We have just returned from an excellent week on the Seabourn Pride. As the oldest of the Seabourn fleet, she has remained proud and is in great shape. The maintenance during our cruise was impressive. We found out that half the sofas on the ship had been replaced in Rome, including ours. Crew were painting, varnishing, and replacing carpets throughout our week.
This was our first Seabourn cruise and will not be our last. Most of the 193 passengers on board were repeat business and this is for good reason. A highlight of our cruise included traversing the Corinthe Canal which was very impressive. The ports that were selected for our itinerary were all great and one of the benefits of the Pride's size is that she seems to get the prime position at each port for berthing. Our favourites were Corfu and Mykonos. Shuttles were organised at each port when the ship was not near the town centre.
The passenger mix seemed to be younger than other cruises we have done. Maybe mid 50's average, with a range between 30-80. This may have been because this was a short 7 day cruise, but it was a good crowd and everyone seemed to like a party, as the shows were well attended and the club had a crowd every night.
The staff were amazing. In fact, I did not hear the word "No" once. Everything that can be done for the guests is done. In every public area, there are staff willing to offer drinks (at any time of the day) and there is never a wait. Champagne and wines were to a good standard, though some may have preferred purchasing others. I personally enjoyed the petit chablis, a french chardonnay, and a red blend call Serius. These were available at all times, though the restaurant menus suggest one white and one red. The food was the best I have had on a cruise ship and chef Kurt is genuinely interested in trying to please. It was nice that he went around to the customers' tables after the chef's dinner to meet and talk about the different food and ingredients. He also organised a market day where people could go out shopping with him for fresh produces at one of the ports. During the cruise, we attended two hosted dinners, which were very enjoyable and a great way to meet others. Though we had not requested this, I believe it is possible to request to be seated with hosts.
Overall, our cruise was unforgettable! It was a sad morning in Athens when we disembarked with the Captain and first officer waiting on the dock to farewell each and every guest. We will definitely be back and can't wait to start planning our next Seabourn cruise.