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Galapagos Ultra-Luxury: Silversea Welcomes Silver Origin To Its Fleet

Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. An intimate ceremony, held on Wednesday 3 June 2020, marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown.

Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. An intimate ceremony, held on Wednesday 3 June 2020, marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown.

Say hello to the Silver Origin, the newest addition to the Silversea fleet, and your ultra-luxe gateway to a refined Galapagos adventure.

Select Silversea top executives—including Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman; Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO; Damien O’Connor, SVP Hotel Operations & Onboard Revenue; and Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer – attended the Origin’s welcome ceremony in Rotterdam last week. 

“It was a very proud moment for me to attend Silver Origin’s official delivery ceremony in person, and to welcome Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship to our fleet. I am very grateful to all involved in the build, especially the professionals at De Hoop Shipyard,”

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Cruises Chairman

Joined by representatives from De Hoop Shipyard, Silversea’s executives took a tour of the completed ship for the first time and were present for the official flag ceremony. 

“The delivery ceremony marked a momentous moment for both parties, and delivering Silver Origin to Silversea’s Executives here in Rotterdam was a great pleasure. We wish the cruise line every success for the future and we look forward to seeing this beautiful ship in the Galapagos Islands where she belongs.”

Patrick Janssens, CEO of De Hoop Shipyard.

Silversea Origin

Integrating the latest state-of-the-art technology and designed with a focus on the pillars of sustainability, destination on board, expedition experience, authentic local culture, and comfort and service, the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin will welcome travellers year-round in the unique Galapagos Archipelago.

The ship will provide guests with the ultimate destination experience, inspired by Silversea’s accrued expertise and founded on a deep respect for the fragility of the natural environment while maintaining the cruise line’s trademark quality of service.

Addressing Sustainability

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Built with the environment in mind as one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, Silver Origin incorporates environmentally low-impact features to comply with future rules and regulations, in addition to the Galapagos National Park Directorate regulations.

“Every element of the ship has been designed with the destination in mind and tailored to enhance the experience for travellers, while fostering a deep sense of respect for this magnificent ecosystem and everything that inhabits it.”

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Cruises Chairman

The latest technological innovations mean a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and fewer exhaust emissions. The ship’s dynamic positioning system will be used when positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage; suites incorporate freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water, thus drastically reducing the use of plastic on board, and a wastewater treatment system will meet or exceed the strictest regulations in the market.

Silversea Cruises has also launched the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos – a dedicated fund that will support educational projects to safeguard the wellbeing of the Galapagos Islands for future generations.

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