Stern's Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, Stern's Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges, and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases--by Steven B. Stern (Sponsored by Stern's Travel Guides, Ltd.)
Silver Muse, the newest
ship in the Silversea fleet is "Golden."
When the 596-
passenger, ultra-luxury Silver Muse
arrived in Fort
its inaugural season in Europe, we had an opportunity to review her on an overnight cruise. As the next generation
following SilverSpirit which entered service in 2009, she has retained most of the
layout and ambiance of her predecessor, but with numerous additions and nuances.
Having 4,700 greater gross tonnage and
accommodating only 56 additional passengers, she offers more space per
passenger than the Spirit. There are additional dining venues and public areas, as
well as a higher number of ultra-luxury suites.
The vast majority of
the suites measure 387 square
feet which includes a 62 square-foot veranda.
All suites have teak verandas except four accessible cabins and several that
connect as second bedrooms to the larger suites. For those requiring additional
space and amenities, there are thirty-four Silver Suites at 786 square feet
(including 129 square-foot verandas),
two Royal Suites at 1130 square feet (including 129 square-foot verandas), four
Grand Suites at 1572 square feet (including 635 square-foot verandas) and four
Owner's Suites at 947- 1055 square feet (including 129 square-foot verandas).
All suites include bedrooms with twin
beds that can be converted to queen- or king-sized with lush mattresses,
Pratesi linens, down duvets and a choice of pillows. The beds are flanked by marble
night tables with lamps and overhead reading lights. Separate sitting areas vary by category, but
all include at least a couch, writing desk, marble table and chair. All suites also include a refrigerated
mini-bar, stocked with your favorites, and bathrobes, slippers, binoculars,
lint brushes and umbrellas for use during your cruise. All feature generous drawer space, walk-in closets
with personal safes and under-bed storage. The 42-inch, flat screen HD televisions located
both in the sitting area and in the bedroom are uniquely imbedded in large mirrors
and have cable channels, on demand movies and interactive media channels. All suites have Wi-Fi, European, US and universal
outlets, hairdryers, butler service, and marble bathrooms with full-sized bath tubs, separate showers
and Bulgari bath products.
forty-four larger suites have additional amenities and can connect to a second
multiple dining venues include Atlantide (seafood), Indochine (Asian/Fusion),
Kaiseki (Japanese & sushi), La Dame by Relais & Chateaux (French), La
Terrazza ( indoor and outdoor buffet),Silver Note (a night club with live
music), The Grill (by the pool), Hot Rocks (barbeque your own steak) and
only one day and one night aboard, it was difficult to experience all that the
ship had to offer. However, we were delighted with the food and service in the
dining rooms and amazed at the very special evening show that featured six of
the best singers we have seen at sea. We look forward to a more in depth review
on a full cruise in the coming months.
Steven B. Stern
author of Stern's
Guide to the Cruise Vacation and
Stern's Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges