At 40,700 gt and accommodating 596 passengers in all-suite accommodations, Silver Muse will be an evolution of the 36,000 gt, 540 passenger Silver Spirit, delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard.
The delivery of the ship is scheduled for spring 2017.
Yesterday's keel laying ceremony included the tradition of welding a coin into the keel of the ship, though Silversea took things a step further by welding eight coins into the keel of Silver Muse.
Each coin represents one of the seven continents that Silversea ships sail to, along with a specially designed commemorative Silver Muse coin. The coins are:
- A South African rand
- An Australian dollar
- A U.S. half dollar
- A Brazilian real
- An Italian euro
- A Singapore dollar
- A commemorative Antarctica trust coin
- A specially designed Silversea Silver Muse commemorative coin
The ceremony was attended by Silversea CEO Enzo Visone and Fincantieri shipyard director Raffaele Davassi.
"Today marks a significant milestone for Silversea with the birth of our newest ship," said Mr. Visone. "We proudly sail to all seven continents, discovering new destinations and ports with our intimate, boutique vessels, and we are now one step closer to introducing Silver Muse to the fleet.
"With an unprecedented variety of dining options and a design across the ship that encourages open-air cruising, guests will be able to enjoy magnificent destinations as never before. Silversea looks forward to working closely with Fincantieri throughout the construction phase of Silver Muse and in the run-up to her launch in spring 2017."