We sailed on the Silversea Silver Shadow from Dubai to Athens in April of this year - our third Silversea cruise . We had loved our previous Cruises on the Shadow and the Silver Spirit and particularly liked the cabin comfort and the attentive service where nothing was too much trouble.
This cruise was so different.
1. Cabin Comfort. Yes the Shadow is now a bit shabby and very much in need of the up and coming refurbishment but this was not the problem. From previous cruises we knew, the beds were hard. My back does not cope with hard beds so as usual at the time of (early) booking I had requested one of the egg-crate mattress toppers plus pillows from the list given. We had previously never had any problem with these requests. When we boarded this time it was ‘sorry there are only 7 mattress toppers on the ship and they are all taken.’ Huge hard pillows on our beds. Further pillows brought in - some the same, others just slabs of very firm. Pillow menu mentioned but profuse staff apologies and ‘Sorry but this is all we have’ Pillow menu not available.
Well situated cabin in a quiet area but also close to the lift and the laundrette, My husband who is prone to sea sickness was fine in rough seas.
Good size with a great walk in wardrobe, lots of storage space and plugs for 220 and 110 voltage.
Bathroom excellent with good shower pressure, a shower which can also be hand held and again lots of storage space. Kept spotlessly clean by the lovely Katerina.
We had the twin bed configuration. Beds narrow and hard with very firm large pillows all of which I found extremely uncomfortable. As in my review above there are a few mattress toppers available which does help - if you can get hold of one.Surely a cruise of this quality should have many more available , The duvet was heavy and rustly and frequently fell off when I was restless on the hard bed and pillows. Hopefully the refurbishment will include better beds, duvets and pillows.
There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the cabin and I received a polite note on my bed one evening requesting guests not to use their own kettle - which I had brought with me. At times it was difficult to get a tea or coffee in our cabin.
The balcony is a good size and lovely but as previously mentioned, in my view the new chairs are uncomfortable for anyone under about 5’ 3”.
Really loved this dhow cruise.