Silversea Cruises’ new ultra-luxury ship christened in Greece

Silver Moon, Silversea Cruises’ newest ship in its “ultra-luxury” fleet, was christened Thursday in Athens, Greece. The baptismal ceremony took place in the port of Piraeus.

With a gross tonnage of 40,700 tonnes and a maximum capacity of 596 passengers, the Silver Moon is the cruise line’s second Muse-class ship.

Built by Fincantieri at its Ancona shipyard, Silver Moon is an evolution of its sister ship Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises said.

“The ship benefits from redesigned public spaces, butler service in all suite categories, a crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1: 1 and the privacy characteristic of Silversea’s small vessels,” said declared the company.

“Becoming the first ultra-luxury cruise ship to set sail in the wake of the pandemic, Silver Moon began its inaugural season from Athens from June 18, embarking on a series of 10-day trips to the Greek islands,” said Thursday Silversea Cruises.

During the ceremony, Reverend Father Ioannis Patsis, Vice President of Caritas Hellas, blessed the ship, before the ship’s godmother, Gaia Gaja – of the famous Italian winery Gaja – smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of the ship. ship.

Guests watched the event on the ship’s screens, and members of Silversea’s extended family streamed the broadcast online, with the Silver Moon officially becoming the ninth ship in the ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet.

“Witnessing the official appointment of Silver Moon, the first of Silversea’s christenings as part of Royal Caribbean Group, was a moment of great pride,” said Richard D. Fain, Royal Caribbean Group, Chief Executive Officer. “I congratulate the Silversea management team, Captain Georgiev and Silver Moon’s crew, the Fincantieri team and everyone involved in the launch of the ship for their tireless efforts to bring this long-awaited milestone to a successful conclusion.

Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises, said: “As the first ultra-luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, Silver Moon is leading the way in the return of ultra-luxury cruising. It represents the strength and resilience of our industry.

Global restart of ultra-luxury cruising

Silversea has said he is leading the way in the global reboot of ultra-luxury cruising. The first of two ships in Silversea’s fleet to return to service, the Silver Moon is joined by the new ship Silver Origin, which is now sailing on entirely new routes in the Galapagos Islands, the company said.

On July 29, the Silver Muse will become the first ultra-luxury ship to set sail for Alaska when it leaves Seattle for the region’s glaciers. From July 30, the Silver Shadow will undertake fully Icelandic circumnavigations from Reykjavik, the company said.

More Silversea ships are expected to set sail in the near future, and Silversea’s third new ship since 2020, the Silver Dawn, is set to depart on its maiden voyage in November 2021.

Silver Moon is one of six Silversea ships, including the Silver Muse, Silver Origin, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Explorer, to have recently achieved Infection Control Certification for the Marine Industry (CIP- M) from the largest classification society in the world. , DNV.

“These certifications underscore Silversea’s commitment to protecting the health and well-being of the guests, crew and the communities it visits as part of the company’s return to health,” the company said. .

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