Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced major dry-dock refurbishments planned for its 296-guest sister ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind to bring their interiors in line with the style of its newest ship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit (scheduled for delivery in December 2009). For Silver Wind , the month-long refurbishment will take place this November and Silver Cloud's in May 2009.

Plans for both ships call for major suite upgrades, including new bathrooms, carpets, flat screen TVs and other appointments.  Verandas will also be spruced up.  And virtually all public spaces and corridors will see substantial enhancements of furnishings and carpets.

Most dramatic of the upgrades, however, will be the addition of a new ocean-view spa and fitness center on Deck 9, a new Observation Lounge, eight new large suites on Decks 7 and 8, reduction of Vista Suites on Deck 4, and a new guest elevator connecting Decks 8 and 9.

"These will be the most comprehensive construction and refurbishment initiatives ever undertaken for Silver Cloud and Silver Wind ," said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea's president and CEO.  "The projects underscore our firm commitment to keep Silversea at the forefront of ultra-luxury cruising."