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Silver Cloud Expedition Review

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Really excellent. Don’t hesitate, go!

Review for Silver Cloud Expedition to Antarctica
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2018

We have travelled with Silversea several times (and with other cruise lines) and on Silver Cloud about 10 years ago when it was a regular luxury cruise ship. The only other Silversea Expeditions we have done was in the Galapagos which we also really enjoyed and is an interesting comparison. In both cases the cruise was excellent as were the crew and in particular the expedition guides. I would say that the Galapagos guides were more experienced and knowledgable but in fairness it’s early days for Silver Cloud in the Antarctic. Once across the Drake Passage most days involved 2 trips ashore in different locations and the transfers by Zodiac, 8 passengers at a time, was handled really well. Another reviewer has done an excellent, detailed, and very positive analysis and I agree with pretty much everything he says. I think turning Silver Cloud into an expedition ship is a clever and hopefully successful move. It used to carry just under 300 passengers, it now carries 200. The space per passenger and the range of facilities are exceptional. With the addition of the expedition staff the passengers crew ratio is very close to 1:1. There is a choice of 4 restaurants and a full spa. Other than a pianist and vocalist there is no entertainment but they put on a number of lectures and previews of the places to be visited. Repurposing Silver Cloud worked for us as we felt there were no compromises in the on board experience. Whereas we would urge people to go on Silver Galapagos there is no comparison between the ships. That said we happily accepted the Galapagos compromises and one plus, we found the on-board commerarderie better in the Galapagos. Space doesn’t give you everything! No special events or themes in the restaurants and no formal nights thankfully. There were two slightly uprated nights where gentlemen generally wore jackets but mostly no ties and the ladies went a short way up the glitzyness scale. The Panorama lounge was the main daytime public space and along with the bar worked well, and always room! The Observation Lounge on the top deck is very under-utilised. It suffers from being at the other end of the ship to all the other public areas and restaurants, and from access involving a short dash across an open deck. It’s a lovely space. Don’t know what the answer is. What was the theatre is pretty much as before and now called he Explorer Lounge and is primarily the venue for the lectures so is inevitably under utilised. The ship has been refurbished to a high standard and despite being now quite old has the modern attribute of all cabins/suites, except the small number on deck 4, having a full balcony. As you will have gathered we were delighted with the whole experience. While we are still able bodied we now look for something different to complement the resort type ships and we have definitely found that in the “new” Silver Cloud

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