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25 Seabourn Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

We have been on Seabourn before and really enjoyed it so this was a natural choice for a Caribbean cruise. The staff continue to be very high quality, attentive to requests and just the right balance of friendliness and ... Read More
We have been on Seabourn before and really enjoyed it so this was a natural choice for a Caribbean cruise. The staff continue to be very high quality, attentive to requests and just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism. The cabin ( Veranda 825) was fine -never felt cramped and the excellent separate storage room continues to impress. Never felt crowded on the ship and we were always able eat outside at the Colonnade restaurant. The food is good though i don't understand the fuss about Thomas Kelleher - two evening there was only his food in the colonnade and i would have preferred the regular menu. Service at the patio (by the pool ) was great. We went to the magician twice who was superb. Embarkation was fine - disembarkation less so as they forget to call our number and along with a number of others we were waiting in Seabourn Sq for an unnecessary hour. Each afternoon there was a 'port talk ' about the next day's stop and these were good and packed out. I think they may be new and if so please continue with them Seabourn. My only complaint was about the wifi. I paid $399 for unlimited access on a 12 day tour and it was really really slow -much worse than our last Seabourn cruise 2 years ago. It should be free anyway given how much we pay and they must adddress the speed issues . Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Although still quite good, a two year hiatus from SeaBourn certainly highlighted a decline in service. Corporate "cutting" is evident, with the service especially. As the top end of the Carnival line one would think the bean ... Read More
Although still quite good, a two year hiatus from SeaBourn certainly highlighted a decline in service. Corporate "cutting" is evident, with the service especially. As the top end of the Carnival line one would think the bean counters would leave this one alone. Not so. Less servers and less competent (trained?) servers compared to our two Seabourn cruises in winter of 2014. Not saying people didn't try hard, but the reduction in server to guest ratio has the staff scrambling and forgetting requests as the order of the day. Multiple requests to get a food item fixed or an accompaniment are required. We had to send dinner back multiple times on multiple nights. The TK restaurant closest resembles the "Old Seabourn" and should be the model for the ship. All other areas are totally de-personalized. The one thing that sticks in my head from a few years back in that one server told us that on Seabourn they do not say no. Now, they have no issue with it. We had been anticipating a return for months. There are lots of luxury cruise lines out there, it appears Seabourn is happy no longer standing above the crowd. We had fun, but will certainly shop around before returning. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was my first Seabourn cruise, having previously sailed with Crystal one can't help comparing experiences. However, there is little I can say about Seabourn that would compare favourably, or entice me to sail with Seabourn in the ... Read More
This was my first Seabourn cruise, having previously sailed with Crystal one can't help comparing experiences. However, there is little I can say about Seabourn that would compare favourably, or entice me to sail with Seabourn in the future. Overall it was a dull experience, I did not find the ship to be well laid out, I found the decor bland, ceilings low, generally lacking in colour with virtually no art to brighten it up or give a point of interest or feel of luxury. While they provide al fresco evening dining, it is by the swimming pool and they make no effort to dress the area from daytime to evening and so the tables are left left bare of table clothes with no lanterns, table lighting, or flowers, to create an atmospheric dining experience. I found the food service to be delinquent, for example waiting 45 minutes for tomato soup, (served cold), or an hours wait between courses in the main restaurant. While they pride themselves in providing whatever you might wish for, in reality it felt as though an imposition for them to do so. I found the salads to be poor and my grand daughter of 9 years has made me a better pizza. I suspected that there was an issue between the galley and the servers. Seabourn Square is advertised as having a European Konditorei-style coffee bar serving specialty coffees, drinks, sandwiches, pastries and gelato. In reality, I found the choice of sandwiches to be of a very thin club sandwich, or a very small round corn roll with about a half spoon of egg filling and there was no daily variety. I asked for some fruit instead but they said that they didn't serve it. The entertainers were a delightful bunch but the acts were not memorable. At times it felt holiday campish and perhaps demeaning given the advertised 5 star offering. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We sailed from Ft.L on Dec 3-15. We enjoyed almost all aspects of the ship, save for one important exception. Let's begin with the positives: Check in was quite quick since there's only 450 passengers. Note that a slow ... Read More
We sailed from Ft.L on Dec 3-15. We enjoyed almost all aspects of the ship, save for one important exception. Let's begin with the positives: Check in was quite quick since there's only 450 passengers. Note that a slow check-in never bothers us much since the ship isn't going anywhere till be board. Once aboard we were very impressed with the beautiful architecture and furnishings of the common areas. Aesthetically, it's far beyond the look of every other (non-Seabourne) cruise ship. The cabin, starboard far forward, was roomy enough and storage and closet space abundant. The bathroom puts all others to shame for this level of cabin. My wife loves tubs, the shower is large enough for non-petite me. We didn't use the second sink, preferring to use the space for incidental storage. The TV is tiny (I have the identical model in my garage workshop) and inconveniently positioned. The channel selection is "cruise ship scant" but reception was consistently good. I miss my home 200 channel cable package though the TV service has an extensive "on-demand" repertoire of movies and TV offerings . The veranda door opens outward and is difficult to prop open. The A/C worked well. The maid was efficient, unobtrusive, and friendly. We usually want absolutely minimal maid service. The elevator service was rapid and we often rode by ourselves. It's an easy ship to move fore to aft, being small and with simple architecture. The internet service was fair, not up to level of Disney. I use only minimal email checking so I don't worry about anyone's high price. Note, being a retired computer professional of 50 years, don't believe the usual cruise line disclaimer of its internet service "it's the slow satellite to blame". The true issue is their servers are not technologically up to date. These things cost money and they go obsolete in 12-18 months. Disney realized this a few years ago as more passengers are wanting more stream based services. As us old geezers fade into history the generation behind us not only will demand a service speed comparable to land based systems, but won't want to pay too much for it. The evening entertainment was quite good. The morning lectures were excellent as well. I usually suggest to every cruise ship that more movies would be nice, both late morning and early afternoon. Odyssey screened some movies at 9:45 P.M.! After a large supper and plenty of wine and after dinner drinks I could not stay awake past the opening credits. The tours were good enough, though we usually don't do much past the quickie photo op bus rides. The tender days were perilous, choppy water make them "1-2-3 JUMP" experiences. I'm getting too old and nervous to do this too many more years. The choppy water cancelled out caviar shore lunch. Wisely, it was rescheduled to poolside. Some of the port were not that exciting, Ile de Saints, Martinique, San Juan but staying aboard is always a viable option for this caliber of ship. Now to the food, again positives first: We started with lunch at the aft buffet "Colonnade" and we were impressed by the diverse selection. The wait staff and buffet cooks were rapid, efficient and friendly. We were impressed with their level of service. Only Azamara was comparable, so far. Our subsequent lunches were at the poolside "Patio Grill" about half the days. Likewise their wait staff were quick, efficient, and friendly. As burger joints go this spot excels. It's not a huge selection of food but diverse enough to satisfy the poolside crowd. There is a nice coffee shop "Seabourn Square" on the 7th floor, sharing the library and customer service area. The coffee here is excellent and a few snacks are available. This spot fills the gaps when the restaurants are closed. It's a nice touch. Note that there are NO photographers on board and no semblance of a photography service. This cruise line is nicely low key in that regard. The daily feel and pace of the ship makes other cruise lines feel like a county fair on the water. "Restaurant 2", the premium dining venue, was an interesting experience. The menu is a "tasting" of a number of gourmet-ish odd items. At least here we had a server who could explain what we were in for. Beware though, a definition of "tasting menu" is that the entire sum total volume of the 5 courses will fit I'm the palms of your hands. Now to the food, negatives next: The first evening things started to go awry. The main dining room "The Restaurant" is quite understaffed of waiters. We experienced 6-8 different waiters, all of whom seemed very rushed to take orders, with minimal explanation of entrees, and with good reason. The menu items that changed daily were described in an overblown terminology I'll call "Gourmet-Bizarre". Many items, their method of preparation, the sauces, were undecipherable to this layman. The waiters, mostly Eastern European, some with minimal English skill, were scant help because they couldn't understand the chef's gibberish either. Appetizers usually took 15 minutes to arrive, entrees an additional 45 minutes. Wine refills were prompt, though. The four of us received at least 1 incorrect item delivered each of the 12 nights. 6 of the 12 nights at least one entrée was incorrectly customized (steak under/over done, sauce not omitted, etc). Soups were lukewarm as was the coffee. The waiters are all nice guys and diligent workers but they have to work too hard under excessive time pressure such that they have no time to explain menu items, give recommendations, and build a rapport with diners. The actual food quality was good though the recipes were "over gourmet-ed". This ship needs more waiters, simply put. We dined mostly at the MDR though in retrospect we should have had more evenings at the buffet "Colonnade" where the service was routinely excellent. Sidebar cabin issue: Something about the shower plumbing allows sewer gas to back up into the cabin. We reported this and we heard other passengers with the same observation. After showering we would block the drain with a wet wash cloth (of course the maid would remove it). After maid service we'd run the shower and block the drain again. Sidebar passenger issues (3) : Heart attack in Guadeloupe, passenger evacuated. Bleeding ulcer in Grand Turk, passenger evacuated.. A loud, nasty, profane drunk (2 PM!) in the pool, passenger not evacuated. Fortunately for fellow passengers his unfortunate wife dragged him off as an embarrassment. Summation: Would we travel Seabourn again? Of course we would. The positives far outweigh our nitpicks. It's a stunningly beautiful ship, catering to a nice classy crowd, of which we made some nice acquaintances as well as lots of great conversation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My wife and I were on the December 6th 14-night Caribbean cruise, from FLL to FLL. This was our sixth Seabourn cruise, and many of the familiar satisfactions were in place. A fine crew dedicated to making you happy, an aging ship, but ... Read More
My wife and I were on the December 6th 14-night Caribbean cruise, from FLL to FLL. This was our sixth Seabourn cruise, and many of the familiar satisfactions were in place. A fine crew dedicated to making you happy, an aging ship, but one kept in very good repair, a vivacious CD who amped up trivia contests, a significantly improved array of wines, assuming you chose with care, the familiar and very generous suites with an attentive stewardess (thank you, Nash.) But then there was the food. Restaurant 2 was fine and interesting. The Colonnade was more hits than misses, including a Thomas Keller bbq rib offering that was very good indeed. The Thomas Keller Napa burger at the Patio Grill was memorably better than its predecessor, as was the hot dog. But, most evenings one would head to The Restaurant. And disappointment. On our first evening we chose from the TK menu, having sat down at 7:30. More than a hour later, our server informed us that the chosen appetizers were 86. We made alternate selections and the first food arrived at 9:00pm. Very little that was proffered at the Restaurant was the experience you hoped for. Soup invariably arrived luke warm, meat ordered medium arrived rare, meat ordered well done arrived rare. Fish asked to be cooked through wasn't. Side dishes of vegetables came in little domed pots, which helped maintain their (barely) room temperature. Twice a souffle essentially under cooked. One Thomas Keller entree of lobster was quite interesting. A lobster tail flanked by two pieces of lobster meat, the latter tender and delicious. But the contents of the tail defied removal, whether by gouging, slicing, prying or chopping. Being gregarious, we usually asked to share a table, and often found ourselves seated with folk on their first Seabourn cruise.Which put us in the unenviable position of having to apologize, explaining to the newbies that "this isn't typical of Seabourn. Really." When you pay a premium price you should reasonably expect a premium experience. So what caused The Restaurant to become a disaster area? Well, one (partial) explanation is that a new computer ordering system was being introduced, and at least some wait staff were using mini-pads to enter food orders. Which was fine if you wanted an item exactly as described on the menu. But if you asked to substitute one vegetable for another, or dressing on the side, or any one on the countless variants that one might request, the server froze and the mini-pad became more of a barrier than a catalyst. Another problem may be the parallelism of a Thomas Keller menu side by side with the regular one. Anarchy in the galley, perhaps? With many satisfying SB cruises to look back on, we can more easily assay this cruise as one in the midst of changes at Seabourn. Changes which will probably make us happy to cruise with Seabourn in the future. But we might wait to see some positive reviews of the integration of Thomas Keller with The Restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
By way of introduction we are a couple in our 60’s and have been on more than 65 cruises. For the past ten years we have sailed mostly with Silversea, Regent, and Oceania. This was our first Seabourn cruise since being on the Legend when ... Read More
By way of introduction we are a couple in our 60’s and have been on more than 65 cruises. For the past ten years we have sailed mostly with Silversea, Regent, and Oceania. This was our first Seabourn cruise since being on the Legend when it was first put into service many years ago. I know many of the readers of this review will be seasoned “Sojourner’s” but here goes….. Embarcation was a breeze in Ft. Lauderdale. SHIP The ship is lovely.  Very elegant and large enough for a variety of venues and settings yet small enough to feel intimate and comfortable.  Nice art work, well-placed bars, restaurants, clubs, etc.  Seabourn Square is brilliant.  In the "Square" is the coffee shop where one can get all kinds of coffees, teas, and specialty drinks (prepared by real baristas) along with various snacks and ice cream.  In the same area is what would be called a concierge center.  Here you will find guest service personnel at desks where you sit to conduct whatever business you need (like the purser's office on other ships).  The guest services center is flanked by computer banks on two sides which is the computer center.  On one side of the room is the library and on the other side of the room are the shops.  The excursions desk is also in the square.  SUITES Our Category V-3 suite was located on deck 6 and is indicative of the majority of the suites on the ship, save the Penthouse and Owner Suites.  It was very nicely appointed and decorated.  As you enter the cabin through a very narrow entrance there is a vanity area with lights and mirror.  The verandah was large enough for two chairs, that have foot rests that can turn the chair into a 'chaise' and a table large enough for two to enjoy a meal on.  However, the verandah furniture was worn and the mesh was uncomfortable. There were no cushions or head rests. The floor is teak and the glass railing provides for a lovely view of the sea and in port.  (Suites in categories V-1 and V2 have partial metal railings and the views are obstructed.)   The living area had a sofa (very hard) and a table that is very comfortable for two to dine on.  There are cabinets on each side which house the TV and the bar with the mini refrigerator.  There is ample storage throughout.  The sleeping area is separated by a curtain (if desired) and has excellent lighting for reading and/or relaxing.  The mattresses were not as comfortable as I was expecting for a premium line. Perhaps they will be replaced soon. The walk-in closet is spacious enough with five deep built in drawers and a safe.  There was plenty of room for hanging clothes. The bathroom was quite comfortable and well laid out. There is a twin sink vanity and a full sized tub as well as a small separate shower. While not loads of room for storage, there was certainly enough for us. Service by our stewardess was excellent. We hardly ever saw her, but our room was meticulously clean and refreshed twice a day. The towels were not of the quality one would expect from a premium cruise line and were a disappointment. Mostly they were scratchy and worn. Seabourn needs to address this. We did have an issue — that was resolved on day 2 — regarding having a bottle of champagne in our suite. When we booked, we indicated that we did not want any bottles of liquor in our suite (as we prefer to have cocktails in the bars and lounges), but would rather have champagne (which we do enjoy in our suite). We called Seabourn directly to ask them about this, as we had read on the Cruise Critic Boards that one could only order glasses of champagne in their suites. The Seabourn office assured us, as well as our travel agent, that this would be no problem and to simply indicate our preference on our “suite bar preference request.” When we arrived, there was a bottle of bourbon and a bottle of vodka which we did not request. We informed our stewardess of our request and she said that we would be charged $35 for each bottle of champagne we ordered. We asked her to check with the hotel manager and to reference the pre-cruise request we submitted. The next day she informed us that she had, indeed, spoken with “provisions” and that she would replace each bottle of champagne as it was consumed. The issued was resolved and we had no problems getting our champagne, but we shouldn’t have had to make that request twice. Dining venues The Restaurant The menus were not very innovative or exciting, in spite of their wonderful descriptions.  We found the food in the dining room to be just average to good.  The service and the presentation however, were excellent.  The “complimentary” wines were just OK. However, we were able to request different complimentary options other than the ‘wines of the day’ and we were accommodated with Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir instead of the standard Chardonnay or Malbec. The deserts were ordinary, at best, in any venue. However, the ice-cream was outstanding and there was a great variety of flavors as well as sorbets and frozen yoghurts. The Colonnade This was no ordinary buffet/alternative dining option.  There was both self-service and full table service for breakfast and lunch and full table service for dinner.    For lunch and dinner there were excellent varieties of foods and the design of the room made for easy access to each of the food areas.  For dinner, The Colonnade became a lovely indoor/outdoor bistro.  The menus, though limited, were more imaginative.  It was especially nice to be able to sit out on the back deck for an al fresco dinner. The Patio Grill By day, this pool side casual venue was quite popular, though we found it to be very bland and "perfunctory."  The 'fast food' type lunch items were tasteless and the salads and entrees (which did change daily) were very bland and boring.  At night, however, the Patio Grill was a lovely outdoor 'grill.'  Steaks and seafood were well grilled along with a nice changing buffet of appetizers to match the theme of the evening.  There are limited tables and on some nights people arrive very early to insure a seat! Restaurant 2 We found Restaurant 2 to be a fun and inventive alternative. The pre fixe menus were imaginative and tasty. The service was extraordinary. While we enjoyed it, one visit in 10 days was amble for us. Room Service We enjoyed breakfast in our suite almost every morning. Because we were vacationing and not on any set schedule (nor did we have any tours booked in advance) we waited to order breakfast when we awoke and when we knew what we were in the mood for, rather than ordering the night before.  Our breakfast always arrived just as ordered and actually quite fast, usually in 15 minutes.  The table was laid with a table cloth and linen and was set up just as you would find in the restaurant with every detail (salt, pepper, and appropriate condiments).  On a couple of occasions we decided to have dinner in our suite (which we could order off the dining room or room service menu). These turned out to be two of our most memorable meals, accompanied by bottles of wines of our choice. The Bars We enjoyed the service at all of the bars.  Every bartender and all of the waiters were great.  The pool service bar is quite fun to observe as they start "roaming" the pool area (both decks) with drinks of the day, cold towels, and even sun tan lotion.  All the servers were friendly and accommodating. Service Seabourn prides itself on their level of service and they do not let down.  All service personnel were professional and accommodating.  The only disappointment was that during our entire 10 days, not one crew member asked for, or called us by name.  Not even the maître d's who asked for our suite number (not sure why) every time you entered a dining venue in the evening.  This was not a deal breaker, but certainly a surprise. Our past experience with Silversea and Regent was to be addressed by our names starting from day one.  They even had "cheat sheets" to help staff remember passengers.  The disconcerting thing was that some passengers were addressed by name and somehow it made us feel “less than.” Disembarkation was as easy and seamless as embarkation. It was well organized and just flowed. We enjoyed the ship enough that while onboard we booked one of the new Penthouse Spa Suites on the Quest for next year. So I guess that is enough of an endorsement!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I previously wrote a quasi review/compare contrast of Seabourn to Oceania. I want to expand a bit to be clear and fair. I also want to make clear that I am not writing as a snob or elite, but somebody who really enjoys the luxury travel ... Read More
I previously wrote a quasi review/compare contrast of Seabourn to Oceania. I want to expand a bit to be clear and fair. I also want to make clear that I am not writing as a snob or elite, but somebody who really enjoys the luxury travel experience and expects to get what we think we are paying for. My biggest problem with Seabourn and the reason for the less than favorable review is based on advertising my wife and I were under the impression we were buying a luxury product on par with Oceania or Crystal or perhaps a Ritz Carlton/Fours Seasons Hotel experience. Our experience was a let down. Although the ship is smaller than most with fewer passengers and an excellent passenger to space ratio (which is really nice) the quality of the food and soft furnishings is lacking and frankly poor beyond belief. My wife and I really feel that the food and soft furnishings are so mediocre - and so not even close to being on par with a shoreside semi-fine dining experience - that the Seabourn experience can be best summed up as an expensive sized down version of a Holland America cruise. Not to knock Holland America (as I have in the past), but at least HAL does not advertise to be a six star product and in many regards is superior at a lesser price point. We are very well traveled and enjoy luxury as much as the next luxury seeking traveler, but also expect to get what is promised and what is paid for. A few examples include many unhappy crew members who are frankly rude. For example, Seabourn boasts "all inclusive liquor". We are not big drinkers, but I do enjoy good wine and in support of Seabourn their house wines are really terrific. However, their reds/cabs are served in the same glasses as whites. I asked one night at dinner for a proper cabernet glass and the waiter said "oh...you mean you want a revenue glass" in a very demeaning and disparaging way that myself and our table mates found very embarrassing and unacceptable. How awful, instead of just kindly bringing me the requested and appropriate glass. Although room service is served nicely with table cloths the quality of the food is no different than HAL and Princess. Again, not to knock these products, but for the price we paid we expected more. For example, I orderd a "bowl of berries" that consisted of three strawberries cut in half and I kid you not one blueberry! Deck furniture is worn and uncomfortable. The standard lounges are the exact same ones we have seen on Princess or the rear deck of HAL with the slingback without cushions. Again, nothing wrong with that, but for a luxury product we expected something more on par with Crystal, Regent, Oceania etc. Cushions with terry cloth covers would be terrific and certainly are found on the competition and when you are in the tropics do make a difference. This is what you also find at Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. Cabin towels are not of high quality and heavily starched. They are somewhat akin to what you might get at a Sheraton. Again, please don't be sensitive and take offense. Nothing wrong with Sheratons, but they don't boast to be a Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental. Multiple times towels actually had clearly visible brown stains. Again, for a product claiming to be of high caliber and price commanded - very disappointing and gross. Another example of missing mark and our expectation is bar service. Bartenders seem non caring and simply go through the motions. When you dine at a fine restaurant or steak house it is not uncommon to have a special drink request. Such a request might be no sweet and sour, but fresh lime juice in my margarita. These requests are ignored and sweet and sour used severl times. Another for example, my wife ordered a mudslide. The only deviation she asked for was to have it served in a short glass instead of one of the large smoothie glasses as she preferred a high octane low volume drink. The bartender rudly made clear that this request was not possible. When she said "other bartenders on the ship have made it for me this way" his answer was "I'm not other bartenders do you want it my way or not at all". We were shocked! Again, in life not a big deal. However, on a "luxury" or even not so luxury vacation unnecessary and kind of upsetting to be treated rudly when you are guest with a not so difficult or demanding request. The ship is only three years old and shows signs of aging everywhere. Much of the outdoor seating (not lounges, but wicker furniture) has ripped and stained cushions of poor quality. Our bedding was awful and sheets were balled. The bedding does not even come close to that of the Mariner Dream Bed on sister line Holland America or that of the Westin Dream Bed. Certainly, it cannot even come close to comparing to Oceania, Azamara, or Regent (fair competition). Again, for a six star product we expected better comfort and quality. In fact, other than the crowds and perhaps, respectfully, passenger demographics Holland America remains in hindsight a good value when a Neptune Suite is booked when compared and contrasted with Seabourn. As previously stated in my comparison to Oceania and Azamara which in some regards is thought to be a near luxury product compared and Regent which is direct competition to Seabourn which is marketed as "luxury" there is simply no comparison and Oceania, Azamara, and Regent wins hands down and will be our choice consistently moving forward when looking for a luxury product as we do have a choice. My wife and I always enjoy our cruises and my critical critique is not meant to be demoralizing or demeaning to Seabourn in any way, but merely to express our disappointing opinion of where they miss the mark - which they consistently do in so many areas. We are glad we sampled Seabourn. That being said, again there is a lot to be appreciated about Seabourn including the smaller ship, lower than usual passenger count for a ship of 30,000 tons (only 425+), high passenger to space ratio, and high crew to passenger ratio. If things such as soft goods like bedding and quality of food and selection of food are not important and you are not a foodie I can see where Seabourn would be very enticing as their itineraries are fabulous. We just think for us better options exist. Its really an issue of value for the money and we feel other lines excel better at the same price point. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Welcome to winter! Just back from a 10 day RT on the Sojourn FLL to FLL, eastern Caribbean. (Deck 8, V6). It was good to get back aboard the larger Seabourn ships again after a couple years gap and several runs on the smaller Legend, ... Read More
Welcome to winter! Just back from a 10 day RT on the Sojourn FLL to FLL, eastern Caribbean. (Deck 8, V6). It was good to get back aboard the larger Seabourn ships again after a couple years gap and several runs on the smaller Legend, Spirit, and one of the very last on the Pride this year (heading to Windstar soon). All the Seabourn touches come in the larger ships, but so so so much extra, and all of it modern and high tech facilities the old ships just can't deliver. This run was especially well orchestrated for its relentless attempts to really bring back the FUN in warm weather cruising, albeit, Seabourn style! 4 (yes 4) well attended deck parties made the cruise extra special. Caviar, cocktails, starlight dancing, and all with enjoyed with one of the most well travelled groups of cruisers you'll ever meet. On this particular voyage, 5 couples had logged over 350 sailed days with Seabourn, - some of the lines royalty to say the least! My only CON (and I'm a very picky one for details) is that Seabourn needs to invest in some high end deck chairs and furniture. For a line that demands its tariff, you would expect Oceania, Crystal, St Regis, Four Seasons style deck chairs, (you know, the ones with comfy cushions, and dressed with terrycloth covers and head pillows).... but instead, Seabourn leaves you with the EXACT same lounge chairs as you find on the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam.... Ugh. Not exactly the most comfortable chair when you just need that extra hour snooze before cocktail hour. Everything else is wonderful, and good enough that we've already booked the Sojourn again for its 2nd world cruise segment (Sydney to Hong Kong 34 days FEB 8 2014) Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Just returned from our first Seabourn cruise and must say that it was very nice compared to main-line cruises we have experienced in the past (we have been mainly HAL cruisers for the past few years). I really enjoyed the smaller ship, one ... Read More
Just returned from our first Seabourn cruise and must say that it was very nice compared to main-line cruises we have experienced in the past (we have been mainly HAL cruisers for the past few years). I really enjoyed the smaller ship, one never felt crowded aboard. Also did not miss the ships photographer being in your face constantly, nor did I miss the line pushing "junk" items or "Gold by the inch", etc. The dining, especially at dinner was just superb, both food quality and service were what one would like to expect on all cruise lines, but alas this is no longer true on the mainstreams who now push their alternate dining at the expense of the standard. While I am not sure that it is worth two to three times the price of a HAL cruise I sure did enjoy it! But, if you can afford to cruise at Seabourns prices, this may be the way to go! Cabin was very nice, but frankly it was only a bit larger than a Veranda on HAL. This did make room for a small dining table that made room service meals much easier and Seabourn made them more special with setting up the table with all the trimmings including a white tablecloth. I did not particularly care for the cabinets with shelves in the main cabin vs drawers, this made it much more difficult for me to locate items as I practically had to get down on my knees to find where I had put things. However, the closet did contain drawers that made up for some of it. An odd thing was that the room safe, which was in the closet, had no handle or pull and it was impossible to open the door without something to pry it open with. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We have been wanting to try Seabourn for several years and received a very nice email offer for a 10 day Sojourn Caribbean cruise with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Basseterre, St. Kitts, St. Johns, Antigua, St. John (Cruz Bay), USVI and ... Read More
We have been wanting to try Seabourn for several years and received a very nice email offer for a 10 day Sojourn Caribbean cruise with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Basseterre, St. Kitts, St. Johns, Antigua, St. John (Cruz Bay), USVI and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic. Also, 4 sea days was a big plus, as we enjoy sea days. This was our 55th cruise, and had been to all the ports except for Antigua. The ship was delayed coming into Ft. Lauderdale because the Captain on the prior segment was taken ill, so our embarkation was delayed by a few hours. Not a problem as we had come in 2 days early are were staying at a nearby hotel, just a short taxi ride from the port. We enjoy smaller ships, and found the Sojourn's 350 passenger size to be not too small (as with their older 3 ships) and the ship was really easy to get around. The ship was spotless, cabin extremely well laid out with lots of storage space, especially for a shorter cruise. Being outdoor walkers, we enjoyed walking on the metal deck rather than use the gym. We didn't use the pool, and had little opportunity for sun-bathing, but did enjoy the cabin and balcony. We enjoyed a few shows which were quite good considering the small space. We really like having everything included (soda, water, wine), only paying for tours and the internet. The staff was outstanding - and almost every night, we were invited to a staff's table, where we met many interesting, well-traveled passengers. The Seabourn Square with the coffee bar alone will put us on this ship (and the sister ships) again! We took the train tour in St. Kitts, which we enjoyed, and only walked around the other ports, as we had 'been there, done that'. Our only disappointment was the food, which we found not up to Holland ships on their longer trips (21 days or longer) or Regent's ships. But overall experience made up for that! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I know that alot of people go on cruises looking for something different to do. My wife were looking for a decompression. We've travelled the US some 50 times, been to Europe to see the ruins twice, and now look at vacationing as an ... Read More
I know that alot of people go on cruises looking for something different to do. My wife were looking for a decompression. We've travelled the US some 50 times, been to Europe to see the ruins twice, and now look at vacationing as an opportunity to just relax. This cruise met that need and then some. The first 2 days at sea allowed plenty of time to do nothing, dine on excellent food, and move around doing nothing at all. No place to be, nothing that really needed to get done, and no deadlines. We didn't find any of the ports particularly attractive, though we went ashore for the experience and tshirts and magnets. We just enjoyed being on the water, even in the tenders. Our room was on the 8th floor, where you find the pool-with plenty of sun deck, the Patio Grill--which is and open air restaurant for lunch and dinner that is excellent for service and food, The Collonade--where we ate 90% of our meals on the back open terrace preferably--a buffet style restaurant. Some thought the ships walking deck not large enough, not us, we did our walking around the ship itself, albeit at a slightly less pace. If you were looking for a drink, their were plenty of options to choose from, with the drinks and meals all inclusive. The room was large enough for 2 without getting in each others way. There was a sitting area with a couch(not the most comfortable) and 2 chairs with a small table. I wouldn't recommend planning on watching ESPN. The sports channel was from Britain and news was the main option for us. The bathroom was very spacious with 2 sinks, a bath, and a shower. Our bed was comfortable, not home, but comfortable. The maid service twice a day kept the room neat the entire trip. It was our first Ocean cruise, and the recommendation we got from a close friend with over 50 cruises under his belt, was spot on with Seabourne. The convienence of being able to cruise from Ft. Lauderdale and return there, the luxury of the room and ship, and the open sailing has probably spoiled us for future cruises--we'll always be comparing to Seabourne if we take any other line. We sail for the sport of it, not really for the destinations. If that's what you're looking for, go with Seabourne. It's worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My wife and I are in our early 60’s and have cruised more than twenty times, mostly on Celebrity, with one other luxury experience on Paul Gauguin. We just disembarked from our first SEABOURN experience. All we can say in WOW! What a ... Read More
My wife and I are in our early 60’s and have cruised more than twenty times, mostly on Celebrity, with one other luxury experience on Paul Gauguin. We just disembarked from our first SEABOURN experience. All we can say in WOW! What a pleasant surprise to sail with other professional people, many still working like myself. While we saw plenty of older folks on this sailing, it was refreshing to cruise with others who shared similar interests and weren’t looking for the '"party night and say” experience. We’ve been disappointed on recent 14 night cruises on Celebrity which found us among the youngest passengers on the ship. Seabourn provides a perfect mix of ages within an '"adult only” environment. We realized the '"Seabourn difference” within the first moments of our very easy embarkation from Fort Lauderdale. Crew members whom we had never met addressed us by our last name and this treatment continued throughout the cruise. Our veranda cabin was about the same size as a SKY SUITE on Celebrity and these cabins are the majority of cabins on the ship. With walk-in closets and marble bathrooms, Seabourn had us from the moment we opened our cabin door on deck six. A spacious walk-in closet, a large marble bathroom, and a wide array of luxury toiletries gave a welcome, upscale feel to our home at sea. The mini bar was well stocked with our pre-ordered list of alcohol and mixers. While the selection of TV stations is weak at best, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a selection of nearly 100 movies on demand at no cost per showing. FOOD is a big focus of Seabourn. My wife and I are not '"foodies” so we were less impressed with ultra-gourmet offerings of Restaurant Two and found ourselves very comfortable dining on the fantail of Sojourn at '"The Colonnade Restaurant”. Here we found high quality food at lunch and in the evenings. We especially enjoyed theme nights featuring Indian and Asian cuisine. The Colonnade is more an upscale bistro than buffet, with impeccable service. We started each day with breakfast from room service which was always perfectly on time and quite enjoyable. Make sure you go to the '"Galley Buffet” in the main dining room for lunch. It was a fun event and provides a great behind the scenes look at the galley. Like most cruises we have experienced, the only low marks fell in the area of onboard entertainment. I know we aren’t alone in thinking ALL cruise lines needs to '"freshen” their nightly entertainment options. The average age on this cruise was probably sixty, yet the presentation of the music was still stuck in the '"Broadway” style of singing and dancing. There was a so-so comedian and a '"fair” illusionist we had seen on a Celebrity cruise several years ago. Let’s be honest- Many silver haired passengers today grew up with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and other rock and roll acts. Our youth marked some of the best music in a century, yet the cruise lines seem fearful of bringing classic rock acts to Baby Boomers. I just don’t understand this thinking. And with all of the TV talent shows filling prime time, surely Cruise Directors can snag some of the top ten contestants to modernize a very boring and stale cruise entertainment scene. We did enjoy a female vocal impersonator who was quite good. The only other negative I will mention is the cheap pool and deck chairs. We were expecting an upscale pool experience as well, with comfy lounge chairs with thick padding instead of low end, inexpensive pool chairs. Despite the shoddy furniture at the pool and on our balcony, the SERVICE was spectacular poolside and across the ship. We loved the fact we didn’t have to endure frequent ship wide announcements over the PA and enjoyed the '"quiet” environment poolside, free of loud music and annoying contests. We are highly independent travelers so I can’t comment on Seabourn’s excursions, as we made our own plans. Make sure you don’t miss Seabourn’s private island if you visit the Dominican Republic. The crew did an amazing job provisioning the island and making sure passengers had a wonderful time, despite rain and clouds. There were no children or teens on our Caribbean cruise. Frankly, we enjoyed the all-adult experience. Seabourn is not for the '"party” cruiser. We found the Sojourn to be a relatively quiet experience, which appeals to us. Even what appeared to be a rigid dress code became more relaxed as the cruise progressed, and I was find with the resort-casual attire most evenings. The Sojourn is the perfect sized cruise ship. At 30,000 tons and under 500 passengers, we never felt crowded or rushed. We met interesting people and thoroughly enjoyed our first Seabourn cruise. We are booked on a 14-night Asian cruise on Celebrity in 2014, but you can be sure we will be back on Seabourn in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My wife and I took our December holiday combined with an overdue honeymoon to the seas for 18 nights aboard Seabourn Quest (11 port stops, not the 8 shown above) and we were not let down at all; this doesn't mean that there were no ... Read More
My wife and I took our December holiday combined with an overdue honeymoon to the seas for 18 nights aboard Seabourn Quest (11 port stops, not the 8 shown above) and we were not let down at all; this doesn't mean that there were no challenges at all but relatively speaking, they were minor. Let's get the challenges out of the way first - 1)December cruising on some luxury liners results in a lot of older (post 70) passengers which in itself isn't a problem at all, until you are aboard a vessel where it seems that about 80% are over this age. I think it fair that a predominant "seniors" age indicator somehow needs to be implemented at the booking stage! 2)The Aruba excursion could have been better organised with more fitting facilities or located at a less overcrowded beach - somewhat unpleasant. 3)The Seabourn website system for pre-booking excursions and on-board spa treatments is not correctly linked to the on-board account that is opened for new passengers and this proves very frustrating indeed. 4)No celebratory fireworks were arranged for New Year's day at some beach location unfortunately and this was sorely missed by many :-( Now, the good stuff! Seabourn's staff are exceptionally well trained and are very pleasant indeed, going the extra mile. The food and culinary menu quality is exceptional, especially in the Main Restaurant and the signature dish Restaurant 2, which both give 5 star service. The suites are well appointed with 24 hour room service manned by a dedicated team that actually goes the extra mile to provide requests that are not shown on the room service menu! The excursions got better with each port we sailed into, culminating with a private island beach day at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which was totally exceptional, TOTALLY! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Seabourn has earned the title of our most-beloved cruise line since we first sailed to Alaska, circa 1999. The food, intimacy, service and the attention to small but important details placed Seabourn as our top luxury cruise line. The ... Read More
Seabourn has earned the title of our most-beloved cruise line since we first sailed to Alaska, circa 1999. The food, intimacy, service and the attention to small but important details placed Seabourn as our top luxury cruise line. The original Seabourn vessels, the Pride, Legend and Spirit have just 104 suites. That is about 210 people served by a crew of about 170. Not a bad passenger to crew ratio in terms of service. The ships were originally built in the late 1980's and were refurbished between 2009 and 2011. We have sailed the three original ships many times and love them, but there are sacrifices. Because the ships are older, there are no verandas. The top suite category has a "Balcony" suite which allows you to open sliding doors to fresh sea air, but they are really French windows not verandas you can actually sit out on. The pool is very small and often in the shade, as if added as an afterthought. In the last few years, Seabourn added three new larger ships to their fleet, the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. These ships were twice the size of the older ships and carried twice the passengers. Most of the suites had verandas and the central swimming pool was large and beautiful. My Wife and I were very skeptical whether Seabourn could offer the same exquisite cruise experience on a much larger scale. Well, we needn't have worried. We sailed the Sojourn for 10 days from November 27-December 8, 2011, and the ship was fabulous. The Sojourn was, if not the most beautiful ship I've sailed, certainly among the top three. For those curious cruise lovers out there, the other two contenders were the Regent Seven Seas Voyager and the Crystal Serenity. It should be noted that both of those ships are much larger, with 800-1000 passengers. I should emphasize we took the Sojourn cruise just to experience the ship, as the itinerary was pretty mundane. The Sojourn is nothing short of spectacular. A pleasant surprise was how many crew members and guests we knew from previous sailings on the smaller ships. Let me use this space to praise the people who made our voyage extra special. While tipping is neither required nor expected, when people go above and beyond, I have always felt they should be rewarded and try to do so. I always manage to miss a few of them, but I'll be seeing them again. Darius, my bartender buddy from the Legend, who I was thrilled to find on the Sojourn. He is both a marvelous bartender and one of the nicest and funniest guys I've met at sea. Our Cabin stewardess Anne was terrific and very sweet. We like to have both breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room every day, and Annie, Nigel, Kimberly and Drew were a delight. Jo and Claudia made the Coffee Bar a must-visit every day. Jo's interpretation of Iced Coffee made us skip dessert at lunch in order to have one. With ice cream, caramel, chocolate sauce and cinnamon, it was better than dessert. So good it ought to be illegal. Neither Sue nor I drink booze, and we had a ball with Sommelier Daniela Balser, who tried and tried to find something to entice us. She was very funny and we were sorry she was leaving to go on vacation halfway through the cruise. Arek, the Assistant Matre D' made sure we were pampered at every meal as only Seabourn can. Although there are four dining venues in the evening, we wound up in The Restaurant every night. This was strictly a personal choice. When the day's activity sheet arrives each morning, the menus for that evening are provided for all four venues. It just happened that the Restaurant offerings suited us the best. The food was excellent, although I maintain that their smaller ship, the Legend, has the best cuisine afloat. Conde' Nast agrees. In addition to The Restaurant, there are several other dining options every evening. Restaurant 2 offers small-dish tasting menus with the offerings changing nightly. The Colonnade is a more casual alternative to the Restaurant, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. The Patio Grill, overlooking the main pool, offers al fresco dining nightly. Our suite was elegant in typically-understated Seabourn style. The veranda was a haven for morning coffee, an afternoon snooze or pre-bedtime star-gazing with the sounds of the ocean and the salt breezes easing your transition to sleep. A tip about the verandas; the less expensive veranda categories, V1 and V2 have railings that are part metal and part glass. Categories V3-V6 offer all glass from floor to the teak rail. If you are going to pay for a veranda, go for the V3-V6 categories. A few extra dollars offers an unobstructed view of the sea from anyplace in the suite. It is a small detail, but the kind that matters to me. The bathroom was a fabulous two-person, two-sink marble affair with both a glassed-in shower and a large bathtub. I wish my bathroom at home was half as nice. As with all Seabourn ships, suites feature walk-in closets, refrigerator, mini-bar, and interactive flat-screen TV. The refrigerator is stocked with the beers, soft drinks, water and juices you selected on your pre-cruise order sheet. The first evening, two liters of the premium liquor of your choice are delivered to your suite. The table in the sitting area converts to a Dining table, and all Dinner can be served to you course by course in your suite should you feel like a private evening in. In addition to the large central pool, there was a smaller pool on Deck 5. At the bow on Deck 11 was the Retreat, a place to sunbathe and relax with super-comfortable sun beds rather than chaise lounges. As always, Seabourn attention to the little details was unsurpassed. While sitting in the sun, we were brought sun screen, cold mango sorbet in champagne, frozen fresh fruit on sticks and spritzed with mineral water to cool off. Complimentary 15-minute massages were offered on deck. It was not too hard to take, to say the least. The brochures featured great pictures of the Watersports Marina which opens out at the stern and offers swimming, kayaking and sailing right from the back of the ship. I had enjoyed this many times during cruises on the three smaller ships, but strangely, to my knowledge, the Marina was not opened once in our 10-day cruise. Obviously, this was not going to happen during our four days travelling at sea in the open ocean, and the ship actually pulled in and docked in San Juan and Antigua, so those days were out. But in St. John and St. Barts, we were at anchor while in port and tendered in. Those are traditionally the times the Watersports Marina is lowered. Perhaps the winds and current were too strong; I really have no idea. But I don't believe the Watersports Marina was opened during our cruise, and I would have liked to have at least heard an announcement explaining why. The Spa on the Sojourn was visually the most remarkable I have seen in all my cruises. Occupying two decks, it features such luxuries as wooden heated loungers to relax pre-massage, Kneipp walk pool, saunas, steam, outdoor whirlpools and a cabana area. I have posted several pictures, but they don't really capture just how mind-boggling this spa is. That said, I had booked four massages and wound up cancelling the last two. While the massage was adequate, it was not what I had expected, and at over $140.00 for 50 minutes, hardly a bargain. I have massages regularly at home and perhaps I've been spoiled. There is, of course, a fully-equipped fitness center for all you gym people. As I do on all my vacations, I made it a point to walk past the Fitness center at least twice daily. For all the diehard Seabourn veterans loyal to the older, smaller ships, I see no reason to change that. I have already booked for next year on the Legend, our fifth time aboard. That being said, I would strongly encourage you to give the Sojourn, Quest and Odyssey a chance. The cruise experience is a little different, yes there are more people, but it is a first-rate cruise experience. And the ship is so much bigger, I found more places to be completely alone than on the smaller ships. Seabourn has done a great job. I think you'll be glad to have tried the new ships. Please see my blog piece with photos at http://theworldaccordingtojud.com/ Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Enjoyed every minute of our first Seabourn cruise aboard the beautiful Quest. Nothing was too much trouble for the excellent staff. Our stewardess kept our suite spotless with a plentiful supply of toiletries. Welcome bottle of champagne ... Read More
Enjoyed every minute of our first Seabourn cruise aboard the beautiful Quest. Nothing was too much trouble for the excellent staff. Our stewardess kept our suite spotless with a plentiful supply of toiletries. Welcome bottle of champagne on ice, ice bucket, soft drinks & water replenished every day plus our choice of single malt whisky & good brandy, fresh fruit and flowers in our suite! Knew we had made the right choice on arrival and were never disappointed...... Suite was very comfortable, bathroom spacious and well appointed (loved the separate walk-in shower) and the walk-in wardrobe made it easy to keep the living area clear. Breakfasted in our suite most days from the wide choice available adding 'glass of champagne' some mornings and 'double expresso' every day as we don't care for American style coffee. Room service set up our table and came to clear later, always with a smile and a friendly word. Ate dinner twice in our suite, served course by course, again with friendly courtesy ..........Absolute bliss. Food is really important to us & the quality and variety of food in the MDR, the Colonnade & Restaurant 2 was outstanding as was the service. (Twice there were slight delays in the MDR but both were explained with apologies).The Colonnade was a good balance of buffet and table service with daily specials at breakfast & lunch and 'themed' evenings. Bar service great and choice never ending. Patio (pool) bar served poolside constantly with frequent trips out to guests relaxing on decks 5 & 6. Sun cream, lens wipes & cold face clothes were also brought round!For us, ports were secondary to the on-board experience although we enjoyed San Juan and thought St Barts beautiful but expensive. My husband did the Deep Sea Fishing at St Kitts but was not impressed by the organisation on the boat. He would have loved a pic with his catch but this was not offered. The catch was quickly stowed below. The trip didn't reflect Seabourn's high standards & was not worth the money. The beach bbq's were also very good, especially on Isla Catalina which was really beautiful and we enjoyed the Caviar in the Surf which was a real challenge for all given the swell and undertow! Water sports were available only at Isla Catalina because of wind/sea conditions so I took advantage of kayaking in the clear turquoise water. It's a mammoth undertaking for the crew & staff to get everything ashore, served & cleared but sooooo worth it for the guests!!! Entertainment was varied and of a high standard. 'Rock the Boat' & 'Movie Under the Stars' were particularly enjoyable. Spa & fitness instructor would also get high marks. I enjoyed Yoga, tried Kinesis & attended a seminar and we both enjoyed a couples deep tissue massage. Entertained new friends in our suite & were entertained in our friends' suite with fabulous prawns, caviar, cheese plate, crab caws, olives etc.... Really looking forward to repeating the whole experience sometime in the not too distant future!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
The cruise was close to flawless. The ship is in excellent condition, the service excels, and the food is hard to beat. We had only a couple of instances that made us unhappy. The stop at Katakolon was only half a day and everyone had to ... Read More
The cruise was close to flawless. The ship is in excellent condition, the service excels, and the food is hard to beat. We had only a couple of instances that made us unhappy. The stop at Katakolon was only half a day and everyone had to eat lunch on the ship so that the only two open restaurants were over overwhelmed. To make things worse, the bar with a piano was also filled up during the afternoon. We also tried to go to their restaurant #2 on a popular evening and couldn't get in without a wait. However, the main dining room was always available, with excellent food and service, and room service was fast and good.A stop that isn't listed on ports below, Kotor, was very good. It's a nice medieval city that is still very much intact with a lively street life and a wonderful path to climb to a mountaintop that was difficult but worth it.The standard entertainment group was fairly bland, but they had an interesting magician one evening.We read one review that complained about the food, but that person must have a vandetta, since the only food that we've had better was at creative cooking restaurants in top dining cities. We also read a review complaining about the service, but we've only been to one destination that has service this good and that place was extremely expensive. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
NOT 6 STARS, NOT EVEN CLOSE Sorry, Seabourn Sojourn, but you're not a six star ship. I'm not sure you're even a 5. You only had one chance to make a good impression, and you missed the boat. What can you expect when ... Read More
NOT 6 STARS, NOT EVEN CLOSE Sorry, Seabourn Sojourn, but you're not a six star ship. I'm not sure you're even a 5. You only had one chance to make a good impression, and you missed the boat. What can you expect when "Twiggy" is your Godmother. We sailed right before Christmas, and now as I looked back on this woefully inadequate cruise experience, the world would have been a much better place if we had donated the $10,000 cruise fare to the Salvation Army. We boarded the ship around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, and we boarded to a lot of confusion. The rooms were just made available, so there were a lot of people standing in the hall way. I asked where lunch was being served, and the staff just looked at me in utter amazement. It turned out that lunch wasn't being served anywhere, so we ordered room service. This was so strange. The disorientation never got any better because the crew seemed very new. Many of them were just "temps" filling in until someone came back. This whole cruise seemed like one big "test run" with the passengers footing the bill. The morale of the crew was very low, particularly with the dining staff. Although the food was delicious, the dining room service was very poor, and I thought the dining room managers were just plain mean and very much on edge. The ship has very uncomfortable furniture -- the passengers joked that this was the IKEA special. If you weigh more than 150 lbs., you won't fit in the chairs in your stateroom. They're narrow and the couch is very hard. There are 2 huge lawn chairs on the balcony that are too big for a small balcony. The lighting should have dimmers and provide indirect lighting throughout the cabin. It's either way too bright in the room or too dark if you turn the lights out. It's not a comfortable place to read. We traveled with another couple who stayed in a Penthouse Suite. They said "save your money". There's a wall enclosure around the bed with very little room to walk around, like a box within a box. All they did was complain about this wall in their cabin. Also, there's no artwork aboard this ship. It is cold, and the walls are bare. There's no warmth to this ship at all. The entertainment was horrible. They have this little auditorium with big columns everywhere -- you can't see the stage. The singers were all off key, and the volume was ear-shattering. Most of the people on this ship were older, but someone in management really wants to discourage this demographic from sailing on Seabourn. No one on this ship looked like the young models in the brochure. Most couples in their 20's & 30's can't afford it, but Seabourn has this fantasy that this is the age group on this ship. What's worse is they cater to a group that barely exists as a customer base. The ship is full of people speaking foreign languages - loudly. There were large families from Mexico and South America that demanded, and received, all of the attention from the staff. These people were loud, arrogant and always moved around in a pack. Personally, I'm more at ease on ships where the majority of passengers are Americans. I wouldn't believe what's in the brochure about all this luxury service. At the end of the cruise, the staff expected to be tipped. There was one man from room service that kept yelling from the hallway if everything was all right. He just wouldn't leave us alone, so I finally tipped him. I also felt pressure to tip the room stewardess. Make no mistake, this staff had their hand out as the cruise was nearing its end. My honest assessment is if you're independently wealthy and money is no object, then I would sail on the Sojourn for a new experience. Many of Seabourn's passengers are rich people who have nothing better to do. But if you only take one nice vacation a year like we do, I would not recommend this ship. There's not enough value to justify the high price of the cruise fare. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Ok, let me first say that everyone takes a cruise for different reasons.Mine was to relax and relax I did........... I reserved this cruise on a last minute website for about 76% off the rack rate, so the bargain outweighed the ... Read More
Ok, let me first say that everyone takes a cruise for different reasons.Mine was to relax and relax I did........... I reserved this cruise on a last minute website for about 76% off the rack rate, so the bargain outweighed the disappointments. I traveled with my partner and we chose this itinerary for its 11 days of "no thinking" ports with 4 days at sea. Our "maiden Caribbean cruise" had about 465 people on it. 64% were new to Seabourn. This was our first trip with Seabourn so we had great expectations based on the great reviews it receives from so many travel sites and publications. We chose a suite without a veranda, as We are rarely in our cabin anyway.The suite was nice with a great walk in closet but cheesy bedding and upholstery. The shower was awkward and leaked all over the floor when used. Rough waves makes the cabin walls and ceiling creak and crack . Our attendant was very nice, but nothing special. Our first night we decided to have dinner in the more casual restaurant. Service was haphazard and over zealous. We were rushed through some really terrible food , and left wondering if it was just a bad night.Breakfast the next morning was the usual cruise fare of a decent ship. The next night we tried the main dining room and again were rushed through an over rated, over described menu that was nothing more than bad catered food lacking any real taste but looking pretty on the plate. Ok the next day was our first stop, and I could hardly wait to eat at a local restaurant and get some good food in my system. back to the ship and what to do for dinner? We found the patio grill which actually cooked your entree when you ordered it. This was the only decent food on the ship, and we ate there every chance we could for dinner. I have to admit that I am lucky to have the options of eating at really great restaurants around the world, so I guess my exposure has made me a little more jaded; but this was truly tasteless food . Restaurant two is by reservation and is a prix-fix tasting menu. I have to admit that based on other guests reviews and my luck in the other venues, we chose not to waste our time. Enough about the food though. Entertainment...................When you hear someone say that they should be singing on a cruise ship.... Seabourn has found these people. It was actually awkward to watch and listen to most of them. They try hard, but its just elementary. Bars and Nightclub........... Everyone was great in these venues. personable and accommodating. They were actually fun because the ship had allot of younger people on it. The casino looks like an afterthought to the ship though. In suite food service ( Food again)........... These guys were great. Followed through on everything, and made the effort to scrounge up fresh things to eat;remembered favorites and followed up afterwards. Other venues. Seabourn square is a great understated idea with a coffee bar. The only fault we could find is that it was not bussed enough and dirty dishes sat around for a long time. The Library had allot of 2010 publications. The pools are what they are, and I came home with a nice tan. Hot tubs are in multiple places and were rarely used by guests. Ok, so I did not like the food, but when you cannot even find a chocolate chip cookie that tastes good then I have to wonder how Hampton Inn did it all these years................The smoking is bad on the ship and allowed in the cabins, so be forewarned. We had a very relaxing trip and walked off the ship 10 pounds lighter so that's ok. The cruise was a bargain so it did not matter to us. If I had payed premium prices though I would have been perturbed to say the least. My summery is that the Sojourn was a good ship ,but in no way deserves the high numbered star rating that comes with Seabourns smaller ships or other 5.5/6 star rated lines. It just did not meet the details and quality it should. Time will tell how the new ships pan out, but I'm betting there are changes in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Its the outdoor spaces that make Seabourn Odyssey a beautifully designed and modern 'mega yacht'. Also, "Seabourn Square" is a beautifully designed meetings space of sorts - an innovation in terms of housing a library, ... Read More
Its the outdoor spaces that make Seabourn Odyssey a beautifully designed and modern 'mega yacht'. Also, "Seabourn Square" is a beautifully designed meetings space of sorts - an innovation in terms of housing a library, internet cafe, all around service desks and an tasty espresso bar in one space. Food (in all of its restaurants) is good and solid as well. If, on the other hand, you are expecting a "world class 5* experience", then this "yacht" is not for you. * as pointed out by previous reviewers, Seabourn Odyssey's "The Restaurant" is a disappointing experience in terms of lighting, noise levels and service. Whilst "The Restaurant" photographs nicely and, conceptionally (!) speaking, lives up to a "MIAMI SOBE" aesthetic, it is the fluorescent lighting, vibrating "crystal" chandelliers, patchy service and high noise levels, which make this the most undesirable restaurant at sea. Service is random and chaotic. Random waiters will frequently refill your water glasses even though you might be drinking soda or sparkling water. As a result of complete lack of restaurant management (no one seems to be taking responsibility for particular tables), the restaurant also fails to serve courses simultaneously (ie, if you are seated a larger table with a group of family or family - don't expect courses to be served or tabled simultaneously). All in all, having sailed with Silversea, Seadream, Europa and Crystal, this, comparatively speaking, must be the most disppointing dining experience at sea. * Lighting is also a problem in all of the suites: it is not possible to adjust or dim the lighting - not even in its top suites (penthouse-, owner's, signature-, wintergarden suites) -, resulting in a public bathroom atmosphere when returning to your quarters after dinner. * Bedding is a problem. Expect poly-filled duvets and no pillow choices. * most flowers aboard are fake. whilst they photograph nicely, they disappoint over time. * Seabourn Odyssey has low ceilings throughout. I suppose Seabourn's owners (Carnival Cruise Lines) wanted to cram in as many passengers as possible. By way of comparison, MS EUROPA, which is of a similar size as Seabourn Odyssey (length, beam, and tonnage), accommodates about 400, whereas Seabourn Odyssey carries 450. * Entertainment is charming at best. Expect easy going & light entertainment, but no world class acts. Seabourn, like Carnival, offers a small scale version of the usual mass product fare. Nothing refined here. It was particularly disappointing to attend a classical music "recital" where the violinist used an amplifier. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
A beautiful ship but a number of interior design flaws made this cruise less than perfect. The "so-called" suites, while a generous 300 sq. ft in size, are actually tunnel-like and quite narrow, at just over 9.5 ft wide. One can ... Read More
A beautiful ship but a number of interior design flaws made this cruise less than perfect. The "so-called" suites, while a generous 300 sq. ft in size, are actually tunnel-like and quite narrow, at just over 9.5 ft wide. One can barely squeeze by the bed to access the seating area. The TV screen is too small, making it difficult to read the activities or entertainment menus. The bathrooms, while very attractive and functional, have tiny glassed-in shower stalls, that one can barely bed over to wash, much less pick up a dropped bar of soap. Many of the public areas are quite functional with a few exceptions. The "Grand Salon", or theater, for instance, has so many pillars and seats facing the wrong way, that there was a mad scramble at each event to find seats that had a decent view of the stage or even the side video screens. Some other public rooms such as the "The Club" were quite cheap looking with commercial "gymnasium"-like wall coverings. The service on-board was quite friendly, but sometimes not very efficient nor professional. Other fellow passengers also complained that requests for a service or an item, often just did not appear or were wrong. The food in the main restaurant was very good and often creative. However, enough dishes were repeated or offered under different names or descriptions over the course of two weeks, that it became noticeable and somewhat tedious. Vegetable dishes were sparse and of very small portions, while breads and pastries did not vary, throughout. The wine selections were adequate with only one or two really flawed wines. The optional wine list, if you could get someone to bring you one, listed a number of very good choices and at very fair prices. The breakfast buffet was standard fare at best, and not up to what one would expect from a luxury cruise line. It was often quite chaotic and difficult to land that first cup of coffee, because the servers were all trying to do too many things at once. Some other passengers complained that breakfast in the main dining room was very slow and were given the reason that room service requests took priority there. The "spa" while well appointed was under-staffed and unbelievably expensive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Seabourn Odyssey Review Cruise Dates: November 28 thru December 10, 2009 Eastern Caribbean Cabin 609 Well, after several requests, I am going ahead with the review. I was reluctant at first because we did have some problems and I ... Read More
Seabourn Odyssey Review Cruise Dates: November 28 thru December 10, 2009 Eastern Caribbean Cabin 609 Well, after several requests, I am going ahead with the review. I was reluctant at first because we did have some problems and I didn't want to sound too negative or picky. So I guess I will start with the things about the cruise which we really did like: • The staff were very friendly and the bar and restaurant service was superb (Colonnade service was inconsistent) • Loved the never ending "free" caviar - I ate it every day! • Loved that they had 2 outside bars - the Patio Bar, on the pool deck, and the Sky Bar, one deck up overlooking the pool (we hung out at the Sky Bar at noon almost every day). Both were open in the evenings as well. • Liked that the Patio Grill was open in the evenings for a very casual option (we only ate there once in the evening and it was very good, but not so great at lunchtime) • Yes, we also liked that they still have black tie evenings (I know we are in the minority on this one, but we do still enjoy dressing up a bit every once in awhile for dinner, and so we did! We will likely still do so occasionally on Regent even though they are now all Elegant Casual evenings) • On my birthday, they had some lovely chocolate cake with a candle for me at dinner, and when we got back to the room, I had balloons, a bottle of wine, strawberries with white chocolate mousse and 2 glasses of Cognac waiting for us. • Loved the Nic-Nac peanuts from Germany at the Sky Bar! (My husband had me track down some to order for his Christmas present!) Now for the rest of the story... The feelings were not so great beginning with embarkation process. Our documents said we could board at 1:30pm. We arrived around 1:00pm and along with lots of other folks, waited in the terminal building around 30 to 45 minutes. When we were allowed to board, we were herded to the dark and dreary "Grand Salon" where we were told we had to remain until our rooms were ready! They were serving canapEs and champagne, but our side of the room was totally ignored for the first 20-30 minutes, until my husband got up and went to tell someone "in charge". We finally got something to drink, but the environment sitting there was not at all pleasant. They need to take a cue from Regent, who allows you to wander the ship freely when you board and even have lunch at the pool grill! Yes, we all understand our rooms are not ready, but we don't need to be corralled and held captive! After about 45 minutes, we had had enough. We grabbed our things and made our way out of there. The hotel director was "guarding" the elevators and asked us where we were going. We just insisted we were going up on the deck and kept walking - they weren't very happy with us! As it turned out, we walked by our room and it was ready anyway, so we dumped our stuff and went out to get some fresh air and a cold beer from the Sky Bar. The room was spacious - similar to the Voyager, but I did not like the layout very much. You could tell whoever designed it did not spend a lot of time actually living in one these staterooms. (I think the Regent staterooms are much more thoughtfully designed and laid out.) I like to be able to unload all of my stuff and stash it on the shelves and in cabinets. The Odyssey bathroom had 2 sinks (which some people like but we don't care that much about). This severely limited the vanity space available, and there were only 3 VERY TINY glass shelves to one side of the sink - barely big enough to hold just our medications! So, we actually ended up covering up one of the sinks so we would have more counter space! Also had to store a few items underneath the sink. The closet was about the same as what we are used to on Regent, but the cabinets and drawers in the suite were quite small (shallow). Needless to say, we felt there wasn't enough storage space. Plus all the cabinets had these pressure closures things they called "clicks". They nearly drove me crazy trying to get them opened and closed. And, maintenance had to come repair them 3 times during our 12 day cruise because they wouldn't stay closed! There was no desk, and the single plug was located down on the floor. Fortunately I always travel with my multi-plug power strip, but the plug was very hard to get to. The television is very small for the size of the room - I could not really see the screen well from the bed. Although it has an iPod dock, the sound quality was awful (sound actually just came through the TV speakers). Fortunately we had our portable iPod speakers which we always carry with us. There was a small vanity with a portable magnifying mirror. The magnifying mirror was nice, but the light source at the vanity was not sufficient to use for putting on makeup. There was a plug over at the vanity, but too far away from everything else in the room to be useful. When we got to the room, none of the drink requests that we had made online were there (they finally got us fully stocked by the next day). There was also NO SAFE! The stewardess said the safe had been taken out some time ago because if was malfunctioning. I called guest services and asked about when the safe would be replaced. Their response was that they had no extra safes to install! I was essentially told too bad, nothing can be done, your SOL, and not given any options. After I hung up and steamed about this awhile, I called back and told them I was not happy and this was unacceptable - still no help. I finally asked if they had any safe deposit boxes on board, and the response was "oh yes, in the purser's office" - why hadn't I been offered this before? Reluctantly, I eventually marched down to the purser's office (which by the way, was not marked in any way, and I had to ask 3 staff people before anyone was able to show me which door to go in). The "safe deposit boxes" were actually little double lock file cabinets which were located in the middle of a busy office with several desks and people working. Needless to say, there was no privacy whatsoever when I wanted to access the "box". This whole thing was a real hassle throughout the cruise. To me the worst part is that reviews on some of the boards mentioned that the safe problem had been going on for a while - there is no excuse for not having adequate replacements. (Unlike Host Dan on Cruise Critic, they did NOT upgrade us to the Owner's Suite!) Our stewardess was very sweet and for the most part, tried very hard, but I felt there were some training issues here. The tiny shelves in our bath room were never dusted for the entire cruise, and were pretty dusty by the 12th day. Our balcony and the windows were not cleaned until I finally specifically asked the stewardess to do so, ON THE SIXTH DAY OF THE CRUISE. The windows were so bad we could barely see out. I was trying to be patient, as we had cruised through some volcanic dust on the second day of the cruise which made quite a mess all over the ship, but 4 days later, I should think that at least the windows and balcony should have been cleaned (we actually had wiped off the handrail, chairs and table ourselves). We were in suite 609, which is fairly far forward. We did notice some of the vibration and shuddering others have reported. We typically don't mind the vibrations that much (we always book a Horizon suite on Voyager, and there can be significant vibrations in those suites sometimes, but we love the location); however, the creeks and moans and squeaks in our Odyssey suite were pretty bad, making it difficult to sleep at times. On a new ship like this, you wouldn't think there would be so much of this. The rooms located forward like ours was are also QUITE loud when the ship drops or weighs anchor. This wasn't terribly bothersome to us, as we are early risers and were usually already awake when the anchor was being dropped, and having a beer on our balcony when the ship was departing. However, I did hear some folks complaining about this. We also had some trouble with room service. We always have breakfast in our room - everyday on every cruise we take. So, I am pretty consistent about filling out my little card and putting it on the door before we retire. In fact, I always fill it out before we go to dinner, so that just in case (LOL) I have a little too much to drink, I'll already have the breakfast order taken of and don't have to worry about figuring it out when we get back to the room. The first incident with room service was on the second day of the cruise. When our breakfast order did not come within 15 minutes of our requested time, I called to check on it. The fellow answering the phone said that there was no time indicated on the card. Although I find that hard to believe, I gave them the benefit of the doubt this time, although I was a little miffed that they did not bother to call us to find out what time we wanted delivery. They had it there within about 30 minutes, so I forgave them this time. Then, 5 days later, it happened again. I am certain that this time I did not forget to include the requested delivery time, as I had my DH double checking the card for me each time, just to be sure. On this morning, we had an early departure for a shore excursion, so I was pretty upset when I called room service to check on our order, and the guy once again told me there was no time indicated! He insisted he had the card right there, and there was no delivery time. We had to leave the room in 30 minutes, so having it delivered then was not an option. So, I had to go scurrying down to the Seabourn Square to grab us a couple of muffins so we would have something on our tummies. I told the guy from room service I would like to have the card brought to my room so I could see for myself that there was no requested delivery time indicated. Guess what? The card was never delivered - wonder why??? No apology was ever delivered either!! I had read so many reviews about how wonderful the food was; we had great expectations which never materialized. Again, I recognize that in this particular area, personal preferences play a huge role. The food was quite good on a few nights, not quite as good on others, but nothing really spectacular in our opinion. Two meals we really enjoyed were the Osso Bucco, and the Lobster Thermidor . We both really like fish, and tried several different dishes during the cruise, but they were terribly bland and tasteless (tasted like they were poached or steamed, but that's not how they were described on the menu). Once the fish was undercooked and inedible. Anyway, during the course of the 12 days, I think we ended up ordering lamb chops from the "classic fare" menu 2 or 3 times, because the other choices were not too exciting. I will add that we had dinner at the Patio Grill one night, and the fish there was grilled to perfection! I think it's nice to have this outside casual option, but we typically enjoy the ambience of the dining room in the evening, so we only ate at the Patio Grill one night. We also ate one night at the Colonnade, and ate lunch there a few times. The food was okay, but we felt the service was not quite up to speed, especially at lunch time. Another interesting thing was that the Colonnade typically served the same things as the main restaurant, with the addition of some standard dishes like salmon or a steak dish, which they offered every night. Seems to me they should offer more variety. We would probably have eaten there more often in the evening if they had offered something different than what was being served in the main dining room. Here's a sample of a couple of menus. We had lunch at the Patio Grill most of the time, even though it was pretty unexciting. They typically had the same things every day (salad bar, hamburgers, hot dogs, some sort of very dry grilled chicken), with one "specialty" dish, like fried calamari, or lamb kabobs. Their hamburgers couldn't hold a candle to those on Voyager! And alas, no steak sandwich either!! We really missed our grilled fish, which we typically have for lunch almost every day at the Pool Grill on Voyager - they did not offer any grilled fish at all for lunch at the Patio Grill. On Regent ships, our favorite after dinner hangout is the Observation Lounge, so of course we had to try the Observation Lounge on Odyssey. Needless to say, there was no Frankie Holiday or Jerry Vasi, and it was a pretty quiet place, but the piano player was okay. The dEcor and lighting is very bright, even at night, and it has a totally different ambience (doesn't have what I consider that "cozy" feeling like I get on Voyager). The worst thing was, there is NO dance floor in the Observation Lounge?! So, we ended up just dancing next our table. Kind of silly (LOL)! Believe me, I am no health nut or exercise junky, but I do try to walk a couple of miles every day. I really missed the nice walking tracks I am used to on Regent. Some folks were walking around the Sky Deck, and I tried it, but it was a very small loop with lots of obstacles (lounge chairs and people everywhere, and trying to maneuver through the Sky Bar area was a challenge). I just gave up. A ship this size should be able to have a larger walking deck. I stuck my head in the gym one day, but it seemed very small and crowded, so I didn't go back. We didn't go to any of the evening shows and also did not use the spa, so I can't comment on those. We were also pretty disappointed that they had to cancel our beach day and caviar in the surf. That is one of the things that really attracted me to the cruise! But, of course I don't fault the cruise line for that - we have to blame it the weather Gods! It was just too rough for the staff to safely transport all the stuff over to the beach. I recognize that much of how we perceived the cruise boils down to what we are used to. We have about 100 days on Regent, and our other cruise experiences have only included a couple of Princess Cruises many years ago, a Windstar cruise, and the Queen Mary 2. I have read many reviews by frequent Seabourn cruisers who tried Regent for the first time, and did not like it all. I am sure we need to keep an open mind, and we might try Seabourn again; but, at this point, probably only if there was an extraordinary itinerary we could not get elsewhere, or there was a great bargain. Don't let me give you the impression that we had a rotten time, because that's NOT true - we had a GREAT time - we always do! It's just this time, after 12 days, we were really ready to get off. We were on the Voyager for 30 days once and STILL did not want to get off! We are looking forward to returning to our beloved Regent and the Voyager this May. We think the staff is just the best there is! We also think the food is a bit better. (Although we have been on a couple of cruises with Regent where the food was good, but not outstanding - I think a lot depends on the chef at the time.) Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Upon arriving at the Pier in Fort Lauderdale, I was in total shock of the sheer size of Odyssey. I have sailed many times on the smaller Seabourn ships, so this was a huge surprise. Although she accommodates 450 guests, she is 3 times ... Read More
Upon arriving at the Pier in Fort Lauderdale, I was in total shock of the sheer size of Odyssey. I have sailed many times on the smaller Seabourn ships, so this was a huge surprise. Although she accommodates 450 guests, she is 3 times larger than the smaller yachts. The styling of the ship is Seabourn all the way. Parking at the pier can be a bit of a hassle, as you must take a shuttle to the mid garage to park. Most people do not drive to the Port, so its no big deal for most. We arrived at 1PM and were seated in the terminal awaiting check-in. We were greeted with a spiked punch in Champagne glasses. A very nice touch, as we weren't even on the ship yet! Embarkation was very smooth. We were led to the Observation Lounge until the suites were ready to be occupied. I saw several crew members that I have sailed with in the past. The feeling of "family" is not lost on Odyssey. We were led to our suite which was suite 421. We had booked a category A1 guarantee in hopes of an upgrade. The ship was completely full, so we ended up with exactly what we paid for, which was fine by me. All of the suites (except for the owners suites etc) are identical. The only thing our suite category lacked was a balcony. We were greeted by our lovely stewardess with champagne and salmon canapes. We were also given a choice of soaps. I read on CruiseCritic that the location of the safe was very convenient and easy to use. For the life of me, I couldn't find it! I asked our stewardess where the safe was, and she explained that our safe had been removed and had been moved to another suite that had a faulty safe. I asked what the solution would be, and she indicated that she would make every effort to find out. I also noticed that a door over the flat screen TV was also not operational. It would not close, causing the light to stay on. This needed to be addressed as well. When our stewardess came back, she explained that the only solution to the safe issue was to put our valuables in a safe deposit box at the pursers office. I thought that this would be a pain, but knew that it would be temporary. The door issue would be addressed the next day. The lifeboat drill was held in the dining room. This is a huge plus, as the drill on the smaller ships are held outside, and in hot weather it can be a bit uncomfortable. We had planned to meet other CC members at the SkyBar after the drill. Only one couple showed up, but that was OK as we became fast friends! Dinner in the dining room was incredible. The food and service was perfection. After a nightcap at the Club, the first evening was coming to a close. Upon returning to our suite, we were greeted to a newly installed safe. After a wonderful breakfast in the indoor/outdoor venue, The Colonnade, (known as The Verandah on the 3 little sister ships) we made our way to the area known as the Patio grill on deck 8. We were greeted by the Hotel Manager, Guenter Steinbrunner, whom we have sailed many times. He mentioned that he knew about our safe and door issue, and that he would like to possibly move us to another suite. I explained that the safe issue had been resolved. Guenter insisted. He moved us to the Owners Suite 801! This was a huge shock and a wonderful surprise. Later in the review I will expand on the suite. A few days later we had a party for 28, completely catered by the ship to include a huge amount of caviar, shrimp cocktail, quiche, sashimi tuna canapes, and the favorite hot pigs in a blanket! A fully stocked bar with spirits, wine, beer and soda was available. 2 white gloved servers as well. Ian, whom I had sailed with before, was one of the professional servers at the event. The cocktail party was a huge success! I'd like to touch on the different aspects of the ship. The Ship: Strikingly beautiful. Lovely lines, beautiful atrium and sleek design. The ship boasts 2 medium sized pools, several dining areas, state of the art spa, and a full service sports marina with all the toys. Odyssey can accommodate 450 guests. The Dining Venues: The main dining room serves breakfast lunch and dinner and is simply elegant with 5+ star service. The Colonnade is an indoor / outdoor venue at the stern of the ship. Breakfast and lunch is served with a full buffet and table service. In the evening The Colonnade offers themed dinners. The Patio Grill on deck 8 offers outdoor, casual dining for lunch and dinner. Restaurant "2" is the only reservation only dining venue. It is a set tasting menu, featuring fine gourmet fare. The back lit menus are a wonderful touch, and the service is that of a chick N.Y. restaurant or a swanky L.A. hot spot. As in all dining venues, red and white wine is continuously being served. The Spa: Seabourn Odyssey offers one of the largest, most comprehensive spas on the high seas. The facilities offer private retreat areas, thermal pool, men's and women's steam and sauna, treatment rooms and more. A fully equipped gym, with plenty of space and headroom. I had the pleasure of taking a full tour of the spa, and can honestly say that I was blown away by its vastness and beauty! The Bars: There are several bars on Odyssey, so there is no reason to ever go thirsty. The Observation Lounge on Deck 10 offers stunning views of the ocean, a bar situated at the center of the room, and plenty of seating. The decor is absolutely stunning. A perfect room for die-hard trivia players. The Sky Bar on deck 9 offers covered outdoor seating and is a favorite area by many passengers. The Sky Bar is a staple on all Seabourn ships. The Patio Bar is on deck 8 and is across from the Patio Grill. Mostly uncovered seating, with a view of the pool area. The Club on deck 5 is a pre and post dinner favorite. It boasts a large marble bar with 8 bar stools. Nightly entertainment, dance floor and plenty of seating. The Casino, with its friendly dealers and staff, is located at the entrance to The Club. Hot hors d'oeuveres and canapes are served at all bars every evening before dinner. The Entertainment: Seabourn Odyssey relies on separate entertainers, instead of the Cruise Director staff to entertain the guests. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to see any of the shows, but heard that they were quite good. The Cruise Director Staff: I had the immense pleasure of sailing with 3 of the most talented and personable CD staff on the high seas. John Barron, formerly with Regent was our Cruise Director, assisted by Marla Sanders and David E. Greene. They all are talented, funny and completely approachable. They were constantly mingling to the delight of all the guests. The Officers: I had the immense pleasure of sailing with Captain Karlo Bauer, and Hotel Manager Guenter Steinbrunner again. I also had the pleasure of meeting the Staff Captain. The officers on Seabourn are extremely professional, and approachable at the same time. Seabourn officers are truly first class. The Service: Our suite Stewardess, Bernadette, was amazing. We felt that we were stepping into our suite for the first time after she left each morning and evening. Her upbeat personality and dedication to her job is obvious. The bar staff anticipated your every need with a smile. Dominick, Ian and Gary at the Sky bar were stand-outs. The servers at the dining venues were absolutely outstanding. I had wondered with a ship so much bigger than the little sisters, would they be able to pull off the same level of service? The answer is an astounding YES! I still shake my head wondering how in the world can every member of the staff call me by name? The Food: On Odyssey, the food is truly outstanding. From the tasty pizza and incredible burgers at the Patio Grill to the elegant gourmet fare at "2". No matter what venue you dine at, you will only be eating the best prepared and tasting food you will ever have on a cruise. Truly excellent! The only criticism I would have is that they put processed cheese on the best burgers in the world. (not a proper match) Also, Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. I don't think the chef anticipated everyone ordering turkey and dressing! The Suite: Having been moved to the Owners Suite, I can only say "wow"! Upon entering the suite, you are greeted by a lovely marble entrance-way with powder room to your right, and full kitchen to your left. The kitchen boasts a refrigerator, sink, storage and electronic espresso machine with a variety of espresso flavors. Beautiful living-room with a large flat screen TV on the wall, dining room with a beautiful floral display, separate bedroom (with flat screen TV)and bathroom featuring dramatic Italian marble sinks and European fixtures. The wrap around deck includes a table, chairs and Balinese beds for outdoor napping. I have never had the pleasure of staying in such beautiful accommodation. I felt like I was the luckiest man alive! Special Events: Dancing under the stars is always a fun event for guests and staff. Trivia is always a "must", and my team (with many CC members) had the pleasure of winning the whole thing this cruise! The Marina was not used on my cruise as it was cancelled due to choppy waters. (although it cleared up, the marina takes too long to set up, so a decision has to be made in the morning) The Beach Bar-b-Que was simply amazing! Caviar in the surf, champagne and fresh live lobster were the stand-outs. The Seabourn Club party was well attended, and we received our beautiful 200 day pins. Made by Tiffany and Company, they are sterling silver with a small amethyst. The Galley Lunch was too crowded. This was the only time I had to stand in line. I would suggest that the Galley Lunch event stay on the little ships, and not navigate to the large ships. It loses its charm. The Ports: We only disembarked the ship for the Beach Bar-b-Que and St. Barts. This trip was to truly relax and experience Odyssey. This cruise was truly memorable. I met some of the nicest people I have ever met on a cruise. Even though there are over twice as many passengers on Odyssey than on the 3 triplets, the feeling of "family" abounds. I was extremely sad to disembark, but everything comes to an end. We placed a deposit for an "Open booking". I would recommend Odyssey to anyone who expects first class food and service with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
I will simply try to do a comprehensive review with those who are new to Seabourn or the Odyssey in mind. This was our first Seabourn cruise, it was also the smallest ship we have been on. We are both in our 40's and have only ... Read More
I will simply try to do a comprehensive review with those who are new to Seabourn or the Odyssey in mind. This was our first Seabourn cruise, it was also the smallest ship we have been on. We are both in our 40's and have only been cruising for a few short years, starting with HAL, through Disney, Carnival, Cunard, and culminating with Crystal last November. To summarize our experience with Seabourn, suffice it to say that it fully met our expectations and although we had not considered sailing on the triplets before, we are now ready to try them as well given what we learned on the Odyssey. The Ship Beautiful, elegant in a contemporary style and well laid out. We found our suite (a V3 on deck 6) to be spacious and with plenty of storage. The bathroom with its separate tub and shower and double sinks is great as there never is any need to juggle for space. As pathetic as it may sound, I loved the walk-in closet with its easy to open/close drawers, lots of hangers and plenty of space for shoes. It makes packing/unpacking, dressing and keeping everything organized a breeze. The Frechette robes are a nice touch and they came in handy when going out to the whirlpool area a mere steps from our cabin. Our stewardess was a gem who made our cruise that much more enjoyable. Our best daytime hideaway spot was, as mentioned above, just steps from our cabin - the whirlpool area forward on deck 6 is the best-kept secret on the Odyssey. There are quite a few loungers and there is always some shade. Fresh towels are available and a crew member is always there to bring you a nice cold drink. Being where it is, there is always a breeze (hard to find on any other areas) and I could not find a better thing to do at the end of the day than to sit in the Jacuzzi sipping champagne watching the sunset. We tried sunbathing on The Retreat (deck 11) but there isn't any shade at all which makes it very difficult for anyone to stay there for any period of time. It is a lovely spot and I think that the addition of a few big umbrellas would greatly improve its usability. We loved the Observation Bar and would often go there to listen to Nick the piano player and steal a dance or two (no dance floor). Unlike The Club, the furniture does not crowd the space. The Club is the place to go for some serious dancing (but the dance floor is rather small) and it's very well attended before dinner and between dinner and show times. Seabourn Square is the main hub of the ship and a great place to grab a latte and a cookie and catch up on your email or reading. Great reclining chairs at the back for an afternoon nap (there is noticeable vibration there but it just lulls you to sleep!). The Grand Salon suffers from a few ill-placed columns and pretty crowded seating but it is a good venue for the entertainment. The Restaurant is really beautiful day and night. On our first night on board we dined in one of the main areas (double height) of the Restaurant and found it was strangely lit with unflattering purplish lights. This made people look rather ghostly. Those areas were also the noisiest. It was only toward the end of the cruise that we noticed that the purple lights were gone. The dEcor of Restaurant 2 is striking but not to everyone's taste as we discovered through conversations with our tablemates on the two occasions we dined there. Particularly those Seabourn cruisers who are more at home in the more traditional triplets. Design-wise, we thought that the servers had a hard time reaching people seated at the back end of the round booth-like seats. We personally liked it, including the lit-up menus which were different and a fun touch. The Colonnade, particularly the outdoor portion, was perhaps our favourite venue for casual dining, both for lunch and for dinner. Its dEcor is relaxed and inviting. There is one issue with the design - one night a woman fell (she was not hurt) when she failed to notice a small step dividing the main seating area from the hallway. There are ropes to prevent this but she leaned on the rope a bit it and it gave. This could prove very dangerous and should be addressed in a better way. My general sense is that the ship has been beautifully designed but that aesthetics takes precedence over function in some instances. There is also an abnormal amount of noise in the cabins (at least in ours but we heard the same from several fellow passengers). This noise (rattling, vibration, creaking, groaning, you name it) was much more pronounced when the seas were on the rougher side and the ship was going at a faster cruise speed (first and last nights). Having said that, neither the seas nor the speed were in any way extreme so the real answer must lie elsewhere. The few negatives all have to do with signs that the finishing was done in a rushed way and it shows. Examples of this are carpets that don't seem to be "tucked in" properly (at least in our cabin) and are already coming off, air bubbles in the wood veneer panels, chips in the enamel of the bathtub, etc. Simply put, there will be a lot of work needed to be done in the first drydock. One last note and this will be of absolutely no interest to most, the fitness center was not truly "fully equipped" as the promotional materials state, but rather seemed to have an odd collection of TechnoGym machines with very specialized functions, not the machines that work the main muscle groups. Again, if you don't regularly workout with weights, you won't care about this one bit. The gym did have a suitable number of cardio machines including elliptical machines, treadmills and one stairmaster, plus the Kinetic wall which I never got around to trying. The Food This is a matter of personal taste. In our view, it was mostly very good and sometimes great, but not exceptional. A bit on the bland and unimaginative side. One example of this is the nightly themed menus on the Colonnade. They consisted of two or three "theme" dishes which were not in the least the real thing (with some better than others) and the rest of the menu was the same every night. This is not a criticism as the food was always of good quality, just seemed to be playing it safe a lot. Restaurant 2 was a pleasant diversion from any blandness. The whole concept of a tasting menu is not well understood or liked by many as we found out. We liked it. It was a great experience and it must be tried at least once. Do not be intimidated by the menu (it sounds far more daunting than the food really is), don't rush it. Each morsel is carefully designed to play against the others on your plate and there are unexpected, delicious surprises - like the "vanilla flavoured asparagus cappuccino". The Patio Grill was convenient for a quick bite and a very pleasant spot but unremarkable food wise. For example, I expected real cheese in my cheeseburger, not a slice of processed cheese. Nice pizzas. Room service was great. We had breakfast in our balcony many times and had the most pleasant times. We also ordered room service for a simple dinner on the last night as we were feeling under the weather. The food was good, delivered hot and promptly and the service was always first rate. The Entertainment Varied and of good quality. The Seabourn Singers are young and talented and they try hard to please everyone in the audience. This is a big feat considering the generational differences. The other acts, a pianist, a violinist and two comedians provided a good dose of entertainment. The regular musicians on board gave us ample opportunity to dance which is one of our main pleasures while cruising. We particularly loved the pool deck party. The Service First impression was that of spotty, impersonal service. This impression soon changed as we noticed steady improvement after a couple of days into the cruise. Most staff (with very few exceptions) proved to be warm and caring and we found ourselves being addressed by name often and by many of them. The Hotel Manager made a good effort to help resolve an issue we had and followed through with solutions. We met many staff members who were not only new to Seabourn (1st contract) but also new to cruiseships altogether. While some of the most experienced Seabourn staff shined, so did some of the newbies. Very rarely did we experience any staff members who did not perform to expectations. Fellow Passengers While we were in a small minority due to our age, we felt welcome by all and met an overwhelming majority of fantastic, fun and entertaining, sweet, interesting, truly enjoyable folks, some of which we had the pleasure of dining and/or having drinks with several times throughout. This was a true highlight of our experience and, above all, perhaps the main reason we will sail with Seabourn again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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