Silversea Cruises’ newest ship Silver Nova was floated out at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Friday, marking a major milestone in the vessel’s construction.
After water filled the dry dock, tugboats maneuvered the ship from one of the world’s largest enclosed construction halls into the adjacent harbor in a matter of hours. There, the ship’s interiors will be outfitted.
To commemorate the milestone, Captain Cosimo Pontillo welded a special coin to a wall on the pool deck, which will remain visible to the ship’s future guests as a symbol of good fortune. Silver Nova‘s next journey — scheduled for the end of this month — will be her conveyance of approximately 20 miles down the Ems River and out to sea.
“We have reached another important milestone in the construction process with the float out of Silver Nova. This ship is an important step towards green cruising due to its many technological features, as well as high environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. Beyond that, Silver Nova features a particularly innovative interior design,” said Jan Meyer, Managing Director, Meyer Werft.
Silver Nova is the first of two Nova-class ships, and is set to become the most sustainable ultra-luxury ship ever launched when she joins the Silversea fleet this summer. The 728-guest vessel will include some of the most spacious guest suites at sea and a new asymmetrical design and horizontal layout for the cruise line.