The smallest, oldest member of Silversea’s luxe fleet to be converted to an ice-class expedition ship.
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SILVER CLOUD in expedition livery. Rendering courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
In August 2017, the 1994-built, 296-guest SILVER CLOUD will be extensively renovated in a conversion to ice-class cruising for Silversea’s expedition division, which, including the CLOUD, will total four ships. When the SILVER CLOUD emerges that November, she will have a reduced capacity of 260 for non-polar cruises and 200 when cruising the Arctic and Antarctic.
SILVER CLOUD in her current guise, shown at Funchal in 2014.
The CLOUD’s place in Silversea’s non-expedition fleet will be taken by the much larger SILVER MUSE, currently under construction in Italy.
“SILVER EXPLORER’s polar expedition cruises have proven hugely popular with our guests,” said Enzo Visone, Silversea’s CEO. “By converting SILVER CLOUD into an ice-class ship for our expedition fleet, we will be better positioned to meet the increasing demand for comfortable adventure travel, particularly to the Arctic and Antarctica, places that are best explored by small ships specially equipped with ice-strengthened hulls.”
SILVER CLOUD will be the only luxury ice-class expedition ship offering five dining options: The Dining Room, the Relais & Châteaux® restaurant, La Terrazza, The Grill, and in-suite dining. The ship will have the highest space ratio and highest staff-to-guest ratio (nearly one to one) among luxury ice-class expedition ships. For the expedition team alone, there will be on average one team member guiding no more than twelve guests each. Plus the ship will be augmented by a fleet of 18 Zodiac crafts for up-close explorations.
Silversea’s 2017 schedule will be announced in the coming days.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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