Cruise Review by small ship sailor: Lisbon to St Maarten
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Lisbon to St Maarten
This was our first time on Seabourn and we were a little hesitant mainly because we enjoy casual cruising and knew that Seabourn had formal nights. But we like Transatlantic crossings, small ships and the dates worked for us so we decided to give Seabourn a try and are so glad we did.
We used Seabourn air program that included transfers. Our flight arrived in Lisbon at 8:30am and boarding was not until afternoon. Seabourn provided a private limo that took us from the airport to the Four Seasons hotel in Lisbon to spend the morning and a voucher that covered a wonderful lunch at the hotel, then a private limo that took us to the ship. We really felt like VIPs!
The Spirit has 104 suites. There were around 150 people on this Trans-Atlantic crossing. Our suite really was just a large room but it did include a sofa, coffee table and 2 easy chairs with curtains that could be pulled between the sitting and sleeping area. There was a large window with an unobstructed view. More The nice sized bathroom included a full size bathtub and there was a walk in closet. It was all very well arranged and comfortable.
There were one or 2 lectures daily, trivia that was very popular and music in the afternoon, before dinner and after dinner. The shows were surprisingly good considering the size of the ship and included magic, comedy, singing, instrumental and show tunes.
Everything was nice on the Spirit but if I had to choose one thing that was the best it would be service. It was stellar, every department and every crew member we met was outstanding.
At the end of the hall on level 4 there is a self service laundry we used a couple of times. The washer & dryers were small, hard to get because they were so heavily used by guests and somewhat difficult to figure out. But we were glad there were available at all.
The only port we visited was Funchal, Madeira which is a delightful place. We walked around the town area in the morning and did the famous toboggan ride down the mountain that afternoon.
There is a main dining room and the Veranda restaurant which becomes "2" in the evening. "2" requires reservations; the main dining room has open seating. We joined several hosted dinners we were invited to and immensely enjoyed each of them. There is also an outdoor eating area that served lunch.
The most unusual thing on the ship is the pool. There are 2 hot tubs next to the deck chair area. Aft of the stairs and elevator and stairs and tucked between them and the Veranda restaurant is the small pool. There is no seating around the pool. It is very strange.
Disembarkation was a breeze. We were getting on another ship at the cruise ship pier in St Maarten and opted to do walk off with our luggage and had no problems at all.
The formal nights that had us concerned really weren't that big of a deal. My husband wore a dark suit and tie on the formal nights, I wore a nice dress. We had a wonderful cruise and look forward sailing with Seabourn again. I highly recommend Seabourn Spirit for people that like small ships. And if you want to know what it feels like to be a VIP, try Seabourn. They know how to make people feel special! Less
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