Silversea Orders New Expedition Vessel
By Anne Kalosh.
Now part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. family, luxury/expedition operator Silversea has just ordered three ships. Two are in a new Evolution Class — details to come — while one, Silver Origin, is an expedition vessel for the Galápagos Islands.
It was anticipated that new builds were in the works for Silversea when Royal Caribbean acquired a two-thirds stake in the company a few months back.
Silversea now has inked a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s Meyer Werft for the pair of Evolution-Class ships, with the first expected for delivery in 2022.
Will the Evolution Class be consistent with the two 596-passenger, 40,700-gross-ton Silver Muse sisters under construction at Fincantieri in Italy? While the name suggests evolution, no size or style details have been disclosed, so we’ll have to wait and see.
As for the expedition new build, it fits neatly into QuirkyCruise small-ship (up to 300 passengers) standard at 100 passengers. One hundred, in fact, is the most passengers allowed to be carried by ship within the Galápagos, a protected national park.
Silver Origin has been contracted with Dutch builder De Hoop for delivery in March 2020 and will serve the Galápagos itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos.
(De Hoop is also building Galápagos expedition ship Celebrity Flora for Celebrity Cruises, another brand in the Royal Caribbean family.)
Further details on Silver Origin are awaited.
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