In a move that will surprise many company loyalists, Silversea has just announced that it’s original start up ship, Silver Cloud, will become an almost exclusively polar expedition vessel, beginning in November 2017.
The company claims that she will have the highest staff to guest ration of any ship in the luxury expedition market. The move comes hot on the heels of rival Crystal Cruises’ announcement of three new, 100,000 ton cruise ships with ice strengthened hulls, intended for similar optional deployment, beginning in 2018.
A touched up company picture shows Silver Cloud sporting a new, black hull. This would bring her in line with the rest of the Silversea expedition fleet of three boutique ships.
Originally built in 1994, the 16,000 ton, 295 guest, all suite Silver Cloud took the cruise industry by storm (pun intentional) on her debut, raising the bar on ultra luxury sea travel. Over several extensive refits, she has remained one of the enduring scions of the deluxe cruise scene- a ship still highly prized and appreciated by savvy travellers across several generations.
This redeployment comes at the same time as the entry into service of the first of a trio of new builds for Silversea. New fleet flagship, Silver Muse, is slated to debut at roughly the same time.
It seems reasonable to assume that Silver Wind will follow her pioneering sister ship once the second of the new class enters service, though this is as yet unconfirmed by the line
As ever, stay tuned for further updates.