The Absolute Best!: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by pegdick

Seabourn Odyssey 5
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The Absolute Best!

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
This cruise was absolutely the very best cruise we've ever taken! Beginning at embarkation in Venice, white-gloved waiters hand you a champagne glass of punch which is just a small preview of the wonderful things to come! As soon as you enter the ship, another white glove attendant escorts you to your cabin, handling your carry-on luggage for you. When you enter your suite, it's just plain jaw-dropping! Granite bath with separate shower and full-size tub, walk-in closet, comfortable bed, flat-screen tv, separate living room with sofa and table w/2 chairs, verandah with another table w/chairs and lounge. Fresh fruit, champagne and caviar on toast await you along with a mini-bar of soft drinks and beer...all complimentary! Understated elegance are the 2 words to describe your suite and the entire ship!
The food was terrific in all 3 dining areas and the room service menu was the most extensive we've ever seen. You can even order dinner from the nightly restaurant menu and More have it delivered to your suite! The room service waiters don't just drop off a tray on your table...they set your table with a white cloth, lay out your food and explain each dish! In an hour, room service calls and asks if everything was satisfactory and would you like them to pick up the dishes!! No trays and dishes to lug out to the hall! We went to the whirlpool on our deck, enjoying the beautiful weather and who should appear but a waitress with a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses..."Would you care for a glass of champagne?" It was a fabulous moment of utter luxury! We thought we'd died and gone to heaven!
The cruise director Handre and his staff, Heideicha and Marla were amazing....they made it a point to meet everyone on the ship and made each passenger feel welcome...they knew us by name almost immediately! Our suite attendant, Inta, was wonderful...anticipating our needs before we had a chance to ask for anything! We visited 7 ports in 7 days...quite a job for the Captain...and each port was wonderful. We took 6 excursions and each was well-worth it (we needed one day to just plain relax on the ship). We especially enjoyed the Aerobello tour in Bari, Italy and the Myconos Island Tour. Since the ship is small, there was no jostling for buses or waiting in long lines....the cruise director's staff handled the preparation for boarding the buses with ease.

There is definitely something to be said for the smaller's a mad-house on the large ships to just get on and off the ship at each port, let alone line up for the buses. It's also important to mention that each and every crew member..from the bartenders to the waiters...engage the passengers in conversation and each was proud to be on a Seabourn ship and truly liked their jobs. To sum up this review, there isn't one thing we'd change on this ship and we look forward to sailing on Seabourn when the ships arrive in the Caribbean! Less

Published 11/28/10

Cabin review: V6627 Veranda Suite

Wonderful location...on the same deck as the Grand Salon (the evening entertainment took place here as well as assembling for daily tours). There's also a whirlpool outside on this deck and we made good use of it. The suite was absolutely perfect...walk-in closet, huge bath with separate shower and tub, lovely furnishings and of course we loved the verandah!

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Port and Shore Excursions

We disembarked in Athens where we spent 4 days...we couldn't get enough of it! We're shoppers and loved going back and forth to Plaka. Be sure to take the hop-on/hop-off bus for'll see just about everything in Athens. We stayed at the Athens Gate Hotel which was clean, modern and in middle of everything....the Acropolis behind us and the Temple of Zeus across the street. The hop-on/hop-off bus stop is 1/2 block away. There's also an open-air "train" that stopped about a block away from our hotel, winding its way past the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis and ending in Plaka...only 5e and you can ride all day, also hopping on and off.

We signed up for the Mercouri Estate Winery Tour...the ride through the countryside was wonderful. We were greeted at the Winery by a very knowledgeable employee from Glasgow, Scotland who shared many stories about the winery with us and took us on a terrific tour. We ended in a cozy room in the winery with tastes of their red and white wine along with an assortment of cheeses, meats and bread.

When you see pictures of the Greek islands, Mykonos is what it's all about. Be sure to take the Island Tour....our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we loved the scenery. We had plenty of time to enjoy walking through the quaint streets and enjoyed a drink in little Venice while gazing at the water and the windmills.

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