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Cruise Diva's CRUISE DIARY
~ Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires ~

Lasting Impressions

Silver Shadow docked in Buenos AiresFrom the arrival of my travel documents to the final room service breakfast, thoughts about my Silver Shadow cruise are etched into my memory. A cruise is certainly an easy way to travel, particularly when one adds on an ambitious pre- or post-cruise side trip, but Silversea Cruises makes it both simple and elegant. They do it in such an effortless manner that little things could go unnoticed. No request seemed to be too difficult for them to comply. In fact, the word "no" doesn't appear to be in their vocabulary. Small touches add to the exquisite sense of personalization. I truly felt like a pampered guest in a private manor home.

Like her fleet mates, the sleek Italian décor of Silver Shadow is subtle and understated. I found the slightly bolder artwork more to my liking than that on the Silver Whisper. Refined and professional service is delivered by the international staff and  Silver Suites exceed the accommodations of top-rated hotels. Those elements, combined with superb dining, lively entertainment, spacious interiors, and the complete absence of lines, add up to a six-star, ultra-luxury experience.

Don't allow sticker shock to overwhelm you when considering a Silversea cruise. Fares are expensive—however, considering all that is included on board, plus airfare, transfers, and pre-cruise accommodations, they are a great value. It's no wonder so many passengers on Silver Shadow's "Beaches & Boulevards" sailing were repeat guests. On some sailings, as many as 70% of passengers are repeaters. And "Simplicity Pricing" fares have brought a Silversea cruise into the realm of affordability for a wide range of guests—it was refreshing to meet so many young singles on board.

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