Among the luxury echelon of cruise brands, Silversea Cruises is well-known around the world and has a very strong band of well-heeled and loyal clientele in Australia who board the line for its global atlas of super comfortable cruises and expeditions.

At least once each summer, you’re likely to see one of Silversea Cruises’ five luxury vessels enter Sydney Harbour as part of an annual visit into local waters. Elsewhere in our region, Silversea’s other division – under which it operates more hands-on expeditions – spends a large part of the peak dry season in the Kimberley region off the northern coast of Western Australia, exploring the bays and coves between Darwin and Broome while also making the occasional visit further east to Cairns.

Silver Shadow has been with the Silversea fleet since it was built and launched in 2000 (with many refurbishments since then of course, most recently in 2011). The ship caters to 382 passengers per sailing, served by 302 crew members. Food & Wine plays a major part in the onboard experience on this ship, with upscale dining brand Relaix & Chateaux operating its only wine-based restaurant at sea on this ship.

Guests have eight different stateroom and suite categories from which to select, along with four restaurants offering a range of casual pool grill fare through to elegant Italian and regionally inspired dishes prepared with locally sourced fresh ingredients. Other highlights of the ship include Connoisseur’s Corner where fine aperitifs and cigars are celebrated, a fitness centre, boutique shopping outlets, beauty salon, casino, library, spa, card room, theatre and multiple lounges and bars.

During a visit to Hong Kong recently, Cruise Advice was invited onboard to take a look around one of the many prides of the Silversea Cruises fleet – Silver Shadow.