We have done more than 40 other cruises including two world cruises, but this was our first time on Seabourn. We had high expectations for this cruise and overall they were either met or exceeded.
I waited to do this review until after we completed our cruise on Oceania Regatta, which we just completed. That was our first cruise on Oceania and I thought it would make for an interesting comparison. In the end, there was no comparison. Seabourn clearly exceeded Oceania in every category, including cuisine. Oceania talks about having the best cuisine at sea, but that's clearly not the case. Seabourn far exceeded Oceania in virtually every category, including cuisine.
The service onboard is excellent. I wondered how so many people knew our names, since we were first time on Seabourn and there are no set table seatings. The answer is the staff actually studies the guest listings. I saw several of them doing this one of the sea days in a remote part of the dining room during a galley tour. Very impressive.
Although this is an ultra luxury line, we never felt like either the cruise line itself or the clientele was at all stuffy. Most evenings it was fine wearing just a collared shirt, although about half of the men wore a sport coat to dinner. On the formal night there were a few tuxes, but most were just wearing a suit or even just a sport coat. No formality and very comfortable.
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary, which was heavy on Greek islands. We were not disappointed. Each of the stops worked well for us.
The ship itself is very nicely appointed. Seabourn Square on the 7th deck is a nice alternative to the typical customer service desk, with coffee service nearby.
Our room (veranda suite) had a huge bathroom with two sinks and separate tub and shower. It is larger than what Oceania calls a "Penthouse Suite" on their R-class ships. We had breakfast on the balcony each morning and enjoyed the white tablecloth service.
The entertainment was well run and what we expected for this size ship. The magician onboard was excellent and perhaps the best we had seen on any cruise ship.
Overall an excellent experience. We look forward to sailing on Seabourn again in the near future!
The Veranda "Suite" is not truly a two-room suite configuration, but is larger than most minisuite configurations on other ships. The bathroom in particular is notably larger and better designed than other similar cabins on other ships. Large balcony, we used it each morning for breakfast.