Silver Muse vs Silver Spirit - which ship is better?

Alistair Buchanan reports back from his recent trip on Silver Muse

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Silver Muse vs Silver Spirit - which ship is better?

Guest contributor and Silversea regular traveller Alistair Buchanan gives us his opinion of Silversea Cruises latest luxury cruise ship Silver Muse versus the recently refurbished Silver Spirit.

This is my first time on Silver Muse, but having been on Silver Spirit in May on her inaugural post-stretch cruise, the ship had a familiar feel about it. Decor wise it is virtually identical to the new Silver Spirit.

There are a few slight differences, and in general Silver Spirit wins. Clearly with a year in service they looked at some areas on Silver Muse and improved them on Silver Spirit.

Tor’s Observation Lounge

Good news there is now a toilet just outside of the lounge; on Silver Spirit you had to go down to the pool deck. Bad news, no outside space. On Silver Spirit you had a deck area in front of the lounge.

Arts Cafe

The version on Silver Spirit is far superior. On Silver Muse the bar and deli counter are tucked at the back of the room and are small, whereas on Silver Spirit they are along one side of the room making them feel much more central. The Arts Cafe concept is very popular with snacks and light bites from early morning until late at night. The downside on Silver Muse is also the location. Deck 8 Aft but next to the Connoisseur Corner cigar lounge, which also has outside chairs, meaning that you get affected by smoking if you are sitting outside the Arts Cafe. On Silver Spirit the Cafe is located next to the Silver Note restaurant which does not have outside seating, meaning the whole area outside is for the Arts Cafe.

La Terrazza on Silver Muse

La Terrazza on Silver Muse

La Terrazza

Silver Spirit wins. On Silver Muse, the outside seating area feels much narrower than on Silver Spirit, and the tables more cramped. That said on the three occasions that I had dinner there I managed an outside table every time. Inside on Silver Spirit, La Terrazza is larger, having occupied the space previously occupied by Starz Supper Club, and this area is carpeted too, making it feel much more like a restaurant. On Silver Muse the whole restaurant has solid wood effect flooring making it noisy and giving the feeling of a cafe/trattoria. Of course those are my personal thoughts others might prefer the bustle and noise of modern social dining.

Silversea Cruises Atlantide Restaurant

Silversea Cruises Atlantide Restaurant

Atlantide

 A win for Silver Muse, solely because they have many more tables for two located near to windows, whereas on Silver Spirit most window space is occupied by larger tables of six, which I find a real shame. As a solo traveller I much prefer to be by a window, whereas larger groups will, by definition be more social and less caring about a window location.

Veranda Suite on Silver Muse

Veranda Suite on Silver Muse

Suites

Silver Muse has the same soft furnishings as Silver Spirit, both modern and light. The bathroom also has light grey marble, whereas on Silver Spirit the original dark brown marble and wood remains. Something you would only notice if you had travelled on Silver Spirit pre-stretch. The bathrooms on Silver Muse are slightly smaller with the space taken giving a wider entrance hall, but again no real difference between the two.

Project Invictus

I spoke to the hotel director about the recently launched Project Invictus, brought about by the purchase of Silversea by Royal Caribbean. The first stage will be the return of the complimentary Champagne and Caviar service on August 19th. This was removed by Silversea some years ago and replaced with a chargeable caviar menu.

Additionally the house champagne is also going to be upgraded. The current house is Heisdick Monople with Pommery available on request. I found Pommery always available when requested, even from the Butler.

The feeling was that RCCL want to compete head on with a similar stable of brands to that of Carnival, and as such Silversea will remain their premium brand going head to head with Carnival’s Seabourn as well as similar premium brands Regent and Crystal.

In conclusion both ships are excellent with a few minor differences, and some will be down to personal choice as to what you prefer.

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