Silversea’s Ninth Luxury Vessel Is Officially Underway

The first block of what will become Silversea's SIlver Muse is lowered into the building dock at Fincantieri's Genoa shipyard in Italy on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The first block of what will become Silversea’s SIlver Muse is lowered into the building dock at Fincantieri’s Genoa shipyard in Italy on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Despite the fact that it’s the middle of December, temperatures soared to 16°C under a completely cloudless sky here in Genoa, Italy this morning, where a small group of press from around the world came together at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard to witness a major milestone in the history of Silversea Cruises: the keel laying ceremonies for the brand-new Silver Muse.

The first newbuild for Silversea since the launch of the 540-guest Silver Spirit back in 2009, the 596-guest Silver Muse is meant to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. While she boasts a similar profile, a number of changes have been implemented in areas you might not expect.

Enzo Visone, Chief Executive Officer, Silversea Cruises. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Enzo Visone, Chief Executive Officer, Silversea Cruises. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

She’ll boast more dining venues than her predecessor – eight rather than six, all of which revolve around a different culinary theme. Suites have been made larger across the board, and more of the ever-popular Silver Suites have been added to the accommodations roster. Silver Muse becomes the first classic Silversea ship to be built without a casino, but adds a discreet Children’s Play Area that includes indoor and outdoor spaces, cleverly tucked away from the majority of the ship’s main public areas. The Hot Rocks dining experience is back, and Le Champagne has been given a swank new moniker: Le Grand Dame by Relais & Chateaux.

On hand for today’s ceremonies were Silversea Chief Executive Officer Enzo Visone, and Fincantieri’s Raffaele Davassi.

Presiding over today's keel laying ceremonies in Genoa were Silversea CEO Enzo Visone, left, and Fincantieri General Manager. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Presiding over today’s keel laying ceremonies in Genoa were Silversea CEO Enzo Visone, left, and Fincantieri General Manager Raffaele Davassi. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A keel laying is an important stage in the building of a ship. It signifies the official start of construction, and is as respected by mariners as the birth of a child. As keel laying’s go, today’s event was made especially poignant by the inclusion of eight separate coins, which were placed in a special box inset into Hull 6226, the official shipyard code for Silver Muse. The box was then welded into the hull by Messrs. Visone and Davassi, along with additional key Fincantieri employees.

A total of eight commemorative coins, including this specially-designed Silver Muse coin, were welded into the hull of the forthcoming Silver Muse. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A total of eight commemorative coins, including this specially-designed Silver Muse coin, were welded into the hull of the forthcoming Silver Muse. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from the keel laying of Silversea’s Silver Muse has sadly come to a close, but stay tuned for more information on this forthcoming ship! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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