Silversea Cruises announced the building of a new flagship in Italy at Fincantieri shipyards. The 40,000-ton, 596-passenger newbuild will be called Silver Muse, and is scheduled for delivery in April 2017.
The addition of a new luxury ship will bring line's fleet to nine vessels. According to a statement from Silversea, the design of Silver Muse is "an evolution" of the design used for the most recent newbuild of the line, Silver Spirit. Launched in 2009, the Spirit is slightly smaller than the Muse is expected to be. Nearly all of its cabins have balconies, and Silver Spirit also boasts a club-style specialty restaurant with jazz music and gourmet cuisine. Specific details concerning the design of Silver Muse have yet to be released.
Silversea's CEO, Enzo Visone, said that with enriched content and enhanced design specifications, Silver Muse would continue to build on the innovative style, ground-breaking concepts and sophistication, for which Silversea cruise ships were renowned. He added that the new ship contributed to their ambitious growth plans that would ensure Silversea's "continued leadership in ultra-luxury cruising".
The shipbuilding agreement between Silversea and Fincantieri was revealed in February 2015. As far back as October last year, Asian news outlets announced that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China had provided $1 billion in financing for a trio of Silversea ships to be built by Fincantieri.