Seabourn Pride Entertainment & Activities
Seabourn has made efforts to improve entertainment and it shows. The stage in the show lounge is small, but just right for big voices, and you can expect resident singers (one doubling as the cruise director) performing solo cabaret acts and Broadway show tunes there. The line is investing in visiting performers too. A our sailing featured Dale Gonyea, a Grammy nominated comedian/songwriter, and magician Craig Diamond. Also onboard were a four-piece orchestra/dance band and a piano player/singer duo.
On select Mediterranean cruises the line is introducing opera, to be performed by the U.K.'s Reduced Opera Company. Other offerings included movie afternoons and nights, and game show events ("Name That Tune" and "Liar's Club" were big hits with the playfully competitive crowd).
During the day, most passengers are happy to entertain themselves with a good book or conversation, and on port days they want to be out exploring. But there are a few scheduled activities on sea days, including talks by guest lecturers (professors, statesmen, authors or stars of stage and screen). Cooking demonstrations, sometimes with visiting chefs, are quite popular, and there are also wine tastings, bridge play, team Trivial Pursuit contests and golf putting competitions.
Shore excursions offered by the ship tended toward the pricey but were way beyond average. On our voyage, a U.S. (eastern) coastal voyage, a low-country food expert took guests around Charleston, and an expert on shrimp offered a tour from Port Canaveral that was one of the most fascinating we've experienced.
Seabourn also offers a complimentary shore excursion program, with one free shore-side event on each sailing; you have to sign up and get tickets. These events are often a highlight of the cruise, and have included, for example, a visit to a private villa in Malta, a glass-roofed canal boat ride in Amsterdam or an outdoor folkloric dance performance in Nafplion, Greece.
Seabourn Pride Public Rooms
The Pride is a comfortable vessel, small enough that you get to know every nook and cranny. But don't go looking for anything exciting. The Club is the one place where people really hang out at night (the small casino is in a walled-off area adjacent).
The Constellation Lounge is your typical observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling, forward-facing windows. The space is underused (it is open for Early Risers breakfast, afternoon tea and the occasional activity, but is usually closed at night), but is a nice space when you want to go and stare at the sea. The Show Lounge is big enough to hold all passengers at once and has tables for drinks. The ship also has a small computer room with e-mail access, card room, small boutique (more utilitarian than enticing) and a small library/video room with music CD's and books-on-disk. Public bathrooms have cloth towels, a nice touch.
Seabourn Pride Spa & Fitness
Like its sister ships, the Seabourn Pride is fitted with a water sports marina that can be lowered when the ship is at anchor and is equipped with windsurfers, sail boats, Zodiacs, water skis, a banana boat and snorkeling equipment. In the center of the marina is a steel mesh cage that forms a swimming pool.
The ship also has a small, oddly placed swimming pool on its top deck (it is in a shaded area in the center of the ship and there is no seating around it) as well as three whirlpools (including one hidden in the prow that couples can reserve for a romantic evening complete with champagne and caviar). Via the line's "Massage Moments" program, free mini-massages are sometimes available on the Sun Deck.
The Sun Deck is separate from the pool, but there are plenty of cushioned deck chairs there and they are popular on sunny days. Fitness facilities include workout, steam and treatment rooms, and a beauty salon. Because space is tight in the gym, exercise classes are held in The Club. Fitness classes not only include the now-typical Yoga, Pilates, and Stronger Abs but also the Chinese body movements known as Chi Kung (which literally means "energy work").
Seabourn Pride For Kids
Seabourn Pride is more appropriate for adults than families. However, the increased number of one-week cruises and a spate of discounts have attracted a younger crowd including families (sometimes multi-generational). The cruise staff tries to accommodate kids by arranging a least a few activities when there are a number onboard, such as a treasure hunt or group showing of a kids' movie. Still, we wouldn't recommend the vessel for any but the best-behaved kids (and having the nanny along is probably a good idea).