Silversea to convert Silver Wind to ice-class ship

Passenger capacity to be trimmed by 13%

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Silversea Cruises has revealed 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. Capacity onboard the vessel will be trimmed from the current 294 passengers to 254. 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.

The maiden season includes multiple roundtrip voyages to Antarctica from Ushuaia, along with a unique end-of-season sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town.

“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,” said Silversea CEO, Roberto Martinoli.

Silversea Cruises’ Senior Vice President and Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Adam Armstrong told LATTE the project to convert Silver Wind has been many months in the making and will involve a dry dock of two months duration, at a yet-to-be-finalised shipyard. Work will require parts of the hull to be replaced with ice-strengthened materials, making it suitable for Antarctica waters, but taking significantly longer than a standard dry dock and internal refurbishment.

Armstrong revealed that the reduction in capacity of Silver Wind is necessary to make space for expedition equipment such as Zodiacs and kayaks, storage rooms and drying rooms. Walls will come down between some of Wind‘s existing suites, making way for larger suites.

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 other spaces including La Dame, La Terrazza, the Main Bar, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge, the Pool Bar, public bathrooms and the theatre. Accommodating fewer guests (just 254) and retaining her characteristic sense of small-ship intimacy, Silver Wind will offer other enhancements including higher space ratios, a higher crew-to-guest ratio and more upper suites.

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. Barthelemy, while her intimate size will also enable her to unlock smaller ports, including Bequia, Anguilla and Les Saintes. Mediterranean favourites, 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.

Armstrong said that following the second dry dock, Silver Wind will emerge as a “hybrid ship”, capable of operating itineraries to Antarctica and the Arctic as well as tropical destinations.

“We don’t want to limit her to expedition,” Armstrong admitted.

For the Antarctic cruises, Wind will have a maximum capacity of 240 passengers to ensure guests have the ability to experience two Zodiac activities each day in the South Pole.

Silver Wind will resume service on 10 November 2020, embarking on her inaugural season in Antarctica.

The 2020/21 program consists of six round-trip sailings from Ushuaia, ranging from 10 to 18 days in duration, departing on 21 November, 5 and 19 December, 6 and 24 January and 5 February. Silversea will also offer a 21-day Ushuaia to Cape Town, setting sail on 15 February 2021. Prices start at $14,670 per person twin share. More details here.

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.

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.

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