Silver Muse - First look at the latest Silversea luxury ship
I have just returned from two nights on Silver Muse, the latest luxury cruise ship from all-inclusive Silversea, on a pre-inaugural shake down cruise, where the crew, staff and officers get to “dress rehearse” a voyage before the fare-paying guests arrive. This helps iron out any issues so they can be rectified before the clients board, and gives the ships management insight into how the flow of guests works.
Silver Muse can accommodate 596 guests, looked after by 411 crew. She features 8 decks, and like the other ships in the Silversea fleet, guest accommodation is midships and towards the front, with public rooms towards the aft. At 40,700 GRT, she is slightly larger than Silver Spirit, at 36,000 GRT, and is the largest ship in the fleet.
The extra space has been put to good use, with enlarged dining areas, a much larger main lounge/bar and up to 8 dining options.
Read my deck-by-deck review of Silver Muse below - and view my photo album - Silver Muse Photos
Lobby on Deck 4, leading to the four restaurants
Silver Muse Deck 4
This is the main dining deck on Silver Muse, and is home to four venues. Silversea have done away with the main dining room – a bold step – and in its place it has two new concepts. The first is Atlantide – serving a great choice of steak, seafood and vegetarian cuisine in a room decorated in warm red tones. Each restaurant has its own dress code, despite what the dress code of the evening is for the rest of the ship, and Atlantide is always “formal” dress, so gentleman ensure you pack a jacket. I dined here one evening and the food was excellent and the menu very inventive, all created by the executive chef. This restaurant was also open for breakfast, for guests that prefer their breakfast served and cooked to order. You waiter takes your order on an iPad - very modern! I had the full English with poached eggs, it was delicious!
Next to Atlantide is Indochine – a more spacious room than Atlantide (they are actually the same size but it seemed larger due to the table configuration) this restaurant serves Asian cuisine, as you may gather from the name. I didn't dine in here so cannot comment on the menu. The room is decorated in tones of green and browns, with long tables and sweeping curves, accompanied by high-gloss black tables and Asian screens. Indochine has an informal dress code.
New for Silversea is a teppanyaki restaurant called Kaiseki (although on some deck plans it's called Kabuki) This venue is also open at lunchtime for Japanese inspired meals, sushi and sashimi. In the evening it has an informal dress code and becomes more dinner theatre, with the chefs cooking teppanyaki style in front of you on a teppan grill - cover charge is $60 pp.
The final dining venue on Deck 4 is La Dame (again, on some plans this is called bizarrely Ma Dame). This is the Relais & Chateaux fine dining restaurant and attracts a formal dress code. Serving French style cuisine, the room is dominated by a wine tower in the centre of the room, with tables placed around the perimeter. There is a surcharge to dine here too - $60 pp. My colleagues dined here and the food was served over 7 courses – very highly rated so well worth spending the surcharge on – however don't expect a quick meal – it can last over 2 hours.
Also on Deck 4 are six Vista Suites – not shown on the Silversea website as available to sell, these are available to book through The Luxury Cruise Company. Three of them are wheelchair accessible suites, and there are also adjoining suites so great for families or for carers. Ask us for details about booking these secret Silver Muse suites!
Deck 4 is also the bottom of the main atrium, a five deck high sweeping staircase surrounded by Objects d'art and the main staircase on board Silver Muse.
Dolce Vita Lounge, Silver Muse, Deck 5
Silver Muse Deck 5
This deck features the largest room on board – the Dolce Vita Lounge and bar. At one end you have a small bar and entertainment area for a pianist, and the other you have the reception desk and shore concierge desk. Lots of seating here laid out in a very formal style using tables in both oblong and rectangular shapes, accompanied by brown sofas and bucket armchairs with oversized green cushions, punctuated by cream coloured lamps. Marble columns break up the space.
Leaving the Dolce Vita lounge you come to the future cruise consultant desk and onwards to the Venetian Lounge all the way at the back of the ship. This lounge is used of the usual lectures and production shows. There was a performance of a brand new show “Blues Brother and Soul Sister” - I was still dining when this started and missed it, so cannot report back.
Silver Muse Deck 6
On this deck is the Zagara Spa, beauty salon and barber shop - a very expansive area taking all the space on this deck. The aft opens out to a plunge pool – you have to purchase a day pass to use this area, however the gym is free to use.
La Terrazza on Silver Muse, Deck 7
Silver Muse Deck 7
Deck 7 sees a small casino with a few tables and slots (much smaller on Muse than on Spirit) and another dining venue called Silver Note. This is a cabaret style show and food venue, paying tribute to the jazz clubs of New York, serving international cuisine in a tapas style – dress code informal.
There is also La Terrazza at the aft of this deck, serving Italian cuisine in the evening. It its open for breakfast & lunch in a buffet style, and for a la carte dinner by reservation in the evening. Dress code informal. I dined here on my first night as we were a large table we ordered a sharing platter of anti pasti – wow what a selection of Italian treats! I then opted for pappardelle with a duck ragu, finished off with a rhum baba. The food looked incredible and tasted just as good. See the pictures for my meals and my colleagues for an idea of the cuisine here.
Art's Cafe, Silver Muse, Deck 8
Silver Muse Deck 8
On this deck are the ships boutiques, selling logo wear and high end jewellery, a conference/card room, the Connoisseur's Corner (read cigar lounge) and the Art's Cafe. Interestingly, on early deck plans, the Art's Cafe was going to be the Library. Remains of the library are still apparent, in the two sofas and bookshelves, accompanied with some mis-matched chairs, pictures on the walls, a few sculptures, lots of space and a coffee bar and food cabinet. When I visited it for a coffee, there was a bit of a queue and the one staff member working the coffee machine seemed a bit rushed. All snacks, toasted sandwiches, cheese plates had to be asked for and served to the guests. Other luxury lines have a similar concept – however have done it better to be honest. It was just a shakedown afterall so maybe this area just needs time to bed in. I felt it was missing something...
Panorama Lounge, Silver Muse, Deck 9
Silver Muse Deck 9
On this deck start the Silver Suites and the Owners Suites. The public rooms on this deck are the Panorama Lounge and a Children's Room. This is the first Silversea ship to feature a children's room (and outdoor space area) and was a surprise to me! Regular Silversea clients might not be best pleased that the line is accommodating to children, as they have never been known to before, so be aware if booking a cruise during the school holidays. The Panorama Lounge comes to life in the evening as a cabaret venue and with a DJ late at night, and during the day is a peaceful area offering views of the ships wake. The room opens to the back deck with lovely blue and white deck furniture.
Pool Deck on Silver Muse
Silver Muse Deck 10
This is the pool deck and sun bathing area. Plenty of well-spaced sun loungers surround a very large bool, with two whirlpools at one end. There is a pool bar and grill here, offering quite an extensive menu of burgers, hot dogs, wraps and salads, and in the evening this turns into the Hot Rocks dining, where clients can cook their own meats and seafood on heated lava slabs. I've done this on other Silversea ships and it's great fun! Dress code for Hot Rocks is casual.
Silver Muse Deck 11
On this deck is the pizza restaurant called Spaccanapoli, named after the street in Napoli where pizza was invented apparently (on earlier deck plans it was called the more pronounceable Regina Margherita) I had a lunch here and the service was great, and the custom designed pizza oven cooked our pizzas and calzones to perfection. Perfect for a sea day lunch! This is not open in the evening, which seems a shame (well not on our short trip). Bizarrely, the jogging track runs right past this area.
Forward on this deck is Tor's Observation Lounge – named after the chairman of Viking River and Ocean Cruises. There is a bar on Viking Oceans ships called Manfredi's named are the chairman of Silversea, and this was a nice way to pay that back. This room is all the way forward and not really linked to anything else – so I wonder just how busy this room will get on regular cruises, as its a bit out of the way.
My Deluxe Veranda Suite on Deck 8, Silver Muse
Silver Muse Suites
Most of the suites on Silver Muse are all the same size and are all Veranda Suites. They are called different things to denote their position on board Silver Muse - Classic, Superior or Deluxe – but there's no difference at all in them. Our suite was on deck 8 and was really spacious, with twin TV's magically appearing behind mirrors, large balcony, walk in closet with plenty of storage, drawers, safe, sitting area, lots of plugs and two USB ports. The only thing lacking was plug sockets or USB ports on both sides of the bed – most modern travellers like to charge their phones and devices overnight and also use them as alarm clock. Bit of a mess up there I feel. There was a device to charge Samsung phones via contactless, and this was also a bluetooth speaker.
Fresh fruit bowl is available on request, and the fridge was stocked with beers and soft drinks. You also have a choice of pillow types and toiletries. The Silver Muse has more Silver Suites than any of the other ships in the fleet at 34, two Grand Suites, two Owners Suites and two Royal Suites.
Silver Muse Summary
The ship is very elegant, in fact the décor was described by Manfredi Lefebvre as “discreet elegance” and is very different from their competitors in way of décor – no chandeliers here or majestic sweeping statement staircases. The colour palette is mostly neutral, with beige tones and warm colours used throughout, complimented with light woods. There are a lot of abstract artworks adoring the walls, sourced from Italian artists, featuring a variety of mediums, the most vibrant being in the Art's Cafe from artist Valentina Maragnani. There is lots of space on board, and lots of hidden out-of-the way places to discover and sit – check out the back decks for cabanas and lounge chairs outside the Panorama Lounge, Arts Cafe and La Terrezza and the aft whirlpool on Deck 10. The Atrium staircase is elegant but not showy, but its sensual curves are certainly photogenic. I recognised a number of staff from other ships in the fleet, and the service was excellent, even on this shakedown voyage.
The finish was excellent throughout, the staff engaging and friendly, suites were spacious and the ship was very nice – no WOW factor if I'm honest, but then as Manfredi said the décor is “discreet elegance” and Silver Muse offers an alternative to the grander, more lavishly decorated 6-star ships.
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