The Silver Dawn is christened during a lavish ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal.
Silversea Cruises, officially named its 10th ship, Silver Dawn, in Lisbon on March 31.
Executives from Royal Caribbean Group®, Silversea Cruises, Fincantieri, and local dignitaries and esteemed guests celebrated the milestone with a formal ceremony and gala dinner. An expression of Silversea's rapid expansion, Silver Dawn becomes the cruise line's third new ship to debut in nine months. The launch of Silver Dawn also marks the debut of Otium, travel's most indulgent new wellness program, as well as the next iteration of Silversea's S.A.L.T. culinary program.
After Royal Caribbean Group's customary bagpipe performance, which opened the formal naming ceremony, performers took to the stage, entertaining attendees with a performance that weaved a narrative from the 2021 launch of Silver Moon to the modern-day debut of Silver Dawn. Singers recited the national anthems of the U.S.A., Italy, and Portugal, before a religious leader blessed the ship and dignitaries delivered speeches.
The newly named Godmother of Silver Dawn, Nilou Motamed—an influential food and travel editor, tastemaker, and television personality—subsequently cut the ribbon to trigger a champagne bottle to smash on the ship's hull, signaling the end of the ceremony.
"Celebrating the naming of Silver Dawn in Lisbon marked an incredibly proud moment for all involved," said Jason Liberty, President, and C.E.O., Royal Caribbean Group. "I thank and congratulate Roberto Martinoli and our entire team, including Captain Failla and the crew and everyone at Fincantieri, our ship-building partners. Silver Dawn is a jewel in the Silversea fleet and speaks to Royal Caribbean Group's commitment to responsibly delivering the best vacation experiences."