At the outset, I will admit that, based on 4 wonderful cruise experiences in the past 3 years, I am a big fan of Silversea. However, I am not trying to make any apologies for the line or the Shadow. The FACT that the Shadow failed a sanitation inspection is very troubling, and I am anxiously awaiting more FACTs about that failure.
However, it occurs to me that we all ought to take a step back and look at the FACTS which we know about the Shadow. After reading everything I could find on the subject here are the very few facts available:
1. The Shadow failed (over a month ago) a CDC Sanitation Inspection.
2. The line has issued a statement acknowledging the failure and stating that corrective action has been taken.
That is all we know about the inspection. My point is that we don't know why the CDC issued its failing grade and we don't know what corrective actions have been taken.
We have allegations presented by a lawyer in his blog that some disgruntled employees have made allegations (note the "allegations" upon "allegations") that the Shadow specifically and the line in general is/are guilty of some outrageous practices.
That blog presents some photographic "evidence" of some of these practices. I've looked at those photos and find that, without some foundation and explanation, they don't seem very helpful in my search for fact. The first photo, for example, shows a cart loaded with a lot of stuff sitting in a passageway. Without more detail, we cannot know what is on that cart, where it is sitting, or how long it has been sitting there. The second photo seems to show some food on trays in a cooler. Without more detail, this photo doesn't tell us much. The third photo shows some meat products and a thermometer which seems to show that the temperature is right at freezing. I think that is what the CDC is hoping to find when meat products are stored.
Yes, I'm sure that some will look at those photos and draw different conclusions. I think that proves my point that the evidentiary value of those photos, without additional information, is fairly weak.
It may turn out that the allegations we are reading about and reacting to are all true. If so, I will re-evaluate my very favorable opinions about the line, and my future plans to sail with Silversea.
However, I will wait for facts before I make any conclusions.