Silver Moon Successfully Completes Sea Trials

The new Silversea flagship, Silver Moon, has successfully completed sea trials off the coast of Italy.

According to the luxury cruise line, the 596-passenger ship set sail with a reduced crew to undergo sea trials between 8th and 20th August, sailing between Fincantieri’s shipyards in Ancona and Trieste, Italy. A sister ship to 2017’s Silver Muse, it becomes the second new Silversea ship to launch this year, following Silver Origin. 

Silver Moon is set to be officially delivered to Silversea on 30th October 2020, with its inaugural voyage earmarked for 8 November 2020. Final outfitting to the ship’s interior in currently underway at the shipyard in Ancona, ahead of its delivery later this year. 

Some of the ship’s senior officers offered an insight into conducting sea trials in the age of COVID, with Captain Zanello explaining:

“As my third sea trials with Silversea, I must say that Silver Moon’s sea trials felt a little surreal after everything that happened in the months prior.” 

He continued: “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. Meal hours were extended and we ate with fewer people in the restaurant. I must admit, sea trials can often be stressful, with too many people on the bridge; it was quite pleasant to have a more tranquil environment.”

Paolo Percivale, the ship’s hotel director, added: “Just 10 days after we joined the shipyard at the beginning of March, the lockdown was implemented and everything came to a halt.”  
 
“We lived through the lockdown in Ancona. Guido and I, along with several other members of the team, were working from apartments in the city until the end of April, which was very difficult. After a spell back home once the lockdown ended, I returned to the shipyard on 1st July. It’s great to finally see Silver Moon nearing completion and to experience the various enhancements we have made from Silver Muse.”
 
Silver Moon will debut Silversea’s new culinary offering, S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste), along with a handful of other enhancements that see its design differ slightly to sister ship, Silver Muse

Silver Moon’s first voyage is set to depart Barcelona for Fort Lauderdale on a 15-night transatlantic crossing on 8 November 2020.

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Rebecca

Author: Rebecca

Editor of Into The Blue, Bolsover Cruise Club’s specialist cruise magazine. Writer for almost ten years – the words have tended to be more specifically about travel and cruising for six of those. Big fan of beaches, even bigger fan of New York. Still can’t pack a case for toffee and once discovered a stranger in the shower of her Airbnb.

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