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CRUISE SILVER SHADOW


SILVER SHADOW


Smarter La Dame is the dining experience onboard but only has 40 covers, so make sure to either book in advance for clients or ensure they do so as soon as possible.


Better Once booked, Silversea provides passengers with a personalised book containing a detailed itinerary and information about life onboard. You could also ask for a copy to familiarise yourself.


Fairer Silversea is trialling the use


of Vero Water onboard. The water purification and bottling system allows delivery of fresh water, eliminating the use of plastic bottles.


ABOVE: Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua


BELOW: The new Arts Cafe onboard Silver Shadow


mozzarella from Naples, Umbrian organic balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and air-dried ham from Parma, with pasta made daily onboard. A standout dining experience was at The Grill on deck eight, which has been transformed into an alfresco evening spot where the focus is on “grill your own” main courses. After a great Caesar salad and plenty of Pouilly-Fume, I wait with trepidation for stage two: my salmon fillet arrives raw on a square slab of lava stone heated to 400 degrees. It needs no more than 10 minutes and voila, served with onion rings and jacket potato, it makes a gorgeous evening meal. Having to wear an apron to avoid any sizzles and spits from the cooking adds to the relaxed, fun experience.


EXTRA-SPECIAL Despite the all-inclusive nature of a Silversea cruise, some things come with an extra cost, such as excursions, spa treatments at the upgraded Zagara Spa, and French-themed fine dining experience, La Dame, which charges a $60pp supplement. Options at La Dame include a five- course tasting menu and the ambience is one of chic elegance, with crisp white table linens and an array of fine wines. In a first for the line, decorative handmade crystal Lalique artworks have been installed in the restaurant, which has been enlarged to accommodate 40 diners. While the ship is beautiful, there is a whole


world waiting outside, and my port calls include Antigua and the US Virgin Islands (USVIs). Our


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lively guide jokes that drivers in Antigua need a PhD – “pothole deviation”, she quips – and she’s not wrong. On a bone-shaking Amazing Antigua minibus tour we visit island highlights including Nelson’s Dockyard, lined with yachts and peppered with little cafes and boutiques. Next day, it’s the beautiful island of St John in


the USVIs, where we are the only ship in town. St John has 60% of its land mass protected by Virgin Islands national park, so not only is it lush and wild, it also has incredible tropical beaches, such as Trunk Bay and Maho Bay. I toured on an open-sided bus, but ever keen to try the more immersive experiences, Shanks tells me later he opted for the eco hike and snorkel. No doubt he too made the most of that free laundry service back onboard after such an active tour.


BOOK IT A 10-night cruise from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale on Silver Shadow (8-18 January 2021) costs from £3,690pp, based on two sharing and including economy flights, one-night pre-cruise hotel and transfers in destination. • silversea.com


April Hutchinson @aprilhutchinson


April is editor of TTG Luxury and regularly explores high- end products and cruise lines.


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