About us: My mother (61) and I (31) are frequent cruisers with Silversea Cruises. We started 1996 and got so spoiled by the company that we never went with another one. January 19th we joined the Silver Shadow in Acapulco. This time also my aunt joined us for the cruise. It was her first time on a ship. Embarkation: We had the chance to embark the ship before all the others. Silversea offers early-embarkation from 10:30 am. This is for all passengers at a charge of 100 $ per person. Due to the fact that we have more then 250 days with the company it was free for us. We could go straight to our suites and also our luggage arrived shortly after us. Everything was prepared perfectly. A bottle of champagne and flowers have been "waiting" for us in the suites. Itinerary: The first leg of the cruise was 12 days.
Acapulco Day at Sea Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - interesting, very poor but very friendly people Day at Sea Puntaarenas, Costa Rica - we did a wonderful tour to the rain forest. Beautiful nature Day at Sea Fuerte Amador, Panama - so many things to see. We took a taxi and discovered Panama City and the Panama Canal Day at Sea Manta, Ecuador - it is easy to discover the area on your town, just take a taxi. Especially the city of Montecristi is worth seeing Day at Sea Salaverry, Peru - Again not enough time to see everything. Temples of sun and moon, the beautiful city of Trujillo Lima(Callao), Peru - the old and the new part of Lima - many things to discover
The second leg of the cruise was 11 days: Another day in Lima - we still didn't manage to see all we wanted to Pisco, Peru - The tours offered by Silversea have been great - at least that's what everybody told us. We had a medical emergency and couldn't discover that area Day at sea Arica, Chile - Cute little city Iquique, Chile - the city is very interesting to see. It is also possible to discover two ghost cities (Lumber mines) which are close by Day at Sea Coquimbo, Chile - The best place to go here is the city of La Serena Day at Sea Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile - what a place. Only about 500 people live on that island but the nature is fascinating and it is really great to see Valparaiso, Chile - here our cruise was supposed to end but we loved it so much so we decided to stay on for another 21 days all the way to Sao paulo. We saw glaciers in the Chilean Fjords, hundreds of penguins on the Falkland Islands and a beautiful landscape
Food: We had a wonderful Executive Chef on the Shadow. Laurent Austrui spoiled us. He and the other chefs did everything to make everybody happy Crew: Maitre d' Walter, the headwaiters, bartenders and stewardesses went out of their way to make us feel home. Officers: Especially Hotel Director Mark Rumbarger, F&B Manager Orazio Caci and Cruise Director Colin Brown have to be mentioned. The are always around. No matter what question or wish we had the never said no.
Entertainment: The shows have been so so. But there have been to excellent guest entertainers. Steve Teague and J.C. Fisher. Great voices and good shows. Our Suites: The suites have been always clean and in good conditions. Of course you can always find a little scratch or mark somewhere. But this just shows how some people behave in the suites and all around the ship.