Silversea Cruises has agreed to build three new ships, including two ultra-luxury cruise ships and a 100-guest expedition ship, Silver Origin, that will sail Galapagos Island itineraries.
“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 travellers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new “Evolution Class.” The first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.
“We are very happy to build these new ships for Silversea Cruises. Together with Silversea, we will create a new generation of environmentally friendly ships in the ultra-luxury cruise market,” said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.
Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel. Silver Origin will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos and is expected for delivery in March 2020.
“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”