Silver Shadow Cruise Review to Alaska

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3 out of 5

This cruise varied from a luxury ship and service to miserable conditions.

Sail Date: August 13, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: 605

The ship, cabin, food, and service were excellent. If they weren't cancelled due to weather, the excursions were adequate. The Hubbard Glacier was not seen due to weather. There was minimal information, no backup plan, and no consideration offered. This was a major disappointment. The same heavy seas produced a sleepless night and motion sickness. The waves breaking against the side of the ship produced a spray that extended well above deck 6. After skipping Hubbard, we wasted time by sailing slowly to Seward. The promotional material for this cruise did not include adequate climate data, sea conditions, and the risk of adverse conditions for various month the cruise is offered. The Denali extension was a disappointment. We rode through the park in the rain in a bus that has windows that only  opened a few inches at the top. Photography was difficult. Passengers had to clean mud from the windows with paper towels. Wildlife was sparse and only seen at a distance. We were not allowed to leave the bus except for bathroom breaks. Although we booked a float plane tour and flight out of the park, we were force to ride out of the park on the bus. The provider chose to fly only a few people out of the park due to a shortage of planes. This was another major disappointment.


Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Hubbard Glacier not visited! This is a major disappointment. Our concerns were dismissed. Contingency plan and adequate alternatives need to be in place.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Sitka, Alaska
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Glacier not seen due to high seas. No backup plan. No option to change schedule. This was a major disappointment.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska


Heavy seas produced a sleepless night, motion sickness, and a wasted day and a half. Nothing in the promotional material for this cruise prepared us for this and not seeing the Hubbard Glacier. Overall the weather was overcast or there was rain most days. Transparency about weather and risk needed.

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