Next year, Silversea will take delivery of its first brand-new, purpose-built luxury cruise ship in seven years: the 596-guest Silver Muse. Not only is she the newest ship in the Silversea fleet, she’s also the largest, carrying an additional 56 guests over her near-sister, Silver Spirit.

Silver Muse, Silversea's newest ship. courtesy Silversea

Silversea’s Silver Muse is moving ever closer to her April 2017 debut. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.

Since we visited her at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Genoa, Italy back in December, Silver Muse has come a long way. Ten days before Christmas, we stood in front of the drydock for the traditional keel-laying ceremony. The ship that was to become Silver Muse hadn’t really taken shape yet; little more than a few blocks of the lower portion of her hull existed.

Eight months later, that’s all changed. On July 1, Silver Muse was officially floated out, her hull meeting the water that she will sail for the first time ever. Next, she’ll undergo her final fitting-out and sea trials before entering service next April.

Don’t be fooled by her exterior appearance: this is no Silver Spirit 2.0. While many of the Silversea features you know and love are returning to Silver Muse in a new and updated form, there are plenty of new features as well – including larger suites, more top-of-the-line suites, and an entirely new dining concept for the line.

Here’s what we’re excited about:

Revitalized Dining

Say goodbye to the main dining room: Silver Muse is pioneering a new, more intimate style of restaurant. Shown here is Atlantide, one of two new venues on Deck 4. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.

Say goodbye to the main dining room: Silver Muse is pioneering a new, more intimate style of restaurant. Shown here is Atlantide, one of two new venues on Deck 4. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.

The Restaurant, Silversea’s main dining venue aboard all of it’s ships, won’t be returning to Silver Muse – and we’re not sad to see it go. Why? Aboard nearly all of the vessel’s ships, the main dining room – while gorgeous – was never full. On Silver Spirit in particular, with its myriad of alternative dining options, the main dining room frequently feels empty, particularly on port-intensive days when guests are dining at odd times.

Silver Muse rectifies that by taking the space formerly occupied by The Restaurant and splitting it into two distinct dining venues – each of which will have their own built-in bar to allow guests to mingle over pre-dinner cocktails.

The two new venues – Indochine and Atlantide – will feature entirely unique culinary creations. Atlantide will, as the name suggests, feature a bevvy of seafood like royal crab, blue lobster and Verbena infused red snapper in a sea salt crust alongside more traditional steaks. Indochine, on the other hand, will unlock the flavours of Asia, from India to Vietnam.

The restyled Kabuki could be thought of as Seishin 2.0. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.

The restyled Kabuki could be thought of as Seishin 2.0. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.

Also returning to Silver Muse -but renamed – are La Dame by Relais & Chateaux, perhaps better known as Le Champagne, Silversea’s pinnacle dining experience that boasts dishes like Gold Leaf Risotto, Lobster Bisque, and exquisite cuts of meat and fish. Kabuki is the new iteration of Seishin, the Japanese-inspired restaurant introduced aboard Silver Spirit back in 2009. Another Silver Spirit innovation returning (but renamed) aboard Silver Muse is Silver Note, which takes the place of Stars Supperclub but which will still offer live jazz music paired with a set evening tasting menu that can be paired with hand-crafted cocktails or fine wines.

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