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Planning for 2022 - Silversea and Suite Type (Balcony)?

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Planning for 2022 - Silversea and Suite Type (Balcony)?

My wife and I are in our late fifties and planning our first "serious" cruise (we have taken a 3-day river cruise on the Yangtze River and have a Galapagos Cruise planned for December 2021). We are interested in Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia in December 2022.

We like hiking and wildlife but not interesting in kayaking, snorkelling or diving. We are looking to travel comfortably and in a relatively small ship, and Silversea seem to tick all the boxes, any thoughts, recommendations or alternative suggestions?

If anyone has been on one of the Silversea Antarctica cruises and has stayed in the Medallion Suite, any comments? Is a balcony much use on an Antarctica cruise. Are all the suites of a certain type the same, also any preference between port or starboard suites on an Antarctica cruise?

Any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

One final question, does the implementation of the Polar Code impact on Silversea cruises?

Thanks in advance...

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1. Re: Planning for 2022 - Silversea and Suite Type (Balcony)?

Greetings! I have just returned from a 10 day Antarctica cruise on Silversea Silver Cloud.

There is no in water activity such as scuba or snorkeling. There is kayaking weather permitting. There is usually a mountain covered with snow that you can hike at each port.

Because Antarctica is so cold, you won't get much use of a balcony. It's even difficult to see out of the window after passing The Drake because of the water stains.

I traveled solo so the Veranda Suite was fine for just me but very dated. Great closet space though.

The ship holds about 200 guests, we had about 100 on our voyage.

The Pros: The Expedition team is FANTASTIC! They have so much knowledge and passion for Antarctica.

The Cons: Silversea customer service is HORRIBLE! My cruise was canceled due to COVID last year year. I rebooked for this year indicating I wanted the cruise that would have me in Antarctica for my birthday. When I received my rebooking confirmation, it was not the cruise I chose. When I reached out to my Silversea Consultant, he'd assure me he'd look into it and then, nothing. A few months the later I received an email from Silversea that my port of embarkation was changed from Argentina to Chile. The airlines did not charge me for a change in date but there was a substantial difference in a destination change. Instead, I kept my flight to Buenos Aires and purchased an independent roundtrip ticket to Santiago for an extra $1000. I never received compensation or even an apology from my age t or Silversea. Sidebar: They do have an option to have your flights included but they are coach accommodations, you do not choose the airline and you do not get full mileage credit.

I spoke with several of the other guests and we were not impressed with the food. They do have an excellent sommelier.

My housekeeper never cleaned my shower.

If I had it to do again I would definitely not cruise with Silversea.

Edited: 1 year ago
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