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
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
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
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
“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
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.