I had sailed on the same ship from Beijing to Hong Kong 20 years ago. And we sailed on the Silver Shadow from Vancouver to Alaska to San Francisco. Silversea fares include specialty coffees, standard alcohol, and tips. On their expedition ships - it includes off shore excursions - and some include a rt flight to the port of Ushuaia; and parkas suitable for Antarctica, backpacks, and water bottles. So when I read that the Silver Cloud was being refitted into an expedition ice class ship - it was a no brainer and I booked far in advanced to assure us a midship cabin without a verandah on its maiden voyage to Antarctica via the Falklands.
The owner of the company came on board and wished us well. Quite impressive.
Because the ship goes to Antarctica it takes a maximum of only 200 passengers plus crew. The ship used to take over 300 on luxury cruises. A huge plus for us who avoid ships that can carry over 400 passengers plus crew.
It was adequate and I liked the walk in closet. There is an extendable clothesline in the shower. I gave it 5 stars because I loved the pillow menu. Sounds a bit hokey at first but the special wheat bag pillow assured me a good sleep - it made a huge difference. It really did.