Silversea reports that it wrapped the lengthening and renovation project for the Silver Spirit on May 3. The updates, which took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, added 49 feet to the ship’s length, and included a number of other updates and refurbishments. Following the enhancements, the ship departed on its inaugural cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 6.
The project involved cutting the cruise ship in half and inserting a pre-built section into the middle. Other improvements included décor updates to the ship’s public areas and suites; enlarging the pool deck; and increasing the ship’s dining options to eight, including the newly introduced Spaccanapoli, Silver Note, Atlantide, and Indochine, as well as the renovated La Terrazza. Other new onboard amenities include the Arts Café, Tor’s Observation Library, the Zagara Spa, the Panorama Lounge, and the Dolce Vita lounge.
All told, the lengthening and renovations increased the ship’s capacity by 12 percent, its dining capacity by 15 percent, and its outdoor seating by 20 percent.
The luxury cruise line has released a video of the project:
Silversea is celebrating Silver Spirit’s inaugural voyage with a number of onboard enrichments. Bound for Barcelona, the itinerary is the first in a series of European voyages. In September, Silver Spirit will cross to North America, where it will remain until November. From then, the ship will welcome guests in the Caribbean.
This story originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.