Seabourn Sojourn-First Time Cruise and Not the Last!!!: Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review by hawkieboy1
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Seabourn Sojourn-First Time Cruise and Not the Last!!!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We have dined in many fine establishments in our travels and felt that the food in all of the restaurants was of extremely high quality. We never once had trouble getting seated and we truly enjoyed the variety of cuisine from the classic offerings of The Restaurant to the quirky and innovative tasting menu of Restaurant 2. For buffets as well as food cooked to order, the Colonnade and the Patio were ideal. I have to say that the service in every one of these restaurants was spot on at all times. We never found ourselves waiting for anything and the staff was always friendly and outgoing without being obtrusive. The house wines that were poured were quite nice and to be honest, better than what we had expected.
The ports visited were quite fun and we were happy that we could walk on and off the ship without having to wait for a tender. ( As you can tell, we are very novice when it comes to cruising ). There was plenty of time to hike around and explore and then get back to the ship for a bit of relaxation before moving on. I have to admit that I did not care for the one day at sea and as it was a dreary spring day, I spent it in the gym which was quite well equipped. Perhaps the larger ships are better for offering more activities but I do not see any sort of trans-Atlantic type cruise in the cards for us.
As far as the entertainment went we did like the comedian fellow even though we came in halfway through the act. To be honest, we don't usually join in group entertainment activities so we didn't spend any time dancing to the live band or that sort of thing. After dinner, we generally headed up to the lovely observation bar and had champagne with new friends and listened to the lovely piano and singing of Simon. A perfectly relaxing end to what were usually very active and full days on shore.
I must also say that I have read of "cruise snobbery" where some people are quite rude to others they consider "newcomers". We did not observe any such thing during our cruise and we met many people who had cruised many, many times. Even my black, purple and green highlighted hair didn't seem to put anyone off. ;-)
Thankfully we were told that taxis can be difficult to get at Civitavecchia so we chose to book a private car through Seabourn. Once again, this was handled with ease and efficiency and it literally took less than five minutes to get our bags and get in the car and be off to Rome.
In summary, we had a wonderful first time cruising experience and will definitely do it again. We enjoyed the all-inclusive aspect and never once felt any kind of pressure to pay added gratuities to any of the staff. The ship was spotlessly clean, the crew was completely and always professional and now we are spoiled. Everyone that we told this was our first cruise told us that we had set the bar pretty high and we could not agree more. Less
Cabin review: V1823 Veranda Suite
Our cabin was quite spacious for two people. The marble bath had two sinks ( a feature that we enjoyed ) as well as a separate shower and bath. The sitting area consisted of a couch, a table and two chairs and the veranda also had a table and two chairs and was not cramped. The walk-incloset was plenty large enough for all of our clothes and there is also a safe in the closet as well as drawers. Although our cabin was fairly close to the Patio, there was no noise issue at all. Perhaps there is a way to make the cabin doors close a bit more quietly but we too were guilty of just letting the door close behind us, forgetting the loud noise it would make. The decor of the suite was quite soothing with tones of chocolate and beige. In all, the suite was quite lovely for two people.Read All Veranda Suite (V1) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Lovely small ship
First and last time cruiser