Silver Muse Tour: Viewing & Lunch in Vancouver
In July of 2019, CruisePlus Travel & Tours guest blogger Peter Frinton, who most recently reviewed his cruise with brother Dave on Seabourn’s Sojourn, embarked on a tour of Silversea’s Silver Muse while she was docked in Vancouver. This exclusive, invite-only, tour provided Peter with the opportunity to experience the service, décor, onboard amenities and food first-hand. The following is Peter’s impressions of his visit to the Silver Muse courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
First Impressions – Silversea Pushes the Envelope
For those that aren’t familiar, Silversea Cruises is a luxury cruise line that features smaller, more intimate ships with upscale lavish surroundings and full butler service on all of their voyages. For a more in-depth description of the Silversea experience, I recommend you reach out to one of CruisePlus’ expert Travel Specialists.
I first stepped aboard a Silversea ship in 1994 (the Silver Cloud for a 10-night cruise) and have since taken a second two-week voyage on the Cloud as well. I’ve also had the pleasure to have toured Silver Shadow in Vancouver some years back. Silversea is a brand I’m familiar with and looked forward to touring Silver Muse for the first time.
I was more than curious to see what Silversea had done with their newest ship iteration, Silver Muse, that was launched in 2017. At 596 passengers, she is considerably larger than earlier ships and nearly 41,000 tonne, but the space ratio is very generous, and there simply could not be any crowding of public spaces.
Berthed at Canada Place in Vancouver she cut a fine figure; larger than her sisters in the fleet yes, but still keeping the Silversea classic distinctive lines and nice rounded stern. Once aboard, the look is immediately contemporary, with a very neutral palette and includes lots of natural light. A bit like an upscale tile showroom, marble everywhere, and much more modern than the fleets older ships.
Touring the Interior of the Silver Muse
The interior space translates to eight restaurants, a much-improved pool area, larger staterooms (smallest comes in at 334 square feet). The main dining room, previously known as ‘The Restaurant’ has morphed into two open-seating venues- Atlantide and Indochine, and among the other specialty eateries, there is a sushi bar and Kaiseki, a grill, Italian restaurant, an uber-sophisticated La Dame with paired wine/foods, and the ever-popular Terrazza. A one-week cruise simply does not give time to sample everything! Our lunch at Indochine was close to flawless. The wines poured were excellent, and I tried both the fresh halibut and beef tournedos. No complaints! Plus, the bitter chocolate mousse and a small glass of Sauternes made for a happy close to the meal.
There are seemingly an endless array of lounges, bars and quiet little nooks in which to hide out, all of them quite comfortable and inviting. During my visit, the casino was closed (this is typical of any ship from any supplier while in port due to local gambling laws), but peeking in the area it was quite generously sized, and appointed to follow the colour palette, luxury and design sensibility of the rest of the ship.
The show lounge was quite a stunner, with completely unobstructed stage views and no terrace level and I would imagine that the shows would be very entertaining and just as lavish as the rest of the Silver Muse.
Personally, I found the spa area a bit confusing, but that is not typically an area of a ship that I particularly indulge in or frequent on any of the cruises I’ve been on, regardless of the supplier. Others on the tour thought it small, but to me, it was more than adequate for the number of guests it could possibly serve at any given time and offered an intimacy that one would expect to be welcome in a relaxing environment. Every detail there and in the gym was impeccable.
Silver Muse Ship Exterior and Onboard Amenities
A genuine jogging track, albeit hindered by deck loungers, was a real plus. Other ships have lost not only their promenade decks but only allow walking on the top deck. Just looking at one of the stern deck features makes me want to crawl aboard.
I won’t go into the many implicit services and amenities, save to say there are butlers for every level of suites, a huge connoisseurs’ wine list, and, in a departure from before, a bunch of zodiacs on the foredeck. So, the Muse has expedition ship amenities, while retaining its high-level luxury ambience. Any of the CruisePlus Travel & Tours team will be able to provide you with more information with regard to the services, tours and excursions and includes when booking on this incredible ship.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Silver Muse or Silversea in general, please visit our web page dedicated to Silversea Cruises or contact CruisePlus via email or at (800) 854-9664 for more information. We look forward to helping you understand more about this incredible cruise partner and hopefully experience Silversea Cruises firsthand!