Silver Shadow Cruise Review by melvyndc1948
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
In regard to the ship, the positives are:
Excellent food, wines and service
Very comfortable accommodation, in the cabin and public areas
Excellent crew at all levels - people who quickly know you by name, are genuinely pleased to see you and who positively want to give good service and help when needed.
Very good and varied entertainment with some outstandingly good singers
Doesn't feel crowded: easy embarkation and disembarkation: no queuing for anything: tables always available when you want to eat
Overall, a very relaxing environment and friendly atmosphere: a truly wonderful experience
Negatives? Very few - only real gripes from our perspective were lack of (non disco) music for dancing after dinner, and public areas sometimes a bit too cold. La Dame probably not worth the extra cost, because food in the main restaurant is so good.
The big shock was to receive an email from Silversea HQ on our final morning aboard, notifying the link up with Royal Caribbean. There must be a real fear that with a 67% holding, funded by debt which needs to be serviced, Royal Caribbean will press for savings which might appear marginal but which will damage the personal service and special quality of the on-board experience. There is a view that this happened to Regent when Norwegian acquired it, and our personal experience would tend to back that up. It also so happened that before the RC news emerged, we spoke with crew on Silver Shadow who had worked for Regent, whose view was that exactly this had occurred (and also senior crew were replaced, they said). It would be terribly sad, and indeed bad for business so far as we are concerned , if the same thing were to happen to Silversea.
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