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Seabourn Encore Review

5.0 / 5.0
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119 reviews
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A Happy Ship: Very Pleasant Sailing on the Seabourn Encore

Review for Seabourn Encore to the Middle East
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018

Having recently returned from our second Seabourn cruise, we debarked the ship after 19 days wanting to stay on board. Alas, "duty calls", including back to work. Now, after settling in at home, herewith, in no particular, order, are my impressions of our trip.

Last year (December 2017) we tried Seabourn for the very first time, on the Odyssey for a Caribbean cruise. Interested readers can find my review for that trip. Suffice to say, we were by no means overwhelmed by Seabourn on that trip. Yet this most recent cruise met and in many ways exceeded our expectations. As a result, we indeed look forward to returning to Seabourn in the future.

We sailed October 20, 2018 from Athens to Dubai, including a day on the Suez canal. When we booked this trip way back earlier this year, we knew that we were most interested in Greece before-hand, and Israel as ports of call. For the rest of the trip, for the most part for us "the ship was the destination", with the goal to relax, enjoy excellent food and service on a fine floating resort, and recharge. In that way, the Encore did not disappoint.

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Jerusalem (Ashdod)

Too short a stay.

Sir Bani Yas Island

Lovely place for the beach party, albeit a bit rocky! Wear water-shoes.


An interesting city. Enjoyed the Four Seasons at Jumeriah Beach before flying home!

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