It is great to be cruising again, this is our 6th post Covid cruise. This was our second Seabourn post covid cruise. the others on Odyssey plus Crystal (pre bankruptcy), Oceania, and Regent.
What attracted us to Encore was this itinerary which most cruise lines do NOT undertake -- both the Greek and Turkish riviera with many small islands like Kos, Kas, Cesme, Mykonos, Cyprus, plus Bodrum, Istanbul and Athens.
Istanbul Embarkation – It was Marathon Day – fortunately we stayed in Karakoy near the Galata Port. The new terminal is huge and just beware that Taxi drivers do not know where to drop cruise passengers off. Once we found the luggage drop off – it was an easy embarkation to get your board pass, passport control and then to the ship. Distance is an issue as the port is big and the length of walking will be determined where the ship is berthed.
We were in a V4 Veranda. There is plenty of space, a large walk-in closet, bathroom with two sinks plus a tub and separate shower. No need for a larger stateroom – no butlers on Seabourn so there is no benefit for any added expense. Biggest issue was the sofa, which was very uncomfortable and the lack of a workspace. The dining table with two chairs presumably doubles as a desk and dining table.