Seabourn Encore Cruise Review by Caledontraveller
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
We visited interesting places and particularly enjoyed the Ventures excursions in zodiacs and kayaks and hiking.
The ship is spectacular with excellent speakers and restaurants.The food is varied and really good although it tended to be very salty and more information about fat content and better descriptions on the menu would have been appreciated. Some favourites were the soufflés and the Japanese restaurant. The Thomas Keller was rather disappointing as there was the same menu every time and the portions were enormous.Much too big.
The entertainment was superb and all the singers and dancers excellent. Very enjoyable. The only one we were not enthusiastic about was the Piano player at the Thomas Keller.
The new Seabourn ship is about to launch and consequently many staff have left for it so there were a lot of staff who did not know what they were doing. The beverage service was really slow and we had often finished breakfast and lunch at the patio before getting a drink.the staff were super friendly but rather disorganized. The cabin attendant was not as efficient as she could have been too and the carpet had stains on it when we boarded. Surely it could have been cleaned?
The enrichment lectures we’re mostly interesting and sometimes excellent and it was great to be able to treat children them on the cabin TV.
Some of the shore excursions were not very well described and not worth the money but others were really worthwhile.We loved the ventures trips.
It was disappointing that we did not have a marina day as we had enjoyed those before but swimming in the ocean was limited due to jellyfish stingers and the weather.
Altogether the fitness facilities were severely lacking. A huge amount of space had been devoted to a retreat to bring in more money. This could have been used for yoga or Pilates or running track.
We definitely will sail again with Seabourn . Best cruise line we’ve been on. Complaints are just nit picking really.
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