Silver Dawn christened at gala ahead of inaugural voyage

Silversea Cruises bestows Godmother honour on Nilou Motamed

Silversea Cruises‘ 10th ship, Silver Dawn, was officially christened at a gala onboard the vessel while docked in Lisbon, Portugal on 31 March 2022.

Executives from Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea Cruises, and Fincantieri, as well as local dignitaries and guests, celebrated the milestone. Silver Dawn becomes the cruise line’s third new ship to debut in nine months. The launch of Silver Dawn also marks the debut of Otium, travel’s most indulgent new wellness program – flagged first exclusively by LATTE – as well as the next iteration of Silversea’s S.A.L.T. culinary program.

Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; Captain Samuele Failla; Silver Dawn Godmother, Nilou Motamed; Richard Fain, Chairman, Royal Caribbean Group; and Roberto Martinoli, President & CEO, Silversea Cruises.

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With Silver Dawn‘s gourmet focus, fittingly influential food and travel editor, tastemaker, and television personality Nilou Motamed was named as Godmother of Silversea Cruises’ third and final Muse-class vessel. During the ceremony, Motamed was called upon to cut the ribbon to trigger a champagne bottle to smash on the ship’s hull (view the occasion on the video link below).

“Celebrating the naming of Silver Dawn in Lisbon marked an incredibly proud moment for all involved,” said Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “I thank and congratulate Roberto Martinoli and our entire team, including Captain Failla and the crew, as well as everyone at Fincantieri, our ship building partners. Silver Dawn is a jewel in the Silversea fleet and speaks to Royal Caribbean Group’s commitment to delivering the best vacation experiences in a responsible way.”

“An evolution of our unique take on luxury, Silver Dawn is the third Silversea ship to be named in the last nine months,” said Roberto Martinoli, President & CEO, Silversea Cruises. “As well as S.A.L.T., our immersive culinary program, Silver Dawn enriches guests’ travels with Otium, our indulgent new wellness program, which is inspired by the ancient Roman lifestyle. She really is magnificent.”

Motamed: Godmother of Silver Dawn

An Emmy-nominated television personality and former editor-in-chief of some of the world’s leading culinary brands, including Food & Wine and Epicurious, Nilou Motamed has been shaping the conversation in food and travel for more than 20 years. Born in Iran, raised in Paris and New York, Motamed is fluent in four languages — and believes “food is a language of its own, one in which everyone can find comfort, compassion, and community.” Her passion for culinary adventures and far-flung cuisines has found a perfect match in Silversea’s S.A.L.T. program, which the New York resident first experienced with its launch in 2021.

Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; Captain Samuele Failla; Silver Dawn Godmother, Nilou Motamed; Richard Fain, Chairman, Royal Caribbean Group; and Roberto Martinoli, President & CEO, Silversea Cruises.

“It’s a great honour to have been selected as the Godmother of Silver Dawn and to have been on board for her naming ceremony in Lisbon,” remarked Motamed. “Growing up in multiple countries has helped me recognise that one of our deepest common bonds, wherever we go, is food.

“Like many of Silversea’s guests, I always pair my cultural explorations with culinary ones. That’s why I’ve loved seeing the world through Silversea’s S.A.L.T. program. I’ve dedicated my career to celebrating authentic, local cuisines and cultures. For me, nothing is more rewarding than connecting with people over a shared meal.”

“An authority in the world of food and drink, Nilou is a curious, intelligent traveller,” continues Martinoli. “Her mission to delve deeper into cultures through food, to truly understand places and their people, reflects that of Silversea’s culinary program S.A.L.T..

“It is this strong spirit of discovery, this commitment to self-enrichment and complete cultural immersion, that makes Nilou the perfect Godmother for our newest ship. Aboard Silver Dawn, our guests will discover the world with purpose, while journeying in Silversea’s trademark level of comfort,” Martinoli added.

Following a shakedown cruise for Virtuoso members last month, Silver Dawn departed on her inaugural voyage on 1 April, sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona. She is scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean until November, when she will cross the Atlantic Ocean, via the Canary Islands, to explore the Caribbean and Central America.

Silver Dawn, Silversea Cruises' 10th ultra-luxury ship
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