Cruise Review by Taxwatcher: Outstanding service and dining
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Outstanding service and dining
Seabourn Pride offers an unsurpassed sailing experience. The food is outstanding and the service is even better. The crew to customer ratio is better than any. The main dining room is a consistent 4-5 star dining experience with incredible menu diversity for just 200 guests. The upstairs dining facility is ideal for breakfast and lunch. No drink cards and other nonsense which should be the case at these prices. Nice afternoon tea. Room was stocked with liquor of our selection at no additional charge. Room attendants are terrific and attentive. No request is asking too much of this staff. Service is delivered quickly and with a smile. After a few days, the crew knows your name and your desires. They have been especially well trained. Of particular note, the easy and friendly report among the crew certainly enhances the atmosphere on board and extends to the guests as well. Also on a positive note, single passengers received special attention and companionship from the crew.
The More staterooms have good space and excellent amenities. Nice to be able to catch up with the world with satellite television service. Internet service passable but better than most cruises albeit high rates. Shower is a bit tight and not very easy to use. Rest of bath is adequate and bathroom amenities are all provided including your selection of soap. Our twin beds, pushed together to make a queen, sagged a bit. We had no problems but we heard a few complaints. Sitting room couch was clearly just worn out. It sagged forward was simply uncomfortable. Chairs were adequate but also a bit worn. Overall, the room size was good and service excellent but the furniture is in need of replacement. But, again, service and food outweigh any issues with dated cabin furniture.
Embarkation seemed a little more time consuming than expected for only 200 guests but generally disembarkation at ports was quick and easy.
Limited planned social activities on board. Some interesting lectures and low key evening entertainment. Casino on board. Plenty of time to rest and relax. Noticed an active bridge group. On deck lounging for reading, napping and/or sunbathing was very popular. We were disappointed that "at sea" bridge tour was inexplicably cancelled on the very day it was scheduled.
Ship is becoming outdated. Way too many coats of paint especially outside. Common areas clean and presentable but looking dated. Don't look too closely in the corners. Somewhat boring earth tone colors everywhere. Some clients apparently like what was staff discreetly referred to as a "nostalgic feel". The boat is nearly forty years old and needs a serious rehab from top to bottom. With new boats coming on line, it will be interesting to see how long the Pride remains in the fleet. But please note, the age of the ship does not seriously detract from the enjoyment because of the quality of the food and service. But if you are more interested in what the new boats have to offer, you may wish to consider the Seabourn Sojourn, the newest of their fleet.
The Sing to HK trip included Bangkok, Ko Kood, Sihanoukville, Saigon, Da Nang and Ha Long Harbor.
Bangkok too much for one day but still worthwhile. Fun beach day at Ko Kood. Sihonoukville seemed like a filler stop--not much to offer. Saigon was a breathtaking two days. Da Nang features the interesting world heritage site of Hoi An. Ha Long Bay was just beautiful and almost unworldly. We disembarked at Ha Long and went to Hanoi instead of spending the last day and a half at sea to get to Hong Kong. We were envied by others for this foresight. No difficulties with early disembarkation but we cleared with Seabourn well in advance of departure. Check whether your ship's visa capability extends to disembarkation in Vietnam. We obtained our own visas just to be sure.
We used private guides at all ports so cannot comment on quality of excursions offered by Seabourn.
Guests appeared to average 60 years young, nationally diverse and well healed. Kids likely to be bored.
Overall, a great cruise. Very relaxing environment. Did I mention the outstanding service and food? Less
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