One Last Look at the Inspirational Silver Muse
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.
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.
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.
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
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.