Silversea Cruises today announced that it has ordered a new ship, the Silver Muse, for delivery in 2017 from Fincantieri.

The ship is being built in Italy, and will be listed at 40,000 tons for 596 passengers, representing an evolution of the Silver Spirit platform.

The addition of the Silver Muse will expand Silversea's fleet to nine ships.

"We have always had a special relationship with Fincantieri, since my father ordered from them the first cruise vessels for Sitmar Cruises in 1987," said Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, chairman of Silversea. "Both companies have a clear understanding of what today's affluent traveler seeks, and each approaches the market with originality, creativity, and quality. The management team led by Giuseppe Bono has been exceptional in managing Silversea's project."

According to Enzo Visone, Silversea's CEO, "With enhanced design specifications and enriched content, the Silver Muse will continue to build on the sophistication, innovative style and ground-breaking concepts for which Silversea ships are renowned. This ship contributes to our ambitious growth plans that will ensure our continued leadership in ultra-luxury cruising."

"We're very pleased to once again partner with Silversea," commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. "Silversea has shown remarkable dynamism and ability to achieve important results in this market. This project offers us the opportunity to develop creative solutions and set new standards for shipbuilding in the ultra-luxury segment, a segment in which Fincantieri has won every new order on the market in the past year."

Additional details and specifications on the new ship will be announced in the near future.