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After 30 + cruises on many different lines, we're about to board the Silver Whisper this Friday, first time on the line. Besides being very excited, I'm wondering what, if anything, I should know about Silversea, the ships the onboard experiences and anything else anyone would like to share.

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Well Karen...

It is hard not to say Silversea is the best. The appointments are beautiful and the food and drink are delicious. Anything you want is at your beck & call, even if it is caviar served in your cabin by room service with a nice bottle of wine.

The cabins are comfortable and quiet - each of them is a "suite" with a long couch, a big bed and plenty of movies and television to watch. When I was aboard every cabin had a VCR. Im sure that is a DVD player now.

I loved the buffets as well, including the home-made ice cream. Wine is included and there are wine & champagne tastings all the time.

Night-time is a little quiet with a small casino and quaint entertainment. This is a small ship, so you don't expect Carnival-style production shows. The nighttime pre-post dinner dancing is fun if you like that.

My only advice is not to think about what you are paying for it (they are also the most expensive) and to just enjoy it. I saw a few people get so caught up in their outrageously high expectations that they missed their vacation my doting on what was wrong - and it wasn't much.
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Are you going on Silverseas? I have been on it and enjoyed it a great deal.
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Are you going on Silverseas? I have been on it and enjoyed it a great deal.
I've been thinking about trying out one of their cruises to Alaska. Since any cruise up that way seems to be spendy, I think I'd like to be pampered.

Where did you cruise with them Paul?
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I cruised with Silversea in the Baltic back in 1999. I enjkoyed it a great deal. In addition I took a press trip with them tho see the Silver Shadow in the ship yard when it was being built. Here is a link to my article:

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...verwhisper.cfm

I have seen some sales on the Alaska season and I can tell you if you want to feel like royalty for two weeks then this is the place to do it.

Silversea Cruises - Silver Shadow - 9 Night Alaska Reflections (Seattle to Vancouver) from $4,676

The link above is from our cruise bargins pages (look under cruise shopping above and go to Luxury. I have also seen good prices for their Caribbean cruises at under $3000. My ideal trip would be their Med cruises to the middle east.

You can't beat the food and service. One of the best dinners I ever had in my life was on one of their ships. Lobster tail with essence of roses. Does that not send the imagine to never before visited places? I sat for the longest time wondering what that exotic taste was until I finally thought to re-read the menu. It was so delicious. Lobster prepared in rose-water.
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Thanks Paul! I enjoyed your article. I'll have to see if my wife wants to go to Alaska now or down to the Chilean fjords.

I like that they don't sail to the same ports that every other liner sails to. There's nothing worse than coming into port & seeing 5 other mega ships already docked.

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Thanks Paul! I enjoyed your article. I'll have to see if my wife wants to go to Alaska now or down to the Chilean fjords.

I like that they don't sail to the same ports that every other liner sails to. There's nothing worse than coming into port & seeing 5 other mega ships already docked.

BTW I'm Chris.
I do know that the Chilean Fjords are some of their most popular itineraries. Naturally going on a lux ships gives you bragging rights and those are always magnified by an exotic location. But there must be something special about those fjords because SS goes there every year.

I don't know how often you cruise and how easily you can afford to go first-class. Some people do it every time and some splurge just once in a lifetime. Doesn't really matter except it might help you make the destination decision by looking at it this way...

A whole lot of ships go to Alaska, but very few go to the Chilean Fjords. If you are going to "splurge" on Silversea then you might consider going to one of their exclusive destinations as well because you can always find another ship to Alaska. However, if you take Silversea to Alaska you are not going to find a lot of alternatives going to to the Chilean Fjords.
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I don't know how often you cruise and how easily you can afford to go first-class. Some people do it every time and some splurge just once in a lifetime. Doesn't really matter except it might help you make the destination decision by looking at it this way...

A whole lot of ships go to Alaska, but very few go to the Chilean Fjords. If you are going to "splurge" on Silversea then you might consider going to one of their exclusive destinations as well because you can always find another ship to Alaska. However, if you take Silversea to Alaska you are not going to find a lot of alternatives going to to the Chilean Fjords.
Well my wife & I went on our first cruise this past January to the Bahamas with friends. She has been everywhere & done everything & I'm still pretty new to all of this. We generally don't do first class travelling but I would like to do something special with her. The cruises have wound up being anniversary gifts.

I see your point about Alaska...
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Well my wife & I went on our first cruise this past January to the Bahamas with friends. She has been everywhere & done everything & I'm still pretty new to all of this. We generally don't do first class travelling but I would like to do something special with her. The cruises have wound up being anniversary gifts.

I see your point about Alaska...
OK!!!! There is such a huge difference in cruise lines that I dare say one cannot even compare a cruise on Silversea to a Bahamas cruise. Silversea is not a "cruise" in the traditional sense. There is no herding of passengers or encouraging them to do mindless activities like bingo. SS is a luxury travel experience more than a cruise. Be as active as you want, or just let them pamper you.

Silversea is a four-star hotel on water, with the kind of concierge service that allows you to create your own vacation effortlessly; on board and on shore. You can arrange a private tour of any style whether it is offered by the cruise line or not just by calling the concierge. And if you want a tray of fine caviar waiting in your cabin when you return you can have that as well (no extra charge). They make it possible to invent your travel experience as you go, and not limit you to what they offer. Though they do offer plenty of things, some of which would not be available to you as a private traveler but the Silversea name opens the door.

That takes a level of creativity beyond what the average cruise offers.
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They make it possible to invent your travel experience as you go, and not limit you to what they offer. Though they do offer plenty of things, some of which would not be available to you as a private traveler but the Silversea name opens the door.

That takes a level of creativity beyond what the average cruise offers.
Hmm... So you're saying that its a vast leap upwards from a Carnival cruise?
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They make it possible to invent your travel experience as you go, and not limit you to what they offer. Though they do offer plenty of things, some of which would not be available to you as a private traveler but the Silversea name opens the door.

That takes a level of creativity beyond what the average cruise offers.
Hmm... So you're saying that its a vast leap upwards from a Carnival cruise?
more like a Superman single bound
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Paul what itinerary would you suggest for a Silversea newbie?
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Paul what itinerary would you suggest for a Silversea newbie?
CruiseMates offers up-to-date itineraries for Silversea here:

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...tineraries.cfm

They offer so many great itineraries it is hard to choose just one. As I said before, if I were personally to choose one I would look for one that no other cruise line offers (because I tend to do most of my travel by cruise ship, as you may start to do yourself as you learn the benefits of seeing the world by ship as opposed to taking a cruise ship as a vacation unto itself as a Bahamas cruise usually is).

It also depends on what part of the world YOU want to see. In the next 18 months Silversea is offers 5 major continents: Africa, N & S America, Europe & Asia, including the Far East and Middle East.

Their Middle East cruises are proving to be very popular cruises, mostly because these are not typically thought of as tourist destinations. These for example:

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Silver Wind, Mombasa to Dubai, eight nights, February 6, 2006 via the Seychelles and Oman. Round-trip from Dubai, eight nights, February 6, 2006 to Muscat, Oman; Fujarat, U.A.E.; Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. Dubai to Port Said, 

14 nights, February 14, 2006 via Muscat, Oman; Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt; Suez Canal with two days in all ports except Sharm-El- Sheikh. Port Said to Athens, nine nights, February 28, 2006, via Beirut, Lebanon (two days); Tartous, Syria; Rhodes, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Nafplion, Greece. Athens to Lisbon, 

12 nights, March 9, 2006 via Dernah and Tripoli, Libya; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Malaga and Cadiz, Spain. Athens to Barcelona, 

10 nights, June 21, 2006, via Dernah and Tripoli (overnight onboard), Libya; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia; Valencia and Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Rome to Istanbul (overnight onboard) 

15 nights, September 16, 2006 via Lipari, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya; Alexandria, Egypt; Beirut, Lebanon; Tartous, Syria; Rhodes, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey. 

Athens to Rome, seven nights, October 10, 2006 via Santorini, Greece; Dernah, Libya; Tripoli, Libya; Valletta, Malta; Amalfi, Italy.
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This thread is old, I know. But I read it, because we booked Silversea, the Silver Cloud, Stockholm to London, 09/13/06. I truly appreciate your devotion to Silversea, as you are one of those in charge of this board. We have not cruised Silversea before, but we do have a long history with RSSC (Radisson/Regent). Also, we had cruised several of the "mass market" lines (both exisiting and now defunct) before moving to RSSC. Now (as I explained to my wife) we are moving up a notch further -- and I hope you will agree.

I enjoyed your posts above, explaining how a Silversea cruise differed from a short cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival!

Bottom line is that I hope you are correct in your evaluation of Silversea, as I have convinced my wife that we are booked on the "Rolls Royce" of cruise lines. As in "not to worry, dear, it will be taken care of".

I've been a "member" of several cruise boards for about five years, including this one. Although lately, I've been more into listening and learning than commenting.

I am inspired by your comments concerning "customizing" one's own cruise on Silversea, in terms of excursions and such. And, bottom line, I would be interested in any comments you might have on the Silversea exerience.

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It has been awhile since I have been on either Silversea or Regent. One thing I did enjoy about Silversea is the smaller ship aspect. I found it easy to meet new people as the faces become very familiar very quickly.

The lunch buffets are held in a beautiful open lounge with 280-degree visibility through the windows or outside tables. Many people congregate there during the day.

The cabins are very comfortable on SS. We had a few minor problems with our stewardess moving and misplacing things. We heard people talking about other minor inconveniences.

The main thing to remember about ANY luxury cruise line, and I believe Silversea embodies this statement more than most due to their much smaller passenger numbers, is that you are on the a vacation where they truly care about pleasing you, but they cannot read your mind (though sometimes it will seem as if they can).

Communication is the key to enjoying the luxury vacation you paid for. If there is anything you want or need, don't assume it isn't available, SPEAK UP. Almost anything you want can be attained, but communication is the key. Be clear and aspecific about what you want and I guarantee you they will do their best to make it happen.

Silversea is for the people who want to the best at any price. So expect the best, and if it isn't then let them know. Of course they are only human, but the attitude of the staff is that they are there to make your dreams come true - if possible.
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Thanks, Paul.

This will be our first Silversea cruise, this September. It will be on the Silver Cloud, which is one of this lines' smaller ships. We have, however, cruised RSSC's Paul Gauguin several times, and did enjoy the "small ship" aspect of those cruises. The only negative about the Paul Guaguin (and it's hard to find one) is that most rooms are small, compared to those on Silversea and RSSC's other ships. Ours is a Baltic itinerary, and options on other lines (including RSSC) involved ships of 700 guests -- or more (sometimes MUCH more).

Some say that small ships lack the scale of entertainment offered by larger ships, and perhaps this is true. But, we don't cruise for the shows. If we want shows, we go to Vegas -- where we can go to the shows for a lot less money!

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I completely agree about the shows, but not everyone is the same. Some people just love the cruise experience - sun during the days at sea, good food all day & great service at night, followed by a good show.

Personally, I prefer great food (but serve me in my cabin) and let me watch a movie from the CD library at night, and best of all lots of time in port to see the world.

Lux cruising gives you the best, good food served by your butler, and plenty of time to see the ports, and the world's best accomodations at night while you travel to a new destination.
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Not having sailed on Silversea I can authoritively say I will never sail with them. Booked a cruise on Silversea for Oct. 20. Stops included Beirut, Cairo and Damascus. I thought that was exciting until war broke out. I figured without combat pay I'll pass. Notified my travel agent and Silversea about 95 days in advance that I cancelled. This resulted in a very long wait for a partial refund and they charged a $400 penalty. I will get it back but the hassel is amazing. The people in Florida are worthless or worse as is my ex travel agent.

Can you imagine these people and the way you'll be treated after they have all your money and full control. A word to the wise etc.
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With all due respect, most insurance companies even do not cover "acts of war." as a reason to cancel. I am sorry you feel you were not treated right, but since I do not know the specifics I can't say who is right or wrong. Are you sure your travel agent didn't keep the penalty? $400 doesn't seem like peanuts to Silverseas so I find it hard to believe they would do that. Was that your deposit?
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My travel insurance (Travelguard) does cover war and terrorist activity. But, should I need to cancel because of that, my premium would be lost.

What surprises me is that Silversea wouldn't have changed the itinerary on that cruise, thereby giving the booked guests an option to go on a safer but perpahs similar itinerary.

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I just wanted you to know that I am now booked on the October 15 cruise that goes to Egypt with stops in Jordan and around the Arabian Peninsula to Dubai.

I am getting off before it goes to Dubai simply because I cannot be away from the job during those 5 days at sea, but I am looking foeward to this vacation very much.

I think SS did not cancel the cruise because they are in a wait and see mode, choosing not to change anything unless it seems to be warranted. Things do change quickly over there.

One thing I am sure of is that SS will provide us with the best guides available and I am personally not worried at all for my safety.

When I toured Israel with Renaissance many years ago, the gude we had was an ex-military personnel with many years of training. Though he was very low-key and performed his job well as a tour guide, we also knew at the same time that we was always looking both directions and sizing up everyone who came into close proximity to us.

Let's be realistic - These countries are highly dependent upon tourism for their economy. These are the locations of the wonders of the world. Millions of tourists go there every year, and millions of people live in cities like Cairo. Of course there is a small chance something dangerous could occur, but I would think that is more likely to happen to someone going through a cheap tour operator, not a company like Silversea.

When I was in Israel, it turned out it was the same week Clinton was trying to bomb Osama Bin Laden in Afganistan. We didn't even know who he was then, but of course we were concerned. It didn't seem to change our tour plans at all. When we were in Jerusalem we heard a bomb had gone off in Gaza (common these days, not so much back then). We wondered what that would mean until we saw the pople in the city milling about - life going on as normal.

That kind of danger is a part of life there, and so is knowing how to avoid it. For the most part the general citizenry lives a normal life and knows how to avoid trouble. I am not expecting Silversea to take us through Hezbollah territory on the way to Petra, if you get my drift.
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Paul and all:

Our Sept '06 Silversea cruise was great! Unlike what I expected, the shows were great also. An unexpected treat for a small ship.

As for pricing, things seem to be changing here too. Considering specials, Silversea is no longer the highest priced among the "lux three" (Regent, Seabourn, and Silversea). Indeed, we are finding it to be the lowest priced of these three, if one shops the specials carefully. We have booked another Silversea cruise to the Caribbean in March '08. During this season of specials, Silversea had cruises beginning at about $2700 pp for a 7 day cruise -- all inclusive except for shore excursions, gift store purchases and such. We've cruised RCI, NCL, and the like, and going from those to Silversea is like going from a Kia automobile to a Ferrari!

The only downside some may find about Silversea is their strict enforcement of dress codes, and the fact that, to fit in on formal nights, men really should bring a tux (though a dark suit and tie is permitted). But of course, many like the fact that Silversea is a bit more formal than even some other lux lines. And during the day, the only "dress code" I could find in writing or practice was to "be presentable."

It's probably my age (64) but I have reached the point that rather than indure the lines, crowds, long tender rides, and nickel and diming of the large ships of the mass market lines, I'd rather stay home! Or perhaps a road trip to Colorado. So, I just don't cruise as frequently, but enjoy it more.
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The only problem I see, is not the price of the cruise, its the extra charge if you want lunch the first day $100 each and if you want to dine in the alternative restaurant is a mind blowing $200 each.

I am looking for a cruiseline that does not nickle and dime you and those two items has me looking elsewhere.
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Early boarding fee is $100.00 and optional. One could lunch before boarding, as one would do on any other cruiseline and not incur the fee. Likewise, the $200.00 fee for Silverseas' specialty retaurant includes specially selected wines for each course. Again, one need not elect to dine in Le Champagne. Since both options are choices that one may not chose, why do you consider Silverseas to be "nickel and diming" you? There are no charges for water, sodas, bar tabs or wines and there is an in-suite bar set-up provided at no extra cost.

What, then,would be your choice for a non-"nickel and diming" cruiseline?
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This is interesting. I will contact SS and ask them about their policy. My guess is that early boarding is quite different from lunch. Most cruise lines open up a buffet for embarking passengers about noon; 1:00 pm latest.

I would guess early embarkation is comepletely different - meaning you are in your cabin and completely settled well before noon. But as I said, I will see...

As I recall, we did embark pretty much en masse and it was about 4:00. However, think of all the good things they are doing during that day other cruise may not do - like vacuuming your mattress! Plus you get free champagne and caviar in your cabin if you ask for it ;-0
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Early Embarkation – Guests wishing to board their Silversea cruise earlier than the scheduled embarkation time (usually 3:00 p.m.), may embark as early as 10:30 a.m., after guests of the previous cruise have been cleared by customs and allowed to disembark. Early-embarking guests will have access to their suite, as well as the ship’s restaurants and public lounges, where they can relax and enjoy fine food and drink. Guests need to register for early embarkation prior to the cruise and the cost is $100 per guest.

Regular embarking passengers board around 3pm. Our Pool Grill serves lunch until 4pm or so. Also, a comprehensive 24-hour room service menu is available in all suites if guests want a meal as soon as they board.
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when we sailed everyone at our hotel who was also sailing said eat before and board late as possible since there is nothing to do when you board early. This is not a large party ship it is really like a old euro style of sailing . People sit around and listen to music and drink lots of drinking and they wear there finest clothes. They live for this. They talk about where they just went and were they are going next. I met a Saudi Prince a Baron and a few multi millionaires on that cruise. I really learned so much and in return also met some amazing friends. We bought our cruise from a charity event and I didn't realize until we got on the ship we paid only half of what one person would have paid and we had the suite on the front of the ship. o one treated us any differently and I'm sure everyone knew . We had a very relaxing cruise ,great spa and were treated like royality. Honestly.
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What to expect on your upcoming cruise on SilverSea?? A fantastic, amazing time! We cruised on Silver Wind last October (2007) and it was absolutely wonderful. Met by staff members who walked us through the i.d. picture taking (with our champagne in hand). The Maitre D' knew our name the first evening and many of the other staff did throughout the cruise. Because drinks are complementary, it's kind of natural for everyone to meet in the bar before dinner. I tried an experimental drink one night and the next night it was there for me as I arrived. We went on one excursion on a catamaran and noticed we knew a lot of the guests. That's when the doctor of the ship sitting beside us told us SilverSea's excursions are exclusively for SS passengers. At one beach we had a barbeque set up and our waiters had black shorts on instead of their long pants. They escorted me to my group as they did in dining rooms. My hubby ordered a marguarita for me when I was out in the water and I looked up and here came our waiter walking out to me with my marguarita!!! Their fresh orange juice and home made caramel syrup was incredible. One night we were invited to a birthday party of one of the passengers. The magician even showed up and gave a private performance. The all-inclusive is truly an all-inclusive on SilverSea and their service is the best we have had! We've sailed on many others - Celebrity, RCCL, Regent, Holland America, Crystal, Princess, etc, and loved this cruise!
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:33 AM
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Question Questions about Silversea ships

The claim small ships do not have very lavish entertainment worries me. One reason I will go on a cruise is for that - Broadway-level musicals, concerts, and dance shows by veteran professionals. I also want the luxury experience including complimentary laundry and drinks (nonalcoholic) in my suite. If Silversea's entertainment is as good as that on bigger ships, the suites have refrigerators, and I like the itineraries, it definitely is for me! It would be awesome to go on a cruise with no kids or inappropriate clothing on board. But my questions about entertainment and refrigerators are more important to me than when I embark and disembark. I also want to know how long I will be in port - will the ship be anchored from dawn to dusk or almost that long so I can see cities at a leisurely pace?
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