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Silver Cloud Expedition

Cruise Ships in The Arctic : Silver Cloud Expedition

The Silver Cloud was the ship that launched Silversea as a world-leading luxury cruise brand. It was completely overhauled into an expedition vessel in 2017, which has produced one of the most luxurious and yet expedition-focused experiences you can find. She can also cruise at 18 knots, which makes a huge difference to what you can see on your expedition.

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The Silver Cloud started life as the flagship cruiser operated by Silversea. She relaunched in 2017 as an expedition vessel after a complete overhaul, where nothing was left untouched. A new bow lets the ship cut through the waves with ease, and the reinforced hull makes her one of the best ships to navigate through ice. On top of these changes, a new observation lounge graces the top deck, and all the suites have been renovated to a high standard.

Silversea prides itself on personal service to the degree the crew will take pains to learn your name. There’s also a Relais & Châteaux restaurant on board, but this is very much an expedition vessel. You’ll have two landings a day (conditions permitting), and a host of specialists to inform you as you go along.

Cabins

These are the most spacious cabins in the expedition fleet, ranging from 22–122 sq m, most with balconies. You’ll also find walk-in wardrobes and particularly comfortable beds (which can be twin or double). The Royal Suite at the front of the ship, with its twin views, is the most luxurious option, and the Veranda Suites represent probably the best value.

Dining

  • Buffet breakfast served in La Terrazza restaurant
  • À la carte lunch in La Terrazza, the main restaurant or at the Grill bar on deck (weather permitting)
  • Buffet dinner in La Terrazza, or à la carte in the main restaurant, at the Grill bar on deck (weather permitting) or at La Dame by Relais & Châteaux (for a small surcharge)
  • Food isn’t served to set times, so you can eat at your leisure
  • Meals can be ordered to your suite
  • Bar serving all-day snacks, tea and coffee

Routes

  • London to Reykjavik
  • Svalbard circumnavigation
  • East and west coasts of Greenland
  • Eastern Canada and the USA
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Buenos Aires with the Falklands and Antarctica
  • The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica
  • East coast of Africa

Suggested itineraries

  • A Polar Bear edges its way round a Walrus colony, Svalbard

    North Spitsbergen: 7-night cruise

    Norway and Arctic
    • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

    • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

    • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

    • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

    9 days from CAD9,800pp

  • Glacier on Spitsbergen

    Spitsbergen circumnavigation 9-night cruise

    Norway and Arctic
    • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

    • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

    • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

    • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

    11 days from CAD11,215pp

  • Musk Oxen

    Spitsbergen & northeast Greenland: 12-night cruise

    Norway, Iceland and Arctic
    • Visit the spectacular Scoresby Sund, rich in Arctic wildlife from musk oxen to little auks.

    • Possible northern lights sightings when you travel toward the end of the year.

    • Whales, including the possibility of narwhals.

    • Visit ancient Inuit sites.

    15 days from CAD16,170pp

Activities

  • Daily landings
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Trekking
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • On-board lectures
  • Photography trips

Facilities

  • Four restaurants
  • Spa, pool and hot tubs
  • Butler service
  • Cabin service
  • Observation deck
  • Medical clinic
  • Library
  • Lecture theater (inc. audio-visual facilities)
  • Internet (depending on location)
  • Laundry service