Condemn Cruise Line’s Horrific Kitchen Conditions


Target: Silversea Cruise Lines

Goal: Implement regularly scheduled in-house kitchen inspections

Foul kitchen conditions aboard the Silver Shadow luxury cruise liner have been exposed, shining light on a trail of negligence among world class dining experts. Absence of responsibility and accountability has led to an attitude of laziness and a complete disregard for health. Silversea Cruise Lines must take action to directly insure no life is at risk.

The Silver Shadow, one of seven luxury liners owned by the Silversea Cruise Line, is billed as one of Silversea’s Millennium Class ships and promises their guests to “retain a level of genuine hospitality” through “award-winning, all-suite luxury and a trademark intimate ambience.” With promises such as these, and a ratio of 302 crew members to 382 guests, a prospective traveler could be easily enticed. But beyond the artful campaigns and acknowledged supporters, filthy secrets are being stowed away.

A recent surprise health inspection to the Silver Shadow led to a score of 82, a failing health grade. Sanitization noncompliance and a number of grievous food handling issues were observed, showing that even the most basic food safety procedures do not matter to Silversea. Even more disturbing is the mass cover-up attempt by kitchen workers to hide food from being inspected. The highly efficient removal and storage of such an amount of food can only lead to the belief that this was not the first time such action had been taken.

Silversea places high emphasis on the dining experience it offers. This cruise line touts promises of meals being derived only from the freshest local ingredients available, and a guarantee that sea farers will experience Italy’s finest cuisine. It is proud to announce its partnership with one of the world’s leading culinary associations, a relationship that brings all of Silversea’s restaurants into a universally renowned spotlight. The Silversea line is so confident in its culinary expertise and unmatched service that it has even offered cruises billed as a “Culinary Arts Voyage.”

The romantic dream of traveling first class to Australia, Hong Kong, Tahiti, and French Polynesia in an all-inclusive, fine dining setting of full pamper and pleasure is cut short by the reality of what is being allowed to happen behind closed kitchen doors of the Silver Shadow. Despicable practices and a truth about the rapid rate of bacteria growth under such extremes will quickly turn a dream vacation into a quarantine of violent sickness. Changes must be made by Silversea to implement accountability among its staff; lend your voice to see that a silver shadow is not cast over public health.


Dear Silversea Cruise Lines,

The results of the most recent health inspection of the Silver Shadow are unacceptable. The vile conditions of kitchen areas, gross misconduct of food handling, and an attempt to conceal food must be addressed. There is no reason for the actions of the kitchen staff and given the crew-to-guest ratio; the practices on board are insultingly inexcusable.

Silversea Cruise Lines must correct its actions by making immediate changes in kitchen regulation procedures. A quarterly mandatory kitchen inspection by Silversea of all seven cruise ships must be adhered to. The inspection results should then be posted on the website of Silversea Cruise Lines, assuring questioning guests of Silversea’s commitment to guest wellness.


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