my husband and i took a seabourn cruise for our 20th anniversary. we had never cruised on a small ship, but did many family cruises on celebrity, princess and cunard. we decided after this cruise, that you cannot call a trip like this cruising, it is called yachting. the ship is the perfect size, 450 guests, with ample space for everyone whether on the pool deck or dining. it all just works! the staff cannot do enough for you. they go above and beyond anticipating your needs.
i loved the fact that all food and beverages (with VERY few exceptions) were included. they do not nickel and dime you. the staff does not expect tips. they are all just there to make you happy! we were in a cat V2 suite with a verandah on deck 5. it was the most spacious suite i have ever been in with the most closet space ever! my husband is an over packer and he found space for everything. the one drawback to our suite is that the verandah has a white wall, it is not glass, so you couldn't see through it if you were sitting down. not really a huge issue for me, but my husband did say, the next time we get a glass balcony.
embarkation was a little bit of a hassle because there was a festival in venice, so the ship was docked 20 minutes away, so we had to take a shuttle bus from the pier to the ship. too bad we couldn't cruise out of venice, i am sure it would have been a little more scenic. we travelled from venice to athens and the ports were nice, mostly small and quiet (not overrun with tourists), which is nice. saw some of the local culture and sights just from walking off the ship. all of the ports we went to are ones i will most likely never be back to, so it was a good way to see them. I will say, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous in this part of the world.
for us, it is not as much about the ports as the ship experience. food was incredible! breakfast, lunch and dinners were amazing. the wine pairings were always spectacular. loved the caviar party on the pool deck in the afternoon, definitely memorable. the guests on the ship were very international, mostly european, some americans, some south americans, australians, etc. everyone was very friendly and open to chatting. the nighttime entertainment was fun, nothing too grand, but enough to entertain you for a little while until we went to the casino and club.