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Seabourn Ovation
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By Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Editor

Seabourn Ovation Overview

Seabourn Ovation offers everything loyal cruisers love about the brand -- ultra-pampering service and top-notch dining in a laid-back, country club-style environment. Though laid out nearly identically to sister ship, Seabourn Encore, Ovation has its own look, brought to life by renowned interior designer Adam D. Tihany, with the help of ArtLink, which curated the art collection onboard.

About Seabourn Ovation


Cruise fare includes nearly everything -- even unlimited caviar


Highest-category suite lacks balcony space

Bottom Line

Beautiful, yacht-like ship with top-notch service and dining

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Ovation offers the new dining options first introduced on Encore, and was the first to debut Seabourn's new alfresco dining concept: Earth & Ocean at The Patio. It also offers the line's new gelato program. Additionally, the ship is the only one in the fleet equipped with all-new high-speed internet technology.

Overall, the ship offers an effortless vacation experience, in which crew members go above and beyond to pamper passengers and make them feel at home.

Fellow Passengers

Seabourn passengers typically hail from North America, the U.K. and Australia, though you'll likely also see travelers from other European countries, such as Germany. The average age onboard ranges from 40 to 70. Passengers are wealthy and extremely loyal to Seabourn; roughly 50 percent of those onboard most sailings are repeat cruisers. (Meet-and-greets are held to make first-time cruisers feel welcome.)

The line is also gay-friendly, and special LGBT meet-ups are held throughout each cruise. You'll hardly see kids onboard, but when families or multigenerational groups are onboard -- usually during holidays -- Seabourn offers a kids' program.

Seabourn Ovation Dress Code

Seabourn's dress code is slightly more relaxed than other luxury cruise lines. During the day, passengers wear casual, resort-style attire (shorts and jeans are allowed) throughout the ship, including in the lounges. Swimwear, cover-ups and exercise attire are reserved for the pool area, outside decks, spa and fitness center.

At night, the dress code in all venues is mainly elegant casual -- men are encouraged to wear slacks with a collared dress shirt or sweater (jackets are optional), while women can wear slacks or a skirt with a blouse, a pantsuit or dress. Both men and women are allowed to wear jeans, as long as they're not distressed.

Formal nights, which are celebrated only in The Restaurant, occur once on cruises up to 13 days, twice on cruises of 14 to 20 days and three times on cruises of 21 or more days. All other venues aside from The Restaurant maintain elegant casual dress codes on formal nights. Seabourn's formalwear requirements include a tuxedo, suit or slacks and a jacket for men and an evening gown or other formal apparel for women.

Seabourn Ovation Inclusions

The cruise fare on Seabourn Ovation includes all meals (there are no supplements for any of the restaurants); most alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and cocktails); specialty coffees; a logo tote bag for every passenger; and shuttle buses in port when the town center isn't nearby.

Gratuities also are included in the cruise fare, though you're able to tip extra if you wish. (We recommend making a donation to the crew fund in lieu of tipping individuals.) In the spa and on guided tours, tipping is up to the individual.

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Seabourn Ovation Ship Stats

  • Crew: 450
  • Launched: 2018
  • Decks: 12
  • Passengers: 600
  • Registry: Bahamas
Seabourn Ovation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins N/A 5.0
Dining N/A 4.0
Entertainment N/A 4.5
Fitness Recreation N/A 4.0
Family N/A 4.0

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