After a terrible start with our travel agent ( why use an agent...go direct) making a complete botch of our pre cruise hotel reservation we joined Seabourn Spirit in Venice where embarkation was smooth, and set the tone for the service quality we received all week onboard.
The dining experience whether in the restaurant or the cafe was first class, menus are a little American style bland, however the cooking and presentation is up there with the best. The inclusive free wines are from the £4.99 supermarket range, and sadly did not match the quality of the food, unfortunately neither did the wine list which started at $80 for a bottle Gavi.
We never managed to secure a table for the alternative dining venues, we think they were probably reserved for the posh suites on deck 7.
Our Suite was probably the very best we had ever experienced and among the cheapest onboard, it was very well equipped with almost as much space as out 5 star room in Venice, and it was brilliantly looked after by a young happy smiley stewardess.
Entertainment was amateurish (Except the guitarist who was outstanding) but enthusiastic.
The cruise ports and excursions were on the whole ok, with Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar outstanding. Late cancellation of one tour was irritating and avoidable as we had no time to book another. Tours however were expensive and our tip would be to organise your own.
Where Spirit's age really showed was out on deck, the layout is horrid and noisy from the ship's generator,the loungers have no pads and are heavy, and there is no one around to either move them or provide a shady parasol. More 3 star than the much vaunted 5 star in the brochure.
Disembarkation instructions were as follows: vacate suite at 0800hrs, leave ship after a quick breakfast at 0915hrs, catch plane 10hrs or so later.... a 6 day cruise at best.