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Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Great service as usual on Seabourn!

Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review by Mr.Bond

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

I have sailed before on Windstar, Ponant and Seabourn. From boarding in Dover( a dream of ease ) to disembarking in Copenhagen, both were effortless and lovely experiences compared to air travel these days, that I refer to as "combat travel"!

They know your name within a day or two, and the service is remarkable from all departments! They enable you to note your preferences before hand as far as the stocking of your bar and type of soft drinks you would like. Preferences for bedding conditions are all taken into consideration, which is great for us with back issues.

The food that is overseen by Thomas Keller went from very good to excellent in all dining venues. The Sushi restaurant is a great lunch choice as they have very good bento boxes! They have enough dining spot choices, without having too many, that seems to lessen the food quality on other luxury cruise lines. From breakfast in my suite daily, to most of my meals in The Restaurant in the evening were terrific. An example of how great they are is how the chief chef Jes Paskins was relayed a passing comment that I love mussels. Within a few hours he appeared at my table in The Restaurant and asked when I would like them? (lunch or dinner the next day), He also asked me how I would like them prepared. He prepared them as requested in the French classic style, which then was reduced with cream. Incredible result the next evening at dinner! He is an enigma, and has a personality you won't forget!

The tour director Chris Harley was great and very caring. He also is a super talented singer from the London West Inn and made my visits to their Grand Salon very memorable. All performers were not your typical seafaring talent!

The bartenders, stewardesses, guest services staff are beyond professional and caring.

You can feel they actually care about your welfare and comfort at all times! The entertainers in the Observation Lounge on deck 11, Rachael & Vlad are quality light jazz performers! The bartender on deck 5 Vanessen with a great personality, makes the best "sour margarita" i have had on a ship!

They almost perceive what you need before you ask, which is uncanny. I have thought of cruising on other cruise lines, but this last cruise on the Ovation has "sealed the deal" for me, and I already look forward to my next booked cruise for Nov. 27th of this year for 24 days with anticipation of returning to their wonderful care!

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V5 753

The layout was well planned. The walk in closet was great. The bath was elegant and functional and kept pristine! The stewardesses also seem to know of things you might need before you ask. Balcony large enough to enjoy and very comfortable. The blackout drapes were a great addition for this Norwegian cruise that was many days in total daylight, Great fine linens and lighting on rheostats.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Geirangerfjord was amazing with nice lunch on this somewhat long day, but very enjoyable overall.


Great basic introduction to the city of Bergen and then the Floybainen view point and ride were super.


Beautiful scenery and waterfalls. They add additional buses, so you are never crowded into one bus!

Pulpit Rock

The only actual rainy day, but it was a fun/interesting cruise.

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