Although the end result looks almost brand new, past cruisers of the Silver Wind will still find elegant spaces, large suites, delightful cuisine, and excellent service.
I sailed on the Silver Wind on a wonderful voyage from Cape Town along the coast of Africa northward to Tanzania. On this cruise, we marveled at wild animals, explored previously unknown (to me) cities, and enjoyed the company of interesting cruise mates. These memories were captured while enjoying the elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere of this excellent small ship the Silver Wind.
The biggest change in the common areas is a new Observation Lounge forward on deck 9 in the space previously occupied by the fitness center. The spa moved to deck 9, and is located next to the new fitness center. With the spa, fitness center, and Observation Lounge now all on deck 9, the Silver Wind also added elevator access to this deck.
The outdoor areas of the ship were also updated with new tile for the swimming pool and new custom-made deck furniture.
All of these new amenities enhanced an already beautiful cruise ship.
The Restaurant has open seating dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wines are included with meals, the presentation is lovely, and the portion sizes appropriate.
La Terrazza on deck 7 features buffet breakfast and lunch, but is changed into an intimate Italian restaurant in the evenings. No cost reservations are required for La Terrazza, and each menu features a different region of Italy.
Elegant Le Champagne is perfect for a gourmet experience, the Pool Grill fun for a light meal, and the Silver Wind room service is among the best I've seen.
Like the dining and other public areas on the Silver Wind, the lounges got a makeover in 2008. In addition to new carpeting, wall coverings, and draperies, a new Observation Lounge was added on deck 9. During our Africa cruise on the Silver Wind, many guests enjoyed the views or a good book from the comfortable seating in this quiet space.
The suites and baths were significantly refitted during the 2008 renovations. My favorite new feature is a small, but important one; the two sets of new drapes completely block out all light. I also love the new furnishings and really appreciate having both a desk and a dressing table. The light at the dressing table is good for make-up application, and the large magnifying mirror is very useful. WiFi is available in the Silver Wind suites, and the cabin has enough plug-ins that I didn't even need my power strip.
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