Part of the tony, all-inclusive Silversea line, the Silver Whisper carries just 382 guests who are attended to by no less than 302 staff members — just shy of one crew member per passenger. The ship is small enough to nose its way into glamorous, less-visited ports around the world, places the big ships can’t fit into. Along the way, you’ll sip your (complimentary) Champagne while your butler refreshes your ice bucket and stocks your in-suite bar.
What We Love
Le Champagne: Be prepared to indulge: This 24-seat restaurant by Relais & Châteaux is a truly luxurious dining experience. It’s worth the additional charge for the sublime six-course menu that might include foie gras, osetra caviar, risotto decorated with edible gold leaf, lobster bisque, New Zealand rack of lamb, and, for dessert, Valrhona chocolate lava cakes.
The Spa: While treatments at the Mandara Spa are not included in the fare, the long massages and rejuvenating facials are priceless. Bonus: The treatment price includes gratuity.
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Ask Jeeves: The butlers are trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers and will unpack your overstuffed suitcase, make your reservations in the specialty restaurants, and offer sightseeing advice while setting out your room-service breakfast on a white tablecloth.
Places to Relax: Like its sister Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper is larger than several other Silversea ships. That means there are more spots to hang out on board, including multiple lounges. The ship also offers larger suites, and 80 percent of them have private outdoor spaces.
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Who It's Best For
Laid-Back Luxury Cruisers: This ship attracts well-heeled, sophisticated travelers who want the best in life.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Leave the Kids at Home: The Silver Whisper does not have facilities or programs to entertain young children, and they are unlikely to find many playmates on board.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.
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Silver Whisper at a Glance
- Line: Silversea Cruises
- Class: Millennium
- Number of Passengers: 382
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2001
- Refurbish Date: 2010