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Silver Shadow – A World Of Luxury
Recently, I had the chance to revisit ultra-luxury line Silversea’s elegant 382-guest Silver Shadow during her turnaround in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and I had but a single goal: to check out her upper-category suites. What I found was surprising: rather than being carbon-copies, each suite had its own subtle shifts in design and décor. No two had the same personality or feel – and that’s a good thing.
Although these photographs were taken onboard Silver Shadow, they would be representative of the same suites aboard her sister-ship, Silver Whisper.
There are but two Medallion Suites aboard the Silver Shadow, both located on Deck 7 just forward of the Midship staircase. Numbered 735 and 736, these suites are 521 square feet in size, with a veranda that comes in at 81 square feet.
In addition to the increased size over the standard Veranda Suites, these Medallion Suites also feature an enclosed bedroom with French doors that can open up into the living room, which contains a large desk vanity area, and a separate seating area with a couch, two chairs and a small table.
A walk-in closet and marble bathroom are standard, as are the Bulgari Green toiletries and all of the standard Silversea amenities like full butler service, a full pillow menu, Pratesi linens, and streaming interactive content that can be accessed on your laptop, iPad or iPhone.
If you’re looking for more space without breaking the bank, it’s tough to go wrong with these luxuriously-designed suites that also feature Bang & Olufsen audio systems and Illy espresso machines.
Also located on Deck 7 are 13 Silver Suites, each of which measures a comfortable 653 to 701 square feet and include a large 110-123 square foot veranda. The stretch limo version of a Medallion Suite, the most apparent difference with the Silver Suites is the separate dining area that features a circular table and four chairs, and the oversized sitting area adjacent that features a full-sized couch, coffee table and two plush chairs.
The bedroom is also noticeably larger, still adorned with the wood-trimmed French doors that open up onto the main seating area of the room and the natural light spilling off the balcony windows. A set of drapes can be closed inside the bedroom to block the light from the French doors; the perfect arrangement for couples who have differing sleep schedules.
All of the standard upper suite amenities are included with Silver Suites, from the Bang & Olufsen audio system to the Illy espresso machines. Silver Suites, however, introduce another perk that is not found at the Medallion level: complimentary laundry service throughout the voyage.
The Silver Shadow has two Royal Suites, both of which are located all the way forward on the port side of Decks 6 and 7. But there are some major differences between Suite 602 and its counterpart one deck above, Suite 702.
Royal Suite 602 is actually located off the centerline of the ship to accommodate the oversized Grand Suite 601 on the starboard side of the vessel, as well as a crew staircase that runs in the technical space located between the two suites. But there are some great advantages to Royal Suite 602 despite its slightly smaller size.
Because the suite doesn’t run quite to the centerline of the ship, the two forward-facing windows don’t quite fit in the bedroom area. Instead, one of these windows illuminates an oversized walk-in closet; a refreshing change from the closets of other suites onboard, which tend to be rather darkly illuminated.
In my tour, I grew to quite like Royal Suite 602: it’s compact but feels more “at home” than some of the more sprawling accommodations. It still has all the features you’d expect, like a dedicated bar area, a separate living and dining room, and a separate bedroom. There are also two bathrooms: a main master bathroom located off the bedroom, and a separate “guest bathroom” decorated in marble that features a sink, single vanity, and a toilet.
Royal Suite 702, on the other hand, is a mirror of Royal Suite 602, but with a touch more space. This is thanks to the fact that the edge of the suite runs right to the centerline of the ship. Being one deck higher, the forward-facing windows that look out over the bow are also larger than those on Deck 6; the different heights are done as a precaution against heavy seas that could end up breaking over the bow of the ship.
Still, the real draw with these suites are their spacious and well-appointed sleeping and living areas, coupled with an abundance of light let in from the forward-facing windows and the portside balconies that measure between 110 and 116 square feet.
Climbing the accommodations ladder, we come to Silver Shadow’s four Grand Suites – and quite possibly the most diverse category. Made up of Grand Suite 601, 701, 801 and 802, these four suites all feature slightly different configurations and décor – and the largest of them might surprise you with its location!
Because Silver Shadow’s forward superstructure is swept back, concluding with the Navigation Bridge on Deck 9 and the Observation Lounge on Deck 10, the largest Grand Suite is actually Grand Suite 601 on the starboard side of Deck 6. At 1090 square feet, it’s the most spacious suite onboard; with a living room so big you could ballroom dance in it. Seriously. The thing is huge!
Not that Grand Suites 701, 801 or 802 are any less spacious. Each suite offers its own distinctive colour styling, and comes complete with a private entryway off the main corridor. As an added bonus for extended families travelling together, Grand and Royal suites can be booked with an adjoining Veranda Suite that features an interconnecting door.
There is, however, one Grand Suite with a colourful past: Grand Suite 802 – the Isabella Rossellini Suite.
A long time ago, in a land far, far away, film star Isabella Rossellini was the public face of Silversea. The daughter of Swedish-born film icon Ingrid Bergman, Rossellini featured prominently in Silversea’s advertising and marketing materials until the latter half of the last decade, when the partnership was dissolved.
However, one remnant of this partnership still remains in the form of Grand Suite 802, which functioned as Rossellini’s personal suite whenever she sailed aboard Silver Shadow. There are still a few clues left in the suite, like the classic movie posters featuring Ingrid Bergman and a small sign just above the door number plaque in the passenger corridor that hint at the suite’s past. If you like your accommodations to have a bit of a cache to them, this is the one to pick!
Last but most certainly not least are the two Owner’s Suites aboard Silver Shadow – Owner’s Suite 731 and 732, located on the port and starboard sides of Deck 7. Situated perfectly amidships, these are the suites to choose if you are at all prone to seasickness.
They’re also a great choice if you love lounging on your own private verandah which – in these suites – is like having your own private promenade deck. At 220 square feet, these are the largest verandas onboard, sized larger than most mainstream cruise ship staterooms.
If you’re a social person and like to organize get-togethers in the comfort of your suite, you’ll have no issues entertaining in the Grand Suite. Laid out in a rectangular floor plan, these suites feature a private entryway, a separate bar and pantry area, dining area, a spacious living room, and a separate master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and a dual-vanity marble bathroom. A second bathroom is located in the main living area, just off of the entryway.
The Suite Life Aboard Silver Shadow
Of course, there’s really no such things as a bad accommodation aboard the Silver Shadow. From the affordable Vista Suites to the top-of-the-line Owner’s Suites, each and every guest gets to enjoy Silversea’s personable, friendly and exacting service. A Silversea cruise isn’t a vacation; it’s an experience – one that many guests, including myself, are eager to repeat time after time.
Click here to read our Live Voyage Report aboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow in Alaska, and stay tuned for our Live Voyage Report through the Middle East aboard Silver Wind, beginning Sunday here on From the Deck Chair!