Having recently joined the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) family, Silversea Cruises and RCL announced agreements to build three new ships for Silversea Cruises.
Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new Evolution Class. Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new expedition ship is expected for delivery in March 2020, while the first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.
“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman, in press materials. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”
Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which finalized its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year, said in press materials, “We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realize its ambitions. There is tremendous potential in the ultra-luxury and expedition markets of the cruise industry, and we believe discerning travelers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”
For more information, visit rclcorporate.com. Also be sure to read Expedition Cruising Takes Active Luxury Off the Charts for more details on how other cruise lines are tapping into this market.