Silver Shadow Cruise Review by mvmess
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Alaska
The food was remarkable! It is hard to believe that a kitchen staff can prepare food for over 300 people and still maintain the quality of the Silver Shadows cuisine. Every venue was excellent. We had an opportunity to dine at LaDame, the ship’s French cafe, for which you pay an additional fee, but passed as we were so satisfied with our other options. The hidden gem was breakfast in the Restaurant on deck 4. Everyone flocked to the buffet on deck 7 leaving this venue virtually empty. It was far better ordering from the menu in the Restaurant.
Book excursions early and don’t feel you have to spend a lot to get a great experience. We booked the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan, the Whale and Glacier Photo Safari in Juneau and the Whie Pass Railroad in Skagway. All were great experiences and priced mid range. We spoke to several travelers who booked more expensive excursions that resulted in experiences that did not meet their expectations. Keep in mind when considering fly-ins and helicopter rides that the weather may leave you sorely disappointed. All the helicopter flights in Juneau were cancelled because of the weather.
We also chose to book the post cruise Denali excursion. DO IT! It was worth every penny. Whether you use Silver Seas or arrange it yourself it is a must. If you travel to Alaska and do not visit Denali you have NOT seen Alaska. While we may have saved a few dollars booking this ourselves, once we left the ship our guide saw to it that we never touched our luggage and enjoyed a relaxed, carefree four days in the wilderness. Spencer, our guide, was fabulous. He was professional, knowledgeable and an asset. You could not ask for a more qualified person to take you into the wilderness. His partner, Lori, our driver, was great! We all felt very safe and she was a stitch.
My only negative comment is really not meant to be negative, but a suggestion instead. I believe the quality of the wines, or at the very least the selection, included in the cost of the trip could be improved. The whites were very good, the reds ok. I realize that when pouring as much wine as they were that to be cost effective you have to be careful, but a bit of an upgrade would be nice.
There is no question that if we book another cruise to a location to which they sail Silverseas will be our choice. Thank you for a phenomenal life experience!
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