If you Google the definition of the word “muse”, it means inspiration, creative influence, stimulation or to think about something carefully for a long time.
I think Silversea kept all this in mind when Silver Muse was built by Fincantieri and launched in April 2017. She is the newest and largest of the Silversea family and the most luxurious ship the line has constructed to date.
I must say that from the moment I boarded Silver Muse to disembarking I felt a sense of space, comfort and calm. There was never a moment when I felt cramped; in fact, the complete opposite – where were all the people?
There was no race to get a sun bed, no queues at dinner/lunch, or to disembark and always someone around to order a drink from. When I look back on my time aboard I can identify three main areas that stood out and made my cruise experience a memorable one.
Firstly, my Verandah Suite was incredibly well thought out and spacious at 36 square metres and the attention to detail was outstanding. Situated on deck 7, it had five sectioned areas.
First came the private marbled bathroom with vanity, separate shower and bath, plus a variety of Bvlgari bath amenities. Then there was the walk-in wardrobe with ample hanging and drawer space which made getting dressed so effortless.
Next was the plush queen-sized bed from Savoir of England with fine linens and a choice of pillows. There was also a sitting area that could be curtained off to give privacy or extra darkness for a good night’s sleep.
Last was the balcony with two comfy chairs and a table, a perfect setting for relaxing and enjoying the sea air in privacy. In addition, the suite featured two mirrored TV’s, a writing desk, a safe, hairdryer, refrigerator, plush robes and slippers, and unlimited standard Wi-Fi. As if that wasn’t enough, on top of all that there was the butler service.
The second standout feature was the food, which in my opinion could not be faulted. There were plenty of dining options – eight in fact:
1. Italian à la carte by night at La Terrazza, also the main breakfast station. This was one of my favourites, especially as you could sit outside and enjoy the evening air
2. Seafood and steak bar and grill at The Atlantide. This was another dinner favourite
3. Asian-influenced cuisine at Indochine
4. Spaccanapoli’s is a more casual pizza restaurant that serves amazing pizzas on the top deck. We sampled ours at lunch by the pool
5. Guests can choose to cook their food at their table around the pool in the evening at the The Grill / Hot Rocks, or by day it is a rotisserie, salad and burger bar. Everyone in our group gave the burgers a big thumbs up – delicious
6. Enjoy tapas-style dishes at the Silver Note while being entertained with live jazz music
7. French cuisine is served at La Dame by Relais & Châteaux, a restaurant designed by chefs from the Relais & Châteaux team. An extra surcharge applies
8. Japanese with Teppanyaki in the evening at Kaiseki. For lunch they serve sushi, sashimi and other raw Asian-inspired dishes. This one is lovely if you want a light lunch. There is an extra surcharge for the evening service.
Finally, I gave the service six stars, which of course you do expect on a luxury cruise, however you don’t always get it.
I was told there was around 400 staff onboard, which works out to be around 1 per 1.5 guests, so you are literally waited on hand and foot.
Perhaps a little over the top when one waiter insisted on carrying my plate from the breakfast buffet to my table, or was that because I looked a bit wobbly?
I found all the staff to be genuine, attentive and patient. I particularly loved our cruise director Vicki. I felt she could also double as a stand-up comedian as she kept us entertained and seemed to know and enjoy all her guests.
Those were my top three features; however, I did also enjoy a revitalizing deep tissue massage, a complimentary consultation on Chinese herbal medicine and a well needed work out at the Zagara Fitness and Spa centre.
There were endless entertainment options, such as dance classes, cooking demonstrations, blackjack tournaments at the casino, quizzes and bingo (of course), golf putting and table tennis competitions, fashion shows, health and fitness seminars. There really was something for everyone.
During the evening the entertainment included shows such as cabaret, live bands, jazz performances and karaoke. But if that’s not for you, simply enjoy a nightcap at a choice of venues around the ship then sneak off to enjoy your luxurious suite… no one will notice.
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