Silver Cloud Expedition

Silversea

260

Number of passengers

18

Speed

156 m

Length

22 m

Width

Special Features

  • Pitching stabilizers

Cruise ship review

The 16,927-ton, 296-passenger cruise ship Silver Cloud underwent stem-to-stern refurbishment in October 2012, during a Sicily dry dock. All public spaces and suites (except the theater and the gym), were refurbished with new carpets, decor, and furniture. The result is a more contemporary feel and look. Silversea Silver Cloud was redesigned using quite a lot luxuries and characteristics which attract cruisers from across the world. That small, and in the same time spacious ship, delivers to guests who come onboard a detailed and also seductive voyage giving the feel of a larger cruise line.

In 2017, MS Silver Cloud was drydock refitted and refurbished (August-September) before joining the Silversea Expeditions fleet. The cruise ship's capacity was reduced from 362 to 260 passengers (on non-polar cruises). The ship's max capacity on polar cruises (Arctic and Antarctic itineraries) is 200 passengers.

Cruise itinerary program

Starting 2017, Silver Cloud cruises to Antarctica and Arctic (polar regions) destinations. The new itineraries are part of Silversea Expeditions cruise program, with roundtrip departures from Ushuaia (Argentina). During summer, Silver Cloud cruises in Northern Europe - leaving from ports in Arctic Norway to the Norwegian Fjords and Svalbard Islands.

On polar cruises, the ship's max passenger capacity is reduced from 260 to just 200.

Before joining Silversea Expeditions fleet in 2017, Silver Cloud's itinerary program was based on Caribbean cruises with departures from Fort Lauderdale, Barbados and Puerto Rico. During summer, the ship sailed in Europe (Mediterranean Sea) departing from Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul, with Transatlantic repositioning cruise crossings. The ship also used to operate a limited number of South Africa cruise leaving from Cape Town.

Cabins

Silver Cloud has a total of 151 cabins (all of which Suites, 15 connecting, 2 wheelchair-accessible) in 7 grades. All Silver Cloud suites have ocean views, 75% are balconied. The six suites’ categories range in size from 240 sq.feet to more than 1,300. The smallest is Vista Suite which doesn’t have a balcony. Next is the Veranda, identical to Vista but with 55-sq.foot balcony with glass door floor-to-ceiling instead of a picture window. The best value is offered by midship Veranda Suites, as they are very well located for a smoother ride. The three Silver Suites provide 541 sq.feet space, with a larger verandah, separate living and dining areas. The 827 sq.feet Owner’s Suite has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 95-sq.foot verandah. The Royal Suites are two and pile on space with additional 200 ft2 (19 m2) living space. The largest are the two Grand Suites (stunning ocean views!), with 1,341 sq.feet and three verandahs.

Beds can be configured as a queen, or two twin beds, and passengers can even select specific types of pillows from a range of options. All suites feature direct-dial phones, binoculars, safes, iHome alarm clocks, flat-screen TV’s with satellite reception and DVD. Even Vista Suites – the smallest ones, have walk-in closets with plenty of room. Silver and higher suites feature CD players. Owner’s, Royal, and Grand Suites provide full-size Jacuzzis and guest powder rooms. Upon arrival, a specially assigned butler will offer a choice of Bvlgari, Neutrogena, or Acqua di Parma bath products.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Silver Cloud cruise ship is a real miracle of high-level service and gourmet dining – both elegant and fun, ideal for couples to enjoy fine food and intimacy. The Silversea Cruises Cloud ship has one of the highest ratios space-to-passenger. The warm crewmembers are able to make each passenger feel at home. Many of the staff have sailed with Silversea for years. The small ship’s size means that your name will be remembered. Another plus is that Silver Cloud fares are all-inclusive. All food, wine, alcohol, gratuities, are included. Additional gratuities are discouraged, but some guests still give them for some exemplary service.

Follows the complete list of Silver Cloud restaurants and food bars.

  • The Restaurant (open-seating dining room with top-quality gourmet cuisine; features mostly Mediterranean themed meals, and always available standard menu with daily specials; all three meals are waiter-served and a la carte)
  • Le Champagne (20-seat French cuisine specialty restaurant; offers signature dishes by Relais Chateaux; dinner-only; reservations-only)
  • La Terrazza (Terrace Cafe; complimentary buffet-style restaurant, offers both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace; wine is complimentary; there is also Afternoon Tea service; La Terrazza transforms each evening between 7:00 and 9:30 pm, into an Italian specialty restaurant, reservations-only, with a la carte menu)
  • Pool Bar & Pool Grill (serve ship's pool deck area with fast food and drinks during the day; in the evening, the outdoor area becomes an al fresco dining venue with classic seafood and steakhouse choices, plus vegetarian and healthy selections)
  • The Grill (offers gourmet dining under the stars with signature meals including lava-rocks grilled meat, seafood, Mediterranean vegetables, baked potatoes, salad of the day; wines are complimentary, except the premium ones from the Connoisseur’s Wine List; The Grill implements the line’s interactive dining concept “Black Rock Grill Experience”, which allows guests to cook their own meat and seafood).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Silver Cloud onboard activities vary from language lessons and lectures to bridge and dance classes. Evening entertainment includes “The Artists of Silversea” troupe, performing from Beatles to opera. The Bar is the most popular spot, great to dance, too. Remember to try your chance at the tiny casino. Silver Cloud also offers an Internet cafe – 100 minutes online access will cost you $45; 1,000 minutes are $250. The well-stocked library offers books, DVD’s, and newspapers. Silver Cloud offers complimentary transportation in town in select ports, and occasionally gratis shoreside events.

Silver Cloud has two hot tubs and saltwater pool, as well as enough deck space for those who enjoy sun. Just above pool deck are the walking track and a gym with elliptical machines, free weights, treadmills, and yoga mats. A variety of fitness classes are offered daily. To pamper, there are full hair salon, with nail services, nine treatment rooms for rejuvenating fantasies. Try a Swedish or warm stone massage, an anti-aging facial, or reflexology. Each changing room has steam bath and sauna.

Additional amenities include a Launderette, Medical center, complimentary 24-hour Room Service, Internet/WiFi Access.

Follows the complete list of Silver Cloud lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Casino (with slot machines and gaming tables; served by The Bar)
  • Boutique shops (both offer duty-free shopping: luxury jewelry and watches, brand perfumes, fashion, designer handbags, photo/video accessories, Silversea logo merchandise, special occasion gifts, convenience goods)
  • The Bar (lounge with ample comfortable seating; offers live music performances, large dance floor, complimentary cocktails)
  • Show Lounge (former Venetian Lounge - ship’s theater for live music and show productions; the daily enrichment program offers trivia games, dance classes, language lessons, lectures, media presentations)
  • Conference Room (hosts group meetings and conferences; it is adjacent to the Card Room and the Internet Cafe)
  • The Swimming Pool (with saltwater; heated during cool-weather cruises; the sunbathing area has teak chaise loungers, 2 whirlpools and tennis tables)
  • Connoisseur’s Corner (formerly known as Humidor - ship’s smoking lounge furnished with leather armchairs and selling brand cognacs, vintage wines, fine cigars)
  • Panorama Lounge (served by its own bar; offers live music and dancing, Continental Breakfast and Afternoon Tea)
  • The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
  • The Spa at Silversea (features treatment rooms, and spa therapies including body wraps, massages and facials; sauna and steam rooms)
  • Beauty Salon (provides a full range of services: hairstyling, manicures, pedicures)
  • Fitness Centre (offers a treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track, Golf Cage, paddle tennis, golf putting green
  • The ship has a fleet of 18 Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats) used for landings and shore explorations.
  • Photo Studio (starboard on deck 5) is Silver Cloud ship exclusive venue designed via partnership with Galardi Media Network (Switzerland). The Studio is a workshop room fitted with latest technology equipment - PC and MAC computers, high-resolution printers (fee of charge / for creating postcards or frame-ready prints) , touch-screen interface. The workshop is led by a professional and provides practice with professional photo equipment - 6x HP Envy 27 computers; 6x iMac 27 computers, 4x Loupedeck consoles (Adobe Lightroom), 2x DNP photo printers, 2x Epson plotters, 3x Samsung 55 screens (4K), 1x Samsung 65 screen (4K). Additionally are offered 20-min private lessons.