Eight international coins, including an Australian Dollar, have been welded into the keel of Silversea Cruises’ newest vessel Silver Muse as construction on the new luxury vessel began today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
One piece of currency was taken from each of the seven continents Silversea Cruises visits, along with a special commemorative coin designed by the line itself. The other seven coins were a South African Rand, an Australian Dollar, USA Silver Half-Dollar, Brazilian Real, Italian Euro, Singapore Dollar and an Antarctica Trust coin.
The maritime tradition of ship builders welding a coin into the keel is centuries old and is a gesture of good luck and good health to the construction of the ship, to its life at sea and to the crew onboard.
Silver Muse will set sail from April 2017, with its maiden voyage being an eight-day round-trip sailing from Monte Carlo visiting Marseille, Barcelona and a number of exotic ports in the Western Mediterranean. Staterooms are priced from AU$5,750 per person twin share.
Over an inaugural season largely made up of one-way voyages, departures on the 596-passenger vessel will also be run from Nice, Istanbul, Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Lisbon and Southampton. Muse will initially operate 13 itineraries in Europe before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to spend the 2017/2018 winter in the Caribbean and South America. Dining options will range from two Italian restaurants, outlets dedicated to French and Japanese cuisine, a lava stone cooking outlet and an elegant bar & grill.