Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by twoboys: Seabourn Quest - In one word... MAGNIFICENT!
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Seabourn Quest - In one word... MAGNIFICENT!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
Cruising on Seabourn is like being at a Ritz Carlton that takes you to various destinations. The service aboard is magnificent. Whether in the main dining room, The Colonnade, Restaurant 2 or even Seabourn Square, you are treated as if you are special. The staff is incredible and many even greet you by name. They always have a smile. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they never seem insincere. We enjoyed the 12 course-tasting menu at Restaurant 2 and loved our Indian dinner under the stars at the Colonnade.
The food is fabulous! The main dining room is like a 5 star NY restaurant and the wine and champagne flow freely. As a matter of fact we had a bottle of champagne, a bottle of white wine, a bottle of red wine and a full bottle of Makers Mark in our room! The wines served at dinner were always good.There were always delicious drinks by the pool. It was so nice to sit by the pool and not have someone try to sell you an $8 pina colada in a souvenir glass.
Speaking More of the pool, there were always chairs. While the pool is small and doesn't have the bells and whistles of the large ships, it is relaxing and luxurious. It felt very sophisticated with out being boring or stuffy. With only 450 people on the ship you got to know your fellow passengers. Everyone on the ship was so positive and truly enjoying the experience. There were no people complaining about anything because there was nothing to complain about.
The spa was fabulous and not that expensive. I had a great deep tissue massage and a scalp, neck and shoulder oil massage and treatment. It was delightful.
The cabin was larger than many hotel rooms I have stayed in. There was a granite bathroom complete with double sink, shower and separate tub. We had Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion and Oatmeal soap for the shower. The towels were fluffy and soft and the sheets and duvet were Egyptian cotton. The bed was so comfy. And there is a walk in closet.
There was never a line for anything. Embarkation took about 5 minutes and they escorted us to the dining room for lunch. Our cabin stewardess greeted us with champagne and canapEs.
The ports were beautiful and the excursions were great. We had terrific guides and felt we got our money's worth with each one. We especially loved the Greek cooking demonstration in Santorini
The marina off the ship was a great experience. We took a paddleboat out and paddled around the ship. The marina was a little chaotic because there were mostly younger people on this cruise ( 40s, 50s and 60s and families). But still nothing compared to a ship of 3000.
The evening entertainment was fun. We even watched a movie under the stars. There were tons of movies available on demand in the room but we never watched any. We drank so much wine at dinner that by the time we got back tot he cabin at 11 or 11:30 we were ready for bed.
We worked out in the gym and I took a pilates class. They gym is small but I always managed to get on a bike or elliptical machine. They also had BOSU balls and weights
There was no pressure to tip and you never had to sign a bill for drinks. It was 7 days of luxury and relaxation. Really the only thing it has in common with the mainstream cruise lines, is that it is a ship. This was a trip we will always remember (and I have 400 photos to help us do just that!) Less
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