Silversea Cruises celebrate 21 years with the gleaming, glamorous new “Silver Muse”
Specialising in writing about luxury travel, I have had the pleasure and privilege of visiting some fine hotels, taking classic train journeys and especially sharing my passion for slow, slow cruises, the most relaxing way to explore the world.
Founded in 1994, the Italian family-owned Silversea cruise line has continued to develop its vision to create a superior style of 6 star leisurely travel experiences.
Imagine planning the perfect escape with all-inclusive hospitality, first class personal service and enriching itineraries to dream destinations.
Over the years, having island-hopped around the Seychelles, sailed around Venice and Vietnam, across the South Pacific to India and Africa, what entices me on board again and again is the sociable house party ambience and casually-elegant, romantic lifestyle.
There are currently eight small-scale ships from the super-yacht Silver Wind to the sleek, chic Silver Whisper, the grand art deco Silver Spirit to the Silver Explorer and Discoverer for Royal Geographical expeditions.
Muse = 1. In ancient Greek mythology, Muses were goddesses of science and art who inspired creative endeavours. 2. A person or guiding spirit who inspires a creative artist.
Always seeking to broaden the horizons and exceed expectations, Silversea has recently announced the fantastic news of their new glamorous flagship, the Silver Muse which will be launched for the Spring season 2017.
Very timely to develop the fleet and keep up to date and on trend given the strong competition amongst the specialist cruise industry; new ships are joining Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian and Seabourn. Azamara Club ships are being redesigned as a luxe brand, featuring unique complimentary AzAmazing excursions.
An increasing number of travellers prefer intimate, exclusive, all inclusive cruises on small luxury ships, river boasts and expedition vessels with a 21% increase in the past five years.
The ultra-luxury Silver Muse will accommodate 596 guests (slightly more than the Silver Spirit), but the overall décor and design is still under wraps. All that has been revealed by the CEO, Enzo Visone, is that there will a distinctive sense of originality, creativity and quality, to enhance “ the sophistication and innovative style for which Silversea ships are renowned”.
Also not yet revealed is where Silver Muse will be sailing on her maiden and inaugural voyages. I await the news with much anticipation.!
In January 2010, my partner Ken and I were amongst the first guests to board Silver Spirit, attending the Christening ceremony in Fort Lauderdale before we set off on a leisurely 10 week voyage circumnavigating South America.
This was like a mini gap year for adults, an intrepid adventure away off the well trodden tourist map for true exploration and cultural enrichment – with the secure comfort of a floating luxury hotel all the way. Stylish Silversea travel at its very best. (See feature link below).
The cruise line is internationally celebrated as a leader in 6 star luxury travel, regularly winning annual awards including “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” by readers of Condé Nast Traveller (11 times including 2014), and “Best Luxury Cruise Line” at UK’s Travel Weekly Globe Awards ( 9 times including 2015).
Magical, memorable seaviews, wildlife and wonderous sights are guaranteed from the deck of a Silversea ship.
Roll on Spring 2017 and the launch of Silver Muse for the start of more enriching, aspirational, inspirational travel experiences, wherever she may be sailing around the globe. See you on board!
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore”. André Gide.
For forthcoming Itineraries, Expeditions, Destinations, World Cruises, 2016 and 2017, and all cruise information – http://www.silversea.com
Read about the Grand Inaugural Voyage, South America on Silver Spirit, 2010