Silversea pushes back Silver Ray’s inaugural season

First-steel cut for Silversea Cruises' second Nova Class eco-ship

Silversea Cruises has officially begun the construction of Silver Ray℠, the second ship in the Nova class, holding a traditional steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on 23 November 2022.

Silver Ray is set to join her sister ship, Silver Nova℠, as one of the most environmentally conscious ships ever built when she launches in summer 2024.

The ultra-luxury cruise line has taken the opportunity to set a new launch date for Silver Nova, which, due to the global situation, is now expected to join Silversea’s fleet on 14 August 2023, sailing round-trip from Fusina (Venice) on her maiden voyage.

Silver Ray had initially been flagged to enter service in late May 2024. According to Silversea’s website, eight voyages are listed online between 3 June and 6 August 2024. At LATTE‘s time of print, those sailings were still able to be booked.

Steel-cutting begins on Silversea Cruises' second Nova Class vessel, Silver Ray

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“We are proud to have started constructing Silver Ray in collaboration with Meyer Werft, as we continue to push boundaries in sustainable cruise travel,” said 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.”

Silver Ray is now scheduled to debut in mid-August 2024

Silversea’s Nova-class ships are set to become the world’s first low-emissions cruise ships with advanced hybrid technology that utilise 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 an innovative asymmetrical design, with public spaces and suites spanning the entire length of each ship, and each will enrich guests’ travels with an unprecedented openness to the destination.

Silversea says it has informed affected guests and travel advisors of Silver Nova’s revised launch date, offering those impacted a saving of 10% when booking an alternative voyage before 30 November 2022; a Future Cruise Credit, valued at 100% of the total booking amount paid; or a cash refund option.

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