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Seabourn Encore Cruise Review
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Do NOT choose cabin 707

Seabourn Encore Cruise Review by tanner.smith

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

It is with great sadness that I am writing this review as I have never had to write a negative review before, however we have written to Seabourn since returning home and as they refuse to accept responsibility for issues then I feel it is my responsibility to inform potential customers of potential problems.. We chose the cruise as part of a long holiday to New Zealand. We had travelled on Seabourn Encore the previous year to Australia and were mainly satisfied so we didn’t hesitate to book again. There was not much availability so our cruise consultant chose a cabin for us.

Our cabin was appalling, ( see review below). We tried to change cabin, we were more than willing to pay to upgrade but the head of Guest Services said she would come back to us and never did.( we had already tried to get info about the cabin before leaving the UK)

It was very galling to see the Seabourn Venture staff and even guest entertainers had cabins in better areas than we were allowed to purchase.

Our first day was ok and then for some reason despite knowing of bad weather the captain decided to sail the ship to Norfolk Island. I had 4 days flat on my back with sea sickness as the swell was a constant 13-19ft and the ship was unstable, making it very uncomfortable to move around. At times it felt very dangerous. As expected we could not tender at Norfolk Island, In fact Seabourn have only tendered 2 out of the last 18 attempts!!!! Why did they attempt it knowing the weather was bad? And why do they not publicise how unlikely it is that the visit to the port of Norfolk Island will be successful?

On the 6th day I made it out of bed and managed an excursion but then I started to feel ill. I was in agony. I was forced to see the ships doctor and found out I had streptococcal tonsillitis. Apparently there had been an outbreak on the previous cruise and a few of the crew caught it. We thought it was because nobody is asked to use the hand sanitizer anywhere on the ship and therefore hygiene standards are not as good as they should be. This was not the case when we were on the ship last time. Standards have definitely dropped over the year.

I then spent another 3 days in bed, having to visit the doctor again to get stronger pain medication as I was in agony. It cost me 400 dollars through non of my own fault!!!!

I have to say that Madeline our cabin attendant was fantastic and tried very hard to help me whilst I was ill. She was very sympathetic and genuinely cared. A credit to Seabourn.

I recovered and then managed to enjoy visiting the other ports we did dock or tender at.

The food standards have definitely dropped since the previous year. I can only describe the food as very boring, apart from the pool bar at night where at least the food had some flavour. We spoke to so many people who felt the same that we stopped speaking to people as we were not only bored with the food but bored with talking about it!!

The entertainment was lack lustre and uninspiring. Cost cutting could be seen in all areas.

On a positive the shore excursions were well organised and the staff very friendly.

Please be careful when choosing a V1. It is very different to a V6 and I would hate anybody else to run off the ship at the end of a cruise as we did because we could not wait to leave.

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V1 707

Cabin 707- I cannot call it a suite as it is not large enough or comfortable enough!!

The bathroom is appalling. If you stand at the right hand sink the back of your knees are wedged against the toilet. Not very hygienic. If you put something in the waste bin your face is almost in the toilet- even more unhygienic!! The shower is so small that if you try to bend to wash your legs or feet you bang your head, your elbows or your knees. We had rough weather and I bashed my head on the grab rail. I had bruises all over my body from the shower!!! There is no bath but we knew that, but they do not tell you that everything else is smaller too!!

They also do not tell you that the suite has all the same noise as suite 700 and suite 701

( which it does tell you about). When the anchor is taken out for the tender process you experience at least 15 mins of awful noise early morning and upon leaving port.

What they do not tell you about and totally deny is the horrendous noise in these cabins if they are rough seas or if the captain turns the speed up at night. We had rough seas and the noise was horrendous!! It sounded as though an elephant was landing in our cabin every 10 seconds for the whole day and night. Even when we did not have rough seas the noise was awful as the waves hit the front of the ship. Sleep or any sort of rest was impossible.Just listening to the recordings of the noise brings back awful memories.

They also do not tell you that there is no vanity area to do do hair or make-up, you have to use the dining table. Not very hygienic again!!

There is so little space between the right hand side of the bed and the wall the only way to get out is to face the wall and move side wards.

Usually the difference between veranda cabin grades is the position on the ship. Not with Seabourn. Cabin 707 was 60 sq ft smaller. Even our cruise consultant did not know there was such a big difference.

We begged Seabourn for information about the cabin before we got on the cruise and apart from telling us the size of the shower they had no other information.

We now know why they refused to give us the information.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Akaroa Walking Tour

Great day

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Used the shuttle and had a long walk round. Nice city


Amazing museum especially the Gallipoli exhibition


We stayed on the ship as we had already been to Hawke’s Bay


Fantastic tour around. Tauranga is a stunning place.

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