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New to Cruising - Common Questions

Will I get seasick?
All of Silversea’s smaller cruise ships have modern stabilising systems to counteract ocean swells and sophisticated navigation tools that allow the Captain to skirt inclement weather. Most guests get their “sea legs” within a few hours, however if you are concerned about becoming seasick, over-the-counter motion sickness medications and homeopathic remedies are available at most pharmacies.

Will I feel confined by the size of my cabin?
Silversea’s award-winning accommodations are among the most spacious at sea. All are ocean-view suites with separate sitting areas, walk-in wardrobes and full-size bathtubs. More than 80% have a private veranda.

Are the ships safe?
Silversea ships must continually pass strict Coast Guard inspections and all crewmembers undergo training to perform various responsibilities in the event of an emergency. Like all cruise ships, Silversea conducts a safety drill shortly after sailing away from the embarkation port. In this drill, guests learn the location of their “muster station” and how to correctly wear the safety vest provided in each suite. All of Silversea’s smaller cruise ships carry a predetermined number of lifeboats and rafts – more than enough to accommodate all guests and crew onboard in the unlikely event of an evacuation, and all Silversea ships are equipped with numerous smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Shipboard Terminology:

  • Aft or Stern: the rear of the ship
  • Bow: the front of the ship
  • Bridge: the ship’s control centre where the captain and his officers steer the ship
  • Decks: the floors of the ship
  • Galley: the ship’s kitchen
  • Gangway: the entrance / exit area connecting ship and shoreside dock – or ship and tender
  • Muster Station: a designated meeting spot for emergencies
  • Port: the left side of the ship
  • Starboard: the right side of the ship
  • Tender: a small boat that ferries guests from the ship to the port when the ship is not alongside the dock