Silver Cloud had to cancel its first expedition cruise to Antarctica before Thanksgiving because of a mechanical malfunction which forced the vessel to return to Puerto Madryn.
The cruise ship had been sailing its first expedition cruise from Buenos Aires, that was scheduled to last for 16 days. Passengers were repatriated, and the vessel was due to depart on its next sailing from Ushuaia on December 1.
Silversea reports that Silver Cloud arrived in Antarctica as part of an 11-day Antarctic Peninsula expedition voyage roundtrip form Ushuaia. Silver Cloud is fresh of US$40 million refurbishment which converted it into ice-class expedition ship.
After this voyage Silver Cloud will continue with 10-day roundtrip luxury expedition cruises to Antarctica through February, after which the ship will embark from South America's southernmost tip to the southernmost point of South Africa.
Then, Silver Cloud will make its way up Africa's western coast to Northern Europe and Arctic Svalbard, and will spend summer months in the High Arctic, visiting Arctic Canada, Iceland and Greenland. A mini-season in Central and South America follows, as well as return to Antarctica next fall.