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Jump onboard the Silver Shadow with me!

I’ve just spent 4 days at sea on the luxury cruise ship Silver Shadow. This is one of Silversea’s fleet and you know how company websites show only their best pics? Well, here are mine so you can have a really good look around. But I think you’ll agree, it’s pretty dreamy.

This ship is best described as medium sized. In other words it’s not a huge floating city, and nor is it a boutique ship. But it IS fancy…


The Silver Shadow docked here at Tauranga.

Silversea Shadow

85% of cabins come with a veranda. This is us arriving in to Napier


382 guests mean about 170 cabins. Each comes with a complimentary stocked mini bar with beer, wine and spirits if you wish, a walk-in wardrobe with huge amounts of storage and a large bathroom


His and hers basins, a full size bathtub and a shower. (I’m standing in the shower to take this). The amenities are Bulgari – ooooh yes!

La Terazza restaurant

La Terrazza restaurant at the stern for a really stunning buffet lunch and then it’s an Italian restaurant at night which you need to book for as it seats only 60.

Main dining room

The main dining room where a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner is served. Menus include standard popular dishes and a list of daily specials based on what fresh produce is sourced in port. 6-course meals are perfectly normal and men are required to wear a jacket and no jeans.


Parmesan is sprinkled on veal pasta made to order for lunch in La Terrazza


Fresh, delicious sushi. Just part of the daily lunch buffet.


Lobster thermidor for dinner in the main dining room. Yes it was the most popular dish that night!


Tiramisu for dessert at La Terrazza

Crab tartare

Crab tartare for my appetiser in the Main Restaurant with avocado and caviar


The reception on the 5th deck for booking excursions and asking questions. There is original art for sale around the ship from Picasso and Chagall, so bring an open cheque book!

Silversea art

How about this rudey Picasso sketch? A cool $24,500 and you can put it in your luggage. (My  reflection is not included)


Coming past Mahia Peninsula after leaving Napier to round the cape and head to Auckland

Mt Maunganui from balcony

Arriving at Mt Maunganui about 8am. I took this from my balcony – fortunately we were port side heading up the North Island east coast

Pool deck

The pool has 2 heated jacuzzis and is surrounded by tables and chairs with a poolside restaurant for in-between meals if you should miss one – or just get peckish

I cruised on the Silver Shadow for 3 nights as part of the 14-night itinerary that departed from Sydney and called at Melbourne, Tasmania, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland.

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!