Silversea names Silver Ray in Lisbon

Second Nova Class ship christened by an ocean scientist

Silversea has officially named Silver Ray, the second ship in its innovative Nova Class. Silver Ray has a capacity of 728-passengers and a bold, asymmetrical design which creates wide open spaces and vast breathtaking views of destinations it visits.

At the ceremony, Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group, and Bert Hernandez, Silversea’s President, addressed esteemed guests. Dr. Josefina Olascoaga, ocean scientist and the ship’s Godmother, and Captain Alessandro Zanello, taking the helm of Silver Ray, officially named the ship followed by a ceremonial champagne bottle break on the ship’s hull. The celebration included a bagpipe performance — Royal Caribbean Group’s customary tradition.

“Welcoming Silver Ray to our global fleet represents the latest commitment from Royal Caribbean Group to continue building the Silversea brand and delivering the very best experiences in ultra-luxury and expedition travel,” said Liberty.

The ceremonial champagne bottle breaking on Silver Ray's hull

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“It is fitting that we are celebrating Silver Ray‘s naming in the same year that Silversea celebrates 30 years of excellence, connecting our past with our future as we continue to lead in luxury travel and industry innovation,” said Hernandez, who was celebrating his first naming.

“I am incredibly grateful to all involved, most notably to Captain Zanello and his crew who will bring this ship to life, and I proudly welcome Dr. María Josefina Olascoaga to the family as Silver Ray’s Godmother,” Hernandez said.

Dr. María Josefina Olascoaga, Silver Ray‘s Godmother is an ocean scientist and Professor of Ocean Science at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She also co-leads OceanScope, a unique public, private and academic program, that equips Royal Caribbean Group ships with oceanographic instruments to collect the ocean’s vital signs. Her research and experience in studying ocean currents, how the ocean moves, and what that tells us, helps to shed light on how ocean conditions affect objects in the water. Her spirit of curiosity and her depth of knowledge on the ocean make her an ideal Godmother for this innovative ship.

Silver Ray joins her sister ship, Silver Nova, as one of the most energy-efficient ultra-luxury cruise ships ever built, representing an important milestone on Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to net zero emissions. Due to embark on her maiden voyage from Lisbon on 15 June,  Silver Ray will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to the Americas in December 2024.

Lead image: Pictured from left are MC Peter Greenberg, Captain Alessandro Zanello, Dr.Josefina Olascoaga, Godmother of Silver Ray; Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group and Bert Hernandez, President, Silversea.

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