Las Palmas to Barbados: 2nd October to 17th October 2007.
I have wanted to cruise for a few years, but was discouraged as I was unsure about being on a ship for a week or even more. I spoke to friends who all advised different things, some said standard cabin, and some said balcony etc. In the end, I had to make up my own mind. My partner Lynne and I decide one afternoon that rather than go to Arizona as planned we should book a cruise for my 50th. I had read about cruises from the Berlitz guide and knew that there are about 4 quality lines, Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal and Regent. Frankly I would have been happy with any. Our travel agent offered us a repositioning cruise at a very good price on Silver Shadow. It included a stop on Tenerife, which we liked as Lynne's brother lives there. It also gave us a taste of sea days; about 8 in all and 6 stops at places we fancied seeing. I had been reading many reviews of Silversea and in about 90% of the reviews, the customers seem very happy. My concern was the 10% who moaned. I will give you our conclusions at the end. As we arrived at the ship we were warmly welcomed on board and taken to register, which took two minutes and I mentioned about the balcony. The receptionist was charming and asked us to look at the cabin to see if we would be comfortable. We did and we both thought it was lovely. Without spending time boring most of you with details of our daily activities, I will tell you our opinion.