Meyer Werft floats out Silversea’s Silver Ray

The second Nova-class ship is scheduled to debut in the Mediterranean in June

Meyer Werft floats out Silversea’s Silver Ray


Two tugboats repositioned Silver Ray from the construction hall into the neighbouring harbour basin

By Alex Smith |

Shipbuilder Meyer Werft has floated out Silversea’s Silver Ray at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Workers at the shipyard cleaned Silver Ray’s hull before approximately 100,000 cubic metres of water flooded the dock over four hours. Two tugboats then repositioned the 728-guest ship from the construction hall into the neighbouring harbour basin, where the docking out phase will continue. The shipbuilder then installed the ship’s funnel and radar mast.

Captain Alessandro Zanello, master of Silver Ray, welded a newly minted commemorative coin to a wall on the pool deck in observance of shipbuilding traditions.

Silver Ray coin welding


Captain Alessandro Zanello welds commemorative coin to Silver Ray

“With the float out of Silver Ray, excitement is building for the launch of the second ship in our pioneering Nova-class,” said Barbara Muckermann, president of Silversea. “We received such incredibly strong feedback on Silver Nova from guests, travel advisors, and members of the press following her launch in August 2023. Sustaining the wave of innovation that is driving our success, the launch of Silver Ray will strengthen Royal Caribbean Group’s unwavering commitment to delivering a lifetime of vacations for guests, with its industry-leading global brands.”

Silver Ray will undertake a conveyance of around 32 kilometres down the Ems River to the North Sea ahead of its sea trials. The ship is scheduled to enter service in June 2024, spending its inaugural season in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic in December.

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