Silversea has officially named Silver Nova in Fort Lauderdale on January 4, honouring maritime traditions to welcome the ‘Ship of Light’ to its fleet.
The “most environmentally conscious ultra-luxury ship ever built”, the 728-guest Silver Nova strengthens Royal Caribbean Group’s commitment to delivering the world’s best holidays, responsibly.
The customary tradition included an exclusive screening of a commemorative video to honor Silversea’s 30th anniversary, which the Brand celebrates in 2024.
Reverend Sanford Sears and Rabbi Adam Watstein blessed Silver Nova.
Barbara Muckermann, President of Silversea, and Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group announced the ship’s Godmother: celebrated chef, restaurateur, and television personality Nina Compton.
Compton – accompanied by Captain Cosimo Pontillo – officially named Silver Nova and triggered a magnum-sized bottle of champagne to smash on the ship’s hull, before Liberty led guests in a toast to mark the occasion.
Jason Liberty said: “After years of research, development and collaboration, we are all incredibly proud to officially welcome Silver Nova into Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet.
“Silver Nova is a game changer, a new vision for the ultra-luxury travel experience,”
“We will continue to push boundaries and innovate the vacation experience in 2024 with our three global brands that, together, turn the vacation of a lifetime into a lifetime of vacations for our guests around the world.”
Barbara Muckermann said: “It is fitting that we officially named Silver Nova – a truly pioneering ship – in the same year Silversea celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“The ship connects our history with our tomorrow, striking a perfect balance between our Brand’s refined heritage and the future of ultra-luxury cruise travel.
“Launching this pioneering ship would not have been possible without the invaluable support of Jason Liberty, and all involved at Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea, and Meyer Werft.
“Chef Nina Compton is the perfect fit for the ship’s Godmother – her values perfectly align with those at the heart of our S.A.L.T. culinary programme, and I have no doubt she will inspire our guests to engage meaningfully with the planet and its people.”
Silver Nova’s innovative design incorporates the use of approximately 4,000m2 of glass, with a reimagined pool deck that overlooks the water on her starboard side, and all-new outdoor venues — the Dusk Bar and the Marquee.
The ship has a space-to-guest ratio of 75 GRT-per-guest — the highest in Silversea’s fleet.
Guests can look forward to one of the most personalised levels of service at sea with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.3, including butler service for all suites with up to 728 guests in 13 different suite categories.
Silver Nova departed on her maiden voyage from Venice on August 14, 2023 on her first Grand Voyage, the Grand Voyage South America 2024, calling in 38 destinations in 18 countries over 71 days.
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