We're coming towards the end of ship visit season as far as Ireland is concerned but if this is the last ship visit we make this year then it ended on an absolute high. Silversea Silver Muse is simply stunning; she's elegant, she's light, she's spacious, she's luxury in every way and it is easy to see why SilverSea are building a sister ship (Moon was announced ) for 2020 and are 'Musifying' existing ships (Spirit in 2018). They've hit the jackpot today and the group onboard were in agreement.....that rarely happens!!
The day started well, the weather was bright, the small port of Waterford provided a lovely backdrop and tendering out to the ship added a memorable touch. Sure even the tender was luxurious compared to some we've been on! The first stop was the Panorama Lounge, a multi purpose venue that transitions from laid back light filled lounge during the morning, a place to meet friends during the day, some cocktails and piano or jazz during the evening and a filled dance floor to the sounds of the DJ in the evening. We knew straight away we were on to a winner.
Lets recap, SilverSea are a ultra luxury 6* cruise line, offering All Inclusive, all suite cruising across 9 (soon to be 10 and expect more too) boutique ships competing in the ultra luxury market with the likes of Crystal & Seabourn. The Muse itself takes just 596 passengers but the space ratio per passenger is larger than most ships out there and because the ship is large for a boutique ship the range of facilities is large; no less than 8 dining venues, a theatre, a large pool and jacuzzi area, sizeable gym, on board casino as well as various lounges with which to relax in.
Our tour also gave us a feel for what life would be like on board starting when you arrive and your personal butler (yes you hear right) deals with the nuisance of your cases for you and then offers you a choice of toiletries followed by dealing with your preferred drinks which will be replenished daily in your cabins fridge....like magic! After all this is all inclusive so if you want a fridge full of gin & tonic water then you go for it...your butler will even make sure you have fresh ice and lemon slices to finish it off! At the end of the day you'll return to your bed, where your newsletter and chocolates will be waiting for you, you'll watch a little TV on the start of the art integrated mirror (yep, this is not old fashioned, this is cutting edge) and you'll climb into bed linen at £1200 per set!! Gulp!
In between, well, you take your choice....spend a relaxing day on your Verandah Balcony or by the pool, dipping in and out of the jacuzzi perhaps. Enjoying some of La Terrazza Italian 'buffet' food or some perhaps going to the poolside 'Grill' to enjoy some of the rotisserie or gourmet salad & burger bar...this place really comes into it's own in the evening where it becomes a lava hot stone restaurant under the stars... If you fancy dining elsewhere you're spoilt for choice. Try the teppanyaki restaurant Kaiseki or the elegant sea themed restaurant Atlantide for example.
Entertainment is lower key but fitting for the surroundings, think piano in the Panorama Lounge or Jazz & Blues in the Silver Note bar (although this is also a tapas style dining option in the evenings). The large and stylish theatre however is also an option offering a range of shows which tend to get the audience singing and dancing along. Card rooms, library's and a flutter in the casino as well as the daily onboard day to day activities can also see the days go by. Ok, so you're not going to see big West End style productions here, there are no rock walls or ice rinks but then, this is a different style of cruising.
As a 6* cruise experience you are not going to see a €599pp giveaway. You are going to pay more. But can you find value? Yes, when you consider what you're getting in your fare, all inclusive food, all inclusive drinks, all inclusive gratuities, all suite accommodation, all with a butler, all with great comfort and 6* service. Thats also not to say there can' be deals too...we promoted a short 5 night taster from Rome around the Mediterranean which cruises this November and there'll be more in the future. Just watch this space and maybe you too can experience luxury cruising with SilverSea in the not to distant future. You won't regret it!