Luxury line Silversea's 254-passenger Silver Cloud has set sail on its first voyage after a massive makeover designed to turn it into the most elegant polar expedition vessel at sea.
Steering a course from Buenos Aires and Falklands to Antarctica, where it now will spend a significant part of the year, the 23-year-old ship is sailing with a newly reinforced steel hull and a new ice-class bulb at its front that will allow for navigation in icy polar waters.
New sonars also have been installed for underwater ice detection, and new windows resistant to polar temperatures have been added.
The 514-foot-long, nine-deck-high vessel also has taken aboard 16 motorized Zodiac rafts to land passengers in remote locations as well as 10 kayaks for exploring.
The transformation of Cloud also included a major overhaul of its on-board accommodations, which the line says are now the largest in expedition cruising — the niche of cruising that involves exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations in small ships that carry motorized rafts for landings. The ship also will have the highest space-to-passenger and crew-to-passenger ratios in expedition cruising.
Also revamped was Cloud's spa, and the ship now boasts a new photo studio where passengers can edit and print images. The studio also will offer master classes in digital photography. The work took two months and cost US$ 40 million.
A stalwart of the Silversea fleet since the line's founding in the 1990s, Cloud now will spend much of its time in Antarctica or the Arctic. The sailing that kicked off is a 16-night trip to Antarctica that also includes a stop in the Falkland Islands. It'll be followed by eight more voyages to Antarctica before the ship heads to the Arctic via the west coast of Africa, Portugal, Spain, France, the British Isles and Ireland.
When sailing in the polar regions, Cloud will carry just 200 passengers. The ship will have a team of up to 22 dedicated experts on hand to lead exploration.
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To Jolene: Listen and listen good. 1. It's the Falklands, Islas de Falklands to you. The name dispute was settled long ago and solidified in 1982. 2. The UK WILL NOT nor ever return territory we have claimed and administrated longer than you ever existed. We didnt do it for 184 years and we wont do it in 25 years as sovereignty is to the current population of the Islands. 3. Drop your hedonist farce, you are on the wrong side of history Malvinat.Nov 17th, 2017 - 04:06 am +1
@JoleneNov 22nd, 2017 - 12:49 pm 0
The Silver Cloud will dock in the Falklands within the next 25 years. And the passengers won't see Malvinas signs on the dock. Suck it up amigo.
England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.Nov 20th, 2017 - 09:33 pm -1