Booking our cruise on Odyssey was a leap of faith - being strict devotees to the smaller ships and the advantages of being amongst a smaller group of passengers seemed risky. We were certainly ultra curious as to whether the larger ship could live up to the smaller ship standard! We need not have worried!
On every one of the 10 days aboard Seabourn's commitment to the attention to detail was confirmed - the food was astonishing in it's standard and presentation - if you're not into 'fussy fiddly' you could give Restaurant 2 a miss but you would miss out on the supurb 'womb like' ambiance and the flowery and detailed descriptions of the various dishes presented to you. Over-the-top maybe but an enjoyable evening nevertheless.
Favourite of the several casual dining options had to be the Collanade - a spacious outside/inside venue with an informal chic 'gourmet bistro' feel. Here you can see the Chefs at work (especially lunch time) preparing an amazing aray of delicious dishes alongside the superb smorgasbord - everything's top shelf and very stylishly presented. I especially enjoyed the 'sit up' raised tables - a fantastic new feature in both the Collanade and The Restaurant.
What pulls all the usual wonderful Seabourn features together is the exceptional service provided by their wonderful staff - they seem genuinely to enjoy what they do. The service doesn't skip a beat. If anything at all has suffered - it's the high expectation that staff will remember your name - after all on Odyssey this task is far more difficult.
It wasn't surprising that two weeks into the Maiden Voyage season there were some minor teething problems - a small leak in the shower and a fridge that wasn't ventilated properly, but these minor inconveniences are quickly excused because other features excell.
You really have to sail on Odyssey for yourself to appreciate the overall experience - you won't be disappointed.