German shipyard Meyer Werft has cut the first steel for the future Silver Ray, a new ultra-luxury cruise ship ordered by Monaco-based Silversea Cruises, reports.

The ship will be fitted with an LNG propulsion system, batteries, and a 4MW fuel cell system to supply power for hotel operations. A micro auto gasification system (MAGS) will meanwhile convert waste on board into thermal energy.

Silver Ray will enter service in the summer of 2024 and Monaco-based Silversea is already taking bookings.

“Silversea’s second Nova Class ship will be named Silver Ray. The pioneering luxury vessel inherits the revolutionary aspects of sister ship Silver Nova – notably the innovative asymmetrical design offering uninterrupted views from every vantage point through an extraordinary use of glass in both public spaces and en suite. At 54,700 gross tons and hosting just 728 guests, she will be among the most spacious ships ever built with a space to guest ratio of 75 GRT-per-passenger. Silver Ray… progressive and gazing at the future,” Silversea says on its website.

PHOTO: Meyer Werft