Seabourn Odyssey Istanbul Athens 7 nights: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by roryholly00

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Seabourn Odyssey Istanbul Athens 7 nights

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Istanbul
Small ship with 450 passengers and about the same amount of crew. The staff were all excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are all suites and most have a balcony. The suites are furnished with subtle matching colours and all the bathrooms are marble and have a shower, separate bath, 2 hand basins and Molten brown amenities. A choice of 4 restaurants each night and one can dress formally or smart casual in the most formal of the restaurants. The code of dress is very relaxed on board. the food is excellent and the portions are on the smaller side which is good as you have so many places to go to eat throughout the day. The drinks are included and although there are no drinks lists, you can have any cocktail made that you want. The staff are always on hand and rather than wait to be called, they are always there wanting to serve.

The excursions were very well run, with no waiting on buses or queuing. We got off the boat, into the coach and headed straight off on More the tour. The tours were interesting and the guides were also very knowledgeable.

The entertainment on board was excellent although not a lot of choice. The singing group did 3 shows during the week that were excellent, and after the shows there was dancing in another area, or you could go to the Observation Deck for a late night drink and listen to the lady singing and playing the piano. For us , the choice of entertainment was sufficient, and what we had, was very good.

The amenities on board were excellent. I went to a few of the gym classes and also went to the gym once. Although the gym is small, it is quite adequate for the number of passengers on board. The pool area is well designed with 2 whirl pools but the pool itself could have been a little bigger. There was another pool aft of the 5th deck but this was even smaller and not utilised very much.

Seabourn Square is a great place to relax and read the multiple choices of world newspapers available to passengers. In the Square there are is also access to internet , a coffee bar and also staff to make tour bookings etc.

We did the Galley and the Bridge Tours which were very interesting, but need to be booked early on in the cruise. Restaurant 2 also needs to be booked early as it only holds 30 passengers and it can only be booked once in the week. It offers a degustation plate accompanied by selected wines.

The staff are multi cultural and all are very friendly, and the cruise director John, was fantastic at organising the activities and keeping us all informed on the following days events.

We would not hesitate to recommend Seabourn and look forward to returning next year!! Less

Published 07/19/11

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