Luxury line Silversea celebrates 30 years in the industry, as the line officially named its latest vessel Silver Ray in Lisbon.

Silver Ray joins its sister ship, Silver Nova, as one of the most energy-efficient cruise ships to be built so far and represents a new breed of luxury vessel.

Silver Nova will be based in Australian waters from November, giving Silversea a distinct advantage with such a new ship sailing itineraries around our waters.

There are now more luxury lines in the region, with Seabourn, Viking, Oceania, and Regent sailing in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

In a glittering naming ceremony held in Lisbon yesterday, Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, and Bert Hernandez, Silversea President addressed the gathering which included Silver Ray’s godmother and ocean scientist, Maria Josefina Olascoaga and Captain Alessandro Zanello of the ship.

Naming ceremony of Silver Ray in Lisbon.
The naming ceremony of Silver Ray in Lisbon

Silversea marks double celebrations

The celebrations included a bagpipe performance, live dancers, and renditions of the US and Portuguese national anthems.

“Welcoming Silver Ray to our global fleet represents the latest commitment from Royal Caribbean Group to continue building the Silversea brand and delivering the very best experiences in ultra-luxury and expedition travel,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. 

At Silver Ray's naming ceremony with the ship's godmother Maria Josefina Olascoaga in the centre
Silver Ray‘s godmother Maria Josefina Olascoaga in the centre

Silver Ray is the second ship in the line’s innovative Nova Class and joins sister ship, Silver Nova as one of the most energy-efficient, luxury cruise ships built, marking another milestone in Royal Caribbean’s pathway to net zero emissions. Silver Ray embarks on her maiden voyage departing Lisbon on 15 June. She will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to the Americas in December 2024.

The ship’s godmother Dr Olascoaga is a Professor of Ocean Science at the University of Miami. She has spent years researching and studying ocean currents, how the ocean moves and how ocean conditions affects objects in the sea.

A panorama lounge on Silver Nova as Silversea celebrates 30 years.
The Panorama Lounge onboard Silver Nova.

Silversea celebrates 30 years

As Silversea celebrates 30 years in the industry, it has played host to almost 800,000 guests since the launch of its ultra-luxury, all-inclusive Silver Cloud in 1994 to unlock unique travel experiences. The line takes pride in offering guests an all-suite ship with balconies, unparalleled butler service in every suite, complimentary drinks, and exceptional culinary cuisine served across its restaurants onboard.

The line takes prides in offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite fleet of luxury and expedition ships which have been designed for travellers to immerse in an atmosphere of conviviality and elegance.

Silversea is owned by Royal Caribbean, the cruise industry leader with a global fleet of 66 ships across its five brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea. RCI also owns 50 per cent of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

To find out more about Silver Ray‘s inaugural voyages click here.