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Silver Shadow Cruise Review by brittany12

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Silver Shadow
Silver Shadow
Member Name: brittany12
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: VR
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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A Mere Shadow of its Former Self
Ship

Silver Shadow still beautiful inside and out and nice to be on. It handles the seas very well. All well, except for the expensive art on all the walls of the public areas for sale all over the ship 24/7. Even outside the bathrooms. I am talking about art, and ceramics too, with posted prices up to $100,000 per item and most in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. Not too many people were buying at these prices.!! We and the people we were traveling with found this so in our face and just so arrogant. Like living in a fancy New York art gallery, but we feel not appropriate for a ship at sea that we would want to be on. A real negative. Interesting for one day and then a bore.

Stateroom

stateroom spacious, updated and very nicely appointed. Flat screen TV. One of few ships at sea with two basins in the bathroom.

Excursions

good but expensive excursions and scenery of Alaska hard to beat. Lots of whale, eagle and sea otter sitings. Excellent lecturers on wild life and history of Alaska.

Dining

Dining has become so second rate. Once known for setting the standard for food and service at sea certainly from the cruises we've had with them before, the Silver Shadow, and Silversea if our experience is representative, has dropped the ball on both. The Italian speciality restaurant is anything but special. The Main dining room and the buffet restaurant have serious cooking and menu selection problems. Particularly bad was the breakfasts, with the kitchen and wait staff constantly getting things wrong. The buffet was generous but only OK in the variety and quality of the food items served. Not what we experienced before on Silversea or on other lines. Included wines and liquors a plus. Afternoon Teas not so extraordinary anymore.




Ports

Ports OK if you like shopping,, but gateways to the good excursions.

Disembarkation

Smooth. Well organized

Entertainment

Terrible. A well meaning company of young but inexperienced and semi talented performers performing boring shows.

Summary

Last time for this cruise line. Although some nice features, with the prices we paid, the food and service just not up to what we are used to.



Publication Date: 09/12/11
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