Lux­ury liner ar­rives at Port Ever­glades

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MONEY - By Ar­lene Satchell Staff writer

More lux­ury cruise op­tions are set­ting sail from Port Ever­glades.

On Thurs­day, Sil­ver Muse, the new­est ves­sel for ul­tra-lux­ury op­er­a­tor Sil­versea Cruises, ar­rived at the Broward County sea­port where it will op­er­ate a sched­ule of South Amer­ica and Caribbean sail­ings this fall and win­ter sea­son.

The all-suite, 596-pas­sen­ger ship’s first rev­enue cruise from Port Ever­glades is sched­uled to depart to­day on an 18-night South Amer­ica itin­er­ary with stops planned in Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, Peru and Chile.

The ship will re­turn to Port Ever­glades on Dec 18 for a 16-day round-trip voy­age that will visit sev­eral ports in the Caribbean in­clud­ing An­tigua, St. Kitts, Gre­nada, Aruba, Bon­aire and Cu­ra­cao.

In all, Sil­ver Muse will make calls in 34 coun­tries and 130 ports in 2017 alone.

Sil­ver Muse of­fers spa­cious ocean-view suites with but­ler ser­vice and its eight din­ing venues in­clude three that are new to Sil­versea. They are At­lantide, a seafood and grill con­cept; Asianac­cented eatery In­do­chine; and Ital­ian-themed pool­side res­tau­rant Spac­canapoli.

The lux­ury liner also fea­tures a casino, spa, li­brary and en­ter­tain­ment and so­cial gath­er­ing venues called the Vene­tian Lounge, Art­sCafe and Sil­ver Note jazz joint.

Guests have ac­cess to com­pli­men­tary wines, pre­mium spir­its, spe­cialty cof­fees, bot­tled water, juices and soft drinks.

In-suite bars are stocked to each trav­eler’s pref­er­ences and 24-hour in-suite din­ing ser­vice is avail­able. In­cluded also are on­board lec­ture and en­rich­ment pro­grams and at least one hour of Wi-Fi ac­cess daily.

Sil­ver Muse has the high­est num­ber of large suites in Sil­versea’s fleet.

“Pas­sen­gers on Sil­ver Muse are gen­er­ally in the baby boomer cat­e­gory, which Sil­versea un­abashedly tar­gets,” wrote Colleen McDaniel, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor of cruise re­view and news web­site, Cruise Critic, fol­low­ing its de­but. “Ex­pect fel­low cruis­ers to be 55 and older.”

On Jan. 3, Sil­ver Muse will op­er­ate a 69-day round-trip “Grand Voy­age” from Fort Laud­erdale that’s ex­pected to cir­cum­nav­i­gate South Amer­ica, vis­it­ing 34 ports in 14 coun­tries.

Fares for the South Amer­i­can odyssey started at $36,955 per per­son, based on dou­ble oc­cu­pancy, when it was an­nounced in Au­gust.

“Grand Voy­age 2018 is per­fectly tai­lored to trav­el­ers who have the time and pas­sion to in­dulge in travel on a grand scale,” said Mark Con­roy, Sil­versea’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the Amer­i­cas, in a state­ment.

Fol­low­ing its sea­sonal stint in South Flor­ida, Sil­ver Muse will depart Port Ever­glades on April 22 on a repo­si­tion­ing cruise to Dublin, Ire­land, Sil­versea spokesman Brad Ball said.

The 40,700-gross-ton lux­ury ship, which of­fi­cially en­tered ser­vice this spring in Europe, is Sil­versea’s flag­ship and ninth ves­sel. It was built by Ital­ian ship­builder Fin­cantieri.

Sil­versea is head­quar­tered in Monaco but op­er­ates its Amer­i­cas of­fice from Mi­ami.

Port Ever­glades will con­tinue to serve as the cruise line’s win­ter home­port for the next two years, port of­fi­cials have said. In ad­di­tion to Sil­ver Muse, the line’s other ships Sil­ver Spirit, Sil­ver Whis­per and Sil­ver Wind will also sail from Port Ever­glades dur­ing the fis­cal 2017-18 year.

Sil­versea has been sail­ing from Port Ever­glades since Oc­to­ber 2000.

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