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Silver Shadow Review

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Far More in the Far East

Review for Silver Shadow to Asia
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2019
Cabin: Veranda Suite

Silversea advertised a series of Asia cruises with their "Far More in the Far East" special, and wow, did it deliver. I chose this Singapore-to-Hong Kong voyage for several reasons: the timing worked for me, I liked the balance of ports and sea days, the itinerary would take me to so many places I've never been but have longed to visit, and the Silversea specials put this all-inclusive luxury voyage comfortably in my price range ($1000 air credit, $1000 onboard credit, most excursions included, 5% discount for previous SS travelers, 5% discount for booking onboard a previous cruise, and then a surprise 3-category upgrade just a few days before sailing -- it all added up to a reasonable price).

The Shadow is one of the older ships in the fleet, but she is graceful and well maintained. After previously sailing on her smaller sibling, the Wind, the Shadow at first seemed so much larger. Within a day, that feeling diminished and she seemed perfect to me. My suite seemed bigger than I expected, although the pool seemed smaller than expected. On this particular voyage, we had spectacular weather until the final few days, and the pool deck was filled to capacity. There were short waits (under 5 minutes) for the morning buffet at popular times on port days, but generally passengers were well distributed throughout the ship. It was easy to find quiet places to sit, or more active places for company.

Embarkation in Singapore is odd simply because you have to walk through a mall to reach the desk. Once in Silversea's hands, however, the process was easy and pleasant -- under 10 minutes from starting the process to sitting in the Panorama Lounge enjoying my 2nd glass of welcome bubbly.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Cabin V3

Spacious and light, a good mid-ship location. Port-side was a good choice for this cruise, as the veranda faced coastline much of the time. The bathroom was larger than I was expecting, with both a roomy shower and a large bathtub, plus a double-sink vanity. The bed and linens were delicious, there were just enough USB ports and charging stations. Temperature was easy to control, although the ship generally was over-air conditioned for my preference.

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