Silver Moon completes official sea trials

LATTE chats with Silversea Cruises' Captain Alessandro Zanello

Silversea Cruises‘ second new-build ship for 2020, Silver Moon, successfully completed a series of sea trials in the Adriatic throughout August and is now going through its final fit-out ahead of an expected delivery in late October.

Speaking exclusively with LATTE this week from Ancona, Italy, where Silver Moon is currently docked at the Fincantieri shipyard, Captain Alessandro Zanello said the ultra-luxury cruise line was thrilled to have its second Muse-Class ship coming online soon.

Captain Zanello, who was also at the helm of Silver Moon‘s sister-ship, Silver Muse, when it launched in 2017, said the vessel performed flawlessly during both its preliminary and ‘official’ sea trials, which involved contractual speed tests, blackout testing and high-speed stopping. Completed nearly a full day ahead of schedule, the trials were carried out while the onboard crew observed Silversea’s upgraded health and safety protocols.

Silver Moon is “technically pretty much the same” as Silver Muse, with a near-identical layout and style of suites and passenger count. On the bridge, the ship is virtually a carbon copy.

“Overall, there are very few tweaks here and there,” the half-Australian, half-Canadian Captain said. “From the outside, it looks very similar to Silver Muse but there are quite a few changes inside that will provide an even better guest experience.”

Those enhancements include the reimagined Dolce Vita bar at the heart of the ship which will feature two sub-areas, providing an evening bar and formal setting on one side, and a daytime bar/cafe option on the other.

The major change to the guest experience is the introduction of Sea and Land Tastes (S.A.L.T.) program and its Kitchen, Bar and Lab, which sees a shuffling of Silver Moon’s other restaurants, La Dame, Atlantide, Kaiseki and Silver Note.

Silver Muse was a big change because the previous ship that was launched was Silver Spirit in 2009. It had been a few years since we had a new vessel. Silver Muse was a very big difference, especially in the colour scheme and the fact that we have eight restaurants on the ship for 600 guests which is unmatched with the number of meal options. It was extremely successful and was a big game-changer for the brand,” Captain Zanello told LATTE.

Captain Alessandro Zanello, Silver Moon

Silver Moon is really important because it continues what Muse started. But it is an enhancement, and Silver Dawn [slated to launch in 2021] will do the same thing.”

Captain Zanello believes the delivery and launch of Silver Moon, scheduled for November, will be like a reboot for the company after the coronavirus operational pause.

“It’s always an important moment when a new ship is delivered. And the happier moment will come when the guests are welcomed onboard.”

Silver Moon‘s inaugural sailing is expected to operate from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, departing on 8 November 2020. From its Florida hub, Silver Moon will operate a series of Caribbean sailings before embarking on a Grand Voyage around South America.

Captain Zanello said he hopes to be at the helm when Silver Moon makes its inaugural cruise Down Under, at some stage in the future.

In June 2020, Silversea took delivery of its purpose-built Galapagos Islands ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Origin.

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