The new ultra-luxury, all-suite ship is the ninth in the Silversea fleet.
The 596-passenger Silver Muse can access secluded harbors that other ships can’t, and the ship’s inaugural season through the Mediterranean showed off this ability. The Silversea vessel recently made its first Trans-Atlantic crossing from England to Canada, before sailing down to Fort Lauderdale and embarking on a series of South American voyages for the remainder of the year. All-in-all, it will call at 34 countries and 130 ports this year.
“Silversea offers smaller, more intimate ships ideal for full ship charters,” says Freddy Muller, VP of corporate and incentive sales, Americas. “Ships range from 50 suites up to just under 300. Our all-inclusive concept includes all meals, port charges, gratuities, fine wines and spirits. In addition, meeting planners will appreciate that all meeting space, breakout, cocktail receptions and audio-visual capabilities will not cost them a dime.”
With butler service for every suite, customized spa treatments, an in-suite bar stocked with personal drink preferences and mattress and pillow options, the Silver Muse aims to provide intimate luxury. In addition to featuring the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea, the ship brings three new ones to the fleet: Atlantide, Indochine and Spaccanapoli.
“Silversea is always reinventing the luxury cruise segment,” says Muller. “We offer an array of destinations that maximize time in some of the most sought-after and unique destinations. We are also the pioneers in luxury expedition cruising, offering dedicated meeting planners to operate and partner with planners of all experience levels.”
Silversea’s 2017 enrichment programs have invited a number of cultural experiences on board various ships: opera-themed cruises with soloists from the Academy of Lyric Opera, ballet cruises featuring the acclaimed Russian ballet soloists Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov, and culinary and wine voyages with on board tastings, cooking demonstrations and classes, market visits, gala dinners and shore excursions.
“Silversea also has the great fortune of being able to position our ship for world sporting events,” says Muller. “The ship was used as a floating hotel, which allowed for endless customization along with security for all guests onboard. With the size of our ships, we can call in many destinations where our friendly competitors will simply not fit.”
A range of wellness-themed programming throughout 2017 offers complimentary yoga and Pilates classes to attendees, as well as daily lectures and cooking demonstrations. Gym sessions led by personal trainers are also included, along with a choice of a complimentary spa massage treatment.
“Our destination team will assist in creating unique and private tours in over 400 destinations around the world,” adds Muller. “These excursions can lead them to scavenger hunts through Venice or private beach Olympics in Virgin Gorda. The majority of our business relies on full ship charters. This allows an organization to be as creative as they want to be when it comes to on board programing, branding and activities.”
The Silver Muse will continue to “wow” groups throughout 2018, as attendees fall under the magical spell of South America and some of its most culturally enriching destinations. Grand Voyage 2018 will combine immersive excursions such as a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro just in time for Carnival and overnights in the heart of the Amazon with an intimate and elegant luxury experience. Groups can also expect plenty of local entertainment, guest chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and locally sourced specialties: Ecuador’s Nacional cacao, Chile’s Merken chili peppers and sugarcane from Brazil.