Images have been released of Silversea ship Silver Cloud ahead of its conversion into an ice-class expedition vessel.

Silver Cloud, introduced as the luxury line’s first ship in 1994, will undergo an extensive refit between August and October.

The aim is to create offer the ultra-luxury distinctions of a classic Silversea ship combined with the strength and maneuverability required for expedition cruising, according to the line.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment will strengthen the ship’s hull to enable the ship to sail in polar waters.

A passenger capacity of 260 in non-polar regions and just 200 in polar regions will apply.

The limited capacity in polar areas means that all passengers can disembark at the same time to explore each region.

The revamp will include the creation of an observation lounge and a new gym.

Chief marketing officer, Barbara Muckermann, said: “As the first ship in our fleet, Silver Cloud has a special place in Silversea’s history, and we’re delighted to reveal further details of her refurbishment.

“We look forward to welcoming guests aboard to experience Silver Cloud’s luxurious interiors as well as her incredible itineraries later this year.”