Cruise & Travel Lifestyles

A Welcome Return to Cruising

· Main destination Greece

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Becoming the first ultra-luxury cruise ship to set sail following the pandemic, Silver Moon was christened in the port of Piraeus on July 28th when her Godmother, Gaia Gaja – of the renowned Italian Gaja Winery – broke a bottle of champagne on the ship’s bow. We viewed the event on screens throughout the ship, celebrating the first of Silversea’s christenings as part of Royal Caribbean Group.

I applaud Silversea for its meticulous health and safety measures and concern for both guests and crew. Although everyone cruising has to be doubly vaccinated, all guests undertook a very efficient Antigen test before embarking and another mid-way through the cruise. Frankly, I would not sail on any cruise line that did not require the same. We were also impressed with Greece – we uploaded a VisitGreece app and our vaccine results and received a QR code which we showed on arrival at Athens airport. We met many Greeks in various settings throughout our cruise, and all were masked up and careful. Silversea is also well aware of safety onshore during the daily included shore excursions, and we knew all guides, drivers and those we mingled with were also vaccinated.

And how is the ship herself, you might ask? Well, she is gorgeous – stunning and classically elegant. And there have been some lovely design and décor changes that enhance one’s onboard experience. La Dolce Vita Lounge on Deck 5, which is the hub of the ship, has been redesigned and now features a circular bar at its centre and some exquisite flower arrangements. It breaks up the space and affords more interesting seating throughout. We loved the Arts Café for casual snacks and treats, along with morning coffee and fresh juices. It is a small and beautiful space with both indoor and al fresco seating. And a perennial favourite is La Terrazza, where one can enjoy breakfast and lunch inside or out from a well-planned buffet with excellent choices. We dined there in the evening on several occasions, loving the Italian menu (which changes some offerings part-way through the cruise) and the tasty pasta dishes, fresh fish and attentive, friendly service. And of course, all drinks, Champagnes and wines are included, so we imbibed a lovely French rosé most days at lunch, some robust reds from California, Australia and Italy during the evenings, and quaffed numerous pool-side drinks and aperitifs during the day. I love an all-inclusive shipboard atmosphere where all gratuities are included as well – it makes life simpler.

S.A.L.T. – an acronym for Sea and Land Taste is an exciting and enjoyable new cuisine program from Silversea that touches on the authentic cuisines around the world and is indicative of the region in which one is cruising. The program includes tailored shore excursions, cooking classes and lectures. Some of the most significant changes include the new S.A.L.T. Kitchen, which is beautiful, with a menu that changes daily and no reservations required. The intimate S.A.L.T. Bar is incredibly popular and very beautiful. The great bartender – a superb mixologist, creates the most delicious and unusual cocktails –it’s a great spot for pre or post-dinner drinks. The elegant, classic La Dame is now higher on the ship with a view and more seating for about 60 guests who can enjoy this fabulous dining experience for an additional fee.

The S.A.L.T. Lab offers delectable cooking classes focused on the area in which the ship is sailing, and they book up for every session with just nine spots. We enjoyed one on “How to Mezze,” taught by a local food expert who also presented several informative lectures, one of which was “Ripe Figs: recipes and stories from the Eastern Mediterranean.

There are eleven dining choices on the Silver Moon ranging from L’Atlantide, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner without reservations required and a continental menu. There’s Kaiseki for Asian fusion, the pretty Silver Note Supper Club for light bites and jazz music and the best pizza at sea at Spaccanapoli located outside on Deck 11. Amazing delicious pizza and ice cream served from 11 am to 11 pm and perfect for a casual meal with no dress code. Other spots for dining include the Grill by the pool, which in the evening becomes Hot Rocks. It’s a fun, casual dinner where guests can grill their own meats or seafood on a sizzling hot rock and enjoy some sides and salads as well. And one can choose to dine ensuite with a beautiful table setting and a meal served course by course.

Our accommodations in one of the 34 Silver Suites were absolutely charming and spacious. The suite offered a super comfy king-size bed, a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, a separate shower, and two sinks. We had a massive walk-in closet with numerous drawers and loads of hangers. There is a dressing table, two televisions, in-suite bar fridge, a dining table in the suite and on the spacious balcony, a couch, two chairs, and a coffee table.

It was a lovely, welcoming and calm space, and our butler, Jerry, and stewardess Rosalie made our stay wonderful and could not do enough for us. Every suite features the services of a butler who will bring room service, afternoon canapés, stock your bar, and generally take care of one’s needs. That’s all part of the pampering Silversea service!

Silversea is better than ever, and our cruise was all we could imagine. With eleven dining choices, included shore excursions and an all-inclusive atmosphere on board, I highly recommend the ships of Silversea.


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