Although it was a much delayed trip (I should have gone last year), yesterday I went down to Southampton to see Silversea’s Silver Moon, one of their larger classic cruise ships built just a couple of years ago. We have long been advocates of Silversea, with smaller ships, all outside suite and all inclusive concept – along with that air of luxury you would expect from a 6* cruise line.
The ship had just arrived from Lisbon, cruising around the Bay of Biscay and Northern France. It was departing straight away around the UK, around Cornwall and up to Dublin, Belfast and the Scottish Isles before heading around Iceland. Given the itinerary has been popular over the last couple of years, the ship was departing completely full.
Although still a small ship, it has everything you would expect from a cruise. Our tour started in the main observation lounge (at least for us with a view over Southampton harbour), where a band plays in the evening and even a space for a dance floor. Directly above is a quieter lounge, with a library and is an ideal place to read a book. In the centre of the ship is Dulce Vita, the larger of the lounges with a central bar and pianist.
The Silver Moon has an array of restaurants ranging from simple pizzas to fine dining. Whether it’s Italian in La Terrazza, French in La Dame (not included in the all inclusive fare), Atlantida (the main restaurant), or the S.A.L.T Kitchen serving dishes authentic to where you are. There is so much choice, and excellent quality.
The suites are really well appointed and are really spacious. The Veranda suites have a reasonable sized bathroom and a sitting area, as well as a balcony which is easily big enough for two people. When you start heading up through the larger suites you get differing configurations of lounges, oversized bathrooms, extended balconies and walk-in wardrobes.