Silversea Names Expedition Ship

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HSH Prince Albert II cuts ribbon with Silversea Chariman Manfredi Lefebvre (foreground) and Silversea President and CEO Amerigo Perasso at his side

Silversea Cruises' new expedition ship, Prince Albert II, officially joined the luxury line's fleet on Tuesday during a naming ceremony in Monte Carlo presided over by Prince Albert II of Monaco himself.

"It is indeed a great privilege that His Serene Highness is here with us today and is the namesake of our new ship," said Silversea President and CEO, Amerigo Perasso. "In keeping with his legacy of exploration and environmental conservation, it is our hope that by educating and connecting people with distant cultures and wildlife, the Prince Albert II can open eyes and foster respect and greater care for our planet and its inhabitants."

The 132-guest ship is fresh from a multi-million renovation, now boasting, Silversea says, the "largest average size accommodations of any expedition ship." Of the 66 oceanview rooms, 20 are premium suites offering 350 to 675 square feet of space, double private French balconies or large verandas, and butler service.

The ship's first sailing is June 12, setting sail from London on an inaugural season of voyages varying in length from 10 to 22 days that will focus on Polar adventures. The ship will sail first to the Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland for the summer, then reposition to South America and Antarctica for autumn and winter itineraries. Visit www.silversea.com.

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