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Sail Date: August 2012
Seabourn wins high accolades from its passengers, and we can understand why after taking our first trip aboard the Spirit. We boarded in Venice on Aug. 23, a process that took only minutes. We sailed to Kotor, Corfu, Brindisi, ... Read More
Seabourn wins high accolades from its passengers, and we can understand why after taking our first trip aboard the Spirit. We boarded in Venice on Aug. 23, a process that took only minutes. We sailed to Kotor, Corfu, Brindisi, Dubrovnik, Triluke Bay and Rovinj, returning to Venice on Sept. 2. Every stop had some mixture of scenery, history and culture to offer, either in the port town or outside the port, Overall, it was a great The Spirit looks like a ship. It's very pretty, hallways airy, decor pleasant, the maintenance good. The crew is friendly and hardworking. The staterooms, all suites, are large. We had No. 124. The balconies are not really balconies, they are ways to look outside the ship. We did not have one or need one. The bathroom and the surprisingly big tub are great. Air conditioning worked very well. Food ranged from very good to excellent, sometimes superb. The chef did go over the edge on a few dinner dishes. But menu selection was good, as was restaurant service. Breakfast was a small buffet that got monotonous, but you could also order breakfast items off a menu, or do both. Occasionally at lunch a grill was set up on the top deck bar and produced very good burgers and other meats. One evening there was a buffet extravaganza on deck, which was fabulous. Alcoholic and other beverages are included in your fare. Drinks are constantly available. We did experience downsides. The ship is old. The top of the table in our suite was loose and the sofa was uncomfortable, stained and threadbare. The swimming pool is not big enough to be called that, and is oddly located. There were two whirlpools in the pool area, but frequently they and the pool were closed too early in the afternoon. The crew started stacking deck lounge furniture before 6 p.m., to the annoyance of those still using the furniture. There are two main restaurants. The secondary restaurant should offer a buffet and be informal in the evening. Instead, it has a daily series of somewhat odd menus and requires reservations, which we could not get several nights. So we lacked a real alternative to the main dining room, which is modest, dark and claustrophobic. Opening the curtains would help, but for some some reason they do not do that. There is no extra charge for any of the eating places. There are few ship announcements, which is generally a good idea. But passengers ought to get a daily report from the captain about what is ahead. We usually did not get that. We could have gotten a lot of information off the television "bridge report," but it was sadly lacking. The TV was good, but it had Fox News, the Republican Party channel. We could have used CNN instead. The entertainment we saw, including concerts by a flute player and a classical guitarist, was enjoyable. The port lecturer was good, but he was not allowed to lecture enough, or at convenient times. Disembarkation was unnecessarily tangled. Ship staffers claimed that regulations required us to leave only at the scheduled time about 8, or at 6:30 a.m. We were warned cabs might not be available at the early time. We wanted to leave about 7 a.m, in order to avoid airport problems. We walked off at 6:30 and got a cab immediately. There would have been no problem leaving any other time. I cannot explain the confusion. The biggest issue with Seabourn is its future. Some Seabourn fans believe Carnival is cutting back service to save money. We noticed a lack of a few food items, such as blueberries, blackberries and shrimp. Still, it is hard to criticize a menu that offers an excellent fillet mignon every night and lots of lamb. The drinks we had were not thin, and the wine we drank was good. Passengers commonly believe all the small ships are for sale and will not sail with Seabourn much longer. If so, that raises serious questions for long-range bookings. Would Seabourn operate with only its newer bigger ships? We do not know. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Although we were first time cruise people we have travelled extensively. I had read some adverse reviews about the Seabourn Spirit and was a bit apprehensive about our trip before boarding. However, this was quickly resolved as soon as ... Read More
Although we were first time cruise people we have travelled extensively. I had read some adverse reviews about the Seabourn Spirit and was a bit apprehensive about our trip before boarding. However, this was quickly resolved as soon as we neared the ship and the Seabourn service and courtesy came into play. We sailed from Venice and our water taxi was met by waiting staff to help with luggage, this was although we had not notified that we were arriving. The arrival procedures were extremely easy and handled with great efficiency. Our first impressions of the ship were very favourable, our cabin was spacious and very clean, the staff looking after our cabin for the voyage were wonderful and welcoming and made sure that we had all we wanted. The champagne was waiting for us upon entering our cabin. We were surprised at the first dinner that night, the food was a truly fine dining experience and continued that way for the entire trip. The range of food was amazing and was worthy of any of the best restaurants we have been to. The entire staff throughout the ship were very friendly and referred to us by name from the first day, amazing. The training for this crew must be commended, each member of staff gave the impression that they just wanted us to enjoy our holiday and they were there to make sure that we had the best experience possible. The ship was very comfortable and all areas very accessible. We had only 192 passengers on board and we enjoyed chatting to everyone we saw, being a smaller number we formed nice friendships and enjoyed the company of some of the other passengers. The few excursions we were on were run very well and the guides were very knowledgeable and well chosen. The ports we visited were Corfu, Dubrovnic, Split, Kotor Rovijni and Triluke Bay, these were delightful and interesting. We were also at Brindisi for a day, this was not so interesting but the ship was enjoyable enough so we opted to return to the ship and just enjoy. Disembarkation was easy and without any problems. We had a leisurely breakfast, collected our passports and our bags were waiting for us upon leaving the ship. We could witness the cleaning process of the boat as we left and we were amazed by the extent of the cleaning, absolutely every surface was cleaned and all items in our suite replaced, such as bedspreads and even the cushions on the beds and lounges. One of the best aspects of this trip was that it was all inclusive in the price, including gratuities. The staff were so attentive even though they were was not addition tipping at the end of the cruise. There were no nasty extra bills waiting for us at the end. We will definitely travel with Seabourn again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We have travelled on Seabourn before in the Caribbean but this cruise lived up to our expectations and more. The service was impeccable all the staff were helpful friendly and always with a smile. We always had our meals on the " Veranda ... Read More
We have travelled on Seabourn before in the Caribbean but this cruise lived up to our expectations and more. The service was impeccable all the staff were helpful friendly and always with a smile. We always had our meals on the " Veranda restaurant" the staff always had our table saved for us in our favorite spot. The Wine waiter always had a supply of the only wine I drank and made sure the was plenty for the 2 weeks. The meals were interesting,very tasty and beautifully presented. We loved the swimming pool as it was private and most of the time we had it to ourselves. The nice thing about Seabourn is the alcohol is all inclusive so you can drink what and when you liked and the barman made your drinks either strong or weak depending on your preference. The suite cabin service was excellent and very generous with the food. The suites were very comfortable maybe not as plush as the 3 bigger ships in the fleet but very pleasant. The atmosphere on the ship was very friendly and relaxed. The entertainment at night was good a couple of floor shows and plenty of dancing for those who wanted to. The reason we travel with Seabourn is because the service is good, staff friendly, very relaxing, great dining,and you go to interesting islands nearly everyday which I enjoy as I like island hopping. The islands we went to were: Porto Rico, St Johns, St Croix, Antigua, St Marrten, St Kitts, St Barts, St Thomas, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke You can be as formal or smart casual in dress as you wish. I give them 11/10 for the experience we had with them. Would travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
We just returned from a two week cruise through the Panama Canal with stops in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama City, and Nicaragua. The Seabourn Spirit is a small ship with about 200 passengers and what seemed like as many staff ... Read More
We just returned from a two week cruise through the Panama Canal with stops in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama City, and Nicaragua. The Seabourn Spirit is a small ship with about 200 passengers and what seemed like as many staff members. The food was wonderful and the service fantastic. Our cabin was large enough that we never in two weeks felt clautrophobic. Each day we were in port we had breakfast delivered to our room, and, unlike many hotels, it always arrived on time, hot, and perfectly complete. The food was always well-seasoned, beautifully presented, and delicious. Breakfast and lunch in Restaurant 2 in the stern of the ship was always wonderful. We always had dinner in the dining room because we liked the formal atmosphere and it never disappointed. The wine pairings were also very nicely done. The staff, however, was this ships most notable asset. Each day we were greeted by name from smiling faces that made you feel that you were the one person they were waiting to see. They were easy to chat with, but only if you started the conversation. We always spoke to them and enjoyed all of our interactions, but my impression was that if you didn't want this to occur the staff would have been efficiently and politely silent. The bartenders could make any drink and it was always the best you have every had. The table service was nicely done, and in most cases they seemed to sense what your needs were. They do encourage the making of new friends with the crew hosting tables of dinner guests. We accepted some but did not feel coerced into attending all these dinners, and most nights really enjoyed dinner for two. We did, however, have lunch and drinks with various people and met many very interesting individuals. The personal touches were also impressive. A day at the beach was anything but a typical day at the beach with water toys, caviar, champagne, amazing food, and music. The Captain had a block party, where everyone took their wine glasses from their cabins, stepped out into the hall and met their neighbors while the stewards filled wine glasses and passed snacks. We met people across the hall from a neighborhood where we lived some years ago. There was a gathering in the bow of the ship for our first sunset in the Pacific. Each day at noon when we were at sea the Captain read a poem about the sea and they were always a perfect compliment to the day. I only wish he had given the authors name. The Market Galley Lunch has to be seen and experienced to be understood. We booked our land excursions before we left on this trip and were pleased with the companies and individuals with whom Seabourn dealt. They also had talks on the various stops although these seemed to be too little too late. The only trip that was a disappointment was Panama City. It was supposed to be a walking tour, but was a rushed trip looking through the windows on the bus with little stopping or walking. The other trips on Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua were all just terrific. This is an all inclusive trip, and it was very nice not signing or carrying a wallet throughout this cruise. One thing to remember is that this is not a cruise for children or teens. It is a luxury liner not an amusement park, and there is nothing to entertain them, but for adults there were evening shows, and music each night for dancing even a couple of nights under the stars. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
One of the most expensive cruise I took and the least enjoyed and not worth the money. I have been on another small ship 2 times, the "Song Of Flower" and really enjoyed it not on the Spirit, I was happy to get off. After ... Read More
One of the most expensive cruise I took and the least enjoyed and not worth the money. I have been on another small ship 2 times, the "Song Of Flower" and really enjoyed it not on the Spirit, I was happy to get off. After flying from S.F with 2 stops, arrived in Venice in the afternoon. Nobody at the airport from Seaborne, took a taxi which dropped us on the side of the road where luggage was collected and papers checked. walked around 200 yards into a waterfront building,had hand luggage X rayed, walked out of building along pier around 400 yards to ship,( what if it had rained?) had papers checked in front of gangway, up to the ship, lined up to check in. There was a line of about 5-6 people in front of us with one person on a computer who did the check in, there were another 3 computers set up but not used. after 5-8 minutes another person came to help. I was told she was working in the Casino but had no clue of what she was doing, Now good 10 minutes had passed and we still in the line. Finally we got to the cabin,the beds were not set up as requested but they would be ready after dinner I was told. After more than 20 hours flight time I was looking to get something to eat and ended up on the back deck bar were I was told the only food that is available would be to eat here or cabin service.Seaborne praises itself of having the best food flooding around, there might be slight differences by the so called premium lines but I did not see any difference between the food or preparation on Seaborne and Oceana. A dab of Caviar in 7 days can not justify a cruise costing 3 times more besides a larger cabin. Its not the food but what is offered on this ship does not ad up.Drinks and wine are included but the wine is of such a cheap quality, Beringer White Zinfandel sells here in the store for $ 2,99,- a bottle and Mondavi Chardonnay is $5,69 a bottle. The reality behind their Propaganda looks very different. The Wine glasses they have are " UNISEX " meaning same glass for White and Red wine.In every cheap "Hole in the Wall" they have a different glass for white and red. Better places have different glasses for different wines. Well, a White wine glass or Red wine glass would not have made much difference on their 2 Buck Chuck If you did not want to eat breakfast or lunch in the dining room there was only one other choice which is on the aft deck.The place looked like a cafe shop but with table cloth, has a small buffet and around 10 tables inside and outside. If it was warm, outside was full, if cold inside full. And the only alternative place to have dinner was this place but you needed to make reservation for it 48 hours in advance !! During all the time on the ship I noticed the carpet by the door going into the dining room very greasy and dirty, but the last day in the morning they put a small throw rug over it. Forget about the propaganda from Seaborne, not even one lines up on deck with white gloves when you come back. NO, this ship does not have a feel of being cozy, and it does not make up for it that the crew remembers your name. A year ago we took a 9 day cruise with the Millennium and really enjoyed it. The food was just as good as on the Spirit. But only the Cabin Steward and the Dining room waiters remembered your name Now I can only comment on the Spirit not on other Seaborne ships which might be different since they are newer and larger. But the Spirit was one of the least enjoyed ships out of 20 I have been on. Some were even smaller since they were on the rivers but even for one third of the price the cruise costs I would not get on the Spirit anymore. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
We recently sailed with Seabourn and despite having heard excellent things, we were disappointed, throughout our sailing. First the good - the food was excellent. Service was good to great, would not say excellent, but was not ... Read More
We recently sailed with Seabourn and despite having heard excellent things, we were disappointed, throughout our sailing. First the good - the food was excellent. Service was good to great, would not say excellent, but was not disappointed in the dining areas. Now the rest. When we first boarded, as soon as we set sail, the internet stopped working. I get this is a holiday, but my husband needs to stay in touch for work. It took them 3 days, and several phone calls to get it working (they kept saying 4 hours...for three days straight). The gym would have been great if all the equipment was functioning. Two of the non-treadmill machines were broken, which led to lineups for the remaining two bikes. When they billed me for something that I had pre-paid for, it took three phone calls and much confusion to sort it out. It wasn't "we'll take care of it" it was, "well, we'll see what happens" as if I would/could lie about it. We never received the bottle of wine the travel agent sent. When I asked onboard, they said they had no record of this. My travel agent had prepaid and had to spend her time on the phone to get the money back. The icing on the cake - the night before disembarkation, we go to pack at 10:30 PM (yes, we leave everything until the last minute). When I went to take my hanging clothes, I noticed that the housekeeper had removed my clothes from all MY hangers, and put them on their wooden hangers. I called reception, who said they would contact housekeeping. 20 min later...still no housekeeping (another lady I met waited two hours for housekeeping to bring her toilet paper...she had ran out in her room). Called again. Finally the head housekeeper came with house room attendant. She gave me back some of my hangers (others got lost in the shuffle). I asked her what on earth would persuade her to do this. She said it was policy to take back their hangers. Let me specify, these were NOT wooden hangers, they were metal or plastic hangers. I then said, so even if I had paid for drycleaning, you would have taken the hangers back? I wrote customer service. They "investigated". They were sorry but provided no explanation - not even one for the fact that on a 5 star boat they take back their hangers. They offered us $400 total as a credit towards our next cruise and wine. I cancelled the reservation I had with them for next year. I got the impression they are cutting corners, in an effort to save money. No thanks. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
I just took my family on the Seabourn Spirit for a cruise through the Adriatic. I am an extremely experienced traveler and always go very high end. I booked the Owners Suite and the adjoining cabin for my teenage daughters. Worst part ... Read More
I just took my family on the Seabourn Spirit for a cruise through the Adriatic. I am an extremely experienced traveler and always go very high end. I booked the Owners Suite and the adjoining cabin for my teenage daughters. Worst part about the cruise was that the Seabourn rep lied to me when I questioned her about activities, dress code (formality), food, etc. I spent a kings ransom for the 7 day cruise and wanted to get off the boat on the first day. Here's the bottom line, if you are over the age of 75 or have difficulty getting around and you want to minimize or limit your exposure to travel, maybe Seabourn would be ok. They wasted our time, served lousy food, had little to no activities available on board if you are under retirement age, had limited access to shore activities unless you were willing to pay through the nose and again not interesting to anyone not of over 70.

To top off the cruise, one of the crew members stole my daughter's keepsake necklace (she got for her 13th) birthday. WHen I filed a report, you would have thought I was requesting a return of the entire cruise fee...Seabourn notified us that it was there policy to take 2 weeks to get back to us even to simply check the cabin they were staying in...despite the fact we reported the necklace missing within hours of leaving the ship.

I could go on and on about how little I think of Seabourn but it's too hard to think about our lousy experience...bottom line, they are liars and thieves and save yourself the time, money and aggravation and go somewhere else.

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Sail Date: June 2011
After a terrible start with our travel agent ( why use an agent...go direct) making a complete botch of our pre cruise hotel reservation we joined Seabourn Spirit in Venice where embarkation was smooth, and set the tone for the ... Read More
After a terrible start with our travel agent ( why use an agent...go direct) making a complete botch of our pre cruise hotel reservation we joined Seabourn Spirit in Venice where embarkation was smooth, and set the tone for the service quality we received all week onboard.

The dining experience whether in the restaurant or the cafe was first class, menus are a little American style bland, however the cooking and presentation is up there with the best. The inclusive free wines are from the £4.99 supermarket range, and sadly did not match the quality of the food, unfortunately neither did the wine list which started at $80 for a bottle Gavi.

We never managed to secure a table for the alternative dining venues, we think they were probably reserved for the posh suites on deck 7.

Our Suite was probably the very best we had ever experienced and among the cheapest onboard, it was very well equipped with almost as much space as out 5 star room in Venice, and it was brilliantly looked after by a young happy smiley stewardess.

Entertainment was amateurish (Except the guitarist who was outstanding) but enthusiastic.

The cruise ports and excursions were on the whole ok, with Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar outstanding. Late cancellation of one tour was irritating and avoidable as we had no time to book another. Tours however were expensive and our tip would be to organise your own.

Where Spirit's age really showed was out on deck, the layout is horrid and noisy from the ship's generator,the loungers have no pads and are heavy, and there is no one around to either move them or provide a shady parasol. More 3 star than the much vaunted 5 star in the brochure.

Disembarkation instructions were as follows: vacate suite at 0800hrs, leave ship after a quick breakfast at 0915hrs, catch plane 10hrs or so later.... a 6 day cruise at best.

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Sail Date: February 2011
This was our 11th cruise with Seabourn so I can pretty much claim to be a big fan. Never have we scored lower than 9 out of 10 for overall efficiency and 5-star experience. As a long time loyal customer of this cruise line, it is sad to ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise with Seabourn so I can pretty much claim to be a big fan. Never have we scored lower than 9 out of 10 for overall efficiency and 5-star experience. As a long time loyal customer of this cruise line, it is sad to have to record that our experience on the Spice Islands Discovery cruise in February 2010 only scored a disappointing 6 out of 10.

CUISINE

If you are a regular with Seabourn - and many are - don't you think they could refresh the menus now and then? Even with a different Chef, I recognised exactly the same menus in Restaurant 2 on theme nights as we had on Odyssey 6 months previously. Similarly the same old canapEs are offered in The Club cruise after cruise - where is the Chef's imagination?

The breakfast buffet in the Veranda Cafe seemed to have suffered in quality too. The melon was never ripe; there was a limited variety of all fruit (no grapefruit) and you had to ask for berries or mango. Indeed although we saw mountains of mango in the market in Makassa, the ship ran out completely.

SERVICE

The staff in The Restaurant were stretched beyond the usual demand because the Sky Bar Grill did not operate because of wet weather. It was very evident that some of the waiting staff were not happy in their work. Their general demeanour and body language spoke volumes. I have never experienced such a negative vibe on a Seabourn ship before. The outstanding Maitre D who had managed the situation previously had vanished off the ship. I wonder if he had had enough and resigned.

Service on deck and in The Club was good but not outstanding.

There is no doubt that efficient, pleasant and keen staff are the key to the Seabourn experience. In my personal opinion, the rapid expansion of the Seabourn fleet has left all ships struggling to regain the standard us regulars have experienced in the past

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Sail Date: November 2010
This was our second cruise with Seabourn, the first being the larger Odyssey. Unfortunately our arrival was something of a disaster. We had to unload our luggage at the port gate and drag it to the ship, which was not visible from where we ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Seabourn, the first being the larger Odyssey. Unfortunately our arrival was something of a disaster. We had to unload our luggage at the port gate and drag it to the ship, which was not visible from where we were, nor were there any direction signs. Fortunately we met three members of crew and asked if they would help.

On board we were efficiently issued with our boarding passes and found our way to the cabin. It was clean but there was no indication that they were expecting new passengers. The bar was not stocked, no welcoming champagne, fruit, choice of soap in the bathroom. etc etc.

This was mentioned in a questionnaire we were asked to complete a few days later - no explanation nor apology was forthcoming. A bad start.

After the first day, things improved. The bar staff quickly learned what we preferred to drink. The staff are very friendly without being over familiar.

The suite was up to the usual Seabourn standard. However the 'balcony' is really an opening window, being only about 12 - 18" deep. The bathroom was good although the shower is in a rather peculiar position being placed at the side of the bath rather than at the end.

We arranged two trips with the ship - the first to Cairo to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx and the second to see Petra in Jordan. Both were good.

On our return from one of the trips the staff were waiting with 'welcome home' signs, champagne and canapes, complete with the band. Lovely.

One underused place was the front of deck 5 where there is a whirlpool and loungers, complete with case of soft drinks on ice. Lovely to have a quiet read or snooze.

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Seabourn Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 1.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 4.1
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 5.0 3.6

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