(9 a.m. EDT) -- Silversea has ordered another new cruise ship -- a twin sister to Silver Muse -- to launch in 2020, Cruise Critic learned on a phone call with Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea Cruises. The ship will be named Silver Moon.
Silversea has reached an agreement with Fincantieri to build the 596-passenger, 40,700-ton luxury cruise ship at a yet-to-be-determined shipyard. The cruise line is exercising the first of three possible options for new cruise ships built by Fincantieri.
Silver Moon will be nearly identical to Silver Muse, with some minor tweaks. The color scheme and basic ship layout will remain the same, but the popular Atlantide restaurant will be expanded, due to feedback from Muse. (Silversea has already responded to passenger feedback by adjusting the dining system and dress code on Silver Muse.)
The new ship will have a "Green star 3 Design," meaning it's designed to prevent air and water pollution. It also will be engineered to keep noise levels down inside the ship for the comfort of passengers.
The new ship will bring Silversea's fleet of ocean-going cruise ships and expedition vessels to 10. Lefebvre d'Ovidio told Cruise Critic that his father, who founded the line, always dreamed of having a fleet of 12 ships, and the addition of Silver Moon brings the line one step closer to that goal.
"But I don't want to limit myself," he said. "So I say I want at least 12 ships!"
--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor