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Silversea Cruises christens Silver Muse in Monaco

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 20 - 2017

Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea welcomed VIPs and other distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco yesterday, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; His Excellency Minister of State of the Principality, Serge Telle; His Excellency Archbishop of Monaco Barsi; Mr. Peter Greenberg (CBS-TV Anchor and News Travel Editor, Master of  Ceremony); Mr. Geoffrey Kent (Abercrombie & Kent Founder) and Mr. Gerald Lawless (Chairman of WTCC), for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to the fleet, Silver Muse.

The historic celebration, hosted by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, was honored with incredible performances by the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome and renowned violinist Charlie Siem, both of whom enriched the ceremony with sublimely moving musical renditions.

Silver Muse, the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet, caters to the most discerning passengers at sea, offering the highest expression of elegance and comfort while aiming to redefine the ultra-luxury cruising experience.

Over the past two weeks, guests from around the world were invited to preview the new flagship on a number of exclusive voyages in the Mediterranean. Initial feedback from media, as well as trade and industry representatives has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quality of the finished Fincantieri vessel and Silversea’s level of service by the Silver Muse crew exceeding guests’ expectations.

Accommodating 596 passengers, the ship boasts an unrivalled selection of dining options on board, including three restaurants new to the Silversea fleet: Atlantide, a seafood and grill concept representing the ultimate in culinary excellence and creativity by using the finest ingredients sourced from around the world; the Asian-accented Indochine; and an Italian-themed poolside restaurant, Spaccanapoli, which serves homemade Italian pizzas throughout the day. With the addition of these new culinary venues, Silver Muse guests have a choice of eight onboard restaurants and the freedom to dine on “anything, anywhere, at any time” on the ship.

Silver Muse is also home to the unique Zàgara Beauty Spa, which offers a relaxing sanctuary while transporting guests on a journey of the five senses tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Monaco is not merely the base of Silversea’s operations; it is also the home of the company’s proud Monegasque history. Silversea shares the culture, traditions and values of the Principality with the world, with its nine ships visiting more than 900 different ports of call each year.

Attending the christening ceremony, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco said: “On behalf of the Principality of Monaco, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Silver Muse, its crew and passengers. She represents the next generation of cruise ships with respect to both fuel efficiency and energy saving technology. We share with Silversea common values and principles surrounding responsible environmental practices, and the development of sustainable business activities. The preservation of the oceans is a crucial priority for future generations.”

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Chairman, said: “The close ties between Silversea and the Principality of Monaco reflect not only our commitment to this beautiful region but also to the history and values to which we adhere. Silversea is an Italian, family-owned business, yet our heart will always be shared with the Principality as we continue to move forward. As the home of Silversea, Monaco was always the natural choice for the christening of our new flagship, Silver Muse, and it is with great pleasure that we can share this milestone with both the residents and guests of the Principality.”

Roberto Martinoli, CEO of Silversea Cruises, added: “Silversea is associated with exceptional quality and voyages that leave long-lasting memories of discovery and wonder. As we continue to invest in our entire fleet, Silver Muse offers guests a taste of what is to come. Silver Muse represents an evolution of the Silversea hallmarks that set the company apart from the competition. With eight dining options, offering 28 varieties of culinary delights, Silver Muse has redefined the art of gastronomy at sea. With more open-air spaces and state-of-the-art facilities on board, we are positive that both new and returning guests will enjoy unforgettable memories.”

For information on Silversea’s flagship, Silver Museclick here.

To discover Silversea’s unrivalled list of destinations and itineraries, click here.

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Silversea Cruises Silver Muse unveils amazing Owner’s Suite

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 6 - 2017

Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea, has revealed details of Silver Muse’s Balsorano Owner’s Suite, a unique space which reflects the taste and Italian tradition of chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

Named Balsorano, the suite draws inspiration from the chairman’s full name, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. Balsorano is also a castle in Italy.

At more than 1000 square feet in size, the Balsorano Suite contains a specially curated selection of Mr Lefebvre’s personal items including books, sculptures, works of art and family photographs. Among the items chosen are a chesterfield chair and ottoman and an additional chair from Mr. Lefebvre’s former family residence in Rome, and photos of Mr. Antonio Lefebvre, Mr. Lefebvre’s father and mentor.

The bookshelf in the Balsorano Suite is adorned with Mr. Lefebvre’s favorite titles, including The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century by Jules Verne, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia, and After the Victorians: The World Our Parents Knew by A.N. Wilson.

The Balsorano Suite will also be stocked with vintage port, each variety having been specially selected by Mr. Lefebvre himself.

 Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Chairman, said: “I am incredibly proud to present the Balsorano Suite, a space which superbly encapsulates my family’s Italian heritage and taste. I hope that guests will, like me, find the Balsorano Suite a spectacular home away from home aboard Silver Muse.”

Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer at Silversea Cruises, said: “Owned and operated by one family – the Lefebvres of Rome – Italian tradition is firmly ingrained in the Silversea brand. As is reflected across the entire ship, much passion and pride has gone into the creation of the Balsorano Suite, the most luxurious suite on Silver Muse.”

Calling at 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone, Silver Muse will redefine ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market.

For information on Silversea’s recently launched flagship, Silver Muse, click here

To discover Silversea’s unrivalled list of destinations and itineraries, click here

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Heywood Hill to curate Bespoke Library on the new Silver Muse

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 28 - 2017

Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea, has today announced a partnership with literary institution Heywood Hill, which will create a bespoke library for its new flagship, Silver Muse.

Over Heywood Hill’s illustrious 80-year history, the London-based bookshop has become renowned for curating collections of new, old, and antiquarian books for private libraries. Marked by old-fashioned courtesy and humor, Heywood Hill’s literary services have been awarded the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen, among other accolades.

The bespoke library will be housed within Silver Muse’s all new Arts Café, nestled cozily on deck 8. Hosting varied and constantly evolving exhibitions, the Arts Café will also showcase paintings and sculptures from a range of artisans from around the world. Heywood Hill will also select books to be placed in some of Silver Muse’s top suites.

A place for relaxation and inspiration by day, the distinctively designed Arts Café will turn into a lively lounge come evening. The Arts Café is also a great venue to enjoy a bite to eat or a tipple, with a café and deli-bar offering daytime cuisine and mouth-watering cocktails as the sun sets.

Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer at Silversea Cruises, said: “Like Silversea, the Heywood Hill brand stands for quality, expertise, and personalization, so we are thrilled to have them curate Silver Muse’s library. We’re excited to offer guests the all-new Arts Café, which promises to be the ideal space for kicking back with a book, enjoying a cocktail or catching up with friends over a coffee.”

Nicky Dunne, Chairman of Heywood Hill, said: “We are delighted to be working with Silversea Cruises. A library is a sanctuary from which to explore the world in comfort, just like a world class cruise ship. The brief was to choose books that Silversea’s guests will really enjoy and that will only add to the quality of their experience onboard. We have taken a lot of trouble in selecting titles for the Arts Café and we can’t wait to hear what the passengers think of our choices.”

Arts Café is one of several new public spaces on Silver Muse, which launches next month. Calling at 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone, Silver Muse will redefine ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships and will, once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market.

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Norwegian Joy sails off to her China homeport

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 28 - 2017

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday, March 26 for her approximately 14-hour long conveyance along the Ems River.

Norwegian Joy’s river conveyance marks another key milestone in the ship’s highly anticipated delivery. Measuring 1,094 feet long and 136 feet wide, the ship is the second in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and the first that was purpose-built for China.

“We are thrilled Norwegian Joy has officially begun her journey to China,” said David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings China. “As the first custom-built ship for the Chinese cruise market, she will offer a First Class at Sea experience for our guests and we cannot wait to officially welcome her to the fleet this June.”

The 168,800–gross-ton Norwegian Joy departed MEYER WERFT at approximately 9:00 pm local time, making a narrow passage in reverse through the shipyard’s locks, passing the structure with just 1.2 meters separating the ship from the “bumpers” installed along the locks. The ship’s navigation team, led by experienced yard captains and River Ems pilots, included several navigation officers in charge of overseeing the bow maneuvers and others overseeing the movement of the stern. Several local authorities and other partners were also involved in supporting this precise maneuver.

After passing through the sea lock in Papenburg, Norwegian Joy continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, traveling stern first helps with maneuverability, which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Before reaching her final destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands on Monday evening, March 27, Norwegian Joy passed through additional narrow passages including a railway Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer and Ems-Barrier in Gandersum. Upon arrival in the Dutch port of Eemshaven, Norwegian Joy will take on additional provisions and further crew members, before heading toward the North Sea for sea trials later this month.

Following her delivery on April 27, Norwegian Joy sets sail for China, where she will be showcased through a grand inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from Norwegian Joy’s home-ports of Shanghai and Tianjin. This unique showcase tour will give travel agents and valued partners across the region the special opportunity to experience all that Norwegian Joy has to offer leading up to the ship’s christening ceremony on June 27, led by her Godfather, ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom. The spectacular inaugural celebration in Shanghai will include an exclusive concert and overnight cruise for honored guests.

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Virgin Voyages cuts steel on it’s first ship and announces design collective

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 22 - 2017

Celebrating a major milestone in Virgin Voyages’ ascent towards its 2020 debut, President and CEO Tom McAlpin was joined by Fincantieri team members and their hand-picked, world-class design collective to cut the first piece of steel for the construction of Virgin’s three mid-sized ships.

Prior to being presented the first steel plate for Ship 1 (Hull number 6287), and then proudly hoisting a specially produced cutout of the Virgin Voyages icon, McAlpin expressed his deep gratitude for the tireless commitment from the Virgin Voyages crew and all their key partners. His comments made it clear that Voyages has a bold and exciting future ahead, “Today is the moment when our intrepid, romantic and irresistible vision for Virgin Voyages starts to become tangible. I’ve been inspired by the passion from all those involved, it’s so exciting as we continue to work together to bring true sea change to the cruise industry.”

In addition to the steel cutting, Virgin Voyages also announced the firms that comprise cruising’s first creative collective. A world-renowned group of veritable “all-stars” in their respective disciplines and specialties, each of the 10 companies engaged are responsible for different aspects of the ship’s various public and private sailor spaces. Those working to craft, design and style Virgin’s first vessel include:

  • Concrete Amsterdam – Rob Wagemans, Architect / Creative Director / Founder; Kasia Hiejerman, Architect
  • Design Research Studio – Tom Dixon, Creative Director; Gareth Payne, Head of Interior Design; Helen Arvanitakis, Managing Director
  • Gem SRL – Giacomo Mortola, Architect / Founder
  • Softroom – Chris Bagot, Director & Co-Founder; Oliver Salway, Co-Founder
  • WORKac – Dan Wood, Co-Founder
  • Knibb – Sean Knibb, Founder
  • HL Studio – Patrick Hegarty, Owner; Emil Leon, Creative Director
  • HKS inc. – Olga Acosta, Associate Principal, Interior; Adele Cuartelon, Designer

McAlpin added, “The design collective includes some of the world’s most stylish firms who are creators of design trends, not followers. Together they are imagining a vessel unlike anything sailors have experienced before that will be a complete departure from the ordinary. With this group, we have a depth in creativity that brings a different perspective to space design at sea that will change cruising for good. Irresistible style will finally find its sea legs.”

Virgin Voyages’ first ship, of about 110,000 gross tons, will arrive at PortMiami in 2020. The ship will host more than 2,700 sailors and 1,150 spirited crew members. The first ship in the fleet will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries to ports that deliver Virgin styled and deeply social experiences. Future sailors are invited to check out Virgin Voyages by visiting www.virginvoyages.com or follow @virginvoyages on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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PONANT announces first underwater lounge

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 14 - 2017

Construction of Le Lapérouse continues with the laying of the first block, while the first sheet of steel has been cut for Le Champlain, marking the launch of the construction of the second in the series of four PONANT EXPLORERS sisterships, due to be delivered in Summer 2018 and Summer 2019. These 4 yachts will be fitted with a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, an exclusive design and a world first, which will be revealed in May 2017.

The only French cruise ship owner and world leader in luxury expeditions, PONANT is continuing the construction of its four future sistership yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS series. The first block of Le Lapérouse was laid on 22 February 2017 in the Vard shipyard, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri. On that occasion, the hull was formed from 2 blocks weighing 60 and 29 tons.

Following this first yacht in the PONANT EXPLORERS series is Le Champlain, and her first steel was cut on 1st March, in the presence of Hughes Decamus, Newbuilding chief engineer for PONANT.

These first two sisterships will be operational for Summer 2018, while the next two ships, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville will arrive for the Summer 2019 season. This new generation of ships flying the French flag will be fitted with the latest technology and will be certified 1C (Ice class). These flagships will meet the standards of the international Cleanship label (Bureau Veritas), as a result of their innovative green technology. Combining moderate size (131 metres in length and 92 cabins), design and technology, the Le Lapérouse PONANT EXPLORERS are built to be able to drop anchor in the most inaccessible sites, where other ships do not venture. They will start their inaugural season in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, but their itineraries will also take them to the tropical and sub-tropical regions.

And finally, at the end of May, PONANT will reveal a world first: a brand-new and exclusive concept of a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, designed in conjunction with the Architect – Member of the Institut de France Jacques Rougerie. Watch this space!

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