Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Silversea Cruises have announced agreements to build three new “Evolution Class” ships for Silversea.
Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in the new “Evolution Class.” The first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.
Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.
“We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realize its ambitions,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which finalized its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year. “There is tremendous potential in the ultra-luxury and expedition markets of the cruise industry, and we believe discerning travellers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”
The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.