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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1995 Age Restrictions: At least one person in
Year Refurbished: 2008 each room must be 18 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 298 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Crew: 212 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 16,800 tons Bars/Lounges: 6
Length: 514.14 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 70.62 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 20.5 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Decks: 9 Hot Tubs: 2
Ship Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes
 

Overview
The 298-guest Silver Wind, the sister ship of Silver Cloud, is a luxurious yacht-like ship that features the amenities of a five-star hotel. When she was released in 1995, she was the second vessel in the Silversea fleet.

With an open-seating dining setup and one of the highest space per guest ratios in the cruising industry, Silver Wind is able to provide her guests with a relaxed onboard atmosphere that's further enhanced by their top-notch service and gourmet cuisine. Like many other luxury lines, there is a nice selection of complimentary beverages available onboard Silver Wind, including various wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks. Just to add to the value provided by Silversea onboard this vessel, all of the accommodations onboard are suites, and gratuities are included in the cruise fare.

Silver Wind underwent a full month of dry-dock construction and refurbishments during November of 2008. Upgrades included the addition of a new spa, fitness center and observation lounge on deck 9, with floor-to-ceiling windows.



Destinations & Itineraries
Silver Wind will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Africa, India, Middle East
2013: Europe, Middle East



Staterooms

All of the accommodations onboard Silver Wind are suites. All suites feature Pommery Champagne upon arrival, fresh fruit and flowers, a beverage cabinet stocked to your preference, European bath amenities, fine bed linens, your choice of pillow, plush robes and slippers, direct-dial telephone, writing desk, walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, remote-controlled TV with DVD and satellite reception, personalized stationary, daily news summary and twice daily suite service plus turndown nightly.

The most basic suites onboard Silver Wind are her Vista Suites, which are 240 square feet in size. Such suites feature a large picture window (with panoramic ocean views), a sitting area, two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, a marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and a vanity table with hair dryer. Some of the Vista Suites are able to accommodate up to three passengers.

The next step up in accommodations onboard Silver Wind are her Veranda Suites, which are 295 square feet (with a 49 square foot teak veranda, with patio furniture). These suites have a sitting area, two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and a vanity table with hair dryer. Some Veranda suites can accommodate up to three passengers.

A Medallion Suite is 678 square feet. and has three large picture windows (no veranda) that have panoramic ocean views. Such accommodations have a living room with sitting and dining area, two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, marbled bathroom (with double vanity, full-sized bath and separate shower), CD player and complimentary laundry service (which does not include dry cleaning or "press only").

Silver Wind's Silver Suites are the next most premium suites onboard this ship. They are 541 square feet, with a 92 square foot teak veranda (with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors). Such suites also feature a living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), sitting area and dining table, two twin beds or one queen-sized bed, marbled bathroom with full-sized bath, vanity table with hair dryer, CD player and complimentary laundry service.

A Royal Suite is available as a one or two bedroom (by adjoining with a Veranda Suite). Such accommodations are 736 square feet, with a 126 square foot veranda (when one bedroom) or 1,031 square feet, with two verandas totaling 175 square feet (when two bedrooms). These suites have a living room with sitting area (the two bedroom has an additional sitting area), queen-sized bed (two bedroom has an additional queen-sized bed or two twins beds), marbled bathroom with full-sized Jacuzzi (two bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath), CD player, complimentary butler service, complimentary laundry service and complimentary daily newspaper of choice.

The next step up is a Grand Suite, which is available as a one or two bedroom (the two bedroom is available by adjoining with a Veranda Suite). Such suites are 1,019 square feet, with a 145 square foot balcony (when one bedroom) or 1,314 square feet, with two balconies totaling 241 square feet (when two bedrooms). Such accommodations feature everything that a Royal Suite does.

The most premium accommodations onboard Silver Wind are her Owner's Suites, which are available as a one or two bedroom suite. When in one bedroom form these suites are 587 square feet, with a 89 square foot balcony. When in two bedroom form these suites are 827 square feet, with a 89 square foot balcony. Such accommodations feature everything that a Grand Suite does, plus a powder room in one of the marbled bathrooms and a shower (instead of full-sized bath) if you have a two bedroom suite.


Dining
Silver Wind has a single, open-seating dining setup. This means that you can dine whenever you want, with whomever you want (during the appropriate dining hours). The cuisine served onboard all of Silversea's vessels is five-star quality, inspired by the Grand Chefs of Relais & Chateaux (a prestigious association of upscale boutique hotels and restaurants). Vegetarian and lite menu options are available daily, for those desiring such selections.

The Restaurant, located aft (towards the rear of the ship) on deck 4, is the main dining room onboard Silver Wind. This venue features "La Collection du Monde," which are signature (French) dishes created for Silversea by Relais & Chateaux. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at The Restaurant, and on select nights an orchestra provides music for dancing.

La Terrazza, located aft on deck 7, features a selection of fine Italian cuisine, served à la carte. This venue is an indoor/outdoor cafe (with terrace dining al fresco) that features fresh ingredients and authentic Italian recipes, prepared by Silver Wind's expert chefs.

Saletta is a special Wine Restaurant, by Relais & Chateaux, onboard Silver Wind. This venue features fine wines that are complimented by a tasting menu of regionally inspired dishes. It's an upscale six-course experience. Advance reservations for the venue may be made onboard the ship.

The Pool Grill is a casual option located out on deck, with some shaded areas.

24-hour complimentary room service is available to all passengers. It's an excellent option for a mid-day or late night snack, or even for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. The Restaurant's menu can be ordered right to your suite during that venue's dining hours, during which you have the option of being served course-by-course in your suite.


Onboard Features
Expert guest lecturers from a variety of fields (such as geography, history and politics) are featured on all most of Silver Wind. This is a main aspect of a cruise onboard this vessel, as it adds a lot to your overall experience in the unique destinations that are visited during your cruise. On select sailings, guest chefs and wine experts take part in special Culinary Arts and Wine Series Voyages.

The Viking Cooking School is another enrichment aspect of a cruise onboard Silver Wind. This program entertains and educated Silversea's guests with a wide range of culinary events at Silver Wind's Viking Cooking Theatre. This program is hosted by Silversea's chefs, and sometimes expert Viking guest chefs.

The spa onboard Silver Wind features a wide range of treatments, such as body wraps, massages and facials. There is even a full-service beauty salon in this venue. Spa appointments can be made during or prior to your cruise.

There is a decent range of bars and lounges onboard Silver Wind, for a smaller ship. The Show Lounge is the main entertainment venue, featuring a variety of shows (such as classical music concerts). The Bar features live piano music, dancing, as well as local performers and folkloric shows. Another venue that features dancing and music is The Panorama Lounge. Social Ambassadors are available onboard, who are Silversea employees that can serve as a dinner, dance or shore excursion companion for solo guests. Another perk for solo guests traveling onboard Silversea is a special Champagne Reception that's held at the start of the cruise, exclusively for solo guests.

Other activities available while onboard Silver Wind include watching movies play out on deck during select evenings, playing in the casino (featuring slot machines, blackjack and roulette), relaxing in The Humidor (a cigar lounge with leather chairs), shopping in the boutique (that is closed while in port and sells designer jewelry, fashions and perfume), working out in the fitness center (featuring state-of-the-art equipment, saunas, steam rooms, as well as various aerobics classes), enjoying a book in the library (that also has DVDs to borrow) and sunning out on the pool deck. As far as pools go, there is one (heated) swimming pool onboard Silver Wind, as well as two whirlpools.


Dress Code and Attire
On a Silversea cruise the onboard attire ranges from casual to formal. During the day casual resort wear is appropriate, meaning that you should wear the type of outfit that you would if you were at a resort.

There is three types of evening dress codes onboard a Silversea cruise: casual, informal and formal. Casual means open neck shirts, slacks and sports outfits. Informal means dresses or trousersuits for women, and jackets (tie optional) for men. Formal evening wear for women is an evening gown or cocktail dress, while it's a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit for men. If you dine in La Terrazza on a formal night you may wear casually elegant attire (which would be a dress or trousersuit for women, and a jacket with tie optional for men).

Sailings of eight days or less will usually have two formal nights, while longer cruises usually have three or four formal nights.


Children Programs
There is not a children's program, and there are not any children's facilities onboard any of Silversea's cruise ships. Silversea doesn't allow children under one year old to book, and actually reserves the right to limit the number of children under three years of age onboard each sailing.


Tipping and Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cruise fare for all Silversea cruises.


Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Silversea cruise ships is 21 years old.


Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age onboard all Silversea cruise ships is 18 years old.


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