The experience onboard Seabourn Ovation was overall great. However, the spa needs to workout their booking procedures and accounting. I'll begin with the challenging first, we booked The Retreat for sea day and it was a beautiful and private area. We noticed the massage/treatment cabana setup and was excited about getting a massage while there. Unfortunately, the massage/treatment area was for show only. There were no available treatments for anyone in The Retreat, except for maybe a manicure at 7:30pm. Perhaps it is our fault for not booking everything in advance; however, when you're actually in The Retreat it puts you in a different mindset. I believe the spa should have a dedicated masseur/masseuse available at some point for guests of The Retreat. Also, food service took forever and I had to go downstairs for a bite to eat and bring back some proper chocolate chip cookies. It's a great concept, just get it right!
In regard to onboard dining, the food was absolutely delicious. We were very impressed by The Grill (Thomas Keller). We tried it onboard Seabourn Odyssey and wasn't overly impressed but Seabourn Ovation got it right! WELL DONE!
Our verandah suite was perfect at all times, and we loved our stateroom attendant.
Since we wanted to go to Moscow, we did book a private tour for the entire time we were in St Petersburg. We would have purchased through Seabourn but the Moscow excursion wasn't available in advance (or maybe I missed it). Moscow was absolutely INCREDIBLE! It should be a must while you're in Russia.
The Entertainment was great but I believe it's time to replace the Tim Rice show. It was great but not one you want to see on every cruise.
In regard to the staff, they all get 5 stars! It was sad to leave the ship but we are looking forward to our next Seabourn cruise.
Also, a special thank you to Shoreside Guest Relations for solving our issues. Well done to them, too!
We booked a 3-day private tour with a day trip to Moscow. We absolutely loved it and we've used SPB in the past - they're excellent!
Dined at Restaurant Geranium, which was a priceless experience. Also, we dined at Amass which was also amazing!
Tallinn was great and it's such a charming village. We dined at Ribe and loved it (second time there).