Germany’s Meyer Werft has almost completed the first LNG-powered Nova class cruise vessel it is building for Silversea Cruises, the ultra-luxury brand of Royal Caribbean Group.
According to a social media post by the shipbuilder issued last week, the LNG-powered Silver Nova has completed the first phases of its sea trials.
“Now, our team of dedicated and specialized employees will focus on the final stages of the construction process,” Meyer Werft said without providing any additional information.
The vessel’s AIS data shows that it has returned to the Dutch port of Eemshaven on June 21.
Meyer Werft transferred the ship earlier this month from Papenburg, Germany to Eemshaven after its launch on April 28.
According to Silversea’s website, the inaugural sailing of Silver Nova is expected to take place on August 14, departing from Italy’s Venice (Fusina).
The ship’s public debut will spend one week cruising the Mediterranean, calling on six ports across Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro before returning to Fusina, the port for Venice located just across the Venetian Lagoon.
Silversea expects the second LNG-powered ship to enter service in summer 2024.
The new class of ships will operate using a trio of power sources including a fuel cell system, battery technology, and dual-fuel engines using LNG as the main fuel.
Meyer Werft previously said that the fuel cell system with an output of 4 megawatts will complement the LNG engines as the first large-scale installation of its kind in the cruise industry, supplying the ship with enough electricity to power the entire hotel operation.
Both of the ships will have a travel capacity of 728 guests and a gross tonnage of 54,700 tons.