Silver Shadow was a welcome addition to the Silversea Cruises fleet in 2000. This intimate and friendly, ultra-luxurious, all-suite ship sets sail with a maximum of 382 guests on board. It combines a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service, thanks to its 1.3 to 1.3 staff-to-guest ratio, with tasty culinary experiences, chic guest suites and an eclectic mix of ports of call.
Complimentary beverages, gratuities, open-seating dining, transportation into town and 24-hour dining options come as standard via the all-exclusive system on board. All of which are complemented by spacious ultra-luxury suites, over 85% of which come with a private veranda, featuring indulgences such as a butler service, champagne and chocolates on arrival, Italian marble bathroom, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi access, and an iPod docking station.
Days at sea are brimming with things to do - or not to do! Choose your spot by the pool edge and soak up the sun, luxuriate with a deep-tissue massage in the Mandara Spa, or enrich your mind with a destination seminar. Up the tempo with a session in the fitness centre, learn to tango around the dance floor, or choose your partner for a game of table tennis. Days in port open up a world of adventure and famous sights, and, thanks to its intimate size, Silver Shadow is able to drop anchor in destinations where larger vessels are unable to reach.
Culinary experiences on Silver Shadow showcase flavours from around the world. The Restaurant spans two decks and is the main open-seating dining venue. Three twinkling chandeliers and the finest crystal and porcelain set the scene for flavoursome gastronomic treats accompanied by fine wines and excellent service. Le Terraza is open for self-service breakfasts and lunches by day. At dinnertime, it transforms into an authentic reservation-only Italian eatery, which stays true to its 'Slow Food' eco-gastronomic concept. Tuck into healthy breakfasts and freshly-cooked pizzas at poolside The Grill or reserve your table here for fresh seafood and prime steaks in the evening.
The speciality restaurant takes dining to another level. Savour the intimate surroundings of Le Champagne by Relais & Chateaux and dine on the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients that reflect your voyage's destinations and regional specialities. Choose in-suite dining to enjoy course-by-course dinners with the intimacy of your own veranda.
Silver Shadow presents bars and lounges to suit your every mood. Soft sea breezes and ocean views accompany drinks in the Pool Bar. The Panorama Lounge on Deck 9 and the Observation Lounge on Deck 10 both offer a wide choice of hot and cold beverages. The Bar is the real hub of the ship. Pre-dinner, it serves a selection of complimentary canapés and hors d'oeuvres, while after dinner there's live music and dancing.
The entertainment on-board Silver Shadow is quite low-key. The Athenian Show Lounge is the setting for enrichment lectures by day, as well as small production shows, cabaret acts and classical musical ensembles after dark. There is also a small casino with slot machines and three gaming tables.
Day 1: UK – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Fly Business Class from your chosen UK airport to Monte Carlo, Monaco and make your way to the cruise port to embark Silver Shadow.
Day 2: Portofino, Italy
Portofino is found on Italy's north-west coast between Genoa and La Spezia. This beautiful fishing village is renowned for its pretty harbour, colourful buildings and connection with the rich and famous! Once ruled by the French, English, Spanish, and Austrians; Portofino has a diverse and interesting heritage. See the Christ of the Abyss statue and 12th-century Church of St. Martin, before climbing the 'Salita San Giorgio' flight of steps leading from the harbour to Castello Brown — a castle transformed into a mansion featuring a neo-Gothic interior! Kayak and snorkel along the coast or take a sightseeing tour to Genoa and enjoy designer shopping.
Day 3: La Spezia, Italy
The port town of La Spezia is found in north-west Italy on the Ligurian coastline. Home to the country's largest naval base, La Spezia has a rich history and is an important cultural and commercial centre. You can enjoy the winding streets of its old town and relax in a trattoria before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cinque Terre — historic fishing villages dating from the medieval era. Discover sandy beaches and rocky coves, before visiting popular landmarks such as Castle of San Giorgio and the 13th-century Santa Maria Assunta church. Enjoy a selection of pasta and seafood dishes, local red and white wines, and cheese and salami platters at bistros and restaurants throughout and around La Spezia during your time here.
Day 4: Olbia, Italy
The picture-perfect coastal city of Olbia is located to the northeast of the island of Sardinia. Stroll along the palm-lined waterfront and uncover the city's maritime past at Museo Archaeologico de Olbia. Meander through the city centre and admire sights such as the Chiesa de San Paolo and the medieval San Simplicio Basilica. Unwind with a coffee at Piazza Matteotti; before indulging in a spot of window-shopping at the designer boutiques on nearby Sottopiazza and La Passeggiata. Head up to the hilltop Nuraghe Riu Mulinu archaeological complex and admire the far-reaching views over the Gulf of Olbia.
Day 5: Calvi, Corsica
Today, you dock at Calvi — a chic port on Corsica. Step on land to find elegant brasseries and bistros serving fish couscous, lobster salad, and creative fiadone — a Corsican cheesecake made with lemon zest and alcohol. Relax on miles of white sand beside shallow water or look around the shops and enjoy the stunning views of surrounding mountains and pine forests. If you prefer, you can visit Genoese Citadel, which was a 15th-century military outpost that towers over the sea. Stroll along old town's alleys, tunnels and cobblestone streets before visiting the rumoured birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Day 6: Saint Tropez, France
The bustling coastal town of St Tropez sits on France's Cote d'Azur. St Tropez was made famous in the Brigitte Bardot film 'And God Created Woman' in the 1950s and remains a favourite with the jet-set, especially in the summer months. Gaze in awe at the luxury yachts moored at Vieux Port or take a stroll through the cobbled streets of La Ponce old fishing quarter. People-watch over a glass of local pastis at Place de Lices or admire the amazing city-wide views from La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez. Call into Eglise de St-Tropez and Chapelle de la Misericorde or enjoy the artworks at Musee de l’Annonciade. Spend a few hours sunbathing on the golden sands of Pampellone Beach or get up close to the colourful butterfly exhibits at Maison des Papillons.
Day 7: Marseille (Provence), France
Marseilles sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain – UK
As your cruise comes to an end you will disembark the ship and make your way to the airport for your Business Class flight home.