Silversea Cruise Review

I recently returned from a fantastic cruise with Silversea on board Silver Shadow. During my nine night voyage I sailed from Hong Kong down through Vietnam and ended in Singapore. I’ll be posting port destination guides in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for them but for now here is my all important review of Silver Shadow…

Silversea are an ‘ultra-luxury’ (doesn’t that just sound wonderful?!) cruise company that specialise in small ship cruising. Silver Shadow is one of their largest ships with capacity for 382 passengers and 308 crew which makes for a very high crew to passenger ratio. This could be felt around the ship as the quality of service was by and large excellent and there were always plenty of staff available in bars, restaurants and other public areas on the ship.

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Pool on board Silversea Silver Shadow

 My Verandah Suite

I was lucky enough to have a beautiful Verandah Suite on board Silver Shadow and it was definitely the biggest room I’ve ever had a on a cruise ship. The bathroom was large and had two sinks, a large shower and a separate bath. This was the first time I’ve had a bath on board a ship and I must say I very much enjoyed taking a bath before dinner in the evening.
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There was also a walk in wardrobe which was perfect as it meant you could leave all your junk in there out of the way and not have it cluttering up your suite.

The suite itself was very spacious and the patio doors leading out onto the verandah meant the room was filled with light. The bed was ridiculously comfortable and was covered in luxurious linens. There is even a pillow menu with nine different pillow types to suit your preference and ensure you get a good nights rest.

The Bvlgari toiletries in the bathroom were a nice touch and I loved this luxurious element.

The mini bars in the suites are completely complimentary and will be filled with whatever it is you fancy!

Every suite on board Silversea has the luxury of having their own butler to hand. I didn’t use my butler for anything more than bringing me complimentary breakfast in the morning (all room service on board Silversea is complimentary). I was assured by other passengers that the butlers could be used for anything from bringing champagne to them on their verandahs or running them a bath to be ready when they had returned from a day exploring ashore. How very posh!

Le Champagne Specialty Restaurant

Le Champagne is the only Relais and Chateaux restaurant at sea and was without a doubt the best meal I’ve ever enjoyed on board a ship.

The food is sumptuous, elegant and everything I tasted was absolutely delicious.

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Le Champagne Restaurant on board Silver Shadow

My favourite by far was the risotto with edible gold leaf…how luxe!!

Le Champagne is a small, intimate restaurant with limited seating and as a result it fills up fast so if you want to enjoy a meal here during your cruise then be sure to book well in advance.

The Entertainment

This is the only part of my cruise with Silversea that sadly I was really disappointed with. I had expected shows of a similar standard to those I had seen on larger ships, albeit on a smaller scale. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The shows in the Athenian Theatre on board in the evenings were less than inspiring and I ended up not attending many of them as a result. The ones I did see featured a few good singers and a few not so good singers, cheap costumes and very few lighting or special effects.

The majority of the people who I spoke to on board felt the same way about the entertainment and many of the regular Silversea customers said it was of a far lower standard than they are normally used to enjoying with Silversea. It’s a shame as this was the only blight on an otherwise fantastic cruise experience.

The Pool Grill

The Pool Grill is a fabulous laid back dining space both during the day and at night. During the day you can help yourself from their small buffet selection or you can order from their menu and have it brought to you.

At night The Pool Grill is a more structured affair and you order from their extensive menu and your food is brought to you on a hot stone where you can cook it to your preference. I opted for a big juicy steak and I loved being able to flip it about on my hot stone and cook it exactly how I wanted it. It was certainly a lot more fun than a standard steak dinner!
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The Dress Code

I was worried that the dress code for evenings would be a lot fancier than I’ve previously been used to on other cruises but I needn’t have worried. It was no more or less dressed up than other ships I’d been on in the past. Evening dress codes range from Casual to Informal and then Formal being black tie. I love any excuse to get dressed up so loved the formal evenings but many people were just in simple maxi dresses, cocktail dresses or trouser suits. No need to splash out on new clothes if you don’t want to.

The All-Inclusive Aspect

When you book your Silversea cruise you do so in the knowledge that all meals (except cover charges for speciality restaurants such as Le Champagne) and the vast majority of drinks are included. The inclusive food is of a very high standard and is absolutely what you would expect from a cruise of this nature.

The drinks that are included are also of a very high standard and include premium spirits, wines and even champagnes. That’s certainly not what you would expect from a typical all-inclusive deal. If you’re a wine lover (like me!) you’ll find a great selection of new and old world wines available and it’s not just glasses of wine that are inclusive, you can order a bottle of wine by the pool, in a bar or at dinner. Perfect!

This was one aspect of my cruise with Silversea that I really enjoyed. It felt far more relaxing to be able to order a drink and not have to worry about handing over your cruise card and then signing a bar bill every time. It was easier and also saved me ending up with a handbag full of receipts at the end of my cruise!

 I absolutely loved my time on board Silversea’s Silver Shadow and really enjoyed the cruise experience with Silversea. Have you cruised with Silversea before? What was your experience?

Disclosure: I travelled as a guest of Silversea during my cruise however, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.