(Miami Beach, FL — March 12, 2008) Yesterday at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced major dry-dock refurbishments planned for its 296-guest sister ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind to bring their interiors in line with the style of its newest ship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit (scheduled for delivery in December 2009). For Silver Wind, the month-long refurbishment will take place this November and Silver Cloud’s in May 2009.
Plans for both ships call for major suite upgrades, including new bathrooms, carpets, flat screen TVs and other appointments. Verandas will also be spruced up. And virtually all public spaces and corridors will see substantial enhancements of furnishings and carpets.
Most dramatic of the upgrades, however, will be the addition of a new ocean-view spa and fitness center on Deck 9, a new Observation Lounge, eight new large suites on Decks 7 and 8, reduction of Vista Suites on Deck 4, and a new guest elevator connecting Decks 8 and 9.
“These will be the most comprehensive construction and refurbishment initiatives ever undertaken for Silver Cloud and Silver Wind,” said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea’s president and CEO. “The projects underscore our firm commitment to keep Silversea at the forefront of ultra-luxury cruising.”
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II in 2008, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents. In the U.S., Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler nine times and six times by the readers of Travel & Leisure. International awards include “World’s Leading Luxury Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2007); “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2007); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Five Anchors” for Gastronomy and Service in Germany’s Kreuzfahrt Guide (2007); “Best Small Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine (2007); and Best Luxury Cruise Operator according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2007).