Silversea completes entire fleet resumption

Silver Wind returns to service in the Mediterranean ahead of polar deployments

Silversea’s entire 10-ship fleet has now re-entered service with the relaunch of Silver Wind following the pandemic pause.

The luxury cruise line recommenced sailing nearly 12 months ago, with the initial deployment of Silver Moon on 18 June 2021 in Greece. The following day, Silver Origin recommenced operation in the Galapagos. In July, Silver Muse became the first ultra-luxury ship to sail in Alaska, while Silver Shadow welcomed guests in Iceland. Silver Spirit headed to Northern Europe in September, while expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud became the first ultra-luxury ships to return to Antarctica in November, and Silver Whisper welcomed travellers in the Caribbean that same month. Silversea’s newest ship, Silver Dawn, embarked on her inaugural season in the Mediterranean in April 2022.

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Now, following the conversion to ice-class, Silver Wind has re-entered the workforce, complete with an ice-strengthened hull for cruising in polar waters.

“I am incredibly proud to see all of our ships now welcoming guests around the world- with 10 ships in operation for the first time in our cruise line’s history – after what’s been a challenging period for the global travel industry,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO.

“After leading the global return of ultra-luxury cruising, we have come back stronger than before with the support of Royal Caribbean Group, with a more all-inclusive door-to-door service, three news ships, and various product enhancements.

“It is especially gratifying to have our beloved Silver Wind embark on her first voyages as an ice-class expedition vessel, complete with Zodiacs and kayaks – offering our guests unforgettable encounters with nature and wildlife, and, in due course, expanding our industry-leading polar offering,” Martinoli said.

Silver Wind‘s refurbishment was completed last November, the second phase of a major renovation that started in December 2018 to refresh the ship’s interior spaces with new furniture, carpets and wall treatments, as well as new walk-in showers to complement the bathtubs in select suites. As well as 24 Zodiacs and 14 kayaks, guests travelling aboard Silver Wind now benefit from the knowledge of up to 28 expedition experts, plus a dedicated mudroom, a photo studio with state-of-the-art equipment, and a heated swimming pool. Also among the latest enhancements are a new advanced wastewater treatment plant, new food waste treatment facilities, and new fuel-saving boilers.

After departing from Athens on 28 May, the 274-guest Silver Wind is now devoting 14 days to sailing the waters of the Mediterranean before arriving in Lisbon on 11 June. She will then undertake a collection of voyages to Northern Europe and the British Isles, before reaching Reykjavík to begin a summer of Arctic explorations that will include a crossing of the Northwest Passage in August. In October, Silver Wind will trace a path along the Pacific Coast of the United States, Central America, and South America, enroute to Antarctica for her inaugural season in the White Continent.

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