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Meyer Werft lays Silver Ray’s keel at Papenburg shipyard

Members of the travel trade witnessed the keel laying of Silver Ray, after a tour of Silver Nova (pictured)
The keel was laid for Silversea’s Silver Ray at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard in Germany yesterday before a select audience of travel advisors.

Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s president and CEO, and Jan Meyer, MD of Meyer Werft, were also among the attendees as a commemorative coin, bearing Silver Ray’s silhouette, was placed under a pre-assembled module, weighing 230t, and measuring approximately 47mtr by 8mtr.

The second ship in Silversea’s Nova class, the 728-passenger Silver Ray is expected to enter service in summer 2024, joining its sister ship, Silver Nova, as one of the most sustainable ships in its class.

‘Anticipation is building for the introduction of our pioneering Nova class ships, with Silver Nova set to join the fleet this summer,’ commented Muckermann. ‘In addition to being two of the most sustainable ultra-luxury cruise ships ever launched, the Nova class ships will introduce an asymmetrical design and a horizontal layout for the first time in our cruise line’s history, as well as all-new public venues that are among the most spacious at sea.’

She went on to add that Silver Nova and Silver Ray ‘represent important milestones on Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to achieving a net zero newbuild,’ before thanking the shipyard, as well as those involved at Royal Caribbean Group and Silversea, for their collaboration.

Meyer said ‘The Nova class will set new standards on the way to net zero emissions cruising… I am sure that the ultra-luxury ship will be able to meet the high demands of her guests and will inspire them with her innovative design.’

Tour of Silver Nova

Those attending were invited to raise a glass to celebrate the keel being laid. Before the festivities took place, guests were given a tour of Silver Nova, which is nearing completion at the shipyard.