The oldest and smallest non-expedition ship in the ultra luxe Silversea Cruises fleet, the 296-guest Silver Cloud launched in 1994. The all-suite cruiser has an intimacy and charm that has earned it a fiercely loyal following over the years. Nice touches include wide central passageways spanning each deck, a central stair tower that looks like a double helix, numerous intimate nooks and crannies, and open terraces that overlook the ship’s wake. Silversea’s top-notch cuisine and white-glove service with European flair are ranked among the very best at sea. Note: Silversea recently announced plans to convert Silver Cloud to an ice-class expedition ship in 2017.
What We Love
The Food: Dining on this ship is a leisurely, elegant affair, with open seating. Choices include the Continental-style main restaurant with its fine linens, silver, and crystal settings or the Italian-themed La Terrazza that boasts an al fresco terrace. There is also the extra-tariff Relais & Châteaux-certified Le Champagne, featuring a set wine-pairing menu.
Interesting Lectures: On each cruise, illustrious speakers from television personalities to scientists to former heads of state cover an extraordinary range of topics.
Every Room Has a View: All suites on the Silver Cloud are outside, ranging from 240-square-foot Vista Suites with picture windows to a lavish 827-square-foot Owner’s Suite.
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Nonpareil Service: The crew numbers 222, meaning there is an outstanding 1.3 guest-to-service ratio, one of the highest on the seven seas.
Culture-Rich Itineraries: Silver Cloud is a bona fide globe-trotter with a wide range of cruises calling at lesser-known Mediterranean hamlets and a season spent cruising African waters.
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Who It's Best For
Savvy Travelers With a Big Budget: This is a ship for those who want to immerse themselves in luxury and savor culture with like-minded guests.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It’s an Older Ship: Some deck areas and public spaces need sprucing up, and the staterooms situated far forward are not recommended for those with wobbly sea legs, especially on long ocean voyages.
Peter Knego is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.
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Silver Cloud at a Glance
- Line: Silversea Cruises
- Class: Cloud
- Number of Passengers: 296
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1994
- Refurbish Date: 2012