Silver Muse Review
- Pro: Ship knows its audience and targets it perfectly with entertainment, suites, cuisine
- Con: Spa is small, upcharge for unappealing thermal suite is too high
- Bottom Line: Personalized service, large suites and interesting destinations create luxury experience
Silver Muse Overview
With its 2017 debut, Silver Muse swiftly became Silversea's flagship cruise vessel. That's because it's the biggest and newest in the cruise line's fleet. It's luxury, yes, but it's what those in the company describe as "European luxury," which whispers rather than screams. The ship employs a monochromatic color palette, with lots of brown, tan, beige and cream. And you'll see the same materials -- rich fabrics and gleaming marble -- used in your suite as you'll find in many of the lounges and restaurants. It's beautiful in its simplicity.
Silver Muse feels a bit like a hotel, but in the right ways. It has a lovely central staircase that features two winding sets of stairs all the way from bottom to top, and wide corridors (though we wish there were more art along the hallways). The decor has a strong point of view in that it's so simple. You won't find anything that makes you stop and say, "Wow!", but you'll just genuinely appreciate that everything is comfortable and quietly elegant.
Suites onboard are a highlight, with even the smallest measuring almost 400 square feet, counting the veranda. All suites have lots of things the modern traveler loves: plenty of storage, gorgeous walk-in closets, more outlets than you need and high-end touches like ultra-high thread count sheets and towels. Cabins are personal, quiet and comfortable.
The pool area, too, is a big win. We love the long, wide pool, with space to lounge. Throw in some really excellent casual fare -- pizza and burgers -- and it's idyllic for a sea day. In fact, Silver Muse has lots of open outdoor space; the back of decks 7, 8 and 9 all feature casual outdoor seating.
Where Silver Muse comes up short is its spa, which feels cramped and lacks the luxury you will find in other spots on the ship. Its tiny (for-fee) thermal spa along with the narrow changing rooms, are a turnoff and don't appeal to those looking for a little relaxation. While there's a good selection of spa treatments, there's no incentive to want to spend more time in the spa complex.
Another missed opportunity comes from the restaurants. While we love the concept of eight distinct venues, it means the menus are set and don't change from day to day. That's fine; there's enough variety. But what's missing is the local food opportunity. We'd love to see paella, for example, when the ship visits Spain. The chefs source local ingredients, and we'd love to see them further highlighted. Additionally, having eight restaurants onboard is ambitious, and it could mean some quality or service drops off when venues are busiest.
Silver Muse Fellow Passengers
Passengers on Silver Muse are generally in the baby boomer category, which Silversea unabashedly targets. Expect fellow cruisers to be 55 and older. Most hail from the United States, though you'll find Brits and Aussies, as well. Passengers are well traveled, affluent, curious and friendly. Children 6 months and older are permitted to sail, but you won't find many kids onboard. You'll see more children -- often traveling with grandparents and parents -- on shorter sailings and during the holidays and over summer.
Silver Muse Dress Code
Silver Muse follows a casual dress code during the day, when passengers wear comfortable and weather/activity-appropriate clothing. Shorts, jeans and T-shirts are common around the ship and in port. Swimwear is de rigeur poolside, though not indoors.
After 6 p.m., dress code is dictated by dining venue. Spaccanapoli and The Grill are casual every night. That means women wear pants, blouses, skirts or casual dresses, while men wear open-neck shirts and slacks. La Terrazza, Indochine, Silver Note and Kaiseki are informal, and passengers tend to go fairly traditional, with women wearing nice dresses or pants and blouses and men wearing dress shirts and slacks, often topped with jackets, though ties are optional. La Dame and Atlantide are formal: Women wear evening or cocktail attire, while men wear suits or dinner jackets, though tuxedos are rare. Ties are required.
No jeans or shorts are permitted in indoor venues after 6 p.m.
Silver Muse Inclusions
Cruises on Silver Muse include most meals (except for those in select specialty restaurants), drinks (excluding beverages from the high-end Connoisseurs List), room service, gratuities, butler service and self-service laundry. Passengers in lower-level cabins get one hour of complimentary Wi-Fi each day; passengers in Silver Suites and beyond receive unlimited internet. Shore excursions are not included, though Silversea provides a complimentary shuttle to the center of the cities Silver Muse visits. Spa treatments and fitness training are not included, either; laundry and dry cleaning services are only included for top-suite passengers. The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.