Silver Muse Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Excellent for some but not for all

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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Classic Verandah Suite

My wife and I chose this cruise as we had always wanted to try a luxury cruise line, and when we saw a package that would book-end the cruise with a preceding tour of China and a post-cruise tour of India it would cross three things off our bucket list.

So let's start with the positives. Our overall thoughts on this cruise and Silver Muse as a cruise ship are very positive. It is a ship of refined elegance with excellent customer service and attention to detail, provided by friendly yet professional crew members. Our cabin steward and butler were very accommodating when it came to fulfilling our requests. The ratio of crew to passengers was excellent. The food was very good (but see below) and the wine/spirit options were also excellent (but, again, see below). If you wanted to drink champagne all day long, you could. The room service was the best we had ever had on a cruise ship. The guest entertainers were far better than the in-house main entertainers (who were prone to making mistakes and had obviously not rehearsed enough). The enrichment lectures were very interesting and informative, provided by experts in their field. Bulgari bathroom products were top quality. Even though it was a 'smaller' ship it never felt crowded. Silver Muse is definitely suitable if you are very elderly or somewhat infirm.

That all said, several negatives (in our opinion) did come to light over the two weeks on board. Being a smaller ship, it was impacted more by rougher seas which meant more movement was experienced (not that it was ever that bad). The quality of the main in-house entertainment was quite poor, the exception being the duo in Silver Note who were excellent. On board activities were limited. The internet was very intermittent. The buffet service (if you can call it that) was very limited, available only at very restricted times, and there was no buffet service in the evening. Dinner at several restaurants with limited seating needed to be booked, which was not always easy as many passengers were obviously making multiple bookings at their favourite restaurant. (TIP: Speak to the Hotel Director and/or restaurant managers should this happen - it worked each time!) The two speciality restaurants are simply not worth the extra money (100US$ in total per person); the food elsewhere was just as good. The ship ran out of complimentary rose wine on Day 2 of the cruise. The butler service was available only at set times during the day.

Cabin Review

Classic Verandah Suite

We couldn't have asked more of this Classic Veranda Suite. It was beautifully furnished and maintained to a very high standard, with all the required amenities and facilities. Even though it was more than big enough to meet our needs, I don't know why, but I expected it to be bigger.

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