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First the good. Can’t say enough good things about every crew member we came into contact with throughout the entie cruise. You were always greeted with a smile and they were eager to please you!. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the train in Anchorage was smooth and hassle free. Embarkation was a breeze. Disembarkation and transfer to the airport in Vancouver went just as smoothly and very professionally carried out. The excursions our group booked through SilverSeas were excellent and delivered as promised in the literature. Now for the disappointment. Despite all of the good things I mentioned the negatives were hard to overcome. The first major disappointment was the food. Although the breakfast buffet was good please don’t order breakfast to enjoy in your stateroom. We attempted this twice and had cold eggs and blueberry pancakes, and I don’t mean room temperature, I mean cold. Dinners in the main dining room and LaTerrazza were also a big disappointment. In Alaska I would have expected fresh salmon and halibut. Instead we got frozen red snapper. The entire menu and quality of the food was subpar. Another disappointment was the selection of bourbons which I enjoy. My only choices were Jack Daniels, Makers Mark or Jim Beam. I expected more from a “luxury cruise line”. I also believe SilverSeas should have explained its dress code better. On line it was indicated there was only one formal night and it was ‘optional’. This was an Alaskan cruise we were not cruising the French Riviera. I learned the hard way that casual to SilverSeas means a sports jacket without a tie. Luckily my excellent butler found a jacket for me to use for the five of seven nights I was required to wear a jacket. I was even told I was unable to order a cocktail in the bar without a jacket! I found this a bit extreme and I’m not talking about wearing jeans or shorts. I’m talking about long sleeve button down shirt and dress slacks. I’ve only taken one other high end cruise and that was with Regent. In my humble opinion there was no comparison. From the condition of the ship, the multitude of choices for alcohol and wines, to the quality and variety of foods offered at dinner, Regent was clearly superior and it wasn’t even close. This is only one man’s opinion and based on the large number of excellent reviews from others many would disagree with my assessment but I felt I should offer it nonetheless.

Overall a disappointing experience

Silver Shadow Cruise Review by Saints1

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
First the good. Can’t say enough good things about every crew member we came into contact with throughout the entie cruise. You were always greeted with a smile and they were eager to please you!. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the train in Anchorage was smooth and hassle free. Embarkation was a breeze. Disembarkation and transfer to the airport in Vancouver went just as smoothly and very professionally carried out. The excursions our group booked through SilverSeas were excellent and delivered as promised in the literature.

Now for the disappointment. Despite all of the good things I mentioned the negatives were hard to overcome. The first major disappointment was the food. Although the breakfast buffet was good please don’t order breakfast to enjoy in your stateroom. We attempted this twice and had cold eggs and blueberry pancakes, and I don’t mean room temperature, I mean cold. Dinners in the main dining room and LaTerrazza were also a big disappointment. In Alaska I would have expected fresh salmon and halibut. Instead we got frozen red snapper. The entire menu and quality of the food was subpar. Another disappointment was the selection of bourbons which I enjoy. My only choices were Jack Daniels, Makers Mark or Jim Beam. I expected more from a “luxury cruise line”.

I also believe SilverSeas should have explained its dress code better. On line it was indicated there was only one formal night and it was ‘optional’. This was an Alaskan cruise we were not cruising the French Riviera. I learned the hard way that casual to SilverSeas means a sports jacket without a tie. Luckily my excellent butler found a jacket for me to use for the five of seven nights I was required to wear a jacket. I was even told I was unable to order a cocktail in the bar without a jacket! I found this a bit extreme and I’m not talking about wearing jeans or shorts. I’m talking about long sleeve button down shirt and dress slacks.

I’ve only taken one other high end cruise and that was with Regent. In my humble opinion there was no comparison. From the condition of the ship, the multitude of choices for alcohol and wines, to the quality and variety of foods offered at dinner, Regent was clearly superior and it wasn’t even close.

This is only one man’s opinion and based on the large number of excellent reviews from others many would disagree with my assessment but I felt I should offer it nonetheless.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V3 645
Fairly well maintained but nothing special.
Deck 8 Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Trekking
    Absolutely the best ship excursion I ever took! Stunning helicopter ride then land on Mendenhall Glacier meet your guide, put on crampon, helmet, ice pick and explore the glacier for 2-3 miles. You need to be in fairly decent shape and also somewhat steady on your feet. You will go up, down and sideways on the glacier and see sights you likely never saw before or will again.put aside your apprehensions and do this!!
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  • Wildlife Tour
    Captain Paul Davis owner of Gallant Adventures does a great job! We took a private Extended Wildlife Adventure. His boat holds up to 6 and is very comfortable. Paul met us right where we came off the ship and we spent 5 hours getting up close to whales, sea otters and seals! Excellent excursion!
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