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From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship totally. They did nothing wrong and were indeed charming but going forward we will avoid school holidays for our cruising. The food was really lovely, the service was A1 and the ship immaculate. The entertainers were top notch but were challenged by rather esoteric (for us!) material and to be honest we didn't really like the shows. This was a shame as when they did the sail away from Venice they were amazing and we had high hopes. They sang like angels but we just didn't know many of the songs. Note the informal dress code (or whatever it used to be called) had disappeared and it was formal for two nights in the 14 and elegant casual the remainder which meant that we carried two jackets unnecessarily. Main complaint. We don't like the Colonnade for breakfast (actually at all - the only place Silversea beats Seabourn for us is La Terrazza) . It is too busy and the seating is odd with very limited places for two and odd stalls where you can sit en masse - not for us. We think the main dining room should be open as it was on previous cruises for a tranquil breakfast and lunch. The much hyped complimentary trip to Ephesus for a classical concert was also disappointing. Firstly the venue requires some mighty music (and indeed would be a great place to use some of the wonderful classical singers on board) but instead we were treated to lovely but delicate chamber music (named for a reason) which felt simply wrong. Then we were bitten alive by horrible mosquitoes (or similar). Seemingly this is a known evil and there was meant to be spray on the table. I didn't see it and nearly a week later my ankles are still a mess. I should say we were at the back and most people we spoke to found this a lovely experience - maybe just us! We were on the 10th floor and for the first time were very conscious of noise from the Observation Bar to the point of just being about to complain when it stopped. Week one no issues but week two the pianist seemed to be louder and one night started a singalong which was totally inappropriate given the proximity of cabins to the venue. I've just read this back and this review sounds negative which is not the intention. We paid our deposit and will be back on Seabourn soon as it is totally our favourite cruise line (as it was with most cruisers on board). The criticisms are intended to be totally constructive.

A Tale of Two Cruises

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by Fleetcat

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From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship totally. They did nothing wrong and were indeed charming but going forward we will avoid school holidays for our cruising.

The food was really lovely, the service was A1 and the ship immaculate.

The entertainers were top notch but were challenged by rather esoteric (for us!) material and to be honest we didn't really like the shows. This was a shame as when they did the sail away from Venice they were amazing and we had high hopes. They sang like angels but we just didn't know many of the songs.

Note the informal dress code (or whatever it used to be called) had disappeared and it was formal for two nights in the 14 and elegant casual the remainder which meant that we carried two jackets unnecessarily.

Main complaint. We don't like the Colonnade for breakfast (actually at all - the only place Silversea beats Seabourn for us is La Terrazza) . It is too busy and the seating is odd with very limited places for two and odd stalls where you can sit en masse - not for us. We think the main dining room should be open as it was on previous cruises for a tranquil breakfast and lunch.

The much hyped complimentary trip to Ephesus for a classical concert was also disappointing. Firstly the venue requires some mighty music (and indeed would be a great place to use some of the wonderful classical singers on board) but instead we were treated to lovely but delicate chamber music (named for a reason) which felt simply wrong. Then we were bitten alive by horrible mosquitoes (or similar). Seemingly this is a known evil and there was meant to be spray on the table. I didn't see it and nearly a week later my ankles are still a mess. I should say we were at the back and most people we spoke to found this a lovely experience - maybe just us!

We were on the 10th floor and for the first time were very conscious of noise from the Observation Bar to the point of just being about to complain when it stopped. Week one no issues but week two the pianist seemed to be louder and one night started a singalong which was totally inappropriate given the proximity of cabins to the venue.

I've just read this back and this review sounds negative which is not the intention. We paid our deposit and will be back on Seabourn soon as it is totally our favourite cruise line (as it was with most cruisers on board). The criticisms are intended to be totally constructive.
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