My wife and I have travelled a fair bit. Cruised a number of times on the Windjammer (original now defunct) and on Holland America. The 14 day Med cruise was our first with Seabourn. Barecelona to Venice. We loved it and I would highly recommend it. Everything is perfect. But we almost didn't make it.
We got to Barcelona and couldn't find the ship! Our departure information was insufficient. It says Port of Barcelona. That's all. Tell that to a cab driver. He goes to find the ship and its not where the cruise ships are. Well after a harrowing hour of driving around, checking with the port authority, a policeman, a large hotel (W Insider) near the port, no one had any knowledge of the Seabourn spirit. The hotel was even kind enough to call the 7x24 365 days a yr (yeah right) emergency number listed on our booking. We got a record a message that we open at 5am PST (after our sail). The taxi cab tried one more place (a smaller terminal on the port) where at first we couldn't see anything and there it was ... a was a small Seabourn sign far off the curb. The terminal hid the ship. We were one of many couples that had the same experience and a $50 cab ride. (should have been ~ 20)
Suggestions to people sailing on Seabourn.
Get DETAILS of the port ... what terminal or berth the ship is sailing from. Some ports are huge. Have the information available in the language the port is located.
Suggestions to Seabourn.
Provide details, have a true emergency number or a message with berth information, provide a picture of the ship in your materials. Register with the authorities so they look you up. Have the berth information on your website. Inform local hotels.
Note all ports are listed so here is our itinerary.
SAT 13APR13 Sail from Barcelona, Spain 4:00pm
SUN 14APR13 Marseille (Provence), France 10:00am 7:00pm
MON 15APR13 Monte Carlo, Monaco 8:00am 6:00pm
TUE 16APR13 Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy 7:00am 7:00pm
WED 17APR13 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 7:00am 6:00pm
THU 18APR13 Naples, Italy 9:00am 7:00pm
FRI 19APR13 Sea Day
SAT 20APR13 Argostoli, Greece 8:00am 6:00pm
SUN 21APR13 Igoumenitsa, Greece 8:00am 5:00pm (could miss this port)
MON 22APR13 Kotor, Montenegro 11:00am 11:00pm
TUE 23APR13 Dubrovnik, Croatia 1 8:00am 6:00pm
WED 24APR13 Sea Day
THU 25APR13 Koper, Slovenia 8:00am 6:00pm
FRI 26APR13 Ravenna (San Marino), Italy 7:00am 8:00pm (could miss this port)
SAT 27APR13 Debark Ship Venice, Italy
Note all our ports available so:
Livorno - excursion Discover Cinque Terre = 7. Amazing tour guide. Good value for money. Took boat, train and bus to see amazing villages. A truly unique experience.
Rome - Etruscan History & Wine Tasting. Rate a 4. Was a little hard to understand guide. Would have liked free time.
Argostoli Greece - Melissani Lake and Ouze Meze Rate a 4-5. Lake was a bit of a disappointment. Smaller than I imagined.