Seabourn Odyssey January 4-19, 2011: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by scottwiz
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Seabourn Odyssey January 4-19, 2011
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Overall I think it was what we expected. The staff of the ship is its biggest asset. We found everyone to be friendly and helpful. The ship was only 2/3 full so plenty of room (normal capacity being 450 I believe).
I would not recommend the Seabourn bigger ships to folk under 30. I thought that the introduction of the larger vessels was to encourage a younger clientele. The entertainment was quite boring. In fact it was also scattered - and with so few people on board they should have tried to channel the energy to one place. It seemed all sail away events were taken indoors because a cloud appeared. Since it appeared the average age had to be 70, perhaps they thought older folk don't know how to dance or handle weather!!! The ONLY Rock The Boat event in the entire 19 days was also held indoors. We are both 48/55 respectively and our crowd ranged from 39-86. We had a blast on More Deck Nine/Sky Bar and made our own fun and entertainment.
The stuffiest people were Americans (and we are Americans!). The Aussies and Brits were fun. Americans bleated about outdoor smoking (OK, so our group was cigarette, cigar and pipe smokers!) because the wanted to walk around Deck Nine for exercise! They also smiled rarely.
Food was fine. Restaurant Two was fun as was the Patio Grill. Room service very efficient.
I am a Seabourn fan. BUT, I think it has to start thinking outside the box a lot more if it is going to be competitive. Checkers/Bridge/ Lectures/Piano and Classical does not Rock The Boat!!! It is poorly represented in its Brochure which shows suave and sophisticated "young" cruisers when in fact it at times feels like a ghost ship and caters to the whims of some stuffy older people who are hell bent on making everyone's life uncomfortable.
The cruise line has to turn the frown of its guests upside down and get with it!!! We may be getting older but we do not have a foot in the grave yet!!!
I think we'll be looking at going back to one of the Sisters next. The clubby atmosphere with a good mix can be so much fun and so much more channelled when there is less space. We loved grooving with the octagenarians on this cruise who did want to have fun and so we made it an event.
Love the staff. Got no pressure. We always give to the crew fund and that goes to everyone (including the painters and engineering crew) so we never fear about who to tip. But they all work darn hard and deserve something.
Wake up Seabourn and have fun!!!! We'll come back and make our own fun too!! Less
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