Six weeks after its maiden voyage, Silversea's Silver Moon, the line's ninth ship, was officially christened at an event Royal Caribbean Group CEO and chairman Richard Fain called "a symbol that cruising has returned to the traveling public".
The unpredictable path to cruising's restart — and the desire not to miss an opportunity for a revenue cruise — led the line to put the ship, completed in 2020 during the pandemic, into service before arrangements for a naming ceremony could be organised. But if anything, the gap between sailing and christening only built up anticipation and emotion.
"The past 17 months have been frustrating in so many ways to so many of us," Fain said. "True, the world is still highly isolated and travel is still more limited than we would like, but cruising is leading the way for travel."
Harry Theoharis, Greece’s Minister of Tourism, was among the esteemed guests on board Silver Moon, which embarked upon her inaugural season from Athens from 18 June, sailing a series of 10-day voyages in the Greek Isles.
Guests on the ship got a taste of the line's newest initiative, "Sea and Land Taste," or S.A.L.T., which blends food- and beverage-focused shore excursions and an onboard restaurant, bar and "lab" for cooking lessons. Together, they provide a deep dive into a destination's culture through the lens of its cuisine.
The ship, with a maximum of 596 guests, is the second of the line's Muse-class ships.
Together with five other Silversea ships — Silver Muse, Silver Origin, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Explorer — all ships have recently earned Certification in Infection Prevention for the Maritime industry (CIP-M) from classification society, DNV.
Source: Travel Weekly
At the Silver Moon christening, from left: Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain, CFO Jason Liberty, godmother Gaia Gaja, Silversea CEO Roberto Martinoli; Fincantieri's Merchant Ships division general manager Luigi Matarazzo, and Capt. Chavdar Georgiev. Photo Credit: Arnie Weissmann