Ship review: Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises

'596-passenger ship oozes class'

LOCATION: Sailing the seven seas. Silver Muse will spend this summer cruising around Europe before heading west for Canada, and then finally to the Caribbean for the winter season.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Having spent four years of my career dedicated to writing about cruise, I was instantly impressed by Silver Muse. The decor is inspired by its Italian heritage (where owner Manfredi Lefebvre is from), but it’s far from being over the top. This ship oozes class and now sets the standard for the entire fleet (and arguably the rest of the luxury sector), with the line dedicating $170 million to retro-fitting its older ships. Repeat Silversea guests will like the bigger pool on the top deck, now long enough to do lengths in, and the wider variety of dining options. They’ll also be delighted that favourites such as alfresco restaurant Le Terraza can still be found on Silver Muse.

THE FACTS: Accommodating 596 guests, Silver Muse is Silversea’s biggest ship. Cuisine is a big deal, with eight restaurants across the ship and more than two dozen culinary offerings – including a nightly cheese and wine selection in the observation lounge and a chocolate extravaganza in the new Arts Café venue. The main dining room has been replaced by a wider choice of restaurants, including seafood and grill restaurant Atlantide; Asian-accented Indochine; Kaiseki, a teppanyaki-style venue; and Silver Note, a supper club-inspired restaurant and bar serving Peruvian-fusion food.

Recommend your clients pay the extra charge to dine in Relais & Chateaux’s La Dame restaurant. Also new is poolside restaurant Spaccanapoli, serving up homemade Italian pizzas all day long.

A GOOD BASE FOR: Eating fabulous food, relaxing in style and enjoying life.

WOW: The Zagara Beauty Spa is the perfect onboard sanctuary, but it’s also very innovative because treatments will be personalised for each client’s profile and needs. The lighting, music, treatment oils used and teas served will all be chosen by the guest to enhance their spa experience. 

BOOK IT: A seven-day cruise from Rome to Venice leads in at £3,900 per person.

Hollie-Rae Brader