The first keel section of the new Silver Muse was laid today, at an official ceremonat Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa, Italy.

The 40,700 ton, 590 guest ship is due to enter service in April of 2017.

Present at the ceremony, Silversea chairman. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, stunned his audience by announcing that the Silver Muse will, in fact, be the first of three nearly identical new builds, all built on the same platform.

The second and third ships have been given no official names as of yet.

Between them, these three new ships will give the luxury, six star operator an additional 1,770 berths to fill- roughly the same figure again as the total currently offered across the current, five ships in the mainstream fleet.

After a few years in which the line has concentrated mainly on developing its expedition ships branch, this massive expansion of the Silversea fleet- the biggest in its history- cones just days after the rival Crystal Cruises announced plans for its own, new trio of vessels.

Truly a huge development in the luxury cruise ship sector. As ever, stay tuned for further details.

Silver Spirit off Lipari, Italy

Silver Spirit off Lipari, Italy

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