Silver Shadow Cruise Review by dszrew
- Sail Date: March 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
We have minimal requirements for a good cruise--a place to sleep, good food, an itinerary with interesting stops, and a quiet room. We don't drink so the all inclusive meant little to us, and rarely go to ship's entertainment (unless they have a guest entertainer that we think is better than average).
We normally cruise on Celebrity for virtually half the cost of what we paid. Yes, the cabin was larger (nice!) and we really liked the small ship (uncrowded, virtually no one else in port). Food was consistently better than Celebrity, with outstanding service--a more traditional cruise experience, and what I remember from Celebrity years ago on our first trip. Meat was always top quality, and finally a cruise line that can do desserts the right way, especially the chocolate (although my wife would complain there wasn't enough milk chocolate). Kind of odd to see a burger on the dinner menu, but the jalapeno pickle infused burger was good enough I had it three times (once for breakfast).
Biggest problem with the ports was the distance to the city from where we docked. Kind of eats up a good part of the day just getting there and back. We mostly did our own excursions, but our favorite was the Shwedagon Pagoda by candlelight (a ship tour) in Yangon. Also did 2 other tours that were offered free--they were good enough to see a little something at no cost (so worth the cost).
Overall, we liked the smaller ship and especially if it can stop places the larger ships cannot stop. Was twice the cost we normally spend, but twice the cabin and probably the same price had we paid for a suite on Celebrity (although it seems the price was also lower than average for many of the SilverSea cruises). We would do it again if the itinerary were right and if we could get a good deal.
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Minor issue towards the last part of the cruise--water in the bathroom sink was discolored. Notified the staff who where anxious to show concern, even offering some onboard credit (which didn't have much value on the last night on ship). But while they demonstrated concern, I'm not sure they did anything besides running the water and saying "it looks good now. " This happened 3-4 times over the last few days. Had it been earlier I would have asked to have been moved, but as it was I just started using bottled water. I don't think anyone ever checked to see what was going on, nor tested the water to make sure it was good. Then on the last night the second sink in the bathroom had the same problem. Earlier I had felt a little quesy, but that went away, but after that last night with my wife's sink she got off the ship and didn't eat for the next day. I cannot say it was the water, but again, they didn't seem to do anything to resolve the issue, just kind of hoped the problem went away.
A somewhat minor annoyance but still of some concern.
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