Silver Cloud Ship Review
Silver Cloud Overview
Launched in 1994 as Silversea’s very first ship, Silver Cloud, along with later sister-ship Silver Wind, measures only 16,800 gross tons and carries just 296 guests — about half the size of Silver Spirit. Kept up to date through regular extensive makeovers, the ultra-luxury ship still merits the highest superlatives, providing a world-ranging luxury experience for the discerning traveler. Setting the mold for all the Silversea ships that followed, Silver Cloud was designed with the vast majority of her spacious public rooms located between midships and the stern, while suites (Silversea refers to all of its categories as suites) occupy the ship’s forward half.
Silver Cloud’s Second Act: Polar Expedition Vessel
In late 2017, Silver Cloud undergoes an all-out transformation into a proper expedition ship. During a two-and-a-half-month drydock, she will receive an ice-strengthened hull complete with a new black-and-red livery; additional spacious Silver Suites; a new forward-facing Observation Lounge; a fleet of Zodiac rafts; a specialized Mud Room for storing boots, jackets and other expedition gear; and the transformation of the current show lounge into a spectacular, bi-level lecture hall and briefing room.
As part of this dramatic refit, Silver Cloud will also have substantial upgrades made to her existing public rooms and suites, all of which will be refitted to maintain a color and decor palette similar to that found aboard the recently-launched Silver Muse.
Silver Cloud Expedition, as she will be known, sets sail on her maiden voyage to Antarctica from Buenos Aires on November 15, 2017. More details will follow here following her extensive refit and re-entry into service. The following review describes the ship as she exists prior to the end of August, 2017.
Silver Cloud Public Rooms
In the stern on Decks 5 and 6, the two-story Venetian Lounge has tiered seating and a profusion of cozy seating clusters.
Just outside the show lounge on Deck 5, The Bar is a social hub where a band or DJ provides music for dancing, plus activities during the day. All beverages are served at no additional cost throughout the Silversea fleet, with the exception of premium selection from The Connoisseurs List. Farther forward on this deck is a small casino and the ship’s elegant boutiques.
A card room and Internet center are located above on Deck 6, while Deck 8 offers the Panorama Lounge, which by day serves up a continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and phenomenal sea views (from comfortable seating inside or outside), and by night transforms into an intimate nightspot for dancing and piano music. Just next door, the Humidor is a dark, cozy spot for cognac and cigars, with buttery leather armchairs. Also see Photo Tour: Silver Cloud’s Pool Deck, The Panorama Lounge
Silver Cloud Pools, Spa & Fitness
Outdoors, the resort-like Pool Deck is dotted with new lounges surrounding a small pool and a pair of hot tubs. Spa treatments can be had at the small Spa at Silversea on Deck 7, which also has men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms. A separate fitness center is located way at the top of the ship on Deck 9, accessible only from the outside decks. Also see, Photo Tour: Silver Cloud’s Fitness Center & How I Lost 35 Pounds Thanks To Silversea
Silver Cloud Dining
Dining is one of the ship’s great highlights, with four restaurants from which to choose. The main restaurant, called simply The Restaurant, serves contemporary, international cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the latter featuring complementary (and, of course, complimentary) wines and candlelight to illuminate the classic decor. Also see, Photo Tour: Silver Cloud Dining Venues For a more intimate (and extra-cost) meal, Silver Cloud offers Le Champagne, created in partnership with Relais & Châteaux and serving a la carte menus comprised of inspired dishes. The cost of dining in Le Champagne is $30 per person.
For a casual meal, Le Terrazza serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch with seating both indoors and out. In the evening, it serves an Italian menu created on “slow food” principles — locally grown, sustainable and fresh.
The Pool Bar also serves casual lunches and dinners, while The Grill offers the fun “hot rock” experience, in which guests can grill their own meat or seafood at their table on a preheated volcanic rock. Also see, Photo Tour: Silver Cloud’s Pool Deck, Featuring The Grill
Service is doting in all the restaurants, and if you’re not feeling social you can order lunch or dinner served course by course in your cabin, from the day’s menu at the Restaurant or from the extensive Room Service menu.
Silver Cloud Staterooms & Suites
Suites aboard Silver Cloud range from the 240-square-foot Vista Suites (all but two of them are located down on Deck 4) to the 587-square-foot Owner’s Suite and 1,019-square-foot Grand Suite, the latter two of which offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, large teak verandas, marble bathrooms with shower and tub, and the option of booking and opening up an adjoining standard accommodation for even more space.
The vast majority of accommodations aboard are 295-square-foot Veranda Suites, with private teak verandas, marble bathrooms, and walk-in wardrobes. All accommodations on board come with butler service, a bar setup stocked with your preferences, wifi access, European bath amenities, Pratassi linens and down duvets, and a choice of nine types of pillows. Read more about the suites:
- Silver Cloud Gets A Makeover: What’s New? We Show You In Photos Live From The Atlantic Ocean
- Silver Cloud Owner’s Suite Review, Plus Before & After Photos Following The Renovation
- Silver Cloud Owner’s Suite Review: The Living Room
- Silver Cloud Owner’s Suite Review: The Bedroom
- Silver Cloud Owner’s Suite Review: The Veranda
- Silver Cloud Owner’s Suite Review: The Bathroom
- Silver Cloud Vista Suite Review
- Silver Cloud Veranda Suite Photo Tour
- Silver Cloud Royal Suite Photo Tour
- Silver Cloud Silver Suite Photo Tour