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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was a sixteen day cruise that started in Dubai and ended in Singapore. We choose this cruise not for the itinerary but the experience of sailing on the Seabourne Encore. The ship exceeded our expectations it has a very well designed ... Read More
This was a sixteen day cruise that started in Dubai and ended in Singapore. We choose this cruise not for the itinerary but the experience of sailing on the Seabourne Encore. The ship exceeded our expectations it has a very well designed lay out and feels much bigger than it is. The crew was friendly, attentive and very professional. The restaurants (4) had varied menus and rank among the best we have had on any cruise. The entertainment was of high caliber and varied, also we had no trouble getting sitting for the shows. One design flaw is they have some structural supports that blocks some seats in the showroom. They had 4 different speakers that sailed on most of cruise and they gave really interesting talks on all the sea days. The ports in the middle east were interesting but not really worth going back to. The Indian ports on the other hand starting with Mumbai has lots history but it has bad air pollution and horrendous traffic which impacts touring. Mangalore is really an industrial seaport and has very little to offer. Cochin our last Indian stop is one of the best places in India for a visit lots of history and interesting things to see and buy. Colombo was very interesting and scenic and I would go back. Singapore I have been to before and is one of the worlds great cities, my daughter and family also live there so that was another reason we picked this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
It has been a little over 2 months since we disembarked from a perfect Seabourn Sojourn cruise. From Opera Night, complete with extraordinary Mardi Gras masks provided at dinner, daily trivia competitions, and to a spectacular Halloween ... Read More
It has been a little over 2 months since we disembarked from a perfect Seabourn Sojourn cruise. From Opera Night, complete with extraordinary Mardi Gras masks provided at dinner, daily trivia competitions, and to a spectacular Halloween party (just to mention a few highlights) the memories just keep flooding in. But aside from those special events, there was one that will never be forgotten. Our Captain announced that the night was to be a clear one and because of that, he was turning all lights off on the top deck at 11PM. Those of us who found our way into the dark were welcomed to fully flat lounge chairs with blankets and hot drinks. We all rested back and enjoyed the most spectacular view on earth. The sky, as promised by the Captain, was blessed with dozens of shooting stars. There are no words that can express that once-in-a-lifetime experience. THANK YOU, SEABOURN! We look forward to coming home to you again. Hopefully, in the very near future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first Seabourn cruise...and our last. Past sailings have been on Oceania and I regret this trip was not with them, as well. I will repeat another review in saying the food was a huge disappointment for all the upscale hype ... Read More
This was our first Seabourn cruise...and our last. Past sailings have been on Oceania and I regret this trip was not with them, as well. I will repeat another review in saying the food was a huge disappointment for all the upscale hype associated with Seabourn. The selection of items lacked variety and portions were incredibly small. Size of portion is more appropriate for a ten year old. It was also challenging to find healthy selections. You could not even find a banana or apple without asking, and even then a banana took 4 days to rippen if you kept it in your cabin. One night I ordered the vegetarian crepe (filled with ricotta cheese and spinach). When the dish arrived, the plate contained merely a three inch crepe with nothing else. I was shocked to see such an embarrassing small portion especially for dinner, and when I questioned the waiter, he merely indicated I could order another portion. On another occasion, dinner came with frozen (not fresh) green beans that were terrible; almond pancakes for breakfast arrived without the almonds on top, which were brought by the table when the meal was half consumed; chicken breast was good one night and very dried out the next night. It didn't matter which of the two restaurants you ate at - service, selection and portion size were all disappointing. Even dinner at the Keller Grill was nothing to rave home about. On the positive side, the cabin was lovely and shore excursion size was kept to no more than 25. However, I do not feel Seaboun is worth the money invested and will return to Oceania in a heartbeat. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our 4th cruise with Seabourn and we had no regrets! Our cabin was wonderful, the service, the food - exceptional as always . We enjoy having lots of restaurants options, with open seating. Some nights we had the pleasure of ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with Seabourn and we had no regrets! Our cabin was wonderful, the service, the food - exceptional as always . We enjoy having lots of restaurants options, with open seating. Some nights we had the pleasure of joining other folks and other nights having the luxury to eat by ourselves, sometimes even on our lovely balcony. We usually ended the hard day of sightseeing, sitting in the hot tub comparing notes with fellow travelers. Having the waiters hand out wonderful frozen drinks and/ or champagne made it perfect. And I confess that I did order a plate of caviar almost every day, while my husband treated himself to some ice cream. We enjoyed all the ports, although we had arranged for private tour guides, we do not enjoy group bus excursions. We were a little disappointed with the new TK Grill, after all the hype, we really preferred Restaurant 2, with its tasting menu. We had the pleasure of meeting and dining with many fascinating and charming fellow travelers, which for us is a highlight of the cruise. We even ran into one couple that we had met on our previous cruise ,18th months earlier! Not uncommon as Seabourn cruisers tend to be very loyal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise (west coast repositioning, Vancouver to LA) for the price and itinerary. We were very pleased, Seabourn delivered what they promised. The itinerary was Vancouver, Seattle (1 1/2 days), Portland (1 1/2 days), San ... Read More
We chose this cruise (west coast repositioning, Vancouver to LA) for the price and itinerary. We were very pleased, Seabourn delivered what they promised. The itinerary was Vancouver, Seattle (1 1/2 days), Portland (1 1/2 days), San Francisco (2 days), Monterey (1 day), Santa Barbara (1 day) San Pedro (debarkation port for LA). 11 days for $4,495 per person, tips and beverages included. Embarkation was smooth but a little slow due to a behemoth ship also embarking at Canada Place. Other than that, no problems. Pre-clearing US Customs prior to boarding was great because we didn't have to be delayed once we reached the first port of call in Seattle. Our cabin was ready when we boarded about 1 PM. Lunch in the Collonade was relaxed and well prepared. Plenty of champagne available to celebrate. Cabin. #725. Veranda suite was about average and comparable to other cruise lines, except that there was a huge walk in closet. Bathroom had a separate tub and shower and two sinks. The only problem was the toilet not working on two occasions. The problem was resolved fairly quickly on both occasions. Our stewardess Vanessa was great and was always available for ice or any other request. Dining. First rate at all of the venues: The Restaurant, Restaurant 2, Collonade and Patio. The caviar was always available. It was not ossetra or other top notch caviar, but it was decent. I do not recall a bad meal. Dining room service was almost flawless, one or two hiccups not worth mentioning in detail. My wife did think that the menus sometimes had too many fish options and not enough meat, but she is a very finicky eater. Entertainment/Activities. Not a whole lot. We went to one ventriloquist show and a cooking demonstration. I did not get a chance to go to any of the lectures which is my fault. If you need a lot going on all the time this would not be the cruise for you. On the plus side there were no children, so poolside was relaxing without kids screaming and doing cannon balls in the pool. Excursions. Can't rate them as we do DIY excursions 99% of the time. All ports were good except for Portland OR. If you are a hipster who likes to smoke weed you would enjoy it. Otherwise it is a haven for wastrels, indigents, stoners and weirdos. The Japanese gardens and the rose test garden were nice. Downtown has zero to offer in my opinion. All the other ports were great, especially San Francisco. The extra time in the first three ports was great and expanded the possibilities for sight seeing. Service. A very high staff to customer ratio, and the very pleasant crew made service impeccable. Ship Maintenance/Cleanliness. Spotless. The Sojourn is seven years old but everything is in good shape and not run down. The decor is understated but very pleasant and relaxing. For this itinerary, price and what you get for your dollar I would consider this a very good value. We were very satisfied. Fellow cruisers. On the geriatric side. I think we were one of the youngest at 55 years old. Some very elderly and infirm. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
After reading some negative reviews about the Encore prior to our cruise, I was apprehensive. All of that apprehension melted away quickly starting with embarkation in Civitivecchia. Embarkation was totally painless, taking less than ten ... Read More
After reading some negative reviews about the Encore prior to our cruise, I was apprehensive. All of that apprehension melted away quickly starting with embarkation in Civitivecchia. Embarkation was totally painless, taking less than ten minutes. We were ushered by smiling crew members to the Colonnade where a wonderful luncheon buffet awaited new passengers. While we were dining, it was announced that all rooms were ready for us and when we arrived in our room, all our luggage was there. Our Veranda 5 room was lovely. There was plenty of space, including a very comfortable queen size bed, a sofa, and a table with chairs large enough for dining for two. The bathroom including both a tub and shower (the shower was small) and two sinks. Our veranda was large enough for two chairs and a side table. The TV was large enough and very easy to operate. Our mini bar was stocked with the bourbon my husband has order, but not the vodka I had ordered. That was corrected soon enough as we let our stewardess know about the missing order. We did not see our stewardess again during the entire cruise, but our room was tidied and cleaned twice a day. She fell a bit short on replenishing our ice bucket and clearing away used glassware. Next time, we will point this kind of thing out--and hope for improvement. On port days, we found that the excursions were very well organized. We took an excursion in each port and found several of them to be exceptional (our favorite was the Eze/Rothchild House at the port of Monte Carlo) and some were just ok. We don't regret taking any of them. With all but one excursion, we were back to the ship in time for a late lunch at the Colonnade. We LOVED lunching on the deck patio outside of the Colonnade. There were items to order from a menu if we did not wish to do the buffet. The lunches were leisurely and such a good memory now. We ate most dinner in the Main Dining Room (called The Restaurant) on this ship. There were adequate choices--special entrees, appetizers of the day as well as mainstay classics like grilled salmon, steaks, etc. I found myself enjoying the classics more than the specials. All of the food in the MDR was good and the service was quite well done. We had a couple of dinners in the Colonnade on the deck patio. I would have preferred access to the MDR menu instead of the evening Colonnade menu, but the venue made up for it. Nothing wrong with the food there, just not my favorite choices. The one dinner we had on the Patio (around the swimming pool) was quite good. We enjoyed it immensely. Entertainment was good. We didn't go to the show every night, but did go more than half of the time. The singers/dancers were quite excellent and entertaining. We also enjoyed the one woman show put on by the Assistant Cruise Director and the classical pianist who did two recitals. A real high spot was Suzanne Jane, a talented singer/pianist who performed in the Thomas Keller Grill Bar. This particular bar was our favorite place on the ship to have before dinner or after dinner drinks. Now--a word about the size of the Encore. We had sailed previously on a Silver Sea ship (the Shadow) which is smaller with fewer passengers and worried that we would not like this larger ship. We did NOT find that to be the case. In fact, the ship still felt like a smaller ship and we never felt crowded. Perhaps there was a crowd somewhere, but we just didn't see it. The Encore is a beautiful ship with quite a few choices for venues for relaxing, eating, drinking and being entertained. We found its atmosphere to be very pleasant and just about perfect for our cruse. We met some really nice people onboard and have corresponded with several of them since the cruise. One high spot was the Rock The Boat dance party on the deck. This was held the night we were in the port of Monte Carlo. It was so beautiful to be in that port and out on the deck at night surrounded by the twinkling light of Monte Carlo. The music never stopped during the party. There was lots of dancing--and everyone seemed to be having a very good time. We also enjoyed a tour of the Bridge. The Second Officer conducted the tour and the captain came in to say hello. In addition, we did a tour of the Galley. What fun. We also enjoyed a cooking demonstration by the executive chef on our At Sea day. It was enjoyable. In summary, I could find very little fault with the Encore. It's a lovely ship and it had a great crew. Great fun was had by all. P. S. I agree with others that The Reserve on the top deck is a total waste. We did go up to see it and it did to look like something that was worth over $300/day. I don't think it was ever fully used except perhaps on the At Sea day. I think it should be opened up for all the passengers. In fact, that is pretty much a no brainer. Everyone loves that Seabourn ships are one class ship and I think they should stay that way. We've already booked another cruise--this time on the new Ovation which will set sail for the first time in May 2018. We'll be boarding June 9th! We can't wait. I know it is going to be another great vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We flew into Athens the day before departure, and boarded the ship around 4 pm on departure day. Embarkation process was smooth, except that when we got on the ship, the elevator we were sent to only went to the 9th floor and our suite ... Read More
We flew into Athens the day before departure, and boarded the ship around 4 pm on departure day. Embarkation process was smooth, except that when we got on the ship, the elevator we were sent to only went to the 9th floor and our suite was on the 10th floor. As relatively "newbie" cruisers, some explanation of where to go to access the correct elevator would have been helpful, but we did figure it out. The Odyssey is a lovely ship, well maintained and comfortable common areas through out. Our Penthouse Suite was surprisingly spacious. Plenty of closet and drawer space, double sinks in the bathroom. Shower stall is a bit cramped but adequate. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Room temperature was always just right. Seabourn is particularly known for its dedication to top-notch service, and that is certainly what we experienced. Every member of the staff seemed to go out of their way to provide whatever we wanted. The only service "complaints" I have are so petty I feel stupid to mention them. We particularly loved going to the Observation Bar for pre-dinner cocktails, and enjoyed the piano entertainment by Katy, plus nightly servings of caviar! We also loved the patio bar around the pool. Plenty of chairs around the pool, but sunny and shady for at-sea days or after returning to the ship from a port. Meals were excellent. Not to say that there wasn't the occasional "dud" course, but overall we loved the food. The Thomas Keller Grill is very special (I loved the veal chop!), and the Thomas Keller "theme" nights (one night ribs, one night fried chicken) were a lot of fun. On those nights, sharing tables was encouraged and meals were served family style. The nightly entertainment was a mixed bag. Some shows were really good. Some just "meh", but we didn't really care that much about seeing shows. We did enjoy the team trivia days, as well as the casino (which is small, but adequate). The only real negative about the cruise was the pathetic internet access. My husband and I each opted to buy 2 hours worth of access, figuring we could sign on, download email, and sign off. Sounded like a great idea, but often trying to download emails would take as long as 10 minutes. Most of the time, we just had to wait til we got to a port where we could access free WiFi or our cellular network. Plenty of people were frustrated with the slow internet speed. While we all like to "disconnect" to some degree, it is still necessary to be able to check in once a day. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I'm on board Odyssey right now in week 4 of a 5 week cruise. We've sailed on most of the major cruise lines and there are so many ways Seabourn excels its hard to describe. Just try them, you simply can't lose. The service is great and the ... Read More
I'm on board Odyssey right now in week 4 of a 5 week cruise. We've sailed on most of the major cruise lines and there are so many ways Seabourn excels its hard to describe. Just try them, you simply can't lose. The service is great and the staff excellent. Being all inclusive means no chits, no "may I have your keycard" constantly. Other lines may offer drink packages, but you and the bar staff are still passing back and forth cards, receipts etc. The ambience is totally different when all that nickel and diming stuff goes away. Throw in more like hosted dinner tables, staff who actually know your name, remember your favorite drinks, previews of the next day's dinner menus delivered to your room etc. And stuff like no ship's photographer in your face all the time, almost no announcements all day long for Bingo, art auctions, pool games, and (usually) no, or almost no kids Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I picked Seabourn because I was told the service was outstanding. If anything, that understates the service. I never had anything less that a totally perfect service from any employee. If I was picky, I would note that caviar took 25 ... Read More
I picked Seabourn because I was told the service was outstanding. If anything, that understates the service. I never had anything less that a totally perfect service from any employee. If I was picky, I would note that caviar took 25 minutes to show up one night, and that I had already finished my first martini before it arrived. That is hardly anything to complain about. I was disappointed in the quality of the food in the colonade one night, and in the quality of the service in the Restaurant one morning at breakfast. Overall, however, food was outstanding. About the embarkation. We were on the 10th floor. We entered the boat, as did everyone else, on the aft side. The greeter told us to take the elevator to the 10th floor. The problem is that the aft elevator doesn't go there. Right when we were entering and did not know our way around the ship, we got bad instructions. If they won't let 10th floor guests enter in the front, they should let us know how to get there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We are regular Seabourn cruisers going every couple of years . We are shocked by the dumbing down since the new owners have taken over. Food is so boring and repetitive . No interesting food, no innovation . Just Meat or fish on a plate . ... Read More
We are regular Seabourn cruisers going every couple of years . We are shocked by the dumbing down since the new owners have taken over. Food is so boring and repetitive . No interesting food, no innovation . Just Meat or fish on a plate . Limited food options, Collonade has choice of two items only per night, and half the time you have to book for this mediocre experience , restaurant 2 which was good , has been replaced by Thomas Keller- not an improvement/ just more boring same old same old food in every restaurant on the ship. It's an insult Everyone complained of the food at the Grill restaurant The main restaurant has appetisers that second as the salads for the night and the vegetarian options. Never more than 1 actual appetitiser that's not a salad / vegetarian option. No big kitchen market day smorgasbord, as in previous cruises . Met lots of people also complaining about the food If you are a foodie, DONT COME! You will be so disappointed Food is better on Azarmara, Oceania, Crystal Clearly the tasteless bean counters have destroyed any competitive edge Seabourn has in tne market place We have been loyal customers for many years but this is the last Seabourn cruise we will do.( currently trying to cancel the 35 day cruise we have booked for next year - couldn't survive 35 days of this food!) Read Less
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