By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief, and David G. Molyneaux, Cruise Critic Contributor
Seabourn Sojourn Overview
Seabourn Sojourn is the closest thing that luxury cruising
has to a land-based stay at an exotic but comfortable boutique hotel. The 32,000-ton, 450-passenger vessel, a sister to Seabourn's Odyssey and Quest, debuted in 2010 and offers superbly comfortable cabins, the largest luxe spa at sea, an in-stern marina replete with kayaks and speed boats, and an onboard ambience that's cultured yet also blessedly informal.
While largely identical to Odyssey (the first in Seabourn's newly designed trio) and identical to Quest (launched in 2011), Sojourn is the cruise line's improvement on an already-outstanding concept. It achieved the feat simply by tweaking bits and pieces. The spa was the biggest beneficiary of the line's experience with the first ship, with an additional spa sun deck area replacing some of the pretentiously expensive private villa spaces. In The Restaurant, the ship's elegant main venue, an experiment with communal tables -- intended to foster sociability -- has not been replicated on either Sojourn or Quest. However, the group bar-height seating concept is available in its more casual Colonnade. Otherwise, Seabourn got almost everything right the first time.
Whether you're a longtime fan of Seabourn's older, more intimate 208-passenger ships or a newcomer to the cruise line (or to upscale cruising in its own right), it's hard not to find this ship utterly charming. We love the features -- such as the glorious Colonnade restaurant with its wraparound terrace and alfresco dining, the homey Seabourn Square, its coffee bar/Internet cafe/library and the fact that 90 percent of all cabins (oops, we mean suites) have balconies -- offered on this more contemporary series of Seabourn ships. In fact, the cabins themselves, starting at 300 square feet, are marvelously designed and a destination in their own right. Even standard accommodations have distinct living and sleeping areas, flat-screen televisions with a vast range of entertainment options, balconies with dining tables and marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs.
Another plus? We can't think of another luxury cruise ship that has as much space dedicated to outdoor lounging, whether it's the convivial main pool area or the numerous more secluded nooks and crannies, many of which have their own pools (mini or otherwise). And Seabourn's reputation for providing superb cuisine and service lives on through Sojourn.
Seabourn Sojourn Fellow Passengers
Because their itineraries are generally shorter (ranging from seven to 10 days) and less exotic than those offered on Seabourn's older trio of ships, the line's newer triplets tend to attract travelers younger than 60, who are more active and hail from English-speaking countries like Canada, the United States, Australia and the U.K.
Seabourn Sojourn Dress Code
Daytime wear is casual, but what Seabourn considers casual is more up-market than big-ship dress codes. It's truly a country club-style of dress (loungewear at the pool, rather than shorts and T-shirts, for instance).
After 6 p.m., Seabourn recommends one of two categories for evening attire: Elegant casual and formal.
Formal attire includes a tuxedo, suit or slacks (jacket required) for men and evening gown or other formal attire for women. Elegant casual attire includes slacks with a collared dress shirt or sweater (jacket optional) for men and skirt or slacks with a blouse, a pant suit or dress for women. Jeans are welcome in all dining venues during the day, but not appropriate in any public venues after 6 p.m., when the dress code applies.
Seabourn Sojourn Gratuity
Tipping is neither required nor expected.
December 2014 Able Seaman H
This was our second cruise on board Sojourn. Our first was an excellent experience so much so that we were a little nervous returning. Would this trip live up to the previous experience?
Fireworks look amazing because you aren't expecting ...continue
We have sailed SB [often Sojourn] several times in the past few years. The last time was a month/March 2014.
The ship was well maintained, the officer ,staff & crew friendly w, mostly good service. Cuisine is of good quality but often ...continue
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Seabourn has changed. Historically a refined and relaxed atmosphere but no more.
On this cruise Seabourn management saw fit to sell almost half the cabins to a corporate incentive group from Australia. They literally took over the ship ...continue