Luxury cruising on the high seas is replete with many pleasures. However, while there are many luxury choices, cruising with Silversea on its Silver Muse is an experience like no other.
1. All-suite staterooms
The Silver Muse is Silversea’s newest ship. The 698-foot Muse has eight passenger decks. All of The Muse’s luxuriously appointed staterooms are suites and spacious, starting at 334 square feet, up to 1,389 square feet. Suites boast walk-in closets, in-room safes, a tailor stocked refrigerator and bar, pillow menus, high count Italian sheets, marble and granite bathroom with large soaking bathtubs, large enclosed showers and Bulgari amenities. For those wishing to stay connected, there are large, mirror-embedded HD televisions and unlimited ship wide WIFI.
2. Assigned butlers
Each suite is assigned a personal butler who task is to make certain guests want for nothing. This starts the moment one embarks. From assisting with unpacking, making sure favorite drink items are always replenished, assisting with dinner reservations, to delivering early evening canapes to the suite.
3. Crew to guest ratio
The Muse has 411 impeccably trained crew members and can hold a maximum of just 596-guests This personalized crew-to-passenger ratio and superb training combines for consistently excellent service throughout the ship.
4. Food boredom is not an option
The Muse has 24-hour room service serving outstanding meals. During a recent 18-day sailing from Singapore to Sydney, I ordered three several course dinners to my suite. All were delivered within 30-minutes and were perfectly prepared, hot and delicious. There are nine restaurants onboard The Muse, including the fantastic specialty restaurant French La Dame and innovative Japanese Kaiseki. Additionally, there are nine bars/lounges with entertainment and a fabulous Starbuck-like coffee bar serving perfect espressos and cappuccinos and light bites throughout the day.
5. Smaller ship, big luxury
A well-equipped fitness center onboard meant gaining 100-pounds from all that great food was not predetermined destiny. The Muse’s Zagara Spa boasted a complete treatment menu with specialty massages, facials, and a full beauty salon. For those seeking to tame Father Time, an onboard dermatologist was available to consult. Also onboard, a large swimming pool, Jacuzzis, humidor, casino, well-stocked library, an expert enrichment lecture series on the destinations ahead as well as current world events, by recognized experts, wine tastings with The Muse’s Sommelier and other curated activities.
6. Great destinations, easy access
Given The Muse’s size, it’s able to docks where mega ships cannot. This making disembarking at ports a snap without the need for tendering typical for larger ships. On this sailing, after leaving Singapore, The Muse made seven port calls two in Indonesia – Central Java, Indonesia’s cultural heart and portal to Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist Temple and UNESCO World Heritage Sites – and the famous Hindu island of Bali.
This was followed by five ports of call in Australia. The first was Darwin, famous for its crocodiles and its World War II past. Then on to Cairns, a charming town of restaurants, bars and cafés aboriginal art galleries. Most importantly, Cairns is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest and longest coral reef stretching over 1,400 miles along Queensland’s eastern coast. A UNESCO site since 1981, it has over 1,500 fish species 4,500 vertebrae species and six turtle species. There are abundant opportunities for all manner of water sports including snorkeling, diving, parasailing, fishing and sailing.
Continuing along the east coast, we sailed to Townsville. There a 20-minute ferry brought us to Magnetic Island with its massive 257-million-year-old granite boulders and local koala bears making up Northern Australia’s largest wild colony.
Shiny skyscrapers, 200 jacaranda filled parks and plenty of charm belied Brisbane’s genesis as a former penal colony founded in 1824. After 18-days, we sailed into Sydney Harbour with the iconic view of Sydney Opera House.
Though sad to disembark – and leave my butler – I was thrilled to again be in Sydney and besides, I had already started to plot my next cruise.
IF YOU GO – Silversea has four to 90-day cruises in various parts of the world depending on season. As itineraries sometimes start in one location and end in another, it may be best to let Silversea book air.
Julie L. Kessler is a journalist, attorney and legal columnist based in Los Angeles and the author of the award-winning book “Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight.” She can be reached at Julie@VagabondLawyer.com.