Silversea Cruises held the float out ceremony for its latest ship, Silver Nova, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on 28 April.
The 728-guest Silver Nova – launching this summer – will be the “most environmentally conscious ultra-luxury cruise ship ever built”, according to Silversea.
When the ship was first announced, the line said it will use use liquefied natural gas as its main fuel.
It also stated that using hybrid technology will allow the vessel to achieve a 40 per cent overall reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions per double suite, when compared to its previous class of ships (the Muse class).
A second Nova-class ship, Silver Ray, is expected to enter service in summer 2024.
Nova an ‘evolution’ of the Silversea experience
Silversea president and CEO Barbara Muckermann said: “With her float out at the Meyer Werft shipyard, anticipation is building among our guests, travel partner community and the extended Silversea family.
“Silver Nova embodies the vision of our cruise line and the evolution of our fleet. She has been purpose-built for ocean cruising, ushering in an evolution of Silversea’s industry-leading, ultra-luxury cruise experience.
“We at Silversea and the entire Royal Caribbean Group are looking forward to welcoming her to the fleet.”
The line’s SVP marine operations Roberto Bruzzone added: “Silver Nova is unlike anything we have seen in the luxury cruise industry so far.
“The float out marks the completion of the first construction phase and we will now focus on installing the ship’s beautiful interiors.
“As well as being the most sustainable ultra-luxury ship at sea, Silver Nova will introduce our guests to a new level of comfort, with some of the industry’s most spacious accommodations.”
Silversea recently announced it will host a Venetian Society Reunion cruise on Silver Nova in 2024.
The voyage is open to all travellers, while members of the line’s loyalty club, the Venetian Society, will benefit from a five per cent saving on the cruise fare, as well exclusive events and commemorative gifts.