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