Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard has conducted a keel laying ceremony for Monaco-based Silversea Cruises‘ new cruise ship, Silver Muse, at its shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa.

Silversea Cruises CEO Enzo Visone said: “Today marks a significant milestone for Silversea with the birth of our newest ship.

“We proudly sail to all seven continents, discovering new destinations and ports with our intimate, boutique vessels, and we are now one step closer to introducing Silver Muse to the fleet.

“With an unprecedented variety of dining options and a design across the ship that encourages open-air cruising, guests will be able to enjoy magnificent destinations as never before.

“Silversea looks forward to working closely with Fincantieri throughout the construction phase of Silver Muse and in the run-up to her launch in spring 2017.”

The new vessel will increase Silversea Cruises’ fleet size to nine.

“Today marks a significant milestone for Silversea with the birth of our newest ship.”

Fincantieri was awarded the construction contract for the cruise ship in the first half of 2014. The steel cutting ceremony was held in July.

After its delivery in April 2017, the ship will sail in waters across 130 destinations in 34 countries, including Canada, north and South America as well as the Caribbean and European countries.

The 212m-long, 27m-wide ship will feature up to 286 suites, including three wheelchair accessible suites.

The 40,700t vessel will accommodate 596 passengers on eight passenger decks, in addition to 408 crew members.

Image: Silversea CEO Enzo Visone and Fincantieri shipyard director Raffaele Davassi view the start of the keel laying for Silver Muse. Photo: courtesy of Silversea Cruises.