1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Seabourn an excellent small ship line, had become dissatisfied with Cunard so tried the Seabourn Odyssey in the summer and were very pleased. On Seabourn, service is excellent, standard of ship facilities is very good too. Cuisine on the ... Read More
Seabourn an excellent small ship line, had become dissatisfied with Cunard so tried the Seabourn Odyssey in the summer and were very pleased. On Seabourn, service is excellent, standard of ship facilities is very good too. Cuisine on the whole good although more healthy options would suit us better and some of the complimentary wines offered not that great. Enjoyed dining in both the Colonade and the Main restaurant. Booked the new Penthouse Spa suites which were superb, Very roomy and had great views over the Balcony of the ship. Staff on the cruise were very professional and friendly. Entertainment was the best that we had see on any of the 26 cruises that we had been on. Even though we were only on for 7 days were very impressed as to how staff picked up on menu and drinks preferences in the dining areas and social areas. Booked a couple of tours and although pricey they were well organised and it is great they made sure that coaches were not packed and there was always space and time to see and do things at the destinations. Have already booked a couple more on the Seabourn Encore next year and will be interested to see how the new larger ship compares with the two that we have been on. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have taken several voyages on Regent cruise ships and decided to try what was advertised as comparable to Regent for a Western Mediterranean cruise on Seabourn Sojourn October 2016. The dining experiences were flawless and there was ... Read More
We have taken several voyages on Regent cruise ships and decided to try what was advertised as comparable to Regent for a Western Mediterranean cruise on Seabourn Sojourn October 2016. The dining experiences were flawless and there was enough liquor offered to float a boat. However, if you are looking for excursion experiences off this ship, which we were, they were lacking. I called the cruise line several times during the planning stage, but they would not reveal their excursions until after we had paid for the entire cruise. For several destinations, there were only 2-3 options for 425 people. Our traveling companions were not able to join several excursions because the destination opprtunities were "sold out." One excursion we booked was cancelled at the last minute, with minimum interest by destination services to find another option for us. And then the service...our suite "stewardess" is in the wrong career. I called guest services every day for things like wash cloths, the daily Hearld (ship info), and more. She never called us by name, left one bar of soap for two people to last eleven days, gave us toiletries that had been used by others (less than half full), and never completely cleaned the bathroom. I cleaned the floor just to get rid of the smell. Our friends said she "was young and inexperienced." The liberal smoking policy on the Sojourn was reported elsewhere, so I can only reiterate that it was an issue. Neighbors smoking on their verandas meant that we could not use our veranda during their frequent smoke breaks. There were other places to go on the ship where you did not have to smell second-hand smoke, which we did. Overall, Seabourn Sojourn offered a luxury vacation, like Regent, with excellent food and beautiful common areas. Unlike Regent, Seabourn had limited shore excursions, a bothersome smoking policy, and very poor housekeeping service, The disembark procedure was wonderful, leisurely breakfast the last day with a couple of hours to connect with luggage off ship. But maybe I was just happy to leave. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Our first Seabourn trip and without doubt the best cruise we have ever taken. Many, many positives and few negatives made it a very enjoyable 10 days. We also made friends with lots of fellow travelers and had a number of pleasant ... Read More
Our first Seabourn trip and without doubt the best cruise we have ever taken. Many, many positives and few negatives made it a very enjoyable 10 days. We also made friends with lots of fellow travelers and had a number of pleasant evenings in their company. Embarkation in Barcelona at the World Trade Centre was very smooth and although our boarding time was stated as 2pm we arrived around 12pm and had no trouble boarding. This also gave us time for lunch at The Collonade restaurant while our rooms were being readied. Food and service throughout was excellent. We confined ourselves to The Restaurant and The Collonade with a few snacks at the Patio Grill. We did book Restaurant 2 once, but cancelled as the menu did not look too inspiring. To be honest, we have had degustation in quite a few restaurants over the years including Michelin starred, and would much rather order a la carte. Consequently we didn't bother to book Restaurant 2 again. We tried a number of Thomas Keller dishes and not overly impressed. One smoked rib dish we ordered in The Collonade one evening was very dry. We also ordered room service a couple of times including breakfast everyday which was consistently excellent. The overall service on board surpassed expectations. All of the crew were friendly, very efficient and they really looked as if they enjoyed what they were doing. The young lady who looked after our room catered for our every need and seemed to be always on hand with an hello and a smile. We also very much enjoyed the entertainment offered. All of the bars and lounges seemed to have some entertainment or live music and every evening in the main salon there was a show around 9pm. Primarily provided by a young troop of singers and dancers who were London West-End quality. Our cruise director Sophie was also a very accomplished singer in her own right and she entertained us a couple of evenings. As a cruise director she was brilliant and her energy was astonishing. The only negatives were 1. the exorbitant cost for a very slow wi-fi service. While I understand it is difficult to provide a fast service at sea, I believe it should be provided totally free with perhaps a daily data and access time limit; 2. The quality of the so called "complimentary" wine. No list of available wines was provided and we had to make a special request to eventually obtain one. There were some nice wines on the list, but these had to be requested from the wine waiter who often gave us a "how did you know about that one" look. They also seemed to push a particular wine each day and also push their premium wines (especially in Restaurant 2 we were told by other passengers) which are not good value. Considering Seabourn has fixed routes, which often pass through fantastic wine regions (ours went through Provence and Bandol), you would have thought it would not be too hard to source local wines as they passed through and also stimulate the local economy. If they want somebody to source local wine for them, I’m their man! I would also look very carefully at the Seabourn excursions which in my view are expensive. We privately arranged two wine tours in Provence and Bandol which were both excellent very good value. We also did our own research on the places we visited which was fun and planned our own walking tours. In summary, a great experience. I would highly recommend Seabourn and would have no hesitation in cruising with them in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Notes on Seabourn’s Sojourn. 1st to 8th September 2016 We have just returned from a splendidly hot and sunny cruise round the Mediterranean Riviera. Spain, France and Spain. This was our first time on a big sister, but we have ... Read More
Notes on Seabourn’s Sojourn. 1st to 8th September 2016 We have just returned from a splendidly hot and sunny cruise round the Mediterranean Riviera. Spain, France and Spain. This was our first time on a big sister, but we have sailed twice on Legend, a little sister. Here are all the special things we love about this Luxury cruise line Embarkation is welcoming, and without fuss. On our arrival at the terminal and our luggage was whipped away so quickly we had to rescue the hand bag. A drink was offered, check in was quick. Then we were greeted by Sophie at the bottom of the gangway, directed to the Colonnade for lunch, the holiday had begun. Everything done in less than half an hour. The balcony suite is more than adequate. Spacious, sofa, table and chairs, lots of drawers and cupboards, a walk-in wardrobe and a fridge filled with our requested drinks. There is a dressing table and a magnifying make up mirror. The balcony has two loungers and a table. Bathroom has two basins, shower cubicle, full sized bath-tub, good lighting and attractive tiling. Service is delightful. They can’t do enough. My OH says Seabourn offers you things you didn't know you needed, but you are very glad to have! All the crew greet all the guests and are pleased to see everyone. We always found a shady place to be during the day. It was very sunny indeed, and a bit hot for us, (but we are not complaining!!) Lots of drinks were offered by the pools all day long. …….There was one evening the dining room when service went a bit awry! We were told it was the introduction of the i Pads for ordering or my OH’s choice of pasta for the starter that caused the difficulty. We never found out, but the problem was obvious throughout the restaurant. We all smiled and the waiters were apologetic. The big ships are not so intimate as the little sisters… On Legend we were addressed by name, but the crew were not able to do this on Sojourn. These things did not impact on our enjoyment, I just thought I would mention them. Will we go with Seabourn again? In a flash! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We went on a Seabourn cruise because we had been on the Seabourn Legend several years ago which we thoroughly enjoyed and were impressed with the accommodation, food and customer service. However, our recent Seabourn cruise on the Sojourn ... Read More
We went on a Seabourn cruise because we had been on the Seabourn Legend several years ago which we thoroughly enjoyed and were impressed with the accommodation, food and customer service. However, our recent Seabourn cruise on the Sojourn was a huge disappointment for the following reasons * Smoking allowed on balconies which means that if you don't smoke but your neighbour does then their smoke can drift onto your balcony which is very unpleasant. * Breakfast cereals in boxes rather than silos where you can take a small amount of several cereals. Did not have any (Branston) pickle and could not get any during the 17 day cruise. Did not have any peanut butter at breakfast they had to go to room service to get some and I had finished breakfast when it arrived * Rather limited salads at lunchtime. When we asked for fresh orange juice at lunchtime (instead of wine) it seemed a major operation to get it as we were told it was not stored in the kitchen in the colonnade. However it was available there at breakfast. Also difficult at first to get in the colonnade in the evening before Anthony took control. * Plates cold for hot food and food in both restaurants when served was cold or just luke-warm and the quality of the food only moderately good. For example the Rib eye steak was tough and tasteless; the Fillet Mignon was rare even though we asked for well done; Chateaubriand was cold and tasteless. * Choices on menu limited each evening to only 4 main courses (1 was veggie) + 2 classic choices. Dinner finished serving at 9.0pm which is rather early compared to other cruise lines we have been on. * When asked for tartar sauce with the fish were told by the assistant maitre'd we could only have the sauce it came with meal. When asked for mustard with steak it arrived after I had finished meal * Thomas Keller food :- When we cut into the duck breast blood spurted out. When we told the maitre’d he said this was how it should be cooked and it had to be cooked at a particular temp for a set time and they couldn’t change the timings. With a dessert which was a tart with coffee ice cream we asked for vanilla instead. The maitre’d said we had to have the coffee as it was part of the recipe but he would give us the vanilla separately. * Choices limited for desserts (no choc cake on classic menu) Choc mousse – mediocre * The Club bar was dark and dingy * We asked for a pear martini, the bar tender in The Club and the observation lounge did not have any pear liquor and they could not get any for the cruise (17 days). We asked for an appletini in The Club during first couple of evenings. Drink produced was awful. Tried one in the observation lounge it was also awful. When the staff changed for the last 7 days of the cruise the new barman in the observation lounge was able to make a very good appletini. This has never been a problem on other cruise lines we have been on e.g. Celebrity * Had to go to square for tea or coffee during the day there is nowhere to help yourself * Entertainment generally mediocre Positive Point: * Observation lounge pleasant to sit in for a pre-dinner drink Read Less
31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Oceania lover has fling with Seabourn Barcelona to Monte Carlo 25-07-2016 to 04-08-2016 Background This was a special surprise gift for my mothers **th birthday. The last couple of years I have been cruising on Oceania (previous ... Read More
Oceania lover has fling with Seabourn Barcelona to Monte Carlo 25-07-2016 to 04-08-2016 Background This was a special surprise gift for my mothers **th birthday. The last couple of years I have been cruising on Oceania (previous on Celebrity en Star Clippers) but this itinerary looked just perfect with lots of small ports and the price for a V4 Verandah suite was the same as a Penthouse Suite on O. So I decided to give Seabourn a try and I’m happy I did. Pre-cruise We flew to Barcelona a day before the cruise and stayed at the Arts Hotel. A beautiful big hotel at the Port Olympic that is just steps from the beach and night live. We had a corner suite that was just absolutely stunning. One of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. Staff very friendly and helpful. We ate at Carpe Diem a small trendy restaurant close to the hotel and on the beach. Most shops are closed on Sunday so do a day of sightseeing instead. Ship We took a taxi at noon to the World Trade Center Port that is centrally located. Our luggage was immediately picked up by the porters and carried away. We filled out the health questionnaire and checked in. A few minutes later we boarded Seabourn Sojourn. The exterior of the ship or yacht as Seabourn calls it is glamorous but my first impression of interior was underwhelming. Compared to the opulent interior styling on especially the Oceania-class ships with crystal, polished wood and impressive artwork, Seabourn choose a far more subdued style. Beautiful in some area’s like the ‘The Restaurant’, Pool and ‘Seabourn Square’ but also a tad boring like in ‘The Club’ on Deck 5 that gave me the impression of being in a third party airport lounge. The styling of ‘Restaurant 2’ is more glitzy and eclectic and I hope the new Thomas Keller restaurant that will be replacing R2 will have a modern feel to it. For a ship launched in 2010 it just looks a somewhat dated. We totally loved the abundance of deck space and small quiet areas like the sun deck (6) with whirlpool (but no shower) and the small pool deck at the stern of the ship (5). The sunbeds are pretty but very firm and could use a cushion. The level of service was also fabulous. Smiling and truly attentive staff throughout the vessel that made us feel welcome and special. They knew our preferences by day 2 and really did everything possible to exceed our expectations. Our stewardess Ivana was a gem and the best ever. Not only did she keep our suite spotless, she also provided a wealth of information about the ship and services. Always great for first timers! Cabin Our V4 Verandah Suite (707) was light and roomy (only the space between the bed and dresser is tight). Oceania penthouse suites are larger but we were perfectly happy with the size of our small suite on Seabourn. I loved the bar and tv cabinets and being able to draw the curtains between the sleeping and living area. All very elegant! The mini fridge was stocked with our preferred soft drinks and there was a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us. I ordered a flower arrangement in advance and it was big, nice and lasted the entire trip. The seating area has a well-designed layout but the fabric and colors of the chairs and especially the couch are an acquired taste. I don’t know if it was meant to be and art-deco theme but we didn’t fancy it. The beds are very firm not to say rock hard and the pillows gigantic. The bed linens are soft but the whole experience does not compare to the wonderful beds and linens that Oceania provides on its ships. We did love the small make-up vanity and the bathroom is spacious with separate soaking tub and shower. Molton Brown provides the luxury bath products and you have dual sinks, with high-end fixtures, marble tiles and good lighting. I would have loved to have a night-light there. A pair of drawers would have been a welcome addition to the bathroom since shelves and storage are limited. The suite also features a walk-in closet, safe and two bathrobes. I missed electrical outlets near the nightstands for charging my phone or tablet. The air-conditioning did what it is designed for and we had no problem getting the ideal temperature for our suite. We liked sitting on the balcony late at night with a glass of wine and listen to the waves and talk about our day. Food I love food! Buying it, preparing and of course sharing and eating it. My friends tell me that I’m a pretty good cook. Due to my line of work I have dined in many great restaurants but I also love a simple bistro or well-prepared hamburger. My loyalty with Oceania has to do with their food. The variety of their restaurants and high quality ingredients is splendid and although the menus could use a little more modern influences I do love that they have products like lobster, scampi and other seafood, premium cuts of beef on every menu every day. The food on Seabourn is good but compared to Oceania more limited. Fine products like lobster, caviar and premium cuts are hard to find on the menus and only available as a special order in advance. We don’t like to pre-order because it makes us feel uncomfortable. This food on Seabourn is very well prepared and tasty. Compared to Oceania the dishes served on Seabourn are more modern and lighter with less double cream and butter. Pizza, burgers and gelato were also very good. All our meals were good but only a few were very memorable like our experience in R2 and the Thomas Keller night in the Colonnade. We choose the more casual Patio Grill many evenings since the weather was wonderful and we like dining al fresco. I know many guests have mixed feelings about the partnership with Thomas Keller but we liked it a lot. Our night featured a modern take on the classic Waldorf salad and a beautiful bone in prime-rib with roasted broccoli and silky mashed potatoes. Seabourn could improve the quality and selection of breads, baguette and pastries. Drinks We aren’t big drinkers but like a good glass of wine. Most evenings the selection was fine with a few highlights like a Pouilly-Fuissé, Chianti Classico and Sand Tropez Rosé. A few bottles shouldn’t have been offered like a €3.99 bottle of J.P. Chenet that you can find in every cheap grocery store in Europe. Cocktails, champagne and digestives were always available and offered throughout the day by the pools and in the bars. We love that you didn’t have to sign for every drink. That really is a luxury! Seabourn could improve the quality of the coffee they serve. I got a cappuccino at Seabourn Square every morning but I couldn’t get the very friendly barista to get me a proper cappuccino made with a strong espresso and some foamy milk. The Barista Coffee Bar on Oceania wins hands on and I also missed those very tasty mini pastries featured on Oceania like the canelés and madeleines. Fellow guest It seemed to us that Seabourn caters to a crowd that is very hard to please. This was our only real disappointment during our cruise. We met so many people who seemingly had only one hobby and that was to complain about the food, drinks, service, menu and we even met a couple that told us that Seabourn should do something about the heat in the ports we visited. I’m not kidding! I have to say that being surrounded with so many people who felt to urge to complain out loud didn’t do much good for the overall atmosphere. This cruise had one day at sea and all sunbeds were already ‘reserved’ at 8:00 am by sophisticated guests like they do in those cheap all-inclusive resorts. Internet The system is slow and works with only device at a time. This is how most ships work…BUT charging a staggering $400 for 10 days is a total rip off. That’s almost 10% of the cruise fee. A luxury brand like Seabourn shouldn't charge for Wi-Fi at all and if it does it should be for a friendly fee. It's 2016 and 90% of the guests use the Internet. Smoking I don't smoke and after reading so many complaints on the cruisecritic.com board I was afraid I would have to endure smoking everywhere. I experienced no such thing and was pleasantly surprised. I never smelt smoke outside and we used the balcony a lot and never even got a whiff of smoke. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. We got the message that Seabourn is going for a much stricter smoking policy in the near future. Victory for al the vocal complainers but this non-smoker didn’t have any problems with the current Recap We enjoyed every minute of our cruise with Seabourn. We had a fabulous itinerary, attentive staff, and a relaxing atmosphere with an abundance of space, good food and smooth sailings. Seabourn leaves little the wish for and tries very hard to give its demanding passengers a refined luxury experience. I'm afraid some guests on board are impossible to please and hearing so many complaints and seeing so many rude, snobbish people did spoil the atmosphere at times. No cruise line is perfect, there is always room for improvement, but I think Seabourn offers a sublime vacation. Would I choose Seabourn over Oceania? It totally depends on price and itinerary. If Seabourn and Oceania keep the same price level, I would book with Seabourn again depending on the itinerary. I really liked the small ship experience with small ports, no waiting for anything (except on sea days), no signing for drinks, good food and very attentive and well trained staff. But I do like Oceania's a little over the top decor, variety of restaurants, menus and the large penthouse suites. So my love for O is still burning but I do have a serious fling now with Seabourn. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
this is going to be a review of our most recent experience aboard Sojourn on deck 10 in a Penthouse Suite - Suite 1025. That suite was marked as "obstructed view balcony" on all of the deck plans, yet the price was the same as ... Read More
this is going to be a review of our most recent experience aboard Sojourn on deck 10 in a Penthouse Suite - Suite 1025. That suite was marked as "obstructed view balcony" on all of the deck plans, yet the price was the same as all of the other Penthouse suites. Before purchasing that suite, one of the few remaining, I searched high and low for someone online to give me the true lowdown on that suite without success. So I'll do so here, skip to the bottom if you want the succinct version. My wife and I are experienced cruisers. We've been cruising for more than twenty years once or twice a year. We've been aficionados of Seabourn for the past sixteen years since our very first two week cruise aboard the Seabourn Odyssey in the Caribbean. We found it to be so far above our prior cruise experiences aboard other lines that we were frankly shocked at what we'd been missing. Following that first cruise, we began doing Crossings to and from Europe twice a year (relatively inexpensive) and enjoying their ships as a destination - their incredible service, food and staff, as well as our fellow passengers (predominantly sophisticated, well educated and sociable). That no balcony, bottom deck experience was "relatively" inexpensive and MUCH cheaper than first class air fare to Europe and we always arrived without jet lag. Over the years our tastes (and ability to afford higher levels of cabins) improved. Aboard Seabourn ALL of the cabins, regardless of deck, are essentially the same (except for their true suites - Penthouse, WinterGarden, or Spa Suites). The cost of the traditional cabins increases as the decks get higher (which is strange because the higher the deck the more you feel it in rough seas). The lowest passenger decks - deck four has cabins without balcony, deck five has diminished views from the balcony as the material that is see through glass on all of the balconies is metal on deck five. There are a couple of cabins designed to add on to the Winter Garden Suites on deck 7 as an extra bedroom. If Seabourn doesn't sell the Wintergarden Suite WITH the adjoining bedroom (cabin 745 & 746), they sell them as separate cabins. We were upgraded to one of those cabins and found it undesirable. The cabin itself is oddly shaped, the balcony is tiny and barely accommodates one person comfortably and the biggest detractor is that there is quite a bit of noise bleed through the wall and the adjoining door (think of an adjoining hotel room door) between the Winter Garden suite and these two cabins. On our experience there was a couple with an infant and the baby cried quite a bit during our cruise, making sleep difficult and quiet reading or discussions difficult as well. Those are two cabins to avoid. Last year, in 2015, we were offered the opportunity to purchase a Spa Suite. the Spa suites are located on the aft of the ship. We had back to back cruises, a crossing then another ten days aboard in Europe. Midway, the hotel manager asked us if we'd like to pay the additional amount to move to a Spa Suite. It was the most enjoyable suite we've ever had aboard Seabourn. To describe the pros and cons: PROs: 1. Panoramic view from the aft of the ship, no balcony can equal it (there are four spa suites, two on the side and two in the center 1090 through 1093). Our suite was 1093 on the starboard side and we had an incredible wrap around balcony with unrestricted views. The two center spa suites are not quite so lucky, but those two center suites have a crescent shaped extension allowing them to walk out for a fuller view. Unfortunately, that extension and their extended view infringed on the privacy of our balcony (the sole downside to that suite). 2. Unlimited access without additional fees to the Spa immediately below these suites (we're not Spa people, so we didn't avail ourselves of this). The advertising for this upgraded suite cites a Spa Concierge (no one aboard has any knowledge of this concierge - I've checked on two subsequent cruises while aboard and still no sign of a Spa Concierge. 3. Upgraded refreshments with healthy alternatives too numerous to mention. 4. A round, comfortable dining table with a magnificent view off the stern of the ship through floor to ceiling glass windows separating the living area from the balcony 5. a very comfortable arrangement of the sleeping area and living/dining area. 6. a very nicely upgraded bathroom with beautiful fixtures and separate rain shower and whirlpool tub. Cons: 1. Accessible only via a steep spiral staircase located within the Spa. If you have mobility problems or your hands full, this is not the most convenient set up and could be frankly dangerous. 2. These cabins on the aft of the ship will be gyrating crazily in rough seas (think of the end of a teeter totter, the closer you are to the center fulcrum the less movement) luckily our cruise was on a pond-like ocean with barely a ripple for the entire trip. 3. No Concierge - they should take it off their advertising Frankly, you don't NEED a concierge aboard Seabourn. Everyone is treated as though they are royalty, even the least expensive cabins. 4. The beds are the same as all of the beds across the entire ship, i.e., stated as queen sized, but less than that in reality - a tight fit for larger folks. Okay, returning to the penthouse suite on deck ten with the partially obstructed view. Penthouse Suite #1025. This Penthouse suite was disappointing after the Spa suite described above. The biggest problem was the noise, bleed through from the adjoining cabin (we could hear the television through the bedroom wall and for the first time ever, I had to call and complain to ask them to turn the volume down) and the door to the main deck was immediately to the left of our suite door. When there were activities and entertainment on the main deck, the noise bled into our cabin each time the door to the deck was opened - which was frequently, since at the other end of our passageway was the observation Bar. The balcony was indeed restricted. It really wasn't that bad, roughly a third of the balcony was covered by a diagonal metal plate (photo attached). We could sit comfortably on the exposed portion with a good view, but for as the price for that suite was the same as the other Penthouse suites..... a full view would have been better. Food, entertainment, ambiance were all exceptional, as usual. This particular Penthouse suite as living accommodations was, in retrospect, a bad investment. Read Less
39 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
First the negative: I would have rated this cruise as a 5-Star one, but Seabourn's corporate police allowing smoking in so many places makes it hard to really rate the cruise line positively. They allow smoking on all of the balconies, ... Read More
First the negative: I would have rated this cruise as a 5-Star one, but Seabourn's corporate police allowing smoking in so many places makes it hard to really rate the cruise line positively. They allow smoking on all of the balconies, which make one's use of the balconies hit and miss. Despite a corporate policy against smoking in the cabins, it is almost certainly going on because we could smell smoke in the hallways.There are also a lot of outdoor places that allow smoking, causing one to have to carefully plan their travels through the ship to avoid such places. Want to use the very nice Observation Bar? Don't try it in the evening unless you like smoke. For those who don't like second-hand smoke, make sure you do not reserve a cabin on Deck 10, because they left the Observation Bar door open, and your hallway may be filled with second-hand smoke. The Food and Beverage on board is inconsistent. We had some really outstanding food, and some pretty terrible food. The service in the restaurants can be dreadfully slow, and it was a rare experience not to have to seek out a waitstaff to refill my water. This should be done routinely, but was rarely offered. Now the positive: This was a very nice small-ship experience. Rarely a line to stand in. Friendly and courteous fellow guests. Staff mostly attentive and friendly. No hard sells to take pictures or buy extras. The stateroom was in fine shape, although the bed should have been replaced some years ago. The selections of complimentary wines and other alcohol were drinkable. No need for us to buy up to premium bottle. This was a pleasant surprise as we can be very discriminating with our wine, spirits, and champagne selections. The bar staff try their best to accommodate your personal drink recipes. We enjoyed room service, and they did an excellent job of making it a special experience, setting a linen table cloth with all the trimmings. While we did not attend a lot of the entertainment, the comedian we saw was fantastic. The enrichment speakers were a mixed bag, but Sir Tony, a ex-British diplomat was great. We may return to Seabourn. We would definitely return if they changed their smoking policy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I have always wanted to visit Petra. This cruise included Petra plus The Holy Land and the Suez Canal,all new to me. We have taken several trips on Seabourn and love everything about it. The rooms are comfortable and have enough space ... Read More
I have always wanted to visit Petra. This cruise included Petra plus The Holy Land and the Suez Canal,all new to me. We have taken several trips on Seabourn and love everything about it. The rooms are comfortable and have enough space which is apparently not always the case. The staff makes a tremendous effort to be cheerful,and helpful. By the third day one is greeted by name. Roberto, in the restaurant, seems personally sadened if you don't want dessert! Emma always knows which wine you prefer. Our stewardess Sitha, was so pleasant in spite of having so many messy cabins to tidy. Even though The Sojourn is a relatively small ship, the entertainment is excellent. We were thrilled to find Anthony Stuart LLoyd on this trip. We had loved him on another cruise and enthused about him to friends. He has a first class voice and puts on a terrific show with something for everyone from opera to Broadway. The young folks in the Sojoun singers and dancers group are wonderful,energetic and so talented. The only problem was the heat. My suggestion would be to do this trip in January. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I read an article in Conde Nast magazine by an editor who had taken this tour in March 2015; she recommended it highly, so I decided to try it. I had never been to any of the countries/ports on the itinerary: Philippines, Borneo, Brunei, ... Read More
I read an article in Conde Nast magazine by an editor who had taken this tour in March 2015; she recommended it highly, so I decided to try it. I had never been to any of the countries/ports on the itinerary: Philippines, Borneo, Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia. Included in my Seabourn package was private transfer from the airport in Hong Kong to the Eaton Hotel for a breakfast buffet and a room in which to freshen up before being taken to the ship. My flight arrived too early in the morning for me to be taken directly to the ship. Embarkation was quick and efficient. Once on board, I was able to have a full lunch in the Colonnade. I had breakfast and lunch daily in the Colonnade, and dinner every evening in the Restaurant. I'm a solo traveler and received a daily invitation to have dinner at a table hosted by a Seabourn staff member or entertainer. I always accepted and thoroughly enjoyed dining with the Staff Captain one evening and Melissa Manchester another evening. All my meals were very good to excellent. Thomas Keller selections were on the menu every other night, but I am not a fan of his concoctions. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Captain Hamish Elliot and Staff Captain Sigurd Darbakk were always present and approachable. My 5 shore excursions: 1) The Charms of Old Manila 2) Puerto Princessa Highlights, Philippines, which included a visit to the Iwahig Penal Colony. It is called a prison without walls because the inmates often live with their families, do farming to earn a living, and make hand carvings for tourists to buy. Also included was a visit to the Palawan Special Battalion World War II Memorial Museum, with well preserved profiles and artifacts of the USA, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia. 3) Highlights of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The guide, Arthur, was excellent and spoke and understood English very well. 4) Kuching City Highlights, Sarawak, Malaysia. Kuching means cat, I love cats, and so took lots of pictures of the huge white cat statue, symbol of the city. The guide, Margaret, was excellent and spoke and understood English very well. 5) Brunei Highlights, which was a disappointment because we either drove by or only peered through gates to see some of the sights. We did go into the Royal Regalia Museum, but we had to leave our cameras, all bags and purses, no matter how small, in big bins before being allowed to enter. We also had to remove our shoes, but what was hilarious was the availability of slippers from all sorts of hotel and cruise ships! Disembarkation was excellent. My package included a private transfer to the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore, staying overnight because my flight to the USA was the next morning. Breakfast was included as well as private transfer to Singapore Airport, a 15 minute ride. From start to finish, this trip was smooth and problem free. I've been on the Odyssey and the Quest and preferred the Quest. This was my first Sojourn cruise and now I think it's better than the Quest. Read Less
Seabourn Sojourn Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 2.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 5.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 5.0 4.0

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