Silversea Cruises president Amerigo Perasso hinted that Silver Spirit may get a sister ship in the future. During a press conference with journalists onboard the newly launched Spirit, Perasso said the company will decide in the coming months on what to do next.
“Looking ahead we are considering more growth either organic or in another form. We are very confident going forward,” he said. When elaborating on the organic comment Perasso noted the line does have an option with the shipyard to build another vessel.
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Silversea Cruises president Amerigo Perasso says the line is having its best year ever. “Despite the difficult world economy in 2008 and the first half of 2009 we are showing record bookings,” said Perasso. He noted the boom started back in June – since then the line has been substantially exceeding its targets. “Seventy percent of our revenue plan for 2010 is on the books.” Perasso says much of the success is because the line has continued to invest in the product and the personnel onboard.
Perasso made the comments during a press conference onboard the line’s new vessel Silver Spirit currently docked in Monaco. Silver Spirit brings the Silversea fleet to a total of six vessels. The 540-passenger 36,009-ton vessel offers 270 suites (95 percent have balconies), six restaurants, the brand’s largest spa at 8,500 square feet, and expanded deck space — some of it covered, with the flexibility for dining and entertainment, are among Spirit’s design advances.
Silversea is hosting press and travel agents on a preview cruise from Monaco to Barcelona. On the 23rd Spirit will embark on its inaugural cruise, from Barcelona to Lisbon. The official christening of the vessel will be on January 21, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale.
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