Silver Wind Resumes Service

Ship refurbished during long hiatus that followed 9/11 downturn

By: Theresa Norton Masek

The Silver Wind resumed cruising June 1 after a 20-month hiatus that included a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

Silversea Cruises pulled the ship from service in October 2001, when travel plummeted after 9/11, allowing the luxury line to better fill its other three ships and reduce operational costs.

“Our strategy was to maintain load factors and pricing levels,” said Brad Ball, director of corporate communications for Silversea.

But the timeout also included a major renovation of the nine-year-old Silver Wind, allowing the addition of an alternate restaurant, an expanded fitness center and a wine and cigar room.

The Silver Wind’s sister ship, Silver Cloud, is next in line for a refurbishment, and will leave service in October until April 2004. It will get a renovation similar to the Wind’s.

The Silver Wind now features Saletta, a restaurant with dishes contributed by Relais Gourmands, the cuisine-oriented division of Relais & Chateaux.

The room is done in a rich color scheme of crimson and soft gold, with old-fashioned Italian accent pieces. Seating capacity is 40.

Saletta is open for dinner only. Reservations are recommended, and there is no additional charge.

Another major change was relocating the fitness center into the area formerly occupied by an underused observation lounge, Ball said.

“Before, the fitness center was very cramped, and the views weren’t very nice,” he said. “Now it’s spacious with beautiful views of the ocean.”

The new fitness center features new carpets and furnishings, as well as space to practice yoga, Pilates or use fitness equipment.

Adjacent is the new Tranquility Room, with chaise lounges and sofas and a color palette of soft azure and flaxen tones.

Le Champagne cigar and wine room, with comfortable leather chairs, was added on Deck 8, similar to those on the newer sister ships, Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper.

The Library, relocated to Deck Four, received new artwork, cabinetry, carpets, drapes and armchairs. Part of the library is the upgraded Internet Point, with six computer stations and high-back executive chairs.