Q – We are newcomers to cruising and we are thinking about Silverseas which was highly recommended by friends. We’re trying to figure out which shore excursions are included. The one that most interests us is the chance to go truffle-hunting in Slovenia. We understand that as one of the top lines nearly everything is included. I am a pastor in a small church in a suburb of Minneapolis so I guess I am also inquiring about the nature of the entertainment aboard the ship. May we assume it will be in keeping with good taste?

A – Silverseas includes a full menu of tours by bus that take its guests to the region’s most important attractions. That is called the Silver Shore Select Programs. Some of these tours are really excellent and they may include wine tastings or an art and architecture walking tour.

 But Silversea also offers a program of select small group excursions for an additional fee. The truffle hunting is among them. Another example of these designated “Silver Shore Collection” tours would be sightseeing Malta on a Segway or a visit to the Corfu Golf Club.

 So yes, at least one complimentary shore excursion is offered in every port and some really memorable experiences are available at additional cost.

 As to the nightlife, we can assure you that the strippers wear pasties. Only joking. You will, we are sure, find the lectures and the entertainment aboard Silversea to be in keeping with the good taste of nearly everything this line does.