10 Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Baltic Sea

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
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
Our third Seabourne cruise in two years but probably our last.The destinations were great but the quality of food and service generally was much worse than on The Legend or The Oddyssey., The crew are just not as happy,in particular the ... Read More
Our third Seabourne cruise in two years but probably our last.The destinations were great but the quality of food and service generally was much worse than on The Legend or The Oddyssey., The crew are just not as happy,in particular the security staff were miserable,most restaurant staff were good,Juanita stood out as did David the Irish bar server.but unlike previous Seabourne experiences where the vast majority were outstanding. Food in all venues did not live up to expectation and nowhere near as good as our recent Azamara Journey experience . We were allocated 913 which is able to take disabled passengers(we are not disabled)This means that the bathroom is large to accommodate a wheelchair but at the expense of wardrobe space. The final straw was that having booked both Air and port transfers with Seabourn they made us debarked at 8am in Stockholm for a 45min.journey to Arlanda airport even though our flight was not due until ten past five that afternoon giving us an 8 hour wait.My complaint was met with "tough it is what it is no exceptions" Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
In May, 2013 my husband and I cruised from London  The cruise crossed the North Sea to the Norwegian fjords, Oslo, Gothenberg and finished in Copenhagen. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7 and book some of the excursions but by no means ... Read More
In May, 2013 my husband and I cruised from London  The cruise crossed the North Sea to the Norwegian fjords, Oslo, Gothenberg and finished in Copenhagen. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7 and book some of the excursions but by no means all. My booking process was most unfortunate. I was quoted a price for the cruise and for insurance and paid my deposit. When the time came to pay the balance the insurance price had doubled. I talked to three people and finally faxed a copy of what I had printed out showing the original prices. A booking supervisor called and left a message that they"could not replicate that quote in the system and therefore the new price was in effect." I bought my insurance privately and went to pay my balance and the booking supervisor had arbitrarily added the newly priced insurance into my balance. I then had to get that removed. I wrote a letter to John Delaney, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing protesting the level of customer service; he continued the same level of service by not bothering to reply to my letter. When I discussed this with those who actually work for Seabourn I was told they call this the "Carnival Factor". Apparently the level of service that is more common to Carnival is now prevalent in Seattle. When we embarked in London our spirits were raised significantly by the efficiency of the process;from leaving our driver to walking onto the ship and being whisked off to lunch at the Colonnade took all of twenty minutes. It was cold in London and as we strolled the decks exploring the ships one of the bartenders noticed I was cold and asked if he could get me some hot tea. He then raced down a deck and came back with a tray of tea. The booking process was fast fading from our minds! Our cabin was comfortable and was kept immaculate and well supplied by our stewardess Banita who was delightful. We asked for our double duvet to be exchanged for two singles and it was done immediately. The interior of the cabin was in surprisingly good condition with few "dings" & "knocks". The balcony furniture was in decidedly lesser condition. Beds (it is two singles on one headboard)were very good and the pillows (always a problem area) were quite acceptable. The bed is high enough to fit empty luggage underneath. The walk in closet and all the drawers and shelves in the cabin provided ample storage and the bathroom was well-stocked and with separate bathtub and shower was ideal for us. We found the food to be almost always excellent. Now we were in Norway and fresh fish and seafood arrived daily and indeed one could shop the fish market in Bergen with the Chef. I do not eat much beef but my husband thought it was excellent and I do know we both enjoyed the lamb. We found that if a wine was not to our taste there was always an alternative or two and of course champagne. I liked that portions were not enormous but that there were enough courses to keep everyone satisfied. Service was exemplary and we found many of the wait staff remembered our names and preferences. The staff is friendly without being overly familiar and really strive to keep passengers happy. The dining venues (we did not use Restaurant 2) allow you to dine as a couple or join others at tables for four or six. We met many of our fellow travellers and thoroughly enjoyed their company. About 50% were from the US, 25% from Australia and then a mix of quite a few other countries. A word about formal nights. There were a few dinner jackets and some suits but a pair of dark slacks, a dress shirt and tie and a navy blazer for my husband was more than acceptable. The ladies did dress up. We did not avail ourselves of the evening entertainment so we have no comment there. Lectures we found interesting and worth attending. There were two areas that did not meet expectations and this came as a suprise when compared to the rest of the staff. Security was very offhand and particularly when one was returning to the ship were not averse to keeping passengers on the ganplank (once in the rain) while they chatted with returning crew members. In addition the operators of the Xray machines are not trained and had difficulty recognizing simple items like an ordinary hairbrush. The other area of concern was the coffee service in the Seabourn Square. The main barista was brusque to the point of being surly. I thought perhaps I had offended him but after sitting with my coffee and watching him I realised that while he was serious but respectful with men he was demonstrably disdainful of women; I assume this was a cultural attitude. Fortunately his place was taken by a young Irishman on occasion and he had enough charm for both of them. Excursions were rather a mixed bag. All of the guides were very good and the transport was comfortable and clean. Seabourn uses a tour company to set up the excursions and by the time they have added their "fee" and Seabourn has marked it up the net result is that the excursions are overpriced. Be aware of the fact that in some locations (Bergen and Gothenberg) the cruise line provides a free shuttle to the center of the town. We book excursions in four of the nine stops and in retrospect we could have skipped at least one more. This applies if your intention is sigthseeing. If you take the more active excursions such as sea kayaking or extensive hikes the above comments may not apply. Disembarkation was handled as efficiently as embarkation. This is a detailed review but a summation might be that we will cruise again with Seabourn if the itinerary is appealing to us.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
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
As professional musicians from Jacksonville, Florida, we don't usually take expensive luxury cruises, but there is no question that the Seabourn Sojourn delivers the value and exceptional quality of food, facilities/stateroom and ... Read More
As professional musicians from Jacksonville, Florida, we don't usually take expensive luxury cruises, but there is no question that the Seabourn Sojourn delivers the value and exceptional quality of food, facilities/stateroom and service expected for the price. One night we had amazing Nigerian shrimp that were 10 inches long! The staff members were always helpful and attentive. While we know it's their job to be friendly, they were sincere. With less than 400 passengers on board, we had all the amenities of the big ships, but none of the crowds for dining or disembarkation. The people on the cruise were mostly interesting professionals from the US. We enjoyed dining at Restaurant 2 seated with other passengers, with exceptional food and tableside informance about each of the dozen dishes served. Toward the end of the cruise, we got a tour of the galley with the head chef to see what goes on behind the scenes to make the magic happen for the passengers. All the artists, performers and cruise director were excellent, not over amplified, and they went out of their way to engage with the passengers - and even stay in touch after the cruise. We also like the all inclusive policy - no bills for drinks or tips at the end to worry about. As amazing as the ship was, it was the great port cities that were the highlight of our trip. Seabourn provided a travel/history expert on board to speak about each destination to help plan excursions or activities. With the exception of Stockholm, the Sojourn ports right in the city center. We are good walkers and like to explore on our own, so we easily walked to all the city highlights in Helsinki (such as the Church of the Rock), Tallin (Alexander Nevsky church, shopping for amber) and we covered all of the quaint city of Visby. Though you might not choose this cruise for the purpose of going to Tallin or Visby, both were surprisingly delightful medieval walled cities. The Stockholm embarkation port was quite a ways from the city center and not at all glamorous. Fortunately we arrived in Stockholm a few days early to see the sites and insure our arrival for the cruise. The Arlanda Express train got us from the airport to our hotel in 15 minutes. We stayed at the Frey Hotel (mentioned in Stieg Larsson's 3rd book) which was reasonably priced, friendly and perfectly located to walk to the Royal Palace, Gamla Stan, Opera House, Skansen, Vasa Museum and central downtown. When the ship leaves port in Stockholm, it goes by the 24,000 islands in the archipelago with great views on both sides of the ship. Though it was raining hard when we departed, delay dinner and stay out on deck to experience this! The highlight for us and the reason most of the passengers were on the cruise was to visit historic St. Petersburg. Though the ship docked right in downtown St. Petersburg, the sites are spread out and it is not a walkable area/city. You also have make advance arrangements with a St. Petersburg tour in order to get your 72-hour tourist visa. Recommended by a friend in Jacksonville (who lives in Riga, Latvia), we contacted Timofey Kruglikov of Tailored Tours of St. Petersburg. (www.tour-petersburg.com). Via email, we discussed our interests and Tim then emailed an outline plan for each of our 3 days. Tim took care of our visas and met us with a private car and driver at the ship each morning. He is a scholar in so many areas and has a wealth of knowledge in history, art, and architecture. He is an native of St. Petersburg and speaks openly about the changes in Russia in the last decades. Tim personally guided us at the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Peterhof, St. Isaac's and shared deeper meanings of symbols in much of the art. If you love art/history Tim will flood your senses and you will learn so much! It was also a very crowded time of year (August) and somehow Tim planned our entrances to exhibits so there was never any wait time. When you have so little time to visit, it's nice not to have to wait in huge lines, which we saw many. We saw the major sites and had time to visit many other places not offered on excursions and we had access to rooms not accessible to the large tour groups. Tim is congenial, sincere and has a great sense of humor. We highly recommend his affordable and wonderful guidance while in St. Petersburg! Many of the passengers took the excursion to Moscow and enjoyed it, but were exhausted with the extra travel. We like to travel and explore cities by public transport and usually pack light with carry on and small roller bags. Our disembarkation was in Copenhagen and we easily got from the port to our hotel in the central city by train in 15 minutes. We met some fellow cruisers making the same trek and made good friends quickly! We stayed at the Imperial Hotel which was adequate and conveniently located by Tivoli Gardens and again, walking distance to nearly every major site. We were there on a Sunday so some things were closed but the Nyhavn restaurants were bustling and the bike portion of their Ironman triathlon was going on. It was amazing to see thousands of bikes parked everywhere in this northern city The hardest part was coming home. We were thrilled to have a non-stop from Copenhagen to Atlanta on Delta but what a long flight ending a trip of a lifetime, that we would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We just returned from a 9-day Norway cruise (round trip from Copenhagen) on the Sojourn. Although we don't have the extensive luxury cruising experience of many who post on this site, I wanted to pass along our impressions. First of ... Read More
We just returned from a 9-day Norway cruise (round trip from Copenhagen) on the Sojourn. Although we don't have the extensive luxury cruising experience of many who post on this site, I wanted to pass along our impressions. First of all, as background, my wife and I are in our mid 40's and we have a 17 year-old daughter who travels with us. While, our luxury cruise experience consists of only two cruises on Regent (Voyager Baltic, 2010 and Navigator Caribbean, 2011) and Cunard (Atlantic Crossing, Queen's Grill, 2005), we do consistently take very nice vacations and we prefer to stay in nice hotels (Four Seasons, Mandarin, Ritz-Carlton, etc.). So, to some extent, we are naturally comparing experiences on Sojourn to land-based luxury experiences as well. However, for purposes of this post, I will primarily compare our Seabourn Sojourn experience to our two prior experiences on Regent ships. While I understand that these impressions are entirely subjective and are based on a single Seabourn cruise on a single vessel, I'm passing them along for whatever they may be worth. Overall, the Norway trip was one of the best trips we've ever taken. In part, that was due to the stunning scenery and location, which would have been amazing even if we were on a non-luxury ship. In addition to the scenery, however, the high quality Seabourn experience also made this a wonderful trip. There were a number of areas in which we thought that the Seabourn experience was superior to Regent, as well as some areas where we preferred our prior Regent experience. All in all, we think that both Seabourn and Regent offer excellent experiences, but we did note some differences. AREAS WHERE WE WOULD GIVE THE NOD TO SEABOURN SOJOURN: Food This is one area where we thought that Seabourn was the clear winner. While we didn't find the difference to be that significant in the main dining room, we thought that Seabourn was far superior in the other dining venues. This was particularly true for the Colonnade, which we thought was simply superb all the way around (the buffets at breakfast and lunch, as well as the superb dinners with table service and excellent dishes prepared to order in the open kitchen). We never thought that we were "settling" for lesser food quality or diminished quality of service when we opted to dine in the Colonnade in lieu of the main dining room. By comparison, we felt that the buffet-style dinners in Regent's La Veranda were a notch-down in quality and atmosphere from the experience offered in Regent's main dining rooms. When weather conditions permitted, the Sojourn's pool grill also was open in the evening, serving excellent made-to-order steaks, lamb chops and other grilled items with table service, as well as antipastas, salads and other "side" items available as a buffet. While we have very much enjoyed Regent's Prime 7 steakhouse venue, the dining there requires a reservation and might only be available once per cruise - by contrast, we could eat in Sojourn's Colonnade or pool grill in the evening without a reservation anytime we wanted. I can't comment on Restaurant 2, as we never made it there for dinner (not because we were intentionally trying to avoid it, but simply because we never got around to it, as we found the other alternatives so appealing). Service in Dining Venues. This is another area where we would give the nod to Seabourn. It is hard to define precisely what was superior about it, but the European Seabourn dining staff somehow seemed more polished and professional. In addition, we never made a request that the dining staff was unable to grant. For example, waiters in each dining venue were happy to have decaffeinated iced tea specially prepared for my wife (she avoids caffeine but, being a Texan, she loves her iced tea). By contrast, my wife has made the same request in Regent dining venues a number of times, and the waiters have never been able to accommodate the request (in some cases, acting as though they had never heard that such a thing as decaffeinated iced tea even existed). All in all, the dining service on the Sojourn seemed to us to be essentially the same as what we would expect if staying and dining at a Four Seasons resort - spot on and highly consistent. Outdoor Public Areas of Ship We were really surprised by the wonderful outdoor "nooks and crannies" and other places to relax - from multiple hot tubs to secluded hidden deck areas, the exterior spaces on the Sojourn were incredibly well conceived and executed. We had the impression of almost being on a private yacht - really no comparison to Regent Navigator (which seemed cramped in terms of outdoor spaces) or Voyager. Stability of Ship and Lack of Vibration We sailed through some pretty rough waters in the North Sea, but the Sojourn seemed rock solid, without any hint of vibration. By contrast, we found the vibration in the rear portion of the Regent Navigator to be HIGHLY bothersome, and the Regent Voyager also seemed to have some issue with this. No Art Auctions The Sojourn had a relaxed but sophisticated on-board feeling, and thankfully no art auctions to destroy the ambiance (unlike Regent). AREAS WHERE WE WOULD GIVE THE NOD TO REGENT: Purser and Similar Services We thought that the Sojourn fell far short of the Regent standard in terms of on-board purser and similar services. While the "set up" of the personnel to assist with account/purser issues in Seabourn Square was good, there were some real problems with systems and/or execution. First of all, we had made the mistake of reserving some spa treatments and shore excursions online in advance of the cruise (not having previously sailed with Sojourn, we were afraid that these might be "sold out" if we waited until getting on board). Seabourn's website required us to pay for these in advance with a credit card. Because we had significant onboard credits from American Express, I asked onboard to apply these credits to the spa treatments and shore excursions that we had pre-reserved. The staff in Seabourn Square was unable to accommodate this. At first, they essentially indicated that we were simply out of luck, and one staff member told me repeatedly that we should have simply reserved, but not paid for, the pre-booked items when we reserved - I told them that the website seemed to indicate that we MUST prepay for the pre-booked items. Eventually, we were paid out in cash for the items we had pre-paid, but this took several days to resolve. They were unable (or unwilling) to simply reverse the credit card charges. Secondly, we asked to get a key to our daughter's suit (she's a minor), so that we would be able to access her suite if we need to do so. At first, we were told that the system would not accommodate this and that there could be only one key issued for each person in a suite. Finally, after three days, the purser was able to override the system (or something) and get us another key. These may seem like minor annoyances, but they were definitely annoyances, and these are not the type of issues with which we've ever had a hassle on Regent or at a high-end hotel on land. Bars Open During Day Only one bar (the pool bar) was open prior to 6:00 pm on the Sojourn. By contrast, on Regent we had always appreciated that there was at least one other indoor (and more convenient) bar open during the day - which was nice if returning from a long shore excursion, etc. Smoking Policy While our suites never smelled of smoke, the hallways often smelled of it when passing other cabins. Also, the observation bar could be extremely stinky from smoke when it was full of people. We much prefer Regent's smoking policy. Places to Get Coffee in the Morning While the Sojourn had excellent coffee drinks of various sorts available in Seabourn Square, one had to get the coffee from the staff member working the coffee counter and there was often a line (and a wait). This was the only thing for which I ever had to wait in a line on the Sojourn - but I hate waiting in lines. I have always enjoyed the ability to get self-service coffee (at Coffee Connection or by the pool) on Regent. This may seem minor to most people, but it's annoying to me to have to wait just to get a cup of coffee and to not have a self-service option. Suites Although this is a close one (and in most respects we found the Sojourn suites to be equivalent to the Regent suites), there were a couple of minor things that would cause us to give the nod to the Regent suites. First, the dressing area (with mirror) on the Sojourn is in the entry hallway and is completely exposed if one opens the suite door. So, when opening the door to the suite from the outside, it would be very easy to expose one's spouse, etc. to an embarrassing situation if they happen to be getting dressed. By contrast, this area in the Regent suites is at an angle, sort of "around the corner" and not exposed to the suite door. Also, while the bathrooms were very pretty, we thought that the double sink configuration was a mistake. The second sink deprived the bathroom of too much storage space and was not really useful. Once again, not a big differences in the suites. All in all, two excellent cruise lines. We likely will sail both in the future (depending on itinerary, etc.). Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
I recently sailed the Seabourn Sojourn, through the Baltic Seas, and we had a great time. This was my second time cruising a Seabourn ship, and the experience was a bit different. We had cruised the Spirit that was smaller and more ... Read More
I recently sailed the Seabourn Sojourn, through the Baltic Seas, and we had a great time. This was my second time cruising a Seabourn ship, and the experience was a bit different. We had cruised the Spirit that was smaller and more personalized. The Soujourn was bigger and the small cruise experience was definitively lost a bit, which was a bit disappointing, since we are kind of quite couple, and enjoy the time spent by ourselves, even though we don't mind sometimes a bit of company.The weather was beautiful, which made the experience more enjoyable. The personal service provided by our chamber maid was as not as personal as the time we sailed the cruise. When we first arrived, we had forgotten to bring toothpaste, so we asked her to try to help us with that, and she said there was none aboard. I thought it was a small detail that should have been easily taken care of and didn't. Considering the cost of our cruise and that you can get that even in a three star hotel, I found it not at the level of service.In general the service was good, not over friendly always, except from the staff that got to know you closer, as per example the waiter/ress that came from your country of origin, that made the effort to remember your last name. But other waiters where almost rude, for example in the situation that I was very tired (due to illness) and asked a random waiter to bring me a salad from the salad bar, she just answered "go an select it yourself from the salad bar", absolutely unthinkable for the service that you are supposed to get. In all, the experience was excellent. Food was very good, not excellent, but totally enjoyable.Also, I have to say that the show on board was also very good, much better than I remembered at the Spirit. They had four singers, Broadway style, that were really good, I have to give them credit for that.I liked the new hub style lounge that the Soujourn had, that hadn't seen before, and it was very good.In all, very enjoyable cruise experience. I heard nothing but compliments from other fellow cruisers, specially the ones that were cruising the Seabourn for the first time. I guess they had no point of comparing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
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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