Silversea Takes Delivery of Silver Ray, Its Second Nova Class Ship. Here’s an Insider Look

Silversea took delivery May 14 of Silver Ray, its second Nova Class ship.

Boarding Silver Ray in Eemshaven, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO, celebrated the ship’s official handover with Bert Hernandez, President of Silversea; Bernard Meyer, Chairman of the Meyer Group, and Bernd Eikens, the Meyer Group CEO; executives from the Meyer-Werft shipyard and Royal Caribbean Group; and Capt. Alessandro Zanello. Attendees participated in storied maritime traditions, including flag-changing and signing ceremonies, commemorative speeches, and a celebratory toast. 

Silver Ray, Silversea’s second Nova Class ship, debuts on its maiden voyage in June from Civitavecchia (the Port of Rome) and will build on the momentum of Silver Nova, launched in 2023. Silver Ray mirrors its acclaimed predecessor, carrying 728 passengers and 544 crew and measuring 54,700 GRT, or Gross Registered Tonnage, which indicates space in the ship. This creates a seamless experience because the groundbreaking layout and new features will be the same for both Nova Class ships.

Jason Liberty, left, Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO, and Bert Hernandez, President of Silversea, welcome Silver Ray to Silversea at delivery ceremonies in Eemshaven, Netherlands./Silversea photos

“Silver Ray, the second ship in our cutting-edge Nova Class, alongside sister ship Silver Nova, beautifully encompasses Royal Caribbean Group’s vision for the future of innovative ultra-luxury and expedition cruise travel,” said Bert Hernandez, President, Silversea. “In addition to being one of the most energy efficient ships ever built, Silver Ray’s game-changing, outward-facing ship design enables greater access and connection for our guests to the incredible destinations we visit.

“As far as firsts go, I feel honored that my first delivery as president of Silversea is to welcome Silver Ray to our fleet alongside Jason, my Royal Caribbean Group colleagues, and the wonderful Meyer-Werft team. I can’t wait for our guests to experience everything this remarkable ship has to offer.” 

Silver Ray is a continuation of a legacy in ultra-luxury voyages as the 12th ship in the Silversea fleet. Silver Ray is the second Silversea vessel to be constructed at Germany’s Meyer-Werft shipyard. (Silver Nova’s float-out took place in May 2023 and it made its first passenger voyage in August of that year.)

Innovation continues on Silver Ray

Silver Ray, Silversea’s second Nova Class ship, incorporates the outdoors as an important element in its design./Silversea photo

Beginning with its basic structure, the difference in the Nova Class starts with its steel frame. When it made its debut, Silver Nova (and now Silver Ray) are the largest and most spacious of the Silversea fleet.

This breakthrough in layout means more space to accommodate plush lounges and extraordinary bars and restaurants.

Silversea pairs the ships’ contemporary aesthetic with additional open-air spaces, creating Silversea’s connection between the ship and guests’ surroundings both indoors and on deck. The design difference on both ships extends to their all-balcony suites, which include some of the best views on any vessel.

Here’s a closer look at the elements that make this second Nova Class vessel unique.

Two new buzzwords in design for Silversea

The views from Silver Ray let guests take in sweeping views of ports of call and of the ocean./Silversea photo

As the second of its Nova Class ships, Silver Ray, along with Silver Nova, is unique for Silversea in that its design is horizontal rather than vertical (in which all suites are located forward while public rooms are toward the aft). The benefit with a horizontal layout is that the designers ensure that public room decks feature higher ceilings for a more spacious ambience and a better guest flow.

And, conversely, on Ray and Nova, all suites are grouped together on four different decks. The advantage here is that, with suites stretch from forward to aft Silversea is offering more variety in layouts. For instance, an entirely new category of suites is built around the ship’s aft section, and feature great wake views.

Bringing key structural elements toward the inside of the ship also allows more seamless integration between the outside elements and the ship’s interior. Floor-to-ceiling glass will form many of the structural but see-through “barriers” around the decks, which means unimpeded views.

Enhanced technology has eliminated noise and vibrations from the engine room on Nova Class vessels, allowing latitude in the placement of suites and public spaces.

Dazzling public spaces

Silver Ray’s pool area is sizable and open, offering plenty of space of swimming or just relaxing./Silversea photo

Silver Ray has an impressive 1,400-square-foot pool area. Nova Class pools are the largest in the fleet. Also on the outer decks are an infinity-style Cliff Whirlpool on Deck 11 and the Dusk Bar, a new venue that debuted on Silver Nova, one deck below.

The Shelter, an intimate, evening-only bar with a capacity of 32, is new to the Nova Class and is part of Silver Ray as well. This Deck 3 venue is ideal for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap, opening to the Atrium with premium surf-and-turf restaurant Atlantide and the immersive S.A.L.T. Kitchen featuring regional cuisine, on either side.

The Venetian Lounge can accommodate 370 guests, who can listen to lectures or attend performances in this two-story space. The larger S.A.L.T. Lab and S.A.L.T. Bar have been relocated from their midship position on other Silversea ships to Deck 10 for views that integrate the outside into the spaces.

On Silver Ray, the Otium Spa (a spa concept that debuted in spring 2022 onboard Silver Dawn and is also found on Silver Nova) will also feature a sprawling thermal suite inspired by the ancient baths of Rome. Guests will find a steam room, sauna, decorative water fountain and floor-to-ceiling windows. These Otium Spas contain a spa-centric indoor pool. 

Inventive suites

Silver Ray and its sister ship Silver Nova have a unique profile that opens the ocean view to guests./Silversea photo

Silver Ray has 13 suite categories that contain a choice of 364 suites. The ship’s interior design highlights premium, residential touches, including decorative lighting, fluted mirrors and plush furniture. The concept is described as “whispered luxury.”

The crown jewel of any Silversea suite at sea are the Otium Suites, a new category that has eye-catching “walls of windows” offering a 270-degree view. Again, the ship’s design allows this unique space at the aft starboard corner. Guests in Otium Suites, at 1,324 square feet, will be treated to a large living room as well as premium amenities.

Master Suites, also a new concept aboard the Nova Class, offer accommodations of 721 to 826 square feet and have balconies that wrap around the back of the ship and bathrooms that offer views to the outside. Medallion Suites are 50 percent wider than a standard veranda suite and have a larger balcony.

Re-imagined dining concepts

Guest favorite Atlantide on Silver Nova also will be one of the dining venues on Silver Ray./Silversea photo

Five decks’ worth of restaurants, bars and entertainment spaces create a lively hub on Silver Ray. Ten bars and lounges along with eight distinct dining venues create a bounty of choices. These venues are spread across the ship, allowing easier social connections in a more open-concept floor plan.

Returning restaurant concepts include Atlantide and S.A.L.T. Kitchen, along with design concepts new to the Nova Class, including the Marquee. This light-filled space on Deck 10 incorporates the existing Grill and Spaccanapoli authentic pizzeria into one casual but elegant dining venue. 

Specialty dining favorites Kaiseki and La Dame are more luxe than ever. Wine plays an important role at La Dame, where exclusive pairings will be offered.

On Silver Ray, art remains at the heart

Exclusive artwork will be the primary element that distinguishes Silver Ray from Silver Nova.

Like Silver Nova, Silver Ray will carry more than 1,700 pieces of artwork onboard, in various media that might include sculpture, collage, photography and tapestry. Expect antique maps and a unique muraled ceiling in the library that beckons passengers to look up and revel in the piece painted specifically for this spot.

Silver Ray’s on-board dress code

During the day, guests can don casual wear similar to five-star resort sportswear. The revision to the dress code also notes that guests should wear flats or low heels on deck.

After 6 p.m., elegant casual is the expectation. Women may wear slacks (or skirts) and blouses or an informal dress. Men may wear a collared shirt and slacks, but a jacket is optional. If you would like to wear dressier garb, you are welcome to do that. Note that on formal-optional nights, men must wear a jacket indoors. 

Based on the length of the cruise, you might not need formal attire. A seven-day cruise is elegant casual every evening, unless you wish to go dressier. An eight- to 14-day cruise has one or two formal optional nights, and a cruise of 15 days or more will have at least two formal optional nights.

What’s next for Ray

Barcelona, Spain, will be one of Silver Ray’s destinations on its summer voyages./Shutterstock

Silver Ray will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean, sailing summer voyages to Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and Greece.

Silver Ray itineraries are scheduled through winter 2026. Silversea’s newest ship will spend its first two summers (2024 and 2025) in the Mediterranean. Choose from a selection of itineraries of a week, 11 days or 16 days.

By winter ’24/’25 Silver Ray will reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sail a series of South America voyages to ports including Lima (Callao), Peru; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After another summer in the Med, Silver Ray will embark on a 13-day transoceanic sailing from Lisbon, Portugal, to Fort Lauderdale in November 2025.

Back in Florida, Silver Ray is scheduled on a series of Caribbean and Central American cruises through March 2026. These 10-day to two-week itineraries include calls on St. Kitts and Nevis; the U.S. Virgin Islands; Antigua and Barbuda; the Turks and Caicos; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

How do I book a voyage on Silver Ray?

Silver Ray is open for bookings. As usual, highly coveted top-tier suites are already wait-listed on many of Silver Ray’s initial itineraries.