Silver Shadow Review and Specifications
Specifications of Silver Shadow
|Year built||2000 / Age : 19|
|Builder||T. Mariotti (Genoa, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 150 million|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) & Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy)|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||186 m / 610 ft|
|Beam (width)||24 m / 79 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||28258 gt|
|Passengers||388 - 466|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Christened by||Janet Burke|
Review of Silver Shadow
Launched in 2000, MS Silver Shadow cruise ship is the third vessel owned by Silversea Cruises, preceded by the fleet mates Silver Cloud (1994) and Silver Wind (1995), and followed by the sister ship Silver Whisper (2001).
History - construction and ownership
Silversea Cruises is a Monaco-based privately owned luxury cruise line. It was established in 1994 by a joint venture of V-Ships, Monaco (known previously as Vlasov Group) and the Lefebvre family of Italy (Rome). Silversea pioneered all-inclusive cruising with the launch of its first ship, Silver Cloud. As of early 2014, Silversea Cruises owns eight boutique cruise vessels, each carrying only 100 to 540 guests. The business model of Silversea is to operate cruise ships in the small, ultra-luxury, all-suite category. The new all-inclusive fares of the line offer such features as beverages (including selected wines), gratuities (none are allowed), travel insurance, port charges and one or more complimentary shore excursions in every itinerary.
The 28,258-ton, 388-passenger cruise ship Silver Shadow is a successor of Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. The difference between ms Silver Shadow and her two predecessors in the line’s fleet is only in size. Silversea Cruises reputation for quality, established with the first two ships, today is carried on. In configuration and shape Shadow, and her twin-sister Whisper, are simply bigger and newer versions of the first Silversea vessels. You may find a number of younger, in their mid-40’s passengers onboard Silver Shadow, but generally, guests are around their 60’s and over. Travellers on the Shadow ship are loyal to Silversea and well-heeled.
Cruise itinerary program
Silver Shadow itinerary program is based on exotic, “all-inclusive luxury” cruises in the regions of Alaska (with departures from Vancouver), Asia (from Hong Kong and Singapore), South America (Antarctica voyages from Chile and Argentina), Caribbean (out of Fort Lauderdale).
Silver Shadow is all-suite with a total of 194 cabins (4 connecting, 2 wheelchair-accessible) in 11 grades. The smallest Vista Suites measure 287 sq.ft., and next are Verandah Suites with 345 sq.ft., Medallion Suites (521 sq.ft.), Silver Suites (701 sq.ft.), Royal Suites (of which one is at 1,312 sq.ft., and another at 1,352 sq.ft.) and Grand Suites (one is 1,409 sq.ft., another – 1,435 sq.ft.) – quite awesome array of accommodations. Almost all suites are Balcony, but in some instances, guests share an unfurnished narrow balcony.
All rooms provide walk-in closets, sitting area, dressing table with good lighting and hairdryer, double basin in Italian marble, separate shower and full bathtub, refrigerator with a bottle of wine, beer and soft drinks, satellite television, VCR unit, a safe. Bathroom amenities are offered by Bvlgari with Frette Italian linens. Beds are convertible. Flowers and fresh fruit are always on the table.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
No matter where you choose to eat on Silver Shadow – in the main dining room (The Restaurant), Terrace Cafe, or in the intimate Le Champagne dinner room, the ship’s cuisine is of the highest quality. You will not be disappointed at the Bar, cigar club by Davidoff, wine and champagne bars. Silver Shadow gratuity is not required, neither expected as Silversea crew is paid above the industry average.
Follows the complete list of Silver Shadow restaurants and food bars.
- The Restaurant (open-seating dining room with top-quality gourmet cuisine; features the most the Mediterranean themed meals, and always available standard menu with daily specials; all three meals are waiter-served and a la carte)
- Le Champagne (20-seat French cuisine speciality restaurant; offers signature dishes by Relais Chateaux; dinner-only; reservations-only)
- La Terrazza (Terrace Cafe; complimentary buffet-style restaurant, offers both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace; wine is complimentary; there is also Afternoon Tea service; La Terrazza transforms each evening between 7:00 and 9:30 pm, into an Italian speciality restaurant, reservations-only, with a la carte menu)
- Pool Bar & Pool Grill (serve ship's pool deck area with fast food and drinks during the day; in the evening, the outdoor area becomes an al fresco dining venue with classic seafood and steakhouse choices, plus vegetarian and healthy selections)
- The Grill (offers gourmet dining under the stars with signature meals including lava-rocks grilled meat, seafood, Mediterranean vegetables, baked potatoes, salad of the day; wines are complimentary, except the premium ones from the Connoisseur’s Wine List; The Grill implements the line’s interactive dining concept “Black Rock Grill Experience”, which allows guests to cook their own meat and seafood).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Silver Shadow is not the ship to be considered fitness-oriented. Her passengers tend to be older and more sedentary than the ones on other ships in the market, but a number of opportunities to keep fit are available. Swimmers can use the outdoor saltwater pool, two whirlpools and two outdoor showers. There are also men’s and ladies’ steam rooms and saunas. Don’t forget the poolside grill and bar. The fitness centre is small but with interesting features – an example is the aqua swim pool, allowing passengers to swim against the tide, a great exercise for getting fit. Cycle and weight equipment are standard fare, and also effective for people who want to be in good shape. There is a small outdoor artificial turf jogging track nearby.
The Shadow’s Mandara Spa offers every imaginable treatment, from a simple manicure to Indian scalp massage. Some of the treatments’ names are most appealing and it takes two therapists in unison to work on different body parts, in order to provide “Ultimate Indulgence”. A face and scalp, hands and feet massage, is called “Heaven and Earth”, but one of the most exotic is named “Balinese Bliss for Two” which you have to enjoy with the one you love. Other onboard amenities include golf driving cage and shuffleboard court, a casino with casino bar, conference and card rooms, computer centre, library and Bulgari boutiques.
Additional amenities include Launderettes (3), Medical centre, complimentary 24-hour Room Service, Internet/WiFi Access.
Follows the complete list of Silver Shadow lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Casino (with slot machines and gaming tables; served by The Bar)
- Boutique shops (both offer duty-free shopping: luxury jewellery and watches, brand perfumes, fashion, designer handbags, photo/video accessories, Silversea logo merchandise, special occasion gifts, convenience goods)
- The Bar (lounge with ample comfortable seating; offers live music performances, large dance floor, complimentary cocktails)
- Athenian Show Lounge (356 seats, former Venetian Lounge - ship’s theatre for live music and show productions; the daily enrichment program offers trivia games, dance classes, language lessons, lectures, media presentations)
- Conference Room (hosts group meetings and conferences; it is adjacent to the Card Room and the Internet Cafe)
- The Swimming Pool (with saltwater; heated during cool-weather cruises; the sunbathing area has teak chaise loungers, 2 whirlpools and tennis tables)
- Connoisseur’s Corner (formerly known as Humidor - ship’s smoking lounge furnished with leather armchairs and selling brand cognacs, vintage wines, fine cigars)
- Panorama Lounge (served by its own bar; offers live music and dancing, Continental Breakfast and Afternoon Tea)
- Observation Lounge (with 270-degree panoramic views and a radar screen; serves early breakfast with coffee)
- The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
- The Spa at Silversea (features treatment rooms, and spa therapies including body wraps, massages and facials; sauna and steam rooms)
- Beauty Salon (provides a full range of services: hairstyling, manicures, pedicures)
- Fitness Centre (offers a treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer)
- Power Walking/Jogging Track, Golf Cage, paddle tennis, golf putting green.
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Silver Shadow Wiki
Silversea Shadow ship has an identical "younger" sister - Silver Whisper (launched in 2001). The Shadow's godmother is Janet Burke (former Silversea Cruises' SVP of Marketing and Sales). She christened the vessel on September 14, 2000 (in Port Civitavecchia) by smashing a Salmanazar (9L bottle) of Moet & Chandon Champagne in the hull. The maiden voyage started on September 15, 2000 - Mediterranean itinerary between Civitavecchia-Rome and Lisbon.
Silversea ships Shadow and Whisper feature the best space-to-guest ratio in the world with a score of 74. This means they offer more space per guest than any other mass market or luxury cruise ship on the planet. Like the other Silversea vessels, Shadow and Whisper have very good guest-to-crew ratio - 1,3. All officers and crew members are European trained.
Silversea's "flight and cruise" package deals (by company's "Silver Sky" program) are inclusive of the luxury cruise fare, discount round-trip airfare (Economy Class) and airport-pier-airport transfers. Silversea's "hotel and cruise" package "Silver Shore Simply Hotel" offers overnight 5-star luxury hotel stays with the option of adding transfers or upgrades. The upgraded cruise and hotel package ("Silver Shore Grande Hotel") offers 1-3-nights landmark hotel stays (or at a boutique property) and is inclusive of private transfers (airport-hotel and hotel-pier).
China Merchants Group entered into an agreement to charter Silver Shadow for pan-Asian itineraries between January 29, 2017, and May 4, 2017. Silversea's Asian cruise itineraries will include days at sea and plenty of maiden ports of call, with access to innovative and iconic ports, old and new.
Silver Shadow refurbishment 2019 review
In 2019 (November 2 through December 2) the ship was drydocked in Port Valletta Malta (at Palumbo Malta Shipyard) for an extensive refurbishment. The USD 30 million drydocking project was part of Silversea's "Project Invictus" (fleet renovation program).
The works included general maintenance, upgrades to public areas, complete renovation of all staterooms, adding Atrium & Arts Cafe (replacing the old Lobby) and Connoisseur’s Club (the old cigar lounge was moved from Deck 7 to Deck 8 starboard with added an outdoor smoking-allowed area).
The vessel was previously drydocked in 2017.
Silver Shadow Itineraries
The below listed Silver Shadow cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Silversea fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Oct 22||11 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus|
|2019 Nov 21||12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale||Lisbon|
|2019 Dec 03||5 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Philipsburg||Fort Lauderdale|
|2019 Dec 03||7 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan||Fort Lauderdale||$3400|
|2019 Dec 03||16 days, round-trip Fort Lauderdale (Florida) To Fort Lauderdale (Florida)||Fort Lauderdale||$5600|
|2019 Dec 10||5 days, one-way from San Juan to St Johns||San Juan||$2330|
|2019 Dec 10||9 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale||San Juan||$3900|
|2019 Dec 19||9 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan||Fort Lauderdale||$4900|
|2019 Dec 28||10 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown||San Juan||$5700|
|2020 Jan 14||10 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 06||20 days, one-way from Callao to Buenos Aires||Callao||$13700|
|2020 May 14||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$5760|
|2020 May 30||13 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$8460|
|2020 Jun 18||10 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$6480|
|2020 Jul 10||8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia|
|2020 Jul 18||8 days, round-trip Inspirato Cruise||Piraeus|
|2020 Jul 26||7 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus||$7290|
|2020 Aug 02||12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$7470|
|2020 Aug 14||7 days, round-trip Venice To Venice||Venice||$4770|
|2020 Aug 21||10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$5940|
|2020 Sep 13||11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona||Lisbon||$5940|
|2020 Sep 24||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$3960|
|2020 Sep 24||18 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona||$11200|
|2020 Oct 01||11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$7470|
|2020 Oct 12||7 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus||$5400|
|2020 Oct 19||10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$5490|
|2020 Oct 29||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$6750|
|2020 Nov 10||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to San Juan||Barcelona||$3960|
|2020 Nov 10||15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale||Barcelona||$4950|
|2020 Nov 25||9 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan||Fort Lauderdale||$3420|
|2020 Dec 04||14 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale||San Juan||$4770|
|2020 Dec 04||24 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale||San Juan||$9200|
|2020 Dec 18||10 days, round-trip Fort Lauderdale (Florida) To Fort Lauderdale (Florida)||Fort Lauderdale||$4410|
|2020 Dec 28||11 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan||Fort Lauderdale||$4770|
|2021 Jan 08||10 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale||San Juan||$3780|
|2021 Jan 18||11 days, round-trip Fort Lauderdale (Florida) To Fort Lauderdale (Florida)||Fort Lauderdale||$4410|
|2021 Jan 29||10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan||Fort Lauderdale||$3780|
|2021 Feb 08||7 days, round-trip San Juan To San Juan||San Juan||$3420|
|2021 Feb 22||10 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale||San Juan||$3960|
|2021 Apr 05||10 days, round-trip Fort Lauderdale (Florida) To Fort Lauderdale (Florida)||Fort Lauderdale||$3780|
|2021 Apr 15||13 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon||Fort Lauderdale||$4770|
|2021 Apr 15||25 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona||Fort Lauderdale||$10100|
|2021 Apr 28||12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona||Lisbon||$5940|
|2021 May 10||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$4410|
|2021 May 17||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$4410|
|2021 May 28||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$5940|
|2021 Jun 07||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona||$6750|
|2021 Jun 17||12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$7470|
|2021 Jul 06||7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$4950|
|2021 Jul 13||7 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus||$4950|
|2021 Jul 20||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$4950|
|2021 Jul 27||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$5940|
|2021 Aug 06||10 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$5940|
|2021 Aug 16||11 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus||$6930|
|2021 Aug 27||12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$7470|
|2021 Sep 08||12 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$6930|
|2021 Sep 20||15 days, round-trip Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus)||Piraeus||$8730|
|2021 Oct 05||10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$5940|
|2021 Oct 15||9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$4950|
|2021 Oct 24||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$5940|
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