Avid Cruiser’s New Silversea Cruises Review, Plus More Than 500 Articles Featuring Luxury Cruises

Sophisticated doesn’t have to mean stuffy. Having fun during a British lunch featuring Fish & Chips and Mushy Peas.

Having cruised on all of the luxury cruise lines, some more than once, the Avid Cruiser is becoming the authority on small to mid-size-ship luxury cruising. Our goal is to help you make informed choices about your cruise travel (when you get to this level, cruising is a means of travel and exploration as opposed to a holiday getaway). While we include reviews of all the major luxury players (see the links below), our Silversea Cruises review is brand new.

Created in the early 1990s by the Italian family behind legendary Sitmar Cruises, Silversea Cruises operates five luxury cruise ships and one luxury expedition ship, all built to the highest standards and with service, dining, and itineraries to match. There’s nothing showy here: no dramatic architectural features, no overabundance of detail, no glitz. Instead, everything is quiet, refined and precise.

Carrying between 296 and 540 guests, the line’s five cruise ships are the ideal size for luxury — not so big that crowds form, not so small that you feel obligated to socialize if you don’t want to. The luxury cruise operator also has an expedition vessel, the Silver Explorer, which carries 132 guests, to the Arctic and Antarctic and points between. Read our full Silversea Cruises review here.

Avid Cruiser now features reviews, plus more than 500 posts, on all of the major luxury cruise lines.

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DHull says:

Hello Avid Cruiser

Have you ever sailed on the World cruiseship? If so could you write an article on this as I would be very interested to read about your experience onboard.

theavidcruiser says:

I was on it today – for the second time. It is a lovely ship, owned and operated by the residents. It’s not a cruise experience so much as it is a lifestyle experience. Keep in mind it is a second or third home for the well-heeled, meaning they are not always there, meaning the ship rarely operates at capacity – or even near capacity. It can be a bit of a ghost ship. Beautiful, however. It’s the only ship I’ve ever seen, other than the Hurtigruten fleet, where prices are listed in the restaurant. You pay for your meals – or cook in your apartment.

DHull says:

Hi again

The reason I ask about your experiences onboard it because I have inquired about buying a 2 bed apartment on this ship as a third holiday home.

When I was looking at it online I stumbled upon a new cruiseship called Utopia which is set to make its first voyage in 2014. The apartment onboard seem slightly more spacious and I have also inquired about visting the showrooms for this ship in California.
Which ship would you choose? And if you have heard of Utopia could you tell me more about? As I live in the UK it would be a big trek to California and I am wondering is it worthwhile investment?

Thank you so much

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