Silver Shadow sails the Pacific, bound for Victoria

A guest photographs Silversea's Silver Shadow earlier this week in Sitka, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

A guest photographs Silversea’s Silver Shadow earlier this week in Sitka, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The most common thread in human history is our interaction with the sea.

– Anthony Dalton, Baychimo

Silversea’s Silver Shadowwas buffeted by winds gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour and sea swells of over two metres for much of the day as she ventured into the open expanse of the Pacific Ocean en-route to our port of call in Victoria, British Columbia tomorrow.

By Noon, we had covered a total distance of 253 nautical miles since departing Prince Rupert yesterday at 5p.m., at an average speed of 14.4 knots. That leaves us with 272 nautical miles to cover before arriving at the pilot station off Victoria tomorrow morning, with an arrival time at the city’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal scheduled for 8a.m.

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

During his Noon address, Silver Shadow Captain Alessandro Zanello mentioned that the seas and conditions should improve after midnight, as we enter the more sheltered waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait and leave the open Pacific behind us.

I’ve certainly been in worse seas, and Silver Shadow handles the swells and high winds well. But there’s no denying that, after nine days of nothing but calm, some guests are feeling the effects of this ‘motion-on-the-ocean.’

I relied on two things: eating full meals, and staying away from water. Water is not your friend in rough seas. Coffee, cappuccinos, and even beer and soft drinks are better than water when the seas are rough.

The best antidote for rough seas: ginger. And, by extension, ginger ale. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The best antidote for rough seas: ginger. And, by extension, ginger ale. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

We’re not the only ones having an adventuresome day at sea; at Noon, the massive Celebrity Solstice passed us on our port side. Her bulbous bow (the blunt protrusion below the waterline in front of the bow) was completely clearing the water as she pitched forward and aft just a few kilometres away.

As Silver Shadow winds her way south along the western coast of Vancouver Island...Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

As Silver Shadow winds her way south along the western coast of Vancouver Island…Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...Celebrity Solstice heads northbound. Notice her bulbous bow clearing the water. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…Celebrity Solstice heads northbound. Notice her bulbous bow clearing the water. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

If storm-watching isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do here onboard the Silver Shadow. Most guests, however, opted to relax in the ship’s public rooms with a good book, or enjoy some time luxuriating in their suite.

It’s also worth noting that this is the first Silversea cruise that I have been on where the Casino has been moderately busy. Normally, there is only a handful of folks giving the table games or the ‘one-armed bandits’ a go, but it’s been quite the hub of activity today. Located midship on Deck 5, it’s also bordered by a fabulous little bar that’s tucked out of the way at the forward end of the Casino. This is called the Lampadina Bar, and it’s open today from 6:30p.m. until 8:30p.m., and again from 9:30p.m. until late.

The often-overlooked Lampadina Bar aboard Silversea's Silver Shadow is tucked away next to the Casino on Deck 5. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The often-overlooked Lampadina Bar aboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow is tucked away next to the Casino on Deck 5. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Despite its location high up on Deck 10, where the movement of the ship is the most pronounced, the Spa at Silversea remained popular today. Another very popular event was the Bouillon served in the Panorama Lounge between 11:00a.m. and Noon.

I also want to mention the fabulous crew here onboard the Silver Shadow. They are all universally amazing, and if there’s one reason you should sail with Silversea, this is it. As an example: my butler, Muhammad, saw me coming down the corridor this morning towards my suite. I had my laptop slung under my arm. He was carrying a silver tray with a gigantic glass bottle of water on it. Yet he saw me coming, and went four suites out of his way to open my suite door for me with his keycard – all while perfectly balancing this tray in rough seas.

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Our Live Voyage Report onboard Silversea’s luxurious Silver Shadow continues tomorrow with one last port of call: Victoria, British Columbia! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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