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Silversea's largest ship to date, Silver Muse, is the line's newest flagship (it debuted in April 2017). Muse offers nearly a 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, with 411 crew members and space for 596 passengers.
Among the ship's standout features are its spacious all-suite accommodations, which range from 334 square feet to 1,389 square feet. All cabins are serviced by a butler and include Pratesi bed linens, a marble bath with Bulgari toiletries and a picture window or balcony. While all passengers are treated to a complimentary hour of internet per day, those staying in upgraded suites get extras like balconies, multiple flat-screen TVs and interactive media libraries.
When it comes to dining, Silver Muse boasts eight venues that showcase a variety of cuisines, including Italian and Asian, as well as French fare at the upscale La Dame by Relais & Châteaux.
Similar to other ships in the fleet, Silver Muse offers a variety of onboard activities and facilities, including a spa, a pool deck and gym, a casino and several lounges.
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Fully refurbished in May 2018, the 608-passenger Silver Spirit prioritizes customer service. With 412 crew members on board, it maintains less than a 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio.
The ship's full redesign left it 49 feet longer, enhancing the space around the ship. Guests will also enjoy new decor and increased dining options, with the introduction of Spaccanapoli (Italian), Silver Note (tapas-sized dishes), Atlantide (seafood) and Indochine (Asian), as well as the renovation of La Terrazza. There are a total of eight dining establishments, many of which recent visitors called "superb."
Recent cruisers were also pleased with the all-suite accommodations. All offer ocean views, and 95 percent include private verandas. The spacious suites (ranging from 312 to 1,668 square feet) offer amenities like butler service, minifridges and full baths with separate showers.
The extra space on board also allows for a roomier spa – 8,300 square feet, to be exact. When you're not getting pampered, take advantage of the ship's other activities like fitness classes, casino games and enrichment courses. Come nightfall, unwind in one of three bars, or catch a performance at the Venetian Lounge.
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Built in 2001 and last refurbished in 2017, Silver Whisper can accommodate up to 382 luxury-seeking passengers. With 302 staff members on board and a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, the ship maintains a higher standard of service than some competitors. The crew members' efficiency and attention to detail earned the ship high marks from many recent cruisers. Silver Whisper is set to receive a facelift to its public spaces and suites in December 2018.
Guests appreciated the all-suite cabins, which range from 287 to 1,264 square feet. More than 80 percent feature private teak balconies. Amenities include walk-in closets, minifridges and full marble baths with separate showers. Silver Whisper offers an array of daytime activities geared toward older travelers, including enrichment courses and afternoon tea, in addition to a casino, a spa, a salon and a pool deck.
Like its sister ship, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper touts four onboard restaurants, including the Relais & Châteaux-affiliated La Dame. Round out a day at sea with a show in the performance theater or at one of the several cocktail lounges.
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Debuted in 1995, the 296-passenger Silver Wind was most recently refurbished in 2017. The ship boasts a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, offering a higher level of customization than larger ocean liners. Previous cruisers say the attentive staff kept the ship well-maintained throughout the entire journey.
Passengers are also quick to praise the all-suite accommodations. All offer ocean views and more than 80 percent are equipped with a private veranda. Suites measure between 240 and 827 square feet and come with butler service, walk-in closets, minifridges and marble bathrooms.
When it comes to dining, Silver Wind offers four restaurants, including specialty restaurant La Dame, affiliated with Relais & Châteaux. Silver Wind offers a variety of daytime activities, ranging from enrichment courses to fitness classes. There are also plenty of facilities to pass days at sea, like a pool, a casino and a spa. When it's time to wind down, grab a nightcap at one of several bars or catch a performance in the Show Lounge.
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Silver Shadow is slightly larger than the older Silversea ships, but not as big as the Silver Spirit. Most recently updated in early 2017 (it debuted in 2000), the 382-passenger ship maintains a nearly 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, with 302 crew members. For past cruisers, it was the friendly crew's attention to detail that helped set Silver Shadow apart from its competitors.
Recent passengers praise the all-suite accommodations, which range from the Vista Suite (287 square feet) to the two-bedroom Owner's Suite (1,264 square feet). All cabins offer ocean views and more than 80 percent include private balconies. Standard amenities include butler service, minifridges and full baths with separate showers.
When guests aren't in their rooms, they can utilize the ship's facilities, which include shopping boutiques, a casino, a beauty salon and an expansive pool deck. The ship also offers four dining venues, including La Dame – a specialty restaurant affiliated with Relais & Châteaux (additional fee applies). As for nighttime entertainment, passengers have their pick between several cocktail lounges and the ship's performance venue.
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