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Silversea Cruises has announced plans for a new ship that will be?delivered in spring 2017.

The 596 passenger ship, Silver Muse, will be the luxury line’s new flagship and is being built by Fincantieri?in Italy.

The addition will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, chairman of Silversea, said: “We have always had a special relationship with Fincantieri, since my father ordered from them the first cruise vessels for Sitmar Cruises in 1987.

“Both companies have a clear understanding of what today's affluent traveller 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."

Enzo Visone, chief executive of the luxury cruise line, added: “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."

Fincantieri executive Giuseppe Bono said the project would offer?the ship builder?an opportunity to “set new standards for shipbuilding in the ultra-luxury s