Seabourn Odyssey: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by GopherTan
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Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Firstly, the service was outstanding - unobtrusive, efficient, friendly and genuinely interested. Secondly, the food was superb - down to the breadsticks. Our only complaint here was that their interpretation of Asian food paled by far to Crystal (we asked for a special dinner consisting of chinese food one More night - we are Asian). However, now that we know, we can stay away from requesting this to focus on the seafood that was consistently good. Thirdly, the vessel is so well designed that we often felt that we were on a private cruise. The only time we lined up for anything was during the Colonnade's buffet breakfast. My favorite hiding spot was at Seaborn Square's patio. We were often the only ones in the level 6 whirlpool. I had found the Crystal cabins (both Serenity and Symphony) to be fine but the size and comfort of the Odyssey's suites is so much better, especially the size of the bathroom and the wardrobe. I tried out the special bubble bath, which is a nice way to start the cruise (although once was enough for me).
Last, but not least, the informal atmosphere I think helped to inculcate a relaxed holiday/resort mood on board. There was no pressure to have to dress up in the evenings in formal attire while at the same time, some sense of decorum was appreciated by my mom (who does like to dress up and did not feel out of place if she did).
As with other reviews, the weakness is most definitely the entertainment but because we knew about this, we weren't too disappointed. My mom, who loves to dance, had enough of this activity to keep her occupied. I believe the younger vibe of the passengers helped and my mom remarked that she felt there was more willing participation from the passengers to dance when compared to other cruises she had been on (Crystal, Cunard). We did not take any shore excursions as I prefer to arrange my own visits. I would have liked more informative lectures on board - something Crystal does well - but again, I had enough going on not to miss it. The "casino" was woefully small so I suspect this aspect may not favor those who are more inclined towards this activity.
On the whole, perhaps it is because the program and vibe suite my age group better that I enjoyed the Seabourn more than Crystal. I definitely prefer the smaller size over the big cruise ships because I don't like being herded. Less
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Ideal location on level 7 in the middle of the vessel, close to the stairs/elevator lobby so we were able to access other levels easily. I also liked being on the same level as Seabourn Sq - which was my favorite place to congregate. Noise levels were low except for the doors that do tend to slam. This did not bother me, however, as I am an early riser. A big plus is the bathroom size (double sink and separate shower) and the walk-in wardrobe. I do wish the TV was bigger. The furniture is a bit big for the verandah but comfortable.Read All Veranda Suite (V6) Reviews >>
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