As longtime cruisers, we were excited to check out the Silver Muse. What could be better than a brand new ship? We were not disappointed. The ship itself is stellar--beautiful public space, smartly designed outdoor space, perfectly appointed cabins, great decor, etc.
Because we were proactive in planning our dining way in advance, the "no main dining room" and "reservations required" policy was not really an issue for us. That said, we were shut out of the Silver Note completely (despite trying to make a reservation 120 days ahead!) and encountered many other guests who had to resort to room service or pizza because they simply could not be accommodated ANYWHERE! This is unacceptable in any scenario, but at this price point it's just flat out wrong. The upcharge is La Dame and Indochine is also offensive; the latter being really not worth it.
It would have been nice to have had an "expert" on board to explain the ports in advance. The tour desk was not particularly knowledgeable or helpful with information about next stops. Additionally, how about interactive maps on the TV? We often joked with our fellow passengers, "where the heck are we?"
Cabin was lovely--LOTS of storage and outlets.
Very nice, though a bit gritty city.
We did a private, Tours by Locals, guide. Porto is a GREAT little city! Loved it and will undoubtedly return.
We had a private, Tours by Locals, guide. Nice city--glad we were there for just a few hours. We can cross it off the list. No need to return.
We had a private, Tours by Locals, guide. We LOVED the overnight. The ship was docked right at the town so we could walk in and have dinner, coffee, etc. The city is just beautiful--fantastic stop.
Absolutely no need to take an excursion (unless you want to do the amazing Normandy Beaches). The town of Honfleur is adorable but SUPER TOURISTY. Walk around a bit and have a nice lunch. Nothing else to see/do...
Actually no need for an overnight! Mont St. Michel is amazing but, alas, a tourist trap.
We had a private, Tours by Locals, guide. AMAZING city--great food, architecture, sights etc. We'll be back!