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Silversea Orders Three New Ships

Silversea has announced today that an order has been placed for three new ships, with the first to be delivered in 2020.

Two of the new ships will be the first under Silversea's new "Evolution Class" banner and will be constructed by Meyer Werft, the German shipyard also responsible for Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and next year's new Spectrum of the Seas.

The third ship, which has been given the name Silver Origin, will be built by the De Hoop shipyard in Holland. Expected for delivery in March 2020, Silver Origin will join the line's expedition fleet and will offer voyages in the Galapagos Islands.

The purchase of the three new ships appears to be the first stage in Silversea's Project Invictus initiative, which was initially announced following the line's acquisition by Royal Caribbean Cruises in July 2018. At the time, the project was said to have been devised by the two companies in order to "take Silversea's ultra-luxury offerings to the next level".

Commenting on the news, Silversea's Executive Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio said:

"We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Mayer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin. With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel."

The news follows an announcement in May that Silversea had placed an order with the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for the construction of Silver Dawn, which along with Silver Moon (set for launch in 2020), will be a sister-ship to 2017's Silver Muse.