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It's a new ship, so you'd expect top notch facilities and almost no wear and tear. The ship lived up to those expectations. There's a design flaw though that needs to be addressed: there's no main dining room. There are 8 restaurants, and 7 of them require reservations in advance. Only the pizza place doesn't require a reservation. IMPORTANT to make reservations for every night before embarkation, or else you might be eating pizza or room service. We tried to have dinner with some folks that we met onboard, and were unable to do so because of the reservation policy. Additionally, 6 of the 8 restaurants require a dinner jacket, with 4 of them also requiring a tie. That got annoying in a hurry. Silversea doesn't have tux rental, so I had to allocate packing space to a sport coat. The last annoyance with the restaurants was that the menus don't change. The limited food selection was starting to get old by the end of a 12-day cruise, so imagine how that would be after 3 or 4 weeks! We didn't eat at the Indochine restaurant on board, but I didn't hear any good reviews from the people who did. Perhaps they could scratch that restaurant, merge the Japanese restaurant with The Grill, and use the extra space for a smart casual main dining room. That would solve all of the problems, but it probably won't happen any time soon. The only other complaint is that the internet, while fast for a cruise ship, kept losing connection every few minutes. We paid for the upgraded internet, but had I known how it would perform, I would have stuck with the complimentary 1 hour per day. Now the good: food quality was pretty good compared to other cruise lines. The waiters did a terrific job of remembering peoples' names. The butler service was quite good. The unlimited free alcohol and soft drink policy was wonderful! The excursions were quite good, and none of them were canceled. We never saw much entertainment, as it didn't start until 10 pm, mostly because the restaurants didn't open until 7 pm, but we liked what we saw. The cabins weren't the largest around, but they were comfortable and well maintained.

Great ship, but some bugs to fix

Silver Muse Cruise Review by geoloman

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It's a new ship, so you'd expect top notch facilities and almost no wear and tear. The ship lived up to those expectations. There's a design flaw though that needs to be addressed: there's no main dining room. There are 8 restaurants, and 7 of them require reservations in advance. Only the pizza place doesn't require a reservation. IMPORTANT to make reservations for every night before embarkation, or else you might be eating pizza or room service. We tried to have dinner with some folks that we met onboard, and were unable to do so because of the reservation policy.

Additionally, 6 of the 8 restaurants require a dinner jacket, with 4 of them also requiring a tie. That got annoying in a hurry. Silversea doesn't have tux rental, so I had to allocate packing space to a sport coat.

The last annoyance with the restaurants was that the menus don't change. The limited food selection was starting to get old by the end of a 12-day cruise, so imagine how that would be after 3 or 4 weeks!

We didn't eat at the Indochine restaurant on board, but I didn't hear any good reviews from the people who did. Perhaps they could scratch that restaurant, merge the Japanese restaurant with The Grill, and use the extra space for a smart casual main dining room. That would solve all of the problems, but it probably won't happen any time soon.

The only other complaint is that the internet, while fast for a cruise ship, kept losing connection every few minutes. We paid for the upgraded internet, but had I known how it would perform, I would have stuck with the complimentary 1 hour per day.

Now the good: food quality was pretty good compared to other cruise lines. The waiters did a terrific job of remembering peoples' names. The butler service was quite good. The unlimited free alcohol and soft drink policy was wonderful! The excursions were quite good, and none of them were canceled. We never saw much entertainment, as it didn't start until 10 pm, mostly because the restaurants didn't open until 7 pm, but we liked what we saw. The cabins weren't the largest around, but they were comfortable and well maintained.
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