Western Med & Transatlantic: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by mnice106

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Western Med & Transatlantic

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other
Although we began cruising with Sitmar in 1976, it had been 15 years since our last cruise in French Polynesia. I had always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing and my wife has tried for years to get me to spend sometime in europe. Seabourn provided the opportunity to do both on a six * ship, the ODYSSEY.

We flew into Rome and spent 3 nights at The St. Regis, touring the sights, prior to boarding our home for the next 3 weeks. The boarding process was painless and our luggage was waiting at our suite when we arrived. Our room stewardess introduced herself and we discussed our service requirements, which she duly noted and then performed flawlessly for the entirety of our cruise. We soon learned to anticipate a personal message or artistic preparation from her when returning to our suite at night. She was great!

We purchased on board tours in 4 ports and utilized the Seabourn "on & off" complimentary transport into town at the other ports of call. This is a More wonderful service provided by Seabourn as an included item which saves the taxi expense from ship to town and return. The purchased tours were as described and well guided.

Life on board ODYSSEY was as I anticipated, without children and consisting of a mature and experienced group of world travelers who were, for the most part, congenial while respecting ones privacy. We have made friends on previous cruises with whom we have remained in touch over the years and this cruise also produced some who will be friends for life. We were blessed with incredible weather in the western Med - mostly sunny days and calm seas - and the crossing had the only 2 days of rock n' roll weather during the cruise.

We ate in all the venues and found the food to be exceptional in both quality and presentation. Wine was complimentary and choices other than the nightly selection were available. A wine list of "premium" wines was available for purchase but I never found the necessity, as the selection of provided wines was quite in line with my tastes. The selection of liquor was substantial and met our desires for quality Scotch,
Tequila and after dinner drinks. There was no additional charges for these items and bottles of our preferred liquor was also placed in our suite, where our stewardess re-filled the ice bucket three times daily.

For our last dinner aboard with invited friends, I requested in advance three special order items, all of which were delivered graciously to our table. Service was always friendly and professional in all the restaurants and poolside. Staff was helpful and always concerned that we have an enjoyable experience. Less

Published 12/27/11

Cabin review: V1513 Veranda Suite

This is a forward cabin, consequently you may feel the ship roll a bit in high seas. The TV screens in all suites will not pivot enough for convenient viewing. Charging for Internet connections in the second decade of the 21st century seems unnecessary. Love the walk-in closet. Didn't really use the balcony this time of year and that may be something to consider on specific itineraries at different times of the year.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We did a guided walking tour of the markets - beautiful vegetables, fish and meat - and churches. Stopped into a sidewalk cafe for a coffee and croissant.
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90 minute drive from port to town and on return. A beautiful city with magnificent churches, art and sights. Great for a walking tour. Good for leather goods and jewelry.

Took the "in & out" bus and then walked to the cable car (gondola) terminal to ride to the top of the mountain. Incomparable views of the city and port. Well worth the ticket.

Took a bus tour and aside from the church on the hill, which provided an incredible view of the city and harbor, I wouldn't bother again. My least favorite city.

Walked from the ship to the cliff and up top to the castle - take the elevator as the steps go on forever. Walked around the narrow streets and alleys with small shops and restaurants. Look for the Monaco Chocolatiere and treat yourself to a piece of chocolate made for the Prince & Princess.

A beautiful resort island with magnificent shopping areas - could have done some serious shopping here. Took the 100 year old train up to the mountain village of Soller. Quaint little village for lunch and then a buss ride back down the mountain.

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