This was our first cruise with Silversea. Our overall impression was that the vessel, service and other offerings justified the premium price paid. Silver Shadow is an older cruise ship but it was in superb condition and very clean. With a passenger capacity of 360, its smaller size did not diminish its ability to cope with those few days when the weather turned a little rough.
This was an unusual itinerary, sailing up the east coast of North America, and then crossing the North Atlantic from St. John, Newfoundland to Cork in Ireland. Sailing in and out of New York city was a highlight for us. The weather was warm to hot from Fort Lauderdale through to Boston, however a bitterly cold wind met us when we arrived at Bar Harbour, Maine. Thereafter we were dogged by fog for many of the remaining days, which ruined sight seeing in St. John and Cork, and detracted from the many sea days.
Our planned visit to Shelburne in Nova Scotia was deleted without substitute due to severe wild fires, which added another sea day to the journey. The cruise would have benefitted from a greater variety of activities. The lectures were of a good standard, the shows well presented, and the magician/comedian exceeded our expectations. However, some cooking classes/demonstrations and free-of-charge wine tastings would have added to the experience.
Cabin is a Superior Verandah suite. We liked everything about it, from bed, bathroom, storage and appointment. It was positioned well to allow easy access most locations on the ship.
However, when sailing at night there was a flapping sound coming from the ceiling. It wasn’t the normal creaking one might expect. We managed to sleep despite this, but then - when the weather cooled - there was dripping sound onto the ceiling over the bed. This drip, drip, drip did inhibit our sleep.
Furthermore, the neighbouring suite was occupied after New York by a loud couple. We assume he had hearing problems, but their voices travelled through the walls, diminishing our experience of the holiday, and prompting us to turn music on to cover the intrusion.
We informed our butler about the dripping noise, as we were worried about electrical fires. Next morning an engineer arrived and investigated, but we were assured that it was safe. Silver Shadow was fully occupied, so were weren’t offered an alternative stateroom.
We completed a survey for guest relations half way through the cruise, and itemized these issues, but we received no comment back.
Fellow passengers we spoke with did not experience the same noises in their cabins, so I can only assume we drew the short straw. I would not recommend this specific cabin for that reason.