Finally, confirmation from Silversea and Fincantieri about a new 40,000 gt luxury ship to be named SILVER MUSE.
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Rendering of the MV SILVER MUSE. Courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
On July 1, Monaco-based Silversea Cruises and Fincantieri ended a long era of speculation about newbuild orders with the announcement of a contract for a new 40,000 gt flagship, the SILVER MUSE. To be completed in 2017 and with a capacity for 596 guests, the new ship will be an enhanced, enlarged version of the 2009-built SILVER SPIRIT. Although details of the MUSE’s new features are yet to be announced, an artist’s rendering shows a ship with a similar outward appearance to the SILVER SPIRIT but with a pair of aft-situated funnels, versus the prior ship’s single stack.
MV SILVER SPIRIT at Funchal, Madeira. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
The SILVER MUSE will expand Silversea’s ultra-deluxe fleet to nine ships, including the SILVER CLOUD, SILVER WIND, SILVER WHISPER, SILVER SHADOW, SILVER SPIRIT, SILVER DISCOVERER, SILVER EXPLORER and SILVER GALAPAGOS.
“We have always had a special relationship with Fincantieri, since my father ordered from them the first cruise vessels for Sitmar Cruises in 1987,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of Silversea. “Both companies have a clear understanding of what today’s affluent traveler seeks, and each approaches the market with originality, creativity, and quality. The management team led by Giuseppe Bono has been exceptional in managing Silversea’s project.”
“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, a segment in which Fincantieri has won every new order on the market in the past year.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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