Silver Wind Cruise Ship Review

Silver Wind - Cruise Ship Review

Gary Buchanan’s review of Silversea Cruises’ Silver Wind cruise ship

Having sailed with Silversea Cruises since their inception, my recent experience aboard Silver Wind on a 10-night round-trip voyage from Cape Town was nothing less than a return to the good old days.

Since the first of their almost-identical duo of 296-passenger ships entered service in 1994, Silversea Cruises has been a trail-blazer, offering the pinnacle of all-inclusive, ultra-deluxe cruising that has found favour with the cognoscenti.

I was delighted to discover the on board service ethic is well-motivated and almost faultless, the sole exception being an assistant maitre d’ who seemed to lack any social skills. When I first learned the company was pioneering the concept of offering butler service in all stateroom grades, in addition to stewardesses, I was sceptical. On my recent voyage I was more than happy with my ever-present Filipino butler who ensured all my requirements were deftly taken care of, always with a courteous smile.

Silver Wind - The Restaurant

Food throughout the vessel was of a calibre to rival anything at sea. I enjoyed the informality several evenings in La Terrazza which boasts à la carte menus showcasing Italian cuisine. I enjoyed breakfast here every morning either outside on the terrace or inside when the humidity made the air-conditioning more comfortable. Lunches too were enjoyable but I felt the salad selection a tad repetitive. The cooked-to-order pizzas were unquestionably as good as any trattoria in Naples.

I enjoyed cooking succulent steaks on the unique volcanic ‘Black Rocks’ that are a feature of the Grill on pool deck; this option proved ideal when the proscribed dress-code was informal (jacket required), yet the outside temperature around the waters of Mozambique was in the high-nineties.

In Le Champagne I enjoyed a zesty lobster salad, tender rack of lamb, and indulgent Grand Marnier soufflé from the à la carte menu created exclusively by Relais & Châteaux. The incomparable Grand Chef Jacques Thorel’s menu selection in The Restaurant was accompanied by a prestigious array of both Old and New World wines. A few years ago Silversea downgraded the quality of complimentary wines; this is definitely no longer the case.

Silver Wind - Pool Deck

An unexpected highlight of my cruise was sailing once again with Cruise Director, Colin Brown. This accomplished pianist gave an after-dinner recital that was a good contrast to the singers and dancers who performed Broadway revues with typical cruise-style panache.

Service from the deck stewards also impressed me. All too often on some ships in the deluxe category this is a facet of service that can be below par. On Silver Wind no passenger had to arrange their towels on the sun-loungers, drinks appeared with unfailing regularity, while cool towels and fruit kebabs were most welcome.

This was the first time I had been aboard Silver Wind since the Observation Lounge was added to the forward area of Deck 8 in 2009. Sadly this well-appointed lounge was rarely used, in contrast I found the furnishings in the Panorama Lounge slightly tired, but appreciated the quality and comfort of the cream-leather upholstered chairs in The Bar, where as everywhere, the service was impeccable.

Silver Wind - Observation Lounge

©   Gary Buchanan, written for The Cruise Line 2013.

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About David Smith

Dave is our Sales & Marketing Manager and has been with The Cruise Line for 7 years. In his youth, he toured Europe as part of a punk rock band, but he has since settled into the cruise way of life and his favourite ship is Seven Seas Mariner. Dream destinations for him are Alaska and the Norwegian Fjords.

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