Silversea Cruises is upgrading the ’Silver Wind’ to an Ice Class, ultra-luxury expedition ship.
This move signals continued confidence in the fast-growing popularity of ultra-luxury expedition travel to the glaciers and wildlife-rich regions of Antarctica, the company said.
‘Silver Wind’ is currently undergoing refurbishment at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, following a major upgrade in 2018.
The re-design includes an ice-strengthened hull for cruising in Polar waters and modern technology upgrades. Adding to her sustainability credentials, she will be outfitted with a new waste water treatment plant, new food waste treatment facilities, and new fuel-saving boilers.
’Silver Wind’ is scheduled to sail on 20th November on a 22-day trip to Antarctica, to provide guests with a prime viewing position for a solar eclipse on 4th December, 2021.
“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 (pictured).
“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.”
As well as an ice strengthened hull, she will be fitted with ice detector sonars, designed for use on icebreaking 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 o board lectures, on guided Zodiac tours, and on experiences ashore, the company claimed.
In addition, a Photo Studio (formerly the Casino), a mudroom, and a special water-heating system in the ship’s swimming pool will also be fitted.
Following the ship’s comprehensive refurbishment in 2018, which saw the enhancement of most public spaces, several upgrades will be undertaken to the ship’s suites and public areas.
For example, ‘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. Her Vista and Veranda suites will also be upgraded, 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, plus the gym and beauty salon.
In addition, Silversea has also launched a new digital training platform for the training and development of its crew.
Named the Silversea Learning Platform, the programme was rolled out ahead of the line’s return to service and is accessible to all crew online, from both on board and ashore.
Nearly 200 modules cover the safety and well-being of guests and crew, environmental protection, regulatory compliance, and more – are tailored to specific job functions, Silversea said.
In addition to self-paced mandatory modules, crew members have access to a variety of optional courses for further study and skills advancement. The company added that the online learning experience complements its existing programme of classroom-style and hands-on training and workshops.
“The Silversea Learning Platform is a significant step toward ensuring that new and returning crew will have convenient access to our latest training content, both from home and aboard ship, enabling them to adapt quickly and easily to the requirements of their roles,” Martinoli explained.
“Our on board teams are committed to providing an entirely unique experience for our guests, with exemplary service that continuously exceeds their expectations. Our new training platform will ensure that Silversea’s trademark level of service is stronger than ever as our healthy return to service gains momentum. Our crew is an invaluable asset for our cruise line – the importance of which will only increase as we continue to expand our fleet in the coming years,” he added.