Silversea Cruises has just announced the decision to build two new vessels in a new “Evolution Class” for the fleet.
The ultra-luxury, expedition line just signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft with the first Evolution-class ship expected to be delivered in 2022.
The line also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel called Silver Origin.
The ship will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos and be delivered 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,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman.
“We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realise its ambitions,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
“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.”
The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
In June, Royal Caribbean Cruises revealed it was acquiring a majority stake in privately-owned luxury line Silversea.
At the time of the purchase, Fain called Silversea “a crown jewel” and “acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition”.
He later said Royal Caribbean Cruises’ majority stake in Silversea would “create opportunities” the line could not do on its own.
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