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11 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
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
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
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
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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