October 1, 2001
Silversea Cruises made a second jaw-dropping announcement last week when they decided to pull Silver Wind out of service through 2002 following the ship’s scheduled dry dock in October. The first surprising announcement, as we reported earlier last week, was Silversea’s effort to reach out and snare displaced Renaissance cruisers by offering special pricing. By our count Silversea’s the second cruise line to temporarily drop a ship (Princess’ Pacific was the first) following the September 11 tragedies. Silversea was a three-ship line until this summer, when it launched Silver Whisper, its newest, splashiest model. The basic nuts and bolts changes, as a result, mean that Silver Cloud, which has recently emerged from dry dock, will take over Silver Wind’s itineraries beginning December 5 and running through 2002. Silver Cloud’s original schedule (December 5 through 2002) has been scrapped entirely. Silver Wind is actually going into dry dock earlier than planned; Silversea has canceled three cruises, scheduled to take place October - November, that would have sailed to ports in the Middle East and Africa. Itineraries for Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper will not change.