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This is our 4th Silver Sea Cruise and we hope to do more. The advantage of a smaller ship is port availability, ambiance and service. We departed from Seward, ended in Tokyo. 14 days of bliss. Only one glitch, the tail end of a typhoon (cat 3 tropical storm) prevented us from docking in Kushiro. Nothing Silver Sea could do about that. The crew were exceptional during our one day of high sea. I love days at sea, so this itinerary was perfect. Aleutians, (Kodiak and Dutch Harbor) then Russia and on to Hokkaido with three ports scheduled. This ship has a classy and yet homey feel to it. Just the right size for us. The included wines were quite good and our refrigerator was always stocked with whatever we asked for. The specialty restaurants are lovely and each one is totally different. Love the variety and the Italian kitchen!!!! And they make their own pasta!! Our grand suite was uber spacious, The bathroom was complete with three sinks, and bidet. The suite included a large walk in closet, beautiful bar, living room with a dining table, 2 TVs. However, I must add that the veranda suites are very comfortable and larger than most accommodations for a ship this size. Our Butler, Eno, was an angel and even helped me wheel chair my husband to the dining room or La Terrazza or Le Champagne (the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea). I must add that dining in the specialty restaurants need advanced reservations. Seating is limited. The poolside Grill has very limited seating, in order to provide top notch steak and grill dinners. Given that Kodiak and Dutch Harbor have limited sight seeing opportunities, the land tours were very good. My Aomori all day tour to Lake Towada, was worth every penny, complete with a sumptuous Japanese lunch. The Hakodate tour we chose was a sushi lunch with tuna carving ceremony. I could have skipped the cable car ride and spent that time in the local market. We stayed on ship for the Petropavlovsk stop, as we have been to Russia and have been on active volcanos in Hawaii, so I cannot personally comment on that port. The cultural speakers were completely enjoyable and informative. Can't comment on entertainment as we usually went back to our suite after dinner. If you like days at sea, this unusual itinerary is just the thing to unwind. Both Observation lounge an the Panorama lounge are spacious and very comfortable.

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Silver Shadow Cruise Review by world curious

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite 1
This is our 4th Silver Sea Cruise and we hope to do more. The advantage of a smaller ship is port availability, ambiance and service.

We departed from Seward, ended in Tokyo. 14 days of bliss. Only one glitch, the tail end of a typhoon (cat 3 tropical storm) prevented us from docking in Kushiro. Nothing Silver Sea could do about that. The crew were exceptional during our one day of high sea. I love days at sea, so this itinerary was perfect. Aleutians, (Kodiak and Dutch Harbor) then Russia and on to Hokkaido with three ports scheduled. This ship has a classy and yet homey feel to it. Just the right size for us. The included wines were quite good and our refrigerator was always stocked with whatever we asked for. The specialty restaurants are lovely and each one is totally different. Love the variety and the Italian kitchen!!!! And they make their own pasta!!

Our grand suite was uber spacious, The bathroom was complete with three sinks, and bidet. The suite included a large walk in closet, beautiful bar, living room with a dining table, 2 TVs. However, I must add that the veranda suites are very comfortable and larger than most accommodations for a ship this size. Our Butler, Eno, was an angel and even helped me wheel chair my husband to the dining room or La Terrazza or Le Champagne (the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea). I must add that dining in the specialty restaurants need advanced reservations. Seating is limited. The poolside Grill has very limited seating, in order to provide top notch steak and grill dinners.

Given that Kodiak and Dutch Harbor have limited sight seeing opportunities, the land tours were very good. My Aomori all day tour to Lake Towada, was worth every penny, complete with a sumptuous Japanese lunch. The Hakodate tour we chose was a sushi lunch with tuna carving ceremony. I could have skipped the cable car ride and spent that time in the local market. We stayed on ship for the Petropavlovsk stop, as we have been to Russia and have been on active volcanos in Hawaii, so I cannot personally comment on that port.

The cultural speakers were completely enjoyable and informative. Can't comment on entertainment as we usually went back to our suite after dinner.

If you like days at sea, this unusual itinerary is just the thing to unwind. Both Observation lounge an the Panorama lounge are spacious and very comfortable.
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Cabin Review

Grand Suite 1
Cabin G1 601
Beautiful and spacious suite. Lovely appointments. Lots of room and VERY comfortable.
Our butler was an angel. We love Silver Sea, its staff, crew, food and accommodations.
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