Bucket List Trip for 86 yr old Father

Silver Shadow Cruise Review to Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 70

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Silver Shadow

7 Night Alaska Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)

Sail date: June 02, 2016

Ship: Silver Shadow

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

The Service of the staff far exceeded expectations. At any moment on the ship we had attentive crew meeting all needs.  From offering drinks and food, to offering to push my fathers wheel chair.  He preferred to stay on board as we all (4 siblings and spouses) went ashore, but we felt very confident that his private butler would attend to any need.

The Wildlife and Glacier viewing were all that we would wish for.  Hubbard Glacier access was incredible and the Shadow was able to get unusually close...the photography was awesome. On an whale watching excursion we watched humpback mother and calf breach in circles around our boat...lifetime memories all around.

Only improvement would be to have a few offerings of Northwest seafood.  The Salmon served was Atlantic and there seemed to be no local seafood...i.e. Northwest Salmon, Dungeness crab, etc.  We are from the Northwest and would have expected it on an Alaska cruise.  The portions offered were perfect, a lot of care went into presentation, the wines overall were good.  I would rate the food at 4 stars but only because of lack of Northwest offerings on an Alaska cruise.

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the history lectures quite a bit.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Martin in Dining did an amazing cake for my birthday. Ferdinand decorated my room over the top and I will never forget. Pedro was impeccable as our butler...so many staff stepped up to perform beyond the norm but i did not get their names...

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Unusual access to main rooms from our cabins on 9th floor requiring access down one elevator (due to our use of a wheelchair) to a floor that went through...thought it would require a lot of waiting but it was available whenever we needed it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Book your restaurants early but don't worry if you end up with not getting what you want...we were able to easily book on board for the number of reservations we wanted. Plan your excursions around the in port schedule. We booked an excursion that did not allow us any time in the port to explore..

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

3 out of 5
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