Silversea Cruises has named its very first hybrid ship. Silver Nova is a new kind of ship, which is a part of Silversea’s Project Revolution.
Silver Nova is expected to be delivered in summer of 2023, and will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local emissions at port.
“Silver Nova and future Nova class ships are the latest examples of Silversea’s ongoing efforts to offer travelers an ultra-luxurious experience while simultaneously protecting the treasured destinations it visits and the communities it serves,” the cruise line said in a statement.
Silver Nova is expected to achieve local emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries, as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its main fuel. The technology is expected to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (when compared with Silversea’s previous class of ships — the Muse class).
“Our Nova class ships represent a significant investment in unprecedented technological solutions. They support our mission to preserve the planet without compromising on comfort or luxury,” said Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “Silver Nova is the manifestation of Silversea and Royal Caribbean Group’s long-term commitment to sustainability.”
Silversea has committed to carbon-neutral construction, and Silver Nova is being built in Papenburg by Meyer Werft.
“Sustainability is the future of luxury travel and the name Silver Nova is representative of the incredible innovation of Silversea’s luxury,” added Barbara Muckermann, Chief Commercial Officer. “Silversea is already a leader in environmentally conscious travel and now, with Silver Nova, we will go even further to meet the expectations of both today’s and tomorrow’s luxury traveler.”
Silver Nova will have a travel capacity of 728 guests and a gross tonnage of 54,700 tons. Travel advisors will have pre-sale access starting Dec. 16, 2021, with general sales opening on Jan. 6, 2022.