Walking the Decks of the Muse

The Mediterranean sun rises over Silversea’s Silver Muse on her first full day in service, April 4, 2017. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

To celebrate my first morning aboard Silversea’s brand-new Silver Muse, I was up at six and on-deck half an hour later, just in time to catch the sun rise over the sea off the French Riviera. We’d come to almost a total stop; with so little distance for us to travel from Genoa to Marseille, France, where we’ll arrive tomorrow, there’s just no need for us to be underway.

Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

So while we bob here in the Mediterranean, I’ve made it my mission to begin exploring this great ship. This is one of Silversea’s brightest and most beautiful vessels yet, and there are spaces that you will fall instantly in love with. No two people have the same opinion, but I notice that there are already rooms that speak to certain people. Passenger flow is much better than aboard the Silver Spirit, and Silver Muse boasts more bars, lounges and dining options than her predecessor.

One of the things I’ve noticed about Silver Muse is just how wide, open and inviting her outdoor deck space is. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Seats are more plentiful (and less crowded) than aboard Silver Spirit. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Crew have been busy all day making this new ship sparkle even more than it already does. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Before I begin today’s report, three readers have already contacted me, inquiring about the dress codes for each dining venue onboard. Here they are, courtesy of today’s Silversea Chronicles:

  • Atlantide (Deck 4): Formal
  • Indochine (Deck 4): Informal
  • Kaiseki (Deck 4): Informal
  • La Dame (Deck 4): Formal
  • La Terrazza (Deck 7): Informal
  • Silver Note (Deck 7): Informal
  • Hot Rocks (Deck 10): Casual

Dolce Vita

Perhaps the most glitzy space onboard, Dolce Vita is also one of the largest public rooms of any Silversea ship. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

It’s the first space most of us will see when we step aboard Silver Muse: the gorgeous Dolce Vita. Located on Deck 5 adjacent to the ship’s Reception and Shore Excursion desks, Dolce Vita is the largest bar onboard. It’s a big departure from the teal and blue, Art Deco-styling that Silversea applied to its entire fleet after the concept aboard Silver Spirit proved popular, but one that lends the space a sort of grand opulence that you don’t really see on many ships these days.
I enjoyed pre-dinner drinks here tonight, and found the chairs comfortable and the acoustics good. The live music was easy to hear, and I really enjoyed the ambiance of the overall space.

There’s more than enough seating for everyone, and oversized windows let in more natural light than ever before. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Who’d have thought a space like this would exist on a 596-passenger ship? There certainly is a ‘wow’ factor to it! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

My only disappointment with Dolce Vita: while the drink menu folders are superbly designed, the actual cocktail list within is the same one that Silversea has had for years. Wouldn’t it be nice, in a gorgeous bar named Dolce Vita, to have some Italian-themed cocktails that are unique to this space?
It’s also a little on the big side. Okay, it’s cavernous, and probably two to thee times as large as The Bar on Silver Spirit. But that’s a small detail, and I have no doubt Silversea will see how traffic in the room goes once the ship’s formal revenue voyages begin. Right now, though, it’s a heck of a great place to lounge around with a good book and a drink, size and all.

Indochine

New is Indochine: one of two new restaurants intended to replace the under-utilized main dining room. Silver Muse lacks this traditional cruising space, and I must say I haven’t missed it yet. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

In the afternoon, I did a “pub crawl” of the ship’s different dining venues. First up: Indochine. This is only open most nights for dinner from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, though check your Silversea Chronicles for exact timings.
One of two venues that replaced the main dining room aboard Silver Muse, Indochine carries no surcharge and recommends Informal attire for its dress code. I haven’t dined here yet, but the décor is easily some of the most unique aboard Silver Muse.

Indochine serves up Asian cuisines, from Vietnamese Pho to tasty Indian curry and Paneer. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Indochine also sports its own bar, open for guests to waltz in and enjoy a cocktail. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Indochine, like nearly every restaurant on this ship, has its own dedicated bar area. It’s a super cool idea, and its one that really isn’t being promoted all that heavily by Silversea. It should: it’s a great opportunity for guests to enjoy their surroundings onboard Silver Muse, regardless of their diner reservations. In fact,

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