Silversea’s Silver Spirit has made its final port call before undergoing an extensive lengthening project in Italy.
Docking in Dubai on Feb. 22, the ship completed an eight-night cruise from Mumbai.
Silver Spirit will enter dry dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo on March 5 where it will remain until May 1. It will undergo large-scale refurbishment works, which will include the insertion of a pre-built 15-metre-long segment into the ship’s midsection, making it the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner.
With the aim of augmenting the onboard experience for Silversea guests, the project will dramatically enhance each of the ship’s public spaces, taking inspiration from the cruise line’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year.
The work will include: increased dining options; additional suites; stylish décor enhancements made to existing suites and the ship’s public areas; the pool deck area will be enlarged and re-imagined; the addition of a new health and fitness centre; and various other amenities, such as the casino, will undergo tasteful transformations.
The lengthening project will create 34 new luxury suites, as well as a Balsorano suite, which will be adorned with decorative items that are of personal value to Silversea’s chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres.
On May 6, Silver Spirit will commence service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, calling at Porto-Vecchio, Corsica; Livorno; Portofino; Cannes; and Marseilles. Fares start from US$4,900 per person with special savings for those bookings made before March 31.