Silver Muse Cruise Review by CruiserFromMaine
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Superior Verandah Suite
We embarked in New York (most people got on in Fort Lauderdale) so embarkation was shockingly easy. Since nobody was getting off in New York, we figured our cabins would be ready and they were. We were on and having lunch by noon!
Our suite was 719, which is a superior veranda suite. It was in excellent condition and very comfortable for our cruise. The bed was comfortable with nightstands on each side, there was plenty of storage in the drawers and the closet. The sofa and chair were great for breakfast in our suite and the table accommodated us well. There is a folding table top that can be used as well. The TVs in the mirror worked fine. The bathroom was smallish with one sink and a separate shower and tub. The shower worked great with a rainfall and handheld shower head that was fine for an overhead shower head. The location was very central to everything. A couple minor quibbles. The safe would not show what number you entered, so you had to hope you got it right when the time came to open it! And the doorbell was a buzzer, not a nice chime.
The casino was small but active. The shops were very unbusy and overpriced. They could probably be scaled back and the space used for something more engaging.
The public areas were in excellent condition. We spent a lot of time in Dolce Vita for a cocktail before dinner. The decor throughout the ship was unobtrusive and the artwork was generally appealing to us. The gym was small but never overcrowded even on sea days. There was a nice walking track outside on the top deck.
The service was excellent throughout. The restaurant servers would address us by name and were always ready to refill your glass. Meals were not quick, generally 90 minutes to two hours but we tended to get several courses. Occasionally it was slow but rarely. Bar service was excellent as well. Our butler, Briston, was fabulous and was ready to assist however he could.
We thought the food was superb! We dined in all the restaurants except Hot Rocks, which didn’t appeal to us on a cool to cold weather cruise. We thought La Dame was excellent and returned for a second visit. Likewise for Silver Note—the lobster is fabulous! (And we’re from Maine!) The jazz duo there was great and we closed the place down a couple times. We enjoyed La Terrazza for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Desserts were excellent as well, especially the gelato and the deconstructed lemon meringue pie in Atlantide. We dined early and had no trouble getting in to Atlantide or Indochine at all. The one exception on food was the steaks. One was not flavorful and one was undercooked. I just ordered other items instead—plenty to pick from!
The entertainment was very good. There were three lecturers on board to talk about local history, espionage and cruise history. We didn’t go to all the evening shows but they had a guest violinist on board who we really enjoyed. There were two cooking demonstrations and a couple theme lunches in Dolce Vita which were a combination meal and entertainment experience. There were multiple movies to pick from in your suite and they showed some movies in the theater.
The ports were good. We liked the overnight in New York. The Irish ports seemed not quite ready for cruise ships. In Galway, for instance we had to tender and that’s a rough port (boarding and getting off the tender was quite an experience) and then once in port we were in the industrial part of town and then there was a walk to the shopping and sites. And that was after a long wait to clear Irish immigration on board, with passengers waiting a good 45 minutes in line. The other ports were similar but no tenders were necessary. We didn’t feel like venturing out on our own so we took the Silversea tours which were fine. Nice comfortable buses with adequate or better guides.
Disembarkation in Dublin was easy. We had a late flight so we got off among the last groups. There was a long taxi line but the weather was ok.
Overall, this was a great cruise. We really enjoyed the Muse and would definitely sail on her again.
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