Silver Spirit Lengthened at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo

Silversea's Silver Spirit has been cut in two at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo as part of her planned lengthening. A prebuilt 49-foot segment has been inserted and the ship is now being reconnected. With the aim of amplifying guests' onboard experience, the lengthening project will create more space in public areas and will enhance Silver Spirit's facilities. Welcomed by Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo, members of the international press, including our own Avid Cruiser, Ralph Grizzle, representatives of Silversea and Fincantieri, and other VIP guests, were in attendance at two celebratory ceremonies, as the ship's transformation got underway in Sicily on March 10 and 11.

The separated ship’s top deck. Photo courtesy of Silversea

An air of excitement was cast over the shipyard as those present witnessed the dissection of the 36,009-ton ship, as well as the maneuvering of the vast new mid-section into place. These important stages of the project ran with military precision, which pays testament to the quality of operations at the Fincantieri Shipyard. This type of lengthening has never before been employed for the extension of a luxury cruise ship.

"Witnessing these breathtaking phases of the Silver Spirit lengthening project has filled us with pride and excitement," comments Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer of Silversea. "This ambitious project will amplify the onboard features that matter most to our guests. We are taking our flagship, Silver Muse – which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year – as the point of inspiration for a fleet-wide renovation program; the lengthening and refurbishment of Silver Spirit will replicate the modern elegance of our latest vessel to make for a more luxurious travelling experience. We are eager to share the new and improved layout of our cherished ship with our valued guests."

This missing piece of the puzzle will be added to offer more room on Silversea’s Spirit. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Over 500 workers will spend approximately 450,000 man hours completing the ambitious project, which is due to conclude on May 5, 2018, and will see Silver Spirit lengthened to 691.3 ft. Approximately 846 tons of steel, 360,892 ft. of cabling, and 26,247 ft. of piping will be put to use in the lengthening, as Silver Spirit's capacity increases by roughly 12%, resulting in an overall dining capacity increase of 15% and a 20% increase in outdoor seating (from 200 to 266).

A new 8-restaurant configuration will replace the existing culinary infrastructure, with varying dining concepts introduced: Atlantide, Indochine, Silver Note, Spaccanapoli, will complement the pre-existing Seishin, La Dame, La Terrazza and The Grill.

Outside, the pool area on the sky deck will increase in length (from 98 to 148 ft.) to offer additional space for relaxing under the sun and a new aerobics area will also be created. Inside, the Zagara Spa concept will be installed, as will a new free weights room which will complement the upgraded fitness center. The Arts Café and Dolce Vita – two new, sophisticated public spaces – will improve the onboard entertainment options. All suites will be refurbished to ensure the trademark Silversea level of quality is maintained.

Another view of the expansion piece. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Prior to Silver Spirit's arrival in Palermo, the ship docked in Chania, Crete, where Silversea made a donation of used furniture to a number of the island's worthy causes. As a destination visited by Silversea's cruises and as an island in need, Chania was identified as a deserving recipient of the donation. In total, 11 containers were filled with 4,652 items from the ship – including sofas, chairs, curtains, computers, and more. The donated articles will be put to use for social welfare purposes in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other institutions across the island. Impacting on the lives of many, the gesture from Silversea will strengthen relations between the cruise company and the island's authorities at a time when Chania's social structures need all the help they can get.

Not only will Silver Spirit increase in length, but also in comfort. From an enhancement and a re-imagination of the ship's public spaces to an increase in the number and quality of suites, each aspect of the lengthening project has been designed with guest enjoyment in mind. Based on the chic décor found aboard Silver Muse, Silver Spirit will benefit from beautiful interior design upgrades throughout.

Departing on May 6, 2018, Silver Spirit will recommence her service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona. Fares start at $5,600 per person with special savings available for those booking before March 31.

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