An Expedition to Antarctica was a dream come true. One cannot describe how magnificent this experience is -- from the wildlife, to the glaciers, to the ice scapes, the kayaking in antarctic waters, the zodiac experiences, the enrichment, the great service, etc. it was amazing.
The Silver Cloud, however, is a very tired ship. It is screaming for an upgrade. The furniture is a bit ragged and uncomfortable; the signs lines in the forward lounge where the lectures are are poor; the fitness center needs upgraded equipment. If your room is anywhere forward, the movement of the ship is incredibly noticeable.
Having said all of that, the staff on board is the best ever. Our butler, Tarik was amazing. The wait staff and bar staff (Melisa, Karen, Enrique, and others were excellent). Loved the Restaurant and the Grill. Joe in the Restaurant was amazing. The Expedition Staff was so knowledgeable and attentive and the guys who helped us on an off the zodiacs are unsung heroes. Trent, Marcel, Tyler, Seba were great. So enjoyed them.
Room is tired. Bathroom door would not stay shut while in the shower and ship moving. it was difficult to get the temperature correct and the furniture was uncomfortable. The curtains did not shut all the way and were a bit tattered.