Silver Muse
Silver Muse / Silversea Cruises
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Pool deck
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Cabin 924
Cabin 924 / Sherri Eisenberg
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Atlantide
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Back deck hot tub
Back deck hot tub / Sherri Eisenberg
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Gym
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Burger
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Silver Muse Review

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

When launched in 2017, the 596-guest Silver Muse ushered in a new era for luxury cruise mainstay Silversea Cruises. While not the glitziest ship in its ultra-luxury genre, Silversea’s first new vessel in more than a decade proved impressive because it offers a decadent amount of space. You notice it as soon as you board this understated vessel and walk into the giant, open Dolce Vita space, which serves as a reception area and cocktail lounge. The hallways, too, are unusually wide, and the cabins feel comfortably open, as do many of the public spaces, especially the massive swimming pool and the spacious Arts Café.

There's a quietness to the decor — don't expect giant chandeliers or dramatic, bright color schemes here — that feels appropriate given the ship’s formality. The butlers wear tails, and if they see a woman leaving their cabin alone, they offer their arm to walk her to dinner; the waiters will also offer to carry your cocktail on a silver tray if you're headed to dinner from one of the lounges. For those looking for a quiet, genteel vacation — with no risk of being elbow-to-elbow with other passengers, or giving up white-glove style service  — they may have found their ship. Silver Muse’s siblings, 2021’s Silver Moon and 2022’s Silver Dawn, echo this refined ambiance.

What We Love

The Pool Dazzles: This pool is one of the largest we've ever seen, and the pool deck is long and spacious with plenty of deck chairs to stretch out on, even on sunny sea days when it seems like the whole ship gathers around the edges. 

The Italian Fare is Impressive: This should come as no surprise in a cruise line with Italian origins (although it was sold to the Royal Caribbean Group in 2018). We love Spaccanopoli, the fabulous pizza and gelato spot just one deck up from the pool that's named for a road in Naples. Our advice? Go straight there and order the pizza topped with prosciutto and arugula, followed by pistachio gelato, which tastes like roasted and salted pistachio nuts straight from Sicily. There are also beautiful pastas on the dinner menu at La Terrazza and gorgeous Italian meats and cheeses on the lunch buffet there, too. 

The Gym is Enlarged: This is among the largest gym in the fleet, and there are enough weights and cardio machines that you may never have to wait your turn. Most of the bikes and treadmills face out over the ocean, and there are classes — from boot camp to yoga and Pilates — offered every day. 

Best Known For

Every Cabin is a Suite: The spacious suites — all of which have verandas and butlers — are decorated tastefully and elegantly, with plush linens and down-filled duvets as well as fluffy towels. When you arrive, your butler will bring you an array of bath products to choose from and offer to unpack your suitcase and fill your fridge with your favorite soft drinks. 

The Whole Ship is an Open Bar: The open bar nature of this ship is a pleasure, as is always the case on luxury ships. And while there's only a truly cool specialty cocktail list in Dolce Vita, our favorite bar in which to sip away the evening was the intimate lounge attached to Atlantide. 

Who It's Best For

Empty Nesters and Retirees: From the lack of trendy cocktails to the lack of edgy restaurant concepts (instead, you'll find French, Italian, pan-Asian, pizza, and the hot stone concept at The Grill that did well on previous ships) and the polished but subdued decor, it's clear that the ship is designed for older travelers who aren't looking for anything edgy on their vacation. 

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Nights Can Be Quiet: Silversea ships have never been party central, and the cruise line’s mature and affluent demographic seems to prefer sophistication over excitement. Entertainment is low-key, with small-scale productions in the Venetian Lounge and live piano music in Dolce Vita. But the essence of evenings aboard Silver Muse is enjoying good food, good wine, and good conversation.

Sherri Eisenberg
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger