Silversea Cruises has plans to convert Silver Cloud into an ice-class ship and move the ship to its luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.
Destined mostly for polar waters, the 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017.
As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions. When sailing Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, the guest complement will be restricted to 200.
Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), and adheres to each organization’s guidelines to ensure sustainable tourism. These include such measures as limiting the number of guests going ashore in certain areas of the Arctic and allowing for a broader range of Antarctic landing sites for expedition ships with no more than 200 guests.
Silver Cloud will be the only luxury ice-class expedition ship offering five dining options: The Dining Room, Le Champagne, 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 12 guests each. Plus, the ship will be augmented by a fleet of 18 Zodiac crafts for up-close explorations.
The luxury expedition line currently has three all-suite expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer and Silver Galapagos.
Pictured, an artist’s rendering of Silver Cloud as expedition ship.