The steel cutting ceremony of “Silver Muse”, the ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri will build for Silversea Cruises, was held today at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa). The ceremony was attended, among others, by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman, while Fincantieri was represented by Vincenzo Petrone and Giuseppe Bono, respectively Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Set to debut in the spring of 2017, Silversea’s new flagship, like the previous one “Silver Spirit” as well built by Fincantieri, will maintain the line’s commitment to operating the highest quality ships in the ultra-luxury segment. The steel cutting for “Silver Muse” follows extensive planning and development of new concepts to enhance the onboard experience.
At 40,700 gross tons and 212 meters long, the new unit will be able to accommodate 596 passengers on board and it will maintain the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The interior fittings will be very sought-after and on board the guests will be provided with an outstanding dining experience with the highest number of restaurants than any other vessel in the category and the same, unparalleled level of service.
Moreover, “Silver Muse” will bring the world to its guests, featuring new, carefully curated itineraries that will allow them to visit the most exceptional destinations in the utmost elegance at sea.
“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 Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Cruises’ chairman. “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”.
“We’re very pleased to once again partner with Silversea” commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “Silversea has shown remarkable dynamism and ability to achieve important results in this market. This project offers us the opportunity to develop creative solutions and set new standards for shipbuilding in the ultra-luxury segment, in which Fincantieri has won every new order on the market in the recent past”.
Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (of which 47 from 2002) and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards.