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Construction Begins on Silversea's New Flagship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Silversea Cruises | Theresa Norton | July 24, 2015

Construction Begins on Silversea's New Flagship

PHOTO: Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre, right, and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono celebrate the start of construction. (Courtesy of Fincantieri)

Construction began today on Silversea Cruises’ new luxury cruise ship with a steel-cutting ceremony in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

The 40,700-ton, 596-guest Silver Muse is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017.

Attending the ceremony were Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman Vincenzo Petrone and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono.

The Silver Muse will be the first of three new ships for the line, Lefebvre said, according to a report in Seatrade Insider, an industry publication.

“The start of construction of Silver Muse is a very proud occasion for us and I am delighted to be back at Fincantieri to celebrate this milestone with my friend Giuseppe Bono,” said Lefebvre said. “The concept of this ship descends from our vision of luxury — that is a very personal element for a guest — and that’s why Silversea has always offered a tailored cruise experience, shaped around the preferences of each different person. Silver Muse will make a further step ahead in this direction, offering our guests a simply divine experience.”

Silversea’s new flagship will be slightly larger than the line’s last newbuild, the 36,000-ton, 540-passenger Silver Spirit, which entered service in 2009. It too was built by Fincantieri. The company said the all-suite Silver Muse will be “an evolution of the Silver Spirit that will redefine ultra-luxury ocean travel.”

Silversea essentially operates two fleets today — the Classic Fleet of five traditional luxury vessels and the three-ship Expedition Fleet, which offers upscale adventure cruises to Antarctica, the Galapagos and other destinations.

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