Silversea Cruises promises that you’ll be seeing its name a lot more in the future. With the luxury line’s fleet expanding to six vessels, the second of the original twin ships, the Silver Wind, recently underwent a multimillion-dollar transformation.
The changes are apparent even before you board. Instead of the line’s stylized “S” logo, the funnel now sports the Silversea name spelled out, and the ship’s profile reveals the structural addition on the top deck that houses the spa, fitness center and Observation Lounge.
Accommodations: A bold new color scheme blends tones of gold, burgundy, russet and a soft mossy green to create a comfortable personal environment. All suites have been enhanced with new bedding—including mattresses, duvets and pillows—and the carpeting, upholstery, drapes, and wall coverings have been replaced. New wood cabinetry and flat-screen televisions complete the look in the main living spaces, and bathrooms were redone with vessel sinks, wood flooring, and a combination of marble and stone trimmed with wood accents. Left unchanged is the choice of toiletries.
In addition, moving the spa to its new location on Deck 9 provided space for a second Owner’s Suite and connecting Vista Suite on Deck 7. Five Medallion Suites—a new category on the Silver Wind—were also added. Four of them, located on Deck 8, measure 470 square feet, including verandas. On Deck 7, the fifth Medallion Suite is unique at 678 square feet. Though it has no veranda, it is larger than the 541-square-foot Silver Suites and even the 587-square-foot, one-bedroom Owner’s Suites. The living room is spacious enough to seat a dozen for cocktails, and four can comfortably enjoy meals at the dining room table. A separate bedroom, walk-in closet, dressing table, guest powder room and massive bathroom complete the suite. Three large picture windows offer expansive sea views. Yet you’ll find it right in the middle in terms of fare categories, and it’s a bargain for travelers who require space, but not necessarily outdoors.
Public Areas: Built in 1995, the Silver Wind is a bit old in ship-years, but its freshened, contemporary interiors belie its age. Retaining the integrity of the ship was important to Silversea, but the 1990s-era pastel look has vanished. In its place are the warmer natural colors accented by jewel tones found in stylish boutique hotels. Interesting artwork graces passageways and public spaces.
Lounges and restaurants remain familiar spaces with refreshed new looks. Carpeting, upholstery, drapes and flooring have been replaced, for a more sophisticated appearance. The Panorama Lounge has gained a podium where continental breakfast is set up every morning. Stained-glass art treatments adorn The Bar. The Restaurant retains its domed ceiling, but returning passengers will notice new wood floors, banquettes, window treatments and artwork. Flow is improved in La Terrazza thanks to a subtle reconfiguration of the buffet’s dining area. An outdoor sail-covered area aft protects diners from the elements.
The most dramatic changes to the Silver Wind are found on the upper decks, where centrally located stairs between decks 8 and 9 were replaced with a spiral staircase and a glass-enclosed elevator to each side of the pool that serves only those decks. In addition, a permanent Pool Grill and expanded Pool Bar were made possible by the stairway relocation.
A structural addition on Deck 9 repositioned the gym to a starboard location adjacent to an expanded spa with four treatment rooms. The Observation Lounge took the gym’s place overlooking the bow. With cushy seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s an ideal viewing spot, complete with telescopes. The shelves are stocked with reference books and board games, and refreshments are available all day.
The Silver Wind’s updated style offers a peek at what travelers can expect on the Silver Cloud, which is to undergo a similar refurbishment, and the Silver Spirit, which is under construction. With chic new interiors and the highest level of service at sea, the silver is certainly sterling onboard Silversea vessels.
For more information, call 800-722-9955 or visit www.silversea.com.--Linda Coffman