Luxury cruise line Silversea has confirmed it will be delivering their newest ship, the Silver Moon on 30 October.
Despite the global pandemic, this is the second ship Silversea will launch this year.
The Galapagos bound Silver Origin was delivered on 3 June and is set to depart on 7 November.
The 596-guest Silver Moon, the sister to Silver Muse underwent sea trials earlier this year with a reduced number of crew members. The ship journeyed between Fincantieri’s shipyards in Ancona and Trieste in Italy.
Silver Moon’s Captain, Alessandro Zanello, who has over 20 years of experience at Silversea was also at the helm of the launch of the Silver Muse. He also partook in the Silver Spirit’s launch in 2009.
“As my third with Silversea, I must say that Silver Moon’s sea trials felt a little surreal after everything that happened in the months prior,” Captain Zanello told Travel Pulse.
“I was originally scheduled to travel to the shipyard in Ancona in April. I was with family in Canada at the time. Unfortunately, there were no flights from Canada to Ancona, so I was unable to reach the ship until July. The sea trials themselves felt special, indeed, and were held in unique circumstances.
“Enhanced health and safety protocols were in place, including temperature screenings, physical distancing, and the wearing of face coverings both on the ship and in the shipyard,” Captain Zanello continued.
“Meal hours were extended, and we ate with fewer people in the restaurant. During the sea trials themselves, we had far fewer people on board than for those of Silver Muse. Safety was the primary concern. Nevertheless, we managed to carry out all test successfully. At the end of the sea trials, we shared a celebratory glass of prosecco with the team from Fincantieri. The ship is coming on nicely and she really is looking spectacular. This is a momentous occasion for all of us; we have worked very hard to reach this point.”
The new Silver Moon will have onboard, the line’s new food program, S.A.L.T. As part of the program, there will be onboard cooking classes in the ship’s new culinary kitchen.