Silversea Cruises has announced Silver Shadow’s La Dame restaurant will increase in size and a new atrium will be created during the ship’s planned dry dock later this year.

The French gourmet restaurant will be one of several evening venues overhauled as part of the month-long project, including La Terrazza, The Restaurant, the casino and cigar lounge Connoisseur’s Corner.

La Dame will hold 40 passengers – up from 24 – in order to meet demand following the project, due to start at the end of October.

Silversea has yet to decide where the 382-passenger ship will undergo its refurbishment.

Peter Shanks, Silversea’s UK managing director, said the “biggest change” on the vessel would be on deck five where a new atrium would be created.

“We are opening everything out,” he said. “There used to be all these small rooms, but we will take everything down.

“We want people to engage more freely and easily. This is probably one of the biggest changes that we are making with Silver Shadow.”

Teak wood around the outdoor pool area will also be replaced.

Shanks also claimed that yet-to-launch Silver Origin, the line’s dedicated ship for the Galapagos Islands, will have the highest crew-to-passenger ratio in the region when the vessel comes into service next year.

Eighty-six crew will be on board the 100-passenger ship.

Shanks urged agents to sell the all-suite ship’s sailings to families.

“I personally believe taking youngsters to the Galapagos would be perfect for eight, 10 and 12-year-olds,” he said.

Silver Discoverer will leave the fleet this year.

Silversea is currently working out how many agent places will be available on a fam trip to see Silver Origin in the Galapagos Islands next year.

Shanks said he hoped between 10 and 14 agents would be invited on the trip and added that a training module focused on Silver Origin would be uploaded to online portal Silversea Academy soon.

Silver Origin’s programme is expected to go on sale early next month.

Silversea.com