Posted October 12th, 2017, 04:00 PM
Back home by noon after an uncomplicated pick up and a 2hour drive almost directly across the state. Silversea does a very good job disembarking passengers. A plus was the enormous Dolce Vita bar for waiting to be called...kind of ironic as the space is waaay too big for it's primary use as a bar/lounge.
I was, in general, happy with The Muse. This is mostly because of enjoying spending time with friends. Trivia was such fun. Always a SS highlight, on this cruise it was especially terrific with a really big crowd and Jimmy Kovel as Trivia Master.
The biggest drawback for me was the dining situation. I was very uncomfortable with having to make reservations for every night of the cruise. I had intended to sail solo, but chickened out about a month before embarking and asked a friend to join me. Even with the inclusion of a wonderful, easy companion, and great pals at Trivia, I felt hemmed in and anxious by the reservation requirements. I can say, without hesitation, that until there is a Main Dining Room, I would not recommend the Muse...especially for singles. Losing the spontaneity of casually meeting and making new friends, in one of the bars, and having the opportunity to join folks for dinner is a very big drawback. We were told that this problem will be fixed in time for the upcoming South American segment. I can understand how they can enlarge the Atlantide restaurant...but not by all that much. What they will do about the Indochine Asian restaurant is a mystery. I loved it, but it was almost empty every time I went. It is very distinctive both in menu and decor. I can't envision it becoming popular without a major reworking.
That said, The Muse is quite beautiful. The service is SS super special. The food was very good and the wines were excellent. Let's see what the management does to address the consistent concerns of even the most devoted SS sailors.
I dearly hope that future Muse sailors will take the time to keep up the live posting. With SS now building a new sister ship and planning to stretch the Spirit, we just might be able to positively influence design decisions. How about that?!?