Last updated: 04:23 PM ET, Thu December 10 2015

Silversea Cruises Begins Construction on New Silver Muse

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship Silversea Cruises Jason Leppert December 10, 2015

Silversea Cruises Begins Construction on New Silver Muse

Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Among unprecedented growth in the luxury cruise market, Silversea Cruises has laid the keel for its latest Silver Muse at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy today. The vessel will be a sister ship to the line’s current Silver Spirit flagship.

The construction start was celebrated with a traditional maritime ceremony by welding commemorative and symbolic coins to the keel before it was laid in place. Seven coins represent the continents that Silversea travels to and one was dedicated to the Silver Muse itself. The pieces included a South African rand, an Australian dollar, a U.S. half dollar, a Brazilian real, an Italian euro, a Singapore dollar, a commemorative Antarctica trust coin and the Silver Muse-specific one. The ceremony is performed to bring good luck to the ship.

In attendance were Silversea CEO Enzo Visone and Fincantieri shipyard director Raffaele Davassi. Visone said: "Today marks a significant milestone for Silversea with the birth of our newest ship. We proudly sail to all seven continents, discovering new destinations and ports with our intimate, boutique vessels, and we are now one step closer to introducing Silver Muse to the fleet.

"With an unprecedented variety of dining options and a design across the ship that encourages open-air cruising, guests will be able to enjoy magnificent destinations as never before. Silversea looks forward to working closely with Fincantieri throughout the construction phase of Silver Muse and in the run-up to her launch in spring 2017."

The Silver Muse will be based on the Silver Spirit before her but will weigh in at a larger 40,700 GRT with 298 suites and a capacity of 596 guests. She will set sail to Europe, Canada, North and South America, and the Caribbean, over 130 total destinations in 34 countries.

For more information, visit the Silver Muse microsite here.