Seabourn Ovation Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Seabourn Ovation provides spacious suites, good food, friendly staff, and solid entertainment

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Seabourn Ovation
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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Veranda Suite

I cruise a variety of luxury lines, usually based on itinerary. Though I prefer somewhat longer cruises, as part of extended travel, I worked in this short Seabourn (SB) cruise relatively short-notice, to give SB another try after some disappointing experiences on the smaller ships. I was pleased with the improvements and efforts, and am happy I retried SB on the Ovation this year. Though the cruise was short, my review is long.


We had seamless boarding in Barcelona by group based on arrival time, starting at 12:45 (many pax had arrived earlier, thinking they could board after 12 regardless of what their electronic boarding information told them, like 'in the good old days.' There were many friendly personnel to guide boarders, clear instructions, and a comfortable waiting area.

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Veranda Suite

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I have been her multiple times, and there is something for everyone (tasty food, shopping, parks, many different museums and interesting churches). Allow at least four days if you can, a week if you want to do day trips. The down side is that this city is packed with tourists.


Mahan port is pleasant with easygoing options for food, visiting fishing villages, wine, and scenery. If you can, rent a car for a day to have independence and flexibility.


Sete itself is not very interesting, but it is an hour away from Carcassone fortress and Aigues-Mortes mini-fortress towns, both of which are good tourist stops, so Sete is not a bad port to stop at.


Toulon itself looked a little rundown in parts (sad-looking apartment buildings, and some beggars on the streets displaying their defects). But the nearby seaside town of Cassis allows a very nice, typical Med upscale relaxing tourist visit for food, photos, and shopping.

Florence (Livorno)

Livorno itself is nothing special. Most people who come here want to go to famous Florence, Tuscany wine country, or Cinque Terre, all of which are unfortunately significant drives and this makes for a long day, so it takes some health and stamina to visit those areas when based on a cruise. The closest tourist area to Livorno port is Pisa (just a half hour away) , but other than the famous leaning tower and souvenir shops, there is not much to see there.

The area would best be visited by land/car and not via cruise.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Civitavecchia is more than an hour from Rome (up to 2 hours, depending on traffic), which is why I subtracted a star. I did not go into Rome this cruise, but there are of course many sights there worth seeing, allow at least four days, preferably a week or more.

Within striking distance of port is the town of Tarquinia, which has ancient burial mounds and an excellent archeological museum, which we visited this cruise on an excursion.

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