Fresh from a $40 million refurbishment and conversion to an ice-class expedition ship, Silversea’s Silver Cloud has set sail from Buenos Aires on her first-ever expedition voyage.
Over the course of 16 days, the newly reimagined ship will explore the iceberg sculptures, calving glaciers, and rare and majestic wildlife of Antarctica.
Her guests will enjoy such signature comforts as spacious all-suite accommodations with butler service, open bars and five dining options offering sumptuous cuisine, including the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea.
“We are proud to celebrate this momentous occasion when the ship that launched Silversea on a path to redefine luxury travel now embarks on a new path to redefine expedition cruising,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea chief executive.
The completely transformed Silver Cloud accommodates 254 guests (200 in polar waters) in updated suites, most featuring a private veranda.
Her elegantly redesigned public spaces include the new Tor’s Observation Lounge, offering commanding views of the scenery, and refreshed boutiques stocked with essential expedition gear.
A fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration, while ten kayaks offer a truly personalised experience of nature in the polar realms.
Depending on the region, between 20 and 22 passionate and dedicated expedition team members are always at hand to share their considerable knowledge and insights.
Following her first season in Antarctica, Silver Cloud will trace a path up Africa’s seldom-seen western coast to Northern Europe and the Norwegian Arctic, where she will spend the summer sailing glacier-filled bays and fjords in search of polar bears, whales, walruses and other amazing wildlife.
Then, a series of expeditions to Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and Central and South America will culminate with a return to Ushuaia for another season of exhilarating Antarctic expeditions.