Silversea has taken delivery of its new Galapagos vessel, Silver Origin, during the cruise sector’s first in-person handover since the Covid-19 global shutdown.
The luxury line marked the occasion with an intimate ceremony at Dutch shipyard De Hoop on Wednesday (3 June).
The all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin is Silversea’s first-destination-specific ship and will look to merge “state-of-the-art technology” with “the pillars of sustainability” and “expedition experience”. It will welcome guests from August.
The vessel was welcomed into the line’s fleet by its executive team – including chair Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.
He said: “It was a very proud moment for me to attend Silver Origin’s official delivery ceremony in person, and to welcome Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship to our fleet. I am very grateful to all involved in the build, especially the professionals at De Hoop Shipyard.
“In September 2013, Silversea became the first cruise line to launch an ultra-luxury ship in the Galapagos. We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin. Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travellers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it.”
Origin marks Silversea’s first new ship since its acquisition by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) in June 2018.
Roberto Martinoli, Silversea president and chief executive, added: “The ship demonstrates how fruitful our collaboration has been, while providing an indication of the great success to come.
“With Silversea’s destination expertise and the invaluable support of the RCL group, we have pushed the boundaries of ultra-luxury travel in the Galapagos with Silver Origin. I want to extend my gratitude to all those involved, including my colleagues at both Silversea and RCL, but especially to the De Hoop shipyard who overcame many challenges to complete the ship.”