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Cruise ship cut in half and lengthened

Silversea puts its luxury ship Silver Spirit under the knife to create more choice for baby boomers.

The luxury cruise line Silversea engineered an ambitious lengthening project for its Silver Spirit vessel in Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard last weekend, adding a 15-metre-long section to the middle of the ship.

Spirit is the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner, and it will now have the biggest capacity in Silversea’s fleet, increasing from 540 guests to 608. The crew-to-guest ratio will be unaffected, with crew numbers raised to 412, the company says.

As a result of the lengthening, there will be two additional restaurants, taking the total to eight.

Inspired by the line’s newest vessel, Silver Muse, which entered service last April, the company has replicated four of Muse’s restaurants, so that all eight serve different world cuisines.

New public areas include a café and a new spa and fitness centre, and there will be 35 new suites and a ship-wide upgrade of fixtures and fittings.

While in dry dock, a stern thruster will also be fitted, to increase maneuverability and allow Silver Spirit to call at smaller ports in remote areas.

For the boomers
The lengthening of the ship is intended to provide more onboard choice for baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964, said Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer at Silversea.

“It’s fundamental for us to consider our current customers and start working towards those of tomorrow. Silver Spirit, Silver Muse and Silver Moon, due in 2020, are perfect for baby boomers. The most important thing for that generation is choice, so we are giving them more restaurants and a variety of cabins.”

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