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Seabourn Spirit Cruise Review by Margaret Albinson: Pyramids & Petra

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Margaret Albinson
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Pyramids & Petra

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)

This was our second cruise with Seabourn, the first being the larger Odyssey. Unfortunately our arrival was something of a disaster. We had to unload our luggage at the port gate and drag it to the ship, which was not visible from where we were, nor were there any direction signs. Fortunately we met three members of crew and asked if they would help.

On board we were efficiently issued with our boarding passes and found our way to the cabin. It was clean but there was no indication that they were expecting new passengers. The bar was not stocked, no welcoming champagne, fruit, choice of soap in the bathroom. etc etc.

This was mentioned in a questionnaire we were asked to complete a few days later - no explanation nor apology was forthcoming. A bad start.

After the first day, things improved. The bar staff quickly learned what we preferred to drink. The staff are very friendly without being over familiar.

The suite was up to the usual Seabourn More standard. However the 'balcony' is really an opening window, being only about 12 - 18" deep. The bathroom was good although the shower is in a rather peculiar position being placed at the side of the bath rather than at the end.

We arranged two trips with the ship - the first to Cairo to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx and the second to see Petra in Jordan. Both were good. On our return from one of the trips the staff were waiting with 'welcome home' signs, champagne and canapes, complete with the band. Lovely.

One underused place was the front of deck 5 where there is a whirlpool and loungers, complete with case of soft drinks on ice. Lovely to have a quiet read or snooze. Less

Published 12/14/10

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