The idea was to see a new part of the world which we did. And to learn about the climate, people and history.
Firstly, we sorta enjoyed the cruise. It was what it was and we had few expectations about the itinerary. But we saw very little wildlife so that was disappointing eg one polar bear from a long way off and some whales. 16 days is a long time to be bored.
The best part was the Cloud’s food and service in the MDR. The food was fine enough in the Terrazza but rushed and sometimes very slow, unprofessional service marred the experience. It was also noisy for us so we almost always has breakfast and lunch in the MDR under the watchful gaze of MD Gilbert and AMD Gustavo. Also right up there was the set of lecturers, each well prepared and knowledgeable.
However, this was a very expensive cruise. The ship was always very cold inside, the bath ran rusty, the drain plug slow, and many of our neighbors slammed their cabin doors. We also witnessed 3 cabin floods, as discussed in the last review. Who needs that?
We are experienced cruisers and we expect a certain amount of quality. The jeans and tees at dinner casual dress and manners of some passengers was surprising and I joked readily that Gilbert’s team looked misplaced here. Maybe on a classic ship? Yes, more consistent sophistication. That’s the answer!
We will not go on another Silversea expedition. We were very spoiled on the Seabourn Quest’s Antarctic cruise of Dec., 2017. We can wait for the itinerary to do something exotic on the Seabourn Venture.
We will try the Muse soon and I hope it lives up to my expectations. For a classic cruise, the ship must bear up or no more Silversea, I am afraid.
Happy and healthy sailing!