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.
The launching ceremony of the Silver Moon took place today at the Ancona yard.
The vessel will enter the ship owner’s fleet in 2020 and is a sister to the Silver Muse, a third 596-guest ship, the Silver Dawn, follows for the luxury brand in 2021.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea, while Fincantieri was represented by Giovanni Stecconi, Ancona Shipyard Director.
The godmother of the ceremony was Roberta Bonisiol, an employee of the shipbuilding group.
The new build will be the ninth ship in Silversea’s fleet.
Among the notations of the ship, the “Green star 3 Design” stands out, according to a statement. It is assigned to vessels that are designed, built and equipped in order to prevent air and water pollution. Furthermore, the “COMF-NOISE A PAX” and “COMF-NOISE B CREW” are assigned on the basis of the noise levels measured on the ship.