Seabourn Ovation Review

4.5 / 5.0
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first class ship with second class food and service

Review for Transatlantic Cruise on Seabourn Ovation
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023
Cabin: Veranda Suite

It's been three years since we cruised since Covid shut down and Crystal bankruptcy (Our go to Cruise line in the past). In an effort to find a replacement we booked three segments starting April 9 and ending May 19 in Dover. The Seabourn Ovation is a beautiful newer ship with generous rooms sizes and furnishings. We had high expectations at the beginning of the cruise and learned quickly that the legendary service and food the Seabourn line was known for has diminished to the point that frequent cruisers on Seabourn were also very disappointed to the point that they said they'd never sail on them again. That was our conclusion also. So we will await confirmation that Crystal has been reborn or seek another cruise line.

A few comparisons that made us miss Crystal.

Library: a few book shelves in the "Seabourn square" that were not current. No newspapers or magazines. No daily puzzles. Crystal had a full time librarian (with a degree in Library Sciences) and many great books, magazines and daily puzzles.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

The cabin was generally large enough with the following exceptions:

The bedside tables were miniscule, with a large phone on my side there was enough space for a paperback and that was it.

The two person table had chairs so large with arms you couldn't easily get in and out. Or slide them back to get in or out.

The bathroom had enough storage except they loaded one shelve with toiletries that were for sale. if you use them they charge your room. And they placed backstock in another lower shelf that was locked, so was not available.

My mattress was worn out, having a large depression near the edge so you could not comfortably get to the middle to sleep.

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