Little luxury liner converting to deluxe ice-class expedition ship
By Patti Pietschmann
We not only sailed on the Silver Cloud during her formative years and later, we ere among a small group of journalists flown to Italy for a hard hat tour during her construction in 1994. Now the 16,800 GRT, 296-passenger ship we knew and loved enters a new chapter of her seafaring life as a Silversea Expedition ship–and a beaut at that. Check out the photo renderings above supplied bySilversea:
Silver Cloud is actually being converted into an ice-class expedition ship, which will take place between August and October 2017 and will replicate the ultra-luxury distinctions of a classic Silversea ship combined with the strength and maneuverability required for expedition cruising.
The new renderings showcase the luxurious design of public spaces such as La Terrazza, The Restaurant, Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge, and Venetian Lounge. The Observation lounge will sport new teak flooring, upholstery and lighting in La Terrazza and new carpet and upholstery in The Restaurant. Silver Cloud will also feature a new gym with Technogym equipment.
In addition to interior updates, the multi-million dollar refurbishment will strengthenSilver Cloud’s hull enabling her to explore polar waters. Silver Cloud’s transition to an ice-class vessel will bring expedition guests the luxury, style and comfort synonymous with Silversea’s classic ships. A guest capacity of 260 in non-polar regions and just 200 in polar regions means that guests will enjoy the highest levels of personalized and attentive service on board. The limited capacity in polar regions also means that all guests can disembark at the same time to explore each region.
“As the first ship in our fleet, Silver Cloud has a special place in Silversea’s history, and we’re delighted to reveal further details of her refurbishment. We look forward to welcoming guests aboard to experience Silver Cloud’s luxurious interiors as well as her incredible itineraries later this year,” said Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer at Silversea Cruises. Silver Cloud will also have a team of up to 19 dedicated experts on hand to ensure guests leave with the best experiences from their voyages, whether they be the sights, the sounds, the history or the stories. Daily presentations and lectures by experts in the state-of-the-art theatre will also be streamed live to all suites
The first time we sailed on Silver Cloud in 1994 we knew .Silversea was deluxely and deliciously different with a panache unheard of in the industry that set a new standard in luxury cruising.