Not Comparable to 5 star hotels and restaurants on land: Silver Shadow Cruise Review by 1Annie1

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Not Comparable to 5 star hotels and restaurants on land

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
First, there is a constant hum and vibration from the generators/engines that goes on 24/7. It is ever-present and if you like quiet, you will not find it aboard ship, not anywhere.

We have a silver suite, compact and pleasant at about 700 sq. ft including the bedroom, sitting area, bathroom and narrow deck that holds 2 lounge chairs and 2 small tables.

While the insulation between the suite and the hallways - and within the suite itself (meaning you don't hear noise from the bathroom if you are in the bedroom with the connecting doors shut) is quite good, still simply being on the ship is noisy.

The rooms - and indeed the ship itself - while having pr as being incredibly luxurious - really is only akin to a new upscale Marriott or Hyatt hotel.

While immaculate, it is just not real luxury across the board.

Yes, there is a live orchid plant in the sitting area. Yes, there are flat screen tv's, a small refrigerator, and a gift box More of godiva chocolates and nice amenities in the bathroom.

However, we only have a queen sized bed, not a large California King, which is what you would expect for two people, especially in a suite. The mattress is somewhat soft/not the best - and there are only 2 small, flat standard sized sleeping pillows.

The shower in the bathroom is unbelievably tiny. The tub is decent, but again, not really suitable for two.

The closet, however, is a nice size and has plenty of drawers and hanging space.

Now the food - mediocre at best. Slightly better than an Olive Garden in quality - and slightly less than a Cheesecake Factory, even at their best restaurant La Terraza.

There is plenty of food and room service is available 24 hours (only takes maybe 20 minutes to get it delivered) but frankly, it is simply not great.

While people rave about how fabulous the food is, it is more like a Zagat rating of 20 out of a possible 30 - and most certainly not a Zagat rating of 27-30. You would never award even one Michelin Star to this food.

My guess is, the people who have given it such rave reviews are happier with the free flow of alcohol and not gourmet diners on a regular basis.

Service is pleasant on board ship, but again, not to the standard of a truly upscale hotel or restaurant. The waiters and staff are all smiling, but many speak very little English.

I had to ask four separate times at dinner to get butter with our breadsticks, and to have my iced tea glass refilled.

My pasta was undercooked and could have been served in a hospital cafeteria, and my companion's fish entree was ordinary.

Breakfast souffle of artichoke could have been served on an airplane as far as tastelessness went. Croissants were small and somewhat tough. Tea was lukewarm.

We have been lucky and been on very calm seas. I took bonine prior to departing, just in case, and it made me quite sleepy. I have been chewing some ginger candy, and all seems to be well.

Silverseas MAY indeed be the premier cruise line (as well as Seabourne) yet they cannot compare to on-land accommodations or dining, such as Andrew Harper awards boutique hotels, Relais & Chateaux properties or Rosewood Resorts. Less

Published 08/13/09

Cabin review: sui

Anything smaller than a silver suite would be claustrophobic - beware !

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