Luxury line Silversea Cruises on Wednesday celebrated its first newly built ship in seven years with a christening ceremony in Monaco.
Costanza Lefebvre, the 17-year-old daughter of Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, triggered the smashing of a bottle of champagne against the 596-passenger vessel, Silver Muse, to officially name it during an event that also featured an address by Monaco’s Prince Albert II.
Constructed at a Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Muse is being billed as one of the most luxurious cruise ships ever made. Aimed at an upscale audience, it boasts some of the biggest and most elegant accommodations at sea including four apartment-like, two-bedroom Owner’s Suites that measure up to 1,389 square feet.
Other over-the-top accommodations on Muse include four Grand Suites and two Royal Suites that measure 1,475 square feet and 1,130 square feet, respectively. The vessel also has 34 of the line’s signature Silver Suites across three top decks, including a new two-bedroom Silver Suite configuration that measures 1,119 square feet.
Even the smallest cabins on Muse measure nearly 400 square feet — unusually spacious for a cruise ship.
Muse also offers an unusually wide array of upscale eateries including La Dame, a French restaurant created in partnership with Relais & Châteaux, and two contemporary Asian eateries.
Hot Rocks, a Silversea ship favorite where passengers cook their own meat, fish and vegetables on piping hot lava stones, also is among the dining options as is an intimate new jazz club-like venue called Silver Note where musicians perform as passengers sample tapas-style dishes.
At 40,700 tons, Muse is Silversea’s largest vessel to date and also serves as its new flagship.
Silversea is the third major luxury line to roll out a new ship in just the past nine months — an unusual spurt of growth for the luxury cruise space. Rival Regent Seven Seas Cruises in July unveiled its first new vessel in 13 years, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer. Luxury line Seabourn in December unveiled its first new ship in five years, the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore.
Muse’s inaugural year will feature a diverse range of seven- to 19-day sailings in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Fares start at $4,455 per person for seven-night voyages.
Originally published at USA Today