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Silversea takes delivery of Silver Ray

  • Cruises
  •   05-15-2024  9:08 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Silversea takes delivery of Silver Ray
Silver Ray (Silversea)
Pax Global Media

Silversea has taken delivery of Silver Ray, the second ship in its Nova Class.

Boarding Silver Ray in Eemshaven on May 14, Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group’s president and CEO, celebrated the ship’s official handover with Bert Hernandez, president of Silversea; Bernard Meyer, chairman of the Meyer Group, and Bernd Eikens, the Meyer Group CEO; executives from the Meyer Werft shipyard and Royal Caribbean Group; and Captain Alessandro Zanello.

Attendees participated in storied maritime traditions, including flag-changing and signing ceremonies, commemorative speeches, and a celebratory toast.

“We are thrilled to take delivery of Silver Ray, the newest ultra-luxury and expedition jewel in Royal Caribbean Group’s game-changing fleet,” said Liberty. “Delivering the best vacation experiences responsibly is at the heart of everything we do. We are fortunate to have the best people working together to dream and create unforgettable experiences for our guests, including the Meyer Werft shipyard team, whose partnership has enabled us to continue pushing boundaries.”

Silver Ray joins its sister ship, Silver Nova, as one of the most energy efficient ultra-luxury and expedition cruise ships, marking an important milestone on Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to reduce emissions and carbon intensity.

“Silver Raythe second ship in our cutting-edge Nova Class, alongside sister ship Silver Nova, beautifully encompasses Royal Caribbean Group’s vision for the future of innovative ultra-luxury and expedition cruise travel,” said Hernandez. “In addition to being one of the most energy efficient ships ever built, Silver Ray’s game-changing, outward-facing ship design enables greater access and connection for our guests to the incredible destinations we visit. As far as firsts go, I feel honoured that my first delivery as president of Silversea is to welcome Silver Ray to our fleet alongside Jason, my Royal Caribbean Group colleagues, and the wonderful Meyer Werft team. I can’t wait for our guests to experience everything this remarkable ship has to offer.”

Due to embark on its maiden voyage from Lisbon on June 15, Silver Ray will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to the Americas in December 2024.

“The delivery of Silver Ray, two days earlier than scheduled, marks an important milestone for us,” said Eikens. “The entire Meyer Werft team has worked hard with our partners to bring this ship to life and today, we have delivered another great ship to Silversea.”

Following a conveyance of approximately 40km down the River Ems from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg at the end of April, Silver Ray completed its technical and nautical sea trials in the North Sea on May 8, under the watch of Captain Zanello, the shipyard’s captain and expert local pilots.

The Nova Class ships’ innovative design immerses guests into destinations from virtually all venues and suites, with far-reaching views at every turn.

Among the most spacious cruise ships ever built, Silver Nova and Silver Ray have a space-to-guest ratio of 75 GRT-per-guest a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.3.

They also provide butler service for all suites and have a large selection of bars, restaurants and lounges, a Roman-inspired wellness program, and an innovative culinary program.

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