We've been cruising since 1989, starting that year on Canberra (great ship). Since then we've moved up the quality scale a bit and over the last 7 or 8 cruises have come to prefer the Grills on Cunard.
However, on 6 July 2012 we flew out to Istanbul on BA and joined Seabourn Odyssey the following day for a seven day cruise to Piraeus via some of the Turkish & Greek islands.
From the moment we joined the ship, we knew we had made the right choice.
We were immediately directed up to The Collonade on deck 8 for lunch & refreshments out on The Terrace, where staff greeted us by name immediately. How they do that is just a mystery....do they have photo's of the passengers and their names pinned up in a cupboard???
After 'Murphy' had taken our carry on items and stored them away for us, we had a really a great lunch with some chilled rose and then made our way along to our cabin towards the opposite end of the ship.
Our cabin was 813, grade V6 and absolutely perfect and our waitress Cornelia was a perfect match catering for our every whim. In fact Cordelia seemed to know whatever we needed before we had asked!
The standard of decor and fittings on this ship were really good and everywhere absolutely spotless.
The contents of our cabin fridge were exactly as requested and the welcome aboard bottle of champagne, chilling in the ice bucket and the canapes alongside were just perfect.
Over the next 7 days we experienced pure luxury, delicious food, fantastic service with the most pleasing and attentive staff it has ever been our pleasure to cruise with.
We even enjoyed enjoyed the entertainments! All the ports we went to were interesting and where we went ashore by tender that really went smoothly with just a few minutes wait.
Leaving this ship and our newly found friends at the end of the cruise was quite sad...another week would have been great.
Disembarking was handled with amazing efficiency, we were off, into the terminal where our baggage was on a trolley with our name on it, then into our car for transporting to Athens airport all in less than 10 minutes.
Our experience just has to be cruising at it's very best and even though we have two other cruises already booked in The Grills on Cunard, we are planning another Seabourn cruise for early next year.
Simply The Best - Well done Seabourn.