75 Silversea Silver Muse Cruise Reviews

Wonderful ship, impeccable service, great food. Silversea has outdone itself with the Silver Muse. Every luxury anticipated and offered. Most important, the crew was first rate and catered to every interest and whim. Silversea ... Read More
Wonderful ship, impeccable service, great food. Silversea has outdone itself with the Silver Muse. Every luxury anticipated and offered. Most important, the crew was first rate and catered to every interest and whim. Silversea never says “no” to any reasonable request. The ambiance onboard was just about perfect and the cuisine especially great with so many new and varied dining opportunities. Our cabin was spacious and in excellent taste. The many different venues onboard catered to just about every interest. And the diversity of restaurants and cuisines made choosing a daily dining experience challenging but in the end rewarding. The only blemish on an otherwise great experience was the absence of truly memorable shore excursions, with the great exception of front row seats at Carnival! However, ever South American cruise line suffers the same fate as there are too few noteworthy ports and thus too few good shore excursions. Can’t change geography or culture to suit cruising tourists! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
For those who are familiar with Silversea and are wondering about the new ship, I will review a few details, mostly good, some not so much, in the latter part (skip the first paragraph), but I would like to start by making one thing clear ... Read More
For those who are familiar with Silversea and are wondering about the new ship, I will review a few details, mostly good, some not so much, in the latter part (skip the first paragraph), but I would like to start by making one thing clear for the uninitiated: by far the main reason one chooses this line and pays a significant multiple of the regular cruise line prices is the clientele. It can cut both ways, depending on one's preference, so I will try to explain for those who might be wondering what they would be paying extra for and what the experience might look like without passing any judgment whether this is the right place for you. For client selection, the steep price is coupled with a very conservative dress code - there are very few "casual" days (and even that does not mean shorts, flip-flops, tank tops, etc), and "informal" means jacket for gents that is required on most days, plus 2-3 formals (tux or business suit) per 10-15 days. Even on informal days many passengers wore suits and ties... The company actually had to reverse an initial more casual policy because of customer demand (https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8009). Both factors yield not only a well-heeled, but also a rather sophisticated international crowd. It is like a club of old money plus newly minted members who can fit in on multiple criteria besides money. Let me share two overheard conversations to illustrate. "Our daughter came out and married young..." If you are wondering whether this refers to the person being gay, you are mistaken. The reference is to a debutante, and if you don't know what it means, maybe this is not a place for you. The other example was a story by an amazed physician whose hedge fund manager patient showed him how he can change the illumination color on top of a NY skyscraper visible from his penthouse with his cell phone, because he owned the building. Getting the drift? A Boston Brahmin would be a typical guest. The wardrobes, watches and jewelry just reinforced the obvious, and quite frankly surprised us a bit - we usually do not bring tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff to the ship, especially because typically we have a land portion before/after the sailing - kind of silly to haul it to Machu Picchu! This might not be everyone's cup of tea (no extended pinky if you are consuming it!), but we had a very good feeling, because despite the obvious wealth, people did not seem overtly pretentious, were certainly not intrusive, and maybe the dress policy weeded out potentially annoying nouveau riche (?). We do not socialize a lot on cruises, but all guest interactions were polite, pleasant and sometimes even interesting. OK, call me elitist, guilty as charged! Now more tangible characteristics starting with those that truly distinguish Silversea. The most extraordinary experience is the butler service. Our butler Rahul not only fulfilled every request in the most professional manner, but he anticipated certain needs and proactively addressed them. No wonder, because the butlers on Silversea are trained in the same school whose alumni work at the Buckingham Palace, and I believe that the Head Butler actually did work there. There are other nice service touches, such as a pool guy coming by and cleaning glasses (as in sunglasses and reading glasses). A rather amazing experience was acupuncture by Shiroto-sensei in the spa. Quite "simple": she ameliorated long-standing health problems for both of us, and we also saw a written testimonial by a customer that verges on a medical miracle! It is hard to overestimate how big of a difference such an individual can make for the trip as a whole. Overall, the food was quite good with a great variety and IMHO it surpasses our previous cruise experiences incl. Silversea. It is probably impossible to create a Michelin-level dining on a ship, but most of the restaurants are just a notch below with the emphasis on excellent ingredients and fresh preparation. La Terazza is probably the best choice, as it serves a classic Italian repertoire (being an Italian company probably helps) without any compromise, and it is more spacious with better views than all the restaurants on Deck 4. For atmosphere, Silver Note with a fantastic music duo is the best, but the food is kind of lackluster there - limited selection with some real flops, like the crudo sampler that was, well kind of a joke (miniscule portions, I'd say sub-gram range, of fish crumbs placed in tiny wells that seem to be more geared towards escargot, and then half of the wells essentially empty with a few specks of the same spice...?). Our best routine then evolved into a dinner in La Terazza, followed by a few steps to the bar seating in Silver Note at 9am to enjoy the music. Atlantide is very solid (meat/steaks are quite good), the Indochine is OK, while I would not recommend the Kaiseki if you know the real Japanese food. Did not try La Dame, if I want a really haute cuisine, I'd go to Jean Georges. At the pool deck, Spaccanapoli has the best true Italian pizza, and I'd do the Grill for dinner once max. The selection of complimentary wines is quite good and satisfies even a discerning oenophile, while the cocktails are expertly made with premium spirits. OK, now some question marks and complaints. The first one is very subjective and has to do with the ship's interior design. It is all "man-made" materials, fake plastic wood, faux leather, etc., which did not appeal to us. The hotel director explained that these are the new ship building safety codes (everything must be fire resistant). I don't know, but some of the other ships that we have sailed in the past seem to have more natural materials, or at least they were better fakes. Did not care much about the art, either. If confused or in doubt, go to Sotheby's and get yourself a few 17th century maybe not so famous Dutch guys, and/or lesser known Impressionists for $20-50K a piece. Finally, the "atrium" is an architectural miss. I understand that one cannot have a typical soaring atrium of the big ship variety, but here is an idea: staircase made of transparent material...!? It's a quirky side-bar, but I could not resist mentioning it (see attached photo): the hallway carpets have a dizzying pattern that seems designed to induce/enhance sea-sickness? The biggest weakness was the land concierge. They were essentially focused only on packaged excursions, which we generally abhor and rarely take. I thought that aggressive excursion peddling is a sole MO of cheap cruise lines...? Even the "lectures" on ports of call were 100% regurgitation of the excursions - what a waste! On our previous cruise there were tons of useful port information and a knowledgeable concierge (in some cases even dedicated local ones for specific ports) with all sorts of hints. Here close to zero, to the level of embarrassment. Our first two ports of call were Cozumel and Belize, where probably the #1 activity one can think of would be scuba diving. We were told that that there were no excursions with scuba diving, because they always had to cancel them in the past due to a lack of interest, and that there were only snorkeling trips. OK, we hate excursions anyway, although in our experience almost every boat going out can, and in many cases does combine scuba diving and snorkeling. More importantly, why can't the concierge just book us with a scuba shop? Instead, after 3 visits to the desk, I finally got a list of scuba shops from the internet in Cozumel for me to check. Excuse me, I can google myself...! Then upon my insistence, they tried to book something, but neither of these shops had the right start time (either too early or too late). It also turned out that these shops were quite far from the dock (nobody had a clue about the layout of the port, distances, etc.). When we disembarked, just outside the port entrance, there was one scuba shop after another, I simply walked in and in 30min I was on a boat heading to a reef... Wouldn't a concierge actually know this by just visiting the port once, let alone do some research or have a local contact? To add insult to injury, when we actually did book an official excursion (diving with sharks in Honduras), one of the staff had no idea what was required (like filling out a card with equipment needs, etc.). To be fair, most of the negative experience was with one staff member and another one was much better. Besides the brilliant experience with Shiroto-sensei with acupuncture described above, the spa has glitches, some of which could easily be avoided. Very often the front desk is empty, which is explained with a sign noting that all personnel are busy with clients. Besides the inconvenience of not being able to schedule anything, the real problem is that one can get keys to the gym lockers only at the front desk... Furthermore, most people book treatments on sea days. When I was booking and asked for appointments on sea days, the lady did not know when the sea days were, and it took her 5min to find out!? I also think that the gym size, and even worse for the sauna (max 2 people with one shower???), are not adequate for 500 passengers. Entertainment is OK, but uneven. The piano players Natasa and Milan and the duo in Silver Note are world-class, as was the Uruguayan guitar player in the main theatre, but others not so much. One can understand that a mid-size ship cannot mount a big production, but recruiting more solo top artists should be in the realm of possibility. All in all, I see that I have assembled a long kvetching list, which reflects my desire to point out things that can be fixed (does Silversea read these reviews? They asked me to fill this out, so hopefully yes). However, overall this is a memorable experience and I would recommend Silversea to anyone who is interested in this type of a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
To summarize a cruise with "Silversea" would be to say it is like a "Cinderella Experience"! I realize everyone has their own preconceived expectations on what they are anticipating from "Their" cruise with no ... Read More
To summarize a cruise with "Silversea" would be to say it is like a "Cinderella Experience"! I realize everyone has their own preconceived expectations on what they are anticipating from "Their" cruise with no "2" being the same experience. To be sure there are individuals on each ship that are accustomed to being surrounded with staff that can address their every need and for them the cruise is merely an extension of their everyday lifestyle. However, it is perceived that for the vast majority on the ship, being treated with the level of "Silversea" personal detail is enjoyed and very much appreciated! Our close friends of 50 years invited us on this cruise and even though they have cruised on Silversea many times this was our first. Traveling about 12 weeks a year we have had the good fortune to travel almost all over the world, but this is only our 5th cruise, most have been on small ships with suite accommodations with accompanying staff . My first impression of Silversea is one of understated elegance and sophistication. The "Muse" certainly adheres to this theme and yet still remains open and inviting. We dined at all venues with the exception of the Japanese and found menu items on each menu that were over the top. We have to admit that part of the charm of this ship was great weather and sharing memories with such close dear friends. However, if I had to single out only "One", reason to chose Silversea over the many other choices available to you it would be that the staff and senior crew are exceptional individuals that go out of their way to make your cruising experience a memorable and enjoyable one. So if the shoe fits, put it on and you also could have a "Cinderella Experience"! Harry (MBSC) Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We meet some great people allowing many opportunities for fellowship, etc. The Muse is a very nice ship with great appointments. The staff was attentive. Special recognition to our cabin butler and his associate. The food was great in ... Read More
We meet some great people allowing many opportunities for fellowship, etc. The Muse is a very nice ship with great appointments. The staff was attentive. Special recognition to our cabin butler and his associate. The food was great in all the restaurants with outstanding wine selections. Shore excursions meet and exceeded our expectations, Notables were Grenada, Bequia, Turks and Caicos, and Key West. Great shopping, great beaches, great Muse cruise guide and great security. We felt very safe and comfortable leaving the ship. Evening entertainment was acceptable. We would suggest a more diverse (Afro, Latin) performers. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and we had access to our cabin earlier that expected. We would definitely travel on the Muse and Silversea again. Hopefully, we hope to cruise the Latin (South) America area in the fall 2019 /spring 2020 period. In light of cruising in the Caribbean, I would have liked more casual days on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! ... Read More
We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! We traveled to Barbados independently on the day before we embarked the ship. We have been to Barbados many times, and our stay was entirely in our hotel. Embarkation was smooth on the following day, and we were aboard and having lunch quickly. Our stateroom was ready at around 2pm, and our luggage was delivered at the same time, including the suitcase that we had sent ahead using the Silversea service. Our stateroom was on Deck 8 midships, and was superb. Our butler Anu made himself known quickly, and was very attentive throughout the cruise. We loved the decor on board, as modern and minimalist suits us. We found the dining venues to be excellent and the service in all areas of the ship was excellent. We know the Caribbean quite well, and liked the islands visited. We always enjoy going to Bequia and the Dutch Antilles were a lovely surprise. We remained on board at some venues, as we had been before and were playing bridge at the time. Overall a fabulous experience, we will travel with Silversea again having booked a future cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My sister and brother-in-law as well as my wife and myself have just retired and wanted to get away for relaxation. Happy to just cruise along and not need to visit the ports. Loved just sitting on the veranda with a drink in hand reading ... Read More
My sister and brother-in-law as well as my wife and myself have just retired and wanted to get away for relaxation. Happy to just cruise along and not need to visit the ports. Loved just sitting on the veranda with a drink in hand reading a good book as the Muse sailed along. Did not need to visit every port. My only gripe was that much of the sailing was during the night. However, the 2 sea days included bridge lessons as well as a duplicate game given by Sharon, one of the best teachers we have had teach. The fitness facility was much better equipped and larger than the other Silversea ships we have sailed on. Food was gourmet. Worth eating at La Dame even with the high surcharge. The lectures were excellent as well as the entertainment especially Levent the comic magician. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Very relaxing cruise on this gorgeous new (2017) ship. Just the right size with about 600 passengers. Enjoyed choosing from a variety of different restaurants for our meals. Food was the best we have ever had on Silversea. Sometimes ... Read More
Very relaxing cruise on this gorgeous new (2017) ship. Just the right size with about 600 passengers. Enjoyed choosing from a variety of different restaurants for our meals. Food was the best we have ever had on Silversea. Sometimes there seemed to be a need for more wait staff as service could be quite slow. It seems unnecessary to charge guests $60 each for choosing to dine in 2 of the restaurants given that the fares for such a luxury cruise includes almost everything else. Stayed on the ship most of the time as we had visited several of the ports previously. Veranda Suites are very large for cruise cabins. Two large, inside the wall, TVs. Plenty of movies from which to choose. The Spa staff are superb so we enjoyed various services. Staff do try hard to sell you spa products after the services. Looking forward to our next cruise on the Muse. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We booked this cruise specifically to experience the fjords of Chile and to see the Avenue of the Glaciers. We had been on the maiden voyage of the Muse in April 2017 and enjoyed it, so we were happy to be on the ship again. The Silversea ... Read More
We booked this cruise specifically to experience the fjords of Chile and to see the Avenue of the Glaciers. We had been on the maiden voyage of the Muse in April 2017 and enjoyed it, so we were happy to be on the ship again. The Silversea team recognized the dining issues that the Muse had in launching and corrected them in a very good way. We liked the dress code which is now done by evening instead of location. Our cabin had no issues, 814. The service was top notch and while we are light users of the butler service, Abraham could not do enough for us. Several times a day the suite was refreshed -it was always perfect. We found the entertainment a bit light but did not always attend the shows. Of all the restaurants on board, we found the service and quality to be best at Atlantide. And therefore it was difficult to get in if you did not go early, which was not our first choice in timing for dinner. Indochine was much better than the April cruise and we went here often. La Terrazza was consistent but we always seemed to get seated in the back room, which we did not enjoy. I think Kaiseki is just OK and not worth the extra charge. This trip had quite a number of days at sea and we were blessed with excellent weather. This was quite extraordinary according to the Captain. All is all, an excellent experience and we booked another cruise in Asia! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
New ship; opportunity to traverse Panama Canal. Love there decor of there Muse along with the spacious Silver Suite cabin. Dining choices were interesting with no problem in obtaining seating in venue of choice. Land tours were much the ... Read More
New ship; opportunity to traverse Panama Canal. Love there decor of there Muse along with the spacious Silver Suite cabin. Dining choices were interesting with no problem in obtaining seating in venue of choice. Land tours were much the same as in previous cruises: some wonderful, others not so. Need to better study options. Can't say enough of the Muse. Brings Silversea to another level, while not losing any of there charms of its smaller sisters. Was concerned that the Main Dining Room was removed; but the varied choices and similarity of Atlantide to a large dining facility easily removed any concerns. Thought quality of lecturers was better in general than we've experienced. Particularly enjoyed the gentleman who gave fun talks on show biz personalities from Sinatra, to Irving Berlin, to Judy Garland. Cabin service was basically the same, with wonderful Butler and Room Attendant staffing. Like the more Television options, particularly the inclusion of ESPN and MSBC. What's not to like!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to experience the all new Silver Muse, somewhat disturbed by previous reviews about the dining arrangements. We don’t even begin to understand some of those reviews. The 8 different dining options are simply great and we did ... Read More
We wanted to experience the all new Silver Muse, somewhat disturbed by previous reviews about the dining arrangements. We don’t even begin to understand some of those reviews. The 8 different dining options are simply great and we did ALWAYS get a table in the restaurant we wanted on any given night. The choice of differnt restaurants far exceeds a frequently changing menu in a main restaurant on other ships and provides far greater variety. The quality of the food was always first rate. The overall service level in all areas of the ship is sheer perfection, no wish was ever too difficult for the crew and name recognition after a few days into the cruise was flawless. Interesting lectures and entertainment programs and great jazz in the intimate Silver Note restaurant. one comment on the furniture, it appears that Dolce Vita and Observation Lounge have an awful lot of chairs and tables, that never filled. Maybe an idea to have less furniture and more individual space. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to learn more about South America. Specific highlights that attracted us were zip lining in Costa Rica, Panama canal transit, a visit to Machu Picchu and a visit to the Falkland Islands. Our trip started in Fort Lauderdale and ... Read More
We wanted to learn more about South America. Specific highlights that attracted us were zip lining in Costa Rica, Panama canal transit, a visit to Machu Picchu and a visit to the Falkland Islands. Our trip started in Fort Lauderdale and ended in Buenos Aires Argentina. We had sailed with SilverSea on one other voyage to Alaska. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the experience since I do not like group travel in general and cruise ships in particular. So we thought we'd try it again with them. However, this was going to be a much longer cruise (35 days) and on a larger ship (590 passengers). So the old skepticism crept in again. My overall impression was expressed in superlatives. This is an exceeding well run company. I run a small manufacturing company and I know how difficult it is to acquire, retain and manage good staff. But, without exception, I was pleased and impressed. we were both pleased with the genuine friendliness of the staff. Many new us by name and our preferences in a relatively short time. We were also impressed with the quality of training and professionalism of the staff in general. This was especially true in all of the eating venues. I have been very few restaurants in the world that exhibit this level of attentiveness, quality of preparation, presentation, without being pretentious. The occasional formal evenings were also much enjoyed as a welcome change from our increasing informal world. Even the background entertainment was a pleasure. Most evenings would find us listening to Ekaterina on the piano and Tim on the guitar. We also spent many evenings in the intimate Silver Note listening to Ester and Chantal playing our favorite jazz requests. This review is getting too long but suffice to say the selection of local shore excursions were conducted by highly interesting and knowledgeable local people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had been on several cruises before - but never a luxury cruise - Boy were we in for a treat! We couldn't fault the Silver Muse - the boat was immaculate, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful , our butler Fredolito was ... Read More
We had been on several cruises before - but never a luxury cruise - Boy were we in for a treat! We couldn't fault the Silver Muse - the boat was immaculate, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful , our butler Fredolito was a superman ! he seemed to anticipate our every whim and need. The on-board entertainment was great and the restaurants absolutely sublime. Going through Panama Canal was one of the highlights, but by far the best on-shore excursion was in Rio ! We had the most amazing guide - Manu Peclat who really turned this city into a magical visit. He met us at the appointed time and we went straight up to Christ the Redeemer statue, seeming to completely bypass the queues and queues of people waiting, he is a professional photographer so he captured some amazing photos for us, he then took us a historic house, an incredible (and very surprising) cathedral and also to some amazing tiled steps, and then had an authentic Brazilian lunch in the historic centre - complete with Brazil's National dish - "FEIJOADA"(the black beans stew) along with CAIPIRINHAS - the most amazing cocktail. We came away with such amazing memories of Rio and really credit Manu for the awesome experience - he went out of his way to make sure we had an awesome time Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise after doing a repositioning cruise on the Silver Spirit in the spring of 2016. On that cruise, we learned about the features of the new ship, and thought it would be a good fit for our family/friend group of 10. Not ... Read More
We chose this cruise after doing a repositioning cruise on the Silver Spirit in the spring of 2016. On that cruise, we learned about the features of the new ship, and thought it would be a good fit for our family/friend group of 10. Not unexpectedly, there are things we liked better about the smaller ship, and things we liked better about this new ship. We liked the bigger choice of restaurants on this ship, but we missed having a main dining room that didn't require dinner reservations. We thought the pizza restaurant was a great addition, and the pizza was delicious! We loved our butler, who gave us great service! We also liked the large lounge area on deck 5, especially because our cabins were on deck 5. The weather allowed us to enjoy the pool area for sunning, reading, and sleeping, which is one of our favorite things to do while cruising. We loved the beauty of the ports we visited.This cruise was a great experience! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We loved the ship and it’s elegant and subdued decor.The palette in naturals is beautiful.our suite was incredible 943.The space inside very practical and spacious.The veranda is beautiful and the furniture is very nice.I like the plant ... Read More
We loved the ship and it’s elegant and subdued decor.The palette in naturals is beautiful.our suite was incredible 943.The space inside very practical and spacious.The veranda is beautiful and the furniture is very nice.I like the plant inside it makes it very cozy.The bathroom was gorgeous. The service is great,our Butler Anu catered to every detail and always with a smile on his face.Also our room attendant Solti. The food is superb at noon with chef Ann Marie.It is also invitingly presented.The service at La Terraza didn’t start too well but we let the hotel manager know and the problem was fixed.We liked the restaurant options and the freedom of dressing accordingly to each one. We also enjoyed making the reservations and even choosing your own table.Some people complained about this but we like it. The bar was very nice.I only wish the chairs would turn at the bar.Alex is a great bartender.guitarist Tim and pianist Ekaterina were adecúate for the moment. The trio was excellent always and also do Aurel. The shows are poor in their repertories. We love the Muse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We are home after an interesting two weeks on the Muse from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. Several important ports were cancelled due to the ports needing space for cargo ships. I hope that those ships were taking cargo to the islands so ... Read More
We are home after an interesting two weeks on the Muse from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. Several important ports were cancelled due to the ports needing space for cargo ships. I hope that those ships were taking cargo to the islands so badly damaged by the hurricanes and not the fact that the Silversea ships are smaller and probably pay a lower fee. Charleston was changed to Wilmington, NC several months ago and subsequently changed to Morehead City. Savannah was cancelled only several days before arrival and they added an extra day and overnight in Cocoa Beach (not a thrill). These changes did not please a number of foreign guests who had planned this cruise in order to see those ports. There was not sufficient time when Savannah was cancelled to book any alternative plans ashore. We reserved the cruise more for the ship than the ports, so the changes didn't decrease our enjoyment of the trip. The day we were in Morehead City, there was a southern seafood festival which, while not as exciting as Charleston, was an interesting cultural experience for those not used to southern cuisine. The ship I immediately liked the décor of the ship, but it took a while for me to warm up to the differences between this ship and the classic ships. We were in a Silver Suite on deck 11 that was lovely. The issues we had had with Silver Suites on the Spirit have been largely corrected, and we loved the colors of the marble. While they have improved the bathrooms greatly (no vessel sinks) and increased the size of the shower, the closet now only has one door and less usable space. Additionally, there are no drawers in the closet for your “unmentionables”. There are many more plugs and USB plugs on the desk, but it would be nice if there were a few more in the bedroom. The sliding doors between the bedroom and living room did rattle so we put pillows against them at night. At least we didn’t have to tie them closed as needed on the Spirit to keep them from banging open during rough weather. Since we were in 1102, and the new unisex bathroom was next door, we felt we had a two-bathroom suite! The Observation Bar was also close by, and on this voyage it was a popular place unlike on the other ships where it is generally empty. We never had drinks anywhere else on the ship, and we never even sat down in the Panorama Lounge. The ship has massive amounts of public space and many of the public rooms are underutilized while others have a nice vibe. Dining We were aware of the need to make dining reservations in advance, and all of them were honored. Since we hadn’t coordinated with friends prior to the trip, we ended up changing a number of our reservations at the last minute without any problem. I must admit that the dining rooms felt more like good restaurants on shore rather than the usual SS dining rooms. That was a pleasant surprise, but in our opinion, the food was TOO GOOD, like eating at a fine restaurant every night! We really didn't have the option, as you do in the MDR, to order off menu and have a lighter meal. Despite the food being excellent, I found it very hard to eat sensibly because the restaurants didn't feature vegetables or lower calorie meals found on the “always available” menu. While I could have pre-ordered anything I wanted, that was not convenient. Also, because the menus do not change, I think the food would become quite boring on a longer cruise. We had one less than good meal in La Terrazza the first night, and we each had one main course during the remainder of the trip that was less than hoped for. Overall, I give the ship an A for food. We enjoyed Indochine and had a spectacular meal in Kaiseki. We ate in Silver Note, and I found the food to be a bit pretentious and the tableware quite unattractive. The banquets in La Dame are as poorly designed as they are on the Spirit, and we had to ask for pillows in order to be able to sit properly at the table. Atlantide was a very comfortable room, and we were surprised at how quiet it was especially when compared to the MDR’s on the other ships. Lunch at the pool grill was disappointing with the onion mush rings rather than the real thing. Some interesting changes have been made to the menu at the grill/Hot Rocks that I enjoyed although the prawns were no longer the size of bananas! We liked the concept of the Arts Café and would have eaten breakfast in there more frequently had there been any selections that didn’t include yoghurt. It was nice to be able to grab a small sandwich for lunch before heading off on shore. Our voyage was made so much more enjoyable due to the efforts of Eileen, one of the maître d’s. For our last evening on board, she arranged a spectacular Filipino banquet for our group of eight. There were interesting appetizers, eight different offerings for the main course and at least two desserts. She took care of planning the menu, and all we had to do was enjoy the meal, which we did. They took down the wall between the bar and the restaurant in Atlantide while we were on board which meant that it was closed for breakfast and lunch. That didn't impact us since we usually eat in La Terrazza and this time in the Arts Cafe. They were getting ready to extend some of the glass dividers in La Dolce Vita to make it cozier, but that didn't affect us either. Dolce Vita was perfect for 100+ trivia participants who took up at least half the space. However, there was still sufficient space for others to enjoy the room closer to the reception desk. We usually go to the Observation Bar in the evening and did so all of the time on this trip because of the proximity to our suite. It is nice that they added bars to Atlantide and Indochine but we wondered why the designers would have also made La Dolce Vita so large rather than using some of that space for additional cabins. Our biggest disappointment is the design of La Terrazza. This room has always been our favorite place for most meals. Now, it has been turned into a cavernous space totally lacking in ambiance even at dinnertime. Most disappointing were the lack of carpeting and the elimination of table cloths at breakfast and lunch. This “Carnivalization” of the room is a big mistake, and we hope that management will listen to the myriad of negative comments and make changes. Shore Concierge We felt that the staff was not as friendly or proactive as we have experienced on other ships. When I brought to their attention our dissatisfaction with one of the tours that was poorly described in the brochures and considerably overpriced for what it ended up being, my comments were met with little interest. Additionally, they seemingly made no attempt to accommodate passengers who wanted to find alternative ways to go to Savannah, and they didn’t advertise the added excursions available for our extra day in Cocoa Beach. Staff The legacy Silversea staff members were wonderful as usual. Our butler and suite attendant were among the best we have had. The newer staff needs some serious training not just in customer service but in the details of what happens on board. Captain Zanello runs a very happy ship and interacts frequently with passengers. I believe he was aware with the general dissatisfaction among some passengers who missed ports they had specifically wanted to see. Our last night, when we sailed from Cocoa Beach, knowing that SpaceX would be launching a rocket, he received permission from Monaco to remain just offshore so that the passengers could watch the launch. Having spent the day at the Kennedy Space Center, this was an exciting end to the day and to the cruise. Summary So much of our enjoyment of this trip was due to our fellow passengers many of whom we had met over the years on cruisecritic.com. Our entire trivia team consisted of cc.com contributors and we did quite well. The real question always is - would we travel on the Silver Muse again. Certainly if the itinerary and pricing were what we wanted, we would. We would probably not pro-actively seek out the ship especially if I thought that children and their yuppie parents would be on board. We will happily return to the Whisper on our next voyage, although I will miss certain of the dining options on the Muse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a ... Read More
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a service business, getting away alone is important. We have to be social at home but having the option each night to eat at a table for 2 without seeming antisocial was so nice. Of course we met lovely people at different venues and even our table next to others but for the most part we loved this set up. The work ethic of the entire Muse staff is incredible. Decided instead of full day excursions off the ship, much of the time we just took the provided shuttles into towns and got back on board for late lunch. Loved the ship so much booked another Muse in 2019. Only one suggestion to Silversea: early morning coffee a must in the Observation Lounge, please? Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the ... Read More
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the French island of St Pierre. My comment to take or leave; the food is great in all the restaurants but they have raised the premium restaurants (La Dame and Keiseke) to $60 per person. For that you get nothing better than in the others. Food not better, service definitely not better, wine not better...what's the point for $120 extra. Try them if you like. Premium restaurant Champagne was $40 each a year and a half ago and you got a glass of Dom Perignan when you sat down. Not sure what their thinking is. You can get lobster and fois gras in other restaurants so...? Never went to a show, 10 minutes with an OK singer, so cannot comment on those activities. Could use more games on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 8th cruise on a Silversea vessel, first on the brand new Silver Muse. We wanted to tour the Mediterranean and Adriatic in style and this seemed like the best choice. And we like the Silversea experience. The new Silver Muse ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise on a Silversea vessel, first on the brand new Silver Muse. We wanted to tour the Mediterranean and Adriatic in style and this seemed like the best choice. And we like the Silversea experience. The new Silver Muse did not disappoint. Our Silver Suite was lovely and spacious. The interactive TV's provided a great deal of information that was useful: dining options and the availability of seating, shore excursions, and several US and British stations. The only thing not provided was an optional way to hear the announcements made by the Cruise Director or Captain in our suite. That is not possible on this ship, surprising given the sophisticated TV. You have to go out into the corridor to hear these. Dining was excellent, and we tried pretty much all the options. Atlantide and La Terrazza were our favorites. Atlantide has a very broad menu in a lovely setting and La Terrazza never disappoints. It was very hot so Hot Rocks was a choice only once. Lunch options abound: The Pool Grill provides excellent burgers and sandwiches, Scappanopli has hand made pizza, Arts Cafe has smaller sandwiches in a fascinating setting, and La Terrazza has its sumptuous buffet. The shore excursions were rather average. Seemed like a lot of riding in a moderately air conditioned bus. Something that Silversea could not influence was the oppressively hot temperatures, heat indices over 100f ! But comfortably cool on board. Did we enjoy this cruise and ship? Absolutely, and we booked our next voyage while on board (you save 5% that way), this time in The Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have thoroughly enjoyed all our prior silversea cruises. We wanted to experience the new ship, the silver muse and we also loved the itinerary. As expected the staff could not have been more helpful, supportive, courteous, and ... Read More
We have thoroughly enjoyed all our prior silversea cruises. We wanted to experience the new ship, the silver muse and we also loved the itinerary. As expected the staff could not have been more helpful, supportive, courteous, and knowledgeable. They quickly knew our routines, our likes and dislikes and made every effort to insure our complete satisfaction with our cruise experience. Both the embarkation and disembarkation could not have better better organized or run more smoothly. The variety of restaurants was a highlight, although we did miss have a 'regular dinning room'. The addition of atlantide (especially atlantide and sebastian), the sushi restaurant, indochine, blue note, and the pizza and gelato restaurants were a big plus. Moving away from a shipwide dress code was a plus for us. On vacation we would really prefer business casual at all restaurants. We missed having a port expert onboard, explaining in detail the highlights of the upcoming destination. In the past we found his advice and suggestions very helpful in our shore explorations. We look forward to our our voyage... Barbados in December, and hopefully a return to the muse in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We loved experiencing the beautiful new ship, Silver Muse. We liked the variety of restaurants but there was confusion about reservations wish made it hard to plan ahead with fellow travelers. We did not know the dress code of the ... Read More
We loved experiencing the beautiful new ship, Silver Muse. We liked the variety of restaurants but there was confusion about reservations wish made it hard to plan ahead with fellow travelers. We did not know the dress code of the various venues when we were reserving on line 90 days out from the cruise. Our favorite restaurant was Atlantide which turned out to be formal attire It was great to finally see the Dalmatian Coast. This cruise stopped in great ports. The Evening at Ephesus was very special with an excellent chamber orchestra playing against the lighted back drop of the Ephesus Library. As always on Silver seas, the staff was friendly and attentive. There were more children and families than we have experienced in the past. It changed the atmosphere of the pool area, particularly in the early evening when diners were wanting to experience the "Hot Rocks" venue. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The Muse has lots of pluses and minuses! We hadn't been on SS for quite a few yes but had always felt they lived up to our expectations in the past. Many new concepts were introduced on the Muse. Some worked, others were not so ... Read More
The Muse has lots of pluses and minuses! We hadn't been on SS for quite a few yes but had always felt they lived up to our expectations in the past. Many new concepts were introduced on the Muse. Some worked, others were not so successful. Hopefully, SS will be able to modify those to please their guests. Most of the people with whom we spoke agreed with our observations about the deficits. The embarkation procedures were very efficient. Without exception the crew was terrific - remembering names, food orders, drinks, etc. And our experience with food met all our expectations. The food was outstanding. The "Voices" - the six singers - were great! It's not a broadway production but you don't sail SS for the shows. Although these shows almost made you think so. Total wifi should be provided by any 6-star ship. Why it wasn't on the Muse should be their easiest "fix." Biggest problem - DINING ARRANGEMENTS - which are pretty well represented in the other reviews. Almost all guests we spoke with had difficulties with this. Among the problems were $60 per person charges for the Japanese and French restaurants. Half of that should be reasonable. Our cabin was fine - good storage and spacious - but the TVs in the mirrors need to have the speakers adjusted to you don't hear your neighbors' TV, especially at 6:00 am. Our butler and stateroom attendant were terrific. Smoking (particularly cigars - perhaps they should be banned except In the enclosed smoking room). When there are programs in the Panorama lounge and the doors automatically open drawing the smoke in from outside it would seem reasonable to ban smoking on deck 9 at such times. And smoking was permitted only on the starboard side where it was allowed. That's the side facing shore so non-smokers (the majority of guests) had to sit facing open water for the most part, if they wanted to sit on deck. The 5th deck "lobby" is a huge waste of space. Our ports of call left a lot to be desired. Excursions were not all that was promised. And they were certainly not worth the money!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I selected this ship because it was new and this was the 5th cruise. It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Boarding was a pleasure, very organized, no long lines, pleasant. Greeted by a smiling crew offering you a glass ... Read More
I selected this ship because it was new and this was the 5th cruise. It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Boarding was a pleasure, very organized, no long lines, pleasant. Greeted by a smiling crew offering you a glass of champagne. The ship is new and clean and still smells new. The stateroom is huge. The bathroom is big with a tub and shower. There is a walk in closet that's big. The deck looks beautiful. There are 2 televisions built into the mirrors with plenty of channels and lots of movies in all languages. There are 8 restaurants. They make home made pasta, fresh bread, pastry and gelato, all delicious. There is prime beef, Maine lobster and fresh fish, something for everyone. There is a superb wine collection, reasonably priced. Entertainment is not big production, Broadway type. If you're looking for that, you will be disappointed. It's not on this ship. They do have talented performers that are entertaining in many different venues. There is generally an older crowd and I think it tends to end early around 11:00pm, no midnight snacks but there is 24 hour room service. Service is really excellent in every venue. Every room has a butler and ours was excellent! I have few minor complaints. The boutique had one Silversea logo golf shirt for men. They had other shirts from another company that were very expensive yachting shirts but who needs or wants them. They have 2 jewelry stores with very expensive items, nothing even mid range. We found the sales people unfriendly and border line obnoxious. We always buy items on cruises and bought nothing on this one because of supply and attitude. Some of the other 6 star ships offer free wifi and limited free excursions. Silversea charges for wifi and all excursions. This is a mistake on a 6 star ship. Despite the minor complaints, we loved the ship, service and food and are planning another Silversea cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The itinerary was the initial draw along with the fact that the ship was brand new. The size of the Muse was very appealing and the ratio of crew to passengers was exactly what we were looking for. The food was superb and the service was ... Read More
The itinerary was the initial draw along with the fact that the ship was brand new. The size of the Muse was very appealing and the ratio of crew to passengers was exactly what we were looking for. The food was superb and the service was impeccable. I made all our dinner reservations months before we boarded so I had something reserved for each evening. I presumed we could change our plans once we were onboard, but I thought it safer to have something lined up. The cabins were beautiful and very comfortable. Everything was seamless -- embarkation, debarkation, the land excursions, tendering, etc. All of it was done exactly as we had envisioned it. We had a great time and look forward to our next cruise on the Muse. The only suggestion we had is that it might be a nice touch to provide unlimited internet for everyone. Other than that, I highly recommend Silverseas as it lived up to and actually surpassed all the wonderful things I had heard about the cruise line beforehand. I think I have been spoiled for any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the Silver Muse, our expectations were exceded, what an intelligent selection we made. The organisation, logistic, attention and service provided are amazing, you can feel the intentions ... Read More
We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the Silver Muse, our expectations were exceded, what an intelligent selection we made. The organisation, logistic, attention and service provided are amazing, you can feel the intentions of the personnel to make your stay confortable, enjoyable and well taken care off. The SHIP... Oooohhh THE SHIP what a MUSE, well named! clean, neat, peaceful, happy, confortable, we enjoyed everything. Must of all the system of the different restaurant and the flexibility to make reservations at different hours, I coordinated the times according to the ports departures to have the most time at land, the wine list SUPERB! the meals exquisite high-end cuisine.The entertainment on board made us meet new friends and enjoy each show and bar with them, My Butler OSCAR FERRER a must at silver, made our anniversary night amazing! Memories we made at MUSE are a keepsake in our hearts! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise - May 2017 Launched in April 2017 the newly built  Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise ship. Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise. Accommodating up to 596 passengers and 411 crew in the cruising ... Read More
Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise - May 2017 Launched in April 2017 the newly built  Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise ship. Silver Muse Silversea Luxury Cruise. Accommodating up to 596 passengers and 411 crew in the cruising world this is definitely classed as a small ship. The Silver Muse exterior design is in line with the rest of the Silversea fleet with its gleaming white structure and distinctive logo on the funnel. We cruised on its Inaugural Venetian Sailing from Villefrance to Athens in May 2017. Embarkation as always with Silversea was smooth and once at reception there are butlers and other staff to escort you to the suite. Veranda Suites  They have three types of Veranda Suite the only difference is the location on the ship. If you’re a good sailor & don't mind walking the the entry level suites (Classic) are good & better value for an identical product. If you want to be near the elevator, mid-ship or higher up then this will make the suite cost slight higher. Large, bright with a modern fresh design and colour scheme throughout. Rooms have several areas with entrance corridor leading immediately to a good sized bathroom. With toilet, bath and separate walk-in shower and one large sink. Lots of storage space is available below the sink unit and in the shelving units to the upper left and right side above the sink. (The only thing I cannot understand, they had plenty of room to install two sinks which, when traveling as a couple makes a huge difference). Towels are replaced twice daily and you have the choice of Bulgari and Ferragamo products. After the bathroom is a walk-in wardrobe, not large enough to call a dressing room but provides plenty of hanging, draw and shoe space. The safe is also in this area which is an excellent size, easy to operate and the little light inside is very handy. The bedroom area is next which was set up as a large king size, lovely soft white cotton sheets and plenty of pillows make for a very comfortable nights sleep. Bedside tables with lamp, telephone and clock/alarm, the bedroom TV is set in to the mirror. Next, the lounge area with large sofa and chair together with a good size table. A long fitted unit with a further chair and plenty of surface space plus a selection of large draws for storage. They have not fitted upper cupboards which I think has made the room feel larger. The TV is fitted in the mirror. The main issue here is that on a sunny day/evening you cannot see the picture also, the noise of next doors TV can be heard so if there was someone hard of hearing next door it may be a problem. The balcony is very spacious with two chairs with a foot stool each, very comfortable. Butler service is standard on Silversea, they provide your in-room drinks, water and other products. Also, making sure you have restaurant reservation,  basically anything else you may need during the voyage. Silver Suites  The Silver Suites located on the upper decks 9/10/11 and offer the space equivalent to two Veranda Suites and feel very roomy. Large, bright and with a modern fresh design and colour scheme through. The rooms have several areas with an entrance hallway which leads to the dining area and lounge. Lounge & dining area has a sofa with two chairs and a good size coffee table. Between the two patio doors is another unit holding a Nespresso machine, water and glasses and underneath a fridge. Opposite this is a chair & desk holding a Bose sound system, alarm clock and telephone. Finally, there is a dining table & chairs which accommodate four people. This area is large and airy with two patio doors leading on to the balcony. The bedroom area is reach through sliding doors offering a large king size bed. Soft white cotton sheets and plenty of pillows make for a very comfortable nights sleep. Bedside tables with lamp, telephone and clock/alarm, a large bedroom TV is set on the wall. One problem was the sliding doors, we had to borrow rubber door stoppers for the evening as when the ship was moving they vibrated, some attention here would be worthwhile. Moving into the next space leads to the bathroom and wardrobe/dressing room. Wardrobe/Dressing room is an excellent size but poorly designed and does not have any draws for storage. This is a complete design failure which we believe they are working on. If they do a complete redesign of this space it could be excellent. The safe is also in this area and is much smaller than the safe in the veranda suite and not really fit for purpose. As part of the redesign they should tackle this issue as well. An very spacious bathroom with superb large spa bath, large separate walk in shower and two sinks. Lots of storage space is available below the sink unit and in the shelving units to the upper left and right side above the sink. Towels are replaced twice daily and you have the usual choice of Bulgari and Ferragamo products. The toilet is in a separate adjoining room also housing a sink. The balcony is very large with two sun beds, very comfortable. They could add a small table and two chairs for outdoor sitting/dining/drinks which would enhance the experience. Butler service is standard on Silversea, they provide you in-room drinks, water and other products. Also, making sure you have restaurant reservations or basically anything else you may need during the voyage. The Silver Suite offers an enhanced range if in-room dining options and includes unlimited WiFi, laundry and dry cleaning. Eating & Drinking The choice of dining and drinking venues on the Muse are extensive and cater for most tastes. It was nice not to see the usual cruise ship main dining room but more intimate, themed venues offering a diverse range of food. Some have stated that they didn’t like the requirement to book for each evening as it loses the spontaneity of meeting people and dining with them. I would recommend making your bookings in advance on MySilversea.com (or get your agent to do it), for your desired restaurant. If your sociable and generally meet people then make your reservation for 4 people and you can change it when onboard. We found booking ahead avoided the time required to do this when you should be enjoying the ship and the Maitre’D were very flexible once on board. Atlantide (Formal) This restaurant has a really warm and elegant feel with comfortable chairs. Due to the design of the room it never felt busy or overcrowded. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here with different menus for lunch and evening. The menu had a excellent choice with a range of starters, six fish and six meat options for mains, a range of desserts and a cheese menu. If you are cruising for 7-14 days then this menu would be perfect. However, the menu does not change and cruises over 14 days Silversea should consider a special of the day to avoid repetition. The food quality was superb, beautifully presented and delicious in flavour, we did not have any complaints. Service was attentive but not overbearing and on the majority of evenings well paced. The sommelier was on hand and wine glasses were rarely left empty. We felt this could be considered the “main dining room” due to the more traditional nature of the menu. On future cruises we would dine here most evenings adding the other restaurant in occasionally for a little variety. Prior to dinner the Atlantide Bar was a nice intimate space to enjoy a drink. Cushions on the sofas would help with comfort but otherwise a very pleasant area. IndoChine (Informal) The dining room has a more modern feel with clean lines and surfaces, cool colours and intimate lighting. There is a small bar and seating area where you can have a drink prior to dinner, they also offer a quirky cocktail choice which are fun to try. This restaurant is only open in the evenings only. A mixture of Indian, Thai and Far Eastern dishes. We found the food delicious, well flavoured, watch out for the chillies as they do make some dishes hot. The portions are very generous and the presentation superb, a treat for the senses. One issue was the menu remains the same, after 2-3 visits we were repeating what we had on previous visits. It would be excellent if they had maybe two menus which they rotate each week just to allow for variety. Service from waiters and sommeliers was up to the usual high standard. La Terrazza (Informal) Bright and vibrant having large windows surrounding the sides & rear of the dining room. The superb Italian restaurant by Silversea offers buffet breakfast and lunch, in the evening an a la carte menu. It is well known for freshly made pasta and other great Italian classic dishes. The food is robust in flavour and uses really tasty Italian produce. Some of my favourite dishes were the risotto, pasta with veal ragu and osso bucco, always delicious. At peak times it was a little noisy and the tables are quite close together which some people may find troublesome. If however, you like that busy restaurant vibe then this will work for you. It has a large outside dining area which is superb for those warmer destinations. Service from the waiters and sommeliers was up to the usual high standard. La Dame (Formal) - $60 per person cover charge. The Relais and Chateau accredited restaurant, beautifully designed with tables set around a large glassed wine cellar. Dark woods and plush seating and superb lighting add to the rich warm atmosphere. With just a small number of tables this is a really intimate dining room. The menu is rich in content and calories with foils gras and lovely rich causes. It has a good choice of dishes and these are beautifully presented in a grand style. Service was impeccable, formal and yet a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The food in Atlantide was so good that we did not feel the $60 per head supplement represented good value. However, for intimate special celebration or event it is worth it just for the experience. Kaiseki (Informal) - $60 per person cover charge (evening only). Japanese restaurant, quite a small venue but nicely laid out. It offers both regular seating and stools where you can watch the chefs working. It is quite a unique experience and well worth a try for either lunch or dinner. Lunch offers a selection of sushi and sashimi freshly prepared by the chefs in the central work station. The food is extremely delicious and no limit to the number of pieces you want to order. Its an excellent option for the fish lover and with no cover charge at lunch time is a great option. Dinner carries a cover charge of $60 per person. In the evening the menu focuses on teppanyaki again cooked by the chefs in front of you. It is a real event and for something a little different so worth a try. It is well worth a try and makes for a very entertaining and delicious evening. Silver Note (Informal) The theme of this restaurant hints back to the days when dinner dances were poplar and it really was a pleasure to dine and enjoy superb music. The service was as always very friendly and efficient and the menu showcases some uniquely presented food (you’ll have to try to know what I mean). Superb restaurant, small and intimate with an extremely creative menu offering some delicious dishes. Added to this the nightly singer and pianist who start to perform at 9pm makes this a unique and special venue. The live music continues until midnight so this is a place to sit, eat and relax for the whole evening and highly recommended. There is a bar with stools and quite often people would wander in to sit, have a drink and listen to the music. Overall this is a little jewel of a place on the Silver Muse. The Grill (Casual) This is the pool side dining area which offers lunch and dinner menus, they also service drinks throughout the day from the bar. Lunch menu was varied and offered a superb range of hot and cold options. The salads and burgers were delicious. It is also possible to order a freshly baked pizza from the pizzeria on the above outside deck (best ever I would say). Dinner, The Grill converts to a casual outdoor dining venue with the Silversea favourite of lava stone cooking. The 400 degree stone is brought to your place setting and you cook your own choice of meat or fish. It is a unique experience and on a warm evening a great way to dine casually. Spaccanapoli (Casual) Located on the outside deck above The Grill. It is a traditional pizzeria offering casual dining, the pizzas are absolutely delicious. Freshly cooked to order, piping hot and ouzing with Italian flavour. Its a real winner and a must to visit whilst on board. Dolce Vita - Bar & Lounge, a very large area at one end is the reception and shore excursion desk. It has the feel of a large airline lounge and although very smart and stylish lacks any warmth or atmosphere. We thought Silversea would have learned from the issues with the bar on Silver Spirit which is also a little soulless. It is a shame they did not consider the merits of the bar layout on the Whisper and Shadow which have fabulous grand bar with seating in a smaller separate bar lounge. We understand after talking to Silversea staff that they plan to separate half the area and create an intimate bar space. I think this is essential to avoid Dolce Vita spending most of its time pretty empty and lacking atmosphere - watch this space. Panorama Lounge A good size lounge with plenty of seating, dance floor and bar and a large outdoor area. The dance floor is strangely located in front of the bar and away from the band/DJ. The seating could do with being a little more comfortable, I think the designers went for look rather than customer comfort. Apart from those two issues it was a nice room and the ships entertainment staff created some great events. It is popular for pre-post dinner drinks with love entertainment. Through the day time you can have a hot or cold drink in the indoor or outside areas. Arts Cafe We rather liked it in here, it was a casual lounge offer a range of hot and cold drinks throughout the day. It also has an ever changing choice of food throughout the day with some superb cakes in afternoon tea. It really is a great spot to stop and have a chat, read or just relax inside or outside. Tors Observation Lounge Another beautiful lounge for a peaceful and relaxing read or jus enjoy the view. The lounge has a bar and lots of comfortable seating, I loved this area. Venetian Lounge Where the shows are presented and is visually a very attractive look and feel. It does however have an issue, the rise from front to back is so shallow that if you are further back than row one your view is obstructed by the person in front of you. I do not know whether this is on purpose or an error but it is frustrating when you cannot see the performers. Otherwise, the sound system is superb with excellent clarity and volume. The shows we saw were excellent and the six performers were very talented. Offering group shows but also their own individual shows which added variety. Gym A large gym located near the spa with a wide range of exercise equipment. I found it a really nice space to work out. It also has a separate room for the special classes which take place. If they just get the TV and radio working on all the machines it would be perfect. The Spa by Silversea Silversea work with Elemis and offer a wide range of treatments. Alongside the regular treatments they also have a medical cosmetic treatment specialist on board for this who may wish to leave looking younger. It is a well laid out spa clean, fresh and warm decor and certainly a lovely place to enjoy and pamper yourself. It also has a relaxation room and an outdoor spa pool with views to the rear of the ship. Connoisseur’s Corner Located next to Arts Cafe, this is the cigar room, I did not use as I do not smoke but it looks very grand and comfortable. Casino - It is of a good size with the usual array of slot machines and tables for those who like to have a quick flutter (or more). Pool Deck & Jacuzzi Area Silver Muse has a wonderfully large pool desk with sun beds available on two levels. Even on a busy voyage we did not find it difficult to locate beds also they are no to close together. The swimming pool is excellent and allows for proper lengths. The pool deck also have comfortable chairs and sofas at one end where you can relax. At the other end is located The Grill and Bar with its table extending down the covered sides of the deck. It is a wonderful outdoor space, comfortable and expansive and very well designed and laid out. INFORMATION: DRESS CODE - Some confusion surrounds this subject as the arrangements on Silver Muse differ from other Silversea ships. It is actually pretty straightforward. Dress based on the restaurant you have booked which each have there own dress code. It does seem rather strange if you are in Dolce Vita lounge in a dark suit and tie and someone else is dressed in chinos and a shirt. We soon got use to just accepting that those dressed casualty were dining a The Grill. What you lose is the formal night, everyone dressed up together atmosphere which we do like. However, to be honest we soon got use to this system and it worked very well for us. GETTING AROUND THE SHIP - Although larger than other Silversea ships the Muse is still in todays cruise market small. There are plenty of deck plans in key areas and after a couple of days it was easy to find you way around. RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS - A move away from the traditional model of a main dining room where no booking is needed. I would always suggest you book your dining venues on mysilversea.com as soon as the bookings open 90 days prior. If you are a couple who like to meet people and invite for dinner then book a table for 4, you can change around when on board. We booked each restaurant on a rotation basis before we boarded and changed them around when we were on board quite easily. We now know the ship so will book accordingly. TENDERS/PORTS - We had no issues with embarkation or disembarkation, the tender services were excellent and the new tenders are very nice indeed. Those less able bodied may find the steps to reach the tender challenging but crew are available to help. CONCLUSION The Silver Muse is a superb addition to the Silversea fleet. It is well laid out and offers spacious accommodation in large, well designed suites. The choice of dining venues really enhances a voyage as each one offers a different experience in food, decor and ambiance. The range of bars also allows for more choice and variety of experiences. The outdoor areas for sitting, sunbathing or dining a numerous and beautifully laid out. Silver Muse is a must do ship to try offering truly Five Star Luxury all inclusive cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Silver Muse Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.5

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