Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises
Key people
Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Chairman

Silversea Cruises is a privately owned ultra-luxury cruise line with its headquarters in Monaco. Founded in 1994, it pioneered all-inclusive cruising with its first ship, Silver Cloud.[1] In June 2018, it was announced that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the parent company of Royal Caribbean International, had acquired a 67% controlling stake in the cruise line. Executive control will remain in Monaco.[2]

Silversea's co-founders, owners and operators are the Lefebvre family of Rome, Italy. They will remain on the executive board of the cruise line under Royal Caribbean ownership. As of early 2014, the company had eight boutique cruise ships, each of which carries only 100 to 540 passengers.[1] In 2017, Silversea added the slightly larger (596 passenger) Silver Muse, for a total of nine all-suite ships.


Silversea was founded in 1994 by a joint venture made up of V-Ships (previously known as Vlasov Group) of Monaco and the Lefebvre family of Rome. The joint owners had previously been the co-owners of Sitmar Cruises.[3][4] Silversea's business model was to operate ships in the small, all-suite, ultra-luxury category.[4]

...we have a different ship design. It's larger, very seaworthy and very comfortable for ocean crossings--but small enough to do the things you want a small luxury vessel to do, to get into small islands where big ships can't go, to travel up rivers like the Thames.

The new line's all inclusive fares included such features as gratuities, beverages (including premium wines at lunch and dinner), port charges, travel insurance, and one or more complimentary shore events in every itinerary.[4] As about 80 percent of Silversea's customers were expected to come from North America, the line established its 170+ employee office in Miami, Florida.

Silversea's first ship, Silver Cloud, which entered service in April 1994, was followed in January 1995 by a sister ship, the Silver Wind.[5]

In September 2000, the line launched Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in January 2001. Both of these ships were enlarged versions of the original two ships, but carrying about 100 more passengers. In December 2009, Silversea launched the Silver Spirit.

Prince Albert II has since been renamed Silver Explorer to align the names under the Silver theme.[6]

It was announced on 18 June 2012, that Silversea acquired Canodros S.A., the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands. The purchase of the line also included the former Renaissance ship Galapagos Explorer II. The vessel will continue on her planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Canodros will also continue handling reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing through its established network of travel companies and tour operators. She will be moved into the Silversea Expeditions brand along with Silver Explorer.[7] The Silver Galapagos entered service in September 2013.[8]

On 24 July 2013, CNN aired a report of a Silversea cruiseship, Silver Shadow failing a CDC inspection by hiding trolleys of food in crew cabins.[9]

On 10 September 2013, Silversea Cruises confirmed that it would be adding a third vessel to the Silversea Expeditions brand, Silver Discoverer, formerly sailing as Clipper Odyssey for Zegrahm Expeditions.[10] Silver Discoverer was christened in Singapore in March 2014 and set sail on her inaugural voyage along Australia's Kimberley Coast on 2 April 2014.[11]

Fincantieri delivered the fleet's ninth ship, Silver Muse to Silversea Cruises on 2 April 2017, at its Sestri Ponente shipyard. Silver Muse's debut cruise set sail on 10 April 2017, in the Mediterranean.[12] That same year, Silversea announced an order for Silver Moon, a sister ship to Silver Muse, to be built by Fincantieri and delivered in 2020.[13]

The company's representative, Silver Whisper, is scheduled to take a 140-day world cruise in 2020. The ship will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 6 January 2020. After visiting 62 ports in 32 countries, Silver Whisper will come to Amsterdam on 25 May.[14] In May 2018, Silversea announced an order for Silver Dawn, another sister ship of Silver Muse, to be delivered by Fincantieri in 2021.

On 14 June 2018, it was announced that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. had purchased a majority stake in Silversea for approximately $1 billion.[15] Following the announcement, Silversea ordered three new ships: two "Evolution Class" vessels to be built by Meyer Werft to be delivered beginning 2022 and one expedition vessel from Shipyard De Hoop to be delivered in March 2020.[16]


Silversea Cruises fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder In service
for Silversea
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Silver Cloud 1994 Francisco Visentini (hull)
T. Mariotti (completion)
1994–present 16,800 GT  Bahamas Silver Cloud
Silver Wind 1995 Francisco Visentini (hull)
T. Mariotti (completion)
1995–present 16,800 GT  Bahamas Silver Wind
Silver Shadow 2000 Francisco Visentini (hull)
T. Mariotti (completion)
2000–present 28,258 GT  Bahamas Silver Shadow
Silver Whisper 2001 Francisco Visentini (hull)
T. Mariotti (completion)
2001–present 28,258 GT  Bahamas Silver Whisper
Silver Spirit 2009 Fincantieri 2009–present 39,519 GT  Bahamas Originally 36,000 tons. Lengthened in March 2018. Silver Spirit
Silver Muse 2017 Fincantieri 2017–present 40,700 GT  Bahamas Largest ship built for Silversea Silver Muse

Silversea Expeditions fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder In service
for Silversea
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Silver Explorer 1989 Rauma-Repola 2008–Present 6,072 tons  Bahamas Previously Delfin Clipper, Sally Clipper, Baltic Clipper, Delfin Star, Dream 21, World Discoverer, World Adventurer and Prince Albert II. Renamed Silver Explorer in late April 2011.[17]
Silver Galapagos 1990 Cantiere Navale Ferrari-Signani 2013–Present 4,077 tons  Ecuador Previously Galapagos Explorer
Silver Discoverer 1989 NK Tsu Works [18] 2014–Present 5,218 tons  Bahamas Previously Clipper Odyssey

Future Ships[edit]

Ship Will be delivered Builder Gross tonnage Flag Notes
Silver Origin March 2020 Shipyard De Hoop Expedition vessel
Silver Moon 2020 Fincantieri 40,700 GT Sister ship to Silver Muse
keel layed on 15 February 2019[19]
Silver Dawn 2021 Fincantieri 40,700 GT Sister ship to Silver Moon
Unnamed Evolution Class ship 2022 Meyer Werft
Unnamed Evolution Class ship Meyer Werft


The company have won a number of awards including being deemed one of "The 120 Most Trusted Brands" 2014 by Entrepreneur Magazine[20]



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  12. ^ "Fincantieri Sestri Ponente the launch of the ultra-luxury ship Silver Muse". Genova 24. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. Translation.
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  18. ^ "SILVER DISCOVERER - 8800195 - PASSENGERS SHIP -". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  19. ^ "DRY DOCK WORKS START IN ANCONA ON "SILVER MOON"". 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
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