What exactly do the different Silversea ship classes have to offer?

Silversea classes explained

If you’re wondering what the differences are between the Silversea ship classes, this guide will provide you will all the information you need to know about its fleet of nine ships and the new ships due to launch over the next few years.

Silver Cloud and Silver Wind

Silver Cloud
Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud accommodates 254 guests. Built in 1994, it underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2017 and is now one of the most spacious and comfortable ice-class vessels in expedition cruising.

Highlights include four dining options, broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool. Eighty per cent of suites include a veranda.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, means Silver Cloud has the highest space-to-guest and crew-to-guest ratios in expedition cruising.

Eighteen Zodiacs and 10 kayaks ensure ship-wide simultaneous exploration with a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts always at hand.

Silver Wind from Silversea
Silver Wind

A sister ship to Silver Cloud, 298-passenger Silver Wind was built in 1995, and after a major upgrade in December 2018, is looking better than ever.

Timelessly elegant and luxuriously relaxed, the cruise ship counts the Pool Deck, Casino and Zagara Beauty Salon among its highlights. Four dining options include La Terrazza, The Grill, The Restaurant and La Dame.

A second refurbishment in 2020 will see Silver Wind benefitting from a strengthened ice-class hull. This will make it one of the most adaptable ships in Silversea’s fleet. With its improved cruising versatility, the ship will be able to travel from polar regions to the Mediterranean to the Caribbean with ease.

Millennium Class

Silversea's Silver Whisper is part of the Millennium Class
Silver Whisper

The two cruise ships in the Millennium Class – Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper – were built in 2000, underwent refits in 2017 and carry 388 passengers and 302 crew each to offer one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea.

Slightly larger than Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, the Millennium Class still retains Silversea’s essence: spacious suites, superior service paired with a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities.

Silversea Expedition Class

Silver Explorer is the first in Silversea's Expedition Class
Silver Explorer

With the debut of Silver Explorer in 2008, Silversea introduced expedition cruising to its customers. Purposely built to navigate in some of the world’s most remote destinations, the 144-passenger ship was refurbished in 2018 and features a strengthened hull with Lloyd’s Register ice-class notion to push through ice floes with ease.

Joined by two other ships – Silver Galapagos in 2012 and Silver Discoverer in 2013 – the class enables intrepid travellers to experience adventurous voyages to the most remote regions on the planet while enjoying Silversea’s brand of signature distinctions.

Silver Galapagos is Silversea’s smallest ship, accommodating just 100 guests and, as its name suggests, is based in the Galápagos Islands. Updated in 2017, it combines complimentary excursions, quality lectures and multiple Zodiac landings with excellent dining and plush all-suite accommodation.

Spirit Discoverer from Silversea's Expedition Class
Silver Discoverer

Meanwhile, 120-passenger Silver Discoverer, last refurbished in 2016, is based in the remote archipelagos of the Pacific and has been designed for viewing the untamed landscapes of the region with all ocean-view suites, plenty of deck space for wildlife viewings and a shallower draft enabling navigation closer to the shore.

Silversea will welcome its first-ever destination-specific ship – Silver Origin – to its fleet in summer 2020. It is also the cruise line’s most environmentally conscious ship and is designed specifically to cruise the Galápagos Islands, with a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides on board and Ecuadorian inspired cuisine, as well as Italian luxury throughout.

Silver Spirit

Silver Spirit
Silver Spirit

Accommodating 608 guests, Silver Spirit joined the Silversea fleet in 2009 and underwent a thorough refurbishment in 2018, which included a lengthening of the ship.

It offers guests one of the most complete cruise experiences available, combining spacious decks with cosy niches to ensure there is something for everyone on board.

The cruise line’s largest ship, it features eight dining options, public areas including the Arts Café, Dolce Vita, Connoisseur’s Corner, Tor’s Observation Library and a Venetian Lounge, and nine suite options.

Muse Class

Silver Muse is the first in Silversea's Muse Class
Silver Muse

The cruise line’s ninth ship, Silver Muse, was delivered in 2017 and has a capacity of 595 guests. An evolution of Silver Spirit, it enhances the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation that are hallmarks of the Silversea experience.

Silversea’s Muse Class also includes two yet-to-be-launched ships. The first in action will be Silver Moon – a 596-passenger sister ship of Silver Muse scheduled to be delivered in 2020.

A highlight of the ship is it has been designed to host the new Sea and Land Taste (.S.A.L.T) programme – an immersive culinary concept that will enable guests to travel deeper through a range of destination based gastronomic experiences. There will be six dining options and nine suite categories.

The second in the Evolution Class is Silver Dawn – another sister ship to Silver Muse due to embark on its maiden voyage in November 2021.

For more information, read our guide to Silversea Cruises.