Silver Dawn Sets Sail and a new Era for Silversea begins

First there was Silver Muse  

Silversea’s stunning flagship arrived in 2017 and ushered in a new profile for Silversea’s Ultra-Luxury cruises.  Truly a game-changer, Silver Muse in her stem-to-stern elegance proved that Silversea ships could be not just bigger but better in every way. She was designed for 596 passengers served by a crew of 411. Silver Muse was so successful that Barbara Muckermann, now Chief Commercial Officer for Silversea, said “We are taking our flagship as the point of inspiration for a fleetwide renovation program”.  It could be said that Silver Muse was indeed a muse for the direction Silversea would take. Next came her sister ship, Silver Moon, and all the exquisite elements of style and sophistication of Silver Muse were on board.  Just nine months later, Silver Dawn followed, making her Silversea’s 10th ship. And what beauty she is. 

Silver Dawn incorporates all the features Silversea is now famous for…plus!

Expect to find no fewer than 9 choices in accommodation.  From the almost 1,400 square foot 2- bedroom Owners Suite to the ‘smallest’ 334 square foot Vista Suite, every suite is an oasis of calm, served by both a Butler and a Suite Attendant.  All but 12 suites have private balconies. And please, don’t imagine there’s any such thing as an Inside Cabin. Instead expect light-filled Sitting areas, unimaginably spacious walk-in closets, glamourous marbled bathrooms with full-sized baths and separate showers…even in Vista Suites. Not to mention the sleeping experience…but more on that later.  Expect a large screen television—the Owner’s Suite has three of them—a safe and a minibar stocked with whatever drink your heart desires. There’s unlimited free Wi-Fi and a whole library of movies to catch up on. Your Butler will bring you breakfast in bed, organize your wardrobe-even pack and unpack for you. Just ask. 

There are no fewer than 8 Dining Options on Silver Dawn

As Silversea has grown, so has the magnificent set of choices of where to dine and what to eat.

There’s the Main Dining Room, Atlantide, which, among other things, is where you can order caviar at every meal. Or you can start your day al fresco at La Terrazza or go there for lunch or to have a truly great Italian dinner.  Fans of pizza will delight at Spaccanapoli, which 12 hours a day serves authentic pies overlooking the pool.  One deck down and around the Pool is The Grill for lunch or Lava Rock cooking at night. Fans of not dressing for dinner will love this option as no jackets are required here on this otherwise ‘dressy’ ship.  The Arts Café presents an all-day parade of irresistible nibbles and drinks of all kinds. Its setting rivals a contemporary Italian art gallery. At nightfall, Silver Note combines small plates with sophisticated sounds of jazz and blues. There are two additional charge restaurants to chose from: Kaiseki has a sophisticated Japanese-inspired menu with not a piece of sushi in sight, although you will find it there at lunch.  La Dame is the Lalique-fronted Grand French restaurant that simply excels in Fine Dining.  Finally, there’s one other not-to-be missed combination…

Silver Dawn’s S.A.L.T. Kitchen, S.A.L.T Bar and S.A.L.T. Lab usher in a new era in Culinary Cruising

S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) is the brainchild of Silversea’s Chief Commercial Officer, Barbara Muckermann.  She saw food as a way of exploring the world for Silversea’s guests. Enlisting Adam Sachs, a former editor of Saveur Magazine and a James Beard Award-Winning food writer, the two created a comprehensive culinary experience unlike any other at sea.

The idea hinges on experiencing each itinerary through food.  Every night, S.A.L.T. Kitchen features menus geared to the precise location of Silver Dawn. Local specialties and wines are their lynchpins.  Next door, the intimate S.A.L.T. Bar showcases Cocktails made with local recipes and ingredients. Meanwhile, S.A.L.T. Lab gives guests hands-on experience in making the regional dishes they may well have sampled in S.A.L.T. Kitchen.  But it doesn’t stop there: On board Food Talks feature Cookbook authors, local food authorities and wine experts. Ashore, S.A.L.T. Excursions are a fascinating mix of off-the-beaten path restaurants and well-known wineries, cooking classes and local markets. The program is so popular, it’s wise to sign up before you ever leave home.

Silver Dawn’s Approach to Wellness is a total game changer…Introducing Otium

Embracing Silversea’s deep Italian roots, Otium seeks to incorporate the ideals of the Roman Spa onto the most modern of luxury cruise ships.  There, the spa was seen as a place to linger, to restore, to engage in treatments and then to retreat to relaxation rooms where conversation and conviviality reigned.  Aboard Silver Dawn, this takes place at the Otium Spa.  Completely apart from the Fitness Center next to it, the only thing you’ll lift here is a glass of champagne. And Otium doesn’t stop at the door of the Spa.  Back in your suite, upon request, your butler will happily draw your bath, replete with your personal selection of scents and bath salts. Or choose to have he or she bring Otium to your balcony with a cup of hot chocolate or a cooling elixir.  And then there’s the matter of the Otium menu of irresistible delights. Think Foie Gras Burgers and Lobster Rolls. Crabmeat in Cucumber and Caviar and more Champagne.  Truffled Popcorn is there for a private movie night in your suite.  And when it’s time for bed, remember that sleeping experienced we promised you?  Silversea has invented an entirely new mattress for Silver Dawn. It’s a blend of utmost comfort and support and it’s topped by sheets from one of Italy’s most famous purveyors of fine linens, Rivolta Carmignani, Est. 1867.

Silver Dawn will spend Spring, Summer and Fall in the place Silversea knows best

The Mediterranean from Italy to Spain will be Silver Dawn’s playground in this her maiden season. In November, she will sail from Barcelona to Dakar and then cross the Atlantic where she will spend the winter season on a series of cruises in the Caribbean and Central America.

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Monte Mathews
Monte Mathews
Monte Mathews is a New York-based Food, Wine and Travel writer. His work has appeared in Saveur, Connoisseur Magazine,, and The Daily where he was a staff writer. Monte has written extensively about Cruise Travel, Culinary Travel, Luxury Hotels, World Class Restaurants and Wine Tourism as well as Tourist Guides to Luxury destinations. In addition to his many feature articles, he is the publisher of a highly successful blog which has over 50,000 pageviews a month. Monte speaks French, Italian and Spanish. See what’s attracting all that attention at

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