Silver Shadow: Japanese Cruise

Silversea Cruises began in the early 1990s as the Lefebvre family decided to take their Sitmar Cruises to a new level and create a luxury cruise line. The ships in the Silversea line offer travelers a pampered vacation and exotic ports of call.

Several of these ports are in the Orient as the Silver Shadow sails with 12 different itineraries in ten different Japanese cities. These cruises begin in April when the cherry blossoms are at their peak in Japan. Trips range from nine to 14 days and the first three scheduled trips also include trips to China and Russia.

Ashore the Silver Shadow residents will experience many different aspects of life in the Orient from ancient temples and shrines, incredible architecture, to nature’s distinct hand in the mountains of Japan and the local flora and fauna.

Onboard the Silver Shadow guests have access to Le Champagne, the ship’s wine room. This section of the ship can be reserved for private parties and comes with a full menu complimented by perfectly paired wines.

The Personalized Voyages program offered by Silversea Cruises allows embarkation and disembarkation according to the guest’s particular whims. This means you’ll never have that déjà vu experience while on vacation and it also means that you can return to your favorite vistas again and again.

Each stateroom aboard the Silver Shadow functions like a suite with marbled bathrooms, double vanities, full-sized bathtubs and showers. Each room comes with an interactive television that gives guests on-demand movies and email capabilities. Bed linens are by Frette as comfort is a top priority on these luxury cruises.

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Seven different suites give guests the option of rooms ranging from 287 square feet to more than 1,400. Many of these suites feature glass walls that can be opened onto private teak verandas. If this is a special trip and top of the line accommodations are key, then the Royal Suite or Grand Suite are exactly what you need.

If you’re actually inclined to step outside of your stateroom you will be delighted with the attention to details and the fare provided at The Restaurant, the ship’s main dining room. For more casual dining, yet still exquisite meals, try the indoor/outdoor café, The Terrace Café, or the Poolside Grille. Those souls interested in an active nightlife will appreciate the 24-hour in-suite dining option as well as the casino, the bars, live music, dancing and possibly the cigar bar.

Exercise junkies will get their fill with the swimming pool, two whirlpools, the fitness center, saunas, steam rooms, exercise classes, and even practice golf and private lessons. And of course, no day of heavy exercise or sightseeing is complete without a trip to Mandara Spa for one of their customized treatments designed to pamper your mind and body.