Gaia Gaja will officially inaugurate Silver Moon in Trieste later this year (Image: Tim Atkin)
Silversea Cruises has named renowned Italian wine producer Gaia Gaja as godmother of its newest cruise ship, Silver Moon, which will be christened at a ceremony in Trieste, Italy on 5 August 2020.
Known in Italy as the ‘Queen of Barbaresco,’ Gaja is the fifth-generation owner of the family-run Gaja winery in the Italian town of Barbaresco.
“I feel great pride and honour to have been selected by Silversea Cruises as the godmother of the beautiful Silver Moon,” said Gaja. “I passionately believe that food and drink facilitate profound discovery – into destinations, cultures and people – and that guests will nurture strong connections with amazing destinations as a result of S.A.L.T., the ship’s innovative culinary offering. My own experience with wine-making has taught me that culinary discovery possesses limitless potential; here’s to the curious travellers who seek to unlock it.”
Gaja was chosen largely because of her connection with Italian culinary culture, which will be reflected in Silversea’s new S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) culinary concept which will be introduced with Silver Moon.
Guests will be able to visit the S.A.L.T. Kitchen, the S.A.L.T. Lab and the S.A.L.T to learn more about the ingredients and culinary customs of the destinations Silver Moon is visiting, before taking a trip onshore with experts.
“Our new S.A.L.T. programme reflects our commitment to engaging with the places we travel through the lens of food, wine and culinary culture,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “Given this culinary focus and Silver Moon’s proud Italian heritage, I can’t think of a better godmother than Gaia Gaja who personifies Italian elegance, innovation and good taste. Like our cruise line, Gaia represents a lineage of excellence rooted in tradition and propelled by a forward-thinking, restless pursuit of innovation. I’m delighted she’ll be involved as godmother, sharing her family’s vision of great taste as we begin this new journey aboard Silver Moon.”
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