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Silversea Cruises: Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow Review

The first of Silversea's Millennium-class ships, Silver Shadow launched in 2000. Built with proportions slightly larger in size than her two earlier twin fleetmates, the third in the Silversea fleet, Silver Shadow introduced the next generation of Silversea

cruising while maintaining Silversea’s all-suite luxury and trademark intimate ambience. Nine Terrace suites on deck 5 have doors to a common, semiprivate veranda area. Even though the area is not furnished, it's like having a balcony without paying a higher fare.

The logical layout of these sister ships, with suites in the forward two-thirds of the ship and public rooms aft, makes orientation simple. The clean, modern decor that defines public areas and lounges might seem almost stark, but it places the main emphasis on large expanses of glass for sunshine and sea views as well as passenger comfort.

Silversea ships boast unbeatable libraries stocked with best sellers, travel books, classics, and movies for en suite viewing. Extremely wide passageways in public areas are lined with glass-front display cabinets full of interesting and unusual artifacts from the places the ships visit. The Connoisseur’s Corner is a clubby cigar smoking room with overstuffed leather seating and a ventilation system that makes it possible for even nonsmokers to appreciate.

Silversea Cruises was launched in 1994 by the former owners of Sitmar Cruises, the Lefebvre family of Rome, whose concept for the new cruise line was to build and sail the highest-quality luxury ships at sea. Intimate ships, paired with exclusive amenities and unparalleled hospitality, are the hallmarks of Silversea cruises. All-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe precruise accommodations as well.

Personalization is a Silversea maxim. Their ships offer more activities than other comparably sized luxury vessels. Take part in those that interest you, or opt instead for a good book and any number of quiet spots to read or snooze in the shade. Silversea’s third generation of ships introduced even more luxurious features when the 36,000-ton Silver Spirit launched late in 2009. Silversea’s Silver Explorer is the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, and in 2013 Silversea added a second exploration ship, Silver Galapagos, that will sail exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

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Pros

  • Champagne flows freely throughout your cruise
  • Sailing on a Silversea ship is like spending time as a guest at a home in the Hamptons where everything is at your fingertips
  • Silversea is so all-inclusive that you'll seldom use your room card for anything but opening your suite door

Cons

  • Lines can form to use a washing machine in the smallish (yet totally free) laundry rooms
  • In an odd contrast to the contents of display cases and lovely flower arrangements, artwork on the walls is fairly ho-hum
  • The spa’s complimentary saunas and steam rooms are quite small
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 295
  • Entered Service 2000
  • Gross Tons 28,258
  • Length 610 feet
  • Number of Cabins 191
  • Passenger Capacity 382
  • Width 82 feet

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