High on our "bucket list" down under was calling. We used Seabourn pre-pkg & air program. The only "glitch" was our car in SYD...no one was there! A lovely lady, Fay, finally came to our rescue and stayed with us until the car arrived. About 90 minutes late! Oh well when we got to the hotel at 11:00am we were able to check right in!
We enjoyed our 2 nights in Sydney, boarding the Odyssey was a breeze we had a delicious lunch in the buffet area. Loved our suite, walk in closet was wonderful and so many drawers,very comfortable indeed. Deck 6 is a great location nothing is very far...ship is a great size at 450 pax plenty of places to chill out.
Really loved the Square and specialty coffee bar..relaxing spot with library, recliners, newspapers...and good conversation.
The food everywhere is wonderful...famous bread sticks, they make 1250 per day! Pizza oven around the pool area...thin crust!We tried all the different "restaurants" for dinner. Restaurant 2 was over the top gourmet! I actually liked the MDR better, the Colonade for dinner is a nice option,as is the outdoor grille! We had some really stand out dinners like veal tenderlion with sweetbreads! amazing beef, so tender, and the sole, melt in your mouth...don't even get me started on desserts!! The portions are reasonable. Wine was good, if you didn't like what they offered they are happy to provide another wine.
Service was friendly, and thoughtful, tho on a very few nights the kitchen seemed a bit backed-up and it took some time between courses, but staff was great about communicating.
Activities were well thought out with excellent speakers, we learned a lot! and the entertainment was great! Our Cruise Director Susan, wonderful! as were Brett, Michelle, & Ashley...well done.
Our fellow passengers were a very pleasant lot, friendly, interesting to talk to.
We did have a mishap that caused the Wifi to be inop for 5 days...some pax really freaked out...and were very grumpy about it...remember when we didn't have it?????
Shore excursions were for the most part well organized, tho suggest in New Zealand you book in advance. Some of the ports were quite hot & humid for us desert people...but on the up side we sweat off a lot of the free booze!
Had a great time playing trivia with our fun team! Just needed more sea days!
One crew member that really stood out Oala, from Poland but now living in Scotland! She is the very best. Just moved into the Seabourn Square as a Barrista
We already booked our next Seabourn Cruise!
We also sail with our family on Crystal, but like the cabins much better and the friendly staff on Seabourn!
One last thing, disembarkation: we were on the air package so off on a bus to a hotel in Bali for lunch, then to the airport where we had a fellow with a luggage cart waiting for us, who stayed with us thru security, check-in, airport tax paying, all the way to the lounge...now that is Seabourn service! Well done, the Bali airport is rather a zoo!