LRP today announced that they will be auditioning for vocalists in Barcelona in 2016. Director, Michelle Tough, commented, ’We have already been holding auditions in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Hamburg, Berlin, Milan and Rome and we have found the cosmopolitan blends of these cities has allowed us to discover unique and outstanding talent. Casting our net into Spain will allow us to add additional, international flair into what we do’.
Silversea Cruises will launch a new flagship, the Silver Muse, to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,000 gross tons, will accommodate 596 guests. The new vessel represent an evolution of the Silver Spirit, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.
The addition of the Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travelers.
“We have always had a special relationship with Fincantieri, since my father ordered from them the first cruise vessels for Sitmar Cruises in 1987,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of Silversea. “Both companies have a clear understanding of what today’s affluent traveler seeks, and each approaches the market with originality, creativity, and quality. The management team led by Giuseppe Bono has been exceptional in managing Silversea’s project.”
According to Enzo Visone, Silversea’s CEO, “With enhanced design specifications and enriched content, the Silver Muse will continue to build on the sophistication, innovative style and ground-breaking concepts for which Silversea ships are renowned. This ship contributes to our ambitious growth plans that will ensure our continued leadership in ultra-luxury cruising.”
Additional details and specifications on the new ship will be announced in the near future.
Ralph Grizzle writes… In yesterday’s story, Silversea Entertainment: A New Production Rolls Out On Silver Wind, I wrote about being among the first to see Silversea’s elaborate new show “Musica Maestro.”
“What we’re trying to do with our production shows at Silversea is work on the success that we’ve had for the past few years,” says Andrew Poulton, manager of entertainment and enrichment programs for Silversea.
Poulton says that Silversea used to have singers and dancers in its production shows, then decided to go just went with singers. “That worked really well, the ratings were good, the guests seem to really enjoy it,” Poulton continues. “So what we’re doing now is taking that to the next level. We’re adding some scenery to the production shows and also some digital projection. With those two elements, we’re going to add another layer to something that we already know is successful and enjoyed by the guests.”
Getting London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Involved
All of the shows were produced for Silversea by London-based Luna Rossa Productions. The company pulled some strings to add a few special components to its signature show, Musica Maestro.
“We went to the world’s greatest orchestra, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” says Marc Sorrentino, a director, along with Michelle Tough, for Luna Rossa Productions. “So every note that you hear in the music from Musica Maestro is live. For us it was an incredible experience to be in the studio with the Royal Philharmonic.”
Sorrentino says that guests on Silversea who see Musica Maestro will appreciate, first and foremost, that they’re hearing “the most beautiful tracks you’ll ever hear,” Sorrentino says. “You could just sit back and listen to the tracks on their own without any vocals, but when you add the vocals from our extremely talented and international cast, you very quickly realize that you’re experiencing something very special and quite unique to the cruise industry.”
An interesting side note, Sorrentino’s brother plays lead cello on many of the tracks. He’s the principle cellist for the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.