Silversea Cruises have announced plans to add three new ships to their ultra-luxury fleet, including two vessels for the classic fleet as well as one new expedition vessel. The announcement of the new Silversea ships comes just months after Royal Caribbean completed its partial acquisition of the company.
The new open-water vessels will be an entirely new class of ship. They will be known as “Evolution class” ships and the first is expected to be delivered in 2022.
The order for the new Silversea ships comes in addition to an order for two Muse-class ships – Silver Moon and Silver Dawn – which will be delivered in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
The size and number of guests on the new Evolution-class ships has not been revealed. However, as recently as last week the Asia Pacific managing director of Silversea, Adam Armstrong, told media that “600 [guests] is our maximum that we’re going to go to”.
The new Evolution-class vessels will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft who are promising a new generation of environmentally friendly ships.
By contrast, the new expedition vessel will be constructed in the Netherlands by Shipyard De Hoop. The vessel has already been named Silver Origin, a nod to the Galápagos Islands where it will spend most of its time. Indeed, Silver Origin will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. Silver Origin should be ready for delivery in March 2020.
Silversea chairman and founder, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is excited about new Silversea ships. “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.”
Silversea sail to over 1,000 ports of call, on all seven continents. That’s more than any other cruise line. The new Silversea ships will no doubt enable the company to grow their itineraries even further.