We are a well travelled couple (mainly cruises). We love to dance, explore and relax.
We have sailed on the Odyssey before and we decided to do 4 back to back segments that included many Greek Islands, Turkey and Croatia. We were in port every day.
Embarkation in Venice was easy. We had stayed in Maestre(a suburb so we could avoid the water taxi as we had much luggage) for one night but went into Venice for the day. Once we were on the ship we were greeted and told to have lunch in the Colonnade and then our suite would be ready. Everything went smoothly. When we got to the suite our luggage followed within 1/2 hour. There was champagne and fruit greeting us. Our cabin stewardess, Martine, was exceptional.
The Odyssey was filled (450 passengers) each leg of our cruise. The ship accommodated everyones needs. The decor, cuisine and staff were top notch. Always someone was there to say hello and after several days everyone knew our names.
Cabin was very large with a huge bathroom (separate tub and shower)with excellent lotions, shampoos,etc. Balcony had a lounge and 2 chairs and nice size round table. We enjoyed sitting out on it every day as the weather was unbelievable. Sunny mild days.
There were very few ship's activities except for a port lecturer who was extremely knowledgeable about the history and especially the archeology that was so important in this part of the world. Since we were in port every day activities were not important. One could always get a lounge at the pool and since it was cool the ship's four whirlpool tubs were busy. Service at the pool was excellent. Waiters kept bringing around specialty drinks or anything else one desired. Fridays found sail away at the pool with Maloissa caviar and blinis served by the chef and Food and Beverage manager.
There are 4 restaurants. The Restaurant (main dining room), Restaurant 2 (reservation only)which offered a seven course tasting menu that changed every week. The chef could win Iron Chef! Also the Colonnade: buffet and table service for 3 meals per day, and the Patio Grill at the pool: also buffet,freshly made pizza and service at the table but steaks and shrimp and lamb chops etc. at night. Home made gelato was available from 12:30 to the end of dinnertime.
There were galley tours and shopping with the chef. At many of the ports our chef, Rafael, would take a few people to shop for fresh fish and produce and then create masterpieces with the purchases at meals the next day.
Port and Shore Excursions
We only took a few as we had pre-booked some private tours. The ship's excursions were fine. Just walking into the small ports and around the seashore was so wonderful. There were always free shuttles.
Shows were not until 10 PM and this being such a port intensive cruise, we were usually too tired to go. There was an excellent magician and a classical piano player extraordinaire. The dancers and singers were very talented. The cruise director and his assistant were very experienced, entertaining and able. The Captains (they changed after 2 weeks) were funny and personable.
All in all Seabourn is our favorite ship and we will be on the Sojourn in 2014!