A Third Day Onboard Reveals The True Comforts of Silver Muse

The classy Atlantide Dining Room on Deck 4 is just one of eight dining options aboard Silversea’s Silver Muse. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Today, Silversea’s Silver Muse arrived in her first-ever port of call, coming alongside in Marseille, France shortly after 7:00 am this morning. I should go ashore and explore – but I can’t tear myself away from the brand-new Silver Muse on this short, four-night “shakedown” cruise.

Specifically, I spent most of the day alternately enjoying, photographing, and taking notes on the ship. Some features are a little harder to evaluate on this pre-revenue voyage. Books are still being stocked in Tor’s Observation Lounge, and four days isn’t enough time to sample the eight separate dining options onboard.

Silver Muse is full of interesting new features, from the Arts Cafe on Deck 8 aft…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…to the new and improved Connoisseur’s Club, with its wraparound aft-facing windows and open-air deck partition. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

But what I am interested in is comparing and contrasting Silver Muse with her predecessor, Silver Spirit. Silver Muse is too different to be a direct sister-ship, but she’s most certainly styled after the Silver Spirit.

I went back through my photos shot just last year on my Silver Spirit Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Rome – and I was surprised to see just how different Silver Muse is. Not just in the décor choices, which should be obvious to the most casual observer. Most importantly in terms of space. Silver Muse just looks more spacious – and in many ways, she is.

With its wide-open corridors…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…and expansive Pool Deck, Silver Muse is nothing if not spacious. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Silver Spirit is still my reigning favourite Silversea ship, but the unobstructed public rooms aboard Silver Muse are quickly growing on me as I spend more time aboard. They’re gorgeous if, as some readers have pointed out, monochromatic. And that’s okay, too. That’s Silversea’s design choice. They own it, and they don’t apologize for it, pointing out at a press conference a few days ago that luxury isn’t defined by one style alone.

Let’s compare and contrast Silver Spirit and Silver Muse:

The Connoisseur’s Club aboard Silver Spirit. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Connoisseur’s Club, Silver Muse. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Show Lounge, Silver Spirit, facing port. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Show Lounge, Silver Muse, facing starboard. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Panorama Lounge, Silver Spirit, facing starboard. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Panorama Lounge, Silver Muse, facing starboard. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

As is sometimes the case with these off-season sailings, the weather in the Mediterranean turned nasty on us this afternoon. Upon our departure, Captain Alesandro Zanello informed the ship’s guests and crew that we could expect winds of between 20 and 25 knots and waves of approximately fou metres (10 feet.)

Today, Silver Muse got her very first experience with inclement weather – and handled beautifully. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Watching from the warmth of my suite, and from the spacious confines of the Panorama Lounge, the brand-new Silver Muse handled her first test of rough weather very well. Nothing rattled or vibrated, and the total lack of cavitation (where the ship seems to “shake” or “shimmy” due to the disrupted flow of water between the ship’s propellers) was noticeable. For many, the scenes outside simply didn’t translate inside, where martini glasses barely rippled. We did loose one of the potted plants outside the Arts Café, which tipped over at some point and shattered, spilling its cargo of rocks and soil onto the deck.

With the weather inclement, I took the time to check out one of the newest suites aboard Silver Muse: the Balsorano Owner’s Suite.

Welcome to Suite 944: the Balsorano Owner’s Suite. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Designed to reflect the taste of Silversea’s Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Owner’s Suite 944 derives its title from the Chairman’s full name: Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. But don’t worry: that’s not the super-secret password you’ll need to book this wonderful suite. Instead, this 1,000-plus square foot suite can be booked individually, or in conjunction with an adjoining Vista Suite (946) that features fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows and an interior connection to a shared interior vestibule.

Named after Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, the Balsorano suite is graced with items personally selected by Mr. Lefebvre. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Inside the Balsorano Suite (which I have, for better or worse, taken to calling ‘The Manfredi Suite’), Mr. Lefebvre has added mementos from his own personal collection, including a small library stocked with a variety of great history books; family photographs; and select pieces of furniture from the Lefebvre home. Mr. Lefebvre has also appointed the suite with its own collection of exquisite port wines.

Some of Mr. Lefebvre’s favourite books are here…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…along with ample space with which to relax and enjoy them. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

It reminds me a bit of the Owner’s Suite (which I’ll call the Tor Hagen Suite) aboard Viking Cruises’ Viking Star. In that case, Mr. Hagen also outfitted the room with his own mementos and personalized memorabilia. It’s a neat trend, and one that provides some insight into the tastes of the people at the top of each line.

On the opposite side of the corridor from the Balsorano Suite is another Owner’s Suite (945), which is identical in layout and design, but which lacks Mr. Lefebvre’s personal effects.

Bedroom, Balsorano Suite. Note the plush Savoir of England bed. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Says the Chairman: “I am incredibly proud to present the Balsorano Suite, a space which superbly encapsulates my family’s Italian heritage and taste. I hope guests will, like me, find the Balsorano Suite a spectacular home away from home aboard Silver Muse.”

Even better, these Owner’s Suites, along with all Grand and Royal suites, are outfitted with plush new Savoir of England beds.

Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, as portrait. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

What I noticed this evening is just how comfortable and welcoming Silver Muse feels. While she may look visually different from the rest of the fleet, she still carries the same sense of place that has been one of Silversea’s greatest hallmarks. None of the Silversea ships are going to wow you with glitz and gadgets – and that’s perfectly okay.

Instead, Silver Muse and the rest of the fleet surround you with an amazing, hardworking crew dedicated to anticipating your ever wish. I saw no less than a dozen of my favorite crew members, including Hotel Director Paolo Percivale; Captain Alessandro Zanello; butler Anu; waiters I Gede, Jerry, Dandale, Spa Manager Daniele; and others I’m undoubtedly missing (if I’ve left your name off: I’m sorry!)

Enjoying an evening production with the Artists of Silversea this evening in the Venetian Lounge. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

These are the people who make (and have always made) sailing with Silversea a truly memorable experience. So some patience needs to be exercised with the less-experienced crew that might be learning not just what is required of them, but also how to best navigate a new, large ship.

The introduction of Silver Muse has brought Silversea’s total fleet to nine vessels, all of which are scattered all over the world at any given time. That, coupled with the upcoming conversion of Silver Cloud to an expedition vessel, has given Silversea a real edge over its competitors: it operates more diverse itineraries to more corners of the world. If you can think of a place you’d like to go, there is probably a Silversea ship to take you there.

Good night from the decks of the elegant Silver Muse! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Our Live Voyage Report from the opening voyage of Silversea’s Silver Muse continues tomorrow with a stop in Tarragona, Spain and our last day onboard! Follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog.

Silver Muse Shakedown Cruise - Genoa to Barcelona

DAYPORTARRIVEDEPART
Monday, April 3, 2017Genoa, ItalyEmbark Silver Muse2300
Tuesday, April 4At Sea
Wednesday, April 5Marseille, France08001500
Thursday, April 6Tarragona, Spain08002300
Friday, April 7, 2017Barcelona, Spain0800Disembark
 

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