Blazing a trail: Introducing the sustainable and ultra-luxurious Silver Nova by Silversea Cruises

By Donna Duggan

The Silver Nova cuts an impressive figure in the water.
The Silver Nova cuts an impressive figure in the water.
Built to be the most sustainable ultra-luxury cruise ship ever and featuring a top selection of bars, restaurants, lounges and innovative features, the Silver Nova will take your dining, entertainment and travel experiences to the next level.

Silversea Cruises and the Meyer Werft shipyard celebrated the float out of the new ship Silver Nova in Papenburg, Germany recently in preparation for the launch of the 11th ship in the leading ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet in August.

Silver Nova promises to be the most environmentally conscious ultra-luxury cruise ship ever built. “Silver Nova embodies the vision of our cruise line and the evolution of our fleet. She has been purpose-built for ocean cruising, ushering an evolution of Silversea’s industry-leading, ultra-luxury cruise experience. We at Silversea and the entire Royal Caribbean Group are looking forward to welcoming her to the fleet,” said Barbara Muckermann, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises.

Currently under construction in Papenburg as the first of two Nova class ships, the 728-guest Silver Nova is set to become the most sustainable ultra-luxury ship ever launched when she joins Silversea’s fleet in summer 2023.

Silver Nova will represent the next iteration of Silversea’s unique take on luxury, with the largest choice of bars, restaurants, and lounges in ultra-luxury cruising; and a range of innovative features – including an asymmetrical design and horizontal layout – that are unprecedented for the leading ultra-luxury cruise line.

The Silver Nova’s Atrium is typical of the lavish attention to detail paid to the stylish décor.

Super space & service

Silver Nova is unlike anything we have seen in the luxury cruise industry so far,” said Roberto Bruzzone, SVP Marine Operations, Silversea Cruises. “The float out marks the completion of the first construction phase and we will now focus on installing the ship’s beautiful interiors. As well as being the most sustainable ultra-luxury ship at sea, Silver Nova will introduce our guests to a new level of comfort.” 

With a gross tonnage of 54,700 tons she will offer a space-to-guest ratio of 75 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage) per passenger, becoming one of the most spacious cruise ships ever built. Butler service for every suite is also exceptionally high with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.3 with all suites offering stunning 270 degree views.

Silver Nova will feature a new type of suite, known as Otium, which will be the premium accommodation on board. In the Otium Suites there is a large living room area and a dedicated dining area, and a very large balcony facing directly aft. The Otium Suite also has a jacuzzi on the balcony, a new feature for Silversea. These are the largest cabins on the ship – 1,324 square feet including the veranda – but the Otium Suite is not just about the architectural content, as there will be some dedicated services for guests in the Otium Suites.

The premium Otium Suites are a new addition to the Silversea line.

Silver Nova also features the new Master Suite category which has a large balcony that wraps around the aft corner of the ship. The Signature Suite also has a bathroom with a jacuzzi that faces the balcony and sea with a large window, and the Medallion Suite is another new type of cabin Silversea has never had before. It is one-and-a-half times the width of the standard veranda suite, so it is a more spacious cabin, with 527 square feet of living space, including the larger balcony.

The 728-guest ship will have 10 bars and lounges and eight restaurants, with the Dolce Vita Lounge representing the heart of the Silver Nova.

Oozing Italian glamour, Dolce Vita is a relaxed, refined bar with a nightly piano player. Perfect for pre-dinner apéritifs, or even a post-dinner cocktail, Dolce Vita is the beating heart of social life on board. Other public spaces include The Venetian Lounge that will span two stories and is home to the ship’s lectures, entertainment performances and events. The Shelter is a new evening-only venue for Silversea providing a chic space for pre- and post-dinner cocktails. The Otium Spa features an indoor pool, a spa with eight treatment rooms and a relaxation area, a fitness centre and beauty salon.

Offering incredible dining experiences new to Silversea, Silver Nova will feature an al fresco dining venue, the Marquee, that comprises two of the line’s signature restaurants, Spaccanapoli and The Grill. Marquee is a product of the Silver Nova’s asymmetrical design and will serve casual fare during the day and dinner under the stars at night, accommodating up to 220 guests. Other restaurants include The S.A.L.T. Kitchen, offering a menu inspired by each destination; La Dame, Silversea’s signature French restaurant; and the Arts Café, a space where guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments.

Why not dine al fresco at the Marquee.

Green cruising

“We have reached another important milestone in the construction process with the float out of Silver Nova,” said Jan Meyer, Managing Director, Meyer Werft. “This ship is an important step towards green cruising due to its many technological features, as well as high environmental compatibility and energy efficiency.” 

The Nova class of ship is expected to achieve a cruise industry-first – local emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries. Nova-class ships will also have dual-fuel engines that use liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new hybrid technology not only helps in port, but is also projected to achieve a 40% overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per double suite when compared with the cruise line’s previous class of ships.

Other sustainable features of Silver Nova include a micro auto gasification system, which reduces onboard waste volume, resulting in lower incineration emissions. The ship class is projected to achieve an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) rating of about 25% better than applicable International Maritime Organization requirements. Shore power will allow the ship to shut down its main generators at select ports and plug into the onshore energy supply, thereby cutting onboard local emissions to zero. 

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Launching from her home in Italy, Silver Nova will sail the Caribbean, South America, Alaska, Asia and Australia & New Zealand, from August 2023.



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