We have never done much with Silversea Cruises so we were surprised to get a press release for them. It appears one of their ships is going for new knees! The bit where the saw the leg off and add a bit – well, cut the ship in half and extend it. The car dealers call it a cut and shunt, but it happens to a lot of older ships that need to be bigger in the new market. Fred Olsen’s Boudicca started life at 583 feet and is now 689 feet long. Unless we have it wrong, they are cutting it in half and adding 49 feet. Often ships are built in modular form so I would imagine the mid section is to be built before and this ‘operation’ will take place quicker than expected and as with most modern ‘surgeries’ she will be out of the hospital and running in no time. But as she was only built in 2009 it is a huge telling of how the market has changed from then, only 8 years ago. Nowadays a ship that only holds 540 guests is very small, see our list of small ships where only the SAGA Pearl II is smaller and SAGA have just ordered two completely new modern ships, Spirit of Discovery and Sprit of Adventure. We wonder whether SAGA will then release the smaller ship from service or keep it; time will tell. P&O’s parent company have four new ships on order, Cunard have announced a new ship. There is no doubt you can offer more on a bigger ship with more passengers and a bigger cash flow.  The Aurora could be considered a great size for a small ship that stays roomy, but it is what was called a mid sized ship. The newest biggest ship afloat has nearly 7,000 guests and stage full on West End musicals and has waterfall that drops 10 decks, offers the very best fine dining options and many private areas to hide away; that is a town. With Silversea Cruises new ship flagship, the Silver Muse in service with eight superb restaurants it allows the Silver Spirit to go out of service, but the Muse only holds just under 600 guests so we wait to see the direction of the Silver Spirit. Small is good, but passengers are now expecting more than ever. Here is the Silver Seas press release.CHAT GROUP – Cruise the Canaries Chat – New Group, be one of the first to join and start a thread on your forthcoming or past cruise by number – CLICK HERE TO SHARE & CHAT

We are delighted to inform you of our plans to enhance our beloved Silver Spirit. In March 2018, she will go under an extensive refit that will amplify your experience where it matters, all while maintaining the characteristics that make her so special: superior service, gastronomic cuisine and world class wine, and small enough to continue to visit both secluded and iconic ports. Here’s what is changing:

PUBLIC AREAS – The convivial atmosphere highly appreciated by our guests will be even more pleasant with our enhanced layout and updated bars and lounges. Plus, the new Zagara spa will be the perfect place to unwind.

DINING – We are adding new restaurant concepts to diversify your gastronomic experience. Besides the brand new menus, guests will also enjoy a wider variety of dining options.

SUITES – Every suite is getting a new design similar to Silver Muse and upgrades to the technology and in-suite entertainment.

OUTDOOR LIVING – The best part of cruising is living the outdoors. Silver Spirit is getting a larger pool deck for you to soak up the sun, a new outdoor aerobics area and lots of outdoor seating.

 
We look forward to sharing more about the transformation of Silver Spirit with you in the coming months.

Maybe we will be adding Silversea to our list of ship operators we deal with…. more work for our IT department and they still haven’t quite got the current list up to date! Memo to downstairs….

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