Silversea Cruises will turn the ship that launched its fleet into an expedition ship in a rebuilding that will include adding a new ice-strengthened hull.
The all-suite Silver Cloud will get an extensive refit starting in August, 2017 and become part of Silversea’s expedition fleet, destined mainly for polar waters.
The changes will reduce the current capacity of 296 guests to 260 and the ship will carry no more than 200 in Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, which are in high demand, Silversea says. The ship will be augmented by a fleet of 18 Zodiac craft for up-close explorations.
Silver Cloud will become 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. Its guest to staff ratio of nearly one to one will be the highest of any luxury ice-rated expedition ship.