Best for: Older couples and families who want beautiful, yet comfortable ship that gets them to out-of-the way destinations
Not for: Families with small children or those looking for bold luxury on action-packed ships
Bottom Line: Silver Moon offers a refined experience that delivers on destinations and cuisine onboard and ashore
If you like great food and being well cared for, Silver Moon is your ship. A sophisticated vessel that offers understated elegance at every turn, it provides decked-out suites and excellent, intuitive service.
The ship is the first in the Silversea fleet to be fully integrated with the cruise line's S.A.L.T. concept, designed to bring culture and connection to passengers through food. It's a simple concept, yet it touches all parts of the experience both onboard and ashore, with seamless integration. It's there as an option for guests, but it's not so in-your-face that you must take part in it. For those foodies, though, looking for deep exploration, it's a unique choice that is sure to satisfy.
Even if you don't participate in the S.A.L.T. programming, you're going to be happy with the food, which balances perfectly between traditional and contemporary. It's also a social experience, where you can enjoy meals with new friends in an intimate environment or find a quiet corner for two. Our only minor grievance is that we'd love another casual option at night, as many of the venues can veer into several-hour affairs.
Silver Moon's suites offer serene comfort, and every cabin comes with a butler who will cater to you every whim. It's a nice touch and just another example of the warm, genuine service you'll find onboard. Suites are fairly large, even at the entry level, and most of them offer balconies -- and those that have verandas offer lots of outdoor space, making it enticing to spend time outside.
A true luxury experience, Silver Moon has an international feel, in part because it appeals to passengers from all over the world, with a heavy dose of Americans, Brits and Europeans. Fellow passengers generally are well off, well-traveled and are accustomed to -- and expectant of -- excellent service.
Decor onboard is understated, never veering into flashy. This isn't a ship loaded with crystal chandeliers or miles of marble, but it feels opulent yet relaxed at the same time.
Public spaces are comfortable and enjoyable, and the pool area offers one of the biggest pools you'll find on a ship of this size. Overall, Silver Moon offers a joyful experience, one in which guests can expect to be delivered to ports, both large and small, in the ultimate comfort.
Meals at most restaurants onboard
Most shore excursions (starting in spring 2022)
SALT Lab cooking activities
All shows and entertainment options
Most daily activities, unless otherwise noted
Use of the fitness center
Shuttle transfers into town centers
Wetbar and minibar setup
Executive private transfer service (starting in spring 2022)
International roundtrip flights, with business class upgrades, in selected destinations
In-country flights (when required by the itinerary)
Pre- and post-cruise hotel nights, based on flights
Unlimited premium Wi-Fi (depending on suite category)
Dinner at Kaiseki and La Dame
Personal training sessions
Access to the ship's thermal suite
SALT and premium shore excursions
Laundry and pressing services (depending on suite category)
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Many missed opportunities but still 5 Star service once onboard.
Outstanding ship and service, but mediocre food left us missing home.