"As my third [sea trials] with Silversea, I must say that Silver Moon's sea trials felt a little surreal after everything that happened in the months prior," said Captain Zanello. "I was originally scheduled to travel to the shipyard in Ancona in April. I was with family in Canada at the time. Unfortunately, there were no flights from Canada to Ancona, so I was unable to reach the ship until July."The sea trials themselves felt special, indeed, and were held in unique circumstances. Enhanced health and safety protocols were in place, including temperature screenings, physical distancing, and the wearing of face coverings both on the ship and in the shipyard. Meal hours were extended and we ate with fewer people in the restaurant."I must admit, sea trials can often be stressful, with too many people on the bridge; it was quite pleasant to have a more tranquil environment.""Just 10 days after we joined the shipyard at the beginning of March, the lockdown was implemented and everything came to a halt," Percivale said. "We lived through the lockdown in Ancona. Guido and I, along with several other members of the team, were working from apartments in the city until the end of April, which was very difficult. After a spell back home once the lockdown ended, I returned to the shipyard on July 1st. It's great to finally see Silver Moon nearing completion and to experience the various enhancements we have made from Silver Muse."Although Silver Moon is a sister-ship to Silver Muse, Silversea has made a number of enhancements onboard, including the addition of its new S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) culinary offering that allows for passengers to experience authentic, destination-inspired cuisine onboard and ashore.Silver Moon's first voyage is a 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale that departs on November 8, 2020.
(12:25 p.m. EDT) -- One possible hurdle for Carnival Corporation to resume sailing in 2020 has been cleared by a federal judge.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz had indicated she would require 60 days' notice prior to any Carnival Corporation vessel entering U.S. waters. The company is currently on probation over the illegal dumping of contaminated oil waste involving Caribbean Princess in 2016. Carnival Corporation has been in an environmental compliance program since 2017.
That ruling would have dramatically affected Carnival's attempts to restart cruising from the United States following the industry's shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, the