Until about 6 weeks ago when we were shown round and given lunch on a Radisson 7 Seas ship that docked in Cairns, we had nothing to compare with Seabourn.
There is no doubt that the Seabourn architecture is the best afloat. One can see this on a profile view where the accommodation stops approx 2/3 from the bow with the final 1/3 aft as public space. No other line is so generous with public space. There are great little areas aft on decks 5, 6, & 7 where one can find privacy. Other lines put suites here.
There is also no doubt that standards in some areas are slipping. By adding the 3 larger ships to the fleet they effectively grew the brand by 200%. Few, if any, organisations can grow that fast and maintain standards. For me, this was especially noticeable in the quality of the food. ( I totally exclude the patissier from this beef.)
The menus are basically classic European with an element of "fusion". However, I frequently got the impression that whoever cooked my dish had done so from a recipe and never tasted the original. How come the best dinner I had in 15 days was a Rogan Josh? Why is there so much cilantro?
Other problems stemmed from the open galley in the Colonnades and a slight whiff of fish throughout deck 8. And why so much fish on the menu? It is not as if much of it was fresh. How hard would it be for the galley night shift to confit a few trays of duck legs from time to time? While one can cook a duck leg from frozen without losing its flavour or texture, the same cannot be said of fish. There also seemed to be a ban on pork.
On the other hand, as usual we met some terrific people and enjoyed great company. The Club bar was understaffed, but the staff who were there were splendid. I have sort of got used to the Sky Bar being open only part-time, but am learning to live with the Patio.
Our room maid was efficient and considerate and a credit to Seabourn. We had occasion to call on the Doctor who was brilliant.
We were very lucky to dock in Ft Lauderdale on a day when Odyssey was the only ship there. It took less than 40 mins to get off the ship and into the airport.