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Silver Origin prepares for life in the Galapagos

Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop.

An intimate ceremony marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown.

Select Silversea top executives - including Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman and Roberto Martinoli, chief executive - attended the ceremony in Rotterdam.

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

“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,” said d’Ovidio.

“In September 2013, Silversea became the first cruise line to launch an ultra-luxury ship in the Galapagos Archipelago.

“We have invested our accrued know-how into the design of Silver Origin.

“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.”

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.