When Silversea's Silver Wind returns to cruising in May -- following months
of a lay-up that was partially inspired by the uncertain travel climate
since September 11 and mostly inspired by a major, multi-million dollar
refurbishment -- the company's fleet will be intact. For a few months,
anyway. The company announces today that Silver Cloud will be taken out of
service in October for the same kind of intensive refurbishment already in
place on sister ship Silver Wind. Silver Cloud will return to cruising in
April 2004. Silver Cloud will return to the Mediterranean in spring 2004 as
For this and other reasons, Silversea's also announcing some itinerary
changes. When Silver Cloud begins its drydock period on October 25, Silver
Wind will assume its scheduled fall and early-winter program,
with voyages to the Caribbean and South America. As a result, many of
Silver Wind's Caribbean cruises previously scheduled for that same period
will be canceled.
In January, Silver Wind will assume a modified schedule of cruises to the
Caribbean and Mexico, with transits through the Panama Canal, while Silver
Cloud's originally scheduled Caribbean program will be canceled. Passengers
booked on any of the affected sailings will be offered other arrangements.
In other news, Silversea has expanded its Silver Sailings program, which
features up to 50% savings off cruise-only fares. The savings program,
initially offered on 30 voyages, has expanded to more than double that.