Seabourn Sojourn has 225 cabins and suites. All face outside and share a restful color scheme: chocolate brown, cream, crimson and gold. Amenities in each living area include a couch, desk, flat-screen TV with interactive entertainment system (and a superb list of movies and music from which to choose), iPod docks and Wi-Fi. There's a beverage center with a fridge stocked with preferred beverages, too. Beds can be configured as twins or queens. All have walk-in closets with safes and plenty of storage, and marble bathrooms feature separate tubs and showers. Toiletries include Molton Brown goodies. You're also welcomed, on arrival, with an additional choice of soaps that range from Hermes to L'Occitane.
The most economical accommodations are the 300-square-foot cabins on Deck 4, which have picture windows instead of verandahs. Otherwise, 197 of the ship's 225 cabins and suites have balconies. Note, though, that those on Deck 5, Categories V1 and V2, have verandahs enclosed by knee-high steel plates as well as glass-and-teak railings, which is reflected in the price (lower). (The view when you are seated on the balcony is still unobstructed.) Cabins in the remaining V grades on Decks 6, 7 and 8 are differentiated only by location.
The Veranda Suites are a generous 300 square feet, which doesn't include the extra 65 square feet of balcony. These are each outfitted with mesh/steel adjustable chairs and a table just big enough for intimate dining.
Beyond the standard cabins, Seabourn Sojourn's even more luxurious accommodations include its penthouses (436 square feet), which have sleeping areas separated from the living space by decorated glass panels. This creates a nifty room-within-a-room that can be screened off by heavy, chocolate-colored silk curtains if you're entertaining guests or if one wants to sleep and the other wishes to watch TV.
The forward-facing Signature and Owner's Suites have huge wraparound balconies. (Warning: They're windy when the ship is at sea.) Meanwhile, the Signature Suites are the most spacious for entertaining in terms of indoor and outdoor space.
The ship's biggest and most luxurious accommodations are the two Wintergarden Suites (1,182 square feet), and these are among the most lavish afloat. They feature vast living room/dining room combos with a table for six and a massive bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool tub for four. (Seriously, it's that big.) Beyond that, what really sets these suites apart -- not just from other cabins on Seabourn, but from any other deluxe suite at sea -- are the conservatory-like, glass-enclosed, egg-shaped baths overlooked by potted plants and cozy divans. It's just … marvelous.
The suites' main balconies, cantilevered over the side of the ship, are outfitted with wicker-style chaises, and there are full dining sets that seat four. These suites can also be booked as a one-bedroom. (The small second bedroom, with its own balcony, can be accessed through the suite or via the hallway.)
Seven suites -- in the Seabourn, Veranda and Penthouse categories -- are wheelchair accessible. At least two suites on every deck can be connected. Beware of cabins that have connecting doors (unless you are traveling with family or friends); they're not the least bit sound-proofed.
The veranda suites are all the same size with the same amenities. We were somewhat closer to the bow - or as my husband calls it "the pointy end" - and on our first day out in the North Sea one could feel a little turbulence. Most of the time we could have been standing...continue