Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Other Cruise Lines > Silversea Cruises
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #31 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 01:18 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ready2gonow
Kuki, this cruise is sounding more and more like a cruise I could enjoy! Do you think it will be difficult to not compare future cruises to this one?
We're only 3 days into the cruise, and I don't form any firm opinions on the total experience until I'm close to the end than the beginning. The beginning has with doubt been outstanding.

I rarely compare cruises. You go on different ships, and accept what it is THEY are offering, and judge them on delivering THEIR product! Then if they do it well, you enjoy it!
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #32 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 01:35 AM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 824
Default

Samantha Brown has nothing on you Kuki.. If I didnt know better Id say you were either a travel agent or work for the lines marketing department. Either way you are convincing me to check these guys out. It looks and sounds outstanding. Cant wait to hear more...
__________________
1995-Jubilee
1996-Imagination
1998-Destiny
1999-Paradise
1999-Sun Princess
2002-Pride
2004-Pride
2006-Pride
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2010-Carnival Spirit
2011-Carnival Dream
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #33 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 03:23 AM
Snoozeman's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bosque County, Texas
Posts: 5,430
Send a message via AIM to Snoozeman Send a message via Yahoo to Snoozeman
Default

Sweet Suite.
__________________
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman

My Personal Cruise Blog: My Cruise Blog

Future Cruises:
Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
Reply With Quote
  #34 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 09:02 AM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,298
Default

Kuki, looking forward to reading about your day, later tonight.
I will try to forgive you for spelling and grammar mistakes!

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #35 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 10:13 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 411
Default

I love reading this stuff. I won't be on a cruise for a while, have to go to Puerto Rico in the spring for my son's wedding, but I certainly intend to cruise next winter. Kuki's writing is just what I need right now! Drab winter, helps alot.
Reply With Quote
  #36 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 10:29 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 1
Default THAT BEAUTIFUL CAROLE MCDOWELL FROM "ANATOMIE"

Hey Kuki,

Not only are you a wonderfully detailed writer and paint a clear picture, but that slender, blonde beauty representing the clothing line "Anatomie" in the photos is my fiance. And I am so happy to see photos of her enjoying her amazing cruise - even though she's working. Please, Kuki, do me a big favor and capture her image on deck with the sea behind her. Would you? We miss each other terribly and your photos help make our time apart more bearable!

A new reader,

Jeff
Reply With Quote
  #37 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 11:37 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Howdy Jeff,

Yes, Carol told us about you.. and I'm so glad you signed on to post. I'll be sure to get that picture for you the next time we run into each other on deck.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #38 (permalink)  
Old February 21st, 2009, 11:58 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Day 4 – Silver Shadow – Cartegna, Columbia
I bet those of you previously unfamiliar with Silversea are going to think I’m just making this stuff up, but…

Here’s something I’ve never seen before, whether on a ship, in a hotel, or in a private home. On “The Shadow” we’ve got a closet with a window!



There’s also the “toiletries menu”; you’re presented with a tray of choices offering four types of shampoos and conditioners, and soaps. The choices are between two types of Bvlgari, Acqua di Parma, and Neutrogena. Mrs. Kuki chose one of the Bvlagari brands. I chose to use whatever she picked.

Aside from the bathrobe and slippers in the closet, each night at turn down a foot mat, is placed on the floor next to the bed. It’s so your precious little feet don’t have to touch the carpeting, after taking off, or putting on, your slippers. When I first saw them I was a bit upset. I thought they wanted me to wipe my feet before getting into bed.

At precisely 8 A.M., as ordered, our door bell rang, and it was the butler, Vierny, delivering our breakfast. I had sunny side up eggs, with Blueberry Pancakes, and Mrs. Kuki had Rye bread French Toast on a mango and strawberry mosaic with Acacia honey.

After breakfast we set out for our ship’s excursion; Cartegna and its Fortifications (read that carefully). I think Cartegna is best done with a ship’s excursion, rather than setting off on your own in a taxi, as we’re want to do. On our last visit here we’d done the Palace of the Inquisition tour, and toured “old town”, so wanted to see something different on this trip.

There were 27 on the tour, which is a small enough sized group to be a manageable.It began with a short bus ride to board a “fast boat” touring the harbor area, and various fortifications by sea. The guide filled our heads with the history of Cartegna, and being the incompetent journalist I’ve claimed to be, of course I forgot my note bad in the cabin, so can’t identify all the fortifications we toured. I do remember that all date back to the early 1500s.

Our first stop was by boat, to the island of La Bomba, which the guide explained, translates to The Stink. There are natives living on the island, and some have to travel each day, by boat to Cartegna, to find work. All the homes are built on the water. But this is a poor island, and the homes certainly are not resort style beach side cottages.

As our boat approached the dock by the fort, local vendors ran towards it to try and hawk their goods. I think I said no thank you 487 times in the half hour we spent there, and that was with at least three tour company employees, and a policeman escorting the tour group.




Before getting off the boat the guide had warned us there would be vendors, and beggars, and asked us to please not give them even $1, as it would only serve to encourage them to be more aggressive with future tour groups. Apparently those living on La Bomba can’t even support themselves with fishing. Because of pollution from a nearby oil refinery, there are no fish; though some of the residents have begun very small fish farms, to grow their own.

From there we returned to the city of Cartegna, and met up with our bus, to tour the fortifications near Old Town, with an obligatory stop at “the dungeons”, which is now filled with souvenir shops. Of course, the bus stops directly in front of the store of the “guide’s choice” and he tells everyone they have 15 minutes, and proceeds to lead the group into “his choice” of shops, warning people not to buy from hawkers on the street out front.
During our last visit, there were many, many hawkers on the street, and entire area was busy. Today the area was very quiet, a likely result of the economic downturn. As we drove through the city we also noted many high-rise development projects where work quite apparently had ceased.


Eduardo, the guide, explained that the value of the currency had dropped so dramatically, developers could no longer afford the cement. It was a pretty dramatic visual clarification that not just the North American economy is floundering.

We made our way to the largest and highest fortification in the city, and climbed to the top, from where the view was quite spectacular. Then, we made our way back down, using the intricate set of tunnels the defenders used to move around within the structure, and even used to trap attacking intruders who managed to gain entry.





It was explained to us that Cartegna has always been a Military City, and still is. That was obvious as we passed ships belonging to the Columbian Navy, and a Military Base, during the course of the day. All and all it was a very interesting tour, and it required some physical exertion, which was a good thing for us. We assumed we chose a good tour because the Master of the Vessel, Captain Corsaro, chose this tour, and was with us as well.
I do recommend this tour for other cruisers visiting Cartegna.
More Cartegna pictures available here
http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery/view.php?id=5025

Tonight I get to talk about a couple of hiccups on the road to perfection on the cruise. Certainly, no major issues, but I do have to share the “bad” as well as the good, if you’re going to spend your time “cruising” along with us.

Beginning yesterday, we noticed our toilet, in the bath off of the bedroom, was occasionally being lazy about flushing. We certainly haven’t put anything that you shouldn’t to flush, but somewhere on the line perhaps someone did, because today the problem seems to be worse. Also, this evening, after showering, and getting ready prior to dinner, I found the water coming out of the faucet to be quite yellow, rather than clear as it had been. It is possible there’s some sort of plumbing issue, at least in our area of the ship. If we find that it still seems to be the case in the morning, I’ll report it, or as I’ve experienced before on other ships, the issue could correct itself.

We returned to The Restaurant for dinner tonight. Seating in The Restaurant is available from 7:30 P.M to 9:30 P.M. This evening we arrived shortly after opening, and we were one of the first to enter the dining room. I told the Maitre D any sized table would be fine, so he sat us at as the first guests at a table for six. Very shortly after being seated one couple joined us, and then another.

I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying what in a “traditional- assigned seating dining room” would be the “first night conversation”, every night. Our dinner companions tonight were very nice people, but probably not people I’d want to dine with every night of the cruise. It was a comfortable feeling knowing that we could simply enjoy their company for tonight, knowing we won’t have to be dining together for the rest of the cruise.

The meal was once again superb, as was the service, with one tiny “hiccup”… which also occurred during our previous two dinners here. For some strange reason service is terrific, until we order coffee and dessert. On all three nights we’ve dined in The Restaurant ( I actually hate calling it that. I think Silver Sea should let me rename it!) our dessert has been delivered and we’ve eaten it before the coffee arrives.

Frankly, if that’s the worst thing I can possibly say about the service throughout this ship after 4 days, they are doing VERY well. Yet, after I’ve raved about their attention to detail through 3 previous days reports, they’ve already seemingly trained me to expect it. Truly they’ve really made a mess of things if they have a guy like me expecting perfection at every turn. After-all I boarded pretty much as a take it as it comes kind of guy, and now look at me!

A combination of a lot of time in the sun today, and the physical activity of the tour, seems to have Mrs. Kuki feeling not quite right. After dinner I brought her back to the suite, and she went directly to bed, and rather than heading out again to see tonight’s show, or spend a few dollars in the casino, I stayed in to write today’s report.

Tomorrow the ship calls at the San Blas Islands, Panama from 1 P.M. – 6 P.M. This is a call very few ships make. There are no tours available. The islands are where the Kuna Indians live, and our stop is apparently a somewhat rare opportunity to visit them. Their society has some very strict rules about visitors, so it should be an interesting stop.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #39 (permalink)  
Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:09 AM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,893
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Once again I am riveted..being a geography buff, I love to see the ports through your eyes ...Imagine, a window in the closet..now that's living!
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #40 (permalink)  
Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:17 AM
Marc's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,626
Default

Kuki, another great report. I would be interested to see if the coffee "problem" might disappear with just a comment to the head waiter or maitre d'.

For your stop on San Blas Islands, I recommend taking some small bills so that you can buy some of the handicrafts that the Indians make. I found it a wonderful stop.
__________________
Marc

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Reply With Quote
  #41 (permalink)  
Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:10 AM
jacdenv24's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Posts: 643
Default

And have some quarters handy also! When we were there in 1998, the locals paddled out to the ship in long canoes (?) and they came with umbrellas. Mmm...didn't look like rain...the idea being that the passengers lined up at the ships railing and tossed quarters which were caught in the upside down umbrellas! Genius . If a quarter escaped, then they would dive in and retrieve it before it sunk.
It was extremely primitive then, I wonder if much has changed in 10 years. Enjoy!
__________________
Oceanus 1987
Splendor of the Seas 1997
Regal Empress 1998
Horizon 2000
Summit 2001
Sovereign of the Seas 2003
Noordam 2003
Zenith 2004
Mercury 2005
Princess Sun 2006
Princess Sea 2007
Constellation 2008
Mercury 2009
Constellation 2010


Celebrity Silhouette
Reply With Quote
  #42 (permalink)  
Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:02 PM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,298
Default

Wow Kuki, you are really being spoiled! Imagine, a closet with a window!

Yesterday I was reading an article in Cruise Travel that mentioned new smoking policies on various cruiselines. It stated that on Silverseas, smoking was allowed in cabins, but not on balconies, and only in designated area inside and outside.
Have you had any issues with the no-smoking policies?

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #43 (permalink)  
Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:06 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marc
Kuki, another great report. I would be interested to see if the coffee "problem" might disappear with just a comment to the head waiter or maitre d'.

For your stop on San Blas Islands, I recommend taking some small bills so that you can buy some of the handicrafts that the Indians make. I found it a wonderful stop.
Marc.. I have no doubt the "coffee problem" would be resolved with a comment. There was no use making an issue of it after the first time, because once or twice doesn't make it a pattern, that needs to be dealt with. Quite often these 'issues" resolve themselves.... like has my mention of the "yellow water" out of the bathroom sink faucet. This morning it appeared prerfectly clear again.

Things do happen on a ship with so many "moving parts", it's how quickly they disappear that lets you know how aware they are on the ship. Then again... if there is some pattern that does not resolve itself, one shouldn't hesitate to bring to the attention of the right person onboard.

At this moment we're just entering the San Blas Islands and I'm off to a lecture on the Canal.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #44 (permalink)  
Old February 23rd, 2009, 01:15 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Day 5 – Silver Shadow – San Blas Islands, Panama
Our suite is on Deck 6 of the Silver Shadow. The lowest Deck where passenger suites are located is Deck 4, and the highest is Deck 8. Deck 6 is the lowest deck where private balconies are located. Deck 5 has Vista Suites, where the suites share open deck space (basically a lengthy balcony, but no furniture is allowed on it).

From our balcony, it gives one a bit of an odd feeling standing on the balcony, and being so close (low) to the water. At times it does feel as though the waves are going to sweep right up onto your veranda. Though an odd feeling, the location certainly also gives you a feeling of being more connected to the seas; you’re not standing on the balcony looking down 7 or 8 Decks, to see the water. It’s more like feeling you can reach out and grab the waves rolling by.

Last night, while sailing from Cartegna, Columbia to the San Blas Islands, in Panama, the seas were fairly high, and with our location at the bow we felt fairly significant “jostling” in our suite. I understand last night seas were 8 to 10 ft, and this morning closer to 5 or 6 ft. Neither Mrs. Kuki nor I felt even an inkling of sea sickness, after-all we’ve got pretty good “sea legs” since we’ve basically been cruising since Feb. 7.

We’re getting so comfortable in our suite it’s gotten quite difficult to resist the urge to just stay in all day.

Earlier in this thread Darlene asked if it would be difficult to compare future cruises to this one. By that I take it mean, comparing future cruises on other cruise lines to this one. On the flip-side of that question are the reactions I’ve seen or heard from the passengers on this ship, to hearing we had come on this ship directly from a cruise on Carnival.

You’d have thought they had just found out I was a leper. The evening we dined with the ship’s Hotel Director, Paolo, and the discussions led me to mentioning we had just disembarked a Carnival ship. Our fellow tablemates, who were a lovely and fun couple, had that “deer in the headlights” look of disbelief in their eyes.

It was absolutely not because these people were “snobs”. They were quite delightful. It was because they somewhat rely only on what they’ve heard about Carnival, and other mass market cruise lines.

I talked about how one has to enjoy the strengths of each cruise line, and enjoy what it is they do well, and see if they do it well. Of course, you only try one of them if you think that it will be a match for you so you can enjoy it. Obviously people’s tastes in cruise lines vary as much as their tastes in all areas of life, and Pualo agreed, that the cruise market place offers a wide variety of styles, to try and supply a product for everyone.

He himself joined Silversea only 1 year ago, after nearly 20 years with Costa Cruise Lines. Obviously Costa was a very different operation, and required different management strategies compared to the running the operations of a luxury ship like Silver Shadow. Yet, his abilities to adapt to the variations of the operation seem to have gone very well because at this time he’s been designated to bring out the line’s new ship, the Silver Spirit, in 2009.

It’s also true that passengers who’ve never sailed on Silversea should not discount sailing them because of what they preconceive it to be. I’m living proof that a rather “normal” (perhaps a bad choice of words.. ) person can really enjoy each taste of the variety of products available in the broad spectrum of the world of cruising.

Today a booklet was delivered to everyone with a list of the passengers onboard “The Shadow”, listing where they were from as well. About 1/3 of the guests on this sailing are from Great Britain, and I found that somewhat surprising. Amongst the list were several Sirs, Ladys, Dames and Lords. Those are titles designated by the Royal Family, not nicknames, like when Mrs. Kuki calls me Sir Kuki.

There are also quite a few people from California on this cruise, which is perfectly understandable since the cruise ends there. They only had to fly one way.

Amongst all the passengers there are a great many single passengers. I’m betting most will list the reasoning I passed on from one them a few days ago, for the reason they chose Silversea.

This morning it was Continental breakfast pool-side again. They’ve got wonderful chocolate croissants, and I had some sort of buttered pastry that I wanted to have another dozen of.

The ship was scheduled to be anchored off of the San Blas Islands, Panama by 1 P.M. and Mrs. Kuki and I had intended to tender ashore. Mrs. Kuki was still not feeling quite right, and she thought the tender ride might not be great for her, but she was insisting I go alone.

Not that I would be going alone, but I found it harder to get motivated to go without her, and ended up staying onboard, and enjoying the balcony, while she slept on and off. I apologize to anyone who was waiting to hear about San Blas, and see some pictures of its Indian residents.

I have to be honest, I’ve gotten so relaxed getting off my duff” is becoming harder to do. My mind was saying… “Go ashore, it’ll be interesting”. My body was saying “I’m comfortable right here. Order another BBC”. My devotion to having interesting stories to tell you about the Kuna people, lost out to having a drink with an umbrella in it.

At 6:00 P.M the ship hoisted the anchor and pulled away from the San Blas Islands, headed towards our transit of the Panama Canal. Almost as soon as we got underway the seas got very rough and the ship began to pitch and roll quite significantly. It felt a bit like we were on a midway ride at the fair, and I hate midway rides. I was in the shower, and balance was a bit difficult. At one point I thought I was going to fall out and finish my shower in the sink, or go for a dip in the bidet.

Thinking the ride might be a bit smoother closer to mid-ship, we decided to head to The Bar (another wildly imaginative name) on Deck 5, for a pre-dinner drink. The Bar is about the busiest place on the ship aside from the Restaurants. I’m not 100% certain why, because there are others bars on the ship, not called “The Bar”, that are also very nice spots. They don’t seem to do as well when they have nice names like Panorama Lounge, or Observation Lounge.

That silliness aside, the walk down the hallway, and downstairs to The Bar was a bit of adventure, but the ride was indeed a bit smoother there. From there we went to The Restaurant for dinner. We were seated at a table by the window, and on Deck 4 that gave us a pretty close up view of the waves, and they were rolling on by the ship at a pretty good clip.

Most people seem to have pretty solid sea legs now, as there certainly didn’t seem to be many missing at dinner.

Dinner was once again very tasty, and tonight I did get coffee served with dessert, rather than after.

Mrs. Kuki went to watch the production show after dinner, while I went to visit the casino. The casino onboard has 2 blackjack tables, 1 roulette wheel, a table game called Oasis Poker, and 22 slot machines. The blackjack tables have a $5 and a $10 minimum bet, respectively. The casino staff are very friendly, and I try my best to entertain them, because other than me, they tell me very few people come in to gamble. Even I have spent very little time there, though I try to drop in every evening for an hour.

I actually wondered if the show might be postponed tonight because of the choppy seas, but Mrs. Kuki tells me the show went on, and the dancers did very well. It is amazing that they can do this stuff on a ship when there’s a lot of movement, when I can’t walk down a hallway without bouncing from wall to wall.

By the way, Mrs. Kuki is beginning to feel better, so hopefully that will continue for the remainder of the cruise, and get back to what we do best… not much
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #45 (permalink)  
Old February 23rd, 2009, 02:09 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

I did shoot some video of the suite today, and if I can figure out how to load it to U tube from the ship, without taking 4 days to load, you'll be able to see it tomorrow.

I'll also try and shoot some video of transiting the canal.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #46 (permalink)  
Old February 23rd, 2009, 02:26 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 1,514
Default

Great report Kuki! Looking foward to your other reports!
__________________
Booked Cruises:
Carnival Dream for Thanksgiving
Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010

Past Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
Reply With Quote
  #47 (permalink)  
Old February 23rd, 2009, 12:21 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rollerdonna
Wow Kuki, you are really being spoiled! Imagine, a closet with a window!

Yesterday I was reading an article in Cruise Travel that mentioned new smoking policies on various cruiselines. It stated that on Silverseas, smoking was allowed in cabins, but not on balconies, and only in designated area inside and outside.
Have you had any issues with the no-smoking policies?

donna
Donna... I believe that article isn't quite accurate, and I'm on the ship, so..

I'm on the opposite side of this issue, as I believe you know I still smoke.
First time into the Suite I asked if smoking was allowed in the cabin.... and immediately they brought two ashtrays; one for the balcony, and one for the suite.

Public areas - smoking is allowed in the designated area in "The Bar', and in the Humidor (enclosed cigar lounge) and in the casino bar, and casino.
No smoking allowed in any dining areas of course, and smoke free in Panorma Lounge and Observation Lounge.

The casino is easily avoided, so if you were to stay out of The Bar, there should be no bar.

Outside areas where smoking is allowed is on section poolside, and the veranda aft of the Panorma Lounge, and I belive on starboard side on Deck 9 aft.

I'd like to see all the cruise lines designate certain cabins along the aft as "smoking cabins", then even from the balconies, the smoke would drift aft, and not bother anyone other than other smokers.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #48 (permalink)  
Old February 23rd, 2009, 12:32 PM
Marc's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,626
Default

Kuki, can you provide a little more information about dining and drinking? How many entree options each evening. Can you tell us some of the more interesting menu items? What are the lunch selections both in The Restaurant and The Verandah? Which champagne are they providing in the suites and in the bar? What are some of the included wines for dinner?

thanks,
__________________
Marc

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Reply With Quote
  #49 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 01:31 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default Day Six - An Intimate Moment with a Canal

Day 6 – The Panama Canal Transit on The Silver Shadow
You know you’re a classless twit when you can’t tell the difference between the telephone ringing and the door bell ringing. I was sitting on the balcony, ran through two doors to get to the final outside door of the Suite. I ripped open the door, to find an empty hallway, and the ringing continued. I picked up the telephone and said… “Hello, this is the dumb arse in Suite 602; can you at least be there when I open the door”.

Today we transited the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean. We’ve previously done several canal transits. I adore the transit from east to west, because of the three 25 hr. days.

Our transit today was far and away the very best we’ve done, and it was the best because we were on the Silver Shadow. During previous transits we’ve been on much larger ships, where passing through the locks, as we were lowered to the Pacific Ocean, we were looking down on the Mules and the Canal technology at work.

On “The Shadow”, from our Deck 6 forward balcony, we had the perfect and very intimate view of all the workings. We were so close to the Mules, we could talk to the operators.


When we entered the first set of Locks, the Holland America Zuiderdam entered next to us, in the lane-way to our port side. It was very telling to stare upwards at all her decks to the passengers looking down from her railings, and their balconies. I’d sailed the Zuiderdam last year, and it wasn’t until we were in the locks side by side, that the differences in size truly sunk in.




Today I felt a very personal connection with the Panama Canal; an intimate moment. And I’d bob and weave, and pitch and roll again - as we did last night - ANYTIME to repeat today’s experience!

I shot some video that I think gives a great perspective on all of this, but sending it from the ship is near to impossible; I tried. You’ll have to make do with some pictures until I back am on land, with high-speed Internet service.



More pictures available here
http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery/view.php?id=5026

During lunch today, while the ship was between Locks, there was a pool-side buffet. The sun was shining, temperatures were high, and passengers were having a wonderful time. I’m getting used to this drinking thing, as I had two BBCs today.

As we sailed through Gatun Lake, Mrs. Kuki went to the spa, and got her hair done. She came back looking terrific; I like the cut, and so does she. However, she did point out that the Spa is operated by Steiner’s, who operate the spas on many of the cruise lines, and Mrs. Kuki felt she got the same “Steiner Experience”. Just as on the mass market lines there’s a very hard sell for products and other services. It’s most certainly out of place with the All Star treatment one receives throughout the rest of the ship.

The waters of the Pacific seem much friendlier (calmer) for us than the Atlantic was, at least for the moment. It was a beautiful night to be at sea tonight!

Six days in, and we’re like Silversea “professionals”… pre-dinner we stopped in to “The Bar” for Mrs. Kuki to have a glass of champagne, and to be part of “the scene” and then went to dine at “The Restaurant”.

Tonight’s “theme” was Mexican, of which I’m personally not a big fan, so I ordered entirely from the always available menu, and still had a fine meal. My favorite appetizer, and on the always available menu, is the Silversea Spring Roll- with Asian Slaw and Sweet Chili Sauce. They’re so good I ordered two(thinking I would skip salad), but only got one (oops), second course was Chicken Consume with Matzo Balls, and the entrée was Sirloin Steak, with Bearnaise Sauce (good, except I think the Bearnaise Sauce was left somewhere with my extra Spring Roll). But I ended the meal with the best dessert I’ve had yet, a sinful white chocolate cheese cake.

The always available menu is quite extensive on its own, including Shrimp Martini, Crispy Corn Cakes, Crispy Green Salad, Penne Pasta, Poached or Baked Salmon Fillet, and Grilled Chicken Breast, as well as all the items I mentioned above.

Tomorrow I’ll go into more details about the nightly menu. I’ve seen the menu for review tonight; the theme is Flavors of Panama, and it looks like quite delicious. We’ll report the results tomorrow.

This evening we had the pleasure of dining with one of the guest lecturers, Richard Cowley, and his wife Elizabeth, along with two couples we’ve previously met. One being the couple I wrote about meeting on the second night of the cruise, and being disappointed we couldn’t dine with them that night. This evening we got to make up for it, and had an absolutely delightful time dining together.

The others at our table were all British, and all had that dry sense of humor which I enjoy so much.

There was no show tonight. The entertainment in the show room was a movie on the big screen. And the cruise staff’s Liar’s Club was held in the Panorama Lounge. Mrs. Kuki and I checked out the shop, and spent an hour in the casino before retiring to the suite.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #50 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 01:40 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marc
Kuki, can you provide a little more information about dining and drinking? How many entree options each evening. Can you tell us some of the more interesting menu items? What are the lunch selections both in The Restaurant and The Verandah? Which champagne are they providing in the suites and in the bar? What are some of the included wines for dinner?

thanks,
Marc,
I spoke to the F&B Manager Helmut, and the Head Sommelier, Frank. They'll supply me a list of all the wines, and champagnes that are poured. You can pick it up the day after tomorrow in Costa Rica, because I won't be spending the entire day typing it on my computer

When I get the list tomorrow, I will list a sampling for you. I'll give you a teaser; tonight Mrs. Kuki had the Pierre Joet.

Don't rush the food thing... first get all of your Regent friends coming over to CruiseMates to read these reports. They should be anyway!

It's been several years since I sailed Regent (when they were still Radisson), and I will say, that to this point, with the exception of a couple blips in service, I do prefer this Silversea cruise to that experience.

I find it to be more intimate, and more social.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #51 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Marc's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,626
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kuki
I find it to be more intimate, and more social.
Kuki, I guess that is why Regent copied Silversea and went all inclusive. The lounges are more crowded pre-dinner with more socialization. Of course, comparing a Caribbean cruise with a lot of sea days to a port intensive Baltic cruise is a bit hard.

300 passengers and 17 days, you should know everyone's name by the name you reach California.
__________________
Marc

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Reply With Quote
  #52 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 10:04 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Marc... I was referring to Mrs. Kuki

Actually, aside from the passengers, I was speaking about the staff and crew.

Perhaps Regent has followed the lead of Silversea in that regard as well..... it has been something like 7 years since we sailed them. But, then that would show who was doing it right in the first place

Today is going to be Day 7 of a 17 night cruise. I need to hold back some "stuff" to write about. And on food and service it's much too early to in this particular sailing to give substantive opinions. Plenty of time for things to change.... so at this point, I'm just giving anecdotal notes or comments.

Remembering everyone's name is my problem. After 15 days of cruising, I'm having trouble remembering my own.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #53 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 11:08 AM
ready2gonow's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,837
Default

Kuki, I'm loving "sailing" along with you and Mrs. Kuki!

You mentioned the internet... is it part of the all inclusive, or is there additional charge for internet connection?
__________________
Darlene
Mariner of the Seas
Carnival Magic Bloggers Cruise 5
Mariner of the Seas

HAL Statendam Alaska Cruise Tour - 09/09/12; Disney Magic - 12/01/12; Allure of the Seas - 05/26/13
Reply With Quote
  #54 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Which champagne are they providing in the suites and in the bar? What are some of the included wines for dinner?
Marc,

Here’s a partial list of the Sparkling wine, and White Wines.
Sparkling Wine – Prosecco Cinzano – Italy
White Wines-
Pulenta, Chardonayy, Mendoza, Argentia -2006
Santa Alicia, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Maipo Vally-Chile
Bordeaux Sec AOC, Chateau Les Tuileries – 2005
Graves AOC, Chateau Tour de Castres- Bordeaux, France – 2004
Burgundy Wines-
Macon Villages AOC, Georges Duboeuf, Naconnais, France -2005
Pouilly Fume AOC, La Moynerie, Michel Redd, Loire Valley , France – 2002
Italy:
Langhe Chardonnay DOC, Marchesi Di Barolo, Peidmont Italy – 2006
Provincia di Pavia Bianco IGT, Camara, Tenuta Mazzolino, Lombardia, Italy – 2006
Pinot Grigio DOC, Santa Margherita, Valdadige, Italy – 2005
Pinot Grigio DOC, Eugino Collavani, Fruili, Italy -2004
Vermenito , Rocca di Montemassis IGT, Tuscany, Italy -2005
Brancott Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Marlborough, New Zealand – 2005
Footprint, Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa- 2005
Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Chardonnay, Central Coast, USA – 2004
Kendell Jackson, Collage, Semillon Chardonnay, California, USA – 2005
Wente, Chardonnay, Livemore Valley, California, USA -2005
Now, if there’s a particular wine you’re looking for, it might be easier for you to ask about it, rather than having me sit at the computer typing, listing some of the Red Wines instead of drinking BBCs.

Look for tonight's report, which goes into the food a bit.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #55 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ready2gonow
Kuki, I'm loving "sailing" along with you and Mrs. Kuki!

You mentioned the internet... is it part of the all inclusive, or is there additional charge for internet connection?
Nope, Internet time is not included. Time packages are available from pay as you go, which I think is 50 cents/minute, to 1000 minutes for 25 cents/minute.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #56 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Marc's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,626
Default

Kuki, thanks.

I was specifically interested in whether they are still serving Moet Chandon for house champagne and what Australian reds they are serving.

thanks!
__________________
Marc

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Reply With Quote
  #57 (permalink)  
Old February 25th, 2009, 12:50 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Day 7 – Silver Shadow at Sea
The seas remain calm, and the temperatures are rising, as we slowly make our way north to Punta Arenas, Costa Rica. Today got into the 30s Celsius (approx. 90 + degrees Fahrenheit). Carrying on with our customary sea day tradition, we slept late. I waited patiently for sleeping beauty to rise, thinking we’d go to La Tarrezza for breakfast. Her highness (as she now likes to be called, after spending time with the people from Great Britain) deemed a Continental Breakfast pool-side would do.

We enjoyed the morning working on tans, and had best intentions to go the lecture on Volcanoes at 11:00 A.M. Of course, one of us would have had to look at our watches to be on time, and both were too lazy to turn our wrists to check. Knowing we could watch it on television later, and not miss it entirely made us feel better.

By 12:30 Her Highness had decided upon lunch at La Terrazza, and I followed along as her loyal subject. Just as at breakfast, La Terraza serves a buffet during lunch. There was an elaborate selection to choose from; cold cuts, a variety of fish, salads, carving station serving Turkey, a delicious rice dish (that I didn’t pay to get the name of), beef stroganoff, pork tenderloin, turkey club wraps, soups, etc.

As soon as one fills their plate a server is right there to carry your plate to your table. They carried Mrs. Kuki’s, but I told them I was still young enough to carry my own. As soon as we were back seated a waitress came by offering wine. I had brought a BBC with me from the pool, so I was set. For those wondering… a BBC is Fresh Banana, Baileys, and Colada mix, run through a blender with ice, to make the best tasting “smoothy” concoction ever. If you like Banana milkshakes, this is the drink for you.

By now you’re probably thinking I’m turning into a drinker because the alcohol doesn’t cost extra. In this regard, having been in the bar business for 30 years, I did ask myself before boarding, if passengers would tend to drink more if they weren’t paying extra for alcohol.

Perhaps oddly (and perhaps not) that does not seem to be the case. I’ve only noticed one person thus far who seemed to be inebriated, though I have most certainly noticed the guests enjoying their wine, champagne, and drinks of choice.

The “standard” Champagnes served are Perrier- Jouet Grand Brut, from France, as well as Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, which is also French. The Champagne found in our suite on arrival was a Franicacorta Bellavista Curvee Brut, which remains unopened.

It’s difficult to figure out how to give away a bottle of Champagne on a ship where the Champagne doesn’t cost extra. Perhaps, in a few days, we’ll have some fellow guests into the suite to consume our in-suite liquor and wine for us. The in-suite alcohol set up includes a bottle of Castiglioni Chianti, Remy Martin VSOP Champagne Cognac, 1 Litre of Absolut Vodka, a bottle of Glenfiddich Scotch Whiskey, and a bottle of Sapphire Bombay Dry Gin. All are replenished as desired, or you can choose your own, at no additional cost. The bar fridge contains sodas, juices, and beer, and they too are restocked as used.

I should note, as we entered La Terrazza for lunch Mrs. Kuki is escorted to the table by hand by a waiter. That is the case whenever entering any of the dining rooms. I follow them because she tugs on my leash. Another nice Silversea touch is there are no paper napkins. Even in the bars and lounges, the napkins they slip under your drinks are linen.

The ship also has large self service Laundromats which are free to use. Even though we’re fortunate to have free dry cleaning and laundry, Mrs. Kuki has on several occasions washed our underwear. She doesn’t like to send mine out as she worries they’ll be mistaken for sails.

There are a couple of very unobtrusive games “played” every day pool-side. One is called the “Surprise Box”. A member of the Cruise Staff walks around with a big red wooden box, with something inside of it. Guests shake, rattle and roll it, and then guess what item is inside. If you guess correctly, you get a coupon, worth a point. You get points for all activities that you win i, and at the end of the cruise you can choose to “spend” your points on some paraphernalia. Even when they have “cruise ship horse races” the races are for points, not dollars.

Another daily game, that may sound lame, but the passengers really seem to enjoy as I have, is Mileage Pool. Everyone simply guesses the number of nautical miles they think we’ve sailed since our last port stop. The Cruise Staff note your guess and cabin number, and at Noon the Captain gives the correct answer during his daily 12 Noon update.

There’s a full slate of activities throughout the day to choose from; Bridge instruction and play, Arts and Crafts, Classes for learning Italian and Spanish, Shuffleboard Tournaments, Ping Pong tournaments, Trivia games, Napkin Folding demonstration, Ballroom Dance classes, and more.
One thing you don’t have to worry about on a sea day is rushing out to claim a sun-lounge chair early. There are plenty of loungers and plenty of space.

As today marks a full week that we’ve been onboard, I thought I would talk about how “The Kuki’s” are fitting in amongst the “Silversea crowd”. The good news… we haven’t been set adrift in a dinghy.

We have sailed a couple of times on other luxury brands; Regent and Seabourn, but the majority of our cruises have been on the mass market, and premium brand lines, so the question of “fitting in” did cross our minds prior to boarding.

Aside from some of my previous antics, and what I like to refer to as the “variety of patterns” my mind wanders in, I think we two are pretty average cruisers, and average people. And I think it’s worth noting that we fit in here just fine!

I admit to a slight adjusting of my personality… I’m not wearing antlers, nor organizing Pajama parties. But, I’m telling the same bad jokes, and carrying on the same nonsensical banter as I always do, and so too is everyone else. The point I suppose I’m trying to make is that cruisers are cruisers; some more traveled than others, some wealthier, and some less well off than others, yet we all have things on common when on a ship.

For example, after dinner last night, we found out that one of our tablemates is a British Knight (no, he wasn’t wearing his suit of armor, and readying to joust), so “properly” they should be addressed as Sir and Lady. They were a delightful couple, with wonderful senses of humor, and we laughed and enjoyed each other’s company as I have with so many other people I’ve cruised with over the years.

The manner in which the Silversea brand is delivered is different than the mass market lines, and yes the costs may be higher, however the people are the same; just people out to enjoy their travel and cruise vacations! Well, maybe with the exception of the one couple we saw at lunch today, dressed in full length slacks, and both wearing sweaters (in 90 + degree weather).

2009 may be THE year for you to try a Silversea cruise. This week in our editor and chief, Paul Motter’s editorial in his newsletter, and on our home page, he talks about the deals available on Silversea. Check out the details:
http://www.cruisemates.com/CF/bargains/newsletter.html
Someone had asked for a sampling from the menu. I listed the always available items yesterday. Here’s tonight’s choices in The Restaurant (dining room).. though I’ll list them by description, rather than by name:
Appetizers
Marinated Seafood with Extra Virgin Oil, Lemon Juice, and Parsley
Raw beef tenderloin with Fresh Argula, Basil, Celery, Walnuts and Parmesan shavings
Fresh Strawberriess Marinated in Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Potato dumplings Pan Fried with Sage Butter, and sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese

Intermezzo

Minestrone with Pesto
Red Pepper Voulte
Home-made Herb and Ricotta Ravioli with Walnut sauce
Crispy Romaine with marinated artichokes, Bell peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Bittersweet Onions, and Chili Peppers, Balsamic Vinagrette

Entrees
Grilled Fillet of Cod with Raisons and Pine Nuts in a Tomato-flavored Nage
Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary Butter, and Garlic sautéed Porcini Mushrooms
Osscobuco – Braised Shin of Veal with Crispy Polenta Cake, Vegetable ragout, Tomato jus
Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb with Tomato and Parmesan Gratin, and Forest Mushroom Gravy
Spinach –stuffed Pancakes baked in Tomato Sauce and Gratinated with Cheese.
Three dessert choices, or a cheese selection, or ice cream.

That’s about equal to the number of choices every night, though the menu changes daily, plus if you request it 24 hrs. in advance they’ll make you pretty much anything, as long as the ingredients are on the ship.
Tonight’s meal was incredible.

I began with the Gnocchi (the potato dumplings) which I love and could be amongst the best I’ve tasted. From there I went to the Ravioli, which was just as good. I could have been happy just getting another 10 orders of either, but I also had the Beef Tenderloin as an entrée, and it too was superb. This may have been the best meal on the ship to date.

I don’t even recall what I had for dessert, but it was average at best. But I do recall that once again we finished dessert before the coffee arrived. It’s odd, because the service through the earlier courses was outstanding. I suppose I’ll have to ask where it is they have to go to get the coffee.

Once again we dined with four people we hadn’t yet met, and once again had delightful conversation and the mood was light and fun.

Tonight was our second Formal night, and prior to dinner was the Venetian Society cocktail party. I’m told there are two couples onboard who have more than 500 days sailing with Silversea!

Tonight was going to have to be an early night because tomorrow we visit Costa Rica, and I’m going golfing. This sailing is designated as part of the “Silver Links Program”. There is a golf professional onboard, and 3 opportunities to golf. I’ve signed up for all three games. The first is tomorrow in Costa Rica, another in Acapulco, and another in Puerto Vallarta.
More on the Silver Links Program tomorrow.
From our balcony...
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #58 (permalink)  
Old February 25th, 2009, 01:53 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,412
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Marc... I don't see any Australian red wines on the list. Argentinian, Chilean, French, Italian, New Zealander, South African, Spanish, from the U.S.

Guess there goes the Silversea cruise in your future
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #59 (permalink)  
Old February 25th, 2009, 08:37 AM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,298
Default

Love that parting shot from your balcony Kuki.
I'm hoping to see one just like it in just a few days!

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #60 (permalink)  
Old February 25th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,893
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Reading your dining menu is making it difficult to keep on my diet

Sail on with a smile
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
angelo, captain, carole, corsaro, cruise, demographic, heavenly, journey, mcdowell, memory, photos, seas, shadow, ship, silver, storm

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Virtual Cruise Report from Silvesea's Silver Shadow Kuki Regent Seven Seas Cruises 0 February 17th, 2009 10:05 PM
SILVER SHADOW neviboy Silversea Cruises 0 November 1st, 2004 07:19 AM
Silver Shadow 24JUN Alaska Craig Gay / Lesbian Cruising 0 June 14th, 2004 10:05 PM
Silver Shadow Seychelles + Safari Todd Feldman Silversea Cruises 5 May 19th, 2004 02:37 PM
Silver Shadow Anne Campbell Silversea Cruises 3 April 27th, 2001 08:28 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:49 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1