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Silver Spirit emerged from its 59-day docking in Palermo on May 3 and sailed from Civitavecchia on Sunday

Silver Spirit back in service following lengthening/enhancements

Silver Spirit embarked on its first cruise following a complex lengthening and refurbishment project completed at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo.

The 2009-built ship is now 49 feet longer, or just over 691 feet, having been cut in half and extended with a pre-built midsection.

Capacity was increased roughly 12%, to 609 passengers.

Style, venues echo Silver Muse

Improvements included stylish décor enhancements to public areas and suites, the pool deck's enlargement and revamped public spaces echoing those aboard 2017 newbuild Silver Muse that include an Arts Café, Tor’s Observation Library, Zagara Spa, Panorama Lounge and Dolce Vita lounge.

Additional dining options were created with a new eight-restaurant arrangement. Again, concepts from Silver Muse were added, including Spaccanapoli for pizza and the fine dining restaurants Silver Note, Atlantide and Indochine. Italian restaurant La Terrazza was renovated.

Feat of engineering

Silver Spirit’s 59-day dry dock period ran with precision and according to its schedule, with roughly 1,000 workers committing approximately 450,000 hours to the project.

'I appreciate the complexity of this feat of engineering,' Silversea Cruises chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said. 'As such, I am extremely proud of the amazing job my team and Fincantieri have done. Our beloved Silver Spirit resumes service in a condition that is even more beautiful than before.'

Europe, Canada/New England, the Caribbean

Silver Spirit’s cruise from Civitavecchia to Barcelona is the first in a varied series of European voyages. In September, the ship will cross to North America for Canada/New England cruises. Caribbean service begins in November.

A video of the lengthening is available here.

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