Silver Shadow a Shadow of Its Former Self: Silver Shadow Cruise Review by bingogirl3
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Silver Shadow a Shadow of Its Former Self
Embarkation: San Francisco
The once sterling menu was extra-ordinary: all frozen entrees. No fresh fish or seafood even though we were cruising Alaskan waters. Breads were often stale and tasteless. Desserts uninteresting and vegetables tasteless. The wine selection was excellent as usual. Service was poor, with many regulars missing and replaced by untrained, though sweet and willing;staff with very limited English skills. Internet service was very limited, with no in-suite connection. You had to More use your computer in a public lounge.They still do not have hookups for iPod in the room.
They had an excellent presenter, whom we heard only a few times, and a dry-as-dust speaker, whom we heard many many times. There did not seem to be enough linens to go around: every day we were missing towels. One day it was bath towels, the next day hand towels, the next day wash cloths. Any request of our stewardess had to be repeated to a supervisor or housekeeping, not because she was unwilling, but because she didn't understand a word we were saying. Books and tapes were thrown on library shelves in a haphazard way, and the selection was dated. The furniture and carpets are worn and not very clean. There was tension on the ship, I believe, because of reduced staff, and customer (particularly returning ones) dissatisfaction. I would suggest avoiding Silver Shadow until Silversea is able to get things back to the standard expected of a luxury, high-cost, cruise line. It badly needs refurbishing,a menu review, and the return of experienced and additional staff. Less
Cabin review: VS
The cabins on Silversea are its best feature. They are not true suites, but large. The walk-in closet is great, and the walk-in shower wonderful. Our cabin was quiet and comfortable. It lacked speakers for an MP3 player, internet service, and a clock/alarm. There were 25 watt light bulbs in the bedside reading lampsdefinitely not enough light by which to read. There were excellent quality binoculars provided.
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