As this was our first cruise in 13 years because we had such a poor time with Princess, we decided to try a higher end cruise this time and decided upon Seabourn. We arrived at the terminal around one where we waited for 30-45 minutes until we boarded the ship. A lot of reviews are critical of the boarding process and yes it was cramped in the King Olav lounge but the staff were quick to get drinks and there was food available. It was here where we waited for our rooms and got our ships id. It took about 45 mintues and then we were lead to our room. Not the highlight of our cruise but an understandable exercise and then the fun began.
Once we got to our room, our stewardess went though all of the items in the room and had us choose our soaps. We then relaxed with Champagne and snacks and out luggage arrived shortly thereafter. The ship has an intimate size and the staff to passenger ratio was amazing. The restaurants were passenger friendly and unless you wanted to eat at restaurant 2, it was very easy to walk down any time after 7:30 to eat dinner. We often ate with other couples and they were accommodating and when we showed as two; we were given the option of sitting on our own or joining another couple which we often did. The people on the ship were great as we were amongst the younger portion of passengers. Although some of the seafood dishes weren't great, overall the food was amazing and the service was first class. Biggest complaint on the ship was probably the quality of the wine. It wasn't fine wine and was ok at best. The wines that you could purchase were mainly French which I thought was a little one dimensional. All of the other drink choices were great with good quality brands as well.
When at the pool, there were ample spots to sit and the wait staff there was great. The swimming pool is more of a cool down pool so if that's a big deal to you, go on a larger ship. Most people sat around and read or chatted with each other. Very very relaxed and casual atmosphere. There were minimal announcements on a daily basis and the club was a great meeting place before and after dinner. The band was good at playing to the crowd and we had a great time there every night and it was a great opportunity to meet others as well.
Overall, we went on this ship to unwind and relax and it was perfect. Everything just worked. Nothing was overplayed and there are daily lectures (didn't go to any of them) and nightly shows (not its strongest suit for someone in their 40's) but we felt the staff were excellent and the ship was a great size for the number of passengers. The cruise in our view offered great value and great atmosphere and we really enjoyed ourselves. We have already signed up again and look forward to another high end vacation and look forward to being pampered for 14 days.