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Our cruise started with the check in for the private train from Anchorage to Seward. The train departs from the rail station adjacent to the airport and our bags were quickly taken but then we were left to find our own coffee etc. in the airport until it was time to board the train. The waiting area for Silversea passengers was way too small, nowhere near enough seats for all the cruise passengers and many people were left standing for a long time. No beverages or snacks in this area at all. Once aboard the train we had 4 seats with table for just the two of us. Others were 4 at a table. The train was comfortable, carriage hostess very good, food OK but we had to pay for that. The journey was nearly 4 1/2 hours and it seemed a long time, despite some nice scenery on the way. We were fortunate to disembark quickly from the train and get checked-in on the ship and into our cabin speedily. However others were in a long queue and some only just got into their cabins as the safety drill was starting. Our first meal in the main Restaurant was very disappointing. Our salmon was very bland and flavourless, the worst salmon meal we had on our five week vacation. Unfortunately we found this to be a theme. The menu choices were very limited, cooking quite poor and the bland flavours a theme. Buffet breakfasts in Terraza restaurant were OK but if you wanted eggs these had to be ordered from the table waiter and took at least 5 minutes to arrive, so not really a full buffet. Lots of waiters eager to carry your plate to your table, some may like this but it seemed silly when the table was just a few paces away. We found that most meals we ate in different restaurants on the ship served food which was not very hot. We were surprised to be offered just one red and one white wine at mealtimes. Usually these were acceptable but on one occasion my husband said he did not like the white wine offered. He asked for the previous day's wine and this was brought to him. However the head Sommelier then came to our table as asked my husband 'How do you know that you don't like this wine if you haven't tried it'. Now that may well be true but is this really the way to speak to a fare paying passenger on an expensive cruise line? The Grill or Hot Rocks (why two names for the same restaurant) served excellent food. Staff so much friendlier than all other restaurants. However this was an Alaska cruise and evening were very cool. I did not expect to have to eat dinner with a sweater and thick coat on just to get a good meal. I was looking forward to trying the afternoon tea. This would have been nice but the cakes were 7 different types of chocolate cake and a few sandwiches. No scones and jam or other savouries. Our Verandah cabin was OK but rather small with the TV shelf sticking out which I kept bumping my head on when placing items on the shelf below, and pinch point with chair to desk opposite coffee table so not possible to walk through to sofa/verandah when chair occupied. We booked most of our excursions privately but did one through Silversea which was OK but not excellent. It was troubling that we arrived at one port where tenders were required and the Captain announced that the first three tenders would be for Silversea excursion passengers only. We had arranged to meet our private tour company as soon as possible for a seaplane trip and they were waiting for us. We went down to the excursion concierge to explain and she said yes, just go down talk to the staff and get on the first tender. We did and they were charming and said plenty of room do come aboard. Thank you Captain for worrying us. We felt that most staff were charming and helpful. However the very senior staff seemed less friendly and cheerful. On several days when we had shore excursions we had breakfast in our cabin. This was not very good at all. On each occasion the toast was burned on one side and uncooked on the other and cold. The fried eggs were very cold and on a cold plate. Fruit selection the same every time and not very good. All the cabin staff were excellent. Cheerful, helpful and eager to please. Other passengers we talked to who had cruised with Silversea previously noted that there was a deterioration in both food and wine quality and choices. We were really disappointed with Silversea.

Silversea experience way below expectation

Silver Shadow Cruise Review by AnnieFaddle

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Our cruise started with the check in for the private train from Anchorage to Seward. The train departs from the rail station adjacent to the airport and our bags were quickly taken but then we were left to find our own coffee etc. in the airport until it was time to board the train. The waiting area for Silversea passengers was way too small, nowhere near enough seats for all the cruise passengers and many people were left standing for a long time. No beverages or snacks in this area at all.

Once aboard the train we had 4 seats with table for just the two of us. Others were 4 at a table. The train was comfortable, carriage hostess very good, food OK but we had to pay for that. The journey was nearly 4 1/2 hours and it seemed a long time, despite some nice scenery on the way.

We were fortunate to disembark quickly from the train and get checked-in on the ship and into our cabin speedily. However others were in a long queue and some only just got into their cabins as the safety drill was starting.

Our first meal in the main Restaurant was very disappointing. Our salmon was very bland and flavourless, the worst salmon meal we had on our five week vacation. Unfortunately we found this to be a theme. The menu choices were very limited, cooking quite poor and the bland flavours a theme.

Buffet breakfasts in Terraza restaurant were OK but if you wanted eggs these had to be ordered from the table waiter and took at least 5 minutes to arrive, so not really a full buffet. Lots of waiters eager to carry your plate to your table, some may like this but it seemed silly when the table was just a few paces away.

We found that most meals we ate in different restaurants on the ship served food which was not very hot.

We were surprised to be offered just one red and one white wine at mealtimes. Usually these were acceptable but on one occasion my husband said he did not like the white wine offered. He asked for the previous day's wine and this was brought to him. However the head Sommelier then came to our table as asked my husband 'How do you know that you don't like this wine if you haven't tried it'. Now that may well be true but is this really the way to speak to a fare paying passenger on an expensive cruise line?

The Grill or Hot Rocks (why two names for the same restaurant) served excellent food. Staff so much friendlier than all other restaurants. However this was an Alaska cruise and evening were very cool. I did not expect to have to eat dinner with a sweater and thick coat on just to get a good meal.

I was looking forward to trying the afternoon tea. This would have been nice but the cakes were 7 different types of chocolate cake and a few sandwiches. No scones and jam or other savouries.

Our Verandah cabin was OK but rather small with the TV shelf sticking out which I kept bumping my head on when placing items on the shelf below, and pinch point with chair to desk opposite coffee table so not possible to walk through to sofa/verandah when chair occupied.

We booked most of our excursions privately but did one through Silversea which was OK but not excellent. It was troubling that we arrived at one port where tenders were required and the Captain announced that the first three tenders would be for Silversea excursion passengers only. We had arranged to meet our private tour company as soon as possible for a seaplane trip and they were waiting for us. We went down to the excursion concierge to explain and she said yes, just go down talk to the staff and get on the first tender. We did and they were charming and said plenty of room do come aboard. Thank you Captain for worrying us.

We felt that most staff were charming and helpful. However the very senior staff seemed less friendly and cheerful.

On several days when we had shore excursions we had breakfast in our cabin. This was not very good at all. On each occasion the toast was burned on one side and uncooked on the other and cold. The fried eggs were very cold and on a cold plate. Fruit selection the same every time and not very good.

All the cabin staff were excellent. Cheerful, helpful and eager to please.

Other passengers we talked to who had cruised with Silversea previously noted that there was a deterioration in both food and wine quality and choices.

We were really disappointed with Silversea.
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