WHY IT RATES: Travel agents and advisors will be able to sell even more elite vacations on the Silver Winds after its 2020 refurbishment.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.
Silversea Cruises announces plans for a second extensive refurbishment of Silver Wind, completing the major refurbishment project started in December 2018. The second dry dock period, which is scheduled for summer 2020, will give the ship ice-class classification and improved cruising versatility, as well as a number of improvements to the vessel’s interior. As a result, Silver Wind will unlock a broader range of deep travel experiences for guests in ultimate comfort, cruising both classic and expedition itineraries.
Part of Project Invictus – a long-term plan to grow and improve Silversea’s already luxurious fleet of ships – the second extensive refurbishment of Silver Wind will begin in August 2020. As well as benefitting from a strengthened ice-class hull, new state-of-the-art equipment for cruising in remote regions, a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for on-water exploration, and an upgraded theatre, the second extensive refurbishment will enhance the ship’s comfort and Silversea’s hallmarks of luxury: all suites will undergo another full upgrade; the Spa & Salon will each be completely refurbished; the Reception/Atrium will be overhauled; and additional improvements will be made to La Dame, La Terrazza, the Main Bar, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge, the Pool Bar, public bathrooms, and the Theatre, among other spaces.
Accommodating fewer guests (just 254) and retaining her characteristic sense of small-ship intimacy, Silver Wind will offer higher space ratios, a higher crew-to-guest ratio, and more upper suites, among other enhancements.
Silver Wind will continue to take guests closer to the authentic beauty of the world’s iconic destinations, such as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. In the Caribbean, the ship will continue to visit renowned ports, such as San Juan, Barbados and St. Barts, while her intimate size will also enable her to unlock smaller ports, including Bequia, Anguilla and Les Saintes. Mediterranean favorites, such as Venice, Monte Carlo and Barcelona, will also continue to feature on the ship’s sailed itineraries, along with more secluded destinations like Syros, Mljet, and Antibes.
Silver Wind will also journey to extraordinary expedition destinations, including the Arctic and Antarctica. The enhanced ship will resume service on November 10, 2020, embarking on her inaugural season in Antarctica.
Sample voyages from Silver Wind’s inaugural season in Antarctica will include:
—WI201121014 – Departing Ushuaia on November 21, 2020, on a 15-day roundtrip voyage, Silver Wind will spend a day at sea before calling at the Falkland Islands, the Drake Passage, Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the South Shetland Islands, before returning to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage. The ship’s first voyage in Antarctica will offer an array of unforgettable deep travel experiences: as well as penguins, seals, and a number of rare bird species, guests will have the chance to witness whales in their natural habitat. Zodiac and kayak tours led by Silversea’s Expedition Team will enrich the experience for guests.
—WI201205014 – The newly refurbished Silver Wind will follow the same itinerary from December 5, 2020, returning to Ushuaia on December 19. Enhanced by the presence of Silversea’s industry-leading Expedition Team – who will embellish the itinerary with a range of lectures, workshops and immersive shore excursions – the 15-day roundtrip voyage will offer an unforgettable journey to the last continent, in ultimate comfort.
As part of the 2018 refurbishment, Silver Wind’s interior public spaces underwent extensive renovations: the Show Lounge, the Restaurant, the Card and Conference Room, and the Library have each been comprehensively revamped. New carpets throughout the ship and refurbished corridors have also invigorated public spaces. All guest suites have been upgraded and balcony floors have been enhanced. Outdoors, decks have been renovated and furniture has been replaced.
“We are delighted to announce that our beloved Silver Wind will undergo a further extensive refurbishment in the summer of 2020, completing the enhancements made in December 2018,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. “Evolving the ship into an ice-class vessel, complete with Zodiacs and kayaks, will diversify her offering for our guests: she will be capable of unlocking deep travel experiences in both classic and expedition destinations, from the Caribbean to Antarctica, and everywhere in between.”
The announcement of Silver Wind’s second refurbishment follows the news that Silversea Cruises has signed agreements for three new ultra-luxury ships. Guests can also expect more enhancements to Silversea’s rapidly growing fleet in the near future.
For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.
SOURCE: Silversea Cruises press release.
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