Silver Moon sets sail with its culinary arts program

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures”.  In its return to cruising, this quote could not be more appropriate than the Herculean effort put forth by Silversea cruises.

In the blink of an eye, Silversea pivoted from its previously announced sailings and created two magnificent itineraries. Sailing from Athens, these 10-day voyages start on June 18th, 2021.  The first of these visits feature the Aegean Islands at their sun-kissed best. The good life is sampled in Syros, Mykonos, Paros, Patmos and Rhodes and Limassol, Cyprus.

On June 28th, Silver Moon’s second 10-day itinerary offers a blend of history and tradition not to mention those sun-kissed beaches. A visit to Limassol precedes a day in Rhodes, one in Katapola, two ports in Crete, a visit to Nafplion and a final day in Santorini cap this Aegean exploration.  Combine the two voyages for 20 days of spectacular Greek Island adventures and a 5 percent discount. All told there are nine Silver Moon voyages in June, July, August, and September.

Silver Moon is a destination all by itself.

Carrying just 596 privileged passengers, Silver Moon is pure luxury at sea.  There’s plenty of space for every imaginable pleasure. And yet the small-ship intimacy that is the draw for Silversea’s many repeat guests is on board as well.  There’s an almost 1 to 1 crew to guest ratio. Personal butlers service every one of Silver Moon’s suites, the vast majority of which have private balconies, enormous closets, and luxurious baths. Silversea is truly all-inclusive. There’s never a charge for a single drink, caviar is on available on-demand, Wi-Fi service is unlimited, even the gratuities are included.

All voyages include Round-trip Economy Class flights.  Business Class air is available or credits if passengers make their own travel arrangements to get to the ship. At every port, there’s an included shore excursion. And for passengers who wish to experience the ship’s destination in privacy, customized shore excursions are available at an extra charge.  Finally, there are the extraordinary range of dining options—8 in all.  But none is more anticipated than the lauded S.A.L.T. Culinary Program.

S. A. L. T. stands for SEA AND LAND TASTE

Imagine a cruise ship with virtually an entire deck devoted to the Culinary Arts. That is precisely what you will find aboard Silver Moon. Food is at the heart of every culture on earth. Silversea celebrates that by creating a Culinary program that allows its passengers to experience the world through food, drinks, and traditions.  And it’s not at arm’s length. Instead, under the auspices of Adam Sachs, a James Beard Award-Winning Food Authority and Writer, Silversea invites its guests to hands-on culinary experiences. While on land, curated shore excursions immerse her passengers in the cuisine and culture of its destinations.

On board, S.A.L.T. gives guests an understanding of regional ingredients through tastings and workshops held by local chefs and experts at sea.  In S.A.L.T. Kitchen these traditions, recipes and flavors are enjoyed in unforgettable dining experiences.  In S.A.L.T. Bar locally inspired drinks are on offer made with only the finest of local ingredients.  For the truly culinary-minded, S.A.L.T. Lab features cooking demonstrations with local guest chefs that immerse guests in how food is prepared and enjoyed in whatever region Silver Moon is sailing.

S.A.L.T. Experiences Ashore on Silver Moon’s Summer 2021 Itineraries

Designed to immerse participants in the food culture of the places Silver Moon visits, every destination is a unique adventure Here’s just a taste of what S.A.L.T has on offer in two of this summer’s ports.

Mykonian Cheese Making on the island of Mykonos. Justly proud of it’s locally produced ‘Kopanisti’ guests will follow every step in its making.  A century-long tradition has produced a cheese renowned for its tangy flavor and smooth texture. Multiple varieties of Mykonian cheeses are produced here.  The gastronomic soul of the island is on full display in these unexpectedly great cheeses, ours to taste and enjoy.

Souda Bay, Crete introduces S.A.L.T. participants to the Elixir of the Mediterranean diet: Olive Oil.   From harvesting to bottling, this is a unique journey into the flavors and traditions of the world famous “Koroneiki” variety.  A walk among the olive trees leads to the olive mill when every step in its production is explained. On to the bottling unit where more than three different extra virgin olive oils are tasted.  Then renowned local chef Smaragdi Skandalaki passion for Cretan cuisine is on full display.  Her recipes based on extra virgin olive are demonstrated and tasted in an introduction to the delicious, healthy, and authentic Cretin cuisine.

Silversea’s Healthy Return to Sailing

In line with leading medical experts and governmental authorities from around the world, Silversea will require all embarking crew and guests to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Our guests share our excitement for our eagerly-anticipated healthy return to service. In recent months, we have seen the cruise industry resume responsibly in destinations around the world and we are delighted to announce these new inaugural sailings for our flagship,” says Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “Vaccinations will play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit, which we priorities above all else.

Paired with our science-backed onboard procedures, which leverage on the expertise of the Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel, vaccinations will enable our guests to travel deep into the world once again, with a renewed sense of appreciation for our beautiful planet. Backed by the Royal Caribbean Group, we have introduced a range of initiatives—including our ‘Cruise with Confidence’ program and our COVID-19 protections—to enable our guests to travel in superlative comfort and with unwavering confidence.” Find out more information about Silversea’s healthy return to service:

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Monte Mathews