Silversea Cuts Steel for Silver Ray, Delays Silver Nova

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Construction has now officially begun on Silversea Cruises’ second Nova-class ship, Silver Ray.

A traditional steel cutting ceremony was held today at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, as the cruise line anticipates the ship’s launch in summer 2024.

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(Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

The first vessel in the Nova class, Silver Nova, was previously scheduled to debut in July 2023. She now has a target debut date of August 14, 2023.

Silversea Cruises says that at their launches, Silver Ray and Silver Nova will be two of the most environmentally-conscious ships ever built.

“We are proud to have started constructing Silver Ray in collaboration with Meyer Werft, as we continue to push boundaries in sustainable cruise travel,” says Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises. “As part of Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea has long stood at the forefront of innovation when it comes to environmentally conscious cruising. The launch of the Nova class represents a giant leap forward in this regard and we are introducing pioneering technologies. Given the worldwide issues that have affected the construction of Silver Nova, it has been decided to amend her launch date by approximately one month—in order to uphold the signature level of experience that our discerning guests have come to expect when travelling with Silversea.”

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The Marquee on Silver Nova (Rendering courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

The Nova-class ships are set to become the world’s first low-emissions cruise ships with advanced hybrid technology that utilizes fuel cells, batteries, and dual-fuel engines that use liquefied natural gas, emitting zero local emissions while in port.

A first for Silversea, each will incorporate a horizontal layout and asymmetrical design, with public spaces and suites spanning the entire length of the ship.

Silversea Cruises has contacted affect guests and travel advisors about Silver Nova‘s revised launch date, offering a 10 percent savings when booking an alternative voyage before November 30, 2022; a 100 percent future cruise credit, or a cash refund.

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