Seabourn Odyssey Athens to Venice: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by AngieS
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Seabourn Odyssey Athens to Venice
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
There were six of us travelling together and we ate in the main restaurant 5 out of the 7 nights. My sister in law is on a gluten free diet and she met with the chef the first evening and was assured she would be well taken care of in that regards. And she was. By the next day, she had gluten free bread sticks and rolls at the table every meal and she could choose anything she wanted on the menu and it was prepared for her gluten free. We were all very impressed by how easy they made it for her. The food in the main restaurant was wonderful. The wines were always good and the one night when Pinot Noir was offered and I said it was not really my favorite kind of wine, they brought me a Merlot instead. We didn't get around to making reservations for Restaurant 2 until midweek and by then it was fully booked for the rest of the cruise. We ate at the Colonnade 2 evenings as one was a French theme and one was a Spanish theme and both meals were absolutely fantastic.
We were very lucky with the weather so breakfast was usually al fresco at the Colonnade. We did get room service one morning and it was good but frankly I prefer to decide what I want to eat the morning of instead of having to decide the night before! The table on the balcony is also a little small for having several different items and plates. We ate lunch every day at the Colonnade although I believe the main restaurant was open for lunch.
The staff were terrific. They were friendly and efficient and always full of smiles. Nothing was too much trouble. Captain Thue-Nilsen was around the ship a lot and was very friendly and had a great sense of humor. His lovely wife was on the ship that week and they made us all feel like we had been invited on a vacation on their yacht! Due to the fact that we were in port every day, we were pretty tired after dinner and were happy to go back to our beautiful cabin and relax and read so unfortunately I didn't go to any of the shows. We did book shore excursions in Corfu (Achilion Palace), Kotor (Budva and Sveti Stefan), Dubrovnik (Cavtat ) and Zadar (Krka National Park). All were most enjoyable. Due to a windy day the cruise part of the Dubrovnik tour was cancelled and they included a city tour instead which was excellent. We did walk the walls in Dubrovnik as it was a warm sunny day and I highly recommend it. Ravenna was wonderful. We managed to do all five of the churches with the mosaics. They are very beautiful and a must. The shopping was good in Ravenna! I have reviewed the ports separately but would be happy to answer any questions on them. If you are going to Kotor, get up early to watch the sailing into the fjord as it is stunning. If you are able to climb a few stairs, do walk the walls of Dubrovnik as the views are amazing. None of us wanted to leave the ship when we docked in Venice! We took a cab to the airport, left our baggage at the Left Luggage in the arrivals hall and went back into the city on a Water Bus which was 25 euros roundtrip as our flights were only in the evening.
So was it everything I dreamed it would be? Absolutely! Would I do a Seabourn cruise again? Absolutely! We all said we were ruined and would never be able to do any other cruise line after this. Less
Cabin review: V5709 Veranda Suite
Cabin 709. Great location, close to everything. Loved the bathroom with separate tub and shower. Walk in closet was large. TV was surprisingly small but we didn't end up spending much time watching TV anyway. Balcony was a good size. Beds were comfortable.Read All Veranda Suite (V5) Reviews >>
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