Updated by Kathy McCabe, Cruise Critic contributor(5.0)
The spiffy little Silver Cloud, a member of Silversea Cruises' fleet of small luxury ships, is the nearly identical twin of Silver Wind; they were both launched in 1994. Like all Silversea ships, 296-passenger Silver Cloud stands out for its high levels of service, gourmet dining and spacious, all-oceanview suites. It's elegant without being stuffy, fun but not too frivolous, and ideal for couples who enjoy fine food, sublime service and intimacy.
Silver Cloud has among the highest space-to-passenger ratios in the industry. The genuine and warm crewmembers make passengers feel truly at home, and every cabin offers butler service. Many of the onboard staff have been with Silversea for years, demonstrating a true dedication to the cruise experience. The small size of the ship means your name will always be remembered.
Plus, Silver Cloud's fares are all-inclusive. Food, alcohol and wine, as well as gratuities, are all included in the fare. (The exceptions are a meal at the exclusive Relais & Chateaux restaurant and any high-end wines.) In addition, in select ports, the ship offers complimentary transportation into town and occasionally a gratis shoreside event.
In October 2012, Silver Cloud underwent a three-week stem-to-stern refurbishment during a dry dock in Sicily. All suites and public spaces, except the gym and theater, were refurbished with new furniture, carpets and decor. The result is a fresher, more contemporary look and feel.
Silver Cloud Fellow Passengers
Silverseas' generally 40-and-older passengers are well-traveled and sophisticated. The ships attract an international clientele, with the majority being American and European..
Silver Cloud Dress Code
Daytime dress is always casual. A typical weeklong sailing includes one formal night, when the dress code is black tie optional, two evenings with "informal" apparel (dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men) and three casual nights (dresses or blouses and pants for women, sport shirts and slacks for the guys).
Silver Cloud Gratuity
Tips are included, and additional gratuities are discouraged by the staff; however, some passengers still give them for exemplary service.
This was our first cruise and we followed the recommendation of friends to travel on a small, rather than medium or large, ship and to travel on Silversea. We were not disappointed and had a great trip.
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