A trio of new ships will be built for Silversea Cruises, the ultra-luxury and expedition cruise brand that recently joined the Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) family.
Silversea signed an MoU with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in the new Evolution Class, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2022.
The cruise line also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new 100-guest expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.
“We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realise its ambitions,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of RCL, which finalised its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year.
The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in 1Q2019.
Following the acquisition by RCL, a slew of enhancements have also been planned for Silversea’s fleet.