Silversea Cruises has held the keel laying ceremony for Silver Ray, the second ship in the Nova class.
The luxury line hosted travel agents at the event at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The 728-guest Silver Ray is expected to enter service in summer 2024, joining sister ship Silver Nova.
Silver Nova has previously been described as the “first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local emissions at port”.
The Nova class ships will also incorporate an “innovative asymmetrical design and a horizontal layout, with public spaces and suites spanning the entire length of each ship”, a statement said.
Silversea setting new standards
Silversea president and CEO Barbara Muckermann said: “We were delighted to welcome select members of our valued trade community to the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg to witness this milestone in the build of Silver Ray.
“Anticipation is building for the introduction of our pioneering Nova class ships, with Silver Nova set to join the fleet this summer.
“In addition to being two of the most sustainable ultra-luxury cruise ships ever launched, the Nova class ships will introduce an asymmetrical design and a horizontal layout for the first time in our cruise line’s history, as well as all-new public venues that are among the most spacious at sea.”
Meyer Werft MD Jan Meyer added: “The Nova class will set new standards on the way to net zero emissions cruising.
“I am sure that the ultra-luxury ship will be able to meet the high demands of her guests and will inspire them with her innovative design.”