Silversea is one a of small group of operators that have eschewed the race for bigger and bigger ships in favour of maintaining a more intimate and personal atmosphere on board. Its fleet comprises 9 vessels, ranging from the small to the very small, but all maintaining very high standards of service and luxury. The Silver Galapagos is the baby of the fleet, accommodating just 100 passengers, and allows Silversea to offer itineraries to the Galapagos islands and other more obscure destinations that bigger ships would be unable to reach.
People who choose a Silversea cruise do so because they want the kind of personalised service that goes with sailing on a small luxury ship rather than being one guest amongst thousands on a bigger vessel. That kind of premium service unsurprisingly comes with a premium price tag.
As such, Silversea is one of a select group of smaller ultra-luxury lines which is aimed exclusively at the adult market. Whilst children over 12 months old are theoretically allowed on board, this is very much the exception rather than the norm and there is little provided by way of children's facilities or entertainment.
Some things about Silversea are very modern, such as its innovative itineraries and use of smaller more nimble ships, but this does not mean that tradition has been sacrificed and experienced cruisers appreciate the fact that the line works hard to maintain standards of etiquette and professionalism.
Silversea isn't a line that demands formality for the sake of it, but it tends to be the case that the ultra-luxury lines attract a clientele that enjoy the finer things in life, and normally this extends to maintaining a reasonable degree of formality both in terms of attire and demeanour.