Cruises tend to depart from either Iceland or Norway during the Arctic summer months from June to September, capitalising in particular on June and July when there is 24-hour daylight. During this short window of opportunity, when the sea ice has partly melted away, ships are able to travel through.
The most comfortable and luxurious ship to cruise the Arctic, the Silversea Silver Cloud boasts a Relais & Chateaux restaurant, highly attentive staff and suite-style accommodation.
A journey through the Arctic on board Silversea's elegant Silver Cloud is bound to be unforgettable. This is the most luxurious vessel to cruise the region and offers a perfect introduction to expedition cruising for those who prefer not to sacrifice a few home comforts. The cruise is all-inclusive, including gratuities, room service, selected premium spirits and wines and gourmet dining, meaning you don't have to worry about a thing whilst on board.
The Silver Cloud begins its journeys in Longyearbyen (Svalbard’s “capital”), Tromso and Reykjavik and travels through the spectacular landscapes which provide a habitat for much of the continent's wildlife and few human communities. Explore these ice-cold waters on a series of Zodiac excursions, accompanied by highly specialised guides to ensure you get the most out of your experience. You will have opportunities to head on shore to get up close to some of the wildlife (when polar bears are at a safe distance!) and there will also be optional educational lectures on board in the evenings to give a more in-depth insight into the geography and biology of the region.
The ship itself is extremely spacious and offers all-suite accommodation. All of the suites boast large picture windows so guests can always be sure to enjoy the best views whether in their cabin, in the restaurants or in the observation lounge. Le Champagne is the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea and features delicious fine dining dishes, while there are also more casual dining options on board too. For those who need some time at leisure, there are plenty of options on board, with facilities including a pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre, beauty salon and spa.
Each of the suite cabins has large picture windows to maximise your views as you cruise through the dramatic Arctic scenery. Marble ensuite bathrooms with showers feature in all suites, along with luxurious bed linens, plush bathrobes and slippers, Bvlgari bath amenities, flatscreen TVs and a pillow menu. Many suites also have their own furnished private terrace which can be reached through floor to ceiling glass doors and all come with personalised butler service.
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