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Silver Nova

Our Ship Review
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When Silver Nova sets sail in summer 2023, her space-to-guest ratio will make her one of the roomiest ships ever built. The sleek, 728-passenger vessel will also be the most eco-friendly ship in the Silversea fleet and will have a novel asymmetrical design with a two-level pool deck featuring 270-degree uninterrupted views and the cruise line’s largest pool, which is situated facing the starboard side. While most of the onboard amenities will be familiar to fans of Silversea, there are some innovations in the areas of accommodations and lounges that take the cruise line’s luxury-focused Italian heritage beyond the indulgences of its most recent ships.

What We Love

All New Aft Suites With 270-degree Views: Topping the new suites categories offered aboard Silver Nova is the Otium Suite, a 1,324-square-foot accommodation featuring a 434-square-foot balcony with a private whirlpool. Its premium aft corner position (either deck 6 or deck 7) offers panoramic 270-degree views. Also new on Silver Nova are six Master Suites, also situated on aft corners (on decks 6 to 9) and offering 270-degree views with 721-to-826 square feet of indoor space and 223-to-330 square feet of balcony. While not aft-facing, 16 Signature Suites, a new category, offer 700 square feet of indoor space and a 172-square-foot balcony with expansive views from the living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

The Cliff Whirlpool: An infinity-edge, glass-fronted hot tub? Yes, please! The Cliff Whirlpool, located on deck 11 on the port side of the pool deck’s upper level, will definitely be the place to be as Silver Nova slips away from port at sunset or spends a day at sea.

The Dusk Bar: Guests can head aft on deck 10 to enjoy the panoramic, open-air Dusk Bar as Silver Nova cruises tropical and temperate locales, which, in 2023 and 2024, will include the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Caribbean, and South America.

Best Known For

Service That Goes Above and Beyond: Butler-serviced suites and friendly crew that welcome you by name are hallmarks of a Silversea cruise — and Silver Nova will have more than 550 crew members onboard to tend to the needs of the ship’s 728 passengers.

Culinary Innovation and Excellence: Like its immediate predecessors, Silver Muse, Silver Moon, and Silver Dawn — all of which carry 596 guests — the slightly larger Silver Nova features diverse dining options: La Dame (for French fine dining at an extra charge), Atlantide (for contemporary seafood), La Terrazza (for Italian and international specialties with indoor and outdoor seating), Kaiseki for Japanese cuisine and other Asian flavors), Silver Note (for tapas-style lighter bites accompanied by live jazz), The Grill (for more casual fare), and Spaccanapoli (for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza). The latter two eateries will be located within The Marque, a new design concept debuting on Silver Nova. Of course, the ship also features S.A.L.T. Kitchen, a culturally immersive dining experience where menus are crafted based on the ports visited. New onboard: Arts Café, a relaxing, multi-use venue for eating (healthy snacks, smoothies), drinking (juices, authentic Italian espresso), and reading about artists and artwork.

All-Inclusive Pricing: Yes, Silversea fares can cause some initial sticker shock, but all the inclusions — meals and all beverages, service gratuities, wifi, at least one shore excursion per port, and door-to-door transfers (including economy-class airfare with an option to upgrade to business class) — offer exceptional convenience and value for a luxury cruise experience.

Who It's Best For

Affluent Retirees and Couples Seeking a Special Occasion Splurge: With itineraries that range from six to 71 nights, Silver Nova (like all Silversea ships) attracts niche cruisers — mostly age 60 and older — who have both the time and the funds to cruise for extended periods. Its culture- and food-focused itineraries also make it an excellent option for couples looking to splurge for a milestone birthday or anniversary.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Ambiance Can Be Sedate: Since Silversea delivers an ultra-luxury product focused on gastronomy and culture, passengers tend to prioritize enjoying daytime sightseeing and superb onboard dining over nighttime socializing. As such, come 10 p.m., the vibe is apt to be on the quiet side.

Donna Heiderstadt, Cruise Expert
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger