Sailing the Inside Passage aboard Silver Shadow

Sailing the gorgeous Inside Passage off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada aboard Silversea's elegant Silver Shadow. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Sailing the gorgeous Inside Passage off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada aboard Silversea’s elegant Silver Shadow. This is the view from my suite balcony at 7:15a.m. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Shadow was making an easy 16 knots when I awoke this morning, hugging the coast of Vancouver Island as we made our way up towards Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) and on to Alaska.

People often ask me why they should bother with a balcony stateroom or suite in Alaska. The answer is simple: the views. The scene I woke up to just outside the balcony doors of my Veranda Suite was nothing short of fantastic. You won’t be doing much sun-tanning on the balcony, but you will be spending plenty of time there admiring the scenery.

Balconies are worth every penny when it comes to sailing the Inside Passage. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Balconies are worth every penny when it comes to sailing the Inside Passage. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Balconies along the port side of Silversea's Silver Shadow. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Balconies along the port side of Silversea’s Silver Shadow. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

I’ve sailed to Alaska several times now, and I’ve cruised with Silversea on a number of different voyages. I’m also a creature of habit, so I tend to find a handful of things I like to do both onboard and ashore and stick with them. Not so on this voyage: I’m actively seeking out things I’ve never done before.

One thing I have done before, and continue to love: Silversea's room service breakfast. I got hooked on it onboard Silver Explorer and Silver Discoverer, and haven't looked back since. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

One thing I have done before, and continue to love: Silversea’s room service breakfast. I got hooked on it onboard Silver Explorer and Silver Discoverer, and haven’t looked back since. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

In keeping with that theme, I made an appointment yesterday at the Spa at Silversea to have my hair cut this morning at 9:00 a.m. I’ve never had my hair cut before on any cruise, but I’ve always been curious about it. And, since my hair styling was madly out of control, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new.

No longer exclusively a female domain, spas onboard cruise ships offer dedicated treatments for men in addition to a wide array of massages and other exotic rituals. And, at $45, the Men’s Cleanse, Cut and Style Dry option is only about five dollars more than I’d pay to have my hair cut at home. Sorry, Adam – you can cut my hair next month. I promise!

The Spa at Silversea  aboard Silver Shadow offers nearly every conceivable treatment. It's located on Deck 10 forward. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Spa at Silversea aboard Silver Shadow offers nearly every conceivable treatment. It’s located on Deck 10 forward. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Monika from Poland was my stylist for the hour it took to cut my hair. She asked how I’d like my hair cut and checked frequently to ensure that the style was coming out right, and that I was happy with the length. The room was bright and pleasant and looked out onto the corridor running along Deck 10 from the forward stairwell to the Observation Lounge. Roughly four people – if I am not mistaken – could have their hair cut at the same time on a busy day. I am sure this afternoon will be booked solid, as tonight is Formal Night here onboard the Silver Shadow.

If you’re thirsty, you can enjoy a glass of water or some tea or coffee while you have your hair done. Monika brought me a glass of water, and forty minutes of clipping and pleasant conversation later, and I was done; feeling – and looking – much better.

Clip, Clip! I didn't cut my own hair, but I was very pleased with my first-ever shipboard haircut! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Clip, Clip! I didn’t cut my own hair, but I was very pleased with my first-ever shipboard haircut! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Would I get my hair cut again on a ship? Definitely. In fact, I think this was easier than trying to cram in an appointment at home before my cruise when the rush is on to pack and get organized. I also appreciated that there was no “hard sell” for additional products like you sometimes get at shipboard spas. The entire experience was very pleasant.

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Our Live Voyage Report onboard Silversea’s luxurious Silver Shadow continues tomorrow as we come ashore in our very first port of call in Alaska: Ketchikan! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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