Although we began cruising with Sitmar in 1976, it had been 15 years since our last cruise in French Polynesia. I had always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing and my wife has tried for years to get me to spend sometime in europe. Seabourn provided the opportunity to do both on a six * ship, the ODYSSEY.
We flew into Rome and spent 3 nights at The St. Regis, touring the sights, prior to boarding our home for the next 3 weeks. The boarding process was painless and our luggage was waiting at our suite when we arrived. Our room stewardess introduced herself and we discussed our service requirements, which she duly noted and then performed flawlessly for the entirety of our cruise. We soon learned to anticipate a personal message or artistic preparation from her when returning to our suite at night. She was great!
We purchased on board tours in 4 ports and utilized the Seabourn "on & off" complimentary transport into town at the other ports of call. This is a wonderful service provided by Seabourn as an included item which saves the taxi expense from ship to town and return. The purchased tours were as described and well guided.
Life on board ODYSSEY was as I anticipated, without children and consisting of a mature and experienced group of world travelers who were, for the most part, congenial while respecting ones privacy. We have made friends on previous cruises with whom we have remained in touch over the years and this cruise also produced some who will be friends for life. We were blessed with incredible weather in the western Med - mostly sunny days and calm seas - and the crossing had the only 2 days of rock n' roll weather during the cruise.
We ate in all the venues and found the food to be exceptional in both quality and presentation. Wine was complimentary and choices other than the nightly selection were available. A wine list of "premium" wines was available for purchase but I never found the necessity, as the selection of provided wines was quite in line with my tastes. The selection of liquor was substantial and met our desires for quality Scotch,
Tequila and after dinner drinks. There was no additional charges for these items and bottles of our preferred liquor was also placed in our suite, where our stewardess re-filled the ice bucket three times daily.
For our last dinner aboard with invited friends, I requested in advance three special order items, all of which were delivered graciously to our table. Service was always friendly and professional in all the restaurants and poolside. Staff was helpful and always concerned that we have an enjoyable experience.