400 first-time passengers board Silversea's newest ship Silver Nova

   August 13, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Silver Nova ship, featuring an innovative asymmetrical layout that maximizes guest spaces, has garnered significant attention from both travel agents and travelers. This interest has translated into a substantial number of first-time passengers eager to embark on the maiden voyage of this luxurious newbuild vessel on August 14th.

Silversea Cruises reports that ~400 new travelers, alongside 200 devoted members of the Venetian Society program, will set sail on Silver Nova's inaugural journey. This 7-day roundtrip from Venice visits several iconic Adriatic Sea destinations, including Piran Slovenia; Croatia's Zadar, Dubrovnik, Split, and Rovinj; and Kotor Montenegro.

Barbara Muckermann (Silversea's CEO and a member of the shipowner RCG-Royal Caribbean Group's executive committee) noted that Silver Nova's "category-breaking" design is reshaping perceptions of cruise ships and expanding the market's horizons.

The launch of Silver Nova marks the debut of Silversea's NOVA Class (aka EVOLUTION) boasting a capacity for 728 passengers and claiming the title of the largest vessel within the company's fleet.

Notable design features include extended open spaces providing unobstructed views of ports, spacious and airy atriums, a diverse selection of suites (including premium options at the aft), a 130 m2 pool area – the largest in the cruise line's fleet – complete with abundant deck chairs, and expanded areas dedicated to the signature Sea and Land Taste (S.A.L.T) culinary program, which delves deep into destination flavors.

Muckermann emphasized that Silver Nova's allure extends beyond just traditional cruise enthusiasts, as the ship's innovative appeal could captivate resort customers who might have previously disregarded conventional cruise options.

While the introduction of Silver Nova has drawn substantial interest from new guests, Muckermann revealed that the company's records also indicate an influx of new agents and travelers interested in other itineraries.

Nevertheless, the introduction of this new vessel is not intended to estrange Silversea's devoted followers. Muckermann stated that travel partners on the preview sailing have expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of suites at the stern/aft-facing, a feature that long-standing Silversea patrons have been requesting for quite some time.