Silver Muse Cruise Review by Knyght1
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite
Much has been made of the 8 restaurants on board. What we found out is that if you want to go to a restaurant that requires reservations (Atlantide and Indochine are the only "walk in" restaurants on board), make your reservations as soon as you book your cruise. We were able to get only 2 reservations; the others were already booked solid. Fortunately, the wine group had reservations in most restaurants. Therefore, we ate in all restaurants but Kaiseki. That having been said, our favorite restaurant was Atlantide, followed closedly by Hot Rocks, also known as The Grill. Atlantide had great Chilean sea bass and a nice atmosphere. At Hot Rocks/The Grill, they heat stones to 450 degrees F for 20 hours. You select what meat or seafood you want to cook. Then they put the hot stone slabs in front of you, and you cook your own food. Frankly, the filets we cooked there were the best beef we had on the cruise. Despite the claimed excellence of La Dame, we were less than impressed. The steaks were overcooked. Silver Note was enjoyable, especially with the pianist and the singer, but the menu is limited. LaTerraza had mediocre food and spotty service at night. La Terraza is the buffet at breakfast and lunch. Sometimes we were invisible at a breakfast table and practically had to tackle someone to order coffee, tea or an omelette.
Being on Deck 8 was good because of Cafe d'Arts, aka the coffee bar. We could walk down the hall and get coffee, tea, cappuccino, etc as well as snacks beginning early in the morning; the only thing is that it doesn't stay open late.
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly.
We enjoyed the bartenders on Deck 10, the pool deck. Some of the servers were lackadaisacal in waiting on people at tables along the sides. One outstanding exception was Egbert (yes, that is his name). He went out of his way when we got back late from a shore excursion. He went up to Spaccanapoli to order and to get our pizza, as well as to serve us drinks. He was the only waiter we encountered who deserved a tip.
We didn't check out the entertainment that much. The night we did go was all right, but nothing outstanding.
Our butler Kiran was outstanding. Our room steward was good but virtually invisible.
Room service was good. If you can't get into a restaurant, order room service.
Overall, the staff was friendly and cheerful.
There were various activities onboard. Since we had no sea days, however, we did not participate much except for trivia, which was fun.
The shore excursions were good. We took the ships excursions in Rominj,Corfu, Santorini, Nafplion and Rhodes. We had a private excursion in Dubrovnik. The history and architecture were outstanding, and some had amazing views. Be prepared to walk a lot. Many people enjoyed the excursion to Corinth, although we did not personally go.
If you plan to go to popular tourist spots such as Dubrovnik and the Greek isles, do not go during July and August if you can possibly avoid it. Not only is it hot, there are seemingly a million people in those places. Even going in October was crowded when 4,000 "of our closest friends" got off a monster Holland America for tours. On Santorini if you plan on taking the tram down, wait until the hordes from Holland America or some other behemoth ship leave before standing in line to go down. We were in line for over an hour because of people from the Holland America ship. Of course, you can also walk down 500+ steps to the shore, but you have to avoid donkeys and their droppings. Or you can ride a donkey down, although some said that it was more difficult going down than going up.
We enjoyed some of the tropical drinks from the bar on the pool deck. Unfortunately, none of the bartenders were proficient in making drinks such as a martini or a vodka gimlet, which was surprising considering the luxury line offering.
The outside decks on the aft of the ship were nice. The chairs outside the smoking lounge on deck 8 were especially comfortable. If it isn't too cold or breezy, dining outside at La Terraza for breakfast and lunch is pleasant. One night, however, while we sat outside on deck 9, water poured down from the deck above onto me. It had been raining that day. A design flaw in the ship apparently directed the water onto my chair because it was under the awning, not under the metal part of the deck above. Never have experienced anything like that before on any ship.
The ship offers a free laundry room on each deck. The bad news is that there is only 1 washer and 1 dryer per deck. The really bad news is that the laundry room on our deck was so small that if someone opened the door while you are bending down to put something into the dryer, you can get hit in the head. The room was positively tiny. Given the spaciousness of other parts of the ship, that room could have been make larger. Apparently, some other laundry rooms were not that tiny, however.
The lounges were well appointed and comfortable.
There were only a few children on board. I would not consider it a ship that would have a lot of activities for children. There was a shuffleboard area and ping pong/table tennis upon request. There are a number of lounges in various parts of the ship, although the ones around the pool are at a premium. There is a walking track on deck 11. The gym was small but modern. Due to constant shore excursions, we did not use the gym, though. The spa looked nice, but again we did not use it.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise, but it was not a flawless experience. For a new ship, we found the water temperature issue incomprehensible.
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It was good that there are European, British and American electrical outlets in the rooms so that you don't have to bring adapters or a transformer if you don't want.
Our shower -- and many other showers -- had a major problem with water temperature. At times the overhead shower water temperature would fluctuate from hot to cool. The hand held shower attachment was virtually impossible to use if you wanted warm water. Ours was either cool or scalding hot.
The placement of the toilet is awkward: it is wedged into a corner between the counter and the shower. Also, the bathroom had only a single vanity.
There is a lot of closet space and storage. The bed was comfortable. You have a choice of different toiletries in the bathroom, which is a nice touch. Also, for the women they have makeup remover.
The makeup mirror was metal (!) and was not very efficient for my wife.
As others have remarked, if your neighbor has a TV on, you can hear it through the walls. We never used the in-mirror TV's in our cabin.
The veranda has 2 chairs and 2 ottomans as well as a small table.
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