The writer was a guest of Silversea Cruises for the purposes of this review.
Delayed for months by the never-ending pandemic, Silversea’s magnificent new vessel, Silver Moon finally welcomed her first passengers this Spring. Silver Moon began a series of cruises beginning and ending in Athens. And each and every one of them showcased what’s on board this wonderful ship.
Greece rescues the Cruise Industry
The Greek Government, recognizing that the Tourist Industry represents over 21 percent of its economy, sprang into action. First, they made a concerted effort to vaccinate everyone on the “tourist” islands. This was not just a monetary consideration. They realized that medical facilities on these famous islands could easily be overwhelmed by Covid-19. And their task was made easier by some startling statistics. The year-round population of Mykonos is just 12,500 people making it far easier to vaccinate the total population.
The Greek Ministry of Tourism took things a step even further. They united with the Cruise Industry to provide the vaccine to every single crew member sailing from Greece. As cruise ship crews hail from under-vaccinated countries like the Philippines, India, Malaysia and points everywhere else on earth, this allowed ships to sail with fully-vaccinated crews. And to enter Greece, tourists themselves must be fully vaccinated. Thus Silversea was able to introduce its magnificent new Silver Moon to its admiring group of luxury cruisers.
Silver Moon is simply magnificent.
The 596-passenger 40,700-ton vessel is the ninth ship in Silversea’s fleet. Boasting a crew of 411, Silver Moon has one of the highest crew-guest-ratios in all of cruising (almost 1:1.5). Silver Moon is sister ship to Silver Muse, the line’s flagship launched in 2017. Past guests on Silver Muse will notice some subtle alterations on Silver Moon and many familiar favorites. As on Silver Muse, the Arts Café displays an impressive collection of contemporary Italian art and is a popular destination for its selection of yummy bistro treats. The Connoisseur’s Corner cigar bar has been repositioned to Deck 9, with a Winter Garden added as well. The popular Pool Deck bar has increased in size and its waiters bring you your Aperol spritz in moments. The Zagara Beauty Spa has been expanded. In addition to its fitness classes and complete beauty salon services, it offers…