Silversea is considering plans to convert its ‘classic’ ocean ship, Silver Wind, to become an expedition vessel as part of plans to expand its specialist fleet.
Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre told TTG the line was also thinking of adding more ships "of up to 130-140 passengers” as well as altering Wind to sail expedition itineraries in a move similar to that of Silver Cloud – which joined Silversea’s expedition fleet in November 2017.
In May the line revealed it had ordered a new ’classic’ vessel, Silver Dawn, due in service by 2021 with the announcement coming just months after agreeing a deal to build another ship Silver Moon, launching in 2020.
“The classic fleet has a path because we have two ships on order plus an option for another in 2023 and we are thinking of more,” said Lefebvre.
“We don’t have an exact number of ships yet for expedition. We are looking at the Wind conversion – it’s not a defined project but it’s likely."
Lefebvre was speaking onboard Silver Cloud during a sailing from London to Dublin to mark 10 years of Silversea’s expedition cruising.
He explained how the line was also looking at basing ships in certain destinations for longer periods of time.
“There are destinations that we visit and many times we just pass through and they deserve more than that," he said. "The Galapagos has a ship full time but it’s not just the Galapagos that deserves it – there are other areas too.
“For our trade partners, the more you can explain where a ship is going to be sailing, the easier it is to educate your clients and make them want to go there.”