Good, but not Great: Silver Shadow Cruise Review by Avid Traveler

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Good, but not Great

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
My wife and I had heard great things about Silversea -- spacious, luxurious ships with great service and outstanding food. We boarded the Silver Shadow on Jan. 13 in Barbados for a 9-night cruise ending in Ft. Lauderdale. The ship was very nice, but the cabins were a bit smaller than Regent Seven Seas and the beds were smaller. TV and movie entertainment was a disappointment compared to the 170 channels we had on the Seven Seas Voyager. Service in the cabins and especially the dining rooms was outstanding -- the best we've ever seen. Our fellow travelers were the most elder we've traveled with, and this may have been reflected in the food, which was bland and not at all gourmet in quality. The food was our biggest disappointment on the cruise, although the crew were superb, and Mr. Lanza was the best maitre 'd we've ever come across, at sea or on shore. He runs a dining room with magnificent attention to detail, devoted to providing the best of service to his passengers. Another More disappointment was the almost complete lack of planned activities. There was a former CIA official on board who gave three lectures on the cruise -- one on the U.S. invasion of Grenada (but only after we had visited Grenada), one on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the third on Cuba after the Castros. These lectures were excellent and very informative, and he was available before and after the lectures to discuss his subject matter.

The ports were not particularly exciting, but were different from others we'd seen in the Caribbean in several respects.

While at St. Martin (the French side), we had the opportunity to visit Silversea's brand new ship, the Silver Spirit, which was docked on the Dutch side of the island. We visited the Spirit, which really is a lovely ship and, while similar in many regards to the Shadow, is a bit more of everything.

All in all, ours was a very nice cruise but not the best we've experienced. The biggest pluses: the service crew. The biggest negatives? The food and lack of planned activities, plus the small beds. Less

Published 02/03/10

Cabin review: 818

We were in Cabin 818, a midship veranda cabin on the ship's port side. On Silversea ships, the cabins are in the front part of the ship and public rooms in the rear part. Unusual, but a nice layout. Our cabin was a bit smaller than some we'd had (especially the Regent Seven Seas Voyager) and about the same size as a veranda cabin on Crystal. Our beds were smaller -- by about 6 inches each -- when we had them separated so we would have two singles. That was unfortunate, because the beds were not as comfortable as they should have been. Our TV was old-fashioned, with only three or four movie channels and a few TV channels. There was good storage room for clothes, and the bathroom was quite nice with separate tub and shower.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nice small island. Wish we'd had the lecture on the U.S. invasion in the '80s, but it was the day after we embarked in Barbados and we didn't really have a chance to learn that part of the island's history until after we'd left. A quiet island today, without a lot to see.

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The island (part of the chain called Guadalupe)is a small fishing village without much to see. We tendered in, and we saw the main part of the village in a few minutes. The harbor's beautiful and the scenery was spectacular when we sailed out that evening.

We had also been to Key West before. It's a small town and an interesting one, but not a lot to see. VERY touristy. A nice break before returning to the mainland U.S.

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This was our fourth or fifth time in San Juan, which is a very interesting and historic city. Too bad our ship's planned excursions did not include any trips into the Puerto Rican countryside. It's a big island and we'll have to visit it for a much longer period sometime.

Read 2947 San Juan Reviews

We had been to St. Maartin twice before, but this was our first time on the French side. The French side is much more interesting, with numerous hills and a very nice harbor. Would like to there again.

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