A New Class Of Ships & An Expedition Ship Coming To Silversea
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman, with Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain.
Royal Caribbean Cruises and Silversea Cruises today announced agreements to build three new ships for Silversea Cruises, the ultra-luxury and expedition cruise brand that recently joined the RCL family.
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 be delivered 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. That 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 travellers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”
RCCL didn't release the size or other details of the new Evolution class. Silversea's most recent newbuild is the 596-passenger Silver Muse, and it expects a sister ship, the Silver Moon, in 2020. Silver Origin, the new-build for the Galapagos region, will be restricted to no more than 100 pax by Ecuadorian laws
Silversea's current fleet consists of the Galapagos ship, three expedition ships and five luxury vessels.
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