It's taken my husband and I a long time to figure that we were financially able and ready for a taste of true luxury cruising. Having researched fully all the luxury lines, we settled on Seabourn, mainly because of the size, clear intimacy between guests and crew and the all inclusive package which brought a whole new premium meaning to all inclusive. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed the experience from the very first view of Legend - surrounded by big, hulking cruise lines, it had a small majestic countenance so befitting the comments from other cruisers.
At every port (Rome to Monte Carlo), we were like proud parents - searching out 'our' ship from the docks or scenic vantage point and saying 'gosh, she looks great'. There is a sense of adventure on Seabourn as the ships are small and detours or change in itineraries quite normal. Our Captain made sure though that we weren't disappointed although rumour has it that we did miss something spectacular at not having been able to get into Bonifacio, Corsica but what you don't know, you don't miss. The all suite cabins are spacious, if a little dated but that added to the charm. But what really makes the cruise is the crew and fellow passengers. Being at close quarters you can't help but make lifelong friends and your loyalty knows no bounds. We are now saving like mad people for a 2 week Asian trip in 2010 and there will be only one cruise line of choice. Captain, get our cabin ready (might manage a veranda suite this time round.