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Port of Lisbon Hosted Christening of Cruise Ship “Silver Ray”


The Ceremony for One of the World’s Most Eco-Friendly Ships Taked Place on June 12

The Port of Lisbon hosted the christening of the new cruise ship “Silver Ray” from the luxury cruise company Silversea on June 12. The inaugural voyage take place three days later and includes a journey from Lisbon to the Italian port of Civitavecchia, with stops in Cádiz, Málaga, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Palamós, Port Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, and Livorno.

The christening of the “Silver Ray” occured on the night of June 12 and the ceremony featured the Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Bert Hernandez, President of Silversea Cruises, Captain Alessandro Zanello, as well as other senior executives, Lisbon Port Authority, and Lisbon Cruise Port.

According to Carlos Correia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Port of Lisbon, “It is a pride for the Port of Lisbon to be the stage for the christening of the ‘Silver Ray’, one of the most energy-efficient ultra-luxury cruise ships ever built. And what better date to mark the occasion than the most emblematic night of the city of Lisbon – the night of Saint Anthony.” Carlos Correia also highlights that this is the second time a Silversea ship is christened in Lisbon, following the “Silver Dawn” on March 31, 2022, emphasizing “the growing importance of the Port of Lisbon in the choice of cruise companies for such an important ceremony.” According to Carlos Correia, “an event of this nature has a great impact in terms of visibility of the destination where it takes place and will therefore be another important moment in promoting Lisbon in the cruise segment.”

Built at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany, the “Silver Ray” joins its sister ship, Silver Nova, which debuted in Lisbon on September 29, 2023, as one of the most energy-efficient ultra-luxury expedition cruise ships ever built, marking an important milestone in Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to reduce emissions and carbon intensity, continuing the path toward increasingly eco-friendly ships.