Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon ship review
By Katie McGonagle | 12 Jan 2022
Silver Moon is among the latest additions to Silversea Cruises’ growing ultra-luxury fleet, and the first to roll out its new immersive foodie programme, Salt
Silversea Cruises’ ninth ship, Silver Moon – a sister ship to Silver Muse and forerunner to Silver Dawn, which launches in March 2022 – is all about space, service and sumptuous cuisine.
As you’d expect of the ultra-luxury line, where free-flowing champagne and butler-serviced suites are the norm, staff are unfailingly attentive. With a crew to guest ratio of 1:1.45, there’s always someone on hand to set up your sunlounger or deliver a drink.
Yet where this ship really excels is in its spaciousness, with some of the highest square footage at sea and just 596 passengers aboard.
Even its three entry-level Vista Suites are a whopping 31 sq metres, and that only increases as you move up the ship through its 242 Veranda, 33 Silver, six Grand, six Panorama and four Owner’s Suites.
All but a handful come with their own private veranda – perfect for sunny days at sea – and butler service. With the line’s recent move towards being fully all-inclusive, and throwing in chauffeur pick-up from your home to your local airport (within 50 miles), you really don’t have to lift a finger.
Dining on Silver Moon
Silver Moon’s food and drink scene is its other big draw, with an impressive eight restaurants, which is surprisingly high for a ship of this size. They range from classic fine dining in Atlantide, quirky Japanese cuisine in Kaiseki, steaks cooked table-side at The Grill, relaxed Italian at La Terrazza and some of the best pizza at sea in Spaccanopoli, to name just a few highlights.
The colourful Arts Cafe is a delightful daytime spot, offering cosy nooks to curl up with a book along with an array of light bites and classy coffee if you don’t fancy a sit-down meal.
Silver Moon is also the first chance Silversea has had to roll out its ‘Salt’ programme, which stands for Sea and Land Taste.
Drawing on the foods and flavours of the region in which the ship is sailing – and therefore changing depending on where in the world it is – this is a real chance to extend the onshore experience and learn about the local culture through its food.
There’s a daily-changing menu in restaurant Salt Kitchen, which pulls out classic ingredients not just from the region but often from the specific island or port you’re in. The restaurant has been extended compared with its previous incarnation on Silver Muse, taking over the space allocated to Asian venue Indochine to double in size.
The preference for local flavours extends into the speakeasy-style Salt Bar next door, where bartender Carlos whips up creative combinations of spirits, herbs and other ingredients from the area for one-of-a-kind cocktails that must be seen to be believed.
Last but not least, there’s the Salt Lab, a fully kitted-out cooking school where small groups gather for twice-daily cooking classes led by onboard chef David Bilsland. It’s a chance to delve deeper into the stories behind the area’s most memorable dishes while getting stuck in and giving them a go – from authentic mezze and moussaka when the ship is in the Greek islands to the best of South American, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine when Silver Moon is sailing elsewhere.
The Salt experience also makes its mark on excursions, with the chance to visit local farms, meet chefs and winemakers and savour those mouthwatering dishes on shore as well as on board.
Facilities on Silver Moon
Among the other must-try spaces on Silver Moon are the fitness centre and extensive Zagara Beauty Spa, which has men and women’s saunas and steam rooms, nine treatment rooms, plus an outdoor whirlpool so you don’t have to choose between spa time and sea views.
The pool deck has a buzzing atmosphere by day, while evening entertainment in the Venetian Lounge and the piano bar vibes of the Panorama Lounge and Dolce Vita bar are enticing spots by night.
For a quieter escape, the Observation Library offers a good vantage point to enjoy the passing scenery thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Where is Silver Moon sailing
Silver Moon starts 2022 in South America, repositioning to the Med in late March for a handful of Europe and British Isles departures followed by a summer of Scandinavia sailings.
From autumn, it will move to the Atlantic for voyages to the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores and the Caribbean, and another winter in South America.
What’s coming up for Silversea
Silversea is set to launch Silver Dawn, the third in the class and sister to Silver Moon, in March. It will have the same 596-passenger capacity and feature many of the same facilities, including the Salt programme and array of bars and restaurants.
But Silver Dawn will be the first in the fleet to offer the new Otium wellness programme, an indulgent approach inspired by the lifestyles of the ancient Romans. The line claims it will invite guests to sip champagne, enjoy treats like chocolate, and focus on bathing rituals as a means to achieve wellness, rather than spending hours in the gym or being deprived of favourite foods.
The maiden voyage will be across the Atlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon, followed by a summer spent in the Med.
After that, there will be a new Nova class of ships, starting with the launch of Silver Nova in summer 2023, the 11th in the fleet.
The line lays claim to it being the first low-emission luxury cruise ship, with hybrid technology that means it can avoid creating emissions in port. It is due to sail 20 voyages in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America during its inaugural season.
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