The Silversea cruise ships are small, ultra-luxury, elegant and sophisticated. However, the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial and the staff really seem to love their jobs. The all-inclusive nature, personalized service, and luxurious surroundings are so low-key that it often seems you are sailing on your own personal voyage (with a few hundred friends).
Silversea Cruise Ships
Silversea has nine cruise ships:
- Silver Cloud: Expedition ship with 254 passengers - built in 1994 and refurbished as luxury expedition ship in 2017
- Silver Wind: 298 passengers - built in 1994 and significantly renovated in late 2008
- Silver Shadow: 382 passengers - built in 2000
- Silver Whisper: 382 passengers - built in 2001
- Silver Spirit: 540 passengers - built in 2009
- Silver Explorer: Expedition ship with 132 passengers - built in 1989 and refurbished in 2011
- Silver Galapagos: Expedition ship with 100 passengers - acquired and significantly updated in 2013
The tenth ship in the fleet, the Silver Moon, will be launched in 2020.
Silversea passengers are from around the world, with about half from the United States, one fourth from other English-speaking countries, and one fourth from elsewhere. Most passengers are well-traveled, interesting, and outgoing, and many are repeat Silversea cruisers. Although many passengers are over 50, there always seems to be a few young professionals on board. Some passengers are so loyal that they have over 2000 days with Silversea.
Accommodations and Cabins
All of the impeccably maintained cabins on the Silversea cruise ships are suites with walk-in closets, refrigerators, and spacious marble baths with tub and shower. Most of the suites have balconies. The linens are marvelous and include a terry robe and slippers to wear onboard. Each suite has a sofa, table, and 2 chairs, and 24-hour room service is available for dining in-suite.
Cuisine and Dining
Every dining experience on a Silversea cruise ship is a memorable one. The ships have one main Restaurant and two or more alternative dining venues. depending on the size. Since the ships are small (less than 600 passengers), the Restaurant often feels like an elegant, yet comfortable club. The open seating dining, varied menus, and excellent wines included in the meals give the sensation of a private dinner party.
Onboard Activities and Entertainment
The small Silversea ships have many of the same activities as the mega-ships such as computer classes, afternoon tea, wine tastings, and bridge instructors. The ships often have excellent expert speakers onboard from a variety of disciplines including astronauts, diplomats, journalists, photographers, and historians. Evenings are low-key compared to larger ships, with one show each evening in the main lounge featuring either the six-member show troupe or a guest soloist or musician. The small orchestra plays after dinner dance music in one of the bars and a pianist or duo performs in the other.
The ships have theme cruises focusing on opera, ballet, and wine and cuisine.
The decor on the Silversea Cruise ships is simple, elegant and tasteful. The colors are muted and perfect for a relaxing, luxurious cruise vacation. Passengers can often be found either socializing in the comfortable lounges, attending an educational or enrichment lecture, or enjoying a good book on deck.
Spa, Gym, and Fitness
Although the Silversea ships are small, they each have a fitness center and a swimming pool and hot tubs. Steiner operates the full service spas. The fitness center has machines and various exercise classes.
More on Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises was launched in the early 1990s by the previous owners of Sitmar Cruises, and the Lefebvre family of Rome continues to own the cruise line. Many of the features on the ships are a tribute to the Italian heritage of the cruise line.