What it's like on a
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Best shore excursions - overview
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Keep it a secret venue
The best space for curling up with a book is in one of the comfortable chairs in the modest-sized Observation Room (see photo) on the top deck. Except for an occasional private function and port sail-ins and sail-outs, it often sits quiet and empty. As a bonus, the wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows give you terrific views.
Guests on a Silver Shadow Alaska cruise are affluent, sophisticated and well-traveled. They come from around the globe, with the majority from the USA. Many are active or retired professionals and top executives. Most come as couples and are in the 40s to 70s age range. Few (sometimes zero) children are aboard.
My cell phone (Verizon service) worked well in the ports and at sea (except when the ship was miles out or sailing along scantily populated coastal areas). The ship's satellite internet service was up 90% of the time (exception: in ports rimmed with high mountains).
in the fare
Food, wines, drinks, onboard entertainment, and tips are included. In some cases, airfare is also thrown in. Key extras are shore excursions, surcharges for high-end wines/ champagnes/cognacs/spirits, dining in the Le Champagne restaurant, boutique purchases, spa treatments, private fitness training, laundry/pressing/dry cleaning, and satellite phone and internet services.
Casual "country club" attire. Jeans can be appropriate if you're planning to go ashore that day
Tuxedoes (or dark suits with tie) for men. Evening gowns, cocktail dresses, or elegant pantsuits for women.
Slacks and jackets (tie is optional) for men. Dresses or pantsuits for women.
Slacks and open-color shirts (jacket optional) for men. Dressy sportswear for women.
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