Published on April 19th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
Cruise on the Silver Shadow
Ann Rickard Food and Travel writer experiences Silversea’s renowned service on a short but stunning cruise. – Come to the bar with me and I’ll shout you a drink. Choose good French champagne if you like.
Or how about a martini? Made with top shelf gin, of course. Bring your new mates, I’ll treat them too.
It’s rare in a lifetime you can be so generous, but on board Silver Shadow – one of the graceful ladies of the sea in the Silversea cruise fleet – all drinks are included in the cruise price, so go ahead and splurge.
The moment you step on board a Silver Seas ship, and your baggage is swapped for a glass of champagne, it just keeps on getting better and better.
Your personal butler will tap discreetly on your state-room door once you’ve settled, to introduce him/herself, and ask what you’d like your mini-fridge filled with.
It doesn’t take long – about 15 minutes – to get used to being pampered with this level of service. At every turn on board, there is someone waiting just to look after you.
You dare not carry your plate of fresh fruit from the breakfast buffet while there is an attendant to take the weighty burden from you. He will follow you with it to your table, settle you into your chair with soft flapping of a white starched napkin, and then take your order for eggs any way you command, and pour your tea from a china teapot.
Oh, but it’s wickedly good to be so spoilt.
Up on the pool deck, sitting at one of the tables with a freshly-made Caesar salad in front of you and a ubiquitous glass of bubbles within reach, be careful if you look up too quickly, a waiter will be by your side in nano-seconds. Whether your quick glance was
“Is there anything I can assist you with?’’ he will ask politely.
“No, no, I’m fine, I was just looking at the person at the next table,’’ you will reply, just as politely. The exquisite manners of all the crew have a rebound effect.
“Please, just call me if you want anything at all,” he will say before gliding off to ensure no-one is lacking anything.
We were on Silver Shadow for just a few nights, from Sydney to Adelaide, to treat ourselves to a tantalising taste of life on-board. And it was good. Dining choices were many: La Terrazza quickly became a favourite with its Italian menu and indoor or alfresco dining. We ate fresh crab, artichoke terrine, and grilled halibut with a cream sauce, and gave no thought to our waist-lines. We sipped perfectly matched premium Italian wines with each course, and gave no concern to our wallets.
The next day at the Pool Bar, we ordered icy gin and tonics at lunch time while our pizza cooked in the oven. That evening at the Pool Bar & Grill we enjoyed the best steaks we could ever remember eating, watching them sizzle on pre-heated volcanic rocks in front of us, while the ocean drifted peacefully by.
One evening, the midnight munchies struck and we ordered from the 24 hour room service. Giant burgers were delivered within minutes complete with fancy table set-up and silver cutlery and a gentle questioning as to our champagne needs.
But it isn’t just about the food and drink on board. There is something interesting to do every minute if you choose. There is also the option of doing nothing but loll about with a movie in your beautifully furnished stateroom, or laze on your private veranda with all that champagne, or cozying up with a book in the well-equipped library. All this, without even considering the thrilling ports of call Silver Seas ship’s itineraries present.
Our visit was a small but ever-so sweet. It has us salivating for a long cruise.
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