Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 40
A refined new vessel
makes a thoughtful debut.
For its ﬁrst new ship in eight
years (and its largest yet),
Silversea Cruises skipped bold
opulence in favor of quiet,
contemporary interior design.
The 596-passenger Silver Muse's
understated decor ampliﬁes
some of its ﬁnest features: spacious, all-suite accommodations,
faultless service, and an array
of dining options. Virtuoso Life's
Fran Golden recently boarded
the ship in Monaco. Here are
On Silver Muse, Silversea
debuted the Arts Café, a
handsome lounge with a
library curated by renowned
London bookstore Heywood
Hill (Queen Elizabeth is a fan).
Here, a glimpse of the ship's
collection from Heywood
Hill's director, Nicky Dunne.
387 square feet, and each has
a private veranda and butler
service. Other perks include
marble bathrooms (with rainfall
showerheads and Bulgari toiletries) and high-tech TVs that
turn into mirrors when shut oﬀ.
Larger Silver, Royal, Grand, and
Owner's suites feel like apartments at sea, with the option to
add second bedrooms.
SWIM CLUB: The Silver Muse pool
area is one of the most inviting
outdoor spaces at sea. Cushy
V I RT U O S O L I F E
1. A Silver Suite sitting area.
2. The Silver Muse. 3. The Arts
Café. 4. Pool time. 5. Teppanyaki at
Kaiseki. 6. A Faliero Sarti souvenir.
loungers, daybeds, and sectional
sofas in the sun and shade surround an extra-long pool and
pair of whirlpools. Adjacent is
the casual Neapolitan pizza joint
Spaccanapoli, whose prosciutto,
arugula, and Parmesan-topped
pie does the city of Naples proud.
FARE FOR ALL: Goodbye, standard
cruise-ship dining room; hello,
bespoke options. There are eight
restaurants on board, featuring
cuisine such as the aforementioned pizza, plus pan-Asian
(Kaiseki) and upscale French
(La Dame by Relais & Châteaux).
Bonus: The line's new dining approach means passengers can order from these restaurants from
anywhere on the ship when the
venues aren't open for service.
One word to describe the
Silver Muse library: "'Curiosity.' Books cover a wide range
of arts-related subjects -
monographs on artists and
artistic movements, plus
authoritative texts on sculpture, photography, architecture, fashion, and more."
The book you'd borrow for
an at-sea day: "The Story of
Art by E.H. Gombrich. It's an
essential art-history reference
guide, and great for any connoisseur or student."
Silver Muse sails the Mediter-
ranean through August before
heading to South America and the
Caribbean this fall. Seven-day
itineraries from $4,500.
(SCARF) CHRIS PLAVIDAL/STYLING BY HEIDI ADAMS
ROOM TO RELAX: Suites begin at
ITALIAN INSPIRATION: Silversea's
Italian heritage shines throughout: The 1,000-square-foot
Balsorano Owner's Suite is
decorated with chairman
Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio's
family photos from Rome, plus
a selection of his favorite books
and vintage ports. The ship's
roughly 500-piece art collection
showcases Italian artists, and
the boutique stocks a commemorative scarf made for Silver
Muse by high-fashion Florentine
textile maker Faliero Sarti.