We have just completed a 20 day cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey (March 21-April 10, 2016). This was our first Seabourn experience; all of our other recent cruises have been on Crystal. So this assessment is a comparison of our Seabourn and Crystal cruise experiences.
Both Seabourn and Crystal are deserving of their six star rating and each has specific advantages and disadvantages. So booking decisions will be dependent on which features are most important to individual passengers and, of course, the dates and itineraries of cruises offered by the carriers. Our impressions are below.
We booked veranda suite 620, which was definitely superior to similar cabin categories on Crystal. The cabin featured a separate walk-in shower, a narrow but very well designed walk-in closet, more than adequate storage space, a table and chairs perfect for in-room dining, and a very comfortable veranda. Significant advantage for Seabourn.
Visited ancient Mayan archeological cite of Izapa that began about 1500 BC and had over 10,000 inhabitants by 60 BC. Not much as been excavated. Origin of Mayan calendar and visited planetarium to learn about Mayan astronomy.
Colonial Panama City is absolutely lovely. It was a bit hot and humid for our walking tour, but we survived. The tour of the Miraflores locks was outstanding.