Silversea Cruises has confirmed its conversion of Silver Wind to an ice-class expedition ship, first flagged in December 2018, is now underway. The vessel was initially slated to enter drydock in the summer of 2020 for the enhancement.
Silver Wind is currently undergoing refurbishments at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, following its major upgrade in 2018. The re-design includes an ice-strengthened hull for cruising in polar waters and state-of-the-art technology upgrades. Adding to her sustainability credentials, Silver Wind will be outfitted with a new advanced waste water treatment plant, new food waste treatment facilities, and new fuel-saving boilers.
Silver Wind will emerge as the cruise line’s fourth expedition vessel in its fleet of nine ultra-luxury ships.
Marking her maiden voyage on 20 November 2021, Silver Wind is slated to set sail on a 22-day journey to Antarctica for the solar eclipse on 4 December.
“We are converting our beloved Silver Wind into one of the most luxurious expedition ships at sea to further expand and diversify our cold-water cruise offering,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO.
“With the backing of the Royal Caribbean Group, we are significantly investing in our ultra-luxury fleet to meet the burgeoning guest demand for voyage options in such breath-taking, remote destinations as Antarctica, and we have more exciting enhancements to come.”
Silver Wind will be fitted with a strengthened hull; ice-detector sonars, designed for use on icebreaker vessels; 24 Zodiacs; and 14 kayaks. With a reduced guest capacity of just 274, Silver Wind will deliver one of the most personalised expedition experiences at sea, carrying up to 28 expedition experts who will share their knowledge during onboard lectures, on guided Zodiac tours, and on experiences ashore.
Silversea will covert the Casino to a Photo Studio with state-of-the-art equipment, a Mudroom, and add a water-heating system to Silver Wind‘s swimming pool.
Silver Wind’s upper suites will be entirely refurbished, with new furniture and carpets, as well as new walk-in showers to complement the bathtubs. 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 re-painted walls and ceilings in La Dame, La Terrazza, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge, and the Reception area. The Gym & Beauty Salon will be refreshed too.