Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced a series of renovations to the Silversea fleet after its deal to acquire a majority stake in the luxury line was formally approved this week.
‘Project Invictus’ will see a number of upgrades to specific areas on Silversea ships including an upgraded champagne and caviar ‘offering’.
Work will begin on Silver Muse on August 19 before being rolled out fleet-wide.
The planned renovation of Silver Whisper in December 2018 will be “much more comprehensive” than initially planned and include a partial refit of all guest cabins, according to Royal.
Silver Wind will enter dry dock in December followed by an enhanced dry dock of Silver Shadow.
Regulators formally approved Royal Caribbean Cruises’ acquisition of its majority stake in Silversea Cruises yesterday.
Royal has bought a 66.7% stake in the Italian ultra-luxury line worth $2billion.
Chairman and chief executive Richard Fain said: “We are proud to officially welcome Silversea’s industry-leading team to the RCL family.
“This is a dynamite combination and we can’t wait to work with Manfredi, Roberto and the entire team as together we take Silversea to the next level.”
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio will remain Executive chairman of Silversea and retain a 33.3% stake.
Lefebvre said: “We’re excited to join the Royal Caribbean family and ready to begin this next chapter as part of an industry leader that is uniquely qualified to support Silversea’s future growth.
“This partnership enables us to realize our vision of being the uncontested leader in ultra-luxury cruising and expedition, taking our guests to more than 1,000 destinations aboard some of the world’s most luxurious vessels.”
Starting with voyages sailing in April 2018, all guests on Silversea ships will get free unlimited Wi-Fi access.
Since January 2016, guests have enjoyed at least one hour of free Wi-Fi per day, the company said.
The new policy will provide each guest booked in standard suites with free unlimited standard internet access. Guests staying in larger suites (from Silver suites to the Owner’s suites) will enjoy free unlimited premium internet access for up to two devices simultaneously per guest. Unlimited premium internet access is also available to purchase for guests wishing to upgrade.
“We know how important it is to catch up on emails or share photos on social media while on vacation,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “Now, with free unlimited Wi-Fi in all suites, our guests can stay as connected as they like while they voyage to the most fascinating places on Earth.”