Silver Wind is in the process of being converted to an ice-class ship – Cruise Industry News
Silversea Cruises has announced the conversion of the Silver Wind into an ultra-luxury ice class expedition vessel. According to a press release, the move “signals continued confidence in the growing popularity of ultra-luxury expedition trips to pristine glaciers and wildlife-rich regions of Antarctica.”
The Silver Wind is being refurbished at the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, after a “major upgrade” in 2018, wrote Silversea. The new design includes an ice-reinforced hull for cruising in polar waters and technological improvements. In addition to its sustainability credentials, the Silver Wind will be equipped with a new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, new food waste treatment facilities and new fuel-efficient boilers.
According to the press release, the Silver Wind will become the cruise line’s fourth expedition ship in its fleet of nine ultra-luxury ships. Marking her maiden voyage on November 20, 2021, the Silver Wind is expected to embark on a 22-day trip to Antarctica, providing guests with a “prime viewing position” on the continent for a solar eclipse on December 4, 2021.
“We are converting our beloved Silver Wind into one of the most luxurious expedition vessels at sea to further expand and diversify our cold water cruise offering,” said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea . “With the support of the Royal Caribbean Group, we are investing significantly in our ultra-luxury fleet to meet growing customer demand for travel options to breathtaking remote destinations like Antarctica, and we have more interesting improvements to come. “
According to Silversea, the Silver Wind will benefit from a set of upgrades that will allow immersive expedition cruises to both polar regions, as well as the world’s most remote tropical waters.
The vessel will be equipped with a reinforced hull, ice detector sonar designed for use on icebreakers, 24 zodiacs and 14 kayaks.
With a reduced seating capacity of just 274 guests, the Silver Wind promises to deliver ‘personalized expedition experiences at sea’, carrying up to 28 expedition experts who will share their knowledge through on-board conferences, tours guided Zodiac and shore experiences.
A photo studio (formerly the casino), a changing room and a special water heating system in the ship’s swimming pool are also part of the new equipment from Silver Wind.
A range of refreshments will also be prepared in the suites and public areas of the ship. The Superior Suites at Silver Wind will be completely renovated, with new furniture and rugs, as well as new walk-in showers to complement the tubs. Silver Wind’s Vista and Veranda suites will also be updated, including the installation of new walk-in showers. Many of the ship’s public areas will also be refreshed, with repainted walls and ceilings in La Dame, La Terrazza, Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge and Reception Area. The gym and beauty salon will also be refreshed, Silversea wrote.
The Silver Wind’s maiden voyage as an expedition ship is set to depart on a 22-day voyage to Antarctica on November 20, 2021, spending its maiden season exploring the White Continent. Guests will be able to see the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica, and will be “perfectly placed” to experience the December 4 solar eclipse, Silversea wrote.