Silver Whisper Review

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Jason Kerr
Managing editor
1 March 2018
Rooms & Suites

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Silver Whisper is one of the World’s most intimate luxury cruise ships. We’ve been on board to see the results of a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Our Silver Whisper review tells you about all the changes. Plus, we rate the suites, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities. As our Silver Whisper review shows, there’s a lot to love about this beautiful cruise ship.

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Detailed Silver Whisper Review

Silver Whisper has everything you’d expect to find in an up-market resort, but it has the feel of a boutique hotel. Our Silver Whisper review explains what makes the ship unique.

Our Silver Whisper review also has exclusive fly-through video tours of the suites and restaurants, so you can see what they are really like. In addition, we tell you all you need to know about the dining, nightlife and recreation facilities. Plus, we have tips for picking the Silver Whisper room that’s right for you.

What’s hot

  • Intimate, club-like atmosphere.
  • Private teak verandas.
  • Seriously good dining.

What’s not

  • It’s all good!

About Silver Whisper

Silver Whisper debuted in 2001. She was the first in the new Millennium-class of ships for Silversea. Silver Whisper is larger and more spacious than earlier ships in the Silversea fleet. Indeed, Silver Whisper has room for 382 pampered guests in all-suite accommodation.

Silver Whisper has a very high space-to-passenger ratio. In fact she has more space per guest than almost any other cruise ship. As our Silver Whisper review shows, this fosters a close-knit atmosphere of camaraderie among the guests.

We discovered refreshed Veranda Suites on our Silver Whisper review voyage.

We discovered refreshed Veranda Suites on our Silver Whisper review voyage.

The luxurious Silver Whisper received a makeover in 2017. All the suites got new carpet as well as fresh sofa coverings. In addition, the public areas also got a fcae lift. Indeed, the makeover has been a great success. This luxury cruise ship looks like new with a contemporary decor that echoes the Silversea Italian heritage.

Silver Whisper photo tour after the previous refit in 2016

Silver Whisper in on the list of best luxury cruise ships

On Silver Whisper it’s all inclusive

Your cruise fare on Silver Whisper is all inclusive. Everything is paid for. That includes meals, as well as wines, spirits and Champagne. On our Silver Whisper review sailing the house Champagne was Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top. We thought it was a very good drop!


Also included in the cruise fare are gratuities. So tipping is not required or expected. However, we would recommend tipping staff who go the extra mile. For example, if they arranging a cocktail party in your suite (which they are happy to do).

There is a free shuttle service between the port and the town if it is not near by.

Guests can also use the free self-service laundries.

For an additional charge guests can dine in the speciality restaurant Le Dame, or purchase premium alcoholic beverages.

Dining delights during our Silver Whisper review

Dining is a foodies delight on Silver Whisper. Indeed, Silversea have a great and well deserved reputation when it comes to food, as you will see from our Silver Whisper review.

Silver Whisper gets fresh produce from local markets whenever possible. The quality of the ingredients is exceptional. So the chefs regularly achieve gastronomic excellence.

Caviar and blinis as served in Le Dame.

Caviar and blinis as served in Le Dame.

The luxury cruise ship has four dining venues, these include La Terrazza, Le Dame, The Grill and the main dining room which is simply known as The Restaurant. Our Silver Whisper review covers them all.

In-suite dining is also available 24-hours a day.

In addition, the Observation Lounge serves and early risers breakfast. The Panorama Lounge also offers a traditional high tea each afternoon.

Silver Whisper dress code

A single word can describe the dress code on Silver Whisper: Elegant. Shipboard attire ranges from casual to formal depending on the time of day.

In the public areas smart resort-wear is recommended during the day. After dark the dress code will be either casual, informal or formal. The daily Chronicle newsletter will indicate this.

For gentlemen casual attire includes open-neck shirts and slacks, for women it’s pants, blouses, skirts and casual dresses. Informal wear includes jackets for gentlemen (tie optional) and dresses or pantsuits for ladies. On formal nights during our Silver Whisper review most guests enjoyed dressing up. Gentlemen should wear a Tuxedo or dark suit and ladies should wear an evening gown.

The number of casual, informal and formal nights will depend on the length of your Silver Whisper voyage. Cruises of less than 10 days have one formal night, cruises between 10 and 13 days have two, while longer cruises have three formal evenings.

On formal nights, guests may dine in La Terrazza or The Grill and choose to dress informal. Although on our Silver Whisper review voyage most guests enjoyed dressing up.

Who sails on Silver Whisper

Silver Whisper is a popular luxury cruise ship with a loyal following, so many passengers are return guests. They have usually travelled widely. Most are aged over 50.

Guests on Silver Whisper usually come from the U.S.A. and U.K. However there is often a large contingent from Canada and Australia on board too. A relatively small number of Europeans sail on Silver Whisper.

As with all Silversea cruise ships, Silver Whisper is gay-friendly.

Silver Whisper review conclusion

With all the facilities of an up-market resort and the charm of a boutique hotel there’s a lot to love about the Silver Whisper. The personalised service, spacious suites and world-class dining all scored highly in our Silver Whisper review. In fact we rate Silver Whisper among the World’s finest luxury cruise ships.

Visit the Silversea website for Silver Whisper voyages and destinations.

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The author sailed as a guest of Silversea.


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