Silversea Cruises celebrated a milestone when Silver Dawn touched water for the first time at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The 596-passenger ship will become the tenth ship addition to the leading ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet when it is delivered later this year. Silver Dawn will now move to the final fitting out stage during which craftspeople will bring the vessel’s interiors to life.
The third vessel in Silversea’s Muse-class series, Silver Dawn is sister ship to Silver Muse, launched in 2017, and Silver Moon, which was completed in October last year. In addition to its 298 ocean-view suites – 96% with balconies – Silversea says the newest vessel will offer additional facilities compared to its siblings and details will be revealed closer to the delivery date.
Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises, said the line’s long-term building programme, which also saw the launch of the dedicated Galapagos ship Silver Origin in 2020, demonstrated the resilience of the cruise industry which is currently on hold due to the global pandemic, saying:
“We proudly celebrate this major milestone in the build of our beautiful new Silver Dawn.”
“Our long-term collaboration with Fincantieri continues to push boundaries in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, while the ongoing support and expertise of the Royal Caribbean Group has been invaluable to the ship’s build. While Silver Dawn takes influence from our beloved ships Silver Muse and Silver Moon, our guests will benefit from many pioneering enhancements aboard the tenth ship in our fleet. We look forward to revealing these in the coming months.”
Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri, added:
“Based on the very successful design of Silver Muse, Silver Dawn is the fourth ship we will have built for Silversea. For a shipbuilder there can be no better acknowledgement than the one of a demanding and prestigious owner who welcomes innovation with enthusiasm. We are therefore extremely proud to celebrate the launch of this ship. She consolidates the technological and management leadership of our Group which takes on even greater value in the very challenging situation we are experiencing.”
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