Silversea’s Newest Ship is a Worthy Muse
After a special evening in Milan yesterday evening, I embarked Silversea’s 596-guest Silver Muse for the first time this afternoon. Docked in the port city of Genoa, Italy – not far from the Fincantieri yard at Sestri Ponente where she was built – Silversea’s newest luxury ship sparkles from stem to stern.
She’s a gorgeous vessel to behold in person, with elegantly-tapered decks forward and aft. Elements of the line’s previous flagship, the 2009-built Silver Spirit are evident in her design and construction, but Silver Muse has her own distinct characteristics that set her apart.
Her bow is raked and pointed, doing away with Spirit’s curved bow superstructure that seems to wrap around the upper edges of the hull. A small but noteworthy first for Silversea can be found on Silver Muse, which boasts the line’s first completely covered mooring deck. Previous ships have had exposed mooring decks. Great fun for guests to watch, less fun for the line handlers that are exposed to the elements.
Silver Muse also has an additional deck over Silver Spirit, which actually works to balance out her forward and aft profiles better than her predecessor. Most distinctively, Silver Muse can be easily distinguished at a distance by her dual funnel uptakes – another first for the line.
Throughout the few hours I’ve been onboard, I’ve noticed a great number of improvements over Silver Spirit – a ship I genuinely love. For example, passenger suite corridors are noticeably wider than past vessels. The pool deck feels more spacious, and the swimming pool is massive.
Also on the “massive” side of the scale: Dolce Vita, Silver Muse’s new central watering hole that is the next evolution of the classic space that you and I would remember best as, “The Bar.” It’s still located on Deck 5, and like Silver Spirit, it’s still flanked by both the Reception and Shore Excursion desks. Here, however, it’s almost three times the size of The Bar aboard Silver Spirit. It’s one of the biggest spaces I can recall seeing on any ship outside of Queen Mary 2, and has the effect of making Silver Muse’s entrance lobby feel like you’re waltzing into some swanky Ritz-Carlton.
Onboard is a stellar delivery crew that includes Captain Alessandro Zanello, Hotel Director Paolo Percivale, and Cruise Director Jimmy Kovel, plus legions of crew that I recognize from other Silversea vessels. The pride that they feel for their new vessel is palpable.
Its first newbuild ship in seven years, the debut of Silver Muse is understandably an exciting event for Silversea. Energy was high last night at a cocktail reception at Milan’s elegant Villa Necchi, where enthusiasm and energy for this new ship flowed as easily as the wine and Aperol Spritz.
I’ll be honest: I’m excited abut this ship, too. I’ve been sailing with Silversea for seven years now, and first embarked the Silver Spirit when she was brand-new. If pressed, she’s still my favorite ship in the fleet (but the first always is.). Silver Muse, though, is taking Silversea in a new direction. Not a bold new direction, but rather a comfortable progression of the classic luxury and European elegance that has been crucial to the Silversea formula since it began operating over twenty years ago.
Initially, I had concerns that maybe Silver Muse would be too Silver Spirit-like. Maybe nothing would have changed – or very little. But this ship has really taken the best of what Silver Spirit has to offer and delivered it with brighter décor and more modern fittings. It’s a great luxury ship for our times.
Not only that, but Silver Muse came out of the Fincantieri yard looking fantastic. Forget what you’ve heard about ships being delivered half-finished; this vessel is 100 percent operational and ready-to-go.