Royal Caribbean is to build
three new ships for Silversea Cruises, the ultra-luxury and
expedition cruise brand that recently joined the RCL family.
Silversea signed a
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new
“Evolution Class”. The first Evolution-class ship is expected to
deliver in 2022.
Silversea has also signed a contract
with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new
expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the
Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos.
The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.
“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer
Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver
Origin,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive
Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries
of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the
Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive
The agreements are
subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be
completed in the first quarter of 2019.
“We are excited to get to work helping
Silversea grow and realize its ambitions,” said Richard D. Fain,
Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which finalized
its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year. “There
is tremendous potential in the ultra-luxury and expedition markets
of the cruise industry, and we believe discerning travelers will
embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”