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Silversea christens its third luxury cruise ship in nine months

Silversea Cruises has been on a roll even during the pandemic, christening three new ultra-luxury ships in the past nine months and introducing innovative onboard programming.

The latest and 10th ship to join the fleet is the 596-passenger, 40,700 gross ton Silver Dawn. The vessel, a sister ship to Silver Moon christened in July 2021, was officially named at a March 31 ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal. The third vessel named in the past nine months was Silver Origin, a 100-passenger vessel built specifically for the Galapagos Islands.

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Silver Dawn’s godmother is Nilou Motamed, an influential food and travel editor who appears as a recurring judge on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.”

“It’s a great honor to have been chosen as Silver Dawn’s godmother and to have been on board for her christening ceremony in Lisbon,” Motamed said. “Growing up in multiple countries has helped me recognize that one of our deepest common bonds, wherever we go, is food. Like many Silversea guests, I always combine my cultural explorations with culinary ones. “That’s why I’ve loved seeing the world through Silversea’s SALT program. I’ve dedicated my career to celebrating authentic, local cuisines and cultures. For me, nothing is more rewarding than connecting with people around a shared meal.

Among those present at the naming ceremony were Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Silversea’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Group; Richard Fain, Chairman of the Board of Royal Caribbean Group; Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea; and Barbara Muckermann, Commercial Director of Silversea. Many members of the travel media and luxury travel advisors were also present.

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“Celebrating Silver Dawn’s appointment in Lisbon marked an incredibly proud moment for everyone involved,” Liberty said. “Silver Dawn is a jewel of the Silversea fleet and a testament to Royal Caribbean Group’s commitment to delivering the best vacation experiences responsibly.”

While Silver Moon officially launched the new culinary program, Sea and Land Taste or SALT, Silver Dawn introduced the new spa and wellness program Otivm. This wellness philosophy includes sumptuous treatments in the Roman-inspired spa (with champagne and chocolates!), but extends to treatments in the suites, such as luxurious new mattresses and linens, perfumed baths designed by a butler and indulgences such as lobster-and-caviar wraps, foie gras burgers and truffle popcorn.

The naming ceremony opened with the usual Royal Caribbean Group bagpipe performance and was followed by a performance that weaved a narrative from the launch of Silver Moon in 2021 to the launch of Silver Dawn. Singers performed the national anthems of the United States, Italy and Portugal before a religious leader blessed the ship and dignitaries delivered speeches.

Motamed then cut the ribbon to trigger a bottle of champagne to be crushed onto the ship’s hull.


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The Champagne bottle smashes against the hull of the Silver Dawn. (Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

Silversea executives noted that the line’s expansion has been greatly aided by investments from its new parent company, Royal Caribbean Group.

“An evolution of our unique vision of luxury, Silver Dawn is the third Silversea ship to be named in the past nine months,” said Martinoli. “In addition to SALT, our immersive culinary program, Silver Dawn enriches guests’ journeys with Otivm, our new indulgent wellness program, which is inspired by the ancient Roman way of life. She is truly magnificent. express my gratitude to Jason Liberty and everyone involved within the Royal Caribbean Group, as well as the team at Silversea, Fincantieri, and Captain Failla and his crew – our most valuable asset. proudly welcomes Nilou Motamed as the godmother of Silver Dawn.

Silver Dawn set off on her maiden voyage on April 1, sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona, ​​and is set to cruise the Mediterranean until November, when she will cross the Atlantic Ocean, via the Canary Islands, to explore the Caribbean and Spain. Central America.