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Silver Moon Review

5.0 / 5.0
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15 reviews

Beautiful ship, spectacular Panama Canal; Covid is hurting cruising

Review for Silver Moon to South America
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2022

DH and I are experienced misc. luxury cruisers (though we have also tried Oceania, Celebrity, and Holland America), with no loyalty to any particular line. This 16-day Central America/Panama Canal cruise (originally planned to end in Peru, but changed a couple weeks before sailing due to Covid) was our first Moon cruise, though we had cruised with Silversea before on the older ships. We started in Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and cruised to Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan Island (Honduras), Puerto Limon, Panama Canal and Fuerte Amador, Puntarenas, Golfito, and Manta, and ended in Guayaquol.

EMBARKATION: Overall, this was nicely done in FLL at Terminal 19. Social distancing was maintained, and there were clear instructions after each checkpoint. It took about an hour from arrival around 1:45 (our boarding time was 2 ) until we were on board drinking a socially distanced cocktail in the large, 5th deck bar, La Dolce Vita. This included (lower/mid nasal swab) antigen testing and the wait for results. Clean rest rooms were available. Rooms were ready by 4.

AMBIENCE: Due to Omicron dynamism, and related late cancellations, we only had 220 on board, (even less before disembarkation, as some guests bailed early). We are used to full ships, so even though we are not social butterflies when cruising, the ship felt creepily empty (the ship can hold 600). We had more crew than pax.

Port Reviews

Belize City

Altun Ha Mayan ruins are interesting and not far.


Tulum Ruins interesting, but too hard to distance due to crowds

Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Panama Canal and nearby monkeys and wildlife are spectacular

Cute harbor port, but excursions out of town make more sense

Not mich to see in thia rundown large city with history of political turmoil

Nothing interesting here


Water sports focus.

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