Seabourn Ovation Review

Wonderful Smaller Ship Experience

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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023
Cabin: Veranda Suite

We chose the Ovation for its itinerary of Iceland and finishing in Denmark, but we were blown away by the superior service and staff on the ship. We have only cruised on larger lines before (Royal, Holland, Celebrity), and while those ships were nice, this experience was far better. The rooms were huge, the bathrooms were enormous and it was close to feeling like a hotel room rather than a cruise ship. The service was above and beyond fantastic. Everyone was friendly and outgoing and although at some points in the dining room the service was slow-ish it was not for lack of trying by the wait staff. We chose the same waiter each night that we dined in the MDR and he was superb. The food in the MDR was the only knock on the cruise. There were plenty of options, but nothing stood out as great and most of it was pretty average. The food at other parts of the ship like sushi and the steakhouse were vastly better and we decided as a group that the sushi restaurant was the best food on the ship (as well as the friendliest staff). We would sail on Seabourn again in a minute and although this was our first "luxury" cruise, we are hoping it will be our normal way of cruising.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Huge room with large bathroom (two sinks). Nice size balcony with a good size sitting/dining area. Plenty of storage with a large closet.

Port Reviews


We did a small group kayaking tour booked by an off cruise company and it was wonderful. Small downtown with a few shops and a great craft brewery right near the dock.


We had a fantastic guide which we booked pre cruise from a non ship company. Absolutely stunning landscape and so much to see. We did not go whale watching but we were told this is a great place to do that.

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