The luxury cruise line Silversea has announced that its fleet of small ships will undergo a $170 million refurbishment that will upgrade them to the high standards its upscale passengers have grown accustom to.
“We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these major refurbishments and look forward to welcoming guests aboard and sharing our unique vision of ultra-luxury cruising, both in terms of service and physical environment”, Manfredi Lefebvre, chairman of Silversea, said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on being the reference when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising and this investment reflects our long-term commitment in this regard toward our ships, our guests and our crew.”
Silver Whisper, which hosts the line’s iconic World Cruise, will be the first to face the upgrade later this year. Each of its stylish suites will be redone with bathrooms adorned with dark emperor marble flooring. Public spaces will be the key beneficiaries of the bursary, where a freshly tiled pool and new chaise longues will breathe new levels of comfort and style into open air spaces. Dining areas at The Restaurant and La Terrazza will be re-skinned with plush new carpet and elegant hard-wood parquet respectively, and will each receive new furniture, echoing the theme of contemporary glamour throughout the ship and augmenting the high-quality service packaged around the finest culinary offerings at sea.
The ship’s communications hub is set for a major overhaul too with the addition of two satellite antennas, vastly improving Internet speeds on board and enabling guests to take full advantage of the new, interactive TVs and on demand movies available in every suite.
Next on the agenda is Silver Wind, which will enter dry dock in October 2016. She will undergo an overhaul of her staterooms, furnishings and technology, including interactive TVs and on-demand movies. In addition, the concept restaurant La Terrazza and the flagship Main Restaurant will both have new flooring installed, enhancing the overall feel of gastronomic excellence delivered on board. The pool deck will undergo a complete rip-and-replace approach to one of its aesthetic jewels, the exceptional teak flooring. This will reinstate the deck area as one of the most atmospheric aboard, more akin to a luxury yacht than a cruise ship, while reaffirming Silver Wind’s status as a timeless classic within the Silversea fleet.
On Silversea’s Expedition Cruises, the Silver Discoverer will also undergo some changes in the fall with a remodel of The Restaurant to a lighter, more contemporary color palette and a facelift of the popular pool grill area. The Discoverer lounge will go through a transformation from breakfast venue to a sophisticated lounge in which to relax, read and reflect on the day’s excursions. Silversea continues to augment the expedition experience to the benefit of its guests, and this is illustrated with further investment in new AV technology in the Explorer Lounge and new furniture from which to enjoy the lectures and briefings in unbridled comfort.
Silversea offers an exceptional experience with fares that cover your tips, all beverages and various free minutes for Wi-Fi usage depending on suite category and cruise. Having sailed on all but its expedition vessels, I can honestly say that the food, service and onboard amenities and activities are tops in the industry.