The first ship for the new upmarket cruiseline Silversea Cruises was launched at the 6th of march 1993 from the Cantieri Navali Visentini wharf at Viareggio in Italy. Here, her yardnumber had been 775. The ship measures 16.927 tons and she is 155 meters long, 21,40 meters wide and her draft reaches 5,30 meters. She was designed for 296 passengers and 185 crewmembers, so this ratio shows the luxury style that Silversea Cruises wanted to offer. There are eight decks and the normal sailing speed is very moderate, around 17 knots. The ship was to fly the flag of the Bahamas, homeported in Nassau. Because Vinsentini doesn't have the room for completion of the ships, this was carried out at the Mariotti wharf at Genoa.
Below, Silver Cloud is seen sailing the Northsea Canal passage from Amsterdam at the 4th of june 2006.
Her name was Silver Cloud and to Rolls-Royce fans this is a familiar name because one of the most great-looking cars ever to be produced by them was made between 1955 and 1966. 'Our' Silver Cloud was delivered to Silversea Cruises in march 1994. Her first cruise departed Civitavecchia (Rome) at the 2nd of april of that same year and after that, the ship sailed worldwide cruises, including especially the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Red Sea and South America.
Above, Silver Cloud sails the Northsea Canal close to Velsen-Noord at the 11th of june 2014.
She is designed quite different from most cruiseships, as her passenger accomodations are all located formard and of those cabins 77% has private balconies. All public rooms are located aft. These rooms are smaller of course then on the larger ships, but for the number of passengers carried adequate enough. Next to that, Silversea's passengers mostly do not care for large scale activities, they most rather read a book in a quiet corner or so. For this, the ship is truly perfect. For extra entertainment, in the ships domed-ceiling main dining room (named The Restaurant for convenience), which is the most splendid room aboard, musicians are hired to play in between the courses and passengers are even tempted to dance sometimes. Do not expect Metallica or Coldplay, though, the music played is more in the classic dancing style. Next to this, also there is the possibility to enjoy movies outside at the pool deck or just a good coctail in one of the ships bars. Also, small style shows or classic concerts are performed in the show room, the Ventian lounge, that covers two decks. There also is a small casino aboard, just as several bouqiques, a fitness center and Spa area. As a nice extra touch, with Silversea, all beverages are also included in the fare, excluded several specials from the Conoisseurs List. A special dining option is also given, when at night the pool deck is the place for Black Rock Dining. This concept is used aboard every ship within the fleet, and it means that passengers can cook their own meals at lavastones preheated at 1600 degrees Fahrenheit.
In 2012, the ship recieved a large make-over and she was given an updated look inside. Her classic style and fitting colourscemes make this ship a very comfortable, great looking vessel for a relaxed holiday.