Silver Ray floated out in Papenburg, Germany

Silversea's second Nova-class ship touches water for the first time

Silversea celebrated the float out of its second Nova-class ship, Silver Ray, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 25 February. The float out marks a significant milestone in a ship’s construction, representing the project’s advancement into its final stages. Now nearing completion — approximately 15 months since Meyer Werft first cut steel for the ship — Silver Ray is scheduled to debut in the Mediterranean in June as the sixth addition to Silversea’s fleet in just three years.

Silver Ray was immersed in approximately 100,000 cubic meters of water when the dock she was positioned in was flooded over four hours and two tugboats repositioned the 728-guest ship from the vast construction hall into the neighbouring harbour basin, where the docking out phase will continue. The team subsequently installed her funnel and radar masts.

In observance of shipbuilding traditions, Captain Alessandro Zanello, Master of Silver Ray, welded a newly minted, commemorative coin to a wall on the pool deck — a symbol of good luck.

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“With the float out of Silver Ray, excitement is building for the launch of the second ship in our pioneering Nova-class,” said Barbara Muckermann, President of Silversea.

“We received such incredibly strong feedback on Silver Nova from guests, travel advisors, and members of the press following her launch in August 2023.

“Sustaining the wave of innovation that is driving our success, the launch of Silver Ray will strengthen Royal Caribbean Group’s unwavering commitment to delivering a lifetime of vacations for guests, with its industry-leading global brands.”

“Reaching the major milestone of the float out, we now approach the completion of Silver Ray. The Meyer team is now working on getting this beautiful ship ready for her upcoming sea trials,” said Thorsten Kroes, Project Manager at Meyer Werft.

Silver Ray will soon undertake a conveyance of approximately 32 kilometres down the Ems River to the North Sea ahead of her sea trials — a unique journey, due to the narrowness of the waterway. She is scheduled to enter service in June 2024, spending her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing the Atlantic in December.

More on the ship at silversea.com/ships/silver-ray.html.

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