Ship Review | Silver Cloud -by Ngaire Keene Hutyra
Overall Opinion: This is a luxurious ship and it is hard to wrap your head around the fact that this is indeed an expedition ship. This is particularly true when it comes to the cabins. The ship has great cabins similar to those on Regent's and Silversea's regular ships, and definitely better than many mass market lines.
CABIN BATHROOMS AND CLOSETS: First the overall bathroom details, so that the descriptions are not constantly repeated on all the individual cabin category descriptions.
Suite Bathrooms | Silver Suites | Royal Suites | Grand Suites | Owners Suite: These bathrooms are wonderful. They are all large and are varied in layout. Each room has a different bathroom and I was not able to preview them all so I cannot comment in detail.
Vista, Veranda and Deluxe Veranda: These categories are all basically the same with only very minor differences. All the cabins feature interactive flat wall mounted TV with a large movie collection; walk-in closets; stocked mini bar; 110 and 220 volt outlets; writing desk; and other amenities. There is a lot of storage space as both the closet and writing desk have drawers. There is a a couch and two chairs in all cabins. Butler service and room service in all cabins.
Vista | The least expensive cabin has windows and is slightly smaller. All are located on deck 4. 240 sq ft
Less square feet and no balcony. An exceptional value, if you do not care if you have a balcony.
Veranda (Forward) and Deluxe Veranda (Midship) | Located on decks 5, 6 & 7. All the same size at 297 sq ft total.
The balcony adds a lot of light and makes the cabin feel much larger. A balcony does make a difference and is always handy for taking that quick picture. In the polar regions, the scenery can be magnificent so it is really nice to be able to pop-out for a minute and snap that shot.
The upgrade cost from Vista to Veranda varies by itinerary. On a 2020 10-night Antarctica trip, the difference is approximately $2600 per person.
Large Suites | Silver Suites | Royal Suites | Grand Suites | Owner's Suites:
These suites are wonderful. They are all large and are varied in layout. All with a separate living area. The closets are REALLY big. Each cabin is so different and I was not able to view them all. I was able to stay in a Royal Suite and could have stayed there a long time. Really large lounge with a nice desk, a nice bathroom with a large tub and HUGE closet.
Medallion Suite-437 sq ft | Silver Suite-541 sq ft | Royal Suite-736 sq ft | Grand Suite-1019 sq ft | Owners Suite-587 sq ft
The large suites are all very nice. Link above to the full details and room layouts from Silversea's website.
There are a lot of facilities and lounges which is unique to an expedition ship..
The Show Lounge, The Observation Lounge (at front of the ship), Panorama Lounge (often used for daily recaps), Card Room, Internet Cafe, The Spa, The Boutique, the Beauty Salon, Exercise Room, and The Connoisseurs Corner. There is also a swimming pool and jacuzzis, as well as an outdoor grill and pool bar.
Show Lounge: A large main lounge with great sight lines similar to a main lounge on an ocean ship. Far more seating than is required which gives it a very spacious feel. Nice large stage for presentations and excellent acoustics. Also, there is comfortable seating with room for the waiters and drink service. This may be used for presentations.
Beauty Salon and Spa: These facilities are nicer than I have seen on many full-size ocean ships.
Spacious Hallways and Seating Areas: Throughout the ship there is a feeling of space. Halls are wide, seating areas and rooms are not crowded. The artwork all over the ship is very interesting. There is just a really comfortable feel to the entire ship.
Laundry: The ship features laundry service and also a guest laundry.
Dining Options Onboard
The Restaurant: The meals in the main dining room were outstanding. Nice choices on the menu and the beef, chicken and fish dishes were all equally delicious. Niche lighting and plenty of room between the tables. Reasonably quiet as the room absorbs sound. We experience excellent service in this restaurant and it was faster than most main dining rooms on a ship.
La Dame by Relais & Châteaux: is an extra cost French Restaurant that served a really sensational menu with quite a few options for this type of restaurant. Every course was outstanding.
Le Terrazza: is the casual buffet breakfast and lunch venue with cooked to order eggs at breakfast, and freshly prepared pasta to order at lunch. The buffet everything looked nice and fresh with an excellent assortment of dishes. They do serve you the hot foods from the buffet and I personally prefer self-service. Salads and desserts are self-service. The meals here were better than I anticipated. The fresh, cooked to order pasta was outstanding.
Pool Grill and Hot Rocks: There is also a pool grill on the deck serving casual food. At night, the pool grill offers HOT ROCKS. This is a lot of fun as you cook your own food on hot rocks. Believe it or not, in the polar regions it is still fun as they have heaters and you wear your coat, hat and gloves. Quite an experience.
24-hour Room Service: The room service menu offers a fairly large variety of choices.
Zodiacs: I am very excited about the new zodiac design. Rather than balancing on the rounded side of the zodiac, there is flat part on the top where you sit and you sink down a little and the rise in the front supports your knees. Hard to explain but they think this will negate the majority of the bumping. Plus, it feels easier to get in and out of the zodiac.
Boot Room: I could not believe the boot room. Normally on other expedition ships this area is extremely small and crowded. However, this boot room is HUGE and has automatic boot washers. Gone are the days of fighting for space to take off your boots and standing on one foot trying to clean the bottom of your boots.
Loading Area: Normally people gather in a small area to board the zodiac. It can get very cramped and you are all dressed for the cold so it can get hot waiting in a big group of people to get off. This ship has a massive loading area, so you are no longer packed in like sardines, plus the elevators go right to the loading area. Fantastic!
Expedition Team: More expedition staff than I have ever seen. They say 19 but we had about 22 when we were on the ship. All of the super stars that I have met over the years were there. This is the flagship for the expedition team so I anticipate we will have a super team onboard. Plus the facilities in the main lounge and Panorama lounge will enhance all the presentations.
New Style of Zodiac
Testing the Zodiac