Refurbished and reinforced Silver Cloud goes to extremes
Silversea’s vessel Silver Cloud has started its first scheduled sailing after undergoing a $40 million refurbishment and conversion to an ice-class expedition ship.
The 254-guest Silver Cloud, whose capacity is reduced to 200 for polar expeditions, set sail from Buenos Aires for Antarctica on November 16 after carrying out a shakedown cruise from Montevideo, Uruguay, for media and trade partners.
The all-suite ship, most with a private veranda, features a butler service, open bars and five dining options, including the Relais & Châteaux restaurant La Dame – the only one to be featured on an expedition ship.
Changes on Silver Cloud include redesigned public spaces, such as an observation lounge, and a series of technical enhancements including steel reinforcement, giving the vessel the strength and manoeuvrability required for expedition cruising and windows resistant to polar temperatures.
There is also a photo studio, where a manager, equipment and professional photo editing software are available to help guests with their photography. And a fleet of 16 zodiac boats have been installed for use on expeditions, along with 10 kayaks.
An expedition team of 22 have joined the ship to give lectures in the Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead boat trips and guide nature walks, all of which are complimentary. Meanwhile, amenities include a heated pool and a spa.
Silver Cloud was originally launched in 1993, tasked with European itineraries such as the Baltic Sea and, in winter, the Caribbean and South America.
After its first post-refurb season in Antarctica, Silver Cloud will trace a path up Africa’s western coast to Northern Europe and the Norwegian Arctic, where it will spend the summer sailing glacier-filled bays and fjords. Then a series of expeditions to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Central and South America will finish with a return to Ushuaia, Argentina, for another season of Antarctic expeditions.