222 Silversea Silver Muse Cruise Reviews

We are regular cruisers and have sailed on many different lines like Celebrity, RCCL, Princess, P&O, NCL and Carnival, however, this was our first cruise on a smaller ship. The combination of a good price for the cruise and an ... Read More
We are regular cruisers and have sailed on many different lines like Celebrity, RCCL, Princess, P&O, NCL and Carnival, however, this was our first cruise on a smaller ship. The combination of a good price for the cruise and an interesting itinerary made it attractive to book this holiday. We were certainly not disappointed with our first Silversea experience! The ship was immaculate and had generous public areas. The cabin (a Classic Veranda Suite) was luxuriously appointed with plenty of space. The walk in wardrobe was an excellent size and there was more than enough storage space for luggage. The bathroom was lovely with a full size bath and separate shower. The bed was comfy and the seating area spacious. The only minor criticism was there were no non smoked glass mirrors in the cabin. It would have been useful to have a normal mirror near the balcony door. The food in the restaurants was excellent quality as were the drinks.There were several very good restaurants to choose from and we enjoyed the ability to dine in different venues during the cruise. We particualry liked the Italian themed 'La Terrazza' which served delicious food and you could enjoy this al fresco on the deck. One thing we particularly liked was that because there were less passengers than on the larger ships, we were able to go to the buffets and not feel crowded, there was always a waiter to help you find a free table and offer to take your food for you. It was really lovely to always find a table outside to dine. The entertainment on the ship was not as 'full on' as on the larger ships we had been on but we were never bored. The shows in the Venetian Lounge involved the Silversea Singers, instrumentalists and when we were in Kota Kinabalu a local dance troupe and instrumentalists came on board and performed an excellent show. We also enjoyed dancing the night away in the Panorama Lounge and had fun at a karaoke night! The deck party was good fun and also during the day there was great food served at tables by the pool. In the evening the area around the pool became the 'Hot Rocks' restaurant where you could cook your own meat/fish on hot volcanic rocks. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We also met many friendly passengers, on several evenings we would arrange to meet up and go to dinner with new friends. We were so impressed with the Silversea brand that we decided to book a future cruise on the Silver Shadow. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Superb from embarkation to disembarkation. My daughter took me on this cruise to celebrate a milestone birthday and I could not recommend it highly enough. She has sailed with Silversea before so I knew what to expect but it exceeded ... Read More
Superb from embarkation to disembarkation. My daughter took me on this cruise to celebrate a milestone birthday and I could not recommend it highly enough. She has sailed with Silversea before so I knew what to expect but it exceeded my expectations by a thousand percent. The service, the dining experiences, the amazing staff, the excursions, the suite, our butler and cabin attendant, the pool, the gym and all the extra little touches were beyond comparison. (I travelled on a Celebrity cruise last year and I would give that half a star (only for the excursions). Silversea would rate 10 stars if it was possible. From the room attendants, the wait staff, right up to the Captain, everyone went out of their way to be polite, friendly and helpful. Our suite was so comfortable, even including a bath! and a seperate dressing room. Our needs were met promptly and efficiently and we never felt that anything was too much trouble for the crew. Every day another new surprise greeted us. From exclusive chocolates on our beds at night to a waiter complimenting me on my jewellery and even remembering that my daughter was wearing something similar several nights before. The meals were like dining in a 5 star restaurant each time. It’s very easy to put on some weight. Silversea is expensive but it’s all inclusive, so you never feel as though someone is fawning over you just to earn a tip, which is what has happened on other cruises I’ve taken. Will definitely be sailing Silversea again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My partner and I with a group of friends cruised on Silver Muse for 14 nights from Sydney to Auckland. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded all expectations; we have been cruising with SIlversea for over 20 years and have been on each ... Read More
My partner and I with a group of friends cruised on Silver Muse for 14 nights from Sydney to Auckland. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded all expectations; we have been cruising with SIlversea for over 20 years and have been on each of the Silversea vessels many times; this was our first time on the Muse and we absolutely loved it. We were very impressed with the new direction that Silversea is taking: everything seemed to be more modern and more upmarket (and the product was terrific in the first place.) Lets start with the ship: its gorgeous! The layout is similar to the Spirit with certain areas expanded and improved, the décor is beautiful with a modern and elegant look, all of the rooms and spaces are accounted for with new additions such as the cute Arts Café and a supersized Lobby/Dolce Vita area, and the outdoor space has been enhanced with a pool and deck area that is longer/larger than the equivalent space on the Spirit (before it was lengthened) and an extra Jacuzzi aft. All good. We had a Deluxe Veranda Suite that was simply beautiful; the suites are (I think) slightly larger than on the Spirit but the new and very beautiful interior design makes the suites feel roomier and brighter. There was a super bathroom, good walk in closet, and lots of storage; all as expected on Silversea. Everything being new and fresh is a good thing and we enjoyed our Suite very much - simply superb! Dining was extraordinary: the food was terrific in each of the eight restaurants. The dining and reservation issue seems to have worked out on the Muse; the system is now perfected. We had advance reservations for many evenings and everything went according to plan; on our non-reservation evenings (when we ate at Atlantide or Indochine) we never had a problem getting a table directly even around 800PM which seemed to be the peak dinner hour. The décor at the restaurants is pretty and each venue has its own design and style. The food at each Restaurant was wonderful: we ourselves were surprised that we enjoyed Indochine as much as we did. Of course, La Dame is a wonderful dining experience and our dinner at Silver Note was an adventure in dining. So much fun. We also thought that the wines being served (and there was much variety in the standard categories) were rather good; Frank, the chief sommelier who we know for years, was onboard and very gracious towards us. The service that we received onboard was nothing short of spectacular; we knew many of the crew members and (I think) that they were genuinely happy to see us. At the restaurants, we were catered to at each and every meal regardless of venue - the head waiters and maître d's always checking and making sure that we were pleased. A big thanks to all of them, especially Giwa who made sure everything went well. Waiters, bar staff, and the pool staff were all active and engaged, knew our names by the second or third day, and looked after us. Our butler, Alan, was marvelous and took care of many details for us (including a ridiculous amount of laundry) and Sam, our cabin attendant did an outstanding job looking after of our cabin which was always spotless. Although we do not do ship shore excursions, the members of the shore excursion team were helpful and assisted us with a smile. All good. As for entertainment and activities, its standard Silversea. The singers were lovely and had talent and we went to a few shows.....but entertainment has never been and never will be Silversea's strongest point; this is not where small ship cruise lines excel. The cruise director, lecturers, entertainers and social staff were all engaged and passengers seemed quite happy. The only odd thing was that many of the production shows were scheduled for 615PM which we found unacceptable as we don't care for early shows; scheduling the shows early left us with little to do after dinner. It was not a big deal, just strange. As always with Silversea, embarkation was a breeze (from curbside at the port to La Terraza for Lunch in less than 30 minutes) and debarkation was even quicker with us leaving exactly at the designated time. Our Sydney to Auckland itinerary was lovely: this is the third time that we have done this cruise over the years but Australia and New Zealand are absolutely beautiful and the ports of Burnie, Picton, Napier and Gisbonre were all new to us. And, its always wonderful to spend a few days in Sydney before embarkation. I cannot comment on the shore excursions: we make our own arrangements and tour independently with private guides so that we can set out own pace (we move more quickly than most ship operated excursions) - it works out better for us. Our only issue was internet at sea; its frustrating and remains so on the Muse. In our technology driven world where we are all dependent on the internet for just about everything, its time for internet at sea to catch up. I understand that this is not a Silversea issue (we have had the same problem on Regent and other small ship cruise lines) but, nonetheless, reliable and fast wifi is a necessity and not a luxury in 2019. In summary, we had a wonderful experience on Silver Muse and look forward to her sisters Silver Moon and Silver Dawn joining the fleet; as a "small-ship person" I never thought that my partner and I would like the "larger" Muse as much as we did. Also, we adapted to the multiple dining venues much more easily than we thought we would - we both always loved the ease and simplicity of the Restaurant on the smaller Silversea vessels. We cant wait to return and are already planning our next voyage with Silversea: we are deciding between the Med and Northern Europe for the summer and its probably South America next winter Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had been on a Silversea cruise to Alazka on Silver Shadow and loved the size and service. The Muse was even better. We traveled with my Brother and his wife and it was there first Silversea experience. From the minute we arrived at the ... Read More
We had been on a Silversea cruise to Alazka on Silver Shadow and loved the size and service. The Muse was even better. We traveled with my Brother and his wife and it was there first Silversea experience. From the minute we arrived at the terminal Silversea treated us with class and diginity. We arrived at Sydney terminal at around 11am and thought we would try and drop off our luggage. We were pleasantly surprised that we were allowed to get on the ship and start our cruise. What a bonus. The service was amazing. After 2 days almost every crew member knew our names. We sat at the pool bar and ordered 4 separate drinks (Joey is the best). The next day he saw us coming and prepared the exact 4 drinks as ordered the day before. Sounds simple but it was special. The best addition that the Muse had was the pizza restaurant. We are pizza snobs and love Neopolitan style pizza. The pizza chef is from Florence but he had it down pat. Amazing Diavola pizza, almost as good as we had in Rome. We cannot say enough about the various restaurants. No complaints anywhere. I have read other reviews and we are either easy to please (Do not think so) or others may be expectting Michelin star restaurants. We spent a good amount of time at the pool deck with other couples we met and the pool staff were incredible. So many special people attended to everything we asked for and then some. The Muse has so many places to get away from it all and get an espresso, snack or a drink. The additional size of the Muse (%50 I think) compared to the 400 on the Shadow was not noticed. I could go on and on but have to go back to work. Congratulations to the Silversea team, a home run. We already booked our next cruise (On the Moon) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I could go on and on about the service, quality of food, the cabin and amenities, the quality of the bed, the selection of spirits and wine, the ship itself….but I won't as all of these deserve the five stars I gave this particular ... Read More
I could go on and on about the service, quality of food, the cabin and amenities, the quality of the bed, the selection of spirits and wine, the ship itself….but I won't as all of these deserve the five stars I gave this particular cruise. We have already been on Viking, Seabourn and Regent. All in similar suites and comparable ships. I have to say they all were fantastic but in no way does it compare to The Silver Seas Muse. First, choosing your own dining venues is fantastic. You can be completely formal one night feasting on nothing but the finest cuisine and next you can be in sandals and a golf shirt having a delicious Pizza on the deck. Everything was first class including onboarding and off-boarding. But, if you are looking for big ship action and entertainment, this is not for you. 550 passengers only and sometimes it feels like 100 because the average age seems to be over 70 (we are a bit younger), so early to be and not a lot revelry, smaller casino, smaller entertainment venue, and maybe not the top artists, but this was perfect for our crew. The only suggestion I would give is research your ports as some are very sleepy, but there is so much to do right outside the city/villages limits. We did a lot of these on our own through Viator.com. We have always had a lot of luck with them. I have to smile when I read some of the reviews of the Muse and other lines. I must see things a different way. This is lovely experience in luxury and adventure. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Fantastic cruise with every segment connected to the ship Fantastic. Like heaven. Ship pristine and staff excellent and friendly. Everything perfect on the ship. The hotel before and after and the excursions were not the same level. The ... Read More
Fantastic cruise with every segment connected to the ship Fantastic. Like heaven. Ship pristine and staff excellent and friendly. Everything perfect on the ship. The hotel before and after and the excursions were not the same level. The ship is stunningly beautiful and is filled with staff who have the goal to please every guest. Food is great. You can order anything if you give the chef 24 hours notice. You can order from the 24 hour menu anywhere on the ship. Don’t miss the galley or bridge tour. The chef is a character. Reception can help. The butlers Are professional and not just wearing a uniform. If you have a special occasion, they’ll decorate your cabin. Grab pool seats early as they can get taken on sea days. Excursions- not the same level as Silversea. Excursions were disappointing. Over crowded and too much driving with less fun than expected. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
From the moment we boarded The Silver Muse we were treated like royalty. Our suite was off the charts! Our butler catered to all our needs. The tours were great, the shows awesome and the food scrumptious. If an employee saw you standing ... Read More
From the moment we boarded The Silver Muse we were treated like royalty. Our suite was off the charts! Our butler catered to all our needs. The tours were great, the shows awesome and the food scrumptious. If an employee saw you standing and you looked like you needed something they were right there to cater to all your needs. For us, our Cruise Director Vicki VanTassel made us laugh several times a day. A previous singer and( I think comedian). Or she missed her calling. She joined the show for some impromptu entertain. She actually made the show on a least one occasion. We celebrated Christmas and New Years on the ship which was totally incredible. The ship was decorated elegantly for the holidays.Our tours were well planned out and enjoyable as well as educational. We would definitely do another Silver Seas cruise. This was our second. We're hooked!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My review: THE SILVERSEA – SILVER MUSE. The Silver Muse is simply a brilliant ship (the best I have ever sailed on) along with its excellent crew and all of its on-board facilities. It lierally floats on the ocean like a dream with ... Read More
My review: THE SILVERSEA – SILVER MUSE. The Silver Muse is simply a brilliant ship (the best I have ever sailed on) along with its excellent crew and all of its on-board facilities. It lierally floats on the ocean like a dream with its stabilizers holding it with almost no movement awareness on board. Its 8 restaurants are all magnificently appointed with the best food at sea (beats Oceania by at least 10 points), wherever you turn the luxury of this ship is outstanding from its beautifully furnished and super spacious all-suite accommodation to it many lounges, good sized theatre, easy access staircases, several lifts, library and its many comfort areas and cocktail bars. A delightful pool and spa with its waiter cocktail service for all guests is all a part of this incredible ship that carries around 600 passengers and maybe 400 crew, and a brilliant cruise director, the best we have ever experienced. You can be assured that your every whim is catered for, as a person you are not just another passenger, you are the most important person on board, nothing is too much trouble for the staff, the concierge and the super friendly crew. As a frequent cruiser who has travelled the world on most other cruise lines and their ships, this would have to be the ultimate in cruising and most certainly worth a 6-star - or better rating. Initially we were a little hesitant about booking this particular cruise because of its Asian ports itinerary that had been selected. Being honest the ports are not the best, but with the ambience of the ship you soon forget the ports and the on-shore excursions where one gets stuck in the traffic jams of Djakarta etc. One terrific port of call was a virtual desert Island off Java with only 80 permanent residents where the ship tenders were required, but the crew and facilities provided were just incredible. Lunch, free drinks and entertainment was all shipped ashore by the incredible crew to give guests a true desert island experience. I should mention this is a completely independent assessment, I am not being paid or receiving any benefit from anyone, this is my own opinion having recently returned from an 8-day cruise on this magnificent ship between Singapore and Bali, Indonesia. If you enjoy cruising, whatever you do, don't pass on the Silversea, Silver Muse, she would have to be the most impressive ship sailing the oceans today. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I picked this cruise line as I was travelling alone and wanted to be pampered and safe. The single supplement was a reasonable 25%. The itinerary was exciting and I enjoyed every port of call. The excursions were great with very ... Read More
I picked this cruise line as I was travelling alone and wanted to be pampered and safe. The single supplement was a reasonable 25%. The itinerary was exciting and I enjoyed every port of call. The excursions were great with very comfortable coaches and knowledgeable guides. There were a great variety of different options, with the majority included in the cost of the cruise. I also had a day before the cruise in an amazing 5*hotel. Had a little time to explore before embarking and a couple of days in Singapore after the cruise as I had a late night flight home. Embarkation was smooth as I needed wheelchair assistance as I can’t stand for long periods of time. I’ve had to select ‘Yes’ for travelling with children as this system would not accept the ‘NO’ option????? I did not have children with me. The ship and crew were even more magnificent than I had thought. I do have one major complaint (see lower down - nothing to do with onboard staff) The food was incredible and the wines and cocktails perfect. There were lots of different options for eating and lots of choice on each menu so all tastes were catered for. If anyone had specific dietary requirements then nothing was too much trouble. Nowhere was crowded so I always felt that I had space to myself if I wanted it. However- there were always opportun ities to mix with other guests. Everyone you met on corridors, lifts, poolside and lounges said hello and chatted about the wonderful time they were having. I met many lovely fellow passengers and will stay in touch and we hope to be able to visit each other. After a couple days the staff on board knew your name and they were always smiling and so helpful. The ‘Voices of the Muse’ were very, very talented as were the other entertainers. No matter what type of music you liked you could enjoy it somewhere on board. The pool is excellent and also very pretty. In fact all of the ship is even better than photos show. I had such a great time that I wanted to stay on for the next leg of the cruise- ending in Bali. This is where my only area of complaint comes in. Even though the ship was just a little over half full SilverSea initially would not offer any discount at all! The onboard Cruise Director made several more phone calls but the most that SilverSea would do was to take a measly £200 off the cost of the cruise AND I would have to arrange my own flights home on top! I felt that was a very mean offer and said no. I don’t understand why they could not offer a reasonable deal when there was soooo much suite availability. I wasn’t asking for a free cruise- I was prepared to pay a reasonable amount but there was just no flexibility at all. So - overall - the cruise was simply amazing, over and above anything you could imagine and the crew from Captain down to every other person on board were outstanding but staff at head office very unhelpful when I asked to stay on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is our 6th Silversea cruise, we have sailed on several other cruise lines but SS for the most part. When the Muse was launched, we knew we had to go on it! Something new and hopefully fresh and different from previous cruises. Now ... Read More
This is our 6th Silversea cruise, we have sailed on several other cruise lines but SS for the most part. When the Muse was launched, we knew we had to go on it! Something new and hopefully fresh and different from previous cruises. Now that may seem like a negative about previous cruises, but not exactly. Silversea was my first cruise ever and has always held a special place in my heart but after a few cruises, we felt like maybe we didn’t exactly fit in with their usual clientele. Hence, we started exploring other cruise lines to see what else is out there. We are American 46 and 51...a bit on the young side for Silversea. In the past, the cruise demographic never seemed very varied. Primarily Brits , over the age of 70. We had felt that the social life on board was pretty quiet and reserved. Not as friendly as we would like. Well, the Muse blew that out of the water. I dont know if its because of the new ship, bigger size, the itinerary, different marketing?? I dont know, but it was a vast improvement. Super friendly, outgoing, social folks everywhere. There was definitely a livelier vibe on the ship , really good energy that I hadn’t felt on SS before. EMBARKATION: So we flew from Florida to Singapore to board the ship. We spent 3 nights at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore first. We love SIN and were happy to spend a few days there. We couldn’t find any info from Silversea on which port they use in Singapore. It was pretty frustrating not knowing where to go. We finally looked at cruisemapper to locate the ship. If the info was printed somewhere, we sure couldn’t find it. Otherwise, embarkation was quick and easy like always. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: We LOVE this new ship and hopefully this new design is reflected in future ships and refurbishments of the old ships. The other ships we had done were classy, elegant, but the kind you find at a wealthy grandmas house . It was fine, but a bit dark and not our cup of tea. This new design is gorgeous. Loved the colors, textures, materials. Loved the use of wood looking tile for bathrooms, and many public spaces. The ship is bright, the lighting is great . Very well done! We were getting pretty excited about this trip! Cabins werent ready, so our routine is to eat lunch at the pool grill. Menu had finally been changed and expanded. I ordered the BBQ chicken wrap but didnt care for it at all ,although my partner loved his?? So....? After lunch, we explored the ship and shortly thereafter we went to our cabin. The ship is just gorgeous! CABIN: Typical veranda stateroom size which suits us just fine. Again, it echos the rest of the ship, just beautiful. Lots of storage space, big deep drawers. Lots of counter space in living room area. I don’t like the 2 TVs in the mirror in the living area and the other in front of the bedroom. They are too difficult to see unless the lights are off and curtains pulled. Our other complaint and really biggest complaint is the mattress...so hard! Like really hard! My back was killing me so bad. We requested the egg shell foam thing they can put under the sheets, but apparently there were no more available. Obviously we werent the only ones that thought the beds were hard. The awesome suite attendant put 2 duvets under the sheets and it was more comfortable for the rest of the trip. DINING: I was stressing over this honesty. Food had been hit or miss on past cruises. And not having a main dining room per se, I wasnt sure how all these individual restaurants would work out for us. Atlantide: we ate here twice, first time the filet mignon was cooked to perfection, so delicious and tender, the 2nd time it was over cooked and I didnt care for it. Otherwise both dinners were very good. We also started eating here for breakfast rather than the buffet at La Terraza. It was quieter, more civilized , I dont care for buffets much anyway, food was hotter and service excellent. I highly recommend it, not many folks ate here each morning. Indochine: we ate here twice as well. Restaurant is gorgeous ! Loved the decor. Was never crowded. Food was so good. This is the only restaurant that we heard from a few other passengers that felt like the food was so so....but we didnt find that at all and really enjoyed it ! La Terrazza: we ate here twice for dinner as well. Much lighter and brighter than on other ships. Felt like food was much better and so was service. They had an amazing gnocchi and ossobucco that was to die for! We did breakfast here a couple times until we found Atlantide ...much prefer blast there. We were happy to see that SS could finally get us a cup of coffee before we finished our breakfast! This was something that happened a lot on other ships, very slow coffee service. We had lunch here a couple times, buffet is fine...nothing too exciting. Seabourn does it better. Kaiseki: Ate here once as its $60 per person. It was way too much food for us. It was all very good, but the service takes too long for us and we couldn’t finish most things. As much we enjoyed the food, we wouldn’t do it again at $60/person. La Dame: Did this once...also $60 person. We had eaten at La Champagne on our first cruise years ago, but now it s called La Dame. There was much better selection of items than previous La Champagne restaurant . We really enjoyed it, food wasn’t too much, didnt feel overly stuffed. We really loved it and had wonderful folks sitting next to us that entertained us..again, everyone was so friendly and like to strike up conversations with us at nearly every meal. Silver Note; didnt try it this cruise . Spaccanapoli: we were super tired after a 12 hour excursion to Hanoi, so we got back late and just went for casual pizza night. It was sooo good! And we were the only ones there that night. Its super popular and packed during the day for lunch but for some reason people avoid it at night? Pool Grill: Did this once. We have cooked our steaks many times on the hot rocks, so we dont do it anymore. I prefer someone else cook my dinner. Steak was excellent as were the sides. It was pretty chilly and we had to move our table as it got drizzly , but still a nice night. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES: We dont play shuffle board or bridge or trivia or any of that. We did go to a couple lectures by an amazing guy who did lectures on Vietnam...he was one of the best lecturers I have ever heard. Guests talked about him all the time every day on the ship. Everyone thought he was fascinating, and his material moved at a good pace. He was phenomenal! We usually try to hit the casino but didnt make it in . We peeked in one night, it was very quiet and notthat big. SHOPS: Well unless you are in the market for jewelry or a lady, not much there for men . A handful of things, terrible marketing for Silversea. Just lousy for men or people that even want a few souvenirs or snacks or something. Lame. SERVICE: Was very good. We were fortunate to recognize some staff that we have sailed with before on other SS ships. It s like seeing family you haven’t seen in a long time. Always made us feel welcome..so warm and gracious. Really couldn’t fault anyone . Staff seems to really be happy on this ship and they will tell you how much they love it. I imagine a new ship is more user friendly, things dont break etc. Plus they have bars in every restaurant now..so smart. Before they would have to run front the restaurants to the main bar to get a cocktail for you if you didn’t want wine. PORTS AND EXCURSIONS: Well, I could write tons on this but I will just say please book a trip to Vietnam ! It was fantastic! We got our own guilds for Saigon, but did ship excursions for others ports. Such a fascinating country! FINAL THOUGHTS: This cruise renewed our excitement and interest in Silversea again! We loved the ship and will look for future cruiees primarily on the Muse or any of the newer ones. This ship really suited our style. The passenger demographic was much more diverse. There were people from all over , not one nationality seemed to prevail. There was also a better age mix than previous SS cruises. The vibe and energy on the ship was great and seemed a bit more relaxed than previous stuffy cruises we have done in the past. Hopefully this trend will continue. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband loves Hawaii, however the hotel where we always stay was being renovated in 2018 so i took the opportunity to find a suitable cruise - the requirements were : warm weather, ocean (naturally - no river cruise), interesting ... Read More
My husband loves Hawaii, however the hotel where we always stay was being renovated in 2018 so i took the opportunity to find a suitable cruise - the requirements were : warm weather, ocean (naturally - no river cruise), interesting area(s) and a "nice" ship (with a king-size bed - very important). We have done a few cruises and so far liked the QM2-Grill best (we enjoy ballroom dancing). This was a long introduction ... The SilverSea / SIlver Muse had a very good itinerary - from Athens through the Suez Canal to Oman, via stops in Cyprus and multiple stops in Egypt, particularly Luxor. This schedule was well suited for finishing our trip - on our own - in Dubai. As soon as SilverSea / SIlver Muse (or similar, i.e Spirit) has an itinerary we like we'll book again. We loved the experience. The ship is just lovely - the perfect size in our opinion - big enough to have nice facilities yet small enough to provide an intimate and cozy feeling. No photographer to bug you all the time. We did have a "suite" which was very comfortable (and had the required king-size bed). It also had a Bose sound system but the guest(s) have to provide the music which we could not since we don't have "smart phones" (this was really a shame because we are used to excellent sound; there was music available via the TV but very poor sound quality even though they did have some classical music. On that subject - sound quality - the theatre has a terrbile sound system, we were not the only ones complaining. Also - why does everything have to be so loud ?!? It's ok to amplify a Trio or individual Guitar player on the deck around the pool but in a small and cozy room this simply becomes deafening noise !! The food was excellent and the service superb - there are basically 2 dining venues, the relatively formal Atlantide and the more relaxed Italian La Terrazza - there are several more smaller places (Chinese, Japanese and totally informal pool-side restaurants as well as one super-fancy venue where you have to pay a cover charge - we tried it but were not impressed). One real complaint is that the last breakfast seating is at 9:30 and closes at 10 ! We are on holiday - vacation ! So we had breakfast in our room and our butler tried to bring it as late as possible, typically 9:50 and then 10 min later the eggs and bacon so they don't get cold while we have fruit/juice/cereal - this was acceptable since we could sit in our house coats. (We prefer to have a very late breakfast, typically 11:30 and no lunch - don't know why this seems to be such a problem except on the QM2). Regardless of dress codes, most people were very well dressed - a pleasant surprise, we like it. I can't say much about excursions since we made mostly our own arrangements but one "Beach break" which we had booked was cancelled, not enough interest, but then the office agreed to organize it privately for us and this worked out well. All in all a most wonderful experience - we are looking forward to cruise with SilverSea again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our fifth Silversea cruise, our second on the Muse but our first repositioning voyage. As always, we flew to our embarkation city the day beforehand and had a fun 24 hours in Athens. We didn’t feel it necessary to book our ... Read More
This was our fifth Silversea cruise, our second on the Muse but our first repositioning voyage. As always, we flew to our embarkation city the day beforehand and had a fun 24 hours in Athens. We didn’t feel it necessary to book our accommodation through Silversea as it’s a major European city with good transport links. When you just need a relatively central location, a comfortable bed and a good shower, why pay over the odds? Silversea waived the “deviation fee” on this occasion so we booked a simple hotel 10 minutes on the metro from the Acropolis. We enjoyed exploring the city on the Sunday and spent Monday morning in the magnificent Acropolis Museum before taking an inexpensive taxi to Piraeus and boarding the ship with minimum fuss. We were sat outside La Terrazza having lunch within 15 minutes. We previously sailed on the Muse on her inaugural voyage in April 2017 and had a great time, despite the dining chaos complained of by some. It definitely felt like a home-coming, with some familiar faces amongst the crew and we easily slipped into the warm embrace of luxury provided onboard. The ship looked good and well-kept. For us, the public spaces achieve the balance between muted luxury and comfort - we are not interested in being surrounded by “bling”. Our suite, although on a lower deck than we have previously sailed on, was in all other respects exactly the same and very convenient for the “big beige lounge” (the Dolce Vita) and Team Trivia every afternoon. Over the course of the cruise, we ate in all the restaurants with the exception of La Dame. This was a conscious choice on our part as on our previous voyage we didn’t feel La Dame merited the extra charge when the food in Atlantide is particularly good. We dined in Kaiseki to celebrate a birthday and the chefs and staff gave us a memorable evening. We also enjoyed the sushi and sashimi for lunch at Kaiseki, which sometimes provided a quieter alternative to the buffet or the pool deck. The food at all restaurants ranged from very good to excellent. It was pleasing to see that the menu at Silver Note (previously our lest favourite option) had improved. The flavours at Indochine were spot-on and the bar there was one of the nicest on the ship. Not all guests appreciate Asian fusion, but it was heartening to see the Indochine dining room busier than previously. Where we had previously sailed on port-intensive itineraries with relatively few sea days, we had to make an adjustment on this cruise where it was roughly half port and half sea days. This was made easier with plenty to keep us busy. There were three guest lecturers on board, two of whom - Mark Elowitz and Tom Jones - were particularly popular. Team Trivia became increasingly popular as the cruise progressed. Cruise Director Vikki conducted matters with elan and confidence. We used the gym regularly and my husband attended a number of classes with the fitness instructor, who he rated highly. The jogging track was busy with walkers and runners first thing in the morning. We had a bridge tour, various cooking demonstrations in different parts of the snip, a galley tour and many other diversions. The Voices of Silversea did a really good job on this voyage and all the various musicians worked hard to support each other and devise new combinations of musical entertainment to offer guests. Charlie the guitarist was a particular star. In addition, there were two other artists brought in for different parts of the cruise - a singer/pianist and a flamenco guitarist. Both were very skilled. We took a number of excursions in the ports we visited. The desert jeep safari in Sharm El Sheikh was more fun and interesting than we had originally expected. The landscapes through which we drove were remarkable and the visit to the Bedouin camp was enlivened by both a whirling dervish and a belly dancer. The full day excursion to Petra was tiring but very well worth it. Again, the desert landscape we passed through to get there was quite spectacular. Everybody will say that there isn’t enough time to do more than skim the surface in Petra and I think that is true. Once we had passed through the Siq, we left the tour group behind and wandered on our own. There was enough flexibility in the lunch arrangements for us to maximise the time in the old city and just grab something quick back at the Movenpick Hotel. After all, there didn’t see a lot of point in going all that way to spend half of it sitting in the dining room of a hotel, however nice. In Safaga, we took the overnight excursion to Luxor. This gave us the best chance to see as much as we could in the time available. For us, the Valley of the Kings was the highlight and more time there rather than at a couple of the photo stops on the way back to Luxor would have been welcome. The evening buffet dinner at the Sonesta Hotel on the banks of the Nile was very relaxed and enjoyable. Having sailed through Pirate Alley and reached Salalah, we cancelled the excursion we had booked and took a taxi with another couple. This gave us the chance to see what the city had to offer at our own pace. It’s not a big place but there are still points of interest - the vegetable and fish markets were amazing. It always surprises us when we hear and read complaints of poor service on Silversea. We have never experienced anything less than exemplary service and this cruise was no different. Our butler and room attendant were efficient and friendly and did a beautiful job of decorating the suite for my husband’s birthday. The staff definitely deserved the applause at the crew parade on our penultimate evening on board. Disembarkation at Muscat was a little slower than on previous occasions, but that was more to do with the local immigration officials than with Silversea staff. All the arrangements for our transfers within Muscat went smoothly. We are looking forward to our next Silversea cruise - we have an open booking and are still pondering which itinerary to try next. Based on our previous experience, we are confident that Silversea will deliver the cruise we want. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first Silversea cruise. We chose this cruise because of their unique destinations and excursions. Being a smaller ship was a plus too. First... the food was incredible; well seasoned, flavorful and well presented. So many ... Read More
This was our first Silversea cruise. We chose this cruise because of their unique destinations and excursions. Being a smaller ship was a plus too. First... the food was incredible; well seasoned, flavorful and well presented. So many choices and so many dining options that you never have to repeat yourself. Our butler was always on top of things and went the extra mile for us in locating non-alcoholic beverages for our suite or anything else we would enjoy. Our cabin was spacious, bright and airy. We never felt like we were on top of each other. The closet space was refreshingly large with ample hangars and drawers. The lectures were very interesting and there was something for everybody. Nice mix. We did not partake of many of the offered activities this time and the late night entertainment was too late night for us. We did attend the 6:15 opera and would like to see more entertainment during the matinee timeframe. Ports were fascinating and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and engaging. This was a very relaxing cruise for us where we could come away refreshed. I thoroughly appreciated the library on the 11th deck. My secret place. Professional staff from the cruise director to the room attendant. 6 stars. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
It was recommended to try and the dates worked into our time schedule. We thought it was a nice balance between being active and having time to relax on board ship. Having the personal Butler and maid was a very nice touch. All personnel ... Read More
It was recommended to try and the dates worked into our time schedule. We thought it was a nice balance between being active and having time to relax on board ship. Having the personal Butler and maid was a very nice touch. All personnel on the ship were all nice, helpful and extremely pleasant. It would be nice if basic excursions were included in the pricing. We were disappointed that we were wait listed on many excursions. Internet on the ship was included but it ended up costing us additional fees (unknown to us- until we got home) through our phone carrier. Our favorite port was Santorini & spending hours in Oia, and least favorite was Rhodes. In Rhodes we did an 8 hour excursion that was only fair (it included a Greek meal that was poor). We were in Port at Rhodes for 2 days and the old town was just Ok- crammed with locals trying to get you to eat at their restaurant or buy their goods. Other than that we loved all of the quaint ports (Nafplion, Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Corfu). As an aside- Getting to the ship in Venice was a horrible experience.and Silver Sea's should really address this. Clear instructions were not provided and we spent hours lugging our suit cases to the main port in Venice only to find out the ship was parked at another port 2 miles away. We were unable to find taxi for an extended period of time. We ran into others that were in the same situation. Overall it was a great experience and we would definitely do this again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our 4th cruise on Silversea and we were very excited it was on the new Silver Muse. She is a beautiful well laid out ship. You can tell everything was well thought through. I loved her decor. I have read many reviews on this ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Silversea and we were very excited it was on the new Silver Muse. She is a beautiful well laid out ship. You can tell everything was well thought through. I loved her decor. I have read many reviews on this topic and I found it to be chic, simple and classy. The Muse's decor may be a touch more contemporary than the traditional decor found on other Silversea ships and this is exactly what I loved about it. I find the overkill of artwork and bright random splashes of color to be a little too much and you will not find that on this beautiful ship. Embarkation and disembarkation as always, were a breeze. After we arrived at the port, we were on the ship in about 10 minutes and the same on departure, we had our luggage and out for our transportation in about 10 minutes. Our experience in all of the restaurants were fantastic. We dined at LaTerrazza, Atlantide, The Grill, Silver Note and Spaccanapoli. It's a tough call between LaTerrazza and Atlantide, but I think Atlantide may have been our favorite. The food was excellent in both restaurants and the staff everywhere was phenomenal but we always had such a laugh and good time with Jordan and Mr. Kim in Atlantide. They were exceptional as well as Jenni who quickly learned our favorite red wine and would show up out of nowhere with a bottle at every restaurant we dined at. How did she always know where we were?! :). There were 6 of us and although we had reservations many of the evenings, walking in and getting an immediate table at Atlantide was never a problem. The pizza at Spaccanapoli was fantastic. We ate there most days for lunch and even for dinner one evening too. Gerson always took amazing care of us as did all the staff on both outdoor decks. I'm hoping they will add this pizza restaurant to some of the other ships. The Grill is always great and uniquely different cooking on the hot rocks outside under the stars. Silver Note was good but the least favorite. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, piano and singer but the service ran quite slow both nights we dined there. The food was very good but did not blow us away like some of the other meals we had on board. All in all the food was fantastic. I had heard complaints that the menus in the restaurants do not change however with so many restaurants to try and only 10 days to try them in, we never had any problems having different options everywhere we went. Also can't forget about the Arts Cafe which is perfect for a good cup of coffee any time of day. For the first time on any of my Silversea sailings, we visited the casino and on multiple nights. Although it is small, it was a lot of fun. We are not really big gamblers so we stuck to the roulette table with a few drinks, friends and laughs. The staff in the casino was also great. Our Silver suite was perfect! Absolutely loved this suite and can't recommend it enough. I have covered more on that in my cabin review. Fortunately we did not need it as much on this trip but WiFi was quite spotty when in all ports. We had no problem however during sea days and it was quite fast. The fitness center was great. It's not huge but efficient with quality new machines and equipment. There was never a wait for some kind of cardio machine. The treadmills were the first to fill up but there was always something available to get a little workout in be it an elliptical or bike. It is a rear facing fitness center with large windows which makes for a great view but while at sea it can be a little bizarre running on the treadmill. I would only have two complaints. One complaint would be with our butler. We are not demanding by any means but if we needed anything from bar-restocking to towels and soaps, we could not reach him most of the time and this is during his "on" hours. We went days without seeing him which is fine but not what we have gotten used to on our other Silversea cruises. Although it was disappointing, it is a minor thing compared to the rest of the service ship wide. Secondly, the pool chairs/space for sea days is a bit limited for the amount of passengers. On both of our sea days it was very frustrating watching people secure chairs on the upper deck AND on the lower deck at the same time. They would spend a few hours on one set of chairs and then leave a shirt and or book behind and then go to their other chairs right by the pool and swim and sun there for a few hours. There were multiple couples doing this and therefore many people never had a chance to lay in the sun. We also saw several double loungers sit for the entire day empty with a misc. piece of clothing or a hat to "hold" it. We would be in nearby chairs and literally never saw anyone occupy these double loungers for the entire 6+ hours we were there. The staff really should try to find a way to monitor the chairs and remove items after a certain amount of time even if it's an hour...two hours...something. We were fortunate enough to get chairs for both of our sea days but many were not, what a shame. There is also a large beautiful deck area above the observation lounge on deck 11. It's not exactly easy to find but it's there and really nice. On sea days it would make a beautiful area to lay in the sun if the staff would put lounge chairs up there. Our itinerary was fantastic and I only wish we had more stops in Croatia. What a fantastic experience Dubrovnik was...just wow! The walls are amazing, pictures do not do it justice. Sorrento was perfect with two days there. We still couldn't fit it all in but we gave it a good effort. The Almalfi coast drive takes your breath away and seeing Capri by a small private boat was stunning. Palermo was not what I expected. A bit crowded and dirty in the city but at least it had great high end shopping (Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, etc.). Taormina as always is such a charming town and perfect for the amphitheater, a stroll, wine and great little shops. Olbia was a gorgeous surprise but you've got to get a good distance from the port. Kayking was breathtaking and a vineyard visit completed an amazing day. Venice was nice but so much larger and crowded than expected. The islands of Murano and Burano are quaint and charming and more of what I was expecting most of Venice to be like. The entire experience was phenomenal. I loved the itinerary and loved the ship and now have a new favorite with the Muse. We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were looking at doing a river cruise to Switzerland and thought it would be a slower pace and more intimate with the area. As I searched, the Silversea came up so I took a look and saw the size of the ships smaller and ports of entry ... Read More
We were looking at doing a river cruise to Switzerland and thought it would be a slower pace and more intimate with the area. As I searched, the Silversea came up so I took a look and saw the size of the ships smaller and ports of entry to be "real" and not cruise line manufactured. It listed the guest numbers basically the same as the number of staff members and all rooms were a suite with a butler. We had done one cruise, our first, in 2010 on a very large Celebrity cruise with over 4,000 people and were not impressed in the least. We spent a fortune on the 2nd best room on the ship, thank goodness as that was the best part of the cruise. After, we decided that cruising would not be in our future ever. Then I met Silversea! There are no words to express this wonderful overall experience. The mediterranean was a dream but we would NOT cruise with the so-called "world" thousands on the ship. We will definitely cruise with Silversea again for sure. We made many new friends due to the intimacy of the ship environment. On a less than exemplary note, I have to admit that I am not a food connoisseur and not keen on many varieties of seafood; so in the ship's defense, I am sure those whose palettes are expanded way more than mine, it was probably wonderful. I went for the experience and not necessarily the food; however what I mostly had was good. The most memorable dinner was on the "hot stone", you will have to try this...amazing. And the Ship party that was called "die by Chocolate", well, do I need to say more. Wine, wine and more wine... may I say that is was flowing whenever, however, and where ever you wanted. Specialty drinks? hmmmm masters in disguise! The cabin... just delicious! Breakfast every morning in our room was just a delight! Celebrating our 38th anniversary, our butler surprised us on the last day with a decadent chocolate cake.... a sweet treat to end the cruise. Just special in my book. The excursions, some too fast to enjoy the area and not time to shop. Sometimes too much information gets lost in the desire to explore a bit on your own. I can't say enough about how Silversea handled everything from pre embarkation and post disembarkation was utterly amazing. They make one feel like royalty and truly cared for. The hotels chosen were lovely, and this is a big deal too! Too many wonderful things to report for the Silversea cruise line! We will book another for sure in the future Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our third cruise with Silversea. The Muse, as a new ship, was the best ship ever. This is a very ‘happy’ ship. The entire ship sparkled. She is being beautifully maintained by a very dedicated crew. Our cabin was light and ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Silversea. The Muse, as a new ship, was the best ship ever. This is a very ‘happy’ ship. The entire ship sparkled. She is being beautifully maintained by a very dedicated crew. Our cabin was light and roomy, great shower. Butler servic was exemplary...thanks Naia. She met our every need...always with a smile. Dining in three of the many restaurants never disappointed. We especially liked La Dame and the Silvernote. We even arranged a private dinner at the Panorama Lounge as the sun went down off our stern. Wonderful service, especially from Egbert who knew our wants before we even asked. Entertainment was spot on...very professional from singing to choreography. Rico was a great host. The only port that didn’t excite was Livorno. Nothing there. Two days in any other port would have been better. We look forward to our next cruise aboard Muse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted a luxury experience that was all inclusive. That's exactly what we got. Our experience started with a very smooth and quick registration process. We were shown to an incredible suite that we couldn't imagaine ... Read More
We wanted a luxury experience that was all inclusive. That's exactly what we got. Our experience started with a very smooth and quick registration process. We were shown to an incredible suite that we couldn't imagaine was ours. The butler service was terrific especially the 4:00 PM canape service. What a treat to have such efficient laundry service! Dining was pleasurable with a wide selection to choose from, Imagine someone at poolside going around and cleaning glasses and sunglasses! Shore excursion we took was well organized and interesting. Last port was underwhelming (Sete) but all others perfect. The entertainment was good on 3 nights but a bit slow on the others. I'd like to see a bit more of a selection when it comes to wine with dinner. Disembarkation was incredibly organized and we were on our way to the airport within 25 minutes. Overall a fantastic experience which we would do again as soon as we can. I would highly reccomend Silversea for anyone considering a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have cruised several times - ocean and river. The Silver Muse was a beatiful ship. Service and food excellent. Entertaiment can be better. Organization and managment of passengers at ports of call well done. The butler service offers ... Read More
We have cruised several times - ocean and river. The Silver Muse was a beatiful ship. Service and food excellent. Entertaiment can be better. Organization and managment of passengers at ports of call well done. The butler service offers all you need in no time. There are no general restaurants so you choose the type of food ahead of time. There was only one night when the restaurant we wanted to use was full. Dining on deck where you can cook your steak on a hot rock was fun. The drinks are included and the quality of the wines was good overall. The captain was visible, interactive and very nice. Had an opportunity to dine with him and his wife - lovely couple. Although you pay more for being part of a luxury cruise, it is worth the money when you see the quality of what the ship offers. Truly enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted to try the Silver Muse after hearing all about it when on the Silver Spirit. It’s amazing. I can’t actually think of anything that needs to change. The suites are lovely. We were on the eighth floor so it was quiet and the ... Read More
We wanted to try the Silver Muse after hearing all about it when on the Silver Spirit. It’s amazing. I can’t actually think of anything that needs to change. The suites are lovely. We were on the eighth floor so it was quiet and the suite so spacious. We didn’t see much of our butler but given the demands of the more elderly American passengers I think their work was cut out ! We tried every restaurant and loved them all. What makes Silverseas so different is just the friendliness of all the staff. They are definitely getting it right in terms of engaged staff. The pool area is lovely and never gets too busy apart from perhaps days at sea. They have some double sunbeds which I haven’t seen before but they are great. The entertainment was ok. The highlight was the ballet dances. A couple from the Bolshoi who were amazing. The other singers were okay but never felt very authentic to me. Now that we have experienced two cruises on Silverseas I think we have landed our choice and are looking forward to the next fabulous experience aboard the Muse. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have sailed with Silversea six previous times. This time we wanted to experience the Muse (latest ship) as we explored the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. Our trip included back to back cruises starting in Rome on August 12th and ... Read More
We have sailed with Silversea six previous times. This time we wanted to experience the Muse (latest ship) as we explored the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. Our trip included back to back cruises starting in Rome on August 12th and ending in Monte Carlo on August 29th. Both segments were at capacity with approximately 600 guests, yet, there was never a crowd, as the ship seems to allow ample areas for guests to visit and enjoy music, relaxation, food, drink and socializing. At times, we wondered where everyone was! The new ship has amazing and elegant decor throughout, and the service is stellar, as with our prior cruises with Silversea. The expanded dining venues were part of what made the ship less crowded. All were excellent, however, booking your dining reservations in advance seems essential as some people had trouble getting reservations at some of the busy venues, although some venues do not require reservations. We found that arriving at these about 7:30 seemed to make it easy to get a seat. The Silversea online system allows guests to make reservations for dining in advance, and adjust onboard if needed which we highly recommend. We enjoyed the menus at the new Indochine restaurant, the Silver Note, Atlantide, loved getting pizza from Spaccanapoli, and my husband loved the ice cream bar they offered throughout the day and evening. Room service is really helpful on mornings when we had an early morning tour scheduled. The ports and shore excursions were varied and enjoyable. I do miss the previous Silversea Signature options which are now replaced by custom tours by a private car. We chose a variety of types of tours, from highlights of the port town by coach, to Segway tours and off road experiences. One of my favorites was a trip to a Preserve used by Tito to host world leaders and my husband enjoyed a bike ride that was scheduled at the same time. The tours typically have small groups from 12 to 24 in size. The Muse suites are larger than the other ships, and the increased storage areas are really appreciated. Our cabin was on the 5th deck which was perfect. I dislike long corridors on ships and try to select an area that has fewer rooms on the corridor, mid ship and on a lower deck, which typically offers smoother sailing. There was an elevator just a few doors from our suite and the Dolce Vita Lounge was located near our room, where we went for pre dinner drinks and entertainment. The row of drawers in the desk allowed my husband to put his folded clothes there and mine were in the closet, so we were not having to take turns getting ready. The entertainment in Silver Note is always a pleasure. Esther and Chantelle were amazing and the entire staff of the Silver Note were fabulous. Esther takes requests all evening and even customizes songs that my not be on her regular list (amazing!). The segment from Venice to Monte Carlo offered special guest entertainers including Russian ballet and an Italian orchestra which were all amazing. The Voices of Silversea (6 talented young artists) who produce variety themed shows in the theater and at the pool on some nights were good, but we only went to their performances a few times. There is also a music trio, pianist, guitarist and Disco DJ who are located in various lounges in the evening offering lots of choices for music. One complaint I have is how the spa staff seem to have become more pushy with recommendations on products they offer. I ended up cancelling my services in the spa. We look forward to our upcoming cruises in New England and an expedition cruise to Galapagos. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I'm a 46 year old with a working wife and we do pretty well for ourselves. We live in an upscale suburb in the US and are members of a country club. I'm telling you this so, you have a frame of reference for the person writing ... Read More
I'm a 46 year old with a working wife and we do pretty well for ourselves. We live in an upscale suburb in the US and are members of a country club. I'm telling you this so, you have a frame of reference for the person writing this review. i.e. I know good stuff when I see it. I don't consider the Cheesecake Factory a five star dinning experience. Not that there's anything wrong with the CF. I would never take a cruise with thousands of people on board. I sailed on a smaller cruise line made up of sailing ships; you know the one. It had 180 guests on board with a Rome to Nice itinerary. It was a first class cruise and I loved it and knew I would do it again. I was a little skeptical that 600 guest aboard the Silver Muse was too many. It was not. We had a total Five Star experience from the second we landed in Rome to the second we checked bags to fly home from Venice. There were Silversea reps every step of the way. It was a completely mindless and effortless vacation. The cabin was gorgeous and spacious with a private balcony, sitting area, walk-in closet, and large bath with shower and bathtub. Our butler, Catalino, greeted us right away and was there for us all week. We told him we liked bourbon and prosecco and boom, a bottle of Maker's Mark and Prosecco were in our cabin after lunch. The ice bucket was never empty and we were always asked if there was anything he could do for us. The ship was beautiful and spotless. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The restaurants were all very good to excellent. Shore excursions were all first class with guides every step of the way. The age demographic on board was wide spread. This was not a senior citizen cruise. There weren't a ton of young children either and the few onboard were very well behaved. We met great people from all over the world and were surprised by how social everyone was. The only problem with that is, we stayed up too late every night. Many people we met were skeptical about taking a cruise and agreed with me that they would never get on a floating mall with buffets and thousands of passengers. It was unanimous among the people we met that they would all do a Silversea cruise again. So, you think you're not a cruiser? Give this one a shot and be more than pleasantly surprised. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because of our long history with Silversea. Our last cruise on The Wind showed us a very aging ship and amenities that worried us about Silversea's commitment to excellence. The Muse was a wonderful experience ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of our long history with Silversea. Our last cruise on The Wind showed us a very aging ship and amenities that worried us about Silversea's commitment to excellence. The Muse was a wonderful experience although the lack of intimacy of the smaller ships could be felt. Looking to our future cruise selections, we may need to look at competitive lines to maintain the small ship experience. We appreciated the additional restaurant selection and the food quality was improved. The casino was very small but appeared to meet the needs of the ship. As mentioned, more should be done to help passengers with limited mobility to explore ports of call and there should be a selection of "no cost" excursions to help explore the ports without additional fees. These can add up quickly and bring the cost of the cruise into non-competitive range. We were offered an upgrade to a Silver Suite which did cost us 2000.00 but we felt this was well worth the price. We did not received any ship board which in talking with other passengers, was unusual especially the British guests who seem to fare much better than we did. Most of the entertainment was scheduled for 10pm.. way too late when morning excursions start between 8 and 9. Earlier shows allow you to enjoy the entertainment then to dinner and then off to bed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The Silver Muse is a gorgeous ship - if you are looking for 'new' and modern then this is it. The cabins and decks and corridors have a very modern feel which I really liked. The cabins are very spacious and the bathrooms are ... Read More
The Silver Muse is a gorgeous ship - if you are looking for 'new' and modern then this is it. The cabins and decks and corridors have a very modern feel which I really liked. The cabins are very spacious and the bathrooms are large (with separate bath no less). Good sized balconies too. We had a night in Barcelona beforehand which was great (can recommend the Ohla hotel ... and try their Sangria in the restaurant, a knockout) - then embarking the ship was a breeze and absolutely seamless. Pluses of the ship are: - spacious and modern cabins (we were deck 8 and it was great) - great choice of restaurants and top quality food (I particularly recommend Indochine for beautiful Asian flavours and Spaccanapoli for fabulously good pizza) - plenty of space on decks and in restaurants, with only 600 passengers - have a coffee in the Arts café in the morning, it is a little hidden gem which is fairly empty but does the best coffee on the ship! - have a pre- and post-prandial in the Observatory on deck 11 - another hidden gem - butler service was great, we didn't use our butler a lot, but we had a birthday celebration onboard and our butler Edmondo brought champagne and birthday cake and, yes, sang happy birthday! - self service laundry facilities on each level - very handy - and, of course, drinks any time of day or night, freely flowing, no need to order and pay (we now realise we do not want to cruise any other way). - TIP for Cannes - absolutely MUST do the 'Cannes by Segway' tour - it was unbelievably easy to learn how to use a Segway and we segwayed our way through the town and even an indoor food market. Best excursion I have ever done. Other tips and info: - there was NO problem getting into any of the included restaurants even without a reservation (we did not try the pay extra ones, but did not need to as the included restaurants were so good) - the age of people on board was much younger than I had expected, quite a few children as well, possibly because it was a summer cruise - dress code was very casual during the day, and only really got to a level of neat informal in the evening (while a few men wore suits, many wore jacket and tie and still others were dressed more informally than that which took me by surprise). So no need to bother with your dinner suit gents...although my man did and he looked gorgeous! - pool area was the most populated area during the day due to warm weather - grab a deck chair away from the pool area if you want to read, waiters will come by and see if you need a drink - entertainment was possibly the only disappointment on the ship, there isn't much of it ... if you are used to cruising on a larger ship with high level entertainment in the evenings and lots of options during the day, you will be a tad disappointed, so be warned. Overall, in my opinion, a 5 star ship and we look forward to cruising on the Silver Muse again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I wanted an ultra luxury one week cruise for my first cruise. I travel a lot. Always stay at five star hotels and resorts. Examples include Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. My Silver Muse experience was five ... Read More
I wanted an ultra luxury one week cruise for my first cruise. I travel a lot. Always stay at five star hotels and resorts. Examples include Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. My Silver Muse experience was five star in every way. I had very high expectations and they were exceeded. I highly recomend Silversea. The suite I had was superb. As good as any suite at the hotels I mentioned above. The restaurants were also superb. I have been in the restaurant business for almost 50 years. I have owned five star restaurants. So I am a very tough judge. But all of the restaurants had excellent food and simply superb service. My butler service was also superb. Mark was my butler and he could give a course on how to be a great butler. And now for the spa. Wonderful. I was shocked at the quality of services which actually included Jaciara who did chinese acupuncture. She really helped my aching knee. Aching from dancing too much each night. In all a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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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