Seabourn Sojourn Dining
Seabourn Sojourn offers four places to eat, as well as course-by-course room service upon request (at lunch and dinner), which you can have on your balcony if you wish. (All balconies are big enough for a table and two chairs.)
Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, the line's culinary consultant, has created the menus for Sojourn in the same vein as those for Odyssey and Quest. In The Restaurant on Deck 4, expect fairly dainty portions and fusion style, blending Asian, modern American and Mediterranean themes. Various wines are served every night as part of the all-inclusive offering. There is some flexibility with different wines by the glass. (For instance, if you prefer chardonnay and the day's pick is a pinot grigio, your request can usually be accommodated.) There's also an extra-fee premium wine list.
The Restaurant is a stunning space done out in a cream-and-white color scheme with lavish textures of leather, crystal and soft gauze. There are plenty of tables for two, as well as larger setups for more social meals.
Dining is open-seating at all meals, and The Restaurant is large enough that all 450 passengers can be accommodated at once.
Restaurant 2 is Seabourn's nod to tapas. You'll taste some 11 or so courses (and, oddly enough, won't feel terribly stuffed) that emphasize Mediterranean flavors. The decor -- a spiky, lacquered, red-and-black palette that's reminiscent of a 1970's-era Chinese restaurant -- feels out of place with Sojourn's otherwise earthy palate, but the experience is entertaining if not wholly satisfying.
There are only a handful of tables for two, so be prepared to be asked to dine with others at the larger tables.
The Colonnade is cruising's best casual dining venue, bar none. More a chic bistro than a buffet, its butterscotch leather chairs and heavy, shot-silk drapes in chocolate brown (chocolate is a big color on this ship) create a luxurious feel. The arrangement of dishes on small, marble islands serves two purposes: reducing lines and presenting food on dainty platters, which takes away any feeling of mass-catering. Breakfast alone is superb; it includes eggs any way you want, fresh strawberries, cereals, pastries, smoked salmon and specialty coffees. There's plenty of seating outside, aft and along the starboard deck.
Lunch is also a great opportunity for grazing, with an impressive variety of salads and hot dishes, cold cuts and bite-sized desserts that are small enough to justify indulging in more than one.
At both meals, you can order from a set menu, pick your own from the buffet or even combine the two.
The Colonnade becomes a touch more formal in the evenings, with theme dinners ranging from French to Italian and Indian.
Meanwhile, there are other opportunities for snacking. The Patio Grill, which is open for breakfast and lunch (and dinner on occasion), serves burgers, fries, pizza, salads and, in the morning, pastries. Seabourn Square is a great spot for a light nosh. In the morning, you'll find sweet pastries and croissants, and in the afternoon, there are tea sandwiches and (again) decadent pastries. Coffee, wine and spirits are offered throughout the day. The venue typically closes at 6 p.m.
Afternoon tea is served in the Observation lounge.
Superb room service is available 24 hours a day. At 3 a.m., for instance, you might order a Caesar salad, baked salmon, sauteed spinach and a cheese plate. The room-service menu doesn't vary much; you can order hot breakfasts and a range of staples, such as steaks, chicken, burgers and surprisingly good pizza. During dinner, you can order off The Restaurant's menu, and the food is served course by course.
As Seabourn is one of cruising's more inclusive lines, most beverages, from cappuccino and house wines to martinis and soda, are complimentary. Plus, stewards will stock each cabin with two complimentary bottles of liquor that you choose from a menu. If you want a special wine or after-dinner drink, waiters and bartenders will add it to your tab.