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Silversea Cruises: Silver Wind

Silver Wind Review

The second vessel in the Silversea fleet, Silver Wind was introduced in 1995 as a virtual twin to Silver Cloud. While undergoing an upgrade in 2009, a unique Medallion suite on Deck 7 measuring in at 678 square feet was created. Although it has no veranda—large

picture windows offer sea views—it is larger than some of the costlier suites. At the same time, the spa was enlarged and relocated and a forward facing observation lounge was added.

These two yacht-like gems are all about style, understatement, and personal choice, so if you want to snuggle into a book in the well-stocked library, no one will lift an eyebrow. Although there simply isn't enough square footage on these ships for huge rooms, the public spaces are more than adequate and designed to function well. These ships served as the models for their larger sisters, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, which expanded on the smaller ships' concept of locating all passenger accommodations forward and public rooms aft.

The Restaurant is one of the loveliest dining rooms at sea, with a domed ceiling and musicians to provide dance music between courses. Both the Bar and Panorama Lounge are comfortable spots to socialize, dance, or enjoy cocktails before or after the evening entertainment, which might include a classical concert or smallish production show in the show room or Moonlight Movies, feature films shown outside on the pool deck.

Silversea Cruises was launched in 1994 by the former owners of Sitmar Cruises, the Lefebvre family of Rome, whose concept for the new cruise line was to build and sail the highest-quality luxury ships at sea. Intimate ships, paired with exclusive amenities and unparalleled hospitality, are the hallmarks of Silversea cruises. All-inclusive air-and-sea fares can be customized to include not just round-trip airfare but all transfers, porterage, and deluxe precruise accommodations as well.

Personalization is a Silversea maxim. Their ships offer more activities than other comparably sized luxury vessels. Take part in those that interest you, or opt instead for a good book and any number of quiet spots to read or snooze in the shade. Silversea’s third generation of ships introduced even more luxurious features when the 36,000-ton Silver Spirit launched late in 2009. Silversea’s Silver Explorer is the top choice for luxurious soft adventure expedition cruising, and in 2013 Silversea added a second exploration ship, Silver Galapagos, that will sail exclusively in the Galápagos Islands.

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Pros

  • Ambience on board is comfortably upscale, heightened by never having to sign a bar ticket
  • Wine is poured freely at lunch and dinner
  • Every cruise features regionally specific lectures by experts who share insights into areas of the world they know intimately

Cons

  • Minimalist modern decor could be improved
  • The sophisticated, all-adult atmosphere is sometimes disrupted by bored children who have nothing to do
  • The slow pace of evening entertainment isn’t satisfying if you prefer splashy production revues and Vegas-type shows
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 212
  • Entered Service 1995
  • Gross Tons 17,400
  • Length 514 feet
  • Number of Cabins 148
  • Passenger Capacity 298
  • Width 71 feet

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