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Ordinarily a new cruise ship delivery like Silversea Cruises’ Silver Origin would be attended in person, but in light of current pandemic restrictions, the luxury line’s latest expedition vessel was introduced remotely. The 100-guest, all-balcony ship is slated to sail year-round in the Galapagos starting in August 2020.
On June 3, 2020, the ship was received by Silversea executives Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman; Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO; Damien O’Connor, senior vice president of hotel operations and onboard; and Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. also joined virtually.
“It was a very proud moment for me to attend Silver Origin’s official delivery ceremony in person, and to welcome Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship to our fleet,” said Lefebvre d’Ovidio, in a press release. “I am very grateful to all involved in the build, especially the professionals at De Hoop Shipyard. In September 2013, Silversea became the first cruise line to launch an ultra-luxury ship in the Galapagos Archipelago. We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin. Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travelers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it.”
The video below showcases the delivery milestone.
TravelAge West hopes to soon cover the Silver Origin firsthand, but until that time, the following slideshow of images highlights the various private accommodations and public venues awaiting future guests.
Silver Origin’s spacious Owner’s Suite (1,722 square feet overall) serviced by an attentive butler — true of all suites onboard.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
The welcoming Owner’s Suite bedroom features full automation controls.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
The Luxurious Owner’s Suite bathroom with whirlpool tub as seen from the glass-enclosed showerCredit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
The book-lined Observation Lounge is a cozy spot to unwind and take in the beautiful passing scenery of the Galapagos destination.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
The open and airy Explorer Lounge is even larger at about 5,156 square feet, perfect for social gatherings set to piano music as well as expert lectures and daily briefings.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
An outdoor Lounge Area will feature a whirlpool (not yet pictured) overlooking the stern as well as shaded loungers. Meanwhile, the Explorer Lounge Outdoor Area below will sport a firepit.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
Before guests are whisked ashore or board zodiac cruises, the Basecamp offers an interactive digital wall to engage with destination-centric content (once fully installed).Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises
Back onboard, fine dining will be served from the likes of The Grill for lovely alfresco meals, plating Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. program.Credit: 2020 Silversea Cruises