February 28, 2024


Silversea prepares for the June debut of Silver Ray, the second Nova-class ship – set to become the sixth addition to the brand’s fleet in just three years

Video: Silversea's Silver Ray Floats Out at Meyer Werft

(Papenburg, Germany – February 28, 2024) Silversea celebrated the float out of its second Nova-class ship, Silver Ray, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on February 25. The float out marks a significant milestone in a ship’s construction, representing the project’s advancement into its final stages. Now nearing completion — approximately 15 months since Meyer Werft first cut steel for the ship — Silver Ray is scheduled to debut in the Mediterranean in June as the sixth addition to Silversea’s fleet in just three years. 

After Meyer Werft’s skilled craftspeople cleaned Silver Ray’s hull, approximately 100,000 cubic meters of water flooded the dock over four hours and two tugboats repositioned the 728-guest ship from the vast construction hall into the neighboring harbor basin, where the docking out phase will continue. The team subsequently installed her funnel and radar masts. In observance of shipbuilding traditions, Captain Alessandro Zanello, Master of Silver Ray, welded a newly minted, commemorative coin to a wall on the pool deck — a symbol of good luck.

“With the float out of Silver Ray, excitement is building for the launch of the second ship in our pioneering Nova-class,” said Barbara Muckermann, President of Silversea. “We received such incredibly strong feedback on Silver Nova from guests, travel advisors, and members of the press following her launch in August 2023. Sustaining the wave of innovation that is driving our success, the launch of Silver Ray will strengthen Royal Caribbean Group’s unwavering commitment to delivering a lifetime of vacations for guests, with its industry-leading global brands.”

“Reaching the major milestone of the float out, we now approach the completion of Silver Ray. The Meyer team is now working on getting this beautiful ship ready for her upcoming sea trials,” said Thorsten Kroes, Project Manager at Meyer Werft.

Silversea’s Nova-class ships pay testament to Royal Caribbean Group’s commitment to delivering the world’s best vacation experiences, responsibly. With pioneering energy efficiency standards, Silver Nova and Silver Ray are 40% more energy efficient than required international standards and regulations. On board, guests enjoy the brand’s customary hallmarks of luxury with a range of enhancements, including all-new venues and unprecedented suite options, new Otium wellness experiences and amenities, and enrichments to the S.A.L.T. culinary program, with the introduction of the S.A.L.T. Chef’s Table. Both ships incorporate innovative design features that connect travelers with the outside at every turn, including roughly 4,000m2 of exterior glass, for deeper immersion into the destination.

Silver Ray will soon undertake a conveyance of approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) down the Ems River to the North Sea ahead of her sea trials — a unique journey, due to the narrowness of the waterway. She is scheduled to enter service in June 2024, spending her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing the Atlantic in December.

Watch a video of Silver Ray’s float out:
Silversea's Silver Ray Floats Out at Meyer Werft

Find out more information about Silver Ray and view her upcoming voyages: https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-ray.html

About Silversea
Silversea™ is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Nova®, Silver Dawn℠, 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 Endeavour℠, Silver Origin®, Silver Wind®, and Silver Cloud®, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galápagos, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of the ultra-luxury new Nova-class ship, Silver Ray℠. Silversea is one of five cruise brands owned by global cruise company Royal Caribbean Group. (NYSE: RCL)

Founded in 1795 and based in Papenburg, MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG is owned by the seventh generation of the Meyer family. The company, rich in tradition, employs more than 3,500 people. MEYER WERFT's extensive production program includes a wide variety of ship types, from cruise ships to gas tankers and research vessels to car and passenger ferries. In 2021, MEYER WERFT announced its intention to build mega yachts as well. In order to survive in the global competition, the production facilities have been continuously improved and expanded. Today, MEYER WERFT has the most modern facilities in shipbuilding. For more information, visit www.meyerwerft.com.

About Royal Caribbean Group
Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is one of the leading cruise companies in the world with a global fleet of 65 ships traveling to approximately 1,000 destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises and it is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, the brands have an additional 8 ships on order as of December 31, 2023. Learn more at www.royalcaribbeangroup.com or www.rclinvestor.com.