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Seabourn Ovation Review

Service lacking

Review for the Mediterranean Cruise on Seabourn Ovation
Arthur J.
6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Veranda Suite

We chose the Ovation for the itinerary. Leaving from Lisbon and on to Portomao, Huelva (Seville), Malaga (the Alhambra), Cartagena, Monte Carlo, Cinque Terra, Toulon (Provence), Mahon (Minorca) and disembarking in Barcelona. All in all, the itinerary lived up to its expectations, although we had to miss Portomao because of Tropical Storm Leslie so we remained in Lisbon for the second day.

The only hitch we had for our own itinerary ashore as with the Alhambra. We had been wait-listed for a ticket package that included the Nesrud Palaces, a highlight of the Alhambra and, according to those who have been there, not to be missed. When it become apparent that we would not be getting tickets through Seaborn (they are extremely difficult to come by), even though we had been on the wait list over four months prior to leaving. A few people were lucky enough to get the Seabourn tickets, but more on that later.

We told the guest services agent on board that we planned on using the ship's tour bus to the Alhambra (which did not include the Nesrud Palaces), as we had purchased our own tickets and would join up with the bus prior to the group leaving the Alhambra. Our tickets were from 11am to 2pm, meeting at 10:45pm exactly where the tour bus would be pulling into the bus parking lot. We informed the Seabourn rep of our plan prior to boarding the bus and she cleared it with the tour guide. We arranged with him to meet up with the group at a restaurant should we not be ready to rejoin the bus when the Seabourn group was ready to leave. All was going smoothly as we left the port around 8:35am. Unfortunately, the guide decided to announce that we would be pulling into a rest stop for bathroom use and also for buying merchandise. Had the stop been for ten minutes all would still have been fine, but it was closer to 25 minutes and we then had no chance to make our tour. The Alhambra was outstanding, but we will now never have the opportunity to see the Nesrud Palaces.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Cabin V4

Well appointed, pretty specious, lovely veranda with two chairs and footstools. Also, a lovely warm blanket.

Port Reviews


Landed in Lisbon three days prior to the cruise. Great city. Loved the sights and, especially, the custard tarts at Time Out Market.

Cartagena (Spain)

Didn't take a tour, but loved the Roman amphitheater. Also, a good walking city.


Loved Barcelona. Only had a day and a half there, but did a lot of walking and took the Hop On-Hop Off bus which was a good way to see the city if time was limited.

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Just walked around Mahon. Not much to do and it was a very windy day.

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