Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its new ultra-luxury ship Silver Moon which marks the expansion of its fleet to nine vessels.
The 596-passenger ship is the third Silversea vessel to be constructed at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard – where the handover ceremony took place – and the fourth, Silver Dawn, is scheduled to be delivered in 2021. Influenced by the design of sister ship Silver Muse, Silver Moon is an all-suite vessel with butler service in all 298 staterooms, a mini-bar stocked with guests’ preferred drinks and 24-hour room service.
An all-new feature debuting on Silver Moon is the culinary enrichment programme S.A.L.T. – standing for Sea and Land Taste – which will be geared towards the destinations visited and enable food-loving guests to explore a range of gastronomic experiences on the ship and ashore. It will include the dedicated S.A.L.T. Kitchen, S.A.L.T. Lab and S.A.L.T. Bar. The Kitchen will be the largest of the ship’s eight restaurants and offer a menu the changes according to the itinerary and features a regionally inspired wine list. The Lab is a test kitchen where passengers can learn about local foods through workshops, tastings, and demonstrations and the bar will showcase wines, spirits and other drinks from the area.
Silver Moon will also feature an enlarged signature restaurant, La Dame, that will seat up to 56 and offer an outside dining area and the Atlantide restaurant is also going up in size to accommodate up to 220 diners. There have also been design tweaks to other public areas featured on Silver Muse, including a new Wintergarden outdoor area in the Connoisseur’s Corner cigar lounge.
Executives from Silversea Cruises, the line’s parent company the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri attended the handover and delivered live speeches via a video feed. Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, and Jason Liberty, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Royal Caribbean Group, praised the 1,000-plus workforce involved in the ship’s construction.
Mr Fain said:
“I congratulate all those involved in the build of Silver Moon; it is a proud moment for everybody at Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri. This beautiful ship represents the resilience of the global cruise industry and it is encouraging to see such innovation and progress in this challenging period. I have long said that Silversea Cruises is the jewel in the crown of the Royal Caribbean Group and I am today reminded of the cruise line’s quality. Silver Moon represents the pinnacle of luxury travel; I look forward to welcoming our guests aboard in the near future.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added:
“Silver Moon is the third of Silversea’s ultra-luxury cruise ships to result from our longstanding, successful collaboration, and we at Fincantieri take great pride in handing over a ship that embodies the highest standards of style, comfort, and whispered luxury. We are honoured to have partnered with Silversea in launching their highly successful Muse-class ships, and we are confident that Silver Moon will strengthen the line’s legacy of pushing boundaries in luxury cruise travel.”
Silver Moon’s maiden 15-night South American sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Lima is scheduled for 7th January 2021 and the inaugural season will include itineraries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
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