Silversea’s latest ultra-luxury cruise ship has been presented at a shipyard in Genoa as the official delivery of the ship is set to take place.

Silver Muse was built by Fincantieri for Silversea Cruises and was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente with a blessing from an archbishop.

Guests attending the ceremony included the Archbishop of Genoa, His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who blessed the ship, Giovanni Toti, governor of Liguria, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of Silversea Cruises, and Giuseppe Bono, chief executive of Fincantieri.

The official delivery is set to take place on Monday, April 3.

Silver Muse weighs in at 40,700 gross tons and can accommodate 596 passengers. Silversea says it is an evolution of Silver Spirit, which was delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri in Ancona. The cruise line said it “redefines the ultra-luxury ocean travel experience, while maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations which are hallmarks of the Silversea experience”.

The new build expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships.  Silver Muse will offer guests the highest number of large suites in the fleet, and the greatest number of connecting suites for families and friends. She will offer eight restaurants, which the cruise line says is more than any other ultra-luxury ship.

Giuseppe Bono said: “A cruise ship is the result of the most complex innovation and product process and it represents the state of the art of this industry, as Silver Muse proves. For our company, indeed, this is the second delivery in just four days, with two different kind of ships, in two different yards and for different customers. This demonstrates our operational capacity, unique in the world.”

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio added: “Since the laying of the keel in December 2015, Silversea and Fincantieri have been working closely together to produce one of the finest ships to leave this shipyard and we look forward to welcoming our first guests onboard.”

Roberto Martinoli said: “The attention to detail throughout the ship is a reflection of our dedication, in conjunction with Fincantieri, to offer the ultimate luxury experience at sea.”

Fincantieri has built 78 cruise ships since 1990, and 55 since 2002. A total of 29 other ships are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.