Silversea Founder Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidio Dies at Age 98


Silversea Cruises told Luxury Travel Advisor, "it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidio, the founder of Silversea Cruises, who passed away on February 5, 2011."

Antonio Lefebvre was born in 1913 and was a maritime lawyer and professor before acquiring cargo ships and ferries in the Adriatic. He later owned Sitmar Cruises, which was merged with Princess Cruises in 1988.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Lefebvre had a vision for a new type of cruise line — an ultra-luxury, six-star cruising experience that combined innovation, romance and passion. That morphed into the founding of Silversea.
 
His son, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is now chairman of Silversea Cruises Group and the European Cruise Council

 

Read more on:

Suggested Articles:

Cruise lines are struggling as they try to reassure nervous passengers at the same time that some of their ships are being turned away from ports.

The Tropics & Exotics Collection will visit the Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, Africa and the Far East. Here's what to expect.

Virgin Voyages aims to be a cruise company for “the young at heart”—but how will it fare once guests start embarking? Read more here.