We boarded in Montreal and the process was fairly smooth. The cruise staff helped those who were not able to board on their own (pushed wheelchairs, carried luggage,helped with umbrellas).
The cabins were very large,walk-in closet,bathroom with 2 sinks,tub and separate shower. The ship is only 2 years old and very well appointed. The central square contains a coffee bar, library, many computers, and all the cruise service staff was located here. The spa and salon is very comprehensive and the exercise/fitness area is the best we've seen. All the equipment a fitness junky would ever need. Free classes in yoga,tai-chi, and pilates were offered.
The lecturers on board were very good and lectures were also available on cabin televisions.The in-room tv's had lots of movies, ship info, and plenty of channels of entertainment and news.
The food is very good in the buffet and service was impeccable. The main dining room food is very gourmet and service can be spotty or slow. The ship also has 2 other dining venues--the poolside Patio Grill which is open for lunch & dinner and mainly is a chop house, and Restaurant 2 which offers "small bites".Wine,beer,and spirits are of the highest quality and always complimentary. Room service is efficient and dinner can be served in courses if preferred.
Entertainment is typical for a smaller ship (a small band,a singer,piano player,a few dancers,etc.)The on-board activities were the usual bridge lessons,trivia games,crafts. There is absolutely nothing for children.
Shore excursions were handled very well and the ship had local tourist personnel passing out maps and info about the towns for those who wanted to explore on their own. Because of the storm we had to miss a few ports and spend 5 days at sea. The staff was superb at filling our empty days with more lectures and extra galley and bridge visits and cooking demos.
Because there were only 420 passengers, disembarkation was a breeze. Of course we were disappointed not to go to the ports we missed (Martha's Vineyard and Charleston) as they were a big reason we chose this cruise.However, hurricane Sandy changed our schedule. But Seabourn offered us a BIG discount on our next cruise with them. Nice touch.