Silversea Orders Three New Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Silversea Cruises announced agreements to build three new ships for Silversea Cruises.

Silversea’s newest ship, Silver Muse. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new “Evolution Class.” The first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.

Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.

“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”

“We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realize its ambitions,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which finalized its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year. “There is tremendous potential in the ultra-luxury and expedition markets of the cruise industry, and we believe discerning travelers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”

The agreements are subject to certain contingencies that are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

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  • Unfortunately there is zero detail about what the “Evolution” class of ships will be. One hopes that Manfredi and Fain will not be tempted to build something the size of Crystal or Oceania Riviera (even though I still think that Riviera is one of the most beautiful ships afloat). Any ship significantly larger than Silver Muse will lose the intimacy and personal service that are the hallmarks of Silversea.


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