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Silversea Celebrates Construction Milestone on Silver Moon



Silversea Cruises celebrated a construction milestone on its newest luxury vessel, the 596-passenger Silver Moon, which will usher in the groundbreaking new S.A.L.T. immersive culinary program in August 2020.

Invited guests, members of the press, and workers from the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, watched as Silversea’s Executive Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre and the ship’s godmother, Fincantieri design engineer Roberta Bonisiol, welded coins into the ships’ wall, a traditional ceremony for luck.

Then, the crowd went dockside for speeches, a blessing, and the opening of the pipes that start to fill the dock with water, as the Silver Moon touched water for the first time.

Silversea Executive Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre addresses the crowd at the Silver Moon’s float-out ceremony. (Courtesy of Silversea Cruises)

“Today, with the float-out of Silver Moon, we draw ever-closer to achieving my father’s dream of a 12-ship fleet,” Lefebvre said. “Silver Moon is one of five ships currently on order for our cruise line. I look forward to fulfilling my father’s vision, and, with the support of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., expanding the fleet further still in the future. This celebration holds particular significance in the history of Silversea, as it occurs in the same year as our cruise line’s 25th anniversary as the leading pioneer in ultra-luxury cruising.”

RCCL purchased two-thirds of Silversea from Lefebvre in 2018 and is helping Silversea expand at a brisk pace.

Bonisiol then used a small ax to break the cable holding a bottle of Champagne that then satisfyingly smashed against the hull.

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an alfresco luncheon dockside.

The 40,700-ton Silver Moon is very similar to 2017’s Silver Muse but with a few changes, primarily to include new spaces for the S.A.L.T. culinary program but also to enhance the many other dining venues.

The major change is the S.A.L.T. complex on Deck 4. It includes the 160-seat S.A.L.T. Kitchen, which will serve regional cuisine inspired by the destinations visited. Next door, the S.A.L.T. Bar will serve local cocktails, wines and beers. And the S.A.L.T. Lab will host workshops, demonstrations and lectures that will appeal to “food nerds,” as affectionately described by Adam Sachs, the former editor-in-chief of culinary bible Saveur magazine, who is curating the S.A.L.T. program and organizing immersive shore excursions to take deep dives into the local culture and food traditions.

To accommodate the S.A.L.T complex, La Dame, Silversea’s signature French restaurant, will move from Deck 4 to Deck 8, where it will double its capacity to 56 seats.

Although in popular demand, suites are still available on Silver Moon’s maiden voyage between Trieste and Rome (Civitavecchia), departing Aug. 6, 2020. Silver Moon will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing to the Americas in November 2020. After visiting destinations in Central America and the Caribbean, Silver Moon will complete a circumnavigation of South America on the “Grand South America 2021,” visiting 37 destinations in 20 countries between Jan. 7 and March 17, 2021.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak



An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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