|Silversea CEO Enzo Visone and Fincantieri shipyard director Raffaele Davassi at the keel-laying ceremony.|
Silversea Cruises has celebrated the keel-laying of its newest ship, Silver Muse, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
The ceremony is a long-standing maritime tradition celebrating the start of a ship's construction. The action of welding a coin into the keel of the ship is said to bring good luck during the build and to the captain and crew during her later life. Silversea has welded eight coins into the keel of Silver Muse. Each coin represents one of the seven continents that Silversea ships sail to, along with a specially designed commemorative Silver Muse coin.
The ceremony was attended by Silversea CEO Enzo Visone and Fincantieri shipyard director Raffaele Davassi.
Silver Muse will have 298 suites on board which can accommodate up to 596 guests. The ship will have the highest number of large suites (Silver, Royal, Grand and Owner's) in Silversea's fleet, as well as the highest number of connecting suites for families and friends. The line is increasing the number of Silver Suites to 34, making them available across the top deck. There will also be new two-bedroom Silver Suite configurations, each measuring 1,119 square feet. In all, suite options range from the Classic Veranda Suite, with 387 square feet of living space, to the two-bedroom Owner's Suite, an apartment suite offering 1,389 square feet of space.
In terms of dining, Silver Muse will have eight food and beverage venues, including an exclusive Relais & Châteaux restaurant. The other four restaurants Silversea has announced so far are Atlantide, a European-style dining and bar venue; La Terrazza, a Slow Food-inspired Italian à-la-carte restaurant; Hot Rocks, an outdoor interactive dining venue where fresh seafood and prime cuts are grilled at the table by each guest on a heated volcanic "hot rock" plate; and Regina Margherita, an open-air pizzeria.
The new ship will set sail in April 2017, making its maiden voyage from Monte Carlo to Nice on a 13-day sailing departing April 20. During 2017, Silver Muse will sail throughout Europe, Canada, North and South America as well as the Caribbean.