Silversea Cruises will lay up its expedition vessel, the Prince Albert II, for one month this spring.

Silversea said in November that the ship would sail in the Arctic this summer instead of French Polynesia, saying that demand was greater for Antarctic and Arctic voyages. The Prince Albert II was scheduled to sail in French Polynesia from mid-March to late October 2009.

When the line made its announcement in November, Silversea had not finalized the ship's itineraries between mid-March and June. Silversea now says that the ship will spend one month out of service after completing its Antarctica season.

The Prince Albert II will sail one voyage en route to the Arctic, a Channel Islands itinerary stopping in Cornwall, Brittany, Normandy, Scotland and Ireland.

The 132-passenger ship will return to the Arctic on June 1 and operate nine sailings there before heading south to spend the fall and winter season in Antarctica. Before the Antarctic season, the ship will sail a Central and South American itinerary in the fall.

Silversea acquired the ship in fall 2007, renovated it then renamed it in June 2008.

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