From left: Fincantieri's Luigi Matarazzo and Silversea's Roberto Martinoli sign the official handover agreement for Silver Dawn
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the new Silver Dawn to Silversea Cruises at its shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Silver Dawn, which is the third new ship to join the fleet since the start of 2020, was handed over to Silversea’s president and CEO Roberto Martinoli after a video screening of the traditional coin and flag ceremonies. They were watched remotely by executives from Silversea’s parent company Royal Caribbean Group, including chairman and CEO Richard Fain, as well as executive vice president and chief financial officer Jason Liberty. Both gave speeches to commemorate the occasion.
“In welcoming the beautiful Silver Dawn as the 10th ship in our fleet, we have reached a huge milestone on our mission to take our guests deep into the world in luxury,” said Martinoli. “As well as the tireless efforts of the teams at Fincantieri and Silversea Cruises, I would like to recognise the great contribution of the Royal Caribbean Group. I am grateful for the group’s continued support, which has proven invaluable once again.”
Silver Dawn, which is the third in Silversea's Muse-class series, can accommodate 596 guests in 298 ocean-view suites, 96 per cent of which have a private veranda. More than 390 companies contributed to Silver Dawn’s construction, with an average of 1,000 professionals working simultaneously on the vessel during the peak months of the project.
“In spite of the pandemic, we have been able to keep all deliveries in line with the contractual dates,” said Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the merchant ships division at Fincantieri. “That’s why I am particularly pleased to celebrate the delivery of Silver Dawn, just a few months after the successful delivery of her sister vessel, Silver Moon. We have cooperated with Silversea for many years, realising a line of distinctive vessels, but we are already looking ahead to the new challenges we will have to face – ready for a new generation of cruise vessels.”
Silver Dawn will offer many of the signature experiences offered on the Muse-class vessels, including the S.A.L.T culinary programme, as well as a new wellness programme named Otium. It is inspired by both the cruise line’s Italian heritage and ancient Roman culture, where Otium referred to the period of time dedicated to bathing, conversing, theorising, singing, drinking, eat and relaxing. Silversea’s Otium programme will provide guests with a customised, multi-dimensional wellness journey throughout Silver Dawn that will include suite accommodation, a curated range of spa treatments, and more. According to the cruise line it will encourage “balanced indulgence, pampering, and pleasure over sacrifice and delayed gratification”.
“Silver Dawn represents an evolution of luxury cruise travel; she builds on the innovations of her sister ships, Silver Moon and Silver Muse, with Otium – our pioneering new wellness programme,” said Martinoli. “With Silver Dawn, we affirm our position as the leader in ultra-luxury cruising. I look forward to welcoming our guests aboard Silver Dawn from spring 2022.”
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