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Seabourn Encore Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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The best food of all the small luxury cruise ships

Seabourn Encore Cruise Review by Laurielew

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

We chose Seabourn again, because we had tried other lines - Silversea and Regent. On those other lines the excursions were great, but we were not impressed with the food or service. Seabourn had recently hired a new chef for the pool deck evening dining venue - called Earth and Sea. Phenomenal food. Better than any restaurant we have in Seattle or anywhere else. After trying the other dining choices, all of which were good, we ended up eating at Earth and Sea every night. By the end of the cruise word had spread, and it was hard to get a table there. We weren’t impressed with the Thomas Keller dining room…oddly pretentious and mediocre food. They do offer exceptional wines by the glass and wine pairings at Keller, which is a nice addition. We had a much better steak at Earth and Sea. The cruise director was very entertaining and engaging. The staff was warm and attentive. The ship is beautiful - with staterooms larger than the ones on their former smaller ships. Most, but not all, of the land excursions were very good. Seabourn didn't offer an opportunity to rate the land excursions that the other cruise lines do. I think that's a missed opportunity to get valuable feedback, particularly where passenger safety is concerned. In addition to a pool and hot tubs, there are many activities offered throughout the day. The spa management seemed a bit disorganized, but the services were good. We have already decided to a Seabourn cruise for 2020 and 2021. Highly recommend.

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Nicely appointed. Big bathroom with 2 sinks and A LOT of storage space, which we hadn't found on other cruise ships. It made it very easy to unpack and stay organized. The rooms are larger than the ones on their former smaller fleet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Barcelona is a magnificent city. Incredible architecture and history. Spectacular food. Great people watching.


Charming city. Smaller and less congested than Barcelona. Beautiful architecture, great food, very walkable.

Walking Tour

The guide was terrible. Virtually no explanations about anything. He brazenly confronted everyone at the end with his hand out for tips. There were many hills and stairs, which was a problem for about half of the people on the tour. The tour was not properly described, and many people had mobility issues which made this tour arduous and dangerous for them. The guide offered to call backup to help the many people who were physically challenged, but that never happened. This left many people frightened, exhausted, and irritated. For those of us in good physical shape....it was a poor tour that culminated at 'the market'....not the large marketplace, but a multi-floor store selling rugs, ceramics, leather goods, and was probably owned by a relative of the tour guide. Hopefully Seabourn will make changes on future visits.

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Hike through dramatic sheer cliffs and ledges. Gorgeous scenery

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Flamenco Walking Tour

Interesting walk and good tour guide. Excellent Flaminco performance

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Cartagena (Spain)

We did a Virtuoso Tour which included an excellent tour of the archaeology and history, culminating with a paella/tapas lunch in a fine-dining establishment. The paella was mostly rice, and only so-so


Beautiful port city with interesting historical buildings.

Corsica (Ajaccio)

Charming town. The night before this stop, we attended the ship's orientation lecture onboard. It was standing room only, because no one had much knowledge about this port. The speaker made it sound like the port was only a handful of buildings, and almost everything would be closed since it would be Sunday. I think many decided to skip this stop and stay on the ship. Fortunately we went ashore and found a charming town that was much more than a couple of shops. There were several seaside restaurants open. It made for a lovely day strolling through the town and harbor, as well as dining.

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