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Silver Dawn – the latest addition to the Silversea Cruises fleet

Leading ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of new ship Silver Dawn at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Executives from Silversea Cruises and Fincantieri this month attended an intimate delivery ceremony to welcome the 10th ship to the cruise line’s fleet. An evolution of ultra-luxury cruise travel The third ship in the Muse-class series and the fourth ship to result from Silversea’s longstanding collaboration with Fincantieri, Silver Dawn is a sistership to Silversea’s Silver Muse—built at the Fincantieri shipyard of Sestri Ponente (Genoa) in April 2017—and Silver Moon, which was delivered in Ancona in October 2020. Silver Dawn accommodates just 596 guests in 298 ocean-view suites – 96% of which have a private veranda – and has a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.45. In total, over 390 companies contributed to Silver Dawn’s construction. In the peak months, an average of 1,000 professionals were working simultaneously on the ship. Over 15,000 steel plates and profiles were cut for her construction, approximately 95,500 litres of paint were applied, and 18 contractors installed approximately 1,690,000m of electric cable. The Otium Wellness Programme: The Original Art of Comfort Building on the success of Silversea’s innovative culinary programme, S.A.L.T., which launched aboard Silver Moon, Silver Dawn introduces a pioneering new wellness programme, Otium. In a nod to the cruise line’s Italian heritage, Otium takes inspiration from the leisurely nature of the ancient Roman lifestyle. In Roman culture, Otium was a period of time dedicated to leisure, in which people bathed, conversed, sung, theorised, drank, ate, and relaxed. Diverging from existing wellness programmes, Otium encourages balanced indulgence, pampering, and pleasure over sacrifice and delayed gratification. It will provide guests with a customised, multi-dimensional wellness journey throughout Silver Dawn, starting in some of the most spacious suites at sea, growing with a curated range of treatments in the reimagined spa, and trickling out to permeate every moment of the cruise experience. The result is an elevation of Silversea’s unique take on luxury. About Silversea Cruises Part of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Dawn, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver Muse and Silver Moon – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Origin, Silver Explorer, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, both Polar Regions, and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s blog, Discover, and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox. About Fincantieri Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, the only one active in all high-tech marine industry sectors. It is leader in the construction and transformation of cruise, naval and oil & gas and wind offshore vessels, as well as in the production of systems and component equipment, after-sales services and marine interiors solutions. Thanks to the expertise developed in the management of complex projects, the Group boasts first-class references in infrastructures, and is a reference player in digital technologies and cybersecurity, electronics and advanced systems. With over 230 years of history and more than 7,000 ships built, Fincantieri maintains its know-how, expertise and management centres in Italy, here employing 10,000 workers and creating around 90,000 jobs, which double worldwide thanks to a production network of 18 shipyards operating in four continents and with over 20,000 employees.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. At the back end of 2019 we started thinking about a cruise for 2020. Through our research we started getting e-mails and news from a number of cruise companies. Of course we didn’t get anywhere in 2020 nor 2021. Though from our reading we have learned that Silverseas offers a very diverse range of cruises, we are tempted by a number of them. So many of them look really stimulating.

    1. Of all the cruise companies out there, Bob, I see consistently good reviews for Silversea. I’m sure you won’t be disapointed when you do finally get to cruise with them.

  2. During the pandemic many people feared that the cruise industry would be shaken. If Silversea’s splendid new vessel is anything to go buy then they as a cruise line have risen stronger than ever.

    1. It’s safe to say that the cruise industry has been dealt a severe blow with everything that’s gone on over the past two years. That said, the cruise industry – and travel in general – is one of the most resilient. How many times have we seen the industry been hit by one event after another, only to come back stronger each time?

  3. What an incredible staff to passenger ratio. I think my every whim would be satisfied instantly with that number of staff.

  4. Another splendid addition to the Silversea fleet. Without a doubt one of the best cruise companies out there and with a very modern fleet they’ll surely going to remain a player at the top of the cruise industry!

  5. Well worth reading this. I didn’t know that Silverseas ships were all-suite. I know cruise ships always have more than enough public lounge space but it’s nice to be able to relax in your own lounge without being on public display.

    1. That’s a good point, Julia. Whilst cruises can be a very sociable thing, it’s still nice to be able to have your own space and time to yourself every now and again.

  6. Otium should be a real winner for Silverseas. So many of us are in need of a big dose of well-being after difficult times.

    1. Yes, I think it’s a very suitable addition for a cruise ship also. I can see myself lapsing into periods of over-indulgence on a trip like this, so being able to keep that in check would be a good thing.

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