As this is an expedition and destination-style ship, the entertainment focuses on the itinerary with slide show and power point talks, short films, perhaps a cabaret act by one of the staff or guides, and local dance troupes who come aboard in port. On the Japanese and Korean itinerary I experienced, several ports welcomed the ship with a mayoral address, exchange of gifts and then some superb dancing or drum playing by costumed adults and children. Socializing or self-entertainment also plays a major part of the day's activities.
During the cocktail hour briefing, the cruise director discusses the next day's program, and the lecture staff presents something connected to what we saw that day or would expect to see tomorrow; the presenter then take questions. We had two fine lecturers on Japan, one a retired professor from Brown University and the other an artist specializing in Asian art.
The shore excursions are included in the fares, and on my Japanese and Korean cruise, we had four full-day trips ashore that included excellent local lunches with beer, wine and soft drinks. Besides the two enrichment lecturers, we had Japanese national guides who traveled with the ship and local Korean guides for the call at Pusan.
Clipper Odyssey Public Rooms
Editor Rating Public Rooms 3.0
All public rooms are stacked from midship aft, and all but four cabins placed forward away from the activity and the minor vibration from the aft engine room. A centrally positioned elevator rises through four decks with the Sun Deck accessible by a staircase.
The main lounge, roughly the same dimensions as the dining room, spans the width of the ship and offers comfortable blue fabric-covered arm chairs, sofas and side banquettes in a variety of seating arrangements. Some groupings are tucked away in corners next to a window and are sought after for reading during the day. A bar here is also a gathering spot. Before dinner, luscious hot hors d'oeuvres might include jumbo shrimp in a peanut sauce, chicken in a coconut satay, crab cakes, smoked salmon or pizza squares. It was mighty easy to spoil one's main meal appetite.
Portside and aft of the main lounge, a snug library bar provides a quiet retreat during the day, a drink venue and a place to do research using the excellent supply of atlases, travel guides and reference books for all the regions the ship frequents. Fiction and nonfiction volumes add to the mix.
As the bridge is open to passengers at most times, it could be considered an additional public room.
There is a very small shop with souvenirs and logo clothing items, and a room to send and receive e-mail (but no Internet access, though it is coming). Printed news sheets are available at the front desk.
Clipper Odyssey Spa & Fitness
Editor Rating Spa & Fitness 2.0
There is a small gym with limited exercise equipment, a pair of massage and body treatment rooms, an outdoor pool and a jogging track on the Sun Deck. With ports every day, a moderate amount of walking gives additional exercise, and free time allows for more.
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