Spring 2017 saw the long-awaited arrival of Silversea's new flagship - Silver Muse. This ultra-luxurious ship sets sail with 596 guests and combines Silversea's hallmark experiences of comfort, service and quality with small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation. Explore a world of flavours in the eight dining venues or pamper your mind and body in Sagara Spa. Admire the ever-changing landscapes from Tor's Observation Library or simply relax in the sunshine in a whirlpool on the pool deck. Shape up with a workout in the well-equipped fitness centre, join an exercise session in the aerobics studio, or take a leisurely jog around the outdoor jogging track. Silver Muse drops anchor at the heart of an eclectic mix of ports, where you can enjoy sightseeing, cultural activities, exciting adventures, and mouth-watering culinary experiences.
La Terrazza brings together interactive food stations, including a mozzarella bar, seafood station and salumeria, with authentic Italian recipes. Work your way through an exciting a la carte menu of antipasti, primi and secondi courses or opt for one of the Sapori di Casa daily specials. The dolce vita and Italian flavours continue with freshly-baked pizzas in the open-air Spaccanapoli eatery. Savour innovative lava stone cooking under the stars at The Grill. Sample the finest steaks and fruits of the sea such as royal crab, red snapper, and blue lobster in Atlantide. Go Japanese and enjoy sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki dishes in Kaiseki or delight in the Asian-inspired fusion cuisine of India, Thailand, and Vietnam in Indochine. Tempt your taste buds with the finest French cuisine in the chic and contemporary setting of La Dame by Relais & Chateaux. Visit Silver Note to tuck into tapas-style dishes accompanied by soothing jazz and blues music.
Paintings and sculptures form the perfect backdrop in Arts Cafe for daytime drinks and light bites from the cafe/deli-bar; transforming into an intimate cocktail lounge after dark. The Pool Bar serves refreshing drinks by the water's edge or mingle with your fellow guests in the Main Bar. Panorama Lounge is the social hub of Silver Muse - the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee as you admire the views of your port of call or to meet up with new-found friends for after-dinner cocktails. Indulge in your favourite tipple or tropical cocktail in Dolce Vita as you listen to the pianist tinkling the ivories at the piano. Pay a visit to Connoisseur's Corner to savour vintage cognac and whisky and late-night conversation.
Entertainment on board Silver Muse can be as low-key or up-beat as you wish. Belle-époque-style cabaret seating sets the scene in the multi-level Venetian Lounge for an evening of theatre and music performances and feature film shows. If you're feeling lucky; why not take a chance on the slot machines and blackjack and roulette tables in The Casino?
Day 1: UK to Tokyo, Japan
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Tokyo and be transferred to the port to board Silver Muse for your 14 night cruise.
Day 2: Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo port is situated in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. This striking city is home to Japan's politics, economy, and culture. The waterfront where you'll dock is just a short distance from where you can jump on the bullet train, which serves as a great way of travelling around Japan. The Japanese take shopping seriously, and Tokyo has some of the best shopping districts to explore. For some peace and quiet, visit Hamarikyu Gardens; a large attractive landscape garden.
Day 4 - 5: Osaka, Japan
Osaka is one of the most popular cities in Tokyo, with its array of ancient Buddhist temples mixed into the modern high-rise of today, the city is a contradiction of old and new. At its heart lies the most famous attraction of the area, Osaka Castle, surrounded by deep moats and exquisite gardens.
Day 6 - 7: Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima is a modern city on Japan's Honshu Island. The city was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb on 6 August 1945 during World War II; an event that is commemorated at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Memorial Cathedral of World Peace, and also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. You can also stop by the ruins of Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome), one of the few buildings left standing after the bomb attack. Take in the amazing collection of artworks at Hiroshima Museum of Art and view the old trams and streetcars at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum. Get up close to over 170 species of animals from around the world at Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park. Pay a visit to the formal Japanese gardens at Shukkei-en, Hiroshima Castle, the Mitaki-dera and Fudoin Temples, and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima (Shrine Island).
Day 8: Karatsu (Kyushu Island), Japan
Set on Japan's Kyushu island, Karatsu is a coastal city with a series of basalt caves carved by the ocean to the north at Nanatsugama. Karatsu Castle offers expansive bay views and tours of the 16th-century reconstruction. Mikaeri No Taki Falls is a beautiful waterfall ideal for photo opportunities and the Terraced Rice Fields of Hamanoura provide a scenic backdrop of sensational sunsets and scenic mountain views. The Kawamura Museum displays Japanese and a mix of Western art and has a prime focus on the early-20th-century painter Shigeru Aoki. Karatsu-yaki Pottery Gallery outlines the history of local pottery and has many artwork exhibitions with opportunities for you to try a hand at painting your own. Niji no Matsubara Pine Grove is a huge stretch of roughly a million pine trees planted along the bay just outside of the city centre; perfect for a peaceful stroll.
Day 9: Busan, South Korea
The South Korean city of Busan is famous for its mountains, temples, and beaches. Visit bustling Haeundae Beach, home to the Sea Life Aquarium and Folk Square, or relax in a bar at Gwangalli Beach and enjoy the views of the modern Diamond Bridge. Dine on the freshest seafood fare at a seafood eatery at Jagalchi Fish Market. Immerse yourself in Busan culture and take in the panoramic vistas from the water-side Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Shop til you drop at the gigantic Shinsegae Centum City or catch a glimpse of the crashing waves below through the glass bridge at Oryukdo Skywalk. Follow the scenic hiking trails to Geumjeong Mountain to admire the Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine that dates back to 678 AD.
Day 11: Niigata, Japan
Niigata is a port city in Honshu, Japan's main island. Along the Sea of Japan coast, the Marinepia Nihonkai Aquarium provides a fascinating insight into a variety of sea life species. See a fish-filled tunnel tank, as well as a penguin and sea lion exhibit. Discover Mount Yahiko and take a cable car to appreciate the idyllic surrounding views. Lake Hyoko is a 281-hectare reservoir area noted for its abundant bird life, particularly Whooper and Tundra swans. Take a peaceful walk around Hakusan Park to admire the lush greenery or Shibata Castle is a popular historic site for a look into Japanese life. Uncover the open-air Northern Culture Museum and its well-known mansion, gardens, and houses of the Edo period.
Day 12: Aomori, Japan
Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, and is located in the northern region of Japan. This stunning city is famous for its beautiful apple orchards and cherry blossoms that cover the landscape. The snow-covered Hakkoda Mountains are the perfect backdrop for this lively city. Visit the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse which is dedicated to the city’s famous summer Nebuta Matsuri festival. Gaze in awe at the floats up close without having to jostle for a place in the festival streets. Alternatively, journey back in time and spend an afternoon at the reconstructed village at Sannai-Maruyama Ruins.
Day 13: Hakodate, Japan
Hakodate is one of the main cities on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido. Admire the 334m-high Mount Hakodate that looms over the town; ride the aerial ropeway gondola to the mountain's summit for Michelin-starred views of the nightscape. At its base is Motomachi, a neighbourhood of steep streets with Western-style, early-20th-century buildings. Pay a visit the grand Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward which was built in 1910. Stop by Hakodate Asaichi morning market to taste the Kaisendon local delicacy – a bowl of white rice topped with fresh seafood. Hop on the city tram to see the unique star-shaped Fort Goyokaku or take a train ride to Yunokawa Onsen hot spring resort to soak in the therapeutic waters.
Day 15: Tokyo, Japan to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.