March 3, 2003
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 previously planned. 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.