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Our first Seabourn cruise. Istanbul/Venice 4 June 2016 14 days.(Other cruises Matson's Monterey, Avalon, Regent). Short summary - top class, giving us the relaxed and comfortable, quiet holiday we expected. Staff prior to departure in Seabourn's Sydney office pleasant and helpful and, importantly, extremely efficient. Boarding in Istanbul so fast and smooth I can't remember the detail. Out of taxi, handed over luggage, passports, and on board in what seemed like five minutes. Relaxed lunch in Colonnade, moved then to excellent, spotless cabin, welcomed there with champagne and canapés. Bathroom good..shower adequate in size despite what some others have said. Staff throughout always pleasant and helpful. Food always excellent, with good variety at all venues. More than adequate servings. Soufflé ..yes,yes,yes! Wines OK to good. Premium wines were over priced in my opinion. Thomas Keller didn't impress us as much as the excellent MDR. We were very impressed with the Town Square setup and used its comfortable facilities a lot. WiFi arrangements were adequate in speed and pricing for us as we needed only email and a few other resources. Staff quickly and competently fixed a problem one day (and gave credit for the lost period). Two lady expert speakers on the region were excellent each evening. They deserved a larger audience. Very accessible throughout the cruise. Smokers, few, were no problem at all. Why do so many cruisers get their knickers in a knot over this issue? (Neither of us has ever smoked and prefer to avoid them, but, leaving aside the adjacent balcony issues, complaints seem to us to be over done). Tendering was efficient and comfortable. Disembarkation ditto. Two key destinations - Santorini and Dubrovnic - less enjoyable because of the thousands disgorged from multiple cruise ships at the same time. But, what to do...... It's not a perfect world! Shopping with the Chef was a highlight. Overall, hard to find any faults. So much so that we rebooked for Quest ex Barcelona in April 2017. PS. If I had to find a fault, even a minor one. .......In the Sky Bar I was served a Scotch on the Rocks, in a wine glass!

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Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by Muddle

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Our first Seabourn cruise. Istanbul/Venice 4 June 2016 14 days.(Other cruises Matson's Monterey, Avalon, Regent).

Short summary - top class, giving us the relaxed and comfortable, quiet holiday we expected.

Staff prior to departure in Seabourn's Sydney office pleasant and helpful and, importantly, extremely efficient.

Boarding in Istanbul so fast and smooth I can't remember the detail. Out of taxi, handed over luggage, passports, and on board in what seemed like five minutes. Relaxed lunch in Colonnade, moved then to excellent, spotless cabin, welcomed there with champagne and canapés. Bathroom good..shower adequate in size despite what some others have said.

Staff throughout always pleasant and helpful.

Food always excellent, with good variety at all venues. More than adequate servings. Soufflé ..yes,yes,yes! Wines OK to good. Premium wines were over priced in my opinion. Thomas Keller didn't impress us as much as the excellent MDR.

We were very impressed with the Town Square setup and used its comfortable facilities a lot.

WiFi arrangements were adequate in speed and pricing for us as we needed only email and a few other resources. Staff quickly and competently fixed a problem one day (and gave credit for the lost period).

Two lady expert speakers on the region were excellent each evening. They deserved a larger audience. Very accessible throughout the cruise.

Smokers, few, were no problem at all. Why do so many cruisers get their knickers in a knot over this issue? (Neither of us has ever smoked and prefer to avoid them, but, leaving aside the adjacent balcony issues, complaints seem to us to be over done).

Tendering was efficient and comfortable. Disembarkation ditto.

Two key destinations - Santorini and Dubrovnic - less enjoyable because of the thousands disgorged from multiple cruise ships at the same time. But, what to do...... It's not a perfect world! Shopping with the Chef was a highlight.

Overall, hard to find any faults. So much so that we rebooked for Quest ex Barcelona in April 2017.

PS. If I had to find a fault, even a minor one. .......In the Sky Bar I was served a Scotch on the Rocks, in a wine glass!
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