Silversea Cruises has unveiled exciting cruise itineraries in Europe and Asia in 2021 for its flagship vessel Silver Moon.
With demand for cruise holidays increasing globally, Silversea Cruises has opened bookings on new voyages aboard Silver Moon to the Eastern Mediterranean, departing from Greece from June 18, 2021.
The ultra-luxury cruise line has unveiled a collection of nine voyages—each 10 days in length—that will sail round-trip from Piraeus (Athens), taking in many of Greece’s most beautiful destinations, such as Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, among others, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus.
During her inaugural season, Silversea’s new flagship Silver Moon will take travelers deep into the Eastern Mediterranean, calling in many of the region’s most beautiful destinations. To protect guests’ health and safety, guests will only be allowed to leave the ship on Silversea’s verified shore excursions which will be included in the fare—one included shore experience per day, from a selection in each port—with premium verified shore experiences available at an additional charge.
Offering guests the possibility of combining voyages for extended exploration, the new collection includes round-trip voyages from Piraeus (Athens) departing on June 18 and calling in at Syros, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Limassol, Heraklion, and Mykonos, before returning to Piraeus. In Limassol, the ancient grandeur of Cyprus (above) will come alive as guests discover Petra Tou Romiou, or ‘Aphrodite’s Rock’, the breathtaking mosaics of Paphos at the House of Dionysos, and the 3rd century Tomb of the Kings.
A verified shore experience in Rhodes will unlock the destination’s medieval past, with travelers stepping back in time in the walled Old City, the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Avenue of the Knights, and the Archaeological Museum, among other mesmerizing highlights.
Two days at sea will enable guests to discover the remarkable enrichments aboard Silver Moon, including those unlocked through the new S.A.L.T. program, which will take guests deeper into each destination by showcasing the most engaging stories around food and drink.
Another departure from Athens on June 28 will spend a day at sea before visiting Limassol in Cyprus, and Ashdod (Jerusalem) and Haifa (Nazareth) in Israel, before traveling to Rhodes, Aghios Nikolaos and Souda Bay in Crete, and Santorini. Travelers will have the opportunity to visit some of history’s most sacred and important sites in Jerusalem, including the Room of the Last Supper, the Tomb of King David, and Dormition Abbey while touring the Old City. Spectacular scenery and laid-back village life await in Santorini’s Oia, considered by many as the Cyclades Islands’ most picturesque town.
New Levels of Luxury
Delivered in October 2020, Silver Moon pushes the boundaries of ultra-luxury, immersive travel as the best ship in her class. Taking inspiration from her sister ship, Silver Muse, Silver Moon will maintain the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are hallmarks of the Silversea experience, while bringing elements of innovation and an array of enhancements.
With fewer than 300 suites, a personalized service, and a crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1, Silver Moon offers unparalleled levels of comfort and physical distancing to ensure guests can travel in unwavering confidence. Among her eight distinct restaurant concepts is the new S.A.L.T. Kitchen, which will serve regionally-inspired cuisine as one of three new venues to comprise Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. program. Elsewhere, guests will continue their culinary discovery of the Eastern Mediterranean’s richest food and drink cultures in the S.A.L.T. Bar and the S.A.L.T. Lab—the former of which will serve guests cocktails, spirits, and other drinks inspired by the visited destination, while the latter is a test kitchen that will enable guests to get hands-on with the best ingredients from the region.
Part of Silversea’s commitment to providing the best travel experience and safeguarding guests’ wellbeing, guests traveling on Silver Moon will benefit from the cruise line’s recently enhanced all-inclusive offer, which, as well as round-trip economy-class flights and complimentary, verified shore excursions in every port, includes pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodation, depending on Silversea’s air program flight schedule; transfers; luggage handling; butler service in every suite category; onboard gratuities; multiple open-seated restaurants, serving diverse cuisine and an in-suite 24-hour dining service; sustainable caviar on demand 24 hours per day; beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne and selected wines, premium spirits, soft drinks, and more; and unlimited Wi-Fi.
In addition to Silver Moon‘s adventures in the Mediterranean, the new flagship vessel will also be cruising in Asia. Silversea will celebrate Chinese New Year in 2022 with a voyage that departs Hong Kong on January 31, just one day before Chinese New Year Day. During the 14-day itinerary, the Silver Moon will sail the 1600 islands of Ha Long Bay, as well as exploring the Unesco-listed destination closer on sea kayaks or junk boats. Then it’s on to Hue and Danang, where travelers can explore Hoi An by bike, explore the shrines and caves of the Marble Mountains, or take a cooking class in Hoi An’s finest cooking school to learn all about Vietnamese cuisine after procuring ingredients from the local markets. Learn how to make chicken and mango salad, rice pancakes, and spring rolls.
After a day at sea, Silver Moon then sails to high-energy Ho Chi Minh City, where travelers can explore the French architecture, eat the Vietnamese banh mi, and explore the city’s coffee culture. There’s a street food tour on offer as well as an exploration of underground Vietnam War tunnels.
Bangkok is the next city on the agenda, with options to explore the flower markets, the floating markets as well as the spirituality of the temples. After Bangkok, Ko Kut is the idyllic Thailand guests will recognize for its white sand and crystal blue waters. This island is made for snorkeling, waterfall hikes, and traditional island life. It’s only reached by boat, so it has retained a traditional island culture. The itinerary ends in vibrant Singapore.
The Southeast Asia itinerary will also be a great opportunity for guests to embrace Silversea’s S.A.L.T. program, which offers travelers dining options from the regions they visit. Onboard Silver Moon there is a S.A.L.T. bar for the best local mixology as well as the S.A.L.T. Lab that showcases the region’s food through workshops and interactive cooking displays, frequently partnering with local chefs.
Full vaccinations will be mandatory for guests and crew embarking Silver Moon in Greece, forming part of a comprehensive, multi-layered set of science-backed protocols, which, approved by the Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel and the Greek Ministry of Health, will help to safeguard the health and safety of guests, crew, and visited communities. The protocol includes enhanced sanitation procedures, providing the highest standards of cleanliness in travel; increased air filtration to ensure the supply of fresh and filtered air from outdoors; high-quality onboard medical care with state-of-the-art medical equipment; and enhanced medical teams aboard Silver Moon. Silversea will continue to work closely with relevant governing bodies and health authorities to evolve its health and safety procedures, as new health recommendations are issued and as the fluid situation advances.
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