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Silver Whisper Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best Overall
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Silver Whisper
4.5 / 5.0
209 reviews

Splendid service, all-suite, attentive butlers
Limited entertainment and enrichment
Bottom Line
Small luxury ship emphasizing passenger pampering, fine dining and spaciousness




Passenger to Crew

2001, 2018 refurbed

Shore Excursions
Sails To
Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Canada & New England
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Janice Wald Henderson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Silver Whisper Overview

Stepping onto 388-passenger Silver Whisper is much like stepping into Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. They both take you places, and in impeccable style. Words like "elegant," "classic," "pricy" and "comfortable" are perfect fits. Along with twin Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper hovers near the top of luxury cruise ship lists.

All accommodations are suites and most possess private verandas. Even entry-level suites impress, showcasing butler service, free standard Wi-Fi (biggest suites receive free premium), lavish in-suite dining presented course by course, liquor setup and stocked mini-fridges. Marble and granite baths wow; all feature separate showers, full-size tubs and double vanities. Suites also tout walk-in closets, so there's plenty of room for clothing, making weeks or months of cruising (as many Silver Whisper devotees do) easy.

Despite its small size, Silver Whisper features four restaurants: The Restaurant and La Terrazza for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the alfresco Grill for lunch and dinner; and La Dame for fancy evening dining at $60 per-diner fee -- an unusual charge for a specialty restaurant in a luxury cruise ship. (In fairness, La Dame chefs go hog-wild with luxury ingredients, such as lobster and foie gras.) Consider room service an experience, too, with butlers smoothing high-end white clothes over tables, carefully setting out polished silverware and serving elegant fare course by course. Most wines and spirits are complimentary 24/7, as is noteworthy caviar. The sustainable posh Italian roe, Ars Italica, is served by the tin on demand, with all the proper accoutrements.

Service hits nonstop high notes. Crew members learn your names and preferences on Day One and seem eager to spoil you rotten. With Silversea's no-tipping policy, such attentiveness comes from training and the heart, rather than attempts to garner gratuities. Crew are always smiling, polite and even charming (particularly the butlers and servers). When you walk down a suite corridor and encounter a crew member, that person acknowledges you and then steps aside so you can pass -- It feels quite like "The Crown." For buffet meals, servers hover nearby, wanting to carry your plate, even if it's tiny and merely holding a brownie.

Silver Whisper definitely skews traditional, including a formality of style and dress unlike more casual luxury ships. In fact, Silver Whisper passengers tend to dress up more than peers on some Silversea sister ships. Expect plentiful tuxedos on formal nights. This is not the place to come with a suitcase full of T-shirts, shorts and jeans, no matter who the designer. Entertainment, too, is on the low-key side, with most passengers reveling in the intimate ambiance, fine dining and primo service. Some don't even care about the ports --this ship, quite simply, is enough.

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • Butler service
  • All alcoholic beverages, specialty coffees, bottled water and other beverages
  • Caviar
  • Mini-bar stocked with preferred beverages
  • Three restaurants and 24-hour room service
  • Daily activities
  • Gratuities (including spa gratuities)
  • Entertainment
  • Wi-Fi
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Shuttles into town, when possible

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Shore excursions
  • Spa treatments
  • Premium list wines and spirits, and cigars
  • Personal fitness training and personal nutrition consults
  • Dining in La Dame (unless booked into the largest suites, which offer one complimentary dinner)

Top Silver Whisper Itineraries

Silver Whisper
13 night world cruise

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Key West, Belize City, Roatan, Lima, Lima

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Fellow Passengers

Silversea cruises lure an international crowd. Although the majority are North American, the rest hail from the U.K., Europe and other countries. Passengers are affluent, well-traveled and well-educated. Most are retired, but many professional couples and the occasional family (with well-behaved children) also sail Silversea. Solo travelers -- mainly widows and older ladies -- appreciate Silversea's open-seating dining (with hosted singles tables) and cruises with dance hosts. Silver Whisper is gay-friendly, too.

Silversea Silver Whisper Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts and T-shirts in balmy weather. However, Silver Whisper passengers dress casually chic -- no tacky T-shirts or ripped-hem shorts.

Evening: Mostly informal, meaning jackets with optional ties for men, and dresses or pantsuits for women. Eight-day cruises usually have one formal night, where men don tuxedos and women wear fancy cocktail dresses or gowns. The Grill is casual optional every night. On casual nights, open-neck shirts for men and sundresses or shirts and slacks for women is typical.

Not permitted: Jeans, baseball caps and bathing attire after 6 p.m. in all public areas.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Silversea

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Silver Whisper Ratings

Public Rooms4.54.3
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Value For Money4.53.7

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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Value
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Silversea Silver Whisper Member Reviews

Silver Whisper
Sail Date: Sep 2019
This time, we joined Silver Whisper in Lisbon and headed north. Our cabin was comfortable and well positioned. Generally, the food was good, though we found La Dame unexciting.... Read More
Silver Whisper
Sail Date: Dec 2018
The "Voices of Silver Whisper" were excellent singers and dancers. A singer, pianist, and magician/comedian that were brought aboard for a few specialty shows were also great.... Read More
Silver Whisper
Sail Date: Sep 2018
We would not sail on the Silver Whisper again - - maybe a new Silver Sea ship but not a ship that is nearly 20 years old.... Read More
Silver Whisper
Sail Date: Oct 2018
We actually spent our Honeymoon on the Silver Whisper in 2005 on a Caribbean Cruise and even though I didn't think it could be done I think Silversea did make some slight adjustments and improvements.... Read More

Silversea Cruises Fleet

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Editor Rating

188 reviews

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Silver Shadow

The 382-passenger Silver Shadow delivers a fine balance of onboard service and outstanding shore experiences.

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Luxury cruise ship with suite accommodation for 382 passengers; onboard attractions include four restaurants, fitness centre, swimming pool, library, casino, beauty salon and internet cafe. 

Silver Explorer
5.0 / 5.0
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Expedition cruising with a posh twist from butler service to gourmet cuisine and five-star service; daily included excursions feature hikes, Zodiac sightseeing and museum visits.

Silver Spirit

With excellent cuisine, intuitive service, inclusive fares and butlers for all, this 540-person luxury ship sports an Art Deco design and an adults-only vibe.

Silver Galapagos
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

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Silver Discoverer
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

With up to 120 passengers, Discoverer is small but offers enough public space to give it a spacious feel and the pool deck is a major bonus.

Silver Muse

The newest, and largest, ship in the Silversea fleet, Silver Muse effortlessly ticks the ultra-luxury box with sumptuous suites, high-end hotel-style fittings, fine dining and personalized service.

Silver Moon

A twin to Silver Muse, this 596-passenger ship will offer multiple restaurants and lounges, inclusive fares and all-balcony suites with butlers when it debuts in 2020.

Silver Cloud Expedition
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The ultimate luxury expedition ship, this 254-passenger vessel offers all-suite rooms with butlers, five upscale restaurants, an outdoor heated pool, spa and photo studio.

Silver Dawn

The 596-passenger Silver Dawn will be the third luxury ship in Silversea's Muse Class, featuring multiple restaurants (but no main dining room) and all-suite, all-balcony cabins.

Silver Origin

The first purpose-built ship in the Galapagos for luxury line Silversea, all-new Silver Origin will replace the line's existing 1990-built Silver Galapagos when it enters service in summer 2020. Carrying 100 passengers and a fully qualified expedition staff, Silver Origin will introduce several new concepts for Silversea, including the onboard edutainment hub known as "Basecamp."

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