9 Santiago (Valparaiso) Silversea Silver Muse Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary, but also because an acquaintance was actively recruiting people to join her and her husband on their sixth Silversea cruise. She was enthusiastic about the line and spoke highly of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary, but also because an acquaintance was actively recruiting people to join her and her husband on their sixth Silversea cruise. She was enthusiastic about the line and spoke highly of the travel agent she has used for many years. We ended up with a group of 18, some who had previously traveled together and others, like us, who were "newbies" to the group and Silversea. We met several times throughout the fall to discuss excursions, dining options and air travel (we flew out of different cities). Our friend coordinated everything with our travel agent and he assured her that all transfers and excursions would be booked and dining reservations made for the whole group (we agreed to meet up every night for dinner at three tables of six). Unfortunately, he died suddenly in mid November. Turns out he worked alone and had not finalized all our plans. She contacted Silversea to explain our situation and they found a travel agency willing to take over and finalize our trip. We arrived in Santiago and found our bus with no problem. Embarkation was a breeze and I was impressed with how quickly the suites were ready. By 2:00 PM, we were in our suite on deck six. The Deluxe Veranda was very nice. We found plenty of hangers, drawer space and a lovely little jewelry box in the safe - very convenient. Bathroom small, but functional. Good water pressure, no issues with hot water. Other guests had trouble with no hot water. We explored the ship and compared it favorably to our last cruise on Regent's Voyager. I thought the color scheme was pretty bland. I referred to it as "Fifty Shades of Taupe," and thought they could have used some pops of color. There is a forward observation lounge, with a smallish library and bar area. We ended up there often for cocktails (fabulous bartender there - Jiro). The main dining area on Deck 7 is La Terrazza and reminded us of La Veranda on Regent. We also scoped out the pool area, fitness center and large area called Dolce Vita, which we would end up visiting frequently, as it is where Team Trivia was played daily. There is only ONE computer available for guests to use. So, if you don't have a laptop or iPad you're stuck with queuing up for that one desktop next to the Concierge desk. All in all, dining proved to be underwhelming. We ate in Kaiseki the first night and didn't realize until we were well into dinner that this was one of the two venues that charge $60/person. No one mentioned this when we were seated, nor was it posted on the menu. That was our mistake. We should have paid attention. The food was good, but was it worth $120 for us? No. Another couple ate in the French venue, La Dame, and were so disappointed they got their account credited. We then ate in Atlantide several times and on one occasion I had to return my soup, as it was very salty and another time returned my prawns, which had the consistency of mush. My husband loves sea bass and would get a good outcome one night and a completely different result the next night. All of us in our large group agreed that Atlantide needs some serious attention. Food quality varied widely, and while service was always pleasant, it was so slow. You could count on a 2.5 to 3 hour dinner. We liked Indochine very much, loved the Hot Rocks. La Terrazzo is probably the best option for dining. Breakfast was always acceptable, especially if you stuck to fresh fruits, omelettes and cereals. Loved the Arts Cafe. Good espresso drinks and I love playing the daily quiz they offered there. The pizza on Deck 11 (Spaccanopli) was good, while the lunch at the Grill again varied widely. I finally learned to ask for something off menu, such as a grilled chicken breast. My husband returned the rueben sandwich as it had almost no corned beef. Hamburgers were very tasteless. Wines were average, the kind of stuff I get at my local grocery store. After awhile we were able to get better wine by asking to try different ones and not just accepting what they were pouring that night. Entertainment was okay, though we only attended a few shows due to the late hour. We did like the piano player in the Silver Note very much, though the dinner there was one of the worst we had. We loved playing Team Trivia with Cruise Director Vicki and enjoyed many of the lectures, though I was disappointed that there were not many on Chile itself. I was hoping for more of a destination expert. Service was always good and the staff is extremely pleasant and well trained. We weren't big on utilizing our Butler, but when we needed her, she was right there. Due to a lot of illness on this cruise, the staff was super diligent about sanitizing and overall cleanliness. Excursions were fair to excellent. The best excursion by far, was the one we organized ourselves, exploring Vina Del Mar and the Casas Del Bosques winery. The best one organized by the cruise line was the Falklands Islands Blue Lagoon tour. Overall Observations: #1. I'll never use a travel agent again who works alone, with no back up assistance. We were lucky that we were able to get another agent at the last minute, but it could have been a disaster. #2. I'm not sold on Silversea. I never once saw officers. Other than the last night when they appeared in the tiny show lounge, they were noticeably absent. On previous cruises, especially on Regent, they are in the dining venues, wandering the ship on sea days, etc....We heard once a day updates from the captain, at noon, but he sounded like he was reading from a script. We asked for a bridge tour and were told they only planned ONE and it was full. The food is NOT locally sourced at all. We asked specifically if we would have local fish and beef from South America and were told everything was brought on board frozen, earlier in the voyage and it was impracticable to have local ingredients. We were amazed that they ran out of Pisco, which is supposedly the national liquor of Chile. They ran out on day two of the cruise and said they had no way to stock it again on the cruise. #3. Value. For the amount we paid, we expected more. Very disappointed with the airfare situation. Only one hour of free WiFi a day? Excursions were pricey and mediocre at best. We organized three on our own and had better outcomes. Food was the biggest disappointment. I think based on our preferences we might either try Viking Ocean next time, or go back to Regent. I'd be curious to see if other Cruise Critic members concur. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because of the S. American itinerary and because the Muse was a new ship.We were concerned about the previous negative reviews we had read related to dining and formal nights and we were pleased to see that these items ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the S. American itinerary and because the Muse was a new ship.We were concerned about the previous negative reviews we had read related to dining and formal nights and we were pleased to see that these items were not an issue. We never had a problem getting a reservation in any of the restaurants even though we changed many of our original reservations. There were 3 "formal " nights but over half of the men wore suits instead of more formal attire. Service was very impressive throughout the ship.It was nice having premium bar service included in the cruise package and the no tipping policy was appreciated. Public spaces were more than adequate and at times we felt like the ship was half empty, even though it was nearly full. We pre booked La Dame for 3 nights but after our first night there, cancelled our other 2 reservations. The service was impeccable but the food did not warrant a $120 surcharge. The lamb was overcooked and underwhelmed. Great wine selection however! Atlantide was probably our favorite restaurant and offered a good selection of entrees throughout the cruise. La Tarazza was typical cruise buffet fare. Breakfast was very good and you could order egg dishes alacarte from waitstaff, without needing to go through buffet line. There were few hot lunch entrees compared to our previous experiences on other lines. Desserts were beautiful to look at but failed the taste test. Disembarkation in Buenos Aires was unorganized and one of our worst disembarkation experiences ever! Bottom Line: Good ship but not worth the premium prices. I doubt that we will sail with Silverseas again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
we enjoyed our trip. Cabin and amenities are good. Service was very good. Where the ship lacked was in food, information and restaurants. Although you had choice in restaurants with different names, all were essentially the same. Menus ... Read More
we enjoyed our trip. Cabin and amenities are good. Service was very good. Where the ship lacked was in food, information and restaurants. Although you had choice in restaurants with different names, all were essentially the same. Menus were different yet the food tasted the same. Preparation was adequate but not interesting. Ship entertainment was less than inviting. Voices of Silversea were well below what can be had in the outside world and not worthy of listening. Lectures were well informed yet were light in substance and not as informative as they should be with relation to our country visits and lack of detail was evident. They were ok but you should expect more. All in all it was a lovely trip but I would think that given the international audience and apparent success and costs to the clients, management should reach further given style and life going on in cities across the world. Management should do better. On a final note, crew and ship were excellent. Thank you, roysc Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We have travelled on Regent several times and wanted to compare Silversea. The ship was beautiful and our suite was excellent as was our butler Pedro. The excursions were generally mediocre and greatly overpriced. The food was very good ... Read More
We have travelled on Regent several times and wanted to compare Silversea. The ship was beautiful and our suite was excellent as was our butler Pedro. The excursions were generally mediocre and greatly overpriced. The food was very good but service was mixed. It was marginal in the La Terrza and poor in LaDame but good elsewhere. Paying extra for LaDame -- good but not exceptional food --with poor service was a major disappointment. The lectures were very good but evening entertainment was disappointing. When we booked our cruise we were scheduled to stop in Uraguay but learned on the cruise that we were not stopping there and would simply have another day at sea. That was a substantial disappointment as the ports we stopped at were generally not very interesting and this would have been a highlight. The gluten free offerings were limited for my wife. Vicki the cruise director was very energetic, funny and a big plus on an otherwise rather boring trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Was excited to travel on this new cruise ship. As usual, great service. But there are some issues. Indochine is a worthless restaurant and not worth the time. Atlantine is wonderful and the best of all options, although one night we ... Read More
Was excited to travel on this new cruise ship. As usual, great service. But there are some issues. Indochine is a worthless restaurant and not worth the time. Atlantine is wonderful and the best of all options, although one night we were turned away because no tables available for a group of 6--even if we were willing to split up. None of the restaurants that charge more are worth it. La Dame is good and so is Keiseki but we opted out since they certainly weren't worth the extra cost. Best choice is Keiseki for lunch. Incredible sushi. Love breakfast at La Terraza and dinner there is pretty good. The Grill for dinner is predictable, but given weather was an issue (cold) so not a good option. Rooms are great. Butlers were very helpful. Tours in ports were mediocre to poor. But the ports themselves were kind of boring. Loved the Falkland Islands but arranged our own tour which was the same as the cruise tour and $100 cheaper per person (plus it was only for us--no bus!). Entertainment was incredible. The singers are wonderful. The lectures were also great. Worth attending. Cruise director was fun. So on board experience was good. Fitness center is too small and needs more bikes! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The Muse is a beautiful new ship and it will not disappoint your expectations. But, near the last minute, SilverSea pulled one of the prized destinations in favor of another day at sea. Many of our fellow passengers referred to that as a ... Read More
The Muse is a beautiful new ship and it will not disappoint your expectations. But, near the last minute, SilverSea pulled one of the prized destinations in favor of another day at sea. Many of our fellow passengers referred to that as a "SilverSea bait and switch." We agreed with that and there was never an explanation as to why they pulled that. The food was generally better than we have experienced on other high-end cruises but the kitchen cannot seem to get the meat temperature even close to what you ordered. On our first night in LaDame two of the three that ordered a meat dish rare to medium rare got medium well to well done entrees. The next night at Atlantide we had six orders of beef or lamb for rare to medium rare and three of us got plates with medium well to well done meat. That frustration with that fundamental kitchen mistake continued throughout the cruise. They really need to fix that problem. Our butler was well meaning but not very hospitable - especially toward my wife and the wife of a neighboring suite that he took care of as well. However, two couples we were also traveling with on Deck 5 had an exceptional butler. The Cigar club on Deck 8 was a marvelous place to enjoy a cigar and fine scotches. The biggest disappointment (beyond the bait and switch) were the excursions. They were widely considered awful and awfully expensive. Of course, there were a couple exceptions to that general rule. If I were ever tempted to do that cruise again (and i never will be so tempted), I would book private excursions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife and I wanted to see Chile and Argentina. We had actually previously scheduled a trip on another cruise line a few years ago but a serious illness of a family member caused us to cancel. Subsequently, several friends recommended ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to see Chile and Argentina. We had actually previously scheduled a trip on another cruise line a few years ago but a serious illness of a family member caused us to cancel. Subsequently, several friends recommended SilverSea. They are absolutely correct. The Silver Muse is as good as it gets. Our cabin [suite] was beautiful, very good size, had a walk in closet, a great bathroom with a stall shower and soaking tub. There are two TVs built into large mirrors, a nice sitting area and a large veranda. Service was outstanding with an excellent Butler and an excellent maid. Dining is great with nine restaurants, most of which were superb. My only complaint is why there is an extra fee for two of them when those two are no better than the others. Liquors and wines were uniformly excellent. Bar service again excellent. In Dolce Vita, Anwar, a server was amazing. The pool area is fine and very comfortable. Night entertainment is quite good. I do think the lectures should be more oriented to the ports and what is notable about them. Our only negative is that sometimes leaving the ship for a tour was total chaos. Most excursions were fun and quite good. The exceptions being horrendous food service in Coyhaique City and initially in the hotel in Santiago. Our additional complaint is the Check In at the Park Tower in Buenos Aires. In every other way the hotel is fine though it could use some renovation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise for two reasons, the itinerary and the Muse being an elegantly new ship and weren’t disappointed. Overall the ship is well appointed in a neutral palette with pleasing art. The suites are bright, airy, spacious and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons, the itinerary and the Muse being an elegantly new ship and weren’t disappointed. Overall the ship is well appointed in a neutral palette with pleasing art. The suites are bright, airy, spacious and have loads of storage. For us the chair and sofa could be more comfortable. We had no problems with noise and the television/entertainment system in the mirrors is ingenious. You have two viewing options, seated or from the bed. Servicing of our suite was impeccable. Our suite attendant, Jobie, was so attentive to our personal requests, especially with making our bed more comfortable for our needs. For us our major complaint is with the dining venues. We experienced weather where outdoor dining was not an option. That automatically eliminates the Grill (Hot Rocks in the evening) and Spaccanapoli. We cruise to relax and not to be held to dining in formal attire. We do dress very appropriately for the evening but choose not to wear tuxedos, dinner jackets, ties and evening gowns. With that said, dining in Kaiseki or La Dame is then not an option. Thus, that leaves five options, Atlantide, La Terrazza, Indochine, Silver Note or room service. Two of the above require advance reservations well before your cruise departure date. The menus are set for one week with very few or no nightly specials so a 17 day voyage became tiresome when dining in the evening. The Arts Cafe needs much improvement in food selection and level of service. An elegant afternoon tea in the Reception Lounge would be a lovely addition to the shipboard experience. Puzzling, the setting in the Arts Cafe is not befitting in elegance or size for 596 passengers to enjoy afternoon tea. Ports of call were either excellent or very good. I will say we did use use 6 private tour excursions and 4 ship excursions. What is important to you when you select a cruise dictates your choice. For us, the shipboard dining experience needs to be revamped. The Muse excels in all aspects except dining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We booked this cruise specifically to experience the fjords of Chile and to see the Avenue of the Glaciers. We had been on the maiden voyage of the Muse in April 2017 and enjoyed it, so we were happy to be on the ship again. The Silversea ... Read More
We booked this cruise specifically to experience the fjords of Chile and to see the Avenue of the Glaciers. We had been on the maiden voyage of the Muse in April 2017 and enjoyed it, so we were happy to be on the ship again. The Silversea team recognized the dining issues that the Muse had in launching and corrected them in a very good way. We liked the dress code which is now done by evening instead of location. Our cabin had no issues, 814. The service was top notch and while we are light users of the butler service, Abraham could not do enough for us. Several times a day the suite was refreshed -it was always perfect. We found the entertainment a bit light but did not always attend the shows. Of all the restaurants on board, we found the service and quality to be best at Atlantide. And therefore it was difficult to get in if you did not go early, which was not our first choice in timing for dinner. Indochine was much better than the April cruise and we went here often. La Terrazza was consistent but we always seemed to get seated in the back room, which we did not enjoy. I think Kaiseki is just OK and not worth the extra charge. This trip had quite a number of days at sea and we were blessed with excellent weather. This was quite extraordinary according to the Captain. All is all, an excellent experience and we booked another cruise in Asia! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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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