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Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Fabulous first experience on Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review by AndyandSu

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

We chose this 7-day Baltic cruise with Seabourn as we liked the itinerary (5 countries in 7 days) and wanted to try a “luxury” cruise line having previously cruised with Celebrity, Cunard and Oceania.

We were not dis-appointed, Seabourn and their staff ensured everything went extremely smoothly from the very start. Check-in and boarding in Stockholm took 5 minutes, very different from experiences we have had in departure ports like Seattle and Istanbul.

Our cabin (Veranda Suite on deck 9) was well equipped, and a little larger than we have experienced on other ships.

I would not say the Seabourn Ovation has a great “wow” factor - no large Atriums or glass elevators, BUT the attention to detail from the staff, and the fact the ship is designed to never seem crowded, more than made-up for it.....it very quickly felt like home.

The food was excellent in all restaurants. We particularly liked the Sushi restaurant and the excellent waiters/sushi chefs, as well as The Grill (reservation needed, but no extra fee to pay).

The Collonade restaurant provides buffet breakfasts and lunch, with a themed menu dinner service. The found the quality of food just as refined as in the ships main restaurant ( called The Restaurant).

We noticed two things with the Seabourn staff, that added to our experience; they were happy to engage in conversation with the guests and we particularly had the impression they were proud to work for Seabourn. This pride showed in the way they treated all the guests and took care of every detail.

I need to mention two staff by name, Danielle, oiur excellent cabin steward that always seemed to be available right outside our cabin and always with s mile, and Tibor in the Patio Bar, who decided his mission was to introduce my non-alcohol drinking wife to cocktails of her choice.

We only used the Seabourn shore excursions in St Petersburg as we did not have independent visas for Russia. All the trips were well organized and not too expensive compared to other cruise lines. We also noticed that Seabourn seemed to ensure each group was quite small, so never any waiting around.

Finally dis-embarkation in Copenhagen could not have been easier. No immigration, no queues for luggage or for taxis.....just a smooth as the start of the trip.

Insider tip - if you like good croissants for breakfast, go to the coffee shop in the Seabourn Square. They make their own, and they are a little more “French” than in the restaurant.

Thank you Seabourn!

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V2 911

Good size cabin with walk-in closet. Good bathroom with tub and separate shower. Quite good TV options including live channels and many recorded movies/TV shows.

We liked the cabin location as it was close to all amenities, but in a “dead-end”corridor so very quiet.

More-over the sound insulation was excellent, really no ship noise at any time.

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A nice city worth spending 24 hours in prior to boarding


Seabourn provided a shuttle bus to the old town (can be walked in 30 minutes). We spent 2 hours in the old town, then returned to the ship.


The ship docked right next to the city center so allowed a very easy walk around the town, with plenty of shopping/dining options


Dis-embarked here and spent 48 hours in the city. An enjoyable time with plenty of outdoor activity (active river and canal system).

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