We embarked the ship in Monte Carlo, and arrived at the terminal approximately 2 hours before the scheduled check in time. Our bags were whisked off and decided because of the heat to stay in the cool air conditioning. We went upstairs to find a seat.
About half an hour later, a ships officer came upstairs because he heard voices, almost alarmed that we were there early, called the bridge and got us access to the lounge where afternoon tea was promptly served.
This was the start of something magical, although I read with interest another reviewers comments on this ship as being the smallest, worst ship they have ever been on, i could hardly agree once iota with him.
Once into our cabins, we settled in and shown the routine, along with of course a glass of champagne and a fresh bottle waiting in the ice bucket. We unpacked and set about going for drinks and finding our way around again (not difficult, it is such a small ship)
The first day was a port day, however the sea was so calm and the wind was not evident, that the captain ordered the floating pontoon to be set up, and that afternoon was spent frolicking around on rubber rings, pedalos and swimming in the deep ocean water (in the shark cage!!)
The week passed so quickly, and i must mention the food at this point, I was a little upset to see the same menus that we had the previous year out again, Seabourn could have made the effort to change them once a year or so, just for variety. However this did not reflect on the excellent cuisine and fine attention to detail. This was also evident by the bar staff and casino staff who did a STERLING job of making everyone's drinks and bets fun and enjoyable.
My cabin stewardess was also excellent, however not up to the same standard as Marie, the lovely lady that we had last year, but no complaints and everything was always done in a cheerful and polite way.
There was one point of note about one of the members of staff, this has been bought up directly with Seabourn, as the person dedicated as senior purser, they need to have a bit more of a friendly outgoing personality. I'm not into mentioning names, but this person was rude to at least 2 passengers whilst on the cruise, so un seabourn like that i have bought it to the attention of head office.
Any questions, please feel free to contact me on my email address above.