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• Background information Our previous experience with Silversea was on the Silver Galapagos—that was an expedition cruise, quite different than this classic cruise. We chose this cruise because it included stops on three islands—and because it stopped in Monaco for the Grand Prix. • Hotel information We selected Silversea’s pre and post cruise Simply Hotels: Condes de Barcelona, and Bernini Bristol in Rome. Both were very nice, modern hotels in excellent locations. We did need a power adapter in both. Breakfast was included with both hotels. We liked breakfast at the Condes better, but the Bernini’s was also very good. We would not hesitate to stay in either of these hotels again. • Ship information The Silver Muse is a very new ship and beautifully maintained. While some other reviewers did not like the interior design, we liked the simplicity of the design--and the quality of the building components. Most of the other passengers we met had cruised before, many on Silversea. It seemed to us that we were about the median age—mid-60s. Free laundry rooms are located on each passenger deck. They each have a stacked washer and dryer and laundry soap. Ours on Deck 6 had an ironing board and iron—I’m not sure if every deck had those or not. The laundry room was very clean and the iron was kept full of water by the staff. The laundry room on Deck 11 is not as busy. • Activities We did play table tennis one evening—kind of fun to play Ping-Pong in evening clothes. • Service Our butler and cleaning staff were outstanding. Silversea’s reputation for quality service is well deserved. • Port & shore excursions We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and were not disappointed. All of the ports were interesting and had something to recommend them--the highlight was being in Monaco for the Grand Prix. Ibiza, docked at pier: After taking a ferry to Formentera, we walked to a nearby bike rental place and picked out bikes. I am tall so they gave me a 21-speed mountain style bike. Everyone else had 5-speed step through bikes. All had baskets. The guides were excellent, but the group was a little too large (32, I think) and several of the bikes broke down. Still, it was worth doing. We are experienced bike riders in our mid-60s and did not find the ride difficult. Palma de Mallorca, docked at pier: Vintage Train to Soller Village was actually from Soller Village—but it was as nice as advertised. My wife bought some nice Majorica pearl earrings in Soller. Calvi, tendered from deck 3: Illustrious Men was a good tour of the island with a lot of information on the famous men associated with Corsica. We were especially intrigued with Pasquale Paoli. Marseille, docked at pier adjacent to a large Ferris wheel: Aix-en-Provence was a nice excursion—we bought some nice dish towels and place mats in the market—very nice. Saint Tropez, tendered from Deck 3: Villages of Gassin & Ramatuelle was a nice way to learn more about the history of Provence. One of the highlights was eating Tarte tropézienne that was made famous by Brigitte Bardot. After the tour we watched the boats and people while enjoying a wonderful Rosé wine across from the boats in the marina. Monte Carlo, tendered from Deck 3: The tender ride on Saturday was easy, but on Sunday getting in and out of the tenders was pretty rocky. This was the Grand Prix race weekend. Many people bought the Silversea race package and had a nice time. We chose to buy grandstand seats before we left the USA and thoroughly enjoyed the race atmosphere. Walking around the town during the race weekend is confusing because many of the streets are (obviously) blocked off. Our seats on Saturday were in Grandstand L. On Sunday we were in Grandstand K. Both were good and enabled us to see nice sections of the track and many of the boats in the harbor. Most people would probably prefer K over L, but being able to see some of the pit action from L was nice—and we also saw several wrecks while sitting in L. The bathrooms serving L are better than the ones serving K. Livorno, docked at the pier: Super Classe Tuscan Wines was a very good excursion. The winery was very modern and well equipped, and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. This was an excellent excursion. Livorno itself was not too interesting. • Travel to embarkation port We took the Silversea transfer from the Condes de Barcelona hotel to the ship. The bus left promptly and the transfer was smooth. Traffic was very heavy—probably because there were several huge cruise ships also in port. • Dining We ate in every restaurant—all were excellent. Ironically, my wife, who is a tremendous cook of Italian descent, said the Italian themed restaurant, La Terrazza, was the weakest of the restaurants. Our favorite was probably La Dame (the extra fee was well worth it), but the Silver Note was close behind. We had made our restaurant reservations before we left and had no complaints. Most of the other passengers we talked with understood the dining reservation system, and most were pleased with the food—many passengers had very high standards. Service was uniformly excellent. We had breakfast in the room several mornings—it was always on time and good. On formal nights some men wore tuxedoes, but most seemed to be in a dark suit. We liked the idea of dressing up like successful grown-ups—kind of refreshing. • Entertainment The jazz singer, Helene, in the Silver Note was outstanding. Unfortunately it was a little hard to hear her because some of the other guests were a little loud. We saw one show with the Voices of Silversea—they were fine, high energy and fun. • Disembarkation Silversea was extremely organized, but unfortunately the port of Rome requires all bags to be off the ship before the passengers are allowed to disembark the ship. Some people were irritated, but Silversea certainly did they best they could and was able to get those with tight connecting flights off the ship in good order. • Summary Simply an outstanding cruise. We liked it so much we booked two more Silversea cruises while onboard. As a traveler who had just completed a cruise on a different cruise line told us, “Once you’ve sailed Silversea, it is hard to sail with anyone else.”

Outstanding Cruise--with Monaco Grand Prix

Silver Muse Cruise Review by ModelTowner

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Classic Verandah Suite
• Background information

Our previous experience with Silversea was on the Silver Galapagos—that was an expedition cruise, quite different than this classic cruise. We chose this cruise because it included stops on three islands—and because it stopped in Monaco for the Grand Prix.

• Hotel information

We selected Silversea’s pre and post cruise Simply Hotels: Condes de Barcelona, and Bernini Bristol in Rome. Both were very nice, modern hotels in excellent locations. We did need a power adapter in both. Breakfast was included with both hotels. We liked breakfast at the Condes better, but the Bernini’s was also very good. We would not hesitate to stay in either of these hotels again.

• Ship information

The Silver Muse is a very new ship and beautifully maintained. While some other reviewers did not like the interior design, we liked the simplicity of the design--and the quality of the building components.

Most of the other passengers we met had cruised before, many on Silversea. It seemed to us that we were about the median age—mid-60s.

Free laundry rooms are located on each passenger deck. They each have a stacked washer and dryer and laundry soap. Ours on Deck 6 had an ironing board and iron—I’m not sure if every deck had those or not. The laundry room was very clean and the iron was kept full of water by the staff. The laundry room on Deck 11 is not as busy.

• Activities

We did play table tennis one evening—kind of fun to play Ping-Pong in evening clothes.

• Service

Our butler and cleaning staff were outstanding. Silversea’s reputation for quality service is well deserved.

• Port & shore excursions

We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and were not disappointed. All of the ports were interesting and had something to recommend them--the highlight was being in Monaco for the Grand Prix.

Ibiza, docked at pier: After taking a ferry to Formentera, we walked to a nearby bike rental place and picked out bikes. I am tall so they gave me a 21-speed mountain style bike. Everyone else had 5-speed step through bikes. All had baskets. The guides were excellent, but the group was a little too large (32, I think) and several of the bikes broke down. Still, it was worth doing. We are experienced bike riders in our mid-60s and did not find the ride difficult.

Palma de Mallorca, docked at pier: Vintage Train to Soller Village was actually from Soller Village—but it was as nice as advertised. My wife bought some nice Majorica pearl earrings in Soller.

Calvi, tendered from deck 3: Illustrious Men was a good tour of the island with a lot of information on the famous men associated with Corsica. We were especially intrigued with Pasquale Paoli.

Marseille, docked at pier adjacent to a large Ferris wheel: Aix-en-Provence was a nice excursion—we bought some nice dish towels and place mats in the market—very nice.

Saint Tropez, tendered from Deck 3: Villages of Gassin & Ramatuelle was a nice way to learn more about the history of Provence. One of the highlights was eating Tarte tropézienne that was made famous by Brigitte Bardot. After the tour we watched the boats and people while enjoying a wonderful Rosé wine across from the boats in the marina.

Monte Carlo, tendered from Deck 3: The tender ride on Saturday was easy, but on Sunday getting in and out of the tenders was pretty rocky. This was the Grand Prix race weekend. Many people bought the Silversea race package and had a nice time. We chose to buy grandstand seats before we left the USA and thoroughly enjoyed the race atmosphere. Walking around the town during the race weekend is confusing because many of the streets are (obviously) blocked off. Our seats on Saturday were in Grandstand L. On Sunday we were in Grandstand K. Both were good and enabled us to see nice sections of the track and many of the boats in the harbor. Most people would probably prefer K over L, but being able to see some of the pit action from L was nice—and we also saw several wrecks while sitting in L. The bathrooms serving L are better than the ones serving K.

Livorno, docked at the pier: Super Classe Tuscan Wines was a very good excursion. The winery was very modern and well equipped, and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. This was an excellent excursion. Livorno itself was not too interesting.

• Travel to embarkation port

We took the Silversea transfer from the Condes de Barcelona hotel to the ship. The bus left promptly and the transfer was smooth. Traffic was very heavy—probably because there were several huge cruise ships also in port.

• Dining

We ate in every restaurant—all were excellent. Ironically, my wife, who is a tremendous cook of Italian descent, said the Italian themed restaurant, La Terrazza, was the weakest of the restaurants. Our favorite was probably La Dame (the extra fee was well worth it), but the Silver Note was close behind. We had made our restaurant reservations before we left and had no complaints. Most of the other passengers we talked with understood the dining reservation system, and most were pleased with the food—many passengers had very high standards. Service was uniformly excellent.

We had breakfast in the room several mornings—it was always on time and good.

On formal nights some men wore tuxedoes, but most seemed to be in a dark suit. We liked the idea of dressing up like successful grown-ups—kind of refreshing.

• Entertainment

The jazz singer, Helene, in the Silver Note was outstanding. Unfortunately it was a little hard to hear her because some of the other guests were a little loud. We saw one show with the Voices of Silversea—they were fine, high energy and fun.

• Disembarkation

Silversea was extremely organized, but unfortunately the port of Rome requires all bags to be off the ship before the passengers are allowed to disembark the ship. Some people were irritated, but Silversea certainly did they best they could and was able to get those with tight connecting flights off the ship in good order.

• Summary

Simply an outstanding cruise. We liked it so much we booked two more Silversea cruises while onboard. As a traveler who had just completed a cruise on a different cruise line told us, “Once you’ve sailed Silversea, it is hard to sail with anyone else.”
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Cabin Review

Classic Verandah Suite
Cabin CV 608
Suite 608 is pretty far to the front of the ship, but motion was never a problem for us. Being that far forward meant that we had less traffic outside our suite, but it also meant we had a longer trip to the restaurants, activities, and coffee.

The suite itself was quiet, clean, and very nice.

There were an adequate number of USA power outlets in the room, but unfortunately the outlets are in pairs that are very close to each other--so when I plugged in my camera's battery charger it blocked the other outlet. Fortunately we did have a European adapter with us so we could power all of our various gizmos at once.

We used the TVs (there are two built into mirrors) to see where all of the Silversea ships were, to check our expenses, and read about the excursions--we never actually watched TV--we were too busy!

The internet was free and pretty slow, but good enough for email and web surfing.

The bedroom area could be separated from the sitting area with a curtain (we never used it), suitcases were easily stored under the bed, there were plenty of drawers--and the walk-in closet was great. It had a built-in dresser and safe.

The bathroom had a tub which my wife used once and enjoyed. We also used the tub to wash out some clothes--it had a laundry string that could be stretched out the length of the tub. The shower was small--as expected, but perfectly usable. We liked all of the shelves in the bathroom.
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