Pure Luxury on the Seabourn Odyssey: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by Keith Harrison

Seabourn Odyssey 5
Keith Harrison

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Pure Luxury on the Seabourn Odyssey

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
We sailed on the Seabourn Odyssey, new to 6 star luxury cruising, we have sailed on Azamara & Celebrity cruises many times and wanted to see experience more.

The cruise around the Greek Islands and Turkish delights was one place we had never visited before so the itinerary was ideal. The ship is beautifully designed with lots of space for the 450+ guests onboard, there was plenty of open space, and no rushing for a sunbed.on a smaller cruise it guarauntees 1:1 service, all staff work very hard and happy to do anything for you. around all decks outside all staff are always there ready to serve you drinks and ice creams and even offer sun cream lotion.

everywhere on board is clean and highly maintained, there are plenty of areas around with comfortable seating, to give you ability to chill out and it makes it home away from home.

The food is Michelin standard; fine dining service is supberb. Waiters escorts all ladies to the dining table, made to feel so More elegant.

The dress code most impressive; no one was allowed wearing jeans/ shorts tee shirts and on nights where dress code requested formal; all men have to wear jackets, shirts tie as well as for elegant casual nights, is was great to see how this was managed and adhered to, actually seeing men sent out of dining room to get a jacket was good. If you do not like and appreciate etiqutte of fine dining and dress code then this cruise may not be for you.

The cabins were very spacious, and well laid out, with a walk-in closet and ensuite with bath and seperate shower.

The entertainment team were our shining stars , Amy, Sion, Mark & Laura, together with Dancers Sergy and Ariyana most outstanding, they partnered well and really deserve standing ovation (not sure of spelling names correctly) wished we could have seen more of them perfoming. it was an absolute pleasue to be in thier company. The cruise director Nick and Brent was brilliant hosts, socialised very well with all, amazing appearances and wore some colourful clothes, made sure they meeted and greeted everybody,

we partied and danced to music from the bands and singers, all were great, did not go to bed till the early hours everynight!

All of seabourne crew and guest should be proud of what captain decribes, all are treated as "we are family", "seabourne family".

The cruise was ultra inclusive, which included premium brand drinks, the waiters remember what you drink, and always had one ready on the table before you could take your seat and were always genuinely smiling, the room attendants were singing in the corridors, which to us meant they were happy in the working environment.

The library and compter station was very good, very comforatble designed seating and all newspapers daily printed out. situation in coffe bar, which was fabulous.

The gym however was rather small and not much equipment due to space and certainly not up to standard of LA fitness, was very hot, very narrow! Less

Published 08/13/11
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Cabin review: V6728 Veranda Suite

Excellent position, on deck 7, Very happy with the room. Nice decor creating ambience. Bed was so comfortable and linen and pillows made us have a good nights sleep. Beds were turned down every night, chocolates left and nie towel arrangements done and rose petals on bed too one night, making every little thing nicer. Table and chairs for in room dining,room service excellent, we had breakfast in room each day and the table was laid with table cloht and set out elegantly. drinks cabinet and fridge was stocked up daily. Nice walk in closet with plenty of hanging space, chest of drawers and had a safe. balcony had enough space with table and chairs, again enough space for outside dining and waiters would lay out with table cloth , napkins ect.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Taxi's were on strike in Athens and made it extremely difficult to get to the cruise ship on the day of embarkation.

Milos was a quiet port, very clean and hot.

Patmos, we couldn't tender, so were transferred to Bodrum in Turkey where we chose not to get off in the midday heat.

Rhodes had a beautiful old town, within ancient walls, but very busy we had several cruise ships in port that day.

Mykonos was easily our favourite island, we went to a lovely beach and the sea was clear and blue not over populated lots of rural panaramic views.

Ephesus, was amazing, concert that is especially for seabourne guests to see was outstanding, classical music played, all table chairs laid out and wine and fruit was plentiful, all lit up candle lights, omly thing was plenty of mosquitos, the old ruins from a time we can only imagine going back BC are an absolute first choice to do ana rrneged tour and insightful history.

Lesbos, again we decided not to get off as the weather was very hot and the town was said to be nearly closed on a Sunday

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