Silversea Flagship Silver Muse sails into Sydney for the first time
Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises, is celebrating the inaugural arrival of its fleet’s iconic flagship, Silver Muse, which sailed into Sydney Harbour, Sunday 6th January 2019. The arrival of Silver Muse, which is widely regarded as one of the most luxurious boutique cruise ships in the world, marks the first time in a decade that Silversea has brought one of its new vessels to Australia; she launched for the first time in April 2017. The ship was welcomed by the Australian Girls’ Choir, singing at the pier at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal.
Adam Armstrong, Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises, said,
“Welcoming Silver Muse to Australia and New Zealand is very special and something we have been eagerly anticipating for some time now. As the newest, most spacious and most luxurious ship to call Australia home this year, her deployment reflects our strong commitment to the local market and we are absolutely delighted that Silver Muse will return again next summer for an expanded season.
“This is of course the newest ship in our fleet, and Silver Muse truly is one of the most luxurious, boutique vessels in the world, therefore I can’t think of a better way to explore the authentic natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand.”
Following her arrival in Darwin on 26th December 2018, Silver Muse’s itinerary has visited many Australian maiden ports of call as she has travelled towards Sydney. Guests aboard Silver Muse have enjoyed an unforgettable journey down the idyllic east coast of Australia, making maiden ports of call at Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsunday Islands and Brisbane, before arriving into Sydney for the very first time on 6th January 2019.
The arrival of Silver Muse to Sydney was celebrated on board with Roberto Martinoli, Chief Executive, and Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer, attending from Monaco. They gathered to welcome friends and travel partners of Silversea to the magnificent vessel. On behalf of Silversea Cruises, and its partner, the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Stephen Mahoney, General Manager, Destination NSW, received a print of a 1744 RGS map of Australia, surveyed by Abel Tasman by Emanuel Bowen, and considered to be the first map published in England, wholly devoted to Australia. The gift to Destination NSW was presented by Silversea Cruises and its partner, the Royal Geographical Society.
The 596-guest vessel offers uncompromising levels of comfort, service and quality for the world’s most discerning travellers. On board, guests experience enhanced small-ship intimacy, spacious all suite accommodations, expansive outdoor spaces and the most comprehensive choice of dining options at sea with eight venues, including specialty choices such as Kaiseki and Indochine, plus 24-hour complimentary dining options throughout the ship. The all-suite vessel carries up to 596 guests in all-inclusive luxury with butler service in all suites.
Silver Muse will depart Sydney on 7 January for a 14-night cruise to Tasmania and New Zealand, culminating in her maiden visit to Auckland on 19 January 2019. After offering a number of sailings between Australia and New Zealand, Silver Muse will depart on her Grand Asia Pacific Voyage (Sydney to Tokyo – 74 days) and then commence her maiden season of Alaska cruises. Silver Muse will return to Sydney in 2019/20 and stay for over four months (late November to end of March) – twice the length of the current season.
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse– all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon is due to join the fleet in 2020, and Silver Dawn is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. Both will be sister ships to flagship Silver Muse, maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations.
In Asia Pacific, Silversea has been voted “Best Luxury Small Ship Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine every consecutive year from 2006 to 2012 and Silver Whisper or Silver Shadow have also won the Gold Award as Best Small Cruise Ship in each of those years. Silversea has also won similar awards from readers of Australia’s Cruise Passenger Magazine, including “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” (Silver Explorer) 2013, “Best Luxury Cruise Line” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016 and “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” (Silver Shadow) 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2017, Silversea was voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards, and received the award for “Most Innovative Itinerary – Cruise” at the 29th annual Virtuoso® Awards. In 2018, Silver Galapagos won Best Overall Ship, Best Shore Excursions, and Best Value in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. In 2018, Silversea was once again voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards and won the Best Luxury Expedition ships category in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style 2018 Cruise Awards.
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