We sailed on this ship because of the itinerary and because we had sailed on the Silver Whisper 9 years ago -- that time the ship was exceptional and we have wonderful memories of that cruise. The ship is now showing its age and needs a complete makeover - - not just a change of the carpet - - a complete makeover. It needs to be modernized both as to technology and aesthetics - - furniture and furnishings. Also, the engine room smell in the middle of the ship needs to be completely resolved! The crew and the service were the best part of our experience. The food in La Terrazza was very, very good, the food in the Restaurant was good, but not exceptional. Hot Rocks was okay - - a bit messy until the chefs cooked our meal for us. Our meal in La Dame was very disappointing - - who rolls Dover Sole? You're catering to people who have options and are blessed to experience some of the nicer things in life. Yes, we are on a cruise ship, but comparing the luxury you advertise to the luxury offered at some of the fine hotels (e.g., Four Seasons and small Relais Chateaux hotels), they are superior to you - - - you need to step up your game. We would not sail on the Silver Whisper again - - maybe a new Silver Sea ship but not a ship that is nearly 20 years old.
The cabin was nice and very clean, but it is old and outdated - - it needs to be modernized, both technologically and aesthetically - - - the ship is nearly 18 years old and the last award it won (based on the plaques mounted on the walls) are several years old; it's a nice ship but not a special ship. The cabin is reflective of the same overall condition as the rest of the ship. When we sailed on the Silver Whisper 9 years ago, it was fantastic and truly exceptional. A cruise with Silver Sea connotes luxury - - but sadly, that's slipping.