Silversea Cruises on Thursday opened sales on brand-new voyages aboard Silver Moon to the Eastern Mediterranean, departing from Greece from June 18, 2021. The cruise line unveiled a collection of nine voyages—each 10 days in length—which will sail round-trip from Piraeus (Athens), taking in suck Greek Isles as Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, among others, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus.
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 the following sample itineraries:
Piraeus (Athens) to Piraeus (Athens) – June 18-Jun 28
Silver Moon’s inaugural voyage will depart Piraeus (Athens) on June 18, calling in Syros, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Limassol, Heraklion and Mykonos, before returning to Piraeus (Athens) on June 28. In Limassol, guests will discover Petra tou Romiou, or “Aphrodite’s Rock,” the mosaics of Paphos at the House of Dionysos, and the 3rd-century Tomb of the Kings. A verified shore experience in Rhodes will take travelers to the walled Old City, the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Avenue of the Knights and the Archaeological Museum, among other highlights. Two days at sea will enable guests to enjoy all there is aboard Silver Moon. Silversea’s President’s Ambassador to the Venetian Society, Fernando Barroso de Oliveira, will accompany guests on the voyage.
Piraeus (Athens) to Piraeus (Athens) – Jun 28-July 8
After departing Piraeus (Athens) on June 28, guests traveling aboard Silver Moon will spend a day at sea. After discovering the delights of Limassol in Cyprus, guests will journey on to Ashdod (Jerusalem) and Haifa (Nazareth) in Israel, before traveling to Rhodes, Agios 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. Guests will also have time to enjoy the scenery and laid-back village life in Santorini’s Oia.
Delivered in October 2020, Silver Moon has fewer than 300 suites and a crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1-to-1. Among its eight 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. There is also the S.A.L.T. Bar and the S.A.L.T. Lab—the former 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.
Full Vaccinations Mandatory
Silversea announced earlier in April that full vaccinations will be mandatory for guests and crew embarking Silver Moon in Greece. Protocols as approved by Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel and the Greek Ministry of Health include enhanced sanitation procedures, increased air filtration; high-quality onboard medical care with state-of-the-art medical equipment; and enhanced medical teams aboard Silver Moon.