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This was our second cruise but our first Seabourn cruise. We chose this cruise based on the destination and Seaboun's reputation. We were not disappointed in either. We traveled with two other couples, one who had been on Seabourn previously. We found the size and layout of the ship to be excellent. The public areas were comfortable and we always found someplace nice to spend some time both inside and out. We enjoyed all of the bars, however we found the Observation Bar too smoky after dinner. The service throughout the ship was excellent, whether it was help with the internet (which could sometimes be a problem), making shore excursion plans, or future Seabourn travel. Our room Stewardess was delightful. Food - fantastic! The Colonnade breakfasts were everything we could want. We had breakfast in the Restaurant one day and found the service slow. We had room service twice (breakfast and dinner) and found the service and food both good. Dinners in the Restaurant were outstanding. We booked Restaurant 2 for one evening and it was a special experience. The two dinners we had in the Colonnade were excellent as well. The special meals - Chef's Market Lunch and the "Crew on Deck" - were super. Lunches at the Patio Grill were good. Our only complaint was that there is often not enough seating (especially on "Team Trivia" days) and that on the few cold days when Patio Grill was our only option after a late tour, there was no place inside to sit where it was warm. Seabourn does a good job of providing varied activities. The all-inclusive nature of the ship makes it easy to socialize and participate in activities, whether it be the "Block Party", cruising Millford Sound where champagne and drinks are offered, or the early morning entrance into Sydney Harbour with, coffee, tea, juice, and pastries available. The six members of our group enjoyed Team Trivia, Bridge, golf, needlepoint, the magician's demonstration, and the fitness center especially. We only had two complaints about our Seabourn experience, both of which have been expressed to Seabourn. The first is the issue of smoking on the verandas. This was a problem for all of us in our group of six as smoke from a nearby cabin often prevented us from enjoying our verandas. We are aware that other luxury cruise lines have banned smoking on private verandas and we hope Seabourn will address this issue as well. The second problem was inadequate self-service laundry facilities. Four machines for 450 people for a cruise of this length and this distance from most homes was a problem. Many guests traveled before and after the cruise as well. Finding an empty machine was not easy. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise experience and we hope to be back on Seabourn in the near future.

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Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by Sr voyagers

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This was our second cruise but our first Seabourn cruise. We chose this cruise based on the destination and Seaboun's reputation. We were not disappointed in either. We traveled with two other couples, one who had been on Seabourn previously. We found the size and layout of the ship to be excellent. The public areas were comfortable and we always found someplace nice to spend some time both inside and out. We enjoyed all of the bars, however we found the Observation Bar too smoky after dinner.
The service throughout the ship was excellent, whether it was help with the internet (which could sometimes be a problem), making shore excursion plans, or future Seabourn travel. Our room Stewardess was delightful.
Food - fantastic! The Colonnade breakfasts were everything we could want. We had breakfast in the Restaurant one day and found the service slow. We had room service twice (breakfast and dinner) and found the service and food both good. Dinners in the Restaurant were outstanding. We booked Restaurant 2 for one evening and it was a special experience. The two dinners we had in the Colonnade were excellent as well. The special meals - Chef's Market Lunch and the "Crew on Deck" - were super. Lunches at the Patio Grill were good. Our only complaint was that there is often not enough seating (especially on "Team Trivia" days) and that on the few cold days when Patio Grill was our only option after a late tour, there was no place inside to sit where it was warm.
Seabourn does a good job of providing varied activities. The all-inclusive nature of the ship makes it easy to socialize and participate in activities, whether it be the "Block Party", cruising Millford Sound where champagne and drinks are offered, or the early morning entrance into Sydney Harbour with, coffee, tea, juice, and pastries available. The six members of our group enjoyed Team Trivia, Bridge, golf, needlepoint, the magician's demonstration, and the fitness center especially.
We only had two complaints about our Seabourn experience, both of which have been expressed to Seabourn. The first is the issue of smoking on the verandas. This was a problem for all of us in our group of six as smoke from a nearby cabin often prevented us from enjoying our verandas. We are aware that other luxury cruise lines have banned smoking on private verandas and we hope Seabourn will address this issue as well. The second problem was inadequate self-service laundry facilities. Four machines for 450 people for a cruise of this length and this distance from most homes was a problem. Many guests traveled before and after the cruise as well. Finding an empty machine was not easy.
Overall, this was a wonderful cruise experience and we hope to be back on Seabourn in the near future.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V1 511
Our cabin was large, had great storage, and everything that we needed. The closet and drawer space was great and we were able to store our luggage under the beds. The table in the cabin was a bit inconvenient for dining as the chairs are too low - we had to sit on pillows to be high enough. The veranda furniture was changed out when we were in Melbourne near the end of the cruise. The new chairs and foot rests are comfortable but the table is too small for dining. The bathroom is very nice and larger than most cruise ships. The dressing table outside the bathroom is a welcome feature.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Kangaroos & Koalas
    This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We were able to view close up kangaroos, emus, yellow-billed spoonbills, and koalas in their native habitat. Our guide gave us a good understanding of these wonderful animals.After the tour, we took the tram from the dock into the city of Melbourne. It is a lovely city with much to see and do, including a lot of public art and sculpture. We found Melbourne easy to negotiate on our own and with friendly, helpful people. We would like to return to see more of all that the city has to offer.
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  • Akaroa
    Akaroa is a lovely town. We took a tour over the hills in the Banks Peninsula to Okains Bay where we toured the Maori Museum. Even though it was a cloudy day, the scenery was lovely and the museum interesting. The highlight of the tour was a stop at the Giant's House in Akaroa. This is a private historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. The creativity of the artist Josie Martin is amazing and we wish we had been able to spend more time there.
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  • Geelong
    Not knowing anything about Geelong before our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by this port. Geelong is a lovely town with very welcoming residents. We took a shore excursion bus tour which included a tour of the city, the Botanical gardens, and the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Center - all very interesting. Afterwards we walked along the boardwalk viewing some of the decorated "Bollards" and rode the ferris wheel. We had several chats with the local residents and enjoyed our time there very much. We would love to return to Geelong.
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  • Sydney (Australia)
    We disembarked in Sydney at the White Bay Cruise Terminal which makes it difficult to get into the city. We spent three days in Sydney after the cruise. We chose to do the hop-on-hop-off bus tour which we have done in many other cities. This tour in Sydney was by far the worst. One of the buses had earphones but the other three that we took only had speakers placed throughout the bus and it was difficult to hear the commentary. We found the buses did not run on time making many of the waits very long (45 minutes between buses), and opportunities to take pictures were rare and difficult.While in Sydney, we took the tour of the Opera House which was excellent and the Captain Cook Harbour tour which was also very good.
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  • Wellington
    Wellington is a lovely and very clean city. We took the cruise ship shuttle into the city and then rode the Cable Car to the top at Kelburn and back down. Next we booked the hop-on-hop-off tour bus. Unlike most cities where this is a large bus, in Wellington it is a small van (no more than 10 people) and is a much more personalized tour. The tour of the city included stops where we were able to take pictures and it was possible to get off if you wished and catch the next bus when it came by. We found good shopping and the town is filled with friendly people, several of whom stopped to offer us help as we were reading the map.
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