The SILVER SHADOW’s Singapore “Bling”

MV SILVER SHADOW at Antigua. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.

As part of an on-going fleetwide enhancement program for ultra luxe, Monaco-based Silversea Cruises, the 2000-built, 28,258 gt MV SILVER SHADOW has just returned from a two week drydocking in Singapore that has given the ship a fresh, new look.

All mechanical and propulsion systems were inspected and tested and the 388 passenger ship’s outdoor teak decking and caprails were reconditioned and polished.  New synthetic turfing was added to the jogging track, the pool was retiled and new pool furniture was installed along with a sound and light system for outdoor shows.  The outdoor dining venue La Terrazza has been given a protective awning along with new outdoor furniture and the Pool Grill, which also received a new awning, will become The Grill for evening dining featuring the popular new Black Rock cooking concept (an interactive dining experience that lets guests cook prime meats and seafood on heated volcanic rocks at their table) that debuted aboard the 2010-built SILVER SPIRIT.

MV SILVER SHADOW at Antigua. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.

New carpeting was installed in all interior corridors and landings as well as the Observation Lounge, Bar, Panorama Lounge, Reception area, Card Room and Conference Room, most of which also received new curtains and wall treatments. In the Spa, new wood flooring, tiling and wall décor was applied the treatment rooms. In the Restaurant, the hardwood floor was completely reconditioned and polished, the chairs were reupholstered and an upgraded sound system was added to the Show Lounge and Panorama Lounge.

The all-suite ship’s accommodation was also upgraded with new carpets, headboards, curtains and veranda furniture while all sofas and chairs were reupholstered. New custom-made mattresses feature an individual spring system with a soft and firm side that can be reversed to suit each guest’s preference. There is also a new memory pillow top that covers the mattress when configured as a queen-sized bed. The Owner’s, Grand, Royal and Silver suites have also been give a new state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen home audio system.

The SILVER SHADOW’s twin sister, the 2001-built SILVER WHISPER received a similar refit last year.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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