11 Seabourn Sojourn Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We have done more than 40 other cruises including two world cruises, but this was our first time on Seabourn. We had high expectations for this cruise and overall they were either met or exceeded. I waited to do this review until after ... Read More
We have done more than 40 other cruises including two world cruises, but this was our first time on Seabourn. We had high expectations for this cruise and overall they were either met or exceeded. I waited to do this review until after we completed our cruise on Oceania Regatta, which we just completed. That was our first cruise on Oceania and I thought it would make for an interesting comparison. In the end, there was no comparison. Seabourn clearly exceeded Oceania in every category, including cuisine. Oceania talks about having the best cuisine at sea, but that's clearly not the case. Seabourn far exceeded Oceania in virtually every category, including cuisine. The service onboard is excellent. I wondered how so many people knew our names, since we were first time on Seabourn and there are no set table seatings. The answer is the staff actually studies the guest listings. I saw several of them doing this one of the sea days in a remote part of the dining room during a galley tour. Very impressive. Although this is an ultra luxury line, we never felt like either the cruise line itself or the clientele was at all stuffy. Most evenings it was fine wearing just a collared shirt, although about half of the men wore a sport coat to dinner. On the formal night there were a few tuxes, but most were just wearing a suit or even just a sport coat. No formality and very comfortable. We chose this cruise due to the itinerary, which was heavy on Greek islands. We were not disappointed. Each of the stops worked well for us. The ship itself is very nicely appointed. Seabourn Square on the 7th deck is a nice alternative to the typical customer service desk, with coffee service nearby. Our room (veranda suite) had a huge bathroom with two sinks and separate tub and shower. It is larger than what Oceania calls a "Penthouse Suite" on their R-class ships. We had breakfast on the balcony each morning and enjoyed the white tablecloth service. The entertainment was well run and what we expected for this size ship. The magician onboard was excellent and perhaps the best we had seen on any cruise ship. Overall an excellent experience. We look forward to sailing on Seabourn again in the near future! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our first Seabourn trip and without doubt the best cruise we have ever taken. Many, many positives and few negatives made it a very enjoyable 10 days. We also made friends with lots of fellow travelers and had a number of pleasant ... Read More
Our first Seabourn trip and without doubt the best cruise we have ever taken. Many, many positives and few negatives made it a very enjoyable 10 days. We also made friends with lots of fellow travelers and had a number of pleasant evenings in their company. Embarkation in Barcelona at the World Trade Centre was very smooth and although our boarding time was stated as 2pm we arrived around 12pm and had no trouble boarding. This also gave us time for lunch at The Collonade restaurant while our rooms were being readied. Food and service throughout was excellent. We confined ourselves to The Restaurant and The Collonade with a few snacks at the Patio Grill. We did book Restaurant 2 once, but cancelled as the menu did not look too inspiring. To be honest, we have had degustation in quite a few restaurants over the years including Michelin starred, and would much rather order a la carte. Consequently we didn't bother to book Restaurant 2 again. We tried a number of Thomas Keller dishes and not overly impressed. One smoked rib dish we ordered in The Collonade one evening was very dry. We also ordered room service a couple of times including breakfast everyday which was consistently excellent. The overall service on board surpassed expectations. All of the crew were friendly, very efficient and they really looked as if they enjoyed what they were doing. The young lady who looked after our room catered for our every need and seemed to be always on hand with an hello and a smile. We also very much enjoyed the entertainment offered. All of the bars and lounges seemed to have some entertainment or live music and every evening in the main salon there was a show around 9pm. Primarily provided by a young troop of singers and dancers who were London West-End quality. Our cruise director Sophie was also a very accomplished singer in her own right and she entertained us a couple of evenings. As a cruise director she was brilliant and her energy was astonishing. The only negatives were 1. the exorbitant cost for a very slow wi-fi service. While I understand it is difficult to provide a fast service at sea, I believe it should be provided totally free with perhaps a daily data and access time limit; 2. The quality of the so called "complimentary" wine. No list of available wines was provided and we had to make a special request to eventually obtain one. There were some nice wines on the list, but these had to be requested from the wine waiter who often gave us a "how did you know about that one" look. They also seemed to push a particular wine each day and also push their premium wines (especially in Restaurant 2 we were told by other passengers) which are not good value. Considering Seabourn has fixed routes, which often pass through fantastic wine regions (ours went through Provence and Bandol), you would have thought it would not be too hard to source local wines as they passed through and also stimulate the local economy. If they want somebody to source local wine for them, I’m their man! I would also look very carefully at the Seabourn excursions which in my view are expensive. We privately arranged two wine tours in Provence and Bandol which were both excellent very good value. We also did our own research on the places we visited which was fun and planned our own walking tours. In summary, a great experience. I would highly recommend Seabourn and would have no hesitation in cruising with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Notes on Seabourn’s Sojourn. 1st to 8th September 2016 We have just returned from a splendidly hot and sunny cruise round the Mediterranean Riviera. Spain, France and Spain. This was our first time on a big sister, but we have ... Read More
Notes on Seabourn’s Sojourn. 1st to 8th September 2016 We have just returned from a splendidly hot and sunny cruise round the Mediterranean Riviera. Spain, France and Spain. This was our first time on a big sister, but we have sailed twice on Legend, a little sister. Here are all the special things we love about this Luxury cruise line Embarkation is welcoming, and without fuss. On our arrival at the terminal and our luggage was whipped away so quickly we had to rescue the hand bag. A drink was offered, check in was quick. Then we were greeted by Sophie at the bottom of the gangway, directed to the Colonnade for lunch, the holiday had begun. Everything done in less than half an hour. The balcony suite is more than adequate. Spacious, sofa, table and chairs, lots of drawers and cupboards, a walk-in wardrobe and a fridge filled with our requested drinks. There is a dressing table and a magnifying make up mirror. The balcony has two loungers and a table. Bathroom has two basins, shower cubicle, full sized bath-tub, good lighting and attractive tiling. Service is delightful. They can’t do enough. My OH says Seabourn offers you things you didn't know you needed, but you are very glad to have! All the crew greet all the guests and are pleased to see everyone. We always found a shady place to be during the day. It was very sunny indeed, and a bit hot for us, (but we are not complaining!!) Lots of drinks were offered by the pools all day long. …….There was one evening the dining room when service went a bit awry! We were told it was the introduction of the i Pads for ordering or my OH’s choice of pasta for the starter that caused the difficulty. We never found out, but the problem was obvious throughout the restaurant. We all smiled and the waiters were apologetic. The big ships are not so intimate as the little sisters… On Legend we were addressed by name, but the crew were not able to do this on Sojourn. These things did not impact on our enjoyment, I just thought I would mention them. Will we go with Seabourn again? In a flash! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We went on a Seabourn cruise because we had been on the Seabourn Legend several years ago which we thoroughly enjoyed and were impressed with the accommodation, food and customer service. However, our recent Seabourn cruise on the Sojourn ... Read More
We went on a Seabourn cruise because we had been on the Seabourn Legend several years ago which we thoroughly enjoyed and were impressed with the accommodation, food and customer service. However, our recent Seabourn cruise on the Sojourn was a huge disappointment for the following reasons * Smoking allowed on balconies which means that if you don't smoke but your neighbour does then their smoke can drift onto your balcony which is very unpleasant. * Breakfast cereals in boxes rather than silos where you can take a small amount of several cereals. Did not have any (Branston) pickle and could not get any during the 17 day cruise. Did not have any peanut butter at breakfast they had to go to room service to get some and I had finished breakfast when it arrived * Rather limited salads at lunchtime. When we asked for fresh orange juice at lunchtime (instead of wine) it seemed a major operation to get it as we were told it was not stored in the kitchen in the colonnade. However it was available there at breakfast. Also difficult at first to get in the colonnade in the evening before Anthony took control. * Plates cold for hot food and food in both restaurants when served was cold or just luke-warm and the quality of the food only moderately good. For example the Rib eye steak was tough and tasteless; the Fillet Mignon was rare even though we asked for well done; Chateaubriand was cold and tasteless. * Choices on menu limited each evening to only 4 main courses (1 was veggie) + 2 classic choices. Dinner finished serving at 9.0pm which is rather early compared to other cruise lines we have been on. * When asked for tartar sauce with the fish were told by the assistant maitre'd we could only have the sauce it came with meal. When asked for mustard with steak it arrived after I had finished meal * Thomas Keller food :- When we cut into the duck breast blood spurted out. When we told the maitre’d he said this was how it should be cooked and it had to be cooked at a particular temp for a set time and they couldn’t change the timings. With a dessert which was a tart with coffee ice cream we asked for vanilla instead. The maitre’d said we had to have the coffee as it was part of the recipe but he would give us the vanilla separately. * Choices limited for desserts (no choc cake on classic menu) Choc mousse – mediocre * The Club bar was dark and dingy * We asked for a pear martini, the bar tender in The Club and the observation lounge did not have any pear liquor and they could not get any for the cruise (17 days). We asked for an appletini in The Club during first couple of evenings. Drink produced was awful. Tried one in the observation lounge it was also awful. When the staff changed for the last 7 days of the cruise the new barman in the observation lounge was able to make a very good appletini. This has never been a problem on other cruise lines we have been on e.g. Celebrity * Had to go to square for tea or coffee during the day there is nowhere to help yourself * Entertainment generally mediocre Positive Point: * Observation lounge pleasant to sit in for a pre-dinner drink Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
this is going to be a review of our most recent experience aboard Sojourn on deck 10 in a Penthouse Suite - Suite 1025. That suite was marked as "obstructed view balcony" on all of the deck plans, yet the price was the same as ... Read More
this is going to be a review of our most recent experience aboard Sojourn on deck 10 in a Penthouse Suite - Suite 1025. That suite was marked as "obstructed view balcony" on all of the deck plans, yet the price was the same as all of the other Penthouse suites. Before purchasing that suite, one of the few remaining, I searched high and low for someone online to give me the true lowdown on that suite without success. So I'll do so here, skip to the bottom if you want the succinct version. My wife and I are experienced cruisers. We've been cruising for more than twenty years once or twice a year. We've been aficionados of Seabourn for the past sixteen years since our very first two week cruise aboard the Seabourn Odyssey in the Caribbean. We found it to be so far above our prior cruise experiences aboard other lines that we were frankly shocked at what we'd been missing. Following that first cruise, we began doing Crossings to and from Europe twice a year (relatively inexpensive) and enjoying their ships as a destination - their incredible service, food and staff, as well as our fellow passengers (predominantly sophisticated, well educated and sociable). That no balcony, bottom deck experience was "relatively" inexpensive and MUCH cheaper than first class air fare to Europe and we always arrived without jet lag. Over the years our tastes (and ability to afford higher levels of cabins) improved. Aboard Seabourn ALL of the cabins, regardless of deck, are essentially the same (except for their true suites - Penthouse, WinterGarden, or Spa Suites). The cost of the traditional cabins increases as the decks get higher (which is strange because the higher the deck the more you feel it in rough seas). The lowest passenger decks - deck four has cabins without balcony, deck five has diminished views from the balcony as the material that is see through glass on all of the balconies is metal on deck five. There are a couple of cabins designed to add on to the Winter Garden Suites on deck 7 as an extra bedroom. If Seabourn doesn't sell the Wintergarden Suite WITH the adjoining bedroom (cabin 745 & 746), they sell them as separate cabins. We were upgraded to one of those cabins and found it undesirable. The cabin itself is oddly shaped, the balcony is tiny and barely accommodates one person comfortably and the biggest detractor is that there is quite a bit of noise bleed through the wall and the adjoining door (think of an adjoining hotel room door) between the Winter Garden suite and these two cabins. On our experience there was a couple with an infant and the baby cried quite a bit during our cruise, making sleep difficult and quiet reading or discussions difficult as well. Those are two cabins to avoid. Last year, in 2015, we were offered the opportunity to purchase a Spa Suite. the Spa suites are located on the aft of the ship. We had back to back cruises, a crossing then another ten days aboard in Europe. Midway, the hotel manager asked us if we'd like to pay the additional amount to move to a Spa Suite. It was the most enjoyable suite we've ever had aboard Seabourn. To describe the pros and cons: PROs: 1. Panoramic view from the aft of the ship, no balcony can equal it (there are four spa suites, two on the side and two in the center 1090 through 1093). Our suite was 1093 on the starboard side and we had an incredible wrap around balcony with unrestricted views. The two center spa suites are not quite so lucky, but those two center suites have a crescent shaped extension allowing them to walk out for a fuller view. Unfortunately, that extension and their extended view infringed on the privacy of our balcony (the sole downside to that suite). 2. Unlimited access without additional fees to the Spa immediately below these suites (we're not Spa people, so we didn't avail ourselves of this). The advertising for this upgraded suite cites a Spa Concierge (no one aboard has any knowledge of this concierge - I've checked on two subsequent cruises while aboard and still no sign of a Spa Concierge. 3. Upgraded refreshments with healthy alternatives too numerous to mention. 4. A round, comfortable dining table with a magnificent view off the stern of the ship through floor to ceiling glass windows separating the living area from the balcony 5. a very comfortable arrangement of the sleeping area and living/dining area. 6. a very nicely upgraded bathroom with beautiful fixtures and separate rain shower and whirlpool tub. Cons: 1. Accessible only via a steep spiral staircase located within the Spa. If you have mobility problems or your hands full, this is not the most convenient set up and could be frankly dangerous. 2. These cabins on the aft of the ship will be gyrating crazily in rough seas (think of the end of a teeter totter, the closer you are to the center fulcrum the less movement) luckily our cruise was on a pond-like ocean with barely a ripple for the entire trip. 3. No Concierge - they should take it off their advertising Frankly, you don't NEED a concierge aboard Seabourn. Everyone is treated as though they are royalty, even the least expensive cabins. 4. The beds are the same as all of the beds across the entire ship, i.e., stated as queen sized, but less than that in reality - a tight fit for larger folks. Okay, returning to the penthouse suite on deck ten with the partially obstructed view. Penthouse Suite #1025. This Penthouse suite was disappointing after the Spa suite described above. The biggest problem was the noise, bleed through from the adjoining cabin (we could hear the television through the bedroom wall and for the first time ever, I had to call and complain to ask them to turn the volume down) and the door to the main deck was immediately to the left of our suite door. When there were activities and entertainment on the main deck, the noise bled into our cabin each time the door to the deck was opened - which was frequently, since at the other end of our passageway was the observation Bar. The balcony was indeed restricted. It really wasn't that bad, roughly a third of the balcony was covered by a diagonal metal plate (photo attached). We could sit comfortably on the exposed portion with a good view, but for as the price for that suite was the same as the other Penthouse suites..... a full view would have been better. Food, entertainment, ambiance were all exceptional, as usual. This particular Penthouse suite as living accommodations was, in retrospect, a bad investment. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Seabourn really do exceed your expectations. Nearing 100 nights on Seabourn one does wonder if the next cruise will be as good as the last one. Well it was. From the moment we were met by Paulo on the dockside who warmly welcomed us ... Read More
Seabourn really do exceed your expectations. Nearing 100 nights on Seabourn one does wonder if the next cruise will be as good as the last one. Well it was. From the moment we were met by Paulo on the dockside who warmly welcomed us to the last day of farewells Seabourn Sojourn made you feel special and part of the family. The itinerary in the Med was excellent, the stewardess first class, the food with chef Neal was amazing, the staff so attentive and the entertainment with cruise director Sophie excellent for a ship of this size. What more could one ask for? Nothing is too much trouble and if you need help a visit to Seaboard Square where the staff will sort it out for you. And of course while there order a coffee from the amazing Monika or Laura. Gripes are few, but smoking on balconies must be stopped, and hot coffee for breakfast outdoors in the Colonnade would be appreciated, but wow what a great time we had. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This is our third cruise with Seabourn and I have to say we were not disappointed. From check-in until the end of the cruise it was the normal Seabourn care and efficiency. It was lovely to meet people from all over the world as fellow ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Seabourn and I have to say we were not disappointed. From check-in until the end of the cruise it was the normal Seabourn care and efficiency. It was lovely to meet people from all over the world as fellow passengers - all intent on enjoying Seabourn. Cabin - We had a cabin on Deck 5, we were a little worried about the 'part metal balcony' but it made absolutely no difference to our enjoyment of the cabin. The layout and space was exactly the same as Deck 6 where we have previously had a cabin. We took 2 Seabourn shore excursions which were, as usual, excellent with very knowledgeable guides. As many of the ports on this cruise were tender ports, the tenders offered an excellent service, we never waited any more than 5 minutes for one and they were never completely full. Dining - as usual excellent range of choices at every meal, we ate breakfast and lunch in The Collonade, again plenty of choice - even if we arrived at the end of service. Afternoon Tea in the Observation Bar was wonderful! Dinner in the restaurant was a delight every evening, with many choices. Entertainment - Of the three cruises we have been on with Seabourn I think that the Seabourn SIngers and Dancers on this cruise were by far the best. The young dancers, Karis and Christian were excellent. The singers were also very good with the voice of Robert Bardsley outstanding. Disembarkation - On the last morning we decided to order room service for breakfast, it was lovely to sit in our cabin on the last morning with Monaco in the background and eat a leisurely breakfast before leaving the ship for the trip to the airport. Said goodbye to the Cruise Director Sophie and sadly the 'Seabourn Experience' was over for another year! We will definitely cruise again with Seabourn (left a Future Cruise Deposit with them) - I cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Our last cruise on Seabourn in may 2014 was our best so far after 36 cruises,on several lines like MSC, Costa, Ncl, Azamara,Celebrity,Seadream,Oceania,Holland America,etc... They sold it as a "FOOD AND WINE CRUISE"what a ... Read More
Our last cruise on Seabourn in may 2014 was our best so far after 36 cruises,on several lines like MSC, Costa, Ncl, Azamara,Celebrity,Seadream,Oceania,Holland America,etc... They sold it as a "FOOD AND WINE CRUISE"what a joke. This one was our worst considering PRICE/QUALITY. There were some good things like every Seabourn fan knows,like the cabin,embarkation etc.. Some pool events were good,and one was excellent. But:coming on board,simple hello and nothing more,help yourself,no drink,no showing you to the cabin, no nothing.At about 13pm the cabin was not ready, so no problem we went to the pool deck te get some food.A lot of show about nothing,the normal things like on every cheap line with exception of the thinnest and most tastless pizza ever seen on a ship.Note that the world champion of pizza making was on board. So no problem,there still the colonnade to go too. Had a ordinary lunch whit the cheapest wine they could offer. (they tray it every time )They have one of the best beers of the world ( Duvel ) but they are never offered exept for the intimetys. If you ask for the Petit Chablis (who's also complimentary) you see them think "he knows" They know your preference, maybe, not about wine. THEIRE PREFERENCE IS THE CHEAPEST. They spend a lot of time with repeaters what is making the service very slow. The orange juice is half water half juice. The choise of bread is very limited. Most of the time croissants were not obtainable. After a few days i asked for a croissant,the answer was that the demand was so great that they could not follow. They filled the basked with THREE PIECES EVERY TIME. When i made a remark on that the answer in a very rude way that he was not in charge. And from that moment i din"t exist no more for him. I was happy that i could have a croissant twice during the whole cruise. Breakfast menu does not change with exception of one or two cold cuts The first night we went for The Restaurant. On the menu two delicious items:Tournedos Rossini for me and Sole for the lady who is a fishlover. Apparently there is a new version of this tournedos WITHOUT fois gras NO truffle and NO mushroom. This was the well overcooked dry and luke warm version whit a timble of tasteless gravy. According to the menu,the amorphous little hill on the plate must have been the sole. The presentation was a shame on both of the plates. This mast have been a warning, but i could not believe it. We have seen the pictures on their brochures and they are not the same, i even think they are not taken on the Sojourn, but on a luxe cruise line. Believe me, whe know how a Tournedos Rossini and a Sole shout look like. Does Chaine des Rotisseurs covers this flag? Remember this was a "Food and Wine cruise"whit 2 world famous guest chefs aboard!!!!! Again offering the cheapest wine. We never saw a well dressed plate, so common. And now the best thing. Restaurant 2:So named because...well because it is a delihtfully different alternative..... Had a reservation at 8pm. First course: lobster tail with something with a beautiful name. The lobster was NOT lobster but langoustine, and that something was macedoine with mayonaise, tenacious and ICE COLD. They lie about the food, on a other occasion there was fois gras on the menu what i got on the plate was something that looked like fois gras, had the some colour as fois gras, but it dit not tasted and was UNMISTAKABLE NOT FOIS GRAS. Food and wine cruise remember. Back to Restaurant 2: Second course: Asparagus with egg benedict.Caviar-icecreme!!!! On every plate there are two items. Tasted the ICE COLD and bitter asparagus and the ICE COLD egg and dit not liked it. There was also an ICE COLD sauce too. Tasted a little ice creme. It was unsavory. This is the first time EVER that we left a restaurant during a six cours menu in the middle of the second course. Left at about 8.25pm. But no problem, left in a good mood, and went for the collonade, order both an ordinary steak, and waited until 9.30pm. Then the waitress came back with the message that the galey could not follow the demand of steaks becauce there was no demand for the other items on the menu and it could take some time ! 9.30pm and no food on a food and wine cruise can you believe it? Went to bed without food. Thanks Seabourn. By the way they have a very stubborn version of a 1cm thick Chateaubrilland, sever saw before, yes you see some new things on a food and wine cruise. On a simple demand i will send them a picture of a real Chateaubrilland and a proper sole. No thanks. Next day we saw a chef a told him what happened the day before, he immediately called the chef of restaurant 2 and he the only thing he did was disappear. From the chef of the 2 we got a complimentary sorry. And believe me we were not the only ones. I can go on but its barely unbelievable that i am talking about Seabourn. One of the hightlights of the cruise was suppose to be the opera concert whit local tasting in Livorno. Because there were two ships of Seabourn they found nothing better than put all the guests STANDING together in NARROW space. I did not see the stage if there was one, and i can't tell you what the four tenors look like or what they sang, 600 people make a lot of noise even if they just talk, and because they could not see a thing they did, and because they talked you could not hear a thing. The local tasting not hosted by Seabourn was good. WHAT A EVENT. First on ODYSSEY in may 2014 and our best ever. Second on Sojourn in april 2015 and our worst ever. Price/Quality is not in balance anymore, thanks to Holland America Line? If so, keep in mind that there other small cruise line with a better price setting and better food. So think twice before you bet your money on Sojourn Again with Seabourn,maybe (i look forward to the comments on cc ) again with Sojourn certainly not. This is a very personal experience, and hopely not for many others. Please keep in mind, this is not my mother language, ( mine is Flemish ) and its not always easy to write it in the correct manner, but i did my best. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Seabourn has changed. Historically a refined and relaxed atmosphere but no more. On this cruise Seabourn management saw fit to sell almost half the cabins to a corporate incentive group from Australia. They literally took over the ship ... Read More
Seabourn has changed. Historically a refined and relaxed atmosphere but no more. On this cruise Seabourn management saw fit to sell almost half the cabins to a corporate incentive group from Australia. They literally took over the ship and their conduct was so bad the Captain made a ship wide announcement advising all passengers that use of foul language, public drunkenness and screaming and yelling throughout the ship was not appropriate. The behaviour by this group was not an isolated incident it was pervasive and persistent. I t was such a large group and they largely stayed together so that even when they were not misbehaving they took over venues on the ship making them inaccessible to other passengers. An example was a warning from crew members to avoid the dining room as the entire group was arriving at the same time and chaos was anticipated. Beyond that other changes include PA announcements. The bulletin provided to passengers upon embarkation specifically advises that routine announcements will not be made for things like the ship getting clearance from local authorities. Notwithstanding that written advice every early morning of this cruise the cruise director saw fit to do exactly what the written material said they wouldn't do. A lengthy announcement that the ship had been cleared, a weather forecast and on and on. These announcements were early morning around 8 am everyday and ensured all aboard were woken up. This cruise had an atmosphere likely more appropriate for a Carnival fun ship than Seabourn but really not appropriate even for that type of ship. Beware of the changed Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We have sailed SB [often Sojourn] several times in the past few years. The last time was a month/March 2014. The ship was well maintained, the officer ,staff & crew friendly w, mostly good service. Cuisine is of good quality but often ... Read More
We have sailed SB [often Sojourn] several times in the past few years. The last time was a month/March 2014. The ship was well maintained, the officer ,staff & crew friendly w, mostly good service. Cuisine is of good quality but often lacks interest . There is no cheese cart but rather a cheese plate. Desserts are weak. Wines fair. The more significantly negative issues were --lengthy PA announcements re: ship clearance around 8am,assuring that you awakened. Thes eincluded admonitions on sunscreen, attire, water, ambient temperatures, etc. --The Club had only a rather weak guitarist until 11pm when the band arrived post shows. --The shows were weak. --The MDR was closed for lunch [except for 1 days] even though many tours returned by12:30pm. SB is taking itself out of the luxury category. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our fourth Seabourn cruise, Monte Carlo to Barcelona in July. We chose to fly out on the day and booked a 'resorthoppa' transfer which was trouble free as previously when used. Seabourn has excellent dining venues and ... Read More
This was our fourth Seabourn cruise, Monte Carlo to Barcelona in July. We chose to fly out on the day and booked a 'resorthoppa' transfer which was trouble free as previously when used. Seabourn has excellent dining venues and with it being quiet we enjoyed Restaurant 2 on the first night overlooking the sunset ( and again later in the cruise). Indeed we were saddened to hear how many book for this special venue and pull out late or 'no show'. There is also the choice of the main restaurant, the Collonade with outside seating, and the patio grill. Suites are good and spacious with an adequate veranda (deck 7 for us as it's on the same level as Seabourn Square). Room service is impeccable whether breakfast, dinner, or a pot of tea in the night ( and on request we were provided with a teapot for use when bringing tea to us). All the staff as always excellent, courteous and efficient. The cruise director and officers were perhaps lower profile than previously, but all events were superb with a lot of effort put into deck events, special dining evenings, and sea days. The star to us was Neal Breen the Executive Chef who was high profile, humerous and appeared all over the place. His visit to the market in Valencia was a highlight. Shore trips are not cheap but in the Mediterranean we prefer to go ashore and see the town locally. A trip inland at Le Lavendou to Bormes les Mimosas was well worth it. The band and entertainment was ideal for us being about 45 mins or so after dinner but with piano, guitar alternatives, or the band accompaniment to other deck events. Some things Seabourn do need to address. The noisy constant air conditioning is on constantly and cannot be turned off 'in cabin'. Yes an engineer will turn it off from outside the cabin but we would like to control it ourselves! Also, as Uk residents, unless you fly from London you have to make your own way to and from the ship, and we are from the North. Wifi is lamentable and costly so use shore wifi as well. And note, Seabourn is not for children. We have been on Regent and Silversea, and items like suite layout , the observation bars and lounges, and shore excursions, all have their pros and cons, but somehow Seabourn have still got that tiny edge on service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014

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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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