champagne - OVER-RATED!

la terrazza - chef boyardee is better out of the can!

the grill - guests cook their own food at the table, WHAT A MESS!!!!

i did not go on vacation to cook for myself.

i've tasted better food from high school home economics students!

 

entertainment - NOT SO MUCH!!  exact same show we saw on a previous cruise.

 

the cruise line owners have a charity foundation and early on in the voyage they take the liberty to charge your shipboard account for a donation to their foundation.  VERY TASTELESS & TACTLESS!!

they leave a brochure in your cabin informing you about the foundation and then state if you do not want to make a donation please see the reception desk to make an adjustment.

i am on holiday and now i have to take my time to make an adjustment to my shipboard account?!?!?

this happened on our last voyage as well.

 

when i got home i tried to research the foundation and it is not even registered in the USA - donor beware!

 

we have traveled on silver seas before and greatly enjoyed it!  this was a great disappointment!

if it were not for the staff and the people we met we would have disembarked and found our own way home!  just an absolute disappointment!!!!  as a guest you can tell that the management just does not care!

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3.0

5 Star Hotel including destinations! by rgabelmd

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This was our first cruise experience and exceeded our expectations.

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Great Cruiseline by JimM16

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: U.S. - Southeast

Ship was clean, food was incredible and crew was the best! My wife is vegetarian and they always provided something creative (that wasn't just pasta).

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The Sweetness of Luxury aboard the Silver Spirit by cruiseships

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Silver Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Enter the world of Silversea and you are embraced by a refined, unobtrusive blend of modern design and a sophistication reserved for the affluent individuals who are accustomed to concierge and butler services, fine dining, exquisite wines and exotic destinations. Today the world often seems like it's shaking with political and economic fallout all around us, yet when you board the Silver Spirit those cares of the world fall away, and it's like entering an oasis of peace. I recently boarded the Silver Spirit for a seven night cruise through the Italian Riviera, however; I missed the first couple of days because of transportation and logistics. We boarded the Silver Spirit in Taormina, Italy on a beautiful day in May. The ship was anchored in the harbor perfectly contrasted with the ancient Italian culture, and beckoning us to open our imagination to the upscale experience awaiting us. As a Journalist, I usually travel with my wife, but this time my Father-in-law, Richard, assisted me with my video work. It's interesting, Richard is a retired minister and now works in an executive position with Kids Against Hunger, so this level of luxury was very foreign to him. Can you imagine how thrilled I was to watch Richard experience the fine dining and exotic excursions? The Silver Spirit is Silver's newest and largest vessel with luxury accommodations for 540 passengers. At 642 feet long and 36,000 tons, Silver Spirit is not a small vessel, however; compared to most of the newbuilds today, she is on the smaller more intimate size. With 376 European crew members serving the 540 passengers, the crew to guest ratio is higher than on most other cruise ships. It is this exclusivity that is so appealing to Silversea passengers, in a ship that offers amenities and services for a few hundred as opposed to a few thousand passengers. I didn't see crowds of passengers nor did I wait in any lines for dinner. The feeling onboard the Silver Spirit was close to being at a private club or yacht, but the most distinguishing element was a relaxed, carefree, precise environment to indulge in the good life, whatever that may mean to you. I enjoyed the dining experience, knowing that each meal was made-to-order, and a testament to the expertise of highly trained chefs, with the best possible ingredients. Every evening, complimentary fine wine is served and the wine glass is kept full throughout the meal. The attentive waiters made me feel like they enjoyed their job and were sincere when they often asked if I needed anything. The reason I mention this is because on the many cruises Irsquo;ve been on over the years it's not uncommon to notice that many wait staff personnel are on automatic pilot, and work as if they are on an assembly line just doing their job. This was certainly not what I experienced onboard the Silver Spirit, the waiters and waitresses were genuinely focused on providing exceptional service. I counted at least six different restaurants onboard the Silver Spirit from the main Restaurant on Deck Four to the Italian La Terrazza on Deck Seven and the Pool Grill serves a wonderful "Hot Rock" dining experience on Deck Ten overlooking the pool. The Hot Rock dining gives the guest an opportunity to cook their own meat on a hot slab of rock served at your table, so you can have fun preparing your fresh fish or steak cooked exactly how you prefer. Rudi Scholdis, Silversearsquo;s Corporate Executive Chef, was onboard our voyage preparing mussels using beer, at an exquisite poolside buffet. Setting the standards for Silversea's cuisine fleet-wide, Chef Rudi has demonstrated his culinary expertise for Royalty including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Heads of State like Bill Clinton, King Kayd of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Netenayu, and numerous Hollywood stars. Since Chef Rudi has prepared fine dining for all these famous world-personalities, why not for me? On a Silversea voyage you can ask the same indulgent question, "why not you?" Luxury does have a certain "feel," a certain "taste," and even a familiar "sound," relative to the distinguishing senses of those who can afford it. During my experience aboard the Silver Spirit, I savored the aroma of luxury, even as a mere Journalist. For me, there were numerous and specific moments that caused me to be more than content, for example; I enjoyed the spa onboard, particularly the steam room and sauna that each had a large window looking out to the sea. I'm no elite, and I may have been pretending to be someone I was not, but it did feel good to have the ability and freedom to ask for a glass of champagne while in the relaxing thermal bath on deck by the pool. During our visit to Rome, my Father-in-law and I embarked on a special shore excursion lead by Rosalba Iocca, who was no ordinary tour guide. Yet another example of Silversea's commitment to provide the very best for guests, Rosalba was an expert in Roman history, she studied archeology, but her greatest asset as an expert Roman guide was through her intimate contacts at Vatican City and the Coliseum. Rosalba lead our bus group ahead of the masses waiting for hours in lines to enter the museums and the coliseum, circumventing the system and quickly ushering our group immediately into the many museums, the coliseum and so much more as if we were VIPs or someone special. It's no coincidence, our tour guide to Rome was the best there is, and I'm certain the Shore Excursions people at Silversea go to great lengths to plan, coordinate, and capture the best guides, tour routes, buses, and VIP access for Silversea guests. Whatever your definition of luxury is, the perks of being a Silversea passenger are obvious, but sometimes the perks are subtle. The beautifully appointed suites, the butler service, wide cooridors, fine dining, classy interior decor and the refined-level of service among the crew stand out as an obvious statement of luxury, however; I noticed a few small details and perks that might get overlooked. Mini news-of-the-day printouts from the country of your residence are placed in the slot just outside your suite each day. If you are from the U.S.A. you'll receive news applicable to whatrsquo;s happening in America, if you come from Britain, you will receive a news-flyer focused on news in Britain. I noticed the shape of the silverware in the restaurants, particularly the handles, had a unique feel that better conformed to your hands. For those passengers who were residents on the world cruise, there was a special engraved plaque just outside your suite with your name and the country you are from. Many cruise ships have the internet available, but through MTN Satellite Communications, there were more Wifi hotspots throughout the whole ship, so you could access the internet on your laptop or internet device from the pool if you choose. Security is tight on all the cruise ships throughout the industry, however; I did appreciate the precise, yet unobtrusive manner in which security was conducted at the gangway. I was delighted to see a set of quality binoculars in our suite so we could explore the horizon or get a close-up view of the port we were visiting right from our private veranda. The fresh flowers, over-sized fluffy towels and the personalized stationary in our suite was a nice perk. The scented oil sticks in our bathroom were not only nice to look at, but created a rich, subtle fragrance. Obviously the Silver Spirit scored high points from my perspective, and when you look at the popularity of Silversea among the affluent, itrsquo;s clear to see the expectations of luxury, are continuously met by a wide range of people from around the world. I enjoyed the hardware of the Silver Spirit and appreciated the consistency of quality in the ship's design, the artwork onboard, and the fittings that provide the atmosphere and ambience of luxury. I've said this many times and it is also true aboard the Silver Spirit, you can have a fabulously luxurious ship, yet it's the crew and staff that make up the personality of a ship. A highly trained and fine-tuned crew, complete the element of luxury on any ship. The crowning jewel aboard the Silver Spirit is the crew and staff that contribute to the overall sweetness of luxury on this ship. I want to encourage you to indulge and savor the sweetness of luxury aboard the Silver Spirit or any of the ships in the Silversea fleet. Pick out an itinerary anywhere in the world and you should be able to find a Silversea ship that goes there.

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