“Spacious yet intimate, designed to cross oceans and yet able to slip up rivers and into hidden harbours with ease, the yacht-like Silver Cloud carries just 296 guests in incomparable comfort and style,” the Silversea website says. “Combining spacious ocean-view suites and private verandas with stunning dining and entertainment options, our inaugural ship launched a new ocean standard and continues to epitomize Silversea’s vision of world-class cruise accommodations, service and amenities. Join us and come home to warmth and welcome anywhere in the world desire takes you.”
The ship will be anchored at Pier Maua, which lies in the extremely polluted Guanabara Bay, and it will be heavily guarded. There is only one entrance, the Daily Mail writes, through an airport-type scanner manned by security, and the ship is surrounded by a bulletproof-glass fence. Police boats, with marksmen aboard, will patrol the water around the ship.
The boat has beds that will accommodate 7-footers (sorry, Bogut), a spa, multiple dining areas, a bar, a cigar lounge and an open-air pool. A weeklong cruise typically costs about $13,000.
“We don’t stay in the village because we don’t feel it’s the best way to prepare for competition,” USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller told the Associated Press in February. “The players have a long professional season, and they want to spend as much time as possible with family and friends.”
In fact, the teams haven’t stayed in the Olympic Village since 1988. It all sounds like a pretty terrific way for the team to focus on the matter at hand — winning gold. But, a warning: The U.S. men stayed aboard the Queen Mary 2 in Athens in 2004, and it proved to be a cruise to nowhere when the squad lost to Argentina and returned home with bronze.