2 Seabourn Sojourn Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

My partner and I were eager to experience Seabourn's newest vessel the Sojourn after having had a great cruise earlier this year on the Legend on similar itineraries to the Caribbean. First off, let me say Seabourn is a great ... Read More
My partner and I were eager to experience Seabourn's newest vessel the Sojourn after having had a great cruise earlier this year on the Legend on similar itineraries to the Caribbean. First off, let me say Seabourn is a great line. The vessels are beautifully maintained and staffed with attentive crews. Earlier this year I asked the Legend captain -- a guy who appeared to have a personality like mine, which is to say a bit picky and crusty -- what he thought of the newer and larger Seabourn vessels, along with the concept of cruising with about 400 passengers versus 200 on his smaller ship. His opinion was quick: one loses the club-like atmosphere on the larger ship, even with only 400 passengers. He was right! Something gets lost on the newer Seabourn vessels, and I got the same opinion from several other fellow passengers on the Sojourn who also had taken one of the smaller ships in the past. When the Legend captain saw virtually anything not attended to right away, he took personal responsibility for it, even picking up stray service items himself. That never happened on the Sojourn. On the smaller Seabourn ships, the crews really do know your name. That didn't happen on the larger Sojourn. While not in any way controlled by Seabourn, fellow passengers on the larger ships appeared to me to be trying Seabourn for the first time. A significant percentage of them were not friendly. They didn't mix with others as well and certainly didn't greet fellow passengers in the same way as on the smaller Seabourn ships. Again, that club-like atmosphere was lost on the larger ships. Regarding other aspects of the Sojourn: the spa is fantastic and got a huge amount of our business. The cabins and public areas are ultra-sharp. This is a floating Rolls-Royce. The bathrooms on the Sojourn are stunning, lined with polished granite and marble. They reminded me of the older Ritz-Carlton Hotels before Marriott messed them up. Seabourn is well worth the cost. If you are considering Seabourn, I can easily recommend it. On the other hand, if you really want the yacht experience that is suggested in the line's current name and you want a more intimate travel experience, take the smaller Seabourn ships instead of the newer and larger ones. Just remember the old tale about the goose that laid the golden egg. I hope Seabourn keeps that in mind, too. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
If the sub-head above seems odd, it is triggered by the disparity of reviews from the same cruise in which some are exultant and others reflect bitter disappoint.You will have to judge for yourselves whose judgments to trust. This ... Read More
If the sub-head above seems odd, it is triggered by the disparity of reviews from the same cruise in which some are exultant and others reflect bitter disappoint.You will have to judge for yourselves whose judgments to trust. This was our third Seabourn cruise--in chronological order, Odyssey, Legend, then Sojourn. It was in many ways the most satisfactory of them all, though perhaps nothing can equal the sense of discovered pleasure that one derives from your first Seabourn cruise. But of course, how you feel about a cruise depends on your attitude, the behavior of other passengers, and the singular experiences which form happy memories or dreadful ones. We found the food to be very good to excellent Dining room service was occasionally hurried, never uncomfortably so. We very much liked the tasting menu offered in Restaurant 2. We had pre-ordered venision and Dover sole, and were delighted that both were indeed available. The venison was great, the Dover sole was pleasant, buy no threat to Scott's in London. (It should be noted that Scott's can serve their sole as never frozen, while Sojourn obviously cannot.) And we found the breakfast served in the Colonnades to be a great way to start the day. Wines were better than other Seabourn experiences; cocktails were made with care. (Though no one on board could make a decent margarita.) Sitting at any bar, you could order caviar from room service (we did) and enjoy it with champagne. The suites are essentially as pictured in the brochure. The bathroom luxurious for many hotels, and surprisingly so for a ship. Our stewardess was charming and responsive to our few requests. We thought Seabourn Square was a great innovation, as it was on Odyssey. Essentially, it is a central area where the library, a coffee bar, and guest services are on offer. The Show Lounge does suffer from a few pillars which do indeed obstruct a few seats. But we thought the entertainment--a quartet of very young British singers (who also danced a bit)--were very good. A comedian imported from the U.S. for a single night was reminiscent of bad television comics. There were also some special interest lectures which varied from dull to fairly interesting. Trivia was contested hotly by several teams of exuberant players. (None more so than that led by Host Dan of the Seabourn forum who happened to be aboard.) And now to service. One could quibble about this or that crew member who wasn't quite as diligent as most, but it is the "most" who create the atmosphere you remember. And that atmosphere was one of smiling interest in your happiness. "Anything else I can do for you?" was perhaps the most repeated phrase during our voyage. Fellow passengers included a large number of Cruise Critic members who with just a little encouragement would share their experiences on other cruises.( And a bit more. too; as did the lady who confided that she had been a Playboy Bunny in her youth.) And while the passengers were mostly Americans, we did discover a highly interesting couple from Belgium. We shared some dinners with people we met on board, and enjoyed the pre-prandial conversation over cocktails with many passengers. So,. "big" Seabourn ships verses the lil' sisters? It depends on what you value most. The little ships are more of a club. They are, or perhaps one should say can be, a bit stuffy, as they tend top attract long time Seabournites who are devoted to the line, and to the smaller ships regardless of their deficiencies.(For example, older cabins, smaller bathrooms. an absence of balconies, fewer restaurants.) They do offer a highly individual experience. And so do the larger ships. Mind you, "larger" here means a mere 450 guetss--a half deck's worth of folks on a really big ship.The Sojourn seemed to ride the waves a bit more smoothly than Legend, and was in every way a memorable and satisfying experience. Note that that we had been to all of the islands that the cruise visited multiple times before,. So our real discovery was Sojourn herself. And it was a pleasure to meet her. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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