Travelling with Ms Dry we decided to take the advice of a previous poster and book a Vista Suit on deck 4. Travelling to Alaska a veranda seemed to be unwarranted. Our decision was spot on. The big window was just what the doctor ordered and I believe our view was a lot more constant than those with a veranda.
Embarkation in Seattle was a breeze. We arrived an hour early and the terminal staff was excellent. They took our bags and gave us directions and advice on how to kill an hour which was most appreciated. When checking in the process flowed extremely well, even the need for a security photo was no trouble. The Silver Shadow is a well thought out ship, basically divided into two sections. Accommodation Mid Ships to forward, public areas mid ships to aft. All internal public areas are plush. The reception area is roomy and spacious, The Bar is comfortable and cosy, The Athenian Lounge is spacious and practical. Seating in the Athenian is show lounge style and not set up as a cinema like most cruise ship show lounges.
We did not partake in organized tours from the ship. We found value for money on the doc and had great guides and tours.
Food !! WOW !! What an experience. Executive Chef Laurent prepared a feast at every sitting. Ms Dry took the seafood direction and I went for the mans meal, Beef. The quality of the beef was exceptional and I had long debate with Ms Dry as to what was the better, Beef or Seafood, our conclusion, a dead Heat. All aspects of the food experience were first class. Beverages are complimentary on Silver Seas except for premium wines. The wines served for dinner were excellent and of an international selection. Waiters would explain the wines prior to pouring. Beers and Spirits were always available.
Entertainment was first class and varied. From Broadway to Comedy to Classical it was there for all tastes. Captain Emanuaele assisted by Cruise Director Michael made us feel very special, a wonderful experience. The all inclusive nature of Silver Seas Cruising has won us over and we will be repeat cruisers. Highly recommended.