On November 12th, Silversea cruises took possession of their newest ship, Silver Dawn. Sister ship to both Silver Muse and Silver Moon, the 596-passenger ship epitomizes the Silversea cruise experience. From the all-suite accommodations to the signature Butler service assigned to each one, Silver Dawn is pure Silversea. She will be the second Silversea ship to feature the extraordinary Culinary Arts Program, S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) launched just this past June aboard Silver Moon. But her distinction does not stop there. Silver Dawn will be the very first Silversea ship to introduce an entirely new and extraordinarily different Wellness concept called OTIVM. This All Things Cruise writer was invited to sample everything on offer in OTIVM on a special sailing aboard Silver Moon this summer.
Here’s our report:
OTIVM IS A TOTALLY NEW CONCEPT BASED ON A VERY ANCIENT PREMISE
The word OTIVM itself is Latin. Its meaning is “using leisure time for reflection and introspection.” The model for OTIVM dates to the time of the Roman Baths. The precursor of modern spas, the Roman spa experience was enhanced with music, poetry, food, wine and conversation. That is what Silversea seeks to recreate aboard its ultra-luxury vessels. Silversea’s Marketing Maven and newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer, Barbara Muckermann explained “We wanted to tackle a new luxury of wellness” Silversea’s “core mission has always been about pampering, about weaving a tapestry of luxury … Luxury is about choice and about the way you care for your body and your mind. We’re the enablers of your pursuit of pleasure and happiness.”
WHAT OTIVM IS NOT IS AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT IT IS
Wellness may have many meanings but for Silversea, it’s decidedly not about sacrifice. There are no routines to follow, no schedules to mind. Certainly, if we broke a sweat, it was intentional and confined to the Steam Room. And it was not confined to the ship’s outstanding Spa Area. OTIVM followed us everywhere. We were as pampered as we wished to be, choosing from delights that could start with caviar for breakfast, and end with midnight snacks of Foie Gras Burgers and Truffled Popcorn. There was an unending array of sensory pleasures to sample. I will admit that so untraditional is OTIVM that it took a little time to surrender to all that was on offer. But surrender we did!
WE REVELLED IN UN-PRECEDENTED MOMENTS OF COMFORT
At its heart, Silversea is proudly Italian. OTIVM introduced us to the seductive charms of Italy’s “Dolce Far Niente” –the sweetness of doing nothing. Every spa experience ended with a glass of champagne or any other drink you could name. We dipped fresh fruit into a chocolate fountain. Music played, conversations came naturally, friendships developed. Everything we touched had a sensual feeling—the warmth of a cashmere blanket, the fine hand of your bed linens, the invigoration of a spa bath tub, a robe you didn’t want to take off.
THE SPA SERVICES ARE INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT THE SHIP
Beyond the actual Spa itself with all its pampering services, OTIVM surprised us with moments of spa comfort all over the ship. But where this truly came into play was in the privacy of our suite—and every stateroom is a suite. Always at hand were Silversea’s signature Butlers. They were there to draw your bath, to help you select bath salts and scent diffusers, to magically appear when you needed them. And disappear just as magically. You can arrange massages and treatments in your suite. Your private balcony becomes a sanctuary. Plans to include cashmere blankets and cups of hot chocolate in colder climes made us momentarily wish for colder climes although we made do with the Mediterranean sun.
A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES
OTIVM was filled with moments of pure sensory pleasure. There was always a bottle of champagne to crack open while taking a bath or after a treatment. Musical playlists encouraged complete relaxation. And what cruise passenger doesn’t dream of falling asleep to the sounds of the sea—even recorded ones. And fall asleep we did. OTIVM has even inspired a redesigned sleeping experience. The OTIVM Soft Touch mattress has added up 11 with layers of comfort and support. Along with the new mattress, a new pillow menu offers every conceivable option. You can even choose from a selection of blankets. And of course, you can mist your pillow with your choice of scent. I know I slept better…on linens made by Italy’s most prestigious linen maker, Revolta Carmignani.
WHAT WASN’T ON OFFER WAS JUST AS IMPRESSIVE AS WHAT WAS.
Despite being guests of Silversea, like regular passengers, we weren’t a party to sales pitches, or complicated explanations. OTIVM is not about that. What we experienced was all our own choice. We could participate as much or as little as we wanted. We could combine treatments, ingredients, scents on our own time. And at every turn, there were unexpected luxuries like sipping a favorite cocktail or nibbling delicious canapes. OTIVM is truly unique. And truly what Silversea is all about.
Cover photo Silversea Silver Dawn, courtesy Silversea (other photos credit Silversea and Monte Mathews)
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