Silversea is making the ship longer.
Why buy another ship when you can just saw one in half?
Silversea cut the Silver Spirit in half over the weekend and is currently installing a new 49-foot segment of ship between the two parts. Over the next two months, the ship will undergo a $100-million renovation at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily.
The lengthening project will “create more space in public areas and will enhance Silver Spirit’s facilities,” according to the cruise line.
“Witnessing these breathtaking phases of the Silver Spirit lengthening project has filled us with pride and excitement,” Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer of Silversea, said in a statement. “This ambitious project will amplify the onboard features that matter most to our guests.”
The extension will take 500 workers more than 450,000 man hours to complete. Changes to the ship include a longer sky deck and pool, a new spa, two new public spaces and a new aerobics area. All onboard suites will also be refurbished during the project. Upon completion, the Silver Spirit will measure 691.3 feet in length and have an increased capacity of 12 percent.
The Silver Spirit will recommence its service between Rome and Barcelona on May 6. Seven-day packages start at $5,600 per person.
While the Silver Spirit’s extension is the first time a luxury cruise ship has been cut in half, other cruise lines have undertaken similar projects. An extension is much cheaper than ordering a brand new ship, which can cost upwards of $1 billion.