Silver Shadow, the second generation of Silversea ships. (Photo: Silversea)
As with all of the vessels in Silversea's fleet, Silver Shadow delivers a luxury cruise experience that would be hard to beat. Where Silver Shadow stands apart in the Silversea family is its size. For those who find Silver Cloud and Silver Wind too small, and Silver Spirit too large, Silver Shadow and its sister, Silver Whisper, are like the glass slipper that the charming prince slipped on Cinderella: a perfect fit.
Launched in 2000, Silver Shadow was the first of Silversea's second-generation ships, following original vessels Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. Measuring in at 28,258 gross tons and carrying 382 guests, like her sister Silver Whisper, she's small enough to offer an intimate cruise experience while also being large enough to provide a range of onboard experiences.
Like all the Silversea ships, Silver Shadow is designed with the vast majority of her public rooms located between midships and the stern, while staterooms and suites occupy the ship's forward half.
In the stern on Decks 5 and 6, the two-story show lounge has tiered seating and a profusion of cozy seating clusters. Just outside the show lounge on Deck 5, The Bar is a social hub where a band or DJ provides music for dancing.
Farther forward on this deck is a small casino and the extremely cozy casino bar as well as the ship's elegant boutiques. Two decks up, The Humidor is a dark, attractive room for cognac and cigars, with buttery leather armchairs. The Card Room, used for meetings and the card game Bridge (as opposed to the nautical Bridge), is on the same deck.
The Panorama Lounge, on Deck 8, serves a continental breakfast, afternoon tea, phenomenal sea views by day, afternoon activities such as trivia or dance instruction, and at night transforms into an intimate nightspot for dancing and piano music.
Next door is an internet cafe with computer stations for guests who are not using their own devices through the shipwide WiFi (charges apply). Adjacent is a library stocked with books, up-to-date newspapers in several languages and a selection of more than 300 DVDs that can be checked out for in-stateroom viewing.
At the top of the ship, the Observation Lounge is a relaxed room, offering views forward over the bow as well as books (in addition to the Library on Deck 8), maps and binoculars for guests who like to keep track of their course. Behind the Observation Lounge, the Spa at Silversea is a fairly spacious facility offering treatment rooms, men's and women's saunas and steam rooms, a fitness center and a beauty salon.
Outdoors, the resort-like Pool Deck is dotted with teak lounges, round wicker day-beds, and a pair of hot tubs, all arrayed around a pool that's heated during cool-weather sailings.
Silver Shadow Dining
Dine indoors or outdoors at La Terrazza on Shadow's Deck 7.
Dining is one of Silver Shadow's great highlights, with four restaurants from which to choose. The main restaurant, called simply The Restaurant, serves contemporary, international cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the latter featuring candlelight, dancing on some nights (and yes, guests do dance during dinner) and complementary (as well as complimentary) wines.
Wellness, vegetarian and "always available" selections are also available as are gluten-free products. On Silversea, special dietary requests can be made before sailing, and those requiring special diets will have the opportunity to meet with the chef upon embarkation to discuss their regimens.
For a more intimate (and extra-cost) meal, Shadow offers Le Champagne, created in partnership with Relais & ChÂteaux and serving six-course wine-pairing menus comprised of regionally inspired dishes.
At the casual end, La Terrazza serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch with seating both indoors and out. In the evening, it serves an Italian menu created on "slow food" principles - locally grown, sustainable, and fresh. Pasta and sauces are made fresh daily, using products from Italy.
The Pool Bar & Grill offers a Wellness Breakfast as well as casual lunches and dinners, the latter featuring the fun "Black Rock Dining" experience, in which guests can grill their own meat or seafood at their table on a preheated volcanic rock. The outdoor dining area is heated on cooler evenings.
Service is doting in all the restaurants, and if you're not feeling social you can order lunch or dinner served course by course in your cabin, if you wish, from the day's menu at the Restaurant.
Silver Shadow Staterooms & Suites
Veranda Suites are the most common types of suites on Silver Shadow.
Staterooms/suites range from the 287-square-foot Vista Suites (they're all located on Deck 4) to the 919-square-foot Owners Suite and 941-square-foot to 1,090-square-foot Grand Suites, the latter two categories of which offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, large teak verandas, marble bathrooms with separate shower and whirlpool tub, and the option of booking and opening up an adjoining standard accommodation for even more space.
Decks 6 and 7 forward features two Royal Suites, measuring 990 square feet, with verandas measuring 129 square feet, and the option to book an adjoining stateroom for 1,366 square feet of living space, plus an additional veranda.
Deck 7 features 13 Silver Suites, measuring 653 square feet to 701 square feet, including the verandas measuring 110 square feet to 123 square feet. Silver Suites are the Avid Cruiser's favorite category for comfort, location and value.
The two Medallion Suites on Deck 7 measure 521 square feet, with teak verandas.
The vast majority of accommodations aboard are 345-square-foot Veranda Suites, with private teak verandas, marble bathrooms, and walk-in wardrobes.
All accommodations on board come with butler service, a bar setup stocked with your preferences, wifi access, European bath amenities, fine linens and down duvets, a choice of nine types of pillows, and a choice of aromatherapy fragrances created by Italian perfumer Laura Tonatto.