First the negative:
I would have rated this cruise as a 5-Star one, but Seabourn's corporate police allowing smoking in so many places makes it hard to really rate the cruise line positively. They allow smoking on all of the balconies, which make one's use of the balconies hit and miss. Despite a corporate policy against smoking in the cabins, it is almost certainly going on because we could smell smoke in the hallways.There are also a lot of outdoor places that allow smoking, causing one to have to carefully plan their travels through the ship to avoid such places. Want to use the very nice Observation Bar? Don't try it in the evening unless you like smoke. For those who don't like second-hand smoke, make sure you do not reserve a cabin on Deck 10, because they left the Observation Bar door open, and your hallway may be filled with second-hand smoke.
The Food and Beverage on board is inconsistent. We had some really outstanding food, and some pretty terrible food. The service in the restaurants can be dreadfully slow, and it was a rare experience not to have to seek out a waitstaff to refill my water. This should be done routinely, but was rarely offered.
Now the positive:
This was a very nice small-ship experience. Rarely a line to stand in. Friendly and courteous fellow guests. Staff mostly attentive and friendly. No hard sells to take pictures or buy extras. The stateroom was in fine shape, although the bed should have been replaced some years ago.
The selections of complimentary wines and other alcohol were drinkable. No need for us to buy up to premium bottle. This was a pleasant surprise as we can be very discriminating with our wine, spirits, and champagne selections. The bar staff try their best to accommodate your personal drink recipes.
We enjoyed room service, and they did an excellent job of making it a special experience, setting a linen table cloth with all the trimmings.
While we did not attend a lot of the entertainment, the comedian we saw was fantastic. The enrichment speakers were a mixed bag, but Sir Tony, a ex-British diplomat was great.
We may return to Seabourn. We would definitely return if they changed their smoking policy.