Silversea: On Board
- Overall Rating: 4.4 4.4
- Expert Rating: 4.8
- Traveler Rating: 4.2
- Couples: 3.9
- Families w/ young children: N/A
- Families w/ older children: 3.0
- Singles/Friends: 4.0
- Groups: 3.0
Silversea offers all-suite accommodations that afford ocean views. You'll have your choice of eight different suite categories, which differ in size and amenities. All suites come with minifridges and bars stocked with your preferred alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while the bedrooms and bathrooms feature down duvets, pillow menus, European bath amenities, spa robes and slippers. Wi-Fi access is also available in all suites (for a fee). What's more, each stateroom is assigned a butler, who will greet you with Champagne (upon request), serve you meals, organize laundry requests and assist in scheduling your shore excursions.
Silversea's Vista suites occupy 192 to 312 square feet and while most accommodate two guests, some Vista Suites can accommodate three guests with a sofa bed. Vista Suite cabins are equipped with twin beds or a queen-sized bed, sitting areas, writing desks, flat-screen televisions, vanity tables, safes, walk-in closets and marble bathrooms appointed with tubs and separate showers. These rooms also come with picture windows and are located on the ships' lower decks.
The Terrace Suites are only available on Silversea's Shadow and Whisper ships, but they afford more space than Vista Suites. These 287-square-foot rooms sleep two to three passengers and boast the same amenities found in standard Vista Suites along with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open up to a veranda shared with a neighboring Terrace Suite.
Veranda Suites sprawl across 206 to 376 square feet and can sleep two to three guests, depending on the room selected. These suites come with all the amenities found in Vista Suites, including two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, a sitting area and marble bathroom, plus a larger, private veranda. Midship Veranda Suites afford the same amenities as the Veranda Suite but can be found near the center of the ship, making these cabins an ideal option for those who are prone to seasickness.
Four of Silversea's ships (Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Discoverer and Silver Whisper), offer Medallion Suites, which measure 408 to 667 square feet and provide additional legroom for lounging. Medallion Suites also come equipped with twin beds or one queen-sized bed, living rooms with sitting areas and flat-screen TVs, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms and a spacious patio. (One room on Silvesea's Silver Wind offers the same configuration but with a picture window instead of a veranda.)
Silver Suites, available on all of Silversea's ships (except Silver Discoverer), feature bedrooms separated by sliding glass doors from the living and dining room areas, along with many of the same amenities offered by other category cabins, like flat-screen TVs and walk-in closets. These 361- to 742-square-foot rooms that can accommodate two to three passengers (with a sofa bed) are furnished with two twin beds or a queen-sized bed, living rooms with a sofa bed, and dining areas with tables and chairs. Silver Suites also feature marble bathrooms with double vanities, full-sized baths and separate showers, plus larger verandas that come with patio furniture.
With a one-bedroom or two-bedroom option available, Silversea's Royal Suites offer guests more room to roam and entertain fellow passengers during their cruise. One bedroom suites, which measure 736 to 1,007 square feet, are equipped with twin beds or a queen-sized bed, marble bathrooms with double vanities, separate showers and whirlpool tubs (plus a powder room). These suites also feature expansive dining areas, living rooms appointed with a sofa bed, and spacious verandas. Royal Suites are combined with adjoining Veranda Suites to provide an additional bedroom with twin beds or a queen-sized bed, and an extra bathroom, shower, sitting area and patio.
Owner's Suites are apartment-style staterooms that boast one or two bedrooms and offer a few more perks than other suites. One bedroom Owner's Suites (between 587 and 1,292 square feet) are equipped with a spacious separate bedroom containing twin beds or a queen-sized bed, a larger living room and a dining area, plus espresso machines and multiple TVs. If you reserve an Owner's Suite, you'll enjoy plenty of natural light pouring through floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open up to a furnished patio. Other Owner's Suite hallmarks include double vanity marble bathrooms with tubs and separate showers. Some even offer laundry service and four hours of complimentary Internet service. Owner's Suites can be combined with adjacent Vista Suites to make an 827- to 1,668-square-foot two-bedroom accommodation.
Silversea's Grand Suites, available in a one- or two-bedroom configuration, are the cruise line's most spacious lodging option. Inside, you'll find extra in-room amenities like espresso machines, multiple flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. One bedroom Grand Suites (between 941 and 1,532 square feet) boast private bedrooms with twin beds or a queen-sized bed, separate living rooms with sitting areas and dining areas, double vanity bathrooms with separate showers and full-sized whirlpool tubs and larger verandas with patio furniture. Meanwhile, two-bedroom Grand Suites — which occupy 1,286 to 1,879 square feet — are available when a Grand Suite is combined with a neighboring Veranda Suite.
What's Included in the Price
- Dining Costs
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Fitness Classes
- Onboard Activities
- Gratuities for Housekeeping, Dining and Bar Staff
Catering to an older clientele, Silversea features a host of enrichment series, seminars, fitness classes and relaxing pursuits. You can attend lectures led by experts covering topics such as law, music, history, photography, geology, languages, food, wine and art. Select cruise itineraries also offer culinary or wine series that cater to foodies and wine-lovers. If you're looking for a little more action, you can find it in the fitness programs and dance classes or on the putting greens available on board. You'll also have access to a gym filled with cardio equipment, free weights and steam rooms. And should you crave a little competition, you can try your hand at shuffleboard, ping pong or bridge, or head to the casino for roulette, blackjack and slots. If you would rather catch up on rest and relaxation, you can take a dip in the pool or have a soak in the Jacuzzi. Another option: Book an appointment (either in advance or once on board) at The Spa at Silversea, which offers treatments like body wraps, deep tissue massages and facials.
In the evening, the Show Lounge provides a variety of nightly entertainment, ranging from musicals and plays to live concerts and parties. Ladies who are traveling solo and looking for a dance partner, you can take advantage of Silversea Cruises' complimentary Gentleman Hosts program. On specific voyages (labeled with a bow tie icon online), gentlemen are available to accompany female travelers for anything from dinner and dancing to movie screenings and shore excursions. Silversea also encourages guests to unwind in any of the onboard bars or lounges — all ships offer piano bars, pool bars and low-key nightcap venues with panoramic views. (Note: Activities and amenities available vary by ship. Check Silversea's website to learn more about activities available on your cruise.)
The price of your cruise covers all meals at the main dining room, most specialty dining venues and in-suite dining. Silversea's main dining venue, The Restaurant, offers open-seating dining, meaning there are no assigned times or tables — you can dine when and with whomever you wish. At The Restaurant, you'll find plates like roasted Chilean sea bass and Indian chicken korma; many menu options are infused with flavors inspired by regions on your itinerary. For a more informal atmosphere, venture to La Terrazza (reservations required), an Italian eatery offering casual buffet-style dining for breakfast and lunch and fine a-la-carte meals for dinner. You can also sit down at the Pool Grill, which serves up pizza and lighter fare during the day. Come nighttime, the Pool Grill features "hot rock" dining, where you can cook meats and seafood right at your table on a heated volcanic rock plate. Silver Spirit also features the Stars Supper Club (reservations are required and can be made once you board the ship), where you can revel in a romantic ambiance and live music at a cabaret-style club while sipping cocktails and nibbling on an assortment of small plates. In-suite dining is also available 24 hours a day.
In addition to the dining options covered by your cruise fare, Silversea features two specialty restaurants — Le Champagne and Seishin Restaurant — which each require a $40 per guest reservation fee that covers the cost of your meal. Le Champagne (a Relais & Châteaux Wine Restaurant), pairs six-course meals that highlight celebrated culinary destinations with a selection of expertly picked wines. Meanwhile, Seishin Restaurant (available only on the Silver Spirit) features Asian-inspired fare. You'll have your choice of cuisine from Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and India, including sushi, Kobe beef or a nine-course dinner with sake pairings. If you don't want to pay to eat at Seishin Restaurant, you can stop by at lunch and enjoy entrees from the sushi and sashimi bar free of charge. Because of the popularity of these specialty dining venues, Silversea recommends you make your reservations upon boarding to secure a seat. Note: Le Champagne is not available on Silver Discoverer, Silver Explorer or Silver Galapagos.
Dress codes apply during the day and in the evening. You are encouraged to dress in casual clothing during the day. In the evening, required attire is split into three categories: casual, informal and formal. On casual evenings, button-down shirts, slacks and sportswear are acceptable. During informal nights, women are expected to wear dresses or pantsuits and men should wear a jacket, a collared shirt and slacks (ties are optional). On formal nights, a cocktail dress or evening gown is appropriate for women and a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit is appropriate for men. The number of casual, informal and formal nights depends on the length of your cruise. For additional dress code information, consult Silversea's website.
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