Silversea Cruises took delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop on 03JUN.
“In September 2013, Silversea became the first cruise line to launch an ultra-luxury ship in the Galapagos Archipelago. We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin. Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travellers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it," said Silversea chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.
Silver Origin,due to welcome guests from AUG 2020, is the line's first new ship since it was acquired by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
According to Cruise Week, the delivery ofSilver Originat a Dutch shipyard to Silversea executives was the first in-person event of its type since the COVID-19 pandemic began and marked the culmination of a collaboration that provides insights into how people can work together successfully during these difficult times.
Relatively isolated in Lobith, a remote corner of the Netherlands, De Hoop shipyard offered its approximately 250 employees the option to cease working during the country's nationwide shutdown. Some 200 opted to continue working and were accommodated in a reduced-capacity on-site residential facility.
In addition to the protocols imposed by the Dutch health authority, De Hoop’s workers were protected by sanitary procedures developed by the shipyard itself, which included daily temperature checks, enhanced cleaning procedures and strict social distancing measures, Cruise Week writes.
Silver Origin Highlights
The all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin will welcome travellers year-round in the Galapagos Archipelago.
Here are some highlights:
The Marina-- Connected to the Basecamp, the Zodiac embarkation area features showers for guests to rinse their gear, racks to store wetsuits and equipment, and a fold-out stern with special boarding facilities that can accommodate two Zodiacs at the same time.
Observation Lounge --Located at the very front of the ship, the Observation Lounge has 180-degree floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Basecamp –As the heart of the ship, the Basecamp will host educational activities led by Silversea’s team of guides to learn about the wildlife, landscapes and history of the Galapagos Islands.
The Explorer Lounge– The space doubles as a relaxation space and state-of-the-art lecture room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, daily lectures and live piano performances.
The Restaurant & Grill –Culinary experiences feature regionally-grown ingredients, Ecuadorian cuisine, and a farm-to-table approach. The Restaurant on Deck 4 has a capacity of 120, and the Grill on Deck 7 allows for 100. Silversea’s Hot Rocks concept will be tailored with an Ecuadorian twist at the Grill, where a sheltering system will protect diners from the wind and low temperatures.
Guest Suites --Silversea saysOrigin is "the only ship in the archipelago to offer butler service for all suites."Silver Originalso has the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the region (1:1.11), adds Silversea. Silver Origin's suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony, while select suites feature the Horizon Balcony, which converts to a floor-to-ceiling window by pressing a button.
Sustainability --Silver Origin uses 15% less fuel, and its dynamic positioning system will be used when positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage, says Silversea. Suites incorporate freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water, reducing the use of plastic on board. All waste will undergo a segregation procedure and will be delivered to a local waste management enterprise to be recycled or shipped out of the islands
Clickhereto watch a video ofSilver Origin's delivery.
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