Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review by Princess123: When can we go again?
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We, (a couple in our mid-50s) boarded the ship in Civitavecchia having taking a private car to the port from Rome airport. Quickest embarkation ever, at around 1230, and straight up to The Colonnade for lunch, with the first of many glasses of champagne that would be consumed throughout the cruise. We were in a V6 amidships cabin (booked a V1 guarantee) which was in a superb location on deck 7, close to Seabourn Square. I think all the veranda cabins are the same size, with large bathroom with separate shower, bath and double basins, walk-in wardrobe with large safe, comfortable bed, sofa, table & chairs for dining, and two semi sun loungers on the deep balcony (though I never got to grips with the foot rest of these!). Even a choice of soaps and Molten Brown products were available.
Muster station was carried out before sailing, with passengers being asked to assemble in The Restaurant, and names were checked off to make sure everyone attended.
There was one More formal optional night, where most men were in suits and ladies in cocktail dresses (there were a few in long but not many) and the jackets required for men policy was enforced in The Restaurant on formal optional and elegantly casual nights.
We found the wines provided to be perfectly acceptable and you could ask for a different variety if you didn't like what was offered, or pay for something 'premium'. Huge variety of cocktails and liqueurs available and they certainly don't scrimp on measures. We found the food to be delicious -- sensible size portions and a good choice in The Restaurant, The Colonnade, Patio Grill, Restaurant 2 (reservations required) or room service. We tended to eat breakfast at The Colonnade, a mix of buffet and table service and dinner in The Restaurant. We did not try Restaurant 2, which is reservations only, nor room service. You can choose which drinks you would like in your cabin beforehand, though we only drank the soft drinks and never opened the alcohol -- too much going on elsewhere.
There were certainly enough sunbeds on our cruise, with those round the main pool being the most popular.
Ours was a port intensive cruise, with only one sea day, so there was not a great deal of entertainment, though there were things such as galley visits, bridge visits, unsupervised bridge games, chef's demonstration and three musical evenings (two dancers and four singers of varying talent) and a magician, which we did not see, plus a trip ashore shopping with the chef. We called at Portovenere, Sanary-sur-Mer (which despite being a Sunday and election day had plenty of shops open especially for us), both of which were tender ports but it was only ever a short wait for a lifeboat to/from the ship, Barcelona, which was really busy (and a tip we learned, if you are a 'senior' you do not need to queue to get into La Sagrada Familia -- you can go to the front of the line apparently -- we did not qualify, which I guess is a good thing!) Malaga, Cadiz, Portimao (there was quite a lot of moaning about this port -- granted it is a bit run down now but Praia da Rocha beach is about a 10 minutes walk away, or there are lots of golf courses nearby) and finally Lisbon. We did our own thing in each port, having read up on them first (and great shoe shops in Cadiz and Portugal for those who might be interested!). The ship's tours did not particularly appeal and we thought they seemed very expensive and the HoHo buses are always a good bet to get a feel for the place and see the main sights.
All the crew on board were amazingly attentive and friendly. Passengers were mainly North American and British but a good mix from numerous other countries as well. At meals you could choose to dine alone or join others, which is what we did most nights and met some great people. We would definitely cruise with Seabourn again and it has without doubt spoilt us. Less
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