Silver Shadow Cruise Review by IngridN
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Our suite was spacious, the bathroom included a full-size tub, and the veranda added light to the suite. (On our first Silversea cruise, we opted for a suite without a veranda. We discovered this cruise that having the veranda added a significant amount of light to the suite. Even though we didn't sit out on the veranda very much, upgrading to the veranda suite was worth it.)
With only 342 passengers on board, the ship never felt crowded; the only time we even noticed how many people were aboard was when most of us were crowded on the top deck to view the Hubbard Glacier! Even the theater seating is spread out enough so you never feel cramped. We enjoyed all of the destination lectures given by Jay Wolff, who told the history of Alaska in a series of engaging stories.
If you are a foodie, take advantage of the option to make dinner reservations in advance of the cruise, particularly if you want to dine at La Champagne. It only seats about 20 guests each evening, so seats go fast. They serve a delicious six-course tasting menu, paired with wine; this is well worth the additional cost.
Also take advantage of making shore excursion reservations ahead of time, so once you get onboard, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the cruise. The shore excursions we enjoyed were:
Ketchikan--bear watching (we saw one adult in the river and one juvenile in the bushes)
Juneau--whale watching (we saw four humpbacks, a pod of orcas, and a pod of Dell's porpoises)
Skagway--helicopter flight, hike, and train package; the hike was to the toe of a glacier
Sitka--salmon fishing (We didn't catch anything, so this was one of few disappointments.)
If you do order a room-service dinner, I suggest that you ask your butler to space out delivery of the courses. We neglected to do that, and some of the side dishes were cold by the time we got to them. (I was a bit surprised he didn't take care of that; but what a minor hiccup.)
Be prepared for severe cruise-ship withdrawal after you get off the ship! To combat this, start planning your next Silversea cruise right away!
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