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Cloud 9 is a massive, FTL-capable luxury liner within the Fleet. Extensively damaged during the Cylon attack, she had to be evacuated while repairs were made. Following the repairs, she is returned to full service within the Fleet, and provides a venue for the first sitting of the interim Quorum of Twelve convened by President Roslin (TRS: "Colonial Day").
The ship is unique in that as well as traditional living and working space on board, Cloud 9 incorporates a huge pressurized dome, that provides a realistic simulation of a planetary surface, including gardens, buildings, trees - even an artificial holographic sky. Not only does the dome make this ship more luxurious, but the comfortable hotel rooms, as well as the enjoyable lounges and bars, make this ship popular and well-known to the survivors.
After her flight from captivity in Galactica's brig, President Roslin, along with Captain Lee Adama and priest Elosha, flee in a Raptor to Cloud 9 in order hide from Colonel Tigh and Commander Adama. The group is taken in by Tom Zarek, who meets with them on in a hangar on the ship. Cloud 9's high volume of intraship traffic makes it virtually impossible for Galactica to track their final hiding place (TRS: "Resistance").
The ship would later by quarantined by Commander Adama around a week later in order to find the escaped former president, however it was fruitless as Roslin and the other fugitives had escaped to Kimba Huta then Astral Queen (TRS: "The Farm").
Cloud 9 also has a swimming area. Commander Adama's orders shore leave for Colonel Tigh, advising him to take a swim and relax from his unexpected command duties when Adama was injured. Colonel Tigh never leaves Galactica to enjoy it as his Raptor is sabotaged in an assassination attempt (TRS: "Final Cut").
The Cylon sympathizer/terrorist group Demand Peace, led by Royan Jahee and Gina Inviere (who has been hiding aboard the ship for weeks), also operated out of a suite located onboard Cloud 9 (TRS: "Epiphanies").
Many of Cloud 9's accommodations are more like hotel rooms than bunks or seats, pointing to its original purpose as a luxury liner. A passenger, Shevon, lives in one such room (Room L258, L Deck), where Captain Adama visits her for intimate moments. Shevon is removed from her room by Phelan's thugs, and Captain Adama later finds the killer of Commander Jack Fisk in the room, dead of a gunshot to the head (TRS: "Black Market").
A bar on the ship, the Starlight Lounge, is the scene of a hostage crisis in which a disgruntled Sesha Abinell, her brother-in-law Kern Vinson, hardline man Nelson Page and often nervous George Chu hold many people hostage including Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama, Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla, President's chief of staff Billy Keikeya and Galactica executive officer's wife Ellen Tigh. With the help of several gunmen, she demands that she is handed over Sharon Valerii in order to take revenge on her for an earlier Cylon attack on the Fleet which left her husband dead. She and her co-conspirators are ultimately killed when the lounge is stormed by Colonial Marines (TRS: "Sacrifice").
Following the discovery of New Caprica and the inauguration of Doctor Gaius Baltar as President of the Twelve Colonies, Cloud 9 was blown up by Gina by the nuclear warhead given to her by Baltar several months ago. The resulting explosion would destroy at least three ships and at least one atmospheric shuttle (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").