Silversea Cruises’ Silver Shadow is like a floating luxury hotel, where you’ll find multiple restaurants, lavish suites, elegant public rooms, and just 381 traveling companions. The all-suite ship is also all-inclusive, so you can put your wallet in the safe when you board and still ask for another flute of rosé Champagne after dinner. This is a decadent way to see the world, whether you’re admiring glaciers in Alaska or sailing into bustling Hong Kong.
What We Love
Pratesi Bed Linens: The beds on Silver Shadow are made up in linens by Pratesi, the legendary Italian brand. Just sink into the 100 percent Egyptian-cotton satin sheets and cover yourself in the fluffy down-filled duvet and you can feel the difference.
Lava Rock Grilling: For such an upscale ship, Silver Shadow still has a sense of fun, best exemplified by al fresco dinners at the poolside grill. Tables are set with preheated volcanic rocks, so diners can grill their own meat (including steak, pork, lamb, or fish) the way they like it.
Best Known For
Butlers for Every Suite: You’ll quickly discover that you could live without your personable butler, but they certainly make life onboard nicer. Impeccably trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, they offer to unpack for you, pick up your laundry or shoes for shining, make spa or dinner reservations, and restock the mini fridge as needed.
Le Champagne: This Relais & Châteaux Wine Restaurant serves six-course meals inspired by the region the ship is sailing in as well as local ingredients. The wines are superb, too, of course. It’s all well worth the additional fee.
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Who It's Best For
Upscale Travelers: Adults with time and money gravitate to Silver Shadow to take them to new places in high style.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Don’t Expect Late-Night Carousing: The Silver Shadow is a quiet ship without a thumping disco or hard-drinking partyers. After dinner, passengers sip cognac and puff on cigars in the Connoisseur’s Corner, watch a classical soloist in the Show Lounge, or dance to standards in the Panorama Lounge.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.
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Silver Shadow at a Glance
- Line: Silversea Cruises
- Class: Millennium
- Number of Passengers: 382
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2000
- Refurbish Date: 2011