Today, we continue with our new Photo Tour of Silversea’s Silver Shadow following her extensive refurbishment this spring.

Let's head on up to Deck 8 and continue our tour of Silversea's Silver Shadow! Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

DECK 8

The Panorama Lounge

Fresh flowers and cool drinks are on the menu in the Panorama Lounge. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Moving up one deck, we arrive at the Panorama Lounge, Silver Shadow’s aft-facing bar, lounge and nightclub all rolled into one!  Sporting new furniture that more closely resembles those found in the same area aboard Silver Spirit, the newly-refreshed Panorama Lounge feels more open and airy than its previous incarnation.

The newly-reconditioned dance floor is impressively large. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

It also feels brighter, thanks to alternating red-and-white chairs with wicker accents, and a bold new color scheme for the carpeting.  The dance floor that is the focal point of the room has been totally reconditioned, and 180-degree windows give way to an outdoor seating area to better enjoy the magnificent views of the Pacific.

The Library

The well-stocked Library aboard Silver Shadow also contains internet stations and daily newspapers from around the world. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Heading forward along the spacious corridor, we come to the Library.  Situated along the starboard side of the ship, the Library hasn’t changed much since its previous incarnation, though all chairs have been given a modern, updated look.  Inside, passengers will still find all the expected amenities: a wide variety of books on almost every conceivable subject, internet stations, and even DVD movies and video games that can be rented out, free of charge.  Freshly-printed newspapers from around the world can be read free of charge here, and guests can elect to have nearly any newspaper – in it’s entirety – printed off and delivered to their stateroom for a small fee.

The Pool Deck & Black Rock Dining

The spacious pool deck has had a total refit - from the decking and pool tiles to the tables and chairs. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Heading forward, we leave the warmth of Silver Shadow’s public rooms for the relative coolness of her pool deck, thanks to a trademark Vancouver mid-day downpour.  But the work that’s been done to the pool deck is anything but routine.  New loungers have been added throughout, as well as the shaded “clamshell” chairs that have been so popular aboard Silver Spirit.  Unlike that ship, however, these “clamshell” chairs sport a centre pedestal to rest drinks atop, and to assist in getting up out of them when the sun goes down!

The entire pool was retiled and reconditioned, resulting in a pool and surrounding deck area that looks brand new.

New tables and chairs turn the pool deck into the line's signature Black Rock Dining area. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Another new feature is the addition of Silversea’s signature Black Rock Dining.  Requiring reservations but free of charge, Black Rock Dining is a fantastically fun outdoor dining experience that was first introduced aboard Silver Spirit.  Here’s how it works: you make your selection from one of several cuts of meat or seafood, all accompanied with the appropriate side dishes and wine pairings.

Black Rock Dining in action aboard the Silver Spirit. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Your main course is brought to you on a black volcanic rock slab situated atop a wooden board, where it is cooked right before your eyes.  You can elect to cook it yourself, or have one of the admittedly more skilled staff members help you out.  It’s a lot of fun, and a must-experience dinner choice on any Silversea voyage.  Our tip: no matter what you get, try the Apple Crumble for dessert – it’s to die for!

DECK 9

Overlooking the Pool, Deck 9 offers plenty of area to relax in the...er, sun. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Up on Deck 9, passengers find more seating options, as well as an expanse of green astro-turf decking that won’t burn bare feet, even on a hot day.  In Alaska, it serves a dual purpose: it’s very difficult to slip on this style of decking, making it ideal during inclement weather.

The bright, airy, almost train-like corridor on Deck 10 leading to the Spa at Silversea. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The forward portion of Deck 9 gives way to more luxurious passenger accommodations, so we’ll head on up to Deck 10.

DECK 10

The Spa at Silversea

Make yourself at home at The Spa at Silversea. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Heading forward on Deck 10, the first thing you’ll come to is The Spa at Silversea, Silver Shadow’s all-in-one spa, salon and fitness centre.  This area received a substantial yet subtle makeover that included new flooring, new tiling in the change and sauna rooms, and new wall décor in every treatment room.

One of the recently-redone treatment rooms in the spa aboard Silver Shadow. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

I say “substantial yet subtle” because at first, you don’t realize what’s been done to the Spa. It’s only upon closer inspection that you realize the extent of the work that has been performed here, and how well it all blends in with the overall look and feel of this area.

The Observation Lounge

The comfortable Observation Lounge offers 180-degree views and floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

We close our Silver Shadow Revisited photo tour with a look at the Observation Lounge.  Located all the way forward on Deck 10, this forward-facing lounge is a comfortable place to relax and take in the scenery, or simply settle into one of the deep chairs with one of the many books here.  On the starboard side, a small bar area serves up coffee, juice, soda and pastries during the day – the perfect companion to a good book or lively conversation.

Silver Shadow's Observation Lounge, facing aft. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Change has affected this room as well.  New carpeting and upholstery make the room sparkle, while new window treatments let in more of the natural light from the room’s 180-degree, floor-to-ceiling windows.  A centre console offers up the Silver Shadow’s current navigation and weather statistics, and there’s even a small piano tucked away in the corner nearest the port-side entrance.  On one of the large reading tables is a giant map of Alaska, allowing passengers to trace their progress as they sail north.

Closing Thoughts

Custom artwork aboard the Silver Shadow reflects the diverse regions in which she sails. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Silver Shadow of 2011 is every bit as comfortable and appealing as the previous incarnation we toured last June.  After having enjoyed two wonderful voyages aboard the newer Silver Spirit, I appreciated the influence that ship had on this recent refit.  The new Bar area is spectacular and instantly inviting, while additions like Black Rock Dining and the enhanced pool deck are sure to be appreciated by many passengers.

It's the little things: the unique water glasses compliment the entire dinner setting in Le Champagne. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

But really, this refit just succeeded in making a great ship even better.  If you’ve sailed aboard Silver Shadow before, you’ll have no trouble adjusting to these new enhancements, which are purely cosmetic in nature; not a single berth has been added to her occupancy, ensuring the onboard atmosphere remains spacious and welcoming.

If you haven’t sailed aboard Silver Shadow before, well…your yacht awaits.

For more information on Silver Shadow, be sure to visit the Silversea Cruises website, or check out the extensive overview on our sister-site, Avid Cruiser

Curious to see how Silver Shadow used to look?  Have a peek at our extensive photo-tour from last June and get to know this interesting, comfortable and elegant ship.  

 

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