Silversea’s 388-passenger Silver Shadow will go into drydock this November for a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.
The luxury cruise line will bring the 19-year-old ship up to scratch with the newer ships in the fleet as part of a fleetwide refurbishment called Project Invictus following Silversea’s acquisition by Royal Caribbean.
Silver Shadow is the last of Silversea’s ‘classic’ ships to be refitted, introducing a look and feel similar to that of the flagship, Silver Muse.
All suites, restaurants and lounges will be updated or redesigned, according to the line.
“This refit is costing many millions of dollars more than we had originally planned,” Peter Shanks, Silversea’s managing director, UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa, said at a media event held in central London. “It’s a sign of the investment Royal Caribbean has put behind us.”
“Stepping onto Silver Shadow will be like walking onto a brand-new ship that has been ‘Muse-fied’. This standard will now be consistent across our whole classic fleet,” he added.
The changes due to be made to the ship are extensive, according to Cruise Critic.
Starting with the atrium on Deck 5, open-plan boutiques, open-plan guest services and future cruise sales areas and a new Arts Cafe, similar to the concept that was first introduced on Silver Muse, will be introduced.
All soft furnishing in all staterooms (all of which are suites) will be stripped out and replaced. New bathroom fittings will be installed, but some of the original marble will be repurposed.
The main dining room, the buffet and the Italian-themed restaurant, La Terrazza will all be redesigned, while the French fine-dining restaurant, La Dame will be expanded to accommodate 40 diners at once.
The expanded restaurant will take over the space currently occupied by the cigar lounge, Connoisseur’s Corner. Connoisseur’s Corner for its part will move to Deck 8 and encompass a new outdoor space with windbreaks, occupying the space that currently serves as a library.
The library will move to the Observation Lounge on Deck 10. The casino will be expanded and moved from Deck 5 to Deck 8, taking over the current Internet corner.
The Observation Lounge and Panorama Lounge will be completely refitted with a colour scheme similar to that of Silver Muse.
The ship’s bar, show lounge and card room will all receive a brand-new look.
Zagara Spa will get a new steam room and sauna, along with new gym equipment and the upper pool deck and jogging track and the pool itself will get new Bolidt teak-effect flooring.
All the outside furniture will be replaced, too, while new canvas shades will be fitted.
Technical improvements will include an upgrade of all the cabin TVs, an overhaul of the engines and painting the hull.