Now everyone (including a lot of my friends at home) looking at this itinerary is going to say "you have to be crazy to do this". Crazy like a fox!!! First of all the cruise was heavily discounted for obvious reasons. We used an online cruise discounter, in addition, so that made the cost of this experience irresistible. To top it all, the Silversea threw in an unbelievable land package, which included two nights at the Cairo Four Seasons, touring the Pyramids and Cairo Museum, meals, famous Egyptologist lecture, charter plane from Cairo to Luxor, one night at the Luxor Sonesta, a beautiful dinner with belly dancer under the stars on the Nile and touring the temples and tombs with an Egyptologist and police-escorted caravan everywhere. Little touches, like ice cold water and towels being provided, while touring were lovely---it was toasty there. Forgot to add that I took an optional balloon ride over Luxor (husband didn't want to get up that early). Unbelievable experience!!
Now on to the ship---when our caravan of coaches arrived in Safaga, Egypt, we were greeted with Moet Chandon champagne, cold towels and someone to grab our hand luggage as we walked on the ship's red carpet with a great combo playing.
We were escorted to our Veranda Suite (345 sq ft), where we were found beautiful linens, marble bathroom with separate shower and tub--double sinks with Bulgari toiletries and fluffy robes. The cruise is all inclusive (including liquor, tips, etc.). You want to drink all day, you can. I never saw anyone drunk, however. They will stock your refrigerator with just about anything and bring bottles of your favorite hard liquor, within reason (no bottles of Louis XIII, without paying the freight, for instance).
One of the best parts of the cruise was that, the Silver Shadow was designed to hold 388 passengers and we only had 144 aboard. Our group had 50 Americans, 40 British and the rest assorted nationalities. The previous cruise, that left from Mombassa, Kenya had only 40 passengers!!!!!!! It was like having your own personal yacht with a few of your own friends on board.
The food was terrific in the main dining room with an open seating arrangement. You could dine between certain hours with whom and how many you wanted in the main dining room. They also, had another reservations-only dining room for 30 lucky people (with no extra cost) in upstairs, Terraces dining room. Did I mention room service was 24/7? Dinner by room service was course by course. Also, I kept trying to think of things to order for room service breakfast, that weren't on the menu. They came through every time----how about lobster/herb omelet with a small loin lamb chop on the side?
The ports were Port Said, Rhodes, Santorini and Athens--all great experiences!!!! Athens is going to be hard-pressed to make the Olympics in time-- even with construction round the clock now. To top it off, we had pretty much perfect weather. Did I mention the service on board was impeccable everywhere? It was definitely the trip of a lifetime--feel free to email, if you have questions.