We have sailed on the larger ships of Cunard,Celebrity and RCI. However this is the first time we have sailed on both Seabourn and a ship that has only 200 passengers.
We were apprehensive about what to expect but as soon as we arrived we were escorted on board by friendly crew to the lounge to complete our ship formalities whilst being offered canapes and champagne. After a short wait the cabins were ready. We were allocated cabin 225 a very spacious ocean view cabin with a large bathroom with shower only. This was an adjoining cabin used for families but saying that we did not hear the next door neighbours apart from the odd telephone ring.The cabin had the usual complimentary luxurys you would expect, fluffy dressing gowns and slippers,Molten Brown toiletries and a welcoming bottle of iced champagne. On other cruise lines we usually bring two bottles of wine onboard to have in our cabin during the cruise however this is not necessary on Seabourn as your choice of beverages is already waitting in your cabin.
This was a 12 night cruise and only one formal night where all men were expected to wear black tie or at least a dark suit, ladies did not over dress like on the larger cruise ships. On all other nights if you were eating in the main dinning room men were required to wear a jacket otherwise no entry was permitted. If you forget to take a jacket one can be provided free of charge by housekeeping and a selection are kept at the restaurant entrance. The cafe Veranda which doubles up as an night time alternative is more relaxed and jacket is not required. However reservations are required to eat in here and it appears that you are only permitted to eat on two occasions otherwise you will be weight listed.
All food and beverages from soft drinks, alcohol and hot drinks are freely flowing, large measures and complimentary unless you want to choice wine off an expensive wine list. The wine we received was excellant and changed nightly depending on the course. Although you could ask for an alternative wine that had previously been served. The food was outstanding and menus varied . There was never a meal that we did not throughly enjoy unlike on some larger cruise ships were the food becomes very bland and uninteresting on occasions.
Another pleasant surprise with Seabourn is that free shuttles are provided to the towns if the ship is not docked within a short walking distance.
The service we received was excellant and most crew knew our names by day 2. The service tips is included in the overall price of the cruise and without exception the crew did a great job. The same waiting crew seemed to rotate between venues so that some days the lounge crew were the same as the waiting staff in the main dining room.
Seabourn is expensive but by the time you consider that the prices includes service, 5 star accomodation and food. Free flowing alcohol, nightly first class entertainment and often coach shuttles then it is good value.
The passenger profile was 50 % USA with the rest of passengers from UK, Europe and Australia and NZ.