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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We decided to take one of the last of the 'Legend' cruises. Embarked in Barbados. Got to ship around noon, promply checked in and sat in the lounge until 1:30p.m. We enjoyed free flowing champagne and snacks until our suite was ... Read More
We decided to take one of the last of the 'Legend' cruises. Embarked in Barbados. Got to ship around noon, promply checked in and sat in the lounge until 1:30p.m. We enjoyed free flowing champagne and snacks until our suite was ready and then escorted to our quarters. Once we got to our suite, another chilled bottle of champagne awaited us. Our suite was nice, clean and well laid out. Walk-in closet, decent sized lavatory, etc. Our only problem was the thermostat which was stuck. Maintenance tried their best to fix the problem. Our ports were small islands. Stopped in Gaudelupe, Dominica, Antigua and Prickly Pear. Not much to see on these islands, however our reason for the cruise was just to relax onboard and catch some nice sun. The food and service were amazing on this ship. The food was outstanding, even the lunch buffet in the Verandah. This was our fourth Seabourn cruise and with each one, we feel like the service continues to be better than the cruise before. The cruiseline must be doing something right because every person we came into contact with was smiling and usually knew our name. The staff seemed to know our routine of caviar and champagne each day in our suite. I thought we'd be bored on such a small ship, however it was quite the opposite. Entertainment was good and especially the Spanish guitar by Clark Berger. We bought his CD and listen to it quite often at home. The real treat of our trip was a 'marina day' at Prickley Pear island. The ship tendered people ashore and served barbecued lobster, chicken, etc. The staff served caviar and champagne 'in the surf' which was so special. In the background a recording of Phil Collins singing 'Another Day in Paradise' played which made it ever so magical. I'll never forget that day. The worst of our trip was having to leave the ship at the end of the cruise and head back to Miami. So sad! We asked several of the crew where they were headed once the Legend was out of the fleet and many of them didn't know. I sure hope that Seabourn can use them in another ship or else find them a good contract because the staff were all excellent. We've already booked two additional Seabourn cruises. Cannot wait! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2014
I have sailed previously on Royal Caribbean and Carnival since I had children and those lines were great for that purpose. My husband and I wanted to do something special for our 10 year anniversary so we booked with Seabourn. I regret ... Read More
I have sailed previously on Royal Caribbean and Carnival since I had children and those lines were great for that purpose. My husband and I wanted to do something special for our 10 year anniversary so we booked with Seabourn. I regret that we had not done this before since these small ships will be going to Windstar. Even though they will be the same ship I can't imagine that they could match the luxury we experienced. We arrived at the St. Maarten cruise port very early and wondered how we were going to deal with our luggage as we wanted to go into town. There were people there that took our luggage and locked it up, we then took a cab into town. When we got on the ship we were treated with Champagne and a small buffet then quickly shown to our room where a bottle of cold champagne was awaiting. Our Steward came and asked what type of soap we desired and I chose my favorite from L'Occitane! The min bar was well stocked and had our requested liquors. I was worried as we had the least desirable room on the boat, cabin 103. It was important to me that I have a bathtub so this is what we ended up with as we were in the GTY category. I had no problem with this cabin, I never felt cramped. This cabin may not be for everyone as you really feel the motion however, we have a sailboat and are used to the movement, so no issue for us. This cabin has a window that is deep and I would put pillows in it and sit, had a great forward view! The cabin was quiet, the bed comfortable. We do take white noise with us so we rarely hear anything at night. We were also right by the self serve laundry which we used over the two weeks, it was nice to be so close. The food was excellent we preferred to eat in Restaurant 2 as we like to be outdoors no matter the weather. One of the great things about this boat is that you meet most everyone on board. There were people from all over, most were Europeans and Canadians, fewer Americans. The drinks were great. Food choice was wonderful. The service was perfect for the most part, there were 2 times we had an issue with room service. Room service was great, I saw many people having glasses of champagne and caviar delivered in the afternoon. The problem I saw with service was during the afternoon tea, they would put out sandwiches which were done in 2 minutes and nothing more put out for 30 minutes. There were never any lines or waits, everything was low key, the entertainment was great, I really enjoyed the music provided by Judy and David along with all the others! Liars club was hysterical! My only suggestion is make your own shore arrangements the excursions offer by the line are limited and not the best options. We did put down a deposit for another trip, can't wait to travel with Seabourn again!   Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
This was our second Seabourn cruise and we loved it more than the first. We were somewhat apprehensive about sailing on the Legend because of it's size, age, etc., however we enjoyed every minute. The staff went to great lengths to ... Read More
This was our second Seabourn cruise and we loved it more than the first. We were somewhat apprehensive about sailing on the Legend because of it's size, age, etc., however we enjoyed every minute. The staff went to great lengths to make sure our cruise vacation was perfect. We met so many people on board that were loyal Seabourn cruisers and even ones that were celebrating over 450 cruising days with the line. Our boarding in Athens was easy. No lines to check in. We were ushered onto the boat to the lounge and then escorted individually to our suite. As I understand the Legend was the oldest ship in the fleet, however it was well maintained. Our suite had a walk-in closet, full bath with tub/shower, plenty of storage, etc. The food onboard the Legend was outstanding. We never made it to the dining room for breakfast or lunch, however it was the only choice of an evening, unless you wanted the full meal delivered to your suite. The Verandah was open each day for lunch when we were in port and the buffet had a different theme each day. We especially enjoyed the English and Spanish themes. The paella was out of this world. There was never a problem of getting a table for two in the dining room. The menu had a good variety of options, all of which were excellent. Every day we had champagne and caviar delivered to our suite, at no extra charge. If you are looking for a variety of entertainment at night, this would not be the cruise for you. In general, the entertainment consisted of the cruise director and his assistant doing a show production. One evening a British comedian performed, which was nice. In summary, we will book future cruises with Seabourn. They have spoiled us from sailing other lines, including Crystal, Cunard, Azamara, etc. Wonderful cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2014
We have sailed on the larger ships of Cunard,Celebrity and RCI. However this is the first time we have sailed on both Seabourn and a ship that has only 200 passengers. We were apprehensive about what to expect but as soon as we arrived we ... Read More
We have sailed on the larger ships of Cunard,Celebrity and RCI. However this is the first time we have sailed on both Seabourn and a ship that has only 200 passengers. We were apprehensive about what to expect but as soon as we arrived we were escorted on board by friendly crew to the lounge to complete our ship formalities whilst being offered canapes and champagne. After a short wait the cabins were ready. We were allocated cabin 225 a very spacious ocean view cabin with a large bathroom with shower only. This was an adjoining cabin used for families but saying that we did not hear the next door neighbours apart from the odd telephone ring.The cabin had the usual complimentary luxurys you would expect, fluffy dressing gowns and slippers,Molten Brown toiletries and a welcoming bottle of iced champagne. On other cruise lines we usually bring two bottles of wine onboard to have in our cabin during the cruise however this is not necessary on Seabourn as your choice of beverages is already waitting in your cabin. This was a 12 night cruise and only one formal night where all men were expected to wear black tie or at least a dark suit, ladies did not over dress like on the larger cruise ships. On all other nights if you were eating in the main dinning room men were required to wear a jacket otherwise no entry was permitted. If you forget to take a jacket one can be provided free of charge by housekeeping and a selection are kept at the restaurant entrance. The cafe Veranda which doubles up as an night time alternative is more relaxed and jacket is not required. However reservations are required to eat in here and it appears that you are only permitted to eat on two occasions otherwise you will be weight listed. All food and beverages from soft drinks, alcohol and hot drinks are freely flowing, large measures and complimentary unless you want to choice wine off an expensive wine list. The wine we received was excellant and changed nightly depending on the course. Although you could ask for an alternative wine that had previously been served. The food was outstanding and menus varied . There was never a meal that we did not throughly enjoy unlike on some larger cruise ships were the food becomes very bland and uninteresting on occasions. Another pleasant surprise with Seabourn is that free shuttles are provided to the towns if the ship is not docked within a short walking distance. The service we received was excellant and most crew knew our names by day 2. The service tips is included in the overall price of the cruise and without exception the crew did a great job. The same waiting crew seemed to rotate between venues so that some days the lounge crew were the same as the waiting staff in the main dining room. Seabourn is expensive but by the time you consider that the prices includes service, 5 star accomodation and food. Free flowing alcohol, nightly first class entertainment and often coach shuttles then it is good value. The passenger profile was 50 % USA with the rest of passengers from UK, Europe and Australia and NZ. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
This was our second Seabourn cruise so that is what we are comparing it to. Pro- Fabulous food in main dining room. Every meal there was outstanding. Excellent staff in both cabins and restaurants. Rooms were excellent- we were on level ... Read More
This was our second Seabourn cruise so that is what we are comparing it to. Pro- Fabulous food in main dining room. Every meal there was outstanding. Excellent staff in both cabins and restaurants. Rooms were excellent- we were on level 4 Captain did superb job in rough seas. Ports of call were interesting and fun and geautiful. Cons- this is very much nit picking but the staff pushed the wine selection at lunch and dinner when we told them we were " no alcohol". They did have alcohol free champagne in our suite which was a positive. On our last cruise the wait staff remembered our drink preferences but not this time. This is a bigger "con"- the ship had plumbing problems. While our suite had slow drains that were fixed immediately our friends actually had waste Water back up from their toilet flooding their bathroom. It too 2 days to fix and to date, they have not received an apology or comment let alone credit for this. I Would have expected a cruise line of this caliber to be " all over" this . As we disembarked in Barcelona many people were complaining about no hot water, however we had no problem in our suite. Another negative was that the people on board with info about each port ( the local people they hired) were not so well informed as they should be about the port town. Food in Restaurant 2 - The Veranda- was not very good on the night we ate there. We ended up doing dessert and coffee in the main dining room. breakfast and lunch was excellent. Wifi was awful. Bottom line- will we cruise again on Seabourn? Absolutely! But not on one of the Ships they sold to Windstar, as this one was. We are looking forward to trying one Of the newer ships.   Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
After disembarking in Hong Kong this morning from a fortnight of sincere pleasure on the Seabourn Legend, one has to ask, “how can our life possibly return to normal after we have just experienced one of life’s most amazing ... Read More
After disembarking in Hong Kong this morning from a fortnight of sincere pleasure on the Seabourn Legend, one has to ask, “how can our life possibly return to normal after we have just experienced one of life’s most amazing experiences?” Our cruise started in Singapore on the 6th of January 2014 and unfortunately finished in Hong Kong today, the 20th of Jan 2013. This was a very special cruise for us as we were about to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary cruising through Ha Long Bay off the Vietnamese Coast and one that was planned well in advance. As per most on board, we arrived at our embarkation port of Singapore a day prior to our journey and booked into the Shangri-la Hotel in Orange Grove Rd. The day of embarkation, we decided to take our time and enjoy the Hotel and it’s sublime offerings and then taxi to the port at around 1:30pm for a 2pm boarding. It was like checking into the “First Class” counter whilst the passengers that were boarding the larger Cruises were not as lucky! We were greeted by Filipe Pereira (Maître D’ Hotel) as we checked in and to our astonishment he had recorded our request for an Anniversary Dinner on the night of the 18th (our anniversary) that I had emailed the offices of Seabourn in Seattle some weeks prior. Upon entering our Suite (316) we realized that for the next two weeks this felt like our second home! We unpacked knowing that there was ample room to relax and unwind. We were then welcomed in our suite by Kitty (our housekeeper) who then advised us that anything we wanted we could get and to that end displayed perfumed Soaps for us to choose and confirmed with us our wine and beer selections so that she could complete the Bar Fridge for our journey. She also politely advised us if we wanted to arrange for refills, just call room service. So far, so good I thought with a huge WOW!!! Our first night at dinner in The Restaurant was sensational, and it was there that Filipe introduced us to Neal Anthony Breen (Chef de Cuisine) to decide on what we wanted on the menu for our special night. We chose dishes that only equaled that of a 5 or 6 Star establishment, like Lobster Thermidore, Beef Wellington etc, etc and the entire night was something that we will remember forever. The Wine Sommeliers’ (Tehanna and Duncan) in both Restaurants excelled with their knowledge of globally produced Wines. We were not disappointed once with the quality and selection on board, simply top class. Not to be missed was the delights of the Entertainment Team which was headed by the ever so entertaining Simon Gillespie (Cruise Director) and his assistant Ashley. They performed with gusto and kept the entire ship rocking with their simple one liners and specialty array of invited acts who certainly kept an abundance of laughter flowing throughout the entire two weeks. Well done to all of them, it would not have been the same without their wealth of entertainment experience. The “Club” Lounge became an absolute favorite during the course of the Cruise, as it was the meeting place that we met new acquaintances, whether it was a game of trivia or a night of rock n roll, it just did not matter. The head bar man, Sandro certainly knew how to impress with his array of Tropical Cocktails and it was certainly service with a capital “S”. Along with Sandro, and his assistants Virginia (Canapés’) and David (Waiter) the Club Team really knew how to look after us and everyone else that enjoyed their hospitality. The Highlight The Caviar in the surf at Ko Kood off the coast of Thailand was something out of this world. We had a day on the Island with a BBQ to beat all, even Pig on the Spit, which was a very nice change. We had never experienced this before since our previous cruise was on the Croatian coast. We were delighted with the day and thought that they went out of their way to certainly impress which they did so in style. I must make a special mention about the crew on this ship. I found all the staff to be amazingly good at their job. Yes, Seabourn staff are always good, but the crew this time seemed to go more out of their way than ever before. The itinerary for this trip was great, we loved going up the Thai coast and then the Vietnamese coast with stops in Bangkok, Ko Kood, Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) and Hoi An (Da Nang) and we also appreciated the commentary from the onboard guest speakers. I don't think that we have ever had such a relaxing holiday before. A fortnight seemed ages when we were booking the cruise, however it passed so quickly that it seemed to go past in a blink of the eye. We will book again for sure, just need to work out where and when, and no, it can't get better than this, if you want to spoil yourself or have the one cruise of a lifetime, I highly recommend a trip on Seabourn!   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
WOW! Seabourn did it again. This was our third voyage on Seabourn and it keeps getting better and better. I will be sad to see the smallest ships leave the fleet. There were 7 days at sea but so much going on that we barely had time to ... Read More
WOW! Seabourn did it again. This was our third voyage on Seabourn and it keeps getting better and better. I will be sad to see the smallest ships leave the fleet. There were 7 days at sea but so much going on that we barely had time to take a nap. Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Fowler gave lectures that were wonderful. As did the former Oxford Professor. Both are articulate and inspiring speakers. I was impressed with the food and the food service. Portions were within reason and one does not leave the table overstuffed. The food is a good as any fine restaurant any where. The presentation is elegant. The wine glasses never seem to get empty. This goes for room service as well. Attentive service served course by course. We have sailed on the other high end lines but Seabourn never ceases to amaze. Have you ever been to a block party on a ship? Does the Captain call you by name? Do you know what a BBC is?( Sit out on deck and one will be put into your hand.) . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
We have been on quite a few Seabourn cruises but never to the Mediterranean. The itinerary of ports and islands were fascinating and that is why we chose this cruise. The service from everyone on this ship was 6 star plus and I cannot ... Read More
We have been on quite a few Seabourn cruises but never to the Mediterranean. The itinerary of ports and islands were fascinating and that is why we chose this cruise. The service from everyone on this ship was 6 star plus and I cannot thank them enough. The cabin was a nice size and clean and tidy and the girl who looked after us was excellent. The wine waiter was very good and always had the wine I liked, the waiters were very helpful and polite. The breakfasts were excellent with a big choice, lunches also very good. The diner in the main restaurant at night was very average with food covered in sauces. Unfortunately the food is not fresh very hard to enjoy when at home everything is fresh. The menu is sometimes a lottery as to what arrives rather " lost in translation " but it has improved from our other trips with Seabourn. Unfortunately we went ashore everyday and saw fantastic fresh food in the markets. The patisseries were excellent. Unfortunately the air conditioning in the cabin was appalling and I arrived fit and well and after a couple days developed an appalling cough which I did not expect to get an 6 star ship, also the ship smelt stale. The staff were very helpful with embarkation and disembarkation thank you for all your help. The on the last night of the cruise our cabin was stripped of our flowers and fruit made us feel very unwanted. The linen was not 6 star standard the sheets were not crisp and rather grey, the towels had very rough edges and also rather tired looking.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
We have travelled before with Seabourn on their little ships in the Caribbean. The standard of their crews has always been of the highest calibre and this voyage was no exception. In spite of a myriad of nationalities and languages, the ... Read More
We have travelled before with Seabourn on their little ships in the Caribbean. The standard of their crews has always been of the highest calibre and this voyage was no exception. In spite of a myriad of nationalities and languages, the crew appear to integrate well. It was truly lovely to see previous crew members such as Tiaan, Mariana and Claudia, who greeted us warmly as long lost friends, and we truly did feel part of the Seabourn Family. The breakfast and lunch menu was superb if always rigidly identical, although the hot carvery at lunch did alter daily. Baked beans were at breakfast every day, what about spaghetti occasionally, may be fried rice ? We did find the shouting of one steward taking orders in the Verandah restaurant a bit OTT, and quite annoying. The evening meal on the Verandah was lovely for the first week with a good food variety, but the second week was dull and boring, very serialized and repetitive.. The main dining room can be deadly if you unexpectedly get put on a large table with guests from a different planet, but one can request a table for two in a quiet alcove and that is most pleasant. Be aware that if you are invited to join a crew member at a table for dinner, they may not turn up for whatever reason and you suddenly find yourself not being entertained as you thought. The patisserie chef did a quite outstanding job, and his creations and flavours were of the highest standard. His chocolate deserts, and small patisserie creations were delicious. Thank you. We loved the Market lunch in the saloon, but it was only held on one day in twenty, regretfully. There was the most delicious huge roast turkey that when I later requested some of it cold, was advised that it had all been trashed. We loved the efficiency of shore tendering and the shore beverage and shading set up. We loved the room service, their speed of delivery, always polite, very efficient and the food delicious and always hot. We loved the local tour experts at each port outside the bureau with maps and information. We loved our room stewardess who always smiled and carried out her duties perfectly. Though why she trashed our flowers in our cabin on our last night seemed a bit draconian. Certainly made us aware we were out the next day..! We loved the daily quote for the day at midday from Captain Dag. There are however a few disappointments. The internet is useless on board, through the inadequacies of the ISP, but one would have thought that the power of Carnival would have solved this. I do not believe their other ships have this problem. We went ashore and found a free high speed internet café in every port to communicate with the outside world. In a very short period of time, instant communication with the world has become paramount, for most people. We thought it was an adult ship, so to see a child, although well behaved was not a good look. Nobody has ever mentioned children could travel. During the voyage the child was taken into the casino, in our country that is a criminal offence, but was treated very lightly by both parent and casino staff. Hate arriving in a port on a Sunday, with shops closed. Hate sailing at 4.30 pm from ports that traditionally close at 1pm for siesta, and then sailing at reduced speed to the next port, to save fuel when we could have sailed later and enjoyed the evening ambience of some beautiful ports and their environs. These voyage itineraries are planned 2 or 3 years in advance, and could be better orientated around guest considerations as opposed to being out of port by 5pm to avoid port charges and pilotage overtime. We have paid a premium and should be able to demand a better service. The quality of the bed linen and towels goes down each time we have travelled. I hope we are not expected to bring our own next time.! The Molton Brown cosmetics etc are lovely. Did appreciate plenty of coat hangers. The wash room facilities are scarce, and only one iron (?) The menu is on a ten day cycle so variations of food are strictly governed from America, and their food variety is not known for great diversity. It appears that all food is flown from America. No local produce was seen to be delivered at any of the ports. They do not buy locally, for health/safety reasons or the likelihood of some American suing them for food poisoning, from some distant shore, that hasn't been inspected by Carnival. All the fish is frozen and looks as though it comes from Vietnam. A request for lettuce hearts, that never arrived during the voyage, plenty of outside leaves though. One has to keep asking for condiments, it was only later in the voyage that a small variety of sauces and mustard appeared. I felt intimidated asking for food additives, as though it was some kind of challenge. At home we use a vast array of herbs and spices, such as Sumac and nutmeg. Ground ginger is often sprinkled on Cantaloupe melon, but a request only resulted in Jullienned whole ginger. In St Florent we bought two fresh avocados and had them in the cabin...great joy. The evening shows are not until ten PM and they were not well attended due to their lateness, and lack of quality. The shop had an adequate selection of various items including very acceptable jackets with a "cruise" label at a very affordable price, but the price shown did not include taxes up to 21% and then they varied depending which country you were dealing with. Most confusing. Did appreciate the little personal touches from the crew, such as putting photo memory chips on to CD, looking after luggage in secure areas, to suit guest requests. Did appreciate the spontaneous delicious birthday and anniversary occasion cakes that were served Thank you Seabourn. Without you we would never have seen such a wide variety of both large and small ports, which at the end of the day we saw, took heaps of photographs, had many wonderful moments, and over our eight voyages have made lifelong friends who visit and stay with us. ..   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
Having researched cruise lines thoroughly in an effort to persuade my husband that this form of holiday 'might be alright', I chose Seabourn and Legend to sail from Monaco by way of St Tropez, Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), ... Read More
Having researched cruise lines thoroughly in an effort to persuade my husband that this form of holiday 'might be alright', I chose Seabourn and Legend to sail from Monaco by way of St Tropez, Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Bonifacio (Corsica), Gozo, Malta, Siracusa (Sicily), Lipari (Aeolian archipelago), Amalfi and finally to Civitavecchia for Rome. High expectations were fulfilled in terms of suite accommodation, food, service, lack of regimentation and a Seabourn will to satisfy each and every whim. The chauffeur driven Mercedes from Nice airport to the main port in Monaco was a good start with the ensuing embarkation process completely painless and surprisingly speedy. Even the safety drill was fine and a good, initial way to chat to the other inmates. Our suite on deck 5 (206) provided the patio doors, opening onto a Juliette balcony was perfectly adequate and with the doors open, gave a terrific feeling of airiness. The refrigerator had been stocked up as requested, and the fruit bowl (accompanied by cutlery and napkins) was replenished daily. The bed, pillows and bedlinen were of the best quality so a good nights sleep was not in doubt. Although the walk-in closet, aka 'dressing room' was on the wee side, there was plenty of hanging and drawer space for our needs. You wouldn't want to ablute a deux in the bathroom as it was too cosy for that, but nonetheless, everything you might require was there. Lots of shelf and cupboard space and the shower was sufficiently fierce to keep the Americans quiet. Additional little touches were the atlas provided and a glossy little book to keep, which covered all the ports we would visit. The seating area in the suite comprised a comfortable sofa, with a rug supplied in case you felt chilly, a height-adjustable table from which you could eat, 2 additional stools in case of visitors and 2 armchairs. All well thought out and perfect.....although, it did occur to me that a pair of binoculars might have been useful. The system of inviting guests to hosted dinner tables throughout the cruise also provided a shortcut to hooking-up with like-minded others. But as the days passed, we found ourselves declining these as we had made arrangements to dine with people we had met. There was plenty of after-dinner entertainment on offer but we tended not to avail ourselves of that, apart from the on-deck BBQ one evening which involved much singing and dancing, and hugely enjoyed by all. I did notice that there were Pilates and Yoga classes on offer, together with early morning runs/walks - but for me, it was just a passing acknowledgement! The service was utterly impeccable. To a man/woman, the entire crew could not do enough and are clearly trained to within an inch of their lives. The food is inclined towards the American market in terms of menus, but is none with worse for that as it was tempered by modern, European cooking techniques and portions which were definitely not gargantuan. Should you wish to breakfast and dine in your suite, then that too is catered for. Disembarking at ports, whether you have signed up for a Seabourn tour or have chosen to operate independently, is completely painless. No queues. The two Seabourn Legend tenders (used when anchored offshore) run regularly and we never had to wait for say more than 10 minutes when we wished to return to the ship. Now to our comrades on board - the guest list which is supplied to you after a couple of days demonstrated that the majority were from the USA. The next largest group was from Australia followed by the UK, with Japanese, Chinese and European stragglers. All of these were what could be described as professional cruisers, with the majority doing certainly more than one cruise per year and very many on their third of this year. Although there was clearly an enormous number of repeat Seabourn customers, lots of them had also tried other lines - the overwhelming feeling that came across from those people was that Seabourn provided the very best formula. To endeavour to provide a balanced review, I wanted to catalogue the negatives. However, there was only one, which lay with the IT department. I had chosen to sign up for the 24/7 internet service at a cost of $399 (other guests noted that this was probably the annual cost of their domestic internet service!). Unhappily, it was not up to the mark and in fact missed the mark by a wide margin. Ok, it is provided by satellite (which my domestic service is also, as I live on an island on the west coast of Scotland and I am all too familiar with this), but the continual dropping-out or not being able to access it when asked was maddening. I resorted to getting up at 3am when I knew that most right-minded people would be in bed, to try to send and receive emails and so on. Clearly not good enough and on the day of departure, issue was taken with this and Seabourn did the decent thing and refunded the charge. Well done chaps! So, would I recommend Seabourn? Without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
I have loved cruising for nearly 20 years. The being waited on, to excellent food, fun activities and visiting great new places each day, what is not to love about cruising. Well, Seabourne is doing it on a whole new level. The suites are ... Read More
I have loved cruising for nearly 20 years. The being waited on, to excellent food, fun activities and visiting great new places each day, what is not to love about cruising. Well, Seabourne is doing it on a whole new level. The suites are superb, and for a girl who always overpacks a walk in closet was like a dream. Plenty of bathroom space was also a pleasant surprise. While the boat was small (only 100 or so cabins) it was still roomy and luxurious. All of the food was amazing, I've been on a lot of cruises but this food was like a gourmet restaurant every day. We could even get fresh omelets and pancakes in our room for breakfast. The chef was so wonderful, he even took a group of us shopping in the market in Barcelona. That sort of personal treatment from the staff is the real thing that sets Seabourne apart. By the 2nd or 3rd day the staff is calling you by name. They remember that I like Diet Coke for breakfast and at afternoon tea (i'm a little nuts). There was never anything they couldn't get for you. It felt like how you believe cruising was meant to be. Wake up and go see an amazing port then come back and sit out on deck and order a late lunch. Then afternoon tea with views of the sea and the sounds of piano or classic guitar. Cocktails and a 5 course meal before an evening of music and dancing. It really is how you dream the perfect vacation to be. The only two issues I ad was that the black out shades weren't very "black out". I like pitch black to sleep. There also isn't any kind of club music. While I loved the singers, Darlene particularly was lovely. Sometimes I just want to dance to the latest club music. Literally that is all i have, the only things I could find wrong in 10 full days of cruising. The little things come to mean so much, the pen that reception finds for you before you leave on an excursion, the two times maintenance comes to fix things and you don't even know they'd been there. If you think you don't like cruising (ships too big, too noisy, too many people) or if you haven't wanted to try...try Seabourne. I can't imagine a circumstance where you wouldn't love it.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Having completed a Mediterranean cruise in May in 2011 and 2012 we were really looking forward to this one, however this time instead of warm temperatures and clear skies we experienced a cool wet late spring and a couple of days of rough ... Read More
Having completed a Mediterranean cruise in May in 2011 and 2012 we were really looking forward to this one, however this time instead of warm temperatures and clear skies we experienced a cool wet late spring and a couple of days of rough seas. Like most people on this cruise we were a little disappointed but we still had a wonderful time and the staff were once again excellent. Our ports of call were not quite as exciting as some and we experienced our first full sea day on a smaller ship. Surprisingly the day flew passed and there was plenty to keep us entertained. The food was excellent and lots of variety and so beautifully presented it was almost a shame to eat it. Cruise director David was very entertaining and all the entertainers were excellent. Each night we danced into the wee hours as did so many of the passengers. Unlike on the Seabourn Spirit where the crew knew your name at embarkation, they took a day or two to remember this time. All the staff were so friendly, efficient and welcoming it was a pleasure to be on the ship. I think the thing that makes this type of cruising so enjoyable is the small size allows you to get to know staff and fellow passengers so much better and form great relationships. Since all ports of call are not on the list to review I will do the ones that are not listed below: Trapani Sicily - a great place to visit and we took a local bus and then the cable car up to Erice and had a marvellous day. The views over the island were magnificent especially since this was a warm sunny day.Ajaccio, Corsica while this city was not that exciting a visit to the surrounding area rewards you with magnificent views and beautiful beaches. Mind you the bus trip is pretty nerve racking experience as the roads are some of the narrowest and most winding I have been on. The rock formations are well worth seeing and the town of Piana was very pretty. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2013
Just off the Seaboun Legend, it was the first cruise after its recent drydock. We arrived by air the day before,but close to midnight when we checked in to our hotel. We arrive to the ship at 1300 and the embarkation when without a ... Read More
Just off the Seaboun Legend, it was the first cruise after its recent drydock. We arrived by air the day before,but close to midnight when we checked in to our hotel. We arrive to the ship at 1300 and the embarkation when without a hitch. Escorted to our suite at 1400 and greeted by our room attendant. The suite is quite spacious and comfortable. The suite had new rugs, upholstery and furniture all done durning the drydock. The cruise was very port intensive after the first two sea days from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan. Then a port every day. We did not get off in every port since we have been to many of the same type of ports before and I went to relax. Now for what make this cruise so great "THE CREW" and in my opinion the dinning. The crew work so well together and seemed to me that they enjoy their work. We ate breakfast in The Veranda every day. The service and food was excellent. We ate all of our lunches in The Restaurant not many others there. Also on four occasions we had a special lunch made for us(24hr advanced notice) it was to die for.Over all I will say that this was the most enjoyable cruise we have taken, and would most defiantly sail with Seabourn again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Legend cruise had a less than perfect start but all ended well. My wife and I realize that there is no broadly accepted "6 star" standard but we do think it implies a better than average "5 star" experience and that ... Read More
Legend cruise had a less than perfect start but all ended well. My wife and I realize that there is no broadly accepted "6 star" standard but we do think it implies a better than average "5 star" experience and that is what we expect when paying "6 star" prices. Last October we experienced 10 wonderful days aboard the Seabourn Spirit out of Venice and we posted a glowing review on this forum. The Spirit mostly met or exceeded our "6 Star" expectations and we soon booked our second cruise, this time with the Seabourn Legend out of St. Thomas on January 26th. During the initial part of our cruise the Legend easily met "4 star" standards but, in my opinion, numerous minor deficiencies resulted in a failure to meet average "5 star" standards. Shortly after boarding we concluded that the ship was understaffed, some crew members were abrupt and surly, there were several minor maintenance issues and attention to detail was lacking. These initial negative impressions grew during the first two days of this 7 day cruise. It is important to note that on day three I had a conversation with the Hotel Director (Rico Taubert) who, to his great credit, took my complaints very seriously and made every effort to ensure that the remainder of our cruise was as good as it could possibly be. Here is a list of the initial shortcomings: The suite was generally in immaculate condition except for the fact that our bathtub appeared to have been recently refinished and large areas of paint were peeling off. Also, the Bose clock-radio did not work as a clock. The clock-radio problem was apparently due to electrical interference from the ship's PA system which made it randomly reset and start flashing. Our stewardess (who was very pleasant and attentive) pointed out the small wall clock, but this had no alarm and could not be read in the dark. She suggested that if the Bose flashing bothered us she could unplug it. The guest laundry room was out of service due to electrical compatibility problems with newly installed washing machines. These things can happen but I felt that an explanatory notice should have been issued to guests rather than just placing an "Out of Service" notice on the laundry room door. The do-it-yourself ironing facilities were also unavailable but they did press my shirts (free of charge) when I complained. I indicated that I needed one particular shirt pressed for that evening (two hours later) and was assured it would be done. Unfortunately it wasn't returned until late the following afternoon. The electronic door lock needed multiple swipes of our cards before responding. Reprogramming of the worst card provided only a small improvement. Crew cards always worked on the first swipe so I conclude our guest cards were "magnetically exhausted". The sail-away party appeared understaffed with waits of ten minutes or more for drinks service. Some cheerful staff did try hard to cope with a difficult situation, others appeared sullen and disengaged. On the first night the main dining room also appeared to be understaffed and a bit below the high standards we had consistently experienced on the Spirit. Our suite initially had no bathrobes and only one pair of slippers but this was promptly corrected by our very helpful stewardess. Our "personalized stationary" had the previous guest's name on it. On the second evening we were addressed by name for the first time. We think that occasionally being called by name is a pleasing marketing gimmick but it is unrealistic to expect it to occur frequently when a ship has 200 passengers. However, if staff in a 5 star hotel don't know your name they will routinely use "Sir" or "Madam". We do not consider this to be demeaning to staff, it is simply a common courtesy which sets the tone for a mutually polite and respectful encounter. Aboard the Legend the apparently deliberate avoidance of any salutation was conspicuous and jarring in a supposedly "6 star" environment. One officer explained that outwardly surly attitudes were common amongst staff from some countries and it didn't necessarily mean they were angry or resentful, apparently some just "appear" to be cold, inattentive and uncaring. I can't say that explanation made me any happier, particularly as that same unsmiling culture seemed to have infected some of the staff from other countries. I hasten to add that many of the staff were the opposite, they were wonderful and consistently displayed the same warmth and enthusiasm which seemed to be universal on the Spirit. The malfunctioning alarm clock made daily wake-up calls necessary but one wake-up call never materialized. Unlike the service in good hotels the telephone operator never answered with our name, which may account for the lost wake-up call. In summary, most of the deficiencies were quite minor but it was the frequency of them which mildly irritated us, primarily because of Seabourn's heavily promoted claims of "6 Star" service and because of our near flawless experience aboard the Spirit. We were very impressed by the remedial actions of the Hotel Director, within hours we noticed that some of the colder staff suddenly appeared happier and more courteous. Our names started being used frequently and the whole atmosphere was much more in line with our admittedly high expectations. We discovered that some of those previously sullen staff members were actually very nice people, perhaps a bit more training is all that is needed. Interestingly, the ship-wide aversion to the words "Sir" and "Madam" remained firmly in place but it no longer mattered because we had bonded with some great new friends, the food and entertainment were so enjoyable and most of the crew were now being very pleasant and accommodating. Before leaving the ship we demonstrated our renewed satisfaction by placing a deposit for our next Seabourn cruise and by making a donation to the crew welfare fund. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We have travelled on Seabourn before on the small ships around the Caribbean and each time the service has been marvellous. We were greeted in our cabin by our stewardess Wanda and anything we requested on the trip she always arrived with ... Read More
We have travelled on Seabourn before on the small ships around the Caribbean and each time the service has been marvellous. We were greeted in our cabin by our stewardess Wanda and anything we requested on the trip she always arrived with our requests. The cabin was pleasantly spacious and always clean and tidy and the bathroom always had plenty of "lotions and potions". The Veranda Restaurant was very pleasant for Breakfast and Dinner, the main Restaurant was rather noisy and claustrophobic and the food not so good. There was roast chicken on the Menu in the main restaurant on the last night. They looked like "Sparrows legs" as they had been reconstituted to look like a leg of chicken. Unfortunately the food sometimes gives the impression that it would be more suitable for a "old peoples home". If you like interesting food and outdoor dining go to the Veranda Restaurant, also the service is very good and the wine waiter always have my favorite wine ready. The swimming pool maybe small but it is great for a quick dip, also you had it to yourself most of the time as it was away from the bar. The daily newsletter gives you all the information that is happening each day. Please would it be possible to have more information on the next port of call such as places of interest to go and explore. All you get now is a map of the jewellery stores unfortunately they are all the same in each port, a few years ago you give interesting "write ups" about each port.This not a ship if you wish to "rave it up all night" the age group is 50+, if you want quiet luxury and service this is the one. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Seabourn Legend cruise to celebrate our Golden Wedding. We flew to Miami from London Heathrow. It was a daytime flight and in itself it was pretty good, the food was probably the best we have ever had on a flight, if that is not an ... Read More
Seabourn Legend cruise to celebrate our Golden Wedding. We flew to Miami from London Heathrow. It was a daytime flight and in itself it was pretty good, the food was probably the best we have ever had on a flight, if that is not an oxymoron!! However....on arriving in Miami airport, not only did we have to walk half a mile (!) but the queue for the passport control snaked round and round and took one hour and 20 minutes. That was exactly the same time as our journey from Cheltenham to Heathrow!! We stayed for two nights in the Hilton Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. I can recommend this hotel for a short stay. It was friendly, comfortable, reasonably priced and had a lovely roof top pool. On 10th December, at noon we left in the Hotel shuttle (not free) for Port Everglades to board Legend. It took fifteen minutes. Immediately we alighted from the taxi, the Seabourn agents and crew made us very welcome. The small number of passengers obviate queues, and after the usual health check paperwork, we were on board. The Maitre D greeted us by name, remembering us from the previous cruise in March, and the CD and one of the waiters were also there from the last time on board. We felt like old hands. Check in takes place on board and includes champagne and canapes and time to chat and get to know fellow guests. When the suites (cabins) were ready we were escorted by a crew member, who does not allow anyone to carry any part of their luggage themselves!! Suites We were closer to the pointy end on this cruise and I am sure the rough crossing to Grand Turk was exaggerated in this part of such a small ship. As usual on our arrival, in the Suite, our stewardess offered me luxury soaps to choose from, and a bottle of (guess?) champagne and some chocolates were waiting for us. The stewardess was a charming Brazilian called Margeless. The suite is spacious with large marble bathroom with full size bath and shower over. (The position of the shower fitting makes it tricky to use which is annoying.) There is a walk in wardrobe, safe, TV, plenty of drawer space and a picture window. Ports. Grand Turk, Virgin Gorda and Prickly Pear Island, BVI; Antigua; St Martin, French side of Dutch/French Island; Cruz Bay,St John, USVI; and San Juan, Puerto Rico (which is nearly America) All the islands are beautiful of course, and we enjoyed them all. The favourites were Virgin Gorda and PP Islands, and Trunk Bay, on St Martin. On Prickly Pear Island we had a wonderful BBQ laid on by Seabourn. Much the same as Princess do on Princess Cays. But they serve champagne and caviar in the sea from a serf board. Very pretentious but very nice too. There are sea toys, banana thingy, kyaks, and a blow up thing you sit in and are dragged across the wake in, very frightening I should think. The tenders for the guests are small launches, not the lifeboats we are used to. All of these toys are stored inside the back of the boat and the back drops down to form a swimming pool, when conditions are suitable. Trunk Bay was Alec's favourite. It is a National Park, and therefore completely unspoilt, no sun loungers or umberellas, although behind the beach and out of sight, are showers and facilities. Food Excellent as before. dine when you like, with whom you like, or on your own. I did have one complaint about the food. I had two beef meals. One was a fillet steak, and the second beef Wellington. On both occasions the meat was "spongy". I should have sent it back, I don't know why I didn't. I found out later that the beef had probably been "hung" for too long. Another time I would make sure it went back... (I had no ill effects from eating it, although I didn't eat much) . Otherwise, all the meals were very good and the service attentive. Breakfast and Lunch is taken outside/inside on the aft deck, and is a buffet, but the tables are laid up and it is usual to join other diners; nobody blocks empty chairs. Breakfast and lunch is also served in the MDR. Dinner is served from 7.00pm and it is a leisurely meal which suits us fine, but some guests thought the service was "slow". Entertainment The CD was excellent, the Ents group put on some rally good singing/dancing shows. Of course there is no auditorium, just a Show Lounge, but the production is very good, lighting, sound all very professional. We also had a guest jazz pianist, and a speaker who did a series of talks on Caribbean folk lore and history, including slavery of course. Also, we went Shopping with the Chef in Antigua. We visited the fruit and veg market and were introduced to many mysterious produce, with information about their use and flavour. It was a lovely experience and completely free, even though it included bus ride. About 20 of us went on this trip. On the second part of that day we went to Dickenson's bay. Unfortunately this lovely beach has been "taken over" by Sandals Resorts. It is still beautiful though. Disembarkation We had made no arrangements for the transfer to the airport. Our flight left Miami at 8.00pm and of course we were to leave the ship at about 9.00am. The Passenger Services manager arranged for us to stay from 10.00am till 6.00pm in the Sofitel on the airport for $60. We got a taxi from the port to Miami and were welcomed at the Sofitel at 9.30am and were able to have the room right away. This was a life saver. We had a lovely lunch in the hotel's French restaurant and were taken to the airport by free shuttle bus later in the afternoon. We gave ourselves rather too much time at the airport, passing through security in record time, so we were there for three hours! It is a grim airport, very worn and tired, nothing like the sort of thing we are used to in London. No champagne and caviar bar in Miami airport. We found Long Haul travel very taxing this time, and I do not expect to do it again! Europe for us in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This will be a review of the May 10 -- 20 sailing of the Seabourn Legend, Idyllic Rivieras and Spain cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo by two Seabourn rookies. Having cruised before on Carnival, Disney and Celebrity and having done a lot of ... Read More
This will be a review of the May 10 -- 20 sailing of the Seabourn Legend, Idyllic Rivieras and Spain cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo by two Seabourn rookies. Having cruised before on Carnival, Disney and Celebrity and having done a lot of research on the Legend, we thought we knew what to expect (based on all the hype) but were happily astounded by the level of professional service my wife and I received. My wife and I spent 2 1/2 days in Rome (Hotel Barocco) prior to the cruise and had a wonderful time. The hotel is lovely and very convenient to the sites and Metro. Our concierge was very willing to make the dinner reservations that we requested and checked to make sure everything was in order. Everywhere we went English was spoken and the people were very gracious. I had pre-purchased tickets for the Coliseum and Vatican Museums (we had tickets for 10:00 and were allowed in at 8:45 with almost no one else in front of us) which saved us hours of time in line. (Why more people do not do this simple task is beyond me. We did the same thing with the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and laughed as we passed the 100 or so people waiting to buy tickets.) As we were there on Wednesday, we were able to go into St. Peter's Square for the blessing and greeting from the Pope -- he passed less than 50 feet in front of us. For both transfers we used Rome Cabs and their friendly, ON-TIME, professional drivers eased our trepidations in an unfamiliar port. Then the cruise began and what a cruise it was! EMBARKATION Embarkation process at 12:40 was simply filling out a health questionnaire (along with being offered a cold towel to refresh ourselves), then being led through security and to the ship by a white gloved, tuxedo dressed crewman. No one else was there at that time, and that type of service was a glimpse of what was to follow us for the next 10 days. After meeting in the King Olav lounge for a photo ID and quick bite (the champagne had already begun flowing) we were then escorted to our suite at 2:00. ACCOMMODATION Immediately, Daniela our smiling stewardess arrived with more champagne and canapes for a review of our suite, pre-selected beverages and pillow selection. Only once did my wife ask for some orange juice to go with the vodka we had and every afternoon after that we had 2 glasses appear. She must have had a sensor go off if we left the room because when we would go to breakfast around 7:45, the room was already cleaned by the time we got back to the room around 8:30. One morning I needed a jacket as it was cooler than expected and upon return to the room - there she was polishing the brass door track. The suite had a queen size bed, one sink, a huge shower, wonderful walk-in closet, couch and table, 2 chairs, bar and glasses, TV, BOSE stereo, 5 foot wide window, curtain to separate the sleeping and sitting areas. Anything and everything we needed was at our fingertips. SERVICE After a great sale-away, we and 197 other lucky guests were ready to receive the most impressive service imaginable. From the bar servers to the dining staff, our preferences were duly noted and anticipated wherever we were on the ship. We had the ship's tenders in a few ports and at times were able to leave with only 6 of us (they could fit 22). No waiting anywhere. In fact, for the convenience of the passengers, while the winds and seas were rougher than would have been pleasant trying to tender into Ile De Porquerolles, France, the captain decided we would instead move on to St. Raphael but when we arrived, the seas were still a little choppy, so the captain called ahead and we sailed on to Villefranche instead where the sun was out and very little wind. Certainly this would NOT happen on a large ship and goes to show the advantage of the smaller size. DINING Breakfast was split evenly between the Veranda and Restaurant (good Eggs Benedict). Our 1st morning at breakfast, we were greeted by a server by our name (and even the correct pronunciation), whom we had not even met before. This was followed by them constantly carrying our dishes (if at the buffet). One morning for breakfast, my wife had a container of yogurt and our server insisted that he would open it for her. Dinners were divine and we spent only 1 evening (Chop House) in Restaurant 2 with great service. We were escorted to our table for dinners (we had the pleasure of joining others for company at dinner and being invited to hosted tables for 5 of the nights). Only the last night did we have repeat tablemates, every other night we engaged in conversation with so many different people and shared our stories to newfound friends. SIDE NOTE -- Cannes, France Since it was Mother's Day in the US, I had decided to hire a personal car/driver in Cannes for just the 2 of us with Sylvie Di Cristo of www.frenchrivieraguides.net. I had read her reviews on Tripadvisor and Cruise Critic and felt she would be a wonderful choice and the reviews are spot on. We had an idea of where and what we wanted to see and discussed this with her before we began our day. For this excursion we wanted to be immersed in the French culture, not the overly touristy areas, but the in-depth areas of France. With that in mind, we revised our plans to include Antibes, Cannes --with the market, the city of Vence and other wonderful villages surrounding the area. She has the knowledge and insight to understand what we were looking for and adapt as needed. I had pre-booked for a 6 hour tour and we had so many things to do and see that Sylvie stated 'You have me for the day, so I suggest we go somewhere else where I have a friend and we may be able to visit him at his wonderful house. Would that be OK?' Well, what do you think - we said 'ABSOLUTELY, we are in your capable hands.' It was a fantastic and informative day. My wife had a sinus infection and needed some Sudafed and all but 1 pharmacy is open in each town on Sundays -- you guessed it -- Sylvie drove us around Cannes and found the one that was open and went in with my wife to attend to her needs. At the end (2 hours more than we had anticipated), we asked to be dropped off at the sight of the Cannes film festival for some photos and when paying I asked what she would want for the extra time and she said -- nothing! I was rather shocked at her graciousness. In fairness, I added what I felt was appropriate for the extra time with her gratitude. What a wonderful person! SHIP EXCURSIONS We only used 2 of these as we prefer to go out and explore on our own, and the bus trip to Aix-en Provence was a disappointment as the time there is very limited. On our second excursion, we went to La Mola and this was a better value as we covered about half the island of Menorca with a fabulous guide. Since we were running a little late at some of the stops, she decided that we deserved to see everything she had planned, and with the approval of the ship -- we extended the trip around 30-40 minutes. The ship knew we were running late, so lunch on the Sky Deck was waiting for us -- drinks in hand. BARCELONA Again -- buy your tickets on line for Sagrada Familia and save time. One morning we spent viewing the outside which though still being worked on is beautiful and the finished inside was absolutely stunning. The second morning we took the train to Montserrat for more stunning views. Each afternoon was spent strolling along Las Ramblas and picking places for lunch. We spent some time traversing the market and could have spent many more hours (and Euros) selecting anything and everything. It was a wonderful two days. Having visited London, Paris, Rome and now Barcelona -- we know how to act and safeguard our valuables -- so we had NO ISSUES anywhere. DEMOGRAPHICS The ship was full of many nationalities including many from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Germany, the UK and others. While we were among the younger few (we are 51 and 56, less than two dozen cruisers who were our age or less), we had no trouble enjoying the company and stories of the vast majority of other guests. Sure there were a very few who obviously were used to the royal treatment (we are not), and they acted as such. But overall, you learned who to avoid and who you could mingle with. FINAL THOUGHTS Would we go again -- ABSOLUTELY! We put down a deposit for our next cruise with Seabourn after experiencing a trip that we could only have imagined. Service, food, and the hospitality were EXCELLENT. One suggestion would be for everyone who has sailed the mainstream, crowded, chit signing, everything is extra cruise lines to at least once in your lifetime, experience a Seabourn cruise. You won't be disappointed! Now, the tough part -- where to cruise next!! Another trip on the small triplets or move up to the larger ones -- it will be a very hard choice to make. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
EMBARKATION. This was our first Seabourn Cruise. The Virgin Atlantic flight to Dubai was quite satisfactory and the Seabourn Agent at Dubai airport was efficient and informative. We arrived in Dubai at 8.50am. There were 25 guests on ... Read More
EMBARKATION. This was our first Seabourn Cruise. The Virgin Atlantic flight to Dubai was quite satisfactory and the Seabourn Agent at Dubai airport was efficient and informative. We arrived in Dubai at 8.50am. There were 25 guests on our flight and when we were all gathered together with our luggage, to our great pleasure, we were taken on a coach to the Armani Hotel for breakfast. This is the tallest building in the UAE..... at the moment! The breakfast buffet there was excellent, and afterwards we spent a short time waiting in the comfortable lounge, before being taken to the ship about 1.30pm Check-in on Legend takes place in the show lounge and on arrival we were served a choice of fruit juice, coffee, tea, champagne and canapes. Check in was quick and was the usual photo taken and plastic key card handed out. We got the cruise card with the photo on it later in the day. All the guests began to arrive from their various flights and by 2.30pm we were taken to our suite. We were not permitted to carry our hand baggage ourselves. THE SUITE. Our A1 suite was on deck 4. Decks 4, 5 and 6 are passenger accommodation decks. The suite was spacious and well appointed. We had a large window. The bathroom has a full length bath tub and shower over. There is one wash basin. The bathroom is white marble, with plenty of storage. There is a walk in wardrobe, ample hangers and a safe. There was a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, fruit in a bowl and soft drinks and wine in the refrigerator waiting for us in the suite. The stewardess was soon on the scene showing us round and also offering me a selection of luxury soaps. I don't know what they all were but I chose the L'Occitaine. The other toiletries are Molton Brown, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Our first "meal" was afternoon tea. This is taken in the observation lounge. Cakes, scones and sandwiches are set out for self service. It is very informal with easy chairs and low tables. A waitress pours the tea for you, but she did not tell me it was Earl Grey. The result was that I agreed to have milk, but of course what I subsequently got was a cup of warm watery milk! I did better the next time. DINING. On the first evening we chose to eat alone, but the Ma'tre'D always asks if you would like to join other passengers. You are formally invited to join a table of ten sometimes, however, the dining room has a very low ceiling and it rather noisy. This makes it difficult to hear what is being said around such a large table. We asked if we might join smaller groups and often this was accommodated. The food was exemplary; the service exquisite. It is definitely "fine dining" every night. I cannot praise the waiting crew enough. All guests were addressed by name, the crew soon learned all your little foibles and endeavour to make you happy all the time! There is an alternative evening dining restaurant designated "2", which is the buffet transformed into an specialty dining room. Other meals ..... Breakfast is taken in the buffet/veranda restaurant (or in the MDR). The tables are laid up so you do not collect your cutlery etc. When you are ready to take your plate to your table a waiter is there to take it for you. Hot breakfast is cooked to order and served to your table, so it is really a "semi" buffet. Lunch is taken in the buffet, the MDR, or, a small barbeque is set up in the Sky Bar, serving hamburgers, prawns, chicken pieces etc. and salads. Room service is available 24 hours and you can choose anything from any of the menus to be served in your suite. Morning tea is delivered each day on request. MISCELANEOUS EVENTS 1. On our first morning we woke up to the sound of running water in the bathroom! On opening the door we found two inches of water which spilled over into the bedroom. Our frantic phone call brought the housekeeper and three plumbers to the suite. To cut a wet story short, within 45 minutes, the water was pumped away, the faulty valve replaced and a hot air blower installed. In order that we did not have to walk on a damp carpet, several bath mats were strategically placed. We were very happy with the response to this "disaster", and they "followed up" several times to ensure all was going well. 2. After our all day tour to Petra, we were returning in the bus, and the guide told us we would be stopping for a photo opportunity. We drew up outside a gift shop which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. There was indeed a spectacular view, BUT, also, there were Seabourn crew waiting to serve us Champagne and caviar! A lovely surprise and a lovely gesture. 3. We were transiting the Suez Canal at breakfast time and Michael, the Maitre'D rushed in from the Veranda shouting "Quick, quick, bring the camera, there is a whale!!" Now, of course we all knew that there are no whales in the Canal, but like lemmings many of us we ran out to see. There was no whale. It was April 1st. Well it made us cross, and it made us laugh and we felt very stupid. Michael was delighted. 4. We had very warm and sunny weather and flat seas which meant that there was much sunbathing on deck. Drinks and smoothies were brought to the sun beds, if you did not like the first one offered, then something else would be forthcoming. Sun screen of various strengths were offered, you did have to put it on yourself however!! Then a little sunglasses cleaning towel was brought and you did not have to clean them yourself they did it!! 5. Because we were sailing through the dangerous Arabian waters there were four gun toting Security Guards on board from Oman to Egypt. These guys were very approachable and chatty so we never felt threatened by their presence, but we did feel safer. As far as I know no pirates were seen! There were 59 Americans, 58 Brits, 22 Australians and a selection of other nationalities making up the 199 guests on board Legend. Captain Erik Anderssen was excellent. The only downside to this cruise was the fact that we had to leave the ship at 9.30am.on disembarkation day. We arrived inside Istanbul airport with all the luggage at 10.15am. The check- in was not open and we had to wait until 12.30pm. to check in. Apart from that annoyance we cannot fault Seabourn. This was a great holiday. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
The cruise ship was the smallest and the most expensive we have used - before we have been with mainstream cruise lines such as Princess and RCI. We have started experimenting with more expensive lines and had a fabulous experience on ... Read More
The cruise ship was the smallest and the most expensive we have used - before we have been with mainstream cruise lines such as Princess and RCI. We have started experimenting with more expensive lines and had a fabulous experience on Seven Seas Mariner so we decided to try Seabourn. The itinerary was great and overall we enjoyed the cruise very much but the considerable extra cost for Seabourn was not justified. First the positives:- Great room, well equipped, spacious, clean, comfortable. Food good throughout - in the main restaurant, buffet area, and room service. Always served hot, generally tasty and nicely presented, good portion size. Service attentive and staff very friendly and helpful in all areas. The staff learnt your names and your likes and dislikes by halfway through the cruise Captain and crew very much in evidence and very friendly Itinerary fabulous and all stops excellent. Very easy to get on and off the ship both in port and via tenders. The tendering was the best thing about the ship - there were always boats available and they are proper tenders, not lifeboats used for this purpose - once or twice, when we were on our own, it was like having a private yacht!! Now the negatives:- Pretentious - the staff would escort you to your table in the evening with you having to take the arm of one of the waiters - I did not like this, thought it unnecessary and it was difficult to refuse without offending! At lunchtime, when you filled your plate, they insisted on carrying it to your table (why???) as if you were disabled in some way. Often, they insisted on doing things for you that you wanted to do yourself and, inevitably, not the way you wanted it done!! One evening at dinner, there was a set menu of specialities and you had to be quite insistent to have something else - it is extremely unlikely that any chef would pick what you would choose to eat but there was a patronising, we know better than you about food, attitude shown a few times during the cruise. Once I sent back a soup which was not well described on the menu so it was not what I wanted and the chef was brought out to talk to me - unnecessary, and irritating when he told me I did not understand the menu because I do not speak fluent French - according to him a potage is a clear soup!!! No information on what was available. For example, in bars or restaurants. I think the idea is that you ask for whatever you want and they will provide it. The problems with this are that you often do not know what you want but would like a menu to prompt you and then also it becomes a guessing game - you ask for something that they don't have, then you ask for something else, etc etc - eg no dry sherry. Much better on Regent where they give you along list of cocktails and drinks to choose from. Also, no information for first time cruisers on how the ship functions or what is available - you had to ask even to know where and when to disembark at ports. The information on how to board the ship at the embarkation point was next to non-existent - we had to guess how and where to find the ship and embark. The ship was too small for us and too few passengers - we prefer something with more facilities. This suits some people but not us and it is something you need to be aware of. No enrichment lectures, not much in the way of entertainment, not many bars or restaurants, very small and few areas to sunbathe. We were onshore every day so this wasn't too much of an issue but if you had days at sea, it could be a real problem. The trips were extortionately expensive and there was a poor selection - probably a result of so few passengers onboard. This review might sound as if we were trying to be negative but when you pay as much as Seabourn charge, it should be perfect, not just adequate!!! All in all, we will return to use Regent again, never Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We sailed on a Rome-to-Rome cruise in late October, that was really a fun trip. It gave us a nice taste of Italy, with Malta thrown in to boot! Though on of the original Seabourn ships, the Legend looked like it had been spruced up ... Read More
We sailed on a Rome-to-Rome cruise in late October, that was really a fun trip. It gave us a nice taste of Italy, with Malta thrown in to boot! Though on of the original Seabourn ships, the Legend looked like it had been spruced up recently with exterior/interior painting, furniture updates, etc. Our cabin (128), was spacious and nicely appointed. The only thing lacking were multiple U.S.-style plugs for our electronic gear. It would be a good idea to bring along a small power strip, or multiple 2-prong adapters. The room had a Bose CD player/radio, but it did not have auxiliary jack so we could play our iPods through it. Also, the TV could use an upgrade as well. Overall, we thought the service was excellent. The crew was pretty good at remembering your name, and was always helpful when asked about something. The bartender and server at the Sky Bar were particularly good, as was the waiter we had many times at lunch and dinner. We think our cabin stewardess might have been new, so we had a few minor communication problems at first, but overall, she did a good job keeping the room clean, the mini-bar stocked, etc. The food was good, and the service excellent. We liked eating lunch at the Veranda Restaurant, and also appreciated the fact that they would fire up the grill by the sky Bar, weather permitting, so you could have a nice, casual late lunch or snack if you were on a tour and missed the regular lunch hours. We ate once in Restaurant 2 (the indoor area of the Veranda restaurant at night). It was surf & turf, that was OK. The problem with "2" is that you had to make reservations 48-hours in advance, as it only seats about 35 people. That's too hard to remember. I think 24-hours would be better. The did an outdoor barbecue on deck one night, that featured a whole roast pig as the centerpiece. They also were grilling lobster tails, along with small steaks, ribs and fish. It was really a good meal, followed by 60's, 70's and 80's live music and dancing. We were very satisfied with the entertainment. It is not "Broadway-style", but it provided opportunities to both listen and dance. The cruise director and her assistant, both sang. The other assistant director played both classical and rock guitar. The 5 or 6 person band featured a good lead singer, and played a nice variety of music. There also was a husband/wife duo, with her singing and him playing piano. We took 2 tours, one to Pompeii while docked in Sorrento, and one while in Malta. Both were excellent and worth the money. The guides were outstanding and knew their topics. The gym was small, but totally adequate for working out. It had multiple tread mills and bikes, but no elliptical stepper. The spa was also small, but nicely appointed. My wife had a nice massage one day, and had a repair job done on one of her nails. The only shop was small, not open that much, and pretty expensive. The free laundry is a nice touch, however, the machines did not work very well, and were pretty complicated to try and figure out. Simple, and easy to use would be much better, and allow you to get in and out quickly. The plumbing system on the board is not the greatest--probably caused by the age of the ship and the technology available at the time it was built. There were at least 3 occasions that things were shut down on multiple decks because of clogs--basically caused by guests putting items other than just toilet paper in the commodes. It is noted all over the place that nothing but TP is to go in the toilets, but I guess people either can't read, or care about their fellow guests. Believe me, it is a 'fragrant" experience walking down the hallways when the crew is trying to clean out those lines!! The all-inclusive set up, we thought, made it easier to meet people and not have anyone worrying about the tab. The wines served were good, but not great. The liquor was all top shelf. They could use a better beer selection, though. The people on board were both interesting and friendly. We always asked to be seated with somebody, if available. I estimate the mix was 50% U.S., 40% UK, and a mix of French, German, Israelis. We really had a great time on this cruise. We will be back probably next year to try one of Seabourn's newer ships. The list of ports below did not include Trapani, Lipari or Gaeta, all in Italy. All were small towns that were fine for walking around and shopping. My wife got a great purse at a small shop in Gaeta, at half the price the same thing would have been in Rome--plus no VAT. We did not take tours in these towns, so can't comment on them. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Since we took a cruise on our honeymoon, what better than a Med cruise for our 25th anniversary? We were not disappointed. To put things in perspective, I have been on cruise ships since the days of the Lurline going to Hawaii in the ... Read More
Since we took a cruise on our honeymoon, what better than a Med cruise for our 25th anniversary? We were not disappointed. To put things in perspective, I have been on cruise ships since the days of the Lurline going to Hawaii in the 1950's as a teenager, and have been on lines ranging from the cattle cars of RCL to the luxury small ships of Windstar. Seabourn is without a doubt the best line we have cruised with. From the breakfast buffets on the fantail to the special dinners, we never had a complaint about the food. Wines were fine. As an example of service, it was nice to have our drinks being prepared for us in the observation lounge before dinner without having to order once the crew found what our preferences were. Having the cabin stocked with your choice of liquor in addition to the usual soft drinks, beer and waters was a nice touch. The all-inclusive price (except for shore excursions and duty free shop) was a great convenience and made the price of the cruise a good value. While not inexpensive, Seabourn gives you a good return on your investment in a high end cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
The Seabourn LegendEmbarkationIt does not take long to realize you are in for something very special when you board the Seabourn Legend. We just completed our fourth voyage on the Legend and I have no question there will be more. You ... Read More
The Seabourn LegendEmbarkationIt does not take long to realize you are in for something very special when you board the Seabourn Legend. We just completed our fourth voyage on the Legend and I have no question there will be more. You walk up the gangway and enter the Reception area, where you are promptly handed a chilled flute of champagne. An attentive crew member has already insisted on carrying all your bags as he escorts you into the King Olaf Lounge for registration. You have two free hands and tell the young man that you're perfectly capable of helping carry your own things. But he will not hear of it, so we proceed to the Lounge, your hands swinging free, the young crew member laden down like a camel. At registration, as in everything on Seabourn, there is no wait. Within minutes of entering the lounge, you are registered and your picture IDs and room card keys handed over to you. The young man carrying your bags suggests you have a bite to eat before he brings you to your suite, so you hit the table with finger sandwiches, cookies, pastries and all kinds of beverages. Champagne, soft drinks, and iced tea are there on the table, while a strolling waiter serves rum punches from a tray. When you are ready, and there is never any hurry, the young man brings you to your suite.SuitesA short stroll down an ornate circular staircase brings you to your suite, an elegantly appointed oasis that you figure you will have no problems calling home. All Legend suites are ocean view, some with "balconies." While the balcony suites allow you to open the windows and enjoy the sea breezes, the balconies are really more like French windows. There are no chairs, nor room to put one. Our suite has a large picture window, refrigerator, flat screen TV, CD and DVD players, walk in closet, and a marble appointed bathroom. The suites have all the bells and whistles one could reasonably hope for. The refrigerator is stocked with the beer, soft drinks, bottled water and mixers you had requested on your pre-cruise order form. Each suite is entitled to two liters of the alcohol of your choice and they will be dropped off in your suite the first evening. Of course, there is no charge for any of this, as it is all included in your fare. Above the refrigerator is a glass cabinet with beautiful crystal glasses; champagne flutes, wine glasses, rocks glasses, etc. It is almost a shame to pour a Diet Coke into this beautiful crystal, but I got over it. Soon, there is a gentle tapping at the door, then shortly after, another. The first is the arrival of your check-in luggage, faster than I've ever had it happen anywhere. The second knock is your Cabin Stewardess who has come to introduce herself. She has brought fresh canapEs to go with the iced champagne sitting in a bucket in your sitting room, along with a bowl of fresh fruit. She also has brought a tray of toiletries for you to select your soaps and shampoos. The soaps are L'Occitane, the other toiletries Moulton & Brown of London; very nice stuff. Get a good look at your cabin girl, because chances are you will not see her in your cabin again. These girls are masters at seeing to every possible need you could possibly have and keeping the suite turned down, made up and spotless without ever actually being spotted in the suite. To say they are not intrusive is an understatement. They are like ghosts; very competent ghosts. We take a few minutes to unpack and hang up our clothing and it is off to the top deck Sky Bar to meet our fellow passengers as we prepare to sail out of St. Thomas harbor.Seabourn PassengersThe typical Seabourn passenger is successful, affluent, well-educated and well-travelled. Most of the people you speak with are returning guests like ourselves, and usually we know at least a few of the guests from previous cruises. Seabourn passengers are very loyal to the brand, so if you travel with Seabourn often enough, there are familiar faces and sometimes, old friends from prior voyages. But this time, so far, we have not seen anyone we know. But just as we are preparing to sail, a couple from Ohio comes out on deck who we had gotten to know and like very much on another cruise line several years ago. We see each other, our jaws drop and a friendship rekindled. That's how it works on the smaller ships. It is a pretty small fraternity. As we pull out to sea, my Wife Susie and I run down to the well-stocked library to pick out some books to read and head back to our suite for a short nap before showering for Dinner.The CuisineConde Nast Traveler's latest Reader's Poll named Seabourn Legend's cuisine the best at sea. All the Seabourn vessels were rated at or near the top, but the Legend the very best. Seabourn's menu and recipes are created by famed Chef Charlie Palmer, and dining is a big reason we are aboard the Legend for the fourth time. The food and service are sensational, and the servings modest enough that it is possible to try every course and leave the Dining Room content but not bloated. While the Dining Room is consistently wonderful, try the reservations-required specialty Restaurant "2" at least once on your trip. The theme changes every night. The night we were able to get a reservation, it was a French Bistro theme, and the meal was possibly the finest I have had at sea in 89 cruises. A tip: put yourself on the waiting list for"2" every night. The place is very small and difficult to get in. Most of the passengers seem to like the Veranda Restaurant for breakfast and lunch. You can eat inside or outside and enjoy the sea air. My Wife and I like to go to the Dining Room for both meals. At breakfast it is virtually empty, which suits me fine as I like to have my coffee and look at the paper in peace. I was a morning person most of my life, but since retiring, I like to ease into the day. The solitude of the Dining Room in the mornings accommodates this. For lunch, it is nice to get out of the sun for a few minutes and have a real meal. I do not like to eat hamburgers and other things I have at home when cruising, particularly on the Legend. There is a culinary treat waiting around every corner; try things you don't get at home. One story occurs to me that exemplifies the Seabourn approach. One evening, the Chef came out of the Kitchen to go from table to table asking if everything was satisfactory.My Wife Sue mentioned that the chocolate chip cookies that had been put out that day at afternoon tea were the best she had ever had. The Chef did not ask our names or suite number, but every evening for the rest of the voyage, when we returned to our suite in the evening, there was a plate of chocolate chip cookies and two tall glasses of milk. That is how Seabourn does things. Our CruiseThis voyage is a Caribbean sailing out of St. Thomas, calling on St. John, St. Barth's, St. Maarten, Antigua, Jost Van Dyke, St. Kitts and Prickly Pear Island, which is off Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, before returning to St. Thomas. We are beach and sun people, and Caribbean cruises have become our most frequent voyages due to the laid-back nature of the itinerary. We have done more Caribbean cruises than I can count in our 89 cruises, and thus have seen just about every island most ships call upon. This removes all the urgency about rushing off the ship in every port, since we've seen all the islands many times. On European cruises, the pace was very different, as there were so many things we wanted to see ashore. But we have cruised extensively, and been all over the world, and the Caribbean seems to fit our current mindset. On this cruise, we did not even get off the ship in St. Maarten and St. John. We find lying on deck and taking dips in the pool while most of the other passengers are ashore to be very relaxing. And the Seabourn staff onboard takes very good care of you. As I stretch out on my chaise lounge, one waiter comes by with a refill of my favorite sunning libation, an Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade). Another comes by to spritz your baking body with a mist of cold spring water while offering a choice of sunscreens. The Spa sends out a girl for complimentary Massage Moments on deck. The Water Sports Marina at the stern is opened up for sailing, kayaking and a swim in the ocean. I awaken from a nap to find another waiter handing me a goblet of fabulous raspberry sorbet topped with a dash of champagne. It is a rugged existence, but sometimes you have to take one for the team.The Beach BarbecueOn all Seabourn cruises, there is a unique event scheduled which varies according to where in the World you happen to be. On Mediterranean cruises, for instance, there is a private classical music concert among the ancient Roman ruins at Ephesus. On Caribbean sailings like ours, there is the Beach Barbecue featuring Caviar in the Surf held on Prickly Pear Island. The Maitre'D and the restaurant staff, wearing their dress whites, go waist deep in the surf to serve caviar with all the trimmings and champagne from what appears to be a surfboard, or the body of a Sunfish.The barbecue is not your usual beach fare, either. Served off porcelain Dinner plates with linen napkins and real silverware, you are treated to steaks, barbecued ribs, lobster tails, a whole sucking pig and a potpourri of salads, fruits and desserts. Strolling waiters serve trays of beers, cocktails of all descriptions and soft drinks. There is a banana boat and water skiing, as well as an outdoor massage salon and live music. It is quite a party and Prickly Pear has a lovely white sand beach for swimming.Essential FactsThe Yachts of Seabourn is the Carnival Corporation's entry in the ultra-luxury cruise category. Before you think Carnival Cruise lines, understand it is the same parent company but a very different product. Carnival Corp. owns Seabourn, Princess, Holland America, Cunard, Carnival Cruises and Costa, as well as a host of lesser-known, fast-growing cruise lines all over the world. As such, Carnival Corporation transports almost half of the world's recreational cruise passengers. The Seabourn Legend and her two small sister ships, the Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Spirit sail all over the World, carrying 210 passengers and 200 crew. Seabourn has recently introduced three stunning new ships which carry 460 passengers and around 400 crew.The Seabourn Odyssey and Sojourn are already in service, while the brand new Quest is due to make her maiden voyage in May, 2011. If there is virtually any place on Earth you want to sail,Seabourn can take you there is the lap of luxury. Well, maybe not anywhere. I think Yemen, Libya and Somalia may have been given a "time out." But take a moment, and do your research, as this is a must do travel experience. We think Seabourn is as good as cruising gets. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
As this was our first cruise in 13 years because we had such a poor time with Princess, we decided to try a higher end cruise this time and decided upon Seabourn. We arrived at the terminal around one where we waited for 30-45 minutes ... Read More
As this was our first cruise in 13 years because we had such a poor time with Princess, we decided to try a higher end cruise this time and decided upon Seabourn. We arrived at the terminal around one where we waited for 30-45 minutes until we boarded the ship. A lot of reviews are critical of the boarding process and yes it was cramped in the King Olav lounge but the staff were quick to get drinks and there was food available. It was here where we waited for our rooms and got our ships id. It took about 45 mintues and then we were lead to our room. Not the highlight of our cruise but an understandable exercise and then the fun began. Once we got to our room, our stewardess went though all of the items in the room and had us choose our soaps. We then relaxed with Champagne and snacks and out luggage arrived shortly thereafter. The ship has an intimate size and the staff to passenger ratio was amazing. The restaurants were passenger friendly and unless you wanted to eat at restaurant 2, it was very easy to walk down any time after 7:30 to eat dinner. We often ate with other couples and they were accommodating and when we showed as two; we were given the option of sitting on our own or joining another couple which we often did. The people on the ship were great as we were amongst the younger portion of passengers. Although some of the seafood dishes weren't great, overall the food was amazing and the service was first class. Biggest complaint on the ship was probably the quality of the wine. It wasn't fine wine and was ok at best. The wines that you could purchase were mainly French which I thought was a little one dimensional. All of the other drink choices were great with good quality brands as well. When at the pool, there were ample spots to sit and the wait staff there was great. The swimming pool is more of a cool down pool so if that's a big deal to you, go on a larger ship. Most people sat around and read or chatted with each other. Very very relaxed and casual atmosphere. There were minimal announcements on a daily basis and the club was a great meeting place before and after dinner. The band was good at playing to the crowd and we had a great time there every night and it was a great opportunity to meet others as well. Overall, we went on this ship to unwind and relax and it was perfect. Everything just worked. Nothing was overplayed and there are daily lectures (didn't go to any of them) and nightly shows (not its strongest suit for someone in their 40's) but we felt the staff were excellent and the ship was a great size for the number of passengers. The cruise in our view offered great value and great atmosphere and we really enjoyed ourselves. We have already signed up again and look forward to another high end vacation and look forward to being pampered for 14 days. Thanks Seabourn Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Our flight to Fort Lauderdale via Delta was uneventful thankfully and we arrived at the ship's pier by 1:30 pm. However we were not allowed to board for at least 5 hours due to electrical failure that was being inspected by the US ... Read More
Our flight to Fort Lauderdale via Delta was uneventful thankfully and we arrived at the ship's pier by 1:30 pm. However we were not allowed to board for at least 5 hours due to electrical failure that was being inspected by the US Coast Guard. We were held at bay in the terminal for over 4 hours and needless to say none of us were happy campers.Champagne and hors d'oevres were flowing so that helped to compensate. When we finally boarded we were met with more champagne and cocktails and I must say an overaccomodating wait staff. Seabourn has the most professional and happy staff that we have witnessed in quite a long time. The luggage was already in the suite when we arrived at 5 o'clock. Most impressive. Electric was finally restored an hour later and the party began. There was no need to rush for anything. Anything you might have needed or even would like to have was met with such eagerness it was mind boggling.The suite was exactly as pictured in their brochures so I do not feel the need to elaborate on the suite. Dining was exemplary to say the least. There is no fixed seating so passengers are free to dine with whom and where they wish. No matter where or when you choose to eat, you are met by a most accomodating, professional and pleasant captain or maitre'd to either dine alone or with others. Entire wait staff is phenominal. Everything that was prepared and served has individual taste and flavor, always served at the right temperature and presented beautifully. The executive chef was always visible and we later learned that he personally oversees every dish that leaves his galley.The menus change everyday and were the most comprehensive collections that I have ever seen on a cruise ship.Dining was 5 star plus as good as you would get in a New York city 5 star restaurant. Every day whether it was a port or sea day wherever you went you were addressed by your full name and by everyone. Totally remarkable. Also, without asking, you were constantly offered cold towels,champagne and sorbet while you sat on deck. The concept of all inclusive meant just that. Not having to sign for each and every purchase was great. Anywhere you happened to be on ship you were met by the same attentive service as well as being addressed by your full name. Remarkable. Seabourn spoiled us for other cruises and I might add is giving Crystal, Seadream and Silversea not to mention countless others a true run for their money. My husband and I would not hesitate to return to them in a heartbeat. Seabourn truly lived up to it's reputation. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We were met at the World Trade Centre Cruise Terminal, Barcelona just after 16:00hrs to be taken on board. However due to the lack of available staff we had to wait with another couple. The elderly gentlemen in that party was left to ... Read More
We were met at the World Trade Centre Cruise Terminal, Barcelona just after 16:00hrs to be taken on board. However due to the lack of available staff we had to wait with another couple. The elderly gentlemen in that party was left to struggle up the gang plank steps on his own with a rather heavy piece of hand luggage. After checking in at the King Olav lounge we were offered ½ glass of champagne and taken to our cabin where a full bottle awaited us. I asked about a cup of tea and was advised to use room service. There was no mention of afternoon tea being available in the Observation lounge. The cabin doorbell chimes are similar to the pre PA announcement so be prepared for someone to just walk in if you miss it. Cabin cleaning standards appeared good however a check of the wash basin plug revealed past passenger body hair. One of the pre ordered cabin spirit drinks were not there and took over 24hrs to be delivered. Soft mixer drink replenishment was a bit hap hazard and I never did get any more soda water. A request for extra male coat hangers (those without crocodile clips) were promptly delivered. Cabin repairs were prompt although the fault with the mirrored bathroom cabinet door and faulty reading light should have been identified and rectified before we were taken to the cabin. On the first morning we tried the Veranda cafe for breakfast. There's a wide selection of hot and cold items although we found ordered items took a while to arrive and not always together. The result being the fried egg for my cooked breakfast arrived last and was over cooked despite numerous requests for it to be runny and sunny side up. We never ate breakfast there again, service in the main restaurant was much more civilised and we got what was ordered. Special orders were also taken. During the first week about 6 ate breakfast here and in the second week numbers increased to about 12. The tender service at anchor ports was on the whole good. There were occasions where we encountered unnecessary waits and then had to depart to allow the other tender to dock. Lunch at the Veranda cafe offered a wide selection of self-service items with a daily specials board with items cooked to order. It could get busy particularly outside in good weather or inside in poor weather. There is insufficient seating here for everyone on board. Swimming at the Marina is a bit disappointing as it's like being in a large fish fryer and only about 5 ft. deep, so no diving. There was never a queue for the other marina activities. Weather permitting this only occurs once a week. The Computer Centre although never busy is obviously well used. The chairs in here are well worn and must be due for replacement. Internet packages need to be purchased before you can log into any www site other than Seabourn. Preparations for the on deck BBQ evening resulted in deck chair clearance from about 15:30hrs and the setting up and testing of sound systems. For those of us who sat it out until about 17:00hrs we were devoid of any bar service, no doubt a subtle attempt to get us to move. Those who attended this event were treated to white plastic chairs at long tables. The caviar event is a bit of a bun fight in that all the canapEs are made on deck and not nearly quickly enough to meet demand. Chilled vodka was available but the iced glasses arrived 20 minutes before the event started so were nicely warmed by the late afternoon sun before being used. The tasting menus served in 2, the renamed veranda cafe for evening meals, are excellent. Giving a good combination of flavours over 11 courses which are thankfully small. Service here is also excellent with time available to talk through the individual items with the wait staff and chef. There's usually two a week and pre booking is required as numbers are limited. An on deck pre booking Surf 'n Turf event was cancelled due to poor weather and we were advised the menu would be available in the main dining room. Sadly it wasn't and the wait staff were unaware of what had occurred. The main dining room occasionally has a wait list due to the low number of tables for 2 available but this is dependent upon many things. Dining times of the nationalities aboard, evening events and menu offered. As we tended to eat late, 20:30, this wasn't a problem and the bar staff would call the restaurant to check availability thus avoiding having to return. The restaurant would then call when a table became available. The food here is good and would be cooked to your personal preference. We only had issue with the consommE one evening and the head chef came from the kitchen and took our comments. Later in the cruise when we again tried the same consommE the flavour had improved. Unfortunately 2 passengers had to leave the ship mid cruise due to a medical emergency. I thought it a very caring concern the Captain showed in contacting the hospital over the following days and keeping us informed of their wellbeing. Overall value for money on an all inclusive cruise but attention to detail must remain a top priority as this is what lets them down. From this experience we're not likely to try their new larger 'yachts.' Read Less
Seabourn Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 3.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.1
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.6
Rates 5.0 4.4

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