One Last Look at the Inspirational Silver Muse

Classy and elegant: Silversea’s Silver Muse strikes the right balance. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

My short four-day voyage aboard Silversea’s Silver Muse is already drawing to a close. Today, we’re docked in Tarragona, Spain for an exclusive look at the opening day of FerrariLand, a Ferrari-themed amusement park located just to the west of the city, in a complex known as Port Aventura.

This morning, I disembarked Silversea’s Silver Muse…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…for a morning at…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

FerrariLand. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

How often do you get to go to the opening day of a theme park? Not often. Throngs of media from around the world had come to see the debut of FerrariLand and the unveiling of their new, death-defying roller coaster that promises a completely vertical ascent and descent. Photographers – presumably from Roller Coaster Aficionado and Thrills! Monthly were lined up at the rails by the hundreds. Everywhere I went, crowds and moderate disorganization were the order of the morning.

They could learn something from Silversea about how to run a shakedown event.

After a number of speeches, the park is officially inaugurated. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

I think it’s worth noting again what a marvelous job Silversea and Fincantieri did in delivering the spectacular Silver Muse. You’ve probably read and seen the news about certain other new ship launches from some pretty major players in the industry that have had ships delivered with half-completed features – even on revenue voyages. So far, the only thing that hasn’t worked right is one electrical outlet by my suite’s desk, and the AC controls are still a little temperamental.

For a pre-inaugural, non-revenue sailing, that’s a spectacular achievement.

Meanwhile, back aboard Silver Muse…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Tomorrow, I’ll disembark Silver Muse in Barcelona, Spain, as my journey comes to an end. Four days is hardly enough time to form a concrete opinion about a ship, particularly when things are ramping up for full service sailings. Despite that, there are some major areas where Silver Muse already excels.

Amazing Dining Options

This rotunda on Deck 4 gives way to four separate dining venues. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Doing away with the main dining room turned out to be a huge win for Silversea. I didn’t miss The Restaurant once during my voyage, particularly because I was so enamoured with the food options in the other venues. Atlantide blew me away with its soothing crimson décor and elegant feel, while Indochine made an excellent impression with its Asian-themed cuisines, all of which packed enough heat to feel authentically spiced.

La Terrazza on Deck 7 has also been substantially improved, with better flow at the buffet and a much more modern décor. If you love sitting outside, I have good news for you: Silversea has effectively doubled the size of the outside seating area.

Beautiful Suites

Silversea has set the bar high once again when it comes to the sumptuous suites aboard Silver Muse. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s ships have always had some pretty great all-suite accommodations, and Silver Muse wisely doesn’t tinker with that formula. Instead, designers have subtly enhanced suites with a variety of new features, including better lighting, more modern A/C system controls, additional US-and-European electrical outlets, larger flat-panel televisions (inset into vanity mirrors in standard and deluxe verandah suites), and improved, brighter décor throughout.

Silversea has also made these suites slightly larger than on past ships, and the increased dimensions are noticeable from the second you open the door. This holds true for the balcony, which is one of the deepest and most spacious of the standard balcony cabins I’ve experienced on any line.

A Comfortable, Warm Elegance

Silver Muse continues Silversea’s tradition of building ships with a comfortable, warm elegance. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

When I first stepped aboard Silver Spirit seven years ago in Bridgetown, Barbados, I found my first Silversea experience intoxicating. At a press conference earlier this week, Silversea’s Barbara Muckermann said that Silversea ships “whisper elegance.” That’s an appropriate assessment: you won’t find sweeping crystal grand staircases or knock-your-socks-off colours here.

Other lines like to “wow” at first glance, with ships that make a splashy impression but which are often found lacking in substance later on. Silversea’s not like that, and neither is Silver Muse: this is a home-away-from-home; an Italian villa gone to sea. With its latest ship, Silversea has lost none of its ability to design vessels that have the right mix of warmth, grandeur and elegance. If you need Vegas glitz, this isn’t the line for you. If you want to feel like family, Silversea provides that in spades.

The Silver Muse

The elegant Silver Muse: the right ship for the right time. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

A ship is a lot like a person: someone older has a much better understanding of self and personality than a baby that’s just four days old. So too with ships: vessels that have been in service for some time often acquire personalities, whereas new ships are still feeling their way into the world.

With itineraries coming up this season in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, the Baltics, and Canada and the Caribbean and South America, there are plenty of chances to experience this great ship in your favorite part of the world. And you should: this ship is taking Silversea in an exciting new direction.

Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Our Live Voyage Report from the opening voyage of Silversea’s Silver Muse has sadly come to a close. Stay tuned for our deck-by-deck Photo Tour, and our Voyage Report from the rivers of Europe as we join Viking River Cruises for a unique cruisetour from Paris to Zurich! 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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