PHOTO: Silversea Cruises' Silver Discoverer is one of the company's ships scheduled to undergo refurbishment later this year. (Photo courtesy of Silversea).
Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea announced the largest fleet-wide refurbishment in company history Wednesday, revealing plans to invest $170 million in its cruise ships.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based cruise line detailed upcoming improvements to a pair of its classic fleet ships as well as one of its expedition vessels.
The Silver Whisper — which hosts Silversea's renowned World Cruise visiting dozens of ports in more than 20 countries over the course of four months — will undergo a refurbishment by the end of the year that will include renovated suites and enhanced public areas.
Highlights will include a freshly tiled pool equipped with new chaise longues. Dining areas at The Restaurant and La Terrazza will also be refurbished with new furniture and flooring, while the ship's communications hub will undergo an overhaul complete with two new satellite antennas for faster Internet speeds.
Passengers aboard the 2017 World Cruise will be among the first to experience the upgrades.
The Silver Wind will also undergo improvements during dry dock this fall. The ship, which was built six years prior to the Silver Whisper, will receive similar upgrades to its suites and public spaces.
Meanwhile, one of the oldest ships in Silversea's fleet, the Silver Discoverer is also slated for enhancements later this year that will include the remodeling of The Restaurant, new furniture at the pool grill area and a transformation of The Discoverer lounge from breakfast stop to relaxing lounge.
"We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these major refurbishments and look forward to welcoming guests aboard and sharing our unique vision of ultra-luxury cruising, both in terms of service and physical environment," said Silversea's chairman Manfredi Lefebvre in a statement.
"We pride ourselves on being the reference when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising and this investment reflects our long-term commitment in this regard toward our ships, our guests and our crew."