A Third Day Onboard Reveals The True Comforts of Silver Muse
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.
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.
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:
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.)
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.