The first destination-specific ship built for luxury line Silversea has been floated out of its shipyard ahead of entering service in the summer.
The 100-passenger Silver Origin will be based in the Galapagos Islands from July 18 in its inaugural sailing season.
Construction of the all-suite vessel is continuing after it emerged from the De Hoop shipyard at Lobith in the Netherlands.
Silver Origin will replace Silver Galapagos which is being retired.
The new ship will run alternating seven-day itineraries between Baltra and San Cristóbal in the Pacific Ocean archipelago.
Silversea president and chief executive Roberto Martinoli said: “This is an important milestone for our cruise line; it takes us one step closer to strengthening our industry-leading offering in the Galapagos further still.
“While completing the final stages of Silver Origin’s construction, ensuring that the ship surpasses Silversea’s trademark level of comfort, we are also readying our expedition team, who will deliver an enriching and memorable expedition experience for our guests.”
The experts will offer guided excursions by Zodiac boats, hikes and nature walks ashore.