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Chose this cruise as it was a small ship and it sailed to Seward Alaska, rather than just to Skagway as many do. The most disappointing thing was the very poor entertainment. Only had a show at 10pm each night with a singing crew. It was like a visit to Vegas every night without the lights. You basically had to make your own entertainment. So a drink at the bar it was or a movie on TV. However the movies were few and far between - the same movie being repeated all day. There were no activities to meet other travelers. There was no shared seating at dining tables, so again it was difficult to meet other travellers. The room was comfortable although it was tight as it had too much furniture. We had our own butler and he was from India, so it was clear the only person that mattered was the male. I found this quite rude. The shore excursions were exclusive and expensive. It would have been ok, if you could have shared some of the group type activities such as 4WD but we were travelling only as a couple. A newsletter was delivered the evening before the following days activities, which was not sufficient notice and it lacked detailed information on the days activities etc. Attire was stuffy. No jeans after 6pm. Informal nights were stuffy as a tie was not sufficient, you had to wear a jacket. Formal nights they suggested Tuxedo, but no one wore these. That is a rediculous way to holiday if you ask me. Who wants to carry Tuxedos around? Dining was generally of a high standard, however the buffet was served by the staff and they offered very small portions. On many occasions, the travellers were asking for more and complaining amongst themselves of the servings. In particular one morning an English gentlemen wa asking for baked beans on toast. I heard him ask 3 times to fill it up. the small spoon offering of baked beans was a joke. This is supposed to be a luxury ship and spending $0.50 on baked beans seemed a big ask. It was also lovely being personally escorted to your table by the Head Waiter on formal nights. That did make me feel somewhat special. Whilst we are not big drinkers, it was nice that it was an all-inclusive ship. There was only 1 exclusive restaurant that few were able to get into. We were successful in getting into this restaurant and the food was exceptional. The wine was somewhat over priced however. Overall, my opinion is that I would not travel in this style again, as it was too stuffy and unfriendly. It was boring on sailing days as there was little to do.

Vancouver to Alaska on Silver Shadow

Silver Shadow Cruise Review by moorookar2b

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Chose this cruise as it was a small ship and it sailed to Seward Alaska, rather than just to Skagway as many do.

The most disappointing thing was the very poor entertainment. Only had a show at 10pm each night with a singing crew. It was like a visit to Vegas every night without the lights. You basically had to make your own entertainment. So a drink at the bar it was or a movie on TV. However the movies were few and far between - the same movie being repeated all day. There were no activities to meet other travelers. There was no shared seating at dining tables, so again it was difficult to meet other travellers.

The room was comfortable although it was tight as it had too much furniture. We had our own butler and he was from India, so it was clear the only person that mattered was the male. I found this quite rude.

The shore excursions were exclusive and expensive. It would have been ok, if you could have shared some of the group type activities such as 4WD but we were travelling only as a couple. A newsletter was delivered the evening before the following days activities, which was not sufficient notice and it lacked detailed information on the days activities etc.

Attire was stuffy. No jeans after 6pm. Informal nights were stuffy as a tie was not sufficient, you had to wear a jacket. Formal nights they suggested Tuxedo, but no one wore these. That is a rediculous way to holiday if you ask me. Who wants to carry Tuxedos around?

Dining was generally of a high standard, however the buffet was served by the staff and they offered very small portions. On many occasions, the travellers were asking for more and complaining amongst themselves of the servings. In particular one morning an English gentlemen wa asking for baked beans on toast. I heard him ask 3 times to fill it up. the small spoon offering of baked beans was a joke. This is supposed to be a luxury ship and spending $0.50 on baked beans seemed a big ask.

It was also lovely being personally escorted to your table by the Head Waiter on formal nights. That did make me feel somewhat special.

Whilst we are not big drinkers, it was nice that it was an all-inclusive ship. There was only 1 exclusive restaurant that few were able to get into. We were successful in getting into this restaurant and the food was exceptional. The wine was somewhat over priced however.

Overall, my opinion is that I would not travel in this style again, as it was too stuffy and unfriendly. It was boring on sailing days as there was little to do.
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Veranda Suite
Cabin V3
Rooms were crowded as there seemed too much furniture, although the walk-in robe was nice. The bathroom had a shower and a bath - not sure if that is standard, but it did take up a lot of space that would have been more useful in the bedroom/lounge area.
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