9 Seabourn Sojourn Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

Mr Waldo's friends had said "Oh you must go to Russia" and Miss Waldo had just embarked on a thesis about the Romanovs so we began planning. Things went pear shaped and it turned out to be just me and the Little Waldos aged ... Read More
Mr Waldo's friends had said "Oh you must go to Russia" and Miss Waldo had just embarked on a thesis about the Romanovs so we began planning. Things went pear shaped and it turned out to be just me and the Little Waldos aged 22 and 18 (moral ...live life to the full) one of the negatives to this cruise was having been to 2 ports before so we cut short our pre in Stockholm just overnighting and taking in the splendours of the new ABBA museum. So: Emabarkation: I wasn't quite sure why we were segregated, at first I thought it was being with 2 "kids" Note: Mr 22 yo was invited to join the children's program. I'm sure if 20 years time he will appreciate not looking his age or whether it was our comp upgrade to an OW. Either way this was hassle free and we were onbaord quickly. First Impressions: Colonnade: OMG this is a Zoo. Every man and his travelling companion was out on the back deck soaking in the summer rays. We were served relatively quickly and the only hitch was wine with lunch. yeah.... i know... she's going to complain about the quality. Well actually NO. They asked for Little Waldo to prove his age so he could drink and after much digging around he produced his drivers licence (note we found this into Day 2, if you have hole punched into your card no grog!). Offering Miss W a drink, she declined we settled into mmmm this is nice Suite: Our suite was ready just as we finished dining and we were very happy. Cmon OW who wouldn't be! Our Stewardess offered our soap options (a choice each) and asked if we wanted any additional beverages for the bar (Yes please we needed 3 different tipples..at this point we were not aware of the 21 drinking age) The cabin was explained and we just went wow (again) I wont go in to detail about an OW except to say for 3 it was MORE than ample and while the rollway was removed each day it wasn't really necessary to do so. Now Mr 22 is a foodie (yep) so his first task was to book for Restaurant 2. Mission accomplished, Miss 18 and I made our Spa bookings. Yes it was tight, 7 days are an issue if you want to fit around ports. the only hitch for the Spa was the Spin bike is apparently only for fitness classes :( Meals: there was only 1 course in The Restaurant which was a let down and it was ......... the Souffle. Now Miss W is a Souffle Queen and I mean that seriously. Whilst 22 dutifully consumed his to the last Iota I struggled and Miss W, took 2 spoonfuls and said urrg, scrambled eggs. ( to give reference Miss W has dined and worked in hatted restaurants) I have to admit the waiters took her critique with a grain of salt. She has said if the souffle isn't up to scratch on Quest in January she'd like a cook off ;) We only managed one meal in Resaturant 2 and well...yum........not up there with the likes of Geranium or Quay, but certainly excellent for location matching wines IMHO worth the $$ Remember we convicts have limited access to anything non home grown. Liquid: Hitch wasn't aware that US drinking laws onboard. Note to self (read the fine print). Did it matter, um no. But poor Mr 22 got sick of dragging out his card until everyone knew him and that took 3 DAYS! ;) Ships Tours: bone of contention. We did 1 out to Cathy's place and wow. The solitude was worth the $ the wine, not so. I wanted to Kayak in Helsinki but was howled down by Miss W (aka I know everything now I'm 18). In short, should have Kayaked! Ports: Well we are small ship creatures because I like to convenience of central docking and fats flow immi, and Seabourn ticks that box nicely. (well more than nicely because it added 2+ hours to each day in SPB) Service: Yep this is where it went pear shaped I had ONE server who ignored me. T......??? in the Colonnade at the dessert bar. Why do some people think only guys want ice cream!! Loved pulling up my chair and within 30 secs having my tipple and MissWs Fire Engine (paul;) ) on the table. Now i do NOT like buffet or tie dining, so Seabourn is an excellent choice for avoiding this. breakfast in the restaurant , was great, yeah it's only open for an hour but hey, 8-9am ain't early bad if your tour starts at 8,30.. heaps of time! For those eat all you can, as fast as you can Colonnade will suit. Disappointment: never had IRD ( will fix this in Jan) Trivia (ohhhhh) only once and only a few of us. Poor Miss W. Trivia is one of her things and to to the supercilious guest who pooh poohed Mr 22s knowledge of TdF, yep don't think the onboard newspaper is up to date. Mr 22 is a sport tragic. Other than that less friendly than we have had before, especially on SS, maybe it was being 3? (never been 3 before) and I know more than 1 pax was surprised it wasn't a gay divorcee situation. Maybe because our other cruises have been less port intensive? Debark: too soon Other lines : What i missed for SS.. the opportunity to be seated at a communal table (but that may have been to us being 3 and Mr W missing and conversations with other liekminded guests Next step Antarctica :)   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
I just returned from our 7 day cruise of the Baltics. I have been on many cruises but this was my first with Seabourn. I wanted to share some thoughts while they are fresh in my mind. First of all - I loved the experience. We will ... Read More
I just returned from our 7 day cruise of the Baltics. I have been on many cruises but this was my first with Seabourn. I wanted to share some thoughts while they are fresh in my mind. First of all - I loved the experience. We will definately do another - we already bought the $1000 certificate for our use. The whole "all inclusive" thing was wonderful. I never realized how much I was aggravated on other ships by constantly pulling out my card to order a drink or sign little slips of paper all day long. The smaller ship was plenty stable and it was great that I could walk from our cabin to anywhere on the ship in less than a minute. I never waited ina line - except maybe a couple of times getting coffee from the onboard starbucks-like cafe. Service: - Outstanding. From check in (we were litterally the first to board in Copenhagen at 12:05), the cabin steward, waitstaff. All were constantly smiling, many calling us by name by day 2. Passengers: Not as old as I was expecting. Maybe because this was a port intensive cruise, I would say the average age was low to mid fifties. (We are 58) and not surprisingly obviously rather affluent. I would guess there were maybe 4 children under 10 and another 3 or 4 teenagers. That is about it. Extremely friendly - we made many friends at dinner, in the hot tub and in the caasino. Food - Dining room: I am a bit of a foodie and loved it. Very good taste and well presented. Always served very hot. Dinning room food was limited at breakfast but a very nice variety at dinner. Beef wellington and lobster were favorites. Not a big dessert person but I enjoyed the cheese course most evenings. Strangely if I had a complaint it was that portion sizes at dinner can be a bit small - even considering you had three or four courses. (For me, two double lamb chops does not an entree make!) I would leaave dinner, go tothe show and casino and would be wanting a bite to eat about midnight with no real option (I know I could have room service, but a late night pizza or sandwich bar would be a nice touch). Food - Colonade: Having been on cruise ships much larger, I have grown accustomed to avoiding the buffet. I am so glad I did not. The food was excellent at breakfast and lunch and the ability to also order ala cart was great (albeit limited). Dining staff: Generally good, with just one less that excellent server. We ate a variety of ways....twice at a table for 2, twice paired up at random with another couple and twice at a large table with crew - once witht he ship's doctor and one with a singer. Dinning experience was great at all dinners. Wines: I know wines and we have wine most nights for dinner. Most of the wines I had would be comparable with what we have at home on a nightly basis. I would imagine our typical "house" wines are in the $12 to $17 per bottle range and that is pretty much comparison for these wines. (Having said that, we will have much more upscale wines with company or a special dinner - so I know the difference) We particularly liked a Petite Chablis they served at lunch the first day and often asked for and received it during the week. There was also a nice bordeau blend and a couple of Sauvignon Blancs (some too light, some much fruitier.) I had the champagne, it was fine but I am not a big fan anyway. The Pinot was on the light side - they suggested it to pair with the prime rib - I opted for a syrah. I never felt the need nor desire to buy up to a better wine. Casino: Small as expected - one each of a roulette, blackjack, three card poker and baccarat. The staff here were the only ones I found to be less than stellar. I got the impression that they hoped we would not show up or that we would go to bed early. Often, the casino would be advertised as opening at a certain time, and the staff would show up 30 minutes later. I also found it odd that they would accept - even encourage - gratuities. Entertainment: The production shows were excellent. Very talented singers and musicians. Cruise director was fine - enjoyable but somewhat unremarkable. The female lounge singer was not very good...I ended up avoiding her where-ever she sang. The onboard activities were sparse and not well attended since this is such a port intensive cruise. We were (slightly) diappointed that the wine tasting (offered at $100 per person) did not attract the minimum 10 attendees and was cancelled. Only 2 couples attended the trivia (the four of us got prizes) and only 7 played in the blackjack tournament. Pools: They were rarely used. High temperatures averaged in the low sixties so the hottubs were the only real options. There were rarely more than a few people a day partaking. (This was a very port intensive cruise) . I loved the drink service when in the hot tub - my drink waiter david was wonderful and attentive).   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
The 7 day cruise of the Baltic Sea in June/July 2013 had been our third cruise with Seabourn within the last 10 month (41 sea days). Why? My wife and I we simply feel at home aboard Seabourn. We are in our late 40ties and until 1 ½ years ... Read More
The 7 day cruise of the Baltic Sea in June/July 2013 had been our third cruise with Seabourn within the last 10 month (41 sea days). Why? My wife and I we simply feel at home aboard Seabourn. We are in our late 40ties and until 1 ½ years ago we didn´t thought a cruise will suite us. We liked and still like being on our own exploring. We prefer top class hotels, but hardly use all the facilities they offer. Usually we stay at one site between 2-5 days. Then we travel on our own to the next destinations. Why do we like Seabourn? Maybe we better have to start to write about what the 3 larger Seabourn ships according to our opinion aren´t. They are not a place where you marvel about fancy details or the sheer size and quantity of facilities. The offered standard of the ships is high class. References to a huge yacht can be done. The suites. The regular suites (we had been in categories V3 and V6) have a satisfactory size. The furnishing is very well thought-out and utilizable. The small walk-in wardrobe is an absolute plus. The bathroom is nice as well and has all the necessities needed, but for 2 persons at once drying hair it´s too small. The shower could be larger. The interior design of the suite has to address to the taste of huge number of guest. It does so. The HDTV is working well, but, like in brand new cars or airplanes, their entertainment and computer equipment is already outdated when they hit the market. We don´t want to miss our veranda. It is nice to have the possibility to go outside from your own cabin (suite). Yes, the veranda furniture could be improved. A short while after embarkation all our luggage has found its spot and we consider it as "our” suite. In many top notch hotels rooms this feeling never developed. Food. We read in some reviews that the food on Seabourn is not always living up to the expectations. On our cruises with the Odyssey and the Sojourn we had 3 different chefs. We were told that the menus are set by Seattle headquarters. Therefore the food is mainly not purchased locally. Fish for example is delivered mostly frozen in containers to the ship. But even then can you feel the influences of the different chefs. Seasoning differs. Seabourn is trying not to make something wrong. Health risks are linked with undercooked food. So they overcook. Fish and seafood is here mostly at risk. I never tried to order a "bleu” beef dish. I stick to "rare”. In total the food meets our expectations. We consider it very good. 3-star Michelin restaurants with the restriction to 15-20 tables and a few dishes and 2 degustation menus can´t be compared. In the main restaurant you cater up to 450 passengers in about 2-3 hours at a very high level. At the Colonade we always had our breakfast. It is a mix of being served and self-service. We as Germans love our bread. Choice could and should be improved. Same with cheeses. I love to have goat, sheep and blue cheeses for breakfast. But again, we sorrow at a very, very high level. In addition you can ask. The service staff is trying to accomplish what you have asked for. Perrier mineral water for example might not available at once. San Pellegrino mineral water instead. So you have to wait a little to get your preferred one. Double shot Cappucino and Espresso you better get at the Square (take out) before you go for breakfast. The regular coffee within The Colonade is so so. Restaurant 2. We had dinner there 5 times so fare. It differs from the main restaurant as there are only around 30 guest each evening. A set 6-7 course menu is offered. The food differs. They try to present a more seasoned cooking style. As long as they don´t hype at the presentation of the dinner it is a very joyful evening. The Pool Bar. For us exactly what it should be. Great burgers, pizza, salad and so on. Wines and spirits. The offered wines for dinner are good middle class. That is ok with us. We never opted for the silver or gold wine package. You can always have the Feuillatte Champagne which is very decent French Champagne. Spirits and cocktails. You cannot ask for more. Our favorite place for cocktails and drinks is the Observation Lounge. Staff and Crew. As soon as you enter the ship, they make you feel welcome and at home. Security measures and procedures can be annoying, but in this times? We always felt that the staff is willing to interact with guest. But the guests have to make the first moves. If you don´t, they furthermost act highly professional. As always in life some do excel from the rest. But on Seabourn not because you tipped them. They excel because they love what they do. High ranking officers were always available. Room for improvement. Yes. The use of internet (wifi) should be included in the cruise fare. The excursions are overpriced. Offering more options for sleeping pillows. Sometimes a little more attention even to the smallest detail is needed. More "harbor” information by the service crew on Seabourn Square. Onsite self drive car rental information. How to get in and out of the port. How far from some highlights by taxi. Those details we don´t have in our guide books and internet information. The concept of the ships boutique. On our Baltic Sea cruise. In our travel documents the wrong embarkation site in Stockholm was stated. No information about changes. When we arrived we found out. It took 1 hour and 50 Euros additional taxi rides. Just an apology. No refund. Staff friendly as ever. We had the best stewardess for our suite so far. In Talinn and in Helsinki we walked the city on our own. The 3 days in St. Petersburg we arranged a private tour for us. Guide, driver and Minivan. We would do so again. For us the one week cruise was too short. We would have loved at least 3 more sea days. In January 2014 we are crusing Antarctica. Seabourn of course. If Seabourn will remain or even improving its service level and food and drink quality we have found our cruise line. They also should stick to their upscale all-inclusive concept. The size of the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest are in our opinion a good balance between choices offered and intimacy. On our first cruise ever in December 2011 we had been on a 4-star plus ship. The suite was good, as was the executive lounge, but with 2.000 passengers on board, we never really felt home like we do on Seabourn. We are looking forward to go back to "our” Seabourn ships.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This cruise was my first and several seasoned cruisers said I had set the bar very high form my first cruise and I agree! We arrived in Stockholm 2 days early and I highly recommend doing this since there is so much to see in this ... Read More
This cruise was my first and several seasoned cruisers said I had set the bar very high form my first cruise and I agree! We arrived in Stockholm 2 days early and I highly recommend doing this since there is so much to see in this beautiful city. We met 2 single girls that were doing a St. Petersburg tour with us at our hotel (this was a pure coincidence!) and shared a taxi to the port with them. One of the Texas ladies, Jennifer, recommend we go straight to the ship at our 12pm check out, even though our ticket said to board at 2pm. This was great advice since we were able to quickly get through the check in process and go directly to the Collonade for lunch. Our suite was ready before we finished lunch. We were on deck 5 and the pictures I have seen online were a perfect match for the real thing, but none of the pictures were of the walk in closet. This was such a blessing since it was large enough to store all of our clothes and keep the suitcases hidden. Our bed was heavenly and the balcony large enough for 2 chairs and a table with room to move around. Daniela, our hostess did a great job throughout our cruise and had champagne and cavier canapes awaiting us. We were later given a full bottle of vodka (which we didn't even open!), a stocked min refrigerator with beer, cokes, water, juices, and 2 bottles of red wine and could have ordered more if we wished. We ordered room service fro breakfast 3 times and ordered a snack once. I had put our anniversary as our special occasion and received a phone call asking when we wanted to receive a special turn down the first day of the cruise. I chose our sea day and the staff did not disappoint. While at breakfast, they fastened balloons to our ceiling and later on that night a beautiful chocolate cake was delivered to our suite! We ate at every eating place on the boat and the Restaurant was our favorite. 5 nights were spent there and one was at a hosted table. This was quite fun, even though they separated the spouses. We met singer Nicola, her charming British parents, singer Marie Lee, and 2 other couples. On the formal night, we booked a table for 10 to accommodate our private tour group we put together for our 3 days in St. Petersburg using SPB tours. This was our going away present to each other and it was wonderful. Great people, great food (7 courses!) and great memories! The other 3x we were in the restaurant was at a table for 2. The food was great, the service, impeccable, and the wine choices were spot on. Our first night on the boat was at Restaurant 2. Don't miss out on this wonderful experience! They will provide you with menus of all the tastings ahead of time so you can pick and choose which night to reserve your spot (other nights can occur but you will be put on a wait list since this restaurant is quite small). Don't be turned off by the menu describing all the ingredients in each tasting. My husband is a picky eater and he loved everything he ate! The Collonade is mainly a buffet, but is classily done. We ate there for breakfast 5x and 1x for dinner. We booked the Russian ballet and had a letter in our suite stating that the Collonade would be opening early for us and service would be quick so we could prepare for the ballet (we had to load the bus by 6:45). We were in and out super fast but the service and food was impeccable, as usual! My only complaint about the food (and it is a small one) is for the Patio Grill. The food on the buffet was cold, even if it had a warmer on it. Now, in their defense, the temps on this cruise was quite chilly at time (50-60's being the norm). Now, onto the entertainment. We spent every night in the Club, either listening to the guitarist/singer Michael or the Band featuring Sabrina, and one show featuring Brent doing Broadway hits. All were fabulous, especially Michael. He would take request and when he found out we were from Alabama, he played Sweet Home Alabama for us on several occasions. Some nights there were not too many people in the Club and other nights it was fairly full. They have a small dance floor and beware, some of the entertainers will pull you out to dance, even if you have 2 left feet like me! The professional dance couple was awesome and I wished they would have dance more since it reminded me of the dancers off of DWTS. My only complaint about the Club is that the later you stayed the more breaks the band and waiters seem to take! One time on the last night, the band played for 30 minutes and then took a 45 minute break! We had to go to the bar 2x at the end of the cruise because the waiters stopped coming around to take our drink orders. It was like they were deliberately trying to get rid of us! Not a good feeling to have after paying so much money for this cruise.  We didn't go to the small casino off the Club, and only went to one show in the Grand Salon. We did have tea/cocktails at the Observation Bar on deck 10 (THE PLACE to see the launching of the ship). Since we are from the south, we tried to order a Hurricane but they didn't know what it was (obviously they have never been to New Orleans!), so we ordered Rum Punch instead. It was great! We didn't use the spa but the Texas ladies, Jennifer and Teddie did, and they really liked it. They each bought the spa pass for the week and seem to think it was a good use of money/ship board credit. We didn't go up on Deck 11 for ping pong or anything else since the brisk wind seemed to always be felt the strongest there. We also didn't use the pool or whirlpools, but everyone who did use them felt the temperature was great. Seabourn Square was a great place to get information, book excursions, get a cup of coffee, or just relax with a book or a puzzle. Computers for guest were here (internet was a steep $20 for 2 hours). Overall, this was a fantastic cruise and I will be sailing with Seabourn again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Everything about the Seabourn Sojourn is pleasant and hassle free. The entire ship is clean in its design and does not suffer from the tasteless decor you may have seen on other ships. The palette is neutral and modern - although ... Read More
Everything about the Seabourn Sojourn is pleasant and hassle free. The entire ship is clean in its design and does not suffer from the tasteless decor you may have seen on other ships. The palette is neutral and modern - although perhaps a bit bland and characterless. Think Four Seasons and you are nearly there. Cabin was excellent in every way with a nice size bathroom, walk in wardrobe, great beds and ample space for everything. Cabin service was perfect although we actually only met our stewardess once when we boarded - after that we never even glimpsed her. The food in the restaurants was pretty good. On the penultimate night we had the Chef's menu in the main dining room - easily the best meal we had onboard. Otherwise we felt some of the food was a bit of a let down when compared to the 'six star' billing. Meat was always superb - but desserts almost all poor (seem to use the same cheap artificial/prepackaged looking desserts and cheap ice cream and day-glo sauces as on Carnival ?). The main point here is that if you are expecting an overall standard comparable to a top London, Paris or New York restaurant then you will be disappointed. For a cruise ship it is of a good standard and once or twice exceptional. Restaurant 2 which is meant to be the fine dining experience was a bit of a let down and I would avoid- main dining room more enjoyable. Some of the most striking advantages of Seabourn Sojourn over other cruises I have taken relate to the noticeable lack of onboard selling. What a relief not to have every minute of every day spent trying to sell the next excursion or the latest embarrassing photo. None of that here - hurrah ! Also no queues or waits for anything. Get on and off the ship when you like and have a table for two right away. Perfect. Entertainment was really surprisingly good. Lack of ambition from a production point of view was made up for by the talent of the 4 singers and 2 dancers we had to entertain us. They did a few shows and they were truly fantastic vocally and did not rely on pre-recorded voices for their numbers. These were the best shows I have seen on a cruise ship because they did not try to be something they were not and instead relied on good old fashioned talent to do the job. At first sight the port lecturer seemed a bit doddery but in fact he was excellent in every respect. Witty, informative and totally unpatronising - he assumed a degree of intelligence amongst his audience which I have not experienced on other ships. We followed many of his tips to our advantage and at no time was he trying to push any excursions or other commercial ventures for the cruise line. Perfect. We did not take any of the ships excursions. In Tallinn and Helsinki the ship provides a free shuttle to the town centre where you can then do your own thing. Otherwise you can just walk from the ship in 15 minutes or so to both city centres. Likewise Stockholm and Copenhagen are full of wonderful sights which are easy to walk between and visit on your own (everyone speaks perfect English). In St Petersburg we followed the advice of another Cruise Critic reviewer and booked the services of a private guide for all 3 of our days there. His name is Timofey Kruglikov who has his own website at http://www.tour-petersburg.com/en Timofey was the absolutely perfect host for our 3 days in St Petersburg. He provided an excellent car and driver and escorted us around the main sights of the city and environs. We pretty much followed his suggested 3 day itinerary and he proved to be a fount of knowledge for all things Russian. Timofey's English is near perfect and there is little he does not know about his city. Test him at the Hermitage.....almost any painting you care to highlight will be explained in detail. ofcourse 3 days in nothing like enough for this fascinating city and everything always feels somewhat of a rush. The services provided by Timofey were not cheap but were good value for money when compared to the alternative options. We had no problems entering the country without a visa - just following Timofey's instructions and we paid him at the end of of our second day. We cannot recommend Timofey more highly. Overall we had a wonderful time on the Sojourn. The ship is the perfect size, in perfect condition and is a relaxed and easy place to be. The lack of queues, bossy announcements, onboard selling or indeed any other annoyance was a highlight. Service at all times was warm and friendly and we would recommend the experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Escorted my mother on a truly wonderful adventure in the Baltics. The August weather could not have been more perfect the entire time we were there, we packed expecting cool weather but every day was warm and sunny. But every port we ... Read More
Escorted my mother on a truly wonderful adventure in the Baltics. The August weather could not have been more perfect the entire time we were there, we packed expecting cool weather but every day was warm and sunny. But every port we went to the people complained on how crummy the weather had been during the previous months so we lucked out. The Sojourn is a beautiful ship with huge cabins, it really was like having an apartment at sea. The food is pretty good, and I am sure better than most cruise lines. We only had one bad meal, too bad it was the Chef's Special Dinner night, the main course was a bit salty and the service was extremely slow. Although we had a larger party set up by our tour company the dinner should have not taken 3 and a half hours, and water glasses should have be refilled. It's a pity because that was the only night we ate in the main dining room. We dined in Restaurant 2 on our second night and I found the food to be very good, modern small tastes, but we were stuffed by the end of the meal. Most nights we dinned at the Colonnade or Patio Grill. The Colonnade is great for breakfast they have a decent buffet of scrambled eggs, hash browns, beans, grilled tomatoes, sausages, fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, breads, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurt and fish. And you may also order dishes like omelets, benedicts, lamb chops, minutes steaks and other special dishes table side. The staff and crew, with the exception of the one night in the dining room were always friendly and attentive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This is our first time on the Seabourn Sojourn but we have cruised three times on the Seabourn Odyssey and honestly couldn't tell the difference -- right down to the staff as there were several familiar faces. Embarkation in ... Read More
This is our first time on the Seabourn Sojourn but we have cruised three times on the Seabourn Odyssey and honestly couldn't tell the difference -- right down to the staff as there were several familiar faces. Embarkation in Copenhagen was dealt with smoothly as always and we were surprised to find we had been upgraded to an Owner's Suite 601. We had slightly mixed feelings as we had selected our suite with some care - but an upgrade is an upgrade. The obvious benefit is the space and of that we had plenty. The lounge/dining area wouldn't disgrace an apartment and having a separate bedroom is always a good thing -- as indeed is having two loos. We did however feel that more could have been done with the decor to make the whole more luxurious. The obvious downsides of 601 are that the bedroom overlooks the whirlpool at the bow so could lack privacy (not an issue in The Baltic) but more obviously it is above the anchor and this really did waken us up when docking. The first day was at sea. A top tip for this itinerary. I think I would do the cruise the opposite way i.e. from Stockholm to Copenhagen as after a busy time sightseeing we could have really enjoyed this one day at sea and made the most of the ship. Tallinn and Helsinki are great short stops and top and tail the highlight of any Baltic cruise -- St Petersburg -- brilliantly. For Russia we had booked our own guide online so only used the cruise trips for the ballet one evening. This worked perfectly. I was slightly nervous about the visa situation but it really was perfectly straightforward. As long as you had your official tickets with you each time you exited the ship the immigration process was simple and fuss free. Because the ship is docked for three days (two nights) in St Petersburg and the Baltic is so city intensive we spent far less time on board than we would normally do so didn't stretch the ship's facilities at all. As usual the food was excellent and the standard wine decent enough. We've booked our next cruise with Seabourn which I guess says it all. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
First time on Seabourn. Booked Baltic and St. Petersburg due to itinerary, with 3 full days in St. Petersburg. I booked hotels independently in Copenhagen and Stockholm so we could extend our holiday before and after the cruise. ... Read More
First time on Seabourn. Booked Baltic and St. Petersburg due to itinerary, with 3 full days in St. Petersburg. I booked hotels independently in Copenhagen and Stockholm so we could extend our holiday before and after the cruise. Booked private taxi to and from the dock before and after the cruise, since we were staying on. Also booked a private guide for 3 days in St. Petersburg, which cost us less than it would have booking similar ship excursions and we had the guide and driver's full attention. Great way to tour. Visited Copenhagen, Talinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki (& Porvoo) and Stockholm. Boarding the ship was seamless, quick and easy. The entire staff was cordial and professional. We have nothing but praise for the service standard and service ethic of the staff we encountered. Very positive attitudes, fast on their feet, smiles all around, great command of English. Our cabin attendant was sweet and had a nice sense of humor. We are not demanding passengers, were just looking for some private "us" time due to a crazy work schedule outside vacation. The staff seemed to pick up on this and were discreet in their comings and goings. The cabin was the nicest we've had on any ship: spotless, large, lots of conveniences and thoughtful touches: makeup vanity, double sinks, tub and shower separate, a nice dining area, great AV system, walk in closet, safe, good bedside reading lamps. Bar was stocked with our requests, but we didn't really touch any of it: there were wine and spirits everywhere on board! Beautiful sunsets from our veranda. However, we did enjoy afternoon tea, or a late glass of bourbon or cognac in the Observation Lounge. We ordered room service breakfast every morning so we could get ready for early tours while we finished breakfast. Lovely, flakey croissants, crumbs everywhere, just as it should be. Used the gym once, completely deserted, could not figure out how to get the TV working on my treadmill but no worries. Stepped into Seabourn Square a few times for a bite or some help with touring suggestions. Baristas were excellent, a very nice area to relax. Dining was good, service excellent. I personally felt the food on Oceania was a bit ahead of Seabourn, but spouse felt otherwise. I like more exotic menu items and he's a little more old school: grilled meats or fish is his liking. Never had a miss while dining. Tried the patio grill one night and a sudden downpour occurred while we were choosing appetizers. In the flash of an eye, our pool deck staff had the tables moved to shelter. They were amazing and fun! Best dining experience was Restaurant 2, a bit on the wild side which we liked. Since we were off board everyday on tour, returning late in the afternoon, did not use the pool, spa, or attend activities. We did catch the champagne and caviar sail away which was a lot of fun! The ship itself was modern, spare and beautiful. Felt VERY spacious, quiet and uncrowded. We rarely saw others as we passed through the halls except during early tours. Even then, none of the mass hysteria and confusion that I recall when leaving Oceania on tour. That was very welcome. The ship ran like clockwork, the itinerary was great (would have like more time in Helsinki though: Finland is spectacularly beautiful!) Both my spouse and I would definitely take another Seabourn cruise. And while we both prefer the small sailing ship ambiance of Windstar, which has a certain romance that larger ships can't match, the Seabourn Sojourn felt a lot like a private yacht, just as they advertise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Norway on the Sojourn was a fantastic experience....it was the first time with Seabourn,,but not the last...everything about it was top of the line,,the cabin,food,service,entertainment,appearance,,,etc.....This itinerary was ... Read More
Norway on the Sojourn was a fantastic experience....it was the first time with Seabourn,,but not the last...everything about it was top of the line,,the cabin,food,service,entertainment,appearance,,,etc.....This itinerary was wonderful,,with lots to see and do,,and I highly recommend it,,esp.to those that have seen the Med..and Caribean,,and need something a little different...the fjords were spectacular,,the excursions interesting ..but the small towns were easy to do on own.A food lover will be happy in the variety of restaurants,,and great room service...with tasteful dishes and service to match.I had a problem with smoking,,but not as bad as I had imagined...it was strong in halls,and near the bars that allow it...its allowed in rooms and balconies,,,lucky no one near us smoked,,and room had no smell...so that would not stop me from going back...but I do think it should be stopped in cabin/balcony... Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Seabourn Sojourn Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 2.5 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 5.0 4.0

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