Seabourn has made efforts to improve entertainment and it shows. The stage in the show lounge is small, but just right for big voices, and you can expect resident singers (one doubling as the cruise director) performing solo cabaret acts and Broadway show tunes there. The line is investing in visiting performers too. A our sailing featured Dale Gonyea, a Grammy nominated comedian/songwriter, and magician Craig Diamond. Also onboard were a four-piece orchestra/dance band and a piano player/singer duo.
On select Mediterranean cruises the line is introducing opera, to be performed by the U.K.'s Reduced Opera Company. Other offerings included movie afternoons and nights, and game show events ("Name That Tune" and "Liar's Club" were big hits with the playfully competitive crowd).
During the day, most passengers are happy to entertain themselves with a good book or conversation, and on port days they want to be out exploring. But there are a few scheduled activities on sea days, including talks by guest lecturers (professors, statesmen, authors or stars of stage and screen). Cooking demonstrations, sometimes with visiting chefs, are quite popular, and there are also wine tastings, bridge play, team Trivial Pursuit contests and golf putting competitions.
Shore excursions offered by the ship tended toward the pricey but were way beyond average. On our voyage, a U.S. (eastern) coastal voyage, a low-country food expert took guests around Charleston, and an expert on shrimp offered a tour from Port Canaveral that was one of the most fascinating we've experienced.
Seabourn also offers a complimentary shore excursion program, with one free shore-side event on each sailing; you have to sign up and get tickets. These events are often a highlight of the cruise, and have included, for example, a visit to a private villa in Malta, a glass-roofed canal boat ride in Amsterdam or an outdoor folkloric dance performance in Nafplion, Greece.