Silver Spirit resumes service following lengthening project

Silver Spirit resumes service following lengthening project
Silver Spirit is now 15 metres longer than she was before the lengthening project (Image: Silversea)

Silversea’s Silver Spirit has returned to service after being fully refurbished and lengthened by around 15 metres at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy.

During the 59-day dry dock, Silver Spirit was cut in half so Fincantieri could insert a pre-built 15-metre block to extend the ship from 195 metres to around 210 metres in length. By doing this, Silversea was able to enlarge Silver Spirit’s existing public areas, increase the number of suites to take passenger capacity from 540 to 608 guests, and add several new venues.

Taking inspiration from flagship Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April 2017, the new venues include the Arts Café, Tor’s Observation Library, Panorama Lounge, Dolce Vita lounge, an aerobics area, the Zagara spa, a free weights room in the upgraded fitness centre, an extended pool area on the Sky Deck, and the new Atlantide, Indochine, Silver Note and Spaccanapoli restaurants. They complement the ship’s four existing dining venues, which include Seishin, La Dame, The Grill and La Terrazza, which has also been renovated.

Around 1,000 skilled workers spent approximately 450,000 hours completing the lengthening and revitalisation project.

“I appreciate the complexity of this feat of engineering,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman. “As such, I am extremely proud of the amazing job my team and Fincantieri have done. Our beloved Silver Spirit resumes service in a condition that is even more beautiful than before.”

Silver Spirit resumed service on 6 May, embarking on a seven-day cruise from Civitavecchia in Rome, Italy to Barcelona, Spain. This is the first in a series of European itineraries, which will be offered throughout summer. In September, Silver Spirit will sail to North America, where she will remain until November. Following this, she will provide Caribbean cruises.

Watch the video of the Silver Spirit lengthening project here.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Wednesday, May 9, 2018