15 Seabourn Sojourn Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Seabourn an excellent small ship line, had become dissatisfied with Cunard so tried the Seabourn Odyssey in the summer and were very pleased. On Seabourn, service is excellent, standard of ship facilities is very good too. Cuisine on the ... Read More
Seabourn an excellent small ship line, had become dissatisfied with Cunard so tried the Seabourn Odyssey in the summer and were very pleased. On Seabourn, service is excellent, standard of ship facilities is very good too. Cuisine on the whole good although more healthy options would suit us better and some of the complimentary wines offered not that great. Enjoyed dining in both the Colonade and the Main restaurant. Booked the new Penthouse Spa suites which were superb, Very roomy and had great views over the Balcony of the ship. Staff on the cruise were very professional and friendly. Entertainment was the best that we had see on any of the 26 cruises that we had been on. Even though we were only on for 7 days were very impressed as to how staff picked up on menu and drinks preferences in the dining areas and social areas. Booked a couple of tours and although pricey they were well organised and it is great they made sure that coaches were not packed and there was always space and time to see and do things at the destinations. Have already booked a couple more on the Seabourn Encore next year and will be interested to see how the new larger ship compares with the two that we have been on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have taken several voyages on Regent cruise ships and decided to try what was advertised as comparable to Regent for a Western Mediterranean cruise on Seabourn Sojourn October 2016. The dining experiences were flawless and there was ... Read More
We have taken several voyages on Regent cruise ships and decided to try what was advertised as comparable to Regent for a Western Mediterranean cruise on Seabourn Sojourn October 2016. The dining experiences were flawless and there was enough liquor offered to float a boat. However, if you are looking for excursion experiences off this ship, which we were, they were lacking. I called the cruise line several times during the planning stage, but they would not reveal their excursions until after we had paid for the entire cruise. For several destinations, there were only 2-3 options for 425 people. Our traveling companions were not able to join several excursions because the destination opprtunities were "sold out." One excursion we booked was cancelled at the last minute, with minimum interest by destination services to find another option for us. And then the service...our suite "stewardess" is in the wrong career. I called guest services every day for things like wash cloths, the daily Hearld (ship info), and more. She never called us by name, left one bar of soap for two people to last eleven days, gave us toiletries that had been used by others (less than half full), and never completely cleaned the bathroom. I cleaned the floor just to get rid of the smell. Our friends said she "was young and inexperienced." The liberal smoking policy on the Sojourn was reported elsewhere, so I can only reiterate that it was an issue. Neighbors smoking on their verandas meant that we could not use our veranda during their frequent smoke breaks. There were other places to go on the ship where you did not have to smell second-hand smoke, which we did. Overall, Seabourn Sojourn offered a luxury vacation, like Regent, with excellent food and beautiful common areas. Unlike Regent, Seabourn had limited shore excursions, a bothersome smoking policy, and very poor housekeeping service, The disembark procedure was wonderful, leisurely breakfast the last day with a couple of hours to connect with luggage off ship. But maybe I was just happy to leave. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Oceania lover has fling with Seabourn Barcelona to Monte Carlo 25-07-2016 to 04-08-2016 Background This was a special surprise gift for my mothers **th birthday. The last couple of years I have been cruising on Oceania (previous ... Read More
Oceania lover has fling with Seabourn Barcelona to Monte Carlo 25-07-2016 to 04-08-2016 Background This was a special surprise gift for my mothers **th birthday. The last couple of years I have been cruising on Oceania (previous on Celebrity en Star Clippers) but this itinerary looked just perfect with lots of small ports and the price for a V4 Verandah suite was the same as a Penthouse Suite on O. So I decided to give Seabourn a try and I’m happy I did. Pre-cruise We flew to Barcelona a day before the cruise and stayed at the Arts Hotel. A beautiful big hotel at the Port Olympic that is just steps from the beach and night live. We had a corner suite that was just absolutely stunning. One of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. Staff very friendly and helpful. We ate at Carpe Diem a small trendy restaurant close to the hotel and on the beach. Most shops are closed on Sunday so do a day of sightseeing instead. Ship We took a taxi at noon to the World Trade Center Port that is centrally located. Our luggage was immediately picked up by the porters and carried away. We filled out the health questionnaire and checked in. A few minutes later we boarded Seabourn Sojourn. The exterior of the ship or yacht as Seabourn calls it is glamorous but my first impression of interior was underwhelming. Compared to the opulent interior styling on especially the Oceania-class ships with crystal, polished wood and impressive artwork, Seabourn choose a far more subdued style. Beautiful in some area’s like the ‘The Restaurant’, Pool and ‘Seabourn Square’ but also a tad boring like in ‘The Club’ on Deck 5 that gave me the impression of being in a third party airport lounge. The styling of ‘Restaurant 2’ is more glitzy and eclectic and I hope the new Thomas Keller restaurant that will be replacing R2 will have a modern feel to it. For a ship launched in 2010 it just looks a somewhat dated. We totally loved the abundance of deck space and small quiet areas like the sun deck (6) with whirlpool (but no shower) and the small pool deck at the stern of the ship (5). The sunbeds are pretty but very firm and could use a cushion. The level of service was also fabulous. Smiling and truly attentive staff throughout the vessel that made us feel welcome and special. They knew our preferences by day 2 and really did everything possible to exceed our expectations. Our stewardess Ivana was a gem and the best ever. Not only did she keep our suite spotless, she also provided a wealth of information about the ship and services. Always great for first timers! Cabin Our V4 Verandah Suite (707) was light and roomy (only the space between the bed and dresser is tight). Oceania penthouse suites are larger but we were perfectly happy with the size of our small suite on Seabourn. I loved the bar and tv cabinets and being able to draw the curtains between the sleeping and living area. All very elegant! The mini fridge was stocked with our preferred soft drinks and there was a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us. I ordered a flower arrangement in advance and it was big, nice and lasted the entire trip. The seating area has a well-designed layout but the fabric and colors of the chairs and especially the couch are an acquired taste. I don’t know if it was meant to be and art-deco theme but we didn’t fancy it. The beds are very firm not to say rock hard and the pillows gigantic. The bed linens are soft but the whole experience does not compare to the wonderful beds and linens that Oceania provides on its ships. We did love the small make-up vanity and the bathroom is spacious with separate soaking tub and shower. Molton Brown provides the luxury bath products and you have dual sinks, with high-end fixtures, marble tiles and good lighting. I would have loved to have a night-light there. A pair of drawers would have been a welcome addition to the bathroom since shelves and storage are limited. The suite also features a walk-in closet, safe and two bathrobes. I missed electrical outlets near the nightstands for charging my phone or tablet. The air-conditioning did what it is designed for and we had no problem getting the ideal temperature for our suite. We liked sitting on the balcony late at night with a glass of wine and listen to the waves and talk about our day. Food I love food! Buying it, preparing and of course sharing and eating it. My friends tell me that I’m a pretty good cook. Due to my line of work I have dined in many great restaurants but I also love a simple bistro or well-prepared hamburger. My loyalty with Oceania has to do with their food. The variety of their restaurants and high quality ingredients is splendid and although the menus could use a little more modern influences I do love that they have products like lobster, scampi and other seafood, premium cuts of beef on every menu every day. The food on Seabourn is good but compared to Oceania more limited. Fine products like lobster, caviar and premium cuts are hard to find on the menus and only available as a special order in advance. We don’t like to pre-order because it makes us feel uncomfortable. This food on Seabourn is very well prepared and tasty. Compared to Oceania the dishes served on Seabourn are more modern and lighter with less double cream and butter. Pizza, burgers and gelato were also very good. All our meals were good but only a few were very memorable like our experience in R2 and the Thomas Keller night in the Colonnade. We choose the more casual Patio Grill many evenings since the weather was wonderful and we like dining al fresco. I know many guests have mixed feelings about the partnership with Thomas Keller but we liked it a lot. Our night featured a modern take on the classic Waldorf salad and a beautiful bone in prime-rib with roasted broccoli and silky mashed potatoes. Seabourn could improve the quality and selection of breads, baguette and pastries. Drinks We aren’t big drinkers but like a good glass of wine. Most evenings the selection was fine with a few highlights like a Pouilly-Fuissé, Chianti Classico and Sand Tropez Rosé. A few bottles shouldn’t have been offered like a €3.99 bottle of J.P. Chenet that you can find in every cheap grocery store in Europe. Cocktails, champagne and digestives were always available and offered throughout the day by the pools and in the bars. We love that you didn’t have to sign for every drink. That really is a luxury! Seabourn could improve the quality of the coffee they serve. I got a cappuccino at Seabourn Square every morning but I couldn’t get the very friendly barista to get me a proper cappuccino made with a strong espresso and some foamy milk. The Barista Coffee Bar on Oceania wins hands on and I also missed those very tasty mini pastries featured on Oceania like the canelés and madeleines. Fellow guest It seemed to us that Seabourn caters to a crowd that is very hard to please. This was our only real disappointment during our cruise. We met so many people who seemingly had only one hobby and that was to complain about the food, drinks, service, menu and we even met a couple that told us that Seabourn should do something about the heat in the ports we visited. I’m not kidding! I have to say that being surrounded with so many people who felt to urge to complain out loud didn’t do much good for the overall atmosphere. This cruise had one day at sea and all sunbeds were already ‘reserved’ at 8:00 am by sophisticated guests like they do in those cheap all-inclusive resorts. Internet The system is slow and works with only device at a time. This is how most ships work…BUT charging a staggering $400 for 10 days is a total rip off. That’s almost 10% of the cruise fee. A luxury brand like Seabourn shouldn't charge for Wi-Fi at all and if it does it should be for a friendly fee. It's 2016 and 90% of the guests use the Internet. Smoking I don't smoke and after reading so many complaints on the cruisecritic.com board I was afraid I would have to endure smoking everywhere. I experienced no such thing and was pleasantly surprised. I never smelt smoke outside and we used the balcony a lot and never even got a whiff of smoke. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. We got the message that Seabourn is going for a much stricter smoking policy in the near future. Victory for al the vocal complainers but this non-smoker didn’t have any problems with the current Recap We enjoyed every minute of our cruise with Seabourn. We had a fabulous itinerary, attentive staff, and a relaxing atmosphere with an abundance of space, good food and smooth sailings. Seabourn leaves little the wish for and tries very hard to give its demanding passengers a refined luxury experience. I'm afraid some guests on board are impossible to please and hearing so many complaints and seeing so many rude, snobbish people did spoil the atmosphere at times. No cruise line is perfect, there is always room for improvement, but I think Seabourn offers a sublime vacation. Would I choose Seabourn over Oceania? It totally depends on price and itinerary. If Seabourn and Oceania keep the same price level, I would book with Seabourn again depending on the itinerary. I really liked the small ship experience with small ports, no waiting for anything (except on sea days), no signing for drinks, good food and very attentive and well trained staff. But I do like Oceania's a little over the top decor, variety of restaurants, menus and the large penthouse suites. So my love for O is still burning but I do have a serious fling now with Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I had great cruises on the Pride and the Legend, however i am not happy at all on the 3 biggers sisters as they provide a complete other product as the original. First of all it seems impossible for SB to verify a passengers history for ... Read More
I had great cruises on the Pride and the Legend, however i am not happy at all on the 3 biggers sisters as they provide a complete other product as the original. First of all it seems impossible for SB to verify a passengers history for the allocation of cabins booked on gurantee bas; On a level 16 i did receive the worsest cabin on board , after some complaints finally a V1 was assigned. Passengers with a far lower status (on guarantee) were noticed in far higher degrees. Not very logical in our actual time surrounded by IT. The cabin was very ok , but in the bathroom - especially in the morning there was a very unpleasant smell of "restrooms " , pending for quite long. From embarkation until the last moments you are faced with continuous cutbacks. I heavily took nuisance of the - unilaterally - daily closing down of the main dining room for breakfast and lunch. So compulsory buffets on a daily base - not 5 starred at all. If you are a continental breakfast eater you are faced with a poor choice of the same poor quality cheeses and cold cuts - 4 starred chain hotels are doing better. The professionnal skill of the Belgian chef is well known but it is very clear he must struggle with a far too narrow budget. Canapes on sailaways parties were very restricted in choice, and the party for the Seabourn Club was far from great. And save us from the blockparties ... We must qualify service as good to very good, entertainment very soso despite a very friendly cruise director and an even more friendlier assistant who did a great performance at the sailaway party . The captain was a very courteous man , hotel director very unpleasant and not very concerned what luxury does mean. Very homesick to the great days on the Pride and the Legend, i decided the above was my last on SB , nowadays a more polished version of HAL wrapped with a fancy gift paper (the free drinks) and a bow (the tiny caviar portions) however also attached with a big sticker C (the many cutbacks) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Having sailed a year ago on the small ship (Seabourn Spirit) I got spoiled into thinking that it is possible to have a feeling of cruising on a yacht even though I am on a cruise ship. With that in mind, sailing on a larger ship was ... Read More
Having sailed a year ago on the small ship (Seabourn Spirit) I got spoiled into thinking that it is possible to have a feeling of cruising on a yacht even though I am on a cruise ship. With that in mind, sailing on a larger ship was something of a disappointment, but only by comparison to last year's cruise. First, I must say, it is one of the best vacations I've ever had. The ship is in amazing shape. You can hardly tell it is moving even when it is going full steam ahead. The planning that goes into when and how fast the ship is sailing is all about accommodating the passengers. The food and the services in all of the dining venues is top notch. The cruise embarkation and disembarkation are quick and flawless. Your luggage arrives just after you do in your cabin. Even the basic cabins are all Jr. Suites with very clean and comfortable bedding, plenty of closet space even for those of us who over pack. The cabin stewards are all doing a fantastic job and almost never seen as they accommodate your schedule and not the other way around. Amenities are all top quality and plentiful. All of the ship facilities are kept spotless, and you really do not see it overcrowded except for the entertainment venue when a special act is preforming. Here are the imperfections that can easily be improved on with a little interest and effort of the company: 1. Entertainment on this ship (unlike last year) was quite a bit underwhelming, lacking talent, enthusiasm and interest to truly keep the guests coming back for more. Cruise director was very bland, the band seemed to play everything as if there was only one style of music on earth, the main singer was not very good, the piano lady was mostly playing music to put people to sleep and the guitar player did not draw much of a crowd either. The exception to this part was the featured opera singer who was both talented and entertaining. 2. The bar drinks quality - surprisingly was pretty bad. Despite having to mix drinks for people all day and using some of the best and freshest ingredients, the mixed drinks were terrible. I stuck to bottled liquor after repeatedly trying different drinks. 3. Information about the ports. Here you are on your own, unless you want to come and talk to the representative from the stop after the ship has docked or tendered people for an hour or so. Very little is gathered from the people who are supposed to be there to help you at the 7th floor Square. Not sure what they do there all day. 4. There were some lectures about upcoming ports sometimes, but they were typically held when the ship had other activities and the weather was at its best. It was hard to sacrifice that part of the cruise just to find out about the ports. 5. The sound of the alarm starting off the the emergency drill the day we boarded the ship is still ringing in my ears. This does not need to be full blast for the passengers sake, so if anyone from the ship reads this, please tone it down. I can't imagine what this did to the people with sensitive hearing aids. Overall, I would suggest to the ship crew to review the crowd incoming on the ship on each leg and adjust their schedules and activities accordingly. This year, the average age of the passengers was mid-50's as compared to mid 80's last year. They were much more active and ready to stay up and dance, play at casino, have later dinners, etc. I am sure many of them would have also preferred arriving at ports an hour later and departing few hours later. Let's hope you can keep these in mind and make the necessary adjustments to keep me coming back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I will deal with the minor complaint first. People hogging sun beds. This situation is not being dealt with, even after notices in the Herald. One couple in particular, at one time had two loungers on deck 9, and on deck 10, a table, ... Read More
I will deal with the minor complaint first. People hogging sun beds. This situation is not being dealt with, even after notices in the Herald. One couple in particular, at one time had two loungers on deck 9, and on deck 10, a table, four chairs and two more loungers. They were seen on some days to have a whole corner of deck 10 containing table, four chairs and four loungers. They would disappear for well over an hour, come back, move towels and articles about and then disappear again. Seabourn really have to get a grip of this as it was not a nice experience. Other than that our cruise was wonderful. Suite 805 under the flying bridge, absolutely no problems whatsoever. We ate in the Colonnade for breakfast, a few lunches and all our dinners. We had one lunch in Patio Grill which was ok, perhaps it was our poor choice. We had late lunch / snack in the Square which was excellent. We took three tours, the best being to the fortress on Menorca, the English gentleman guide was superb. The worst to Aix where the lady guide moved away so fast at one point that she lost the whole group. Stevan White, the conversationalist was informative and gave a good insight to the ports we were visiting. We will certainly book Seabourn again, but they must monitor the sun bed situation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
It is painful to write this review, but the loss of the three smaller 'sister' ships coupled with the change in corporate ownership of Seabourn have had a very negative impact on the overall quality, in our view. After more than ... Read More
It is painful to write this review, but the loss of the three smaller 'sister' ships coupled with the change in corporate ownership of Seabourn have had a very negative impact on the overall quality, in our view. After more than a dozen Seabourn cruises starting in 2003, we are sad to say we will not return to these larger - and quite different, in terms of services and intimacy - 'Odyssey class' ships, or the larger ships to come. We feel there is some false advertising involved, as well; primarily, there seems to be an operating pretense to prior passengers that nothing has changed. Some of the marketing in our cabin still featured the now-retired smaller ships, rather shamelessly! The restaurant was closed for breakfast and dinner; the new tenders (life boats, actually) are an unpleasant experience; the Liar's Club was not held; the marina pool has been removed; the Captain did not show up for his own reception; etc. Specific issues aside, some of these issues could be addressed if management (hello, Holland America!) understood its historic customer base and cared to do so. Until then, Adieu Seabourn! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Embarkation: Flawless - We arrived at the pier a little after noon. There were no lines to check in and after the usual formalities we walked on the ship, left our carry-on bags in the stateroom, and were seated before 12:45 at an outside ... Read More
Embarkation: Flawless - We arrived at the pier a little after noon. There were no lines to check in and after the usual formalities we walked on the ship, left our carry-on bags in the stateroom, and were seated before 12:45 at an outside table overlooking the ocean at the Colonnade. Stateroom: Our veranda "suite" #723 was very comfortable. Closet and drawer space was very good. The inside table was large enough for room service breakfasts when we had early shore excursions. The bed was excellent and the cabin seating furniture was fine. The bathroom was very good with ample storage, two sinks and an excellent shower. We didn't turn the TV on but assume it worked. Food: We thought the MDR felt stiff and its ambiance took away from the otherwise fine quality food and service. We had an excellent meal at Restaurant 2 but the fixed menu may not always appeal. Apart from one dinner at each we favored the Colonnade. We ate outside there most nights with stunning views and equally fine food and service. Breakfast and lunch at the Colonnade were both OK. The table service menu was limited but a buffet was available for those so inclined. Beverages: Wine is included in the cruise price. My Wife thought the white wines outstanding. I was not that impressed with the red wines and was disappointed not to have the option of a better glass of wine at a reasonable extra charge. We took our afternoon tea at Seabourn Square. It was ordinary bagged tea, often served in paper cups. It compared poorly with my experience with Celebrity where, for a few dollars, you are served a proper pot of tea. Entertainment: The resident Soujourn musicians were OK. The ship was chartered by Entertainment Cruise Productions who had a dozen or more world class musicians on board. We were spoiled listening to so many great performers. The staff musicians seemed raw and weak by comparison. Service: Excellent - The customer service desks at Seabourn Square were well staffed and very efficient in dealing with internet questions and currency exchange. The stateroom was always well cared for. Shore excursions: We took four Seabourn excursions and all were very good. Disembarkation: Excellent - We had room service breakfast before leaving the ship at 8. The timing was perfect for our 8:30 tour by Barcelona Day Tours. They met us just outside the luggage pickup area, gave an excellent introduction to Barcelona and left us at our hotel. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We, (a couple in our mid-50s) boarded the ship in Civitavecchia having taking a private car to the port from Rome airport. Quickest embarkation ever, at around 1230, and straight up to The Colonnade for lunch, with the first of many ... Read More
We, (a couple in our mid-50s) boarded the ship in Civitavecchia having taking a private car to the port from Rome airport. Quickest embarkation ever, at around 1230, and straight up to The Colonnade for lunch, with the first of many glasses of champagne that would be consumed throughout the cruise. We were in a V6 amidships cabin (booked a V1 guarantee) which was in a superb location on deck 7, close to Seabourn Square. I think all the veranda cabins are the same size, with large bathroom with separate shower, bath and double basins, walk-in wardrobe with large safe, comfortable bed, sofa, table & chairs for dining, and two semi sun loungers on the deep balcony (though I never got to grips with the foot rest of these!). Even a choice of soaps and Molten Brown products were available. Muster station was carried out before sailing, with passengers being asked to assemble in The Restaurant, and names were checked off to make sure everyone attended. There was one formal optional night, where most men were in suits and ladies in cocktail dresses (there were a few in long but not many) and the jackets required for men policy was enforced in The Restaurant on formal optional and elegantly casual nights. We found the wines provided to be perfectly acceptable and you could ask for a different variety if you didn't like what was offered, or pay for something 'premium'. Huge variety of cocktails and liqueurs available and they certainly don't scrimp on measures. We found the food to be delicious -- sensible size portions and a good choice in The Restaurant, The Colonnade, Patio Grill, Restaurant 2 (reservations required) or room service. We tended to eat breakfast at The Colonnade, a mix of buffet and table service and dinner in The Restaurant. We did not try Restaurant 2, which is reservations only, nor room service. You can choose which drinks you would like in your cabin beforehand, though we only drank the soft drinks and never opened the alcohol -- too much going on elsewhere. There were certainly enough sunbeds on our cruise, with those round the main pool being the most popular. Ours was a port intensive cruise, with only one sea day, so there was not a great deal of entertainment, though there were things such as galley visits, bridge visits, unsupervised bridge games, chef's demonstration and three musical evenings (two dancers and four singers of varying talent) and a magician, which we did not see, plus a trip ashore shopping with the chef. We called at Portovenere, Sanary-sur-Mer (which despite being a Sunday and election day had plenty of shops open especially for us), both of which were tender ports but it was only ever a short wait for a lifeboat to/from the ship, Barcelona, which was really busy (and a tip we learned, if you are a 'senior' you do not need to queue to get into La Sagrada Familia -- you can go to the front of the line apparently -- we did not qualify, which I guess is a good thing!) Malaga, Cadiz, Portimao (there was quite a lot of moaning about this port -- granted it is a bit run down now but Praia da Rocha beach is about a 10 minutes walk away, or there are lots of golf courses nearby) and finally Lisbon. We did our own thing in each port, having read up on them first (and great shoe shops in Cadiz and Portugal for those who might be interested!). The ship's tours did not particularly appeal and we thought they seemed very expensive and the HoHo buses are always a good bet to get a feel for the place and see the main sights. All the crew on board were amazingly attentive and friendly. Passengers were mainly North American and British but a good mix from numerous other countries as well. At meals you could choose to dine alone or join others, which is what we did most nights and met some great people. We would definitely cruise with Seabourn again and it has without doubt spoilt us.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
two fabulous days in Rome followed by our Iberian Idyll cruise. Embarkation was a doddle; no waiting or hanging around and straight to a tasty lunch. Our midships verandah suite was spotless with a chilled bottle of champagne waiting ... Read More
two fabulous days in Rome followed by our Iberian Idyll cruise. Embarkation was a doddle; no waiting or hanging around and straight to a tasty lunch. Our midships verandah suite was spotless with a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for our arrival. Our stewardess was a young English girl who was very nice and looked after us well. Well done Emma. thank god - no towel animals. we did not use the formal restaurant but ate in the Colonnade or had room service. we thought the food was excellent and service equally so. They were all bang on with regard to drink top ups etc - we were extremely well looked after and it was nice that part of their service is that they remember your name. bed linens were high quality and the bed extremely comfortable. I chose complimentary toiletries by L'Occitane and Molton Brown. I have to think hard to find a downside to this ship, but I will say that the excursions are very expensive and the choice of products in the shop is limited and geared towards the mature American market. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
I cruised with my 28 year old daughter from March 31 to April 6 on the beautiful Seabourn Sojourn. We left from Monte Carlo and went to Marseille, Sete, Barcelona,and Elba. This is a wonderful cruise for people who enjoy fine food, ... Read More
I cruised with my 28 year old daughter from March 31 to April 6 on the beautiful Seabourn Sojourn. We left from Monte Carlo and went to Marseille, Sete, Barcelona,and Elba. This is a wonderful cruise for people who enjoy fine food, excellent service, large cabins, and open bars. The all inclusive concept is indeed that; room service, all service, all drinks, a fully stocked refrigerator with drinks and alcohol, and movies were all included. The ship is gorgeous and immaculate, our cabin was a balcony suite that was very well appointed. The food on the ship was exceptional. It was very high quality and beautifully prepared. We ate lobster tails, caviar, lamb, crab legs, and drank champagne. The service was amazing, very kind and accommodating. Perhaps my one criticism was that the entertainment, particularly the "show" was very poor quality; the singers were off key and no one in the show danced well. In addition, the dance music group did the same set each time they performed, old disco music. We couldn't believe that a ship of this high standing has such poor entertainment. I would not hesitate to recommend the Sojourn unless you are looking for a party ship. Be prepared to feel lucky to be able to enjoy such a special experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
As a couple that has traveled extensively and usually in way off the main road "adventure mode", the thought of being trapped on a large ship with thousands of other people was enough to make the blood run cold. I also get ... Read More
As a couple that has traveled extensively and usually in way off the main road "adventure mode", the thought of being trapped on a large ship with thousands of other people was enough to make the blood run cold. I also get seasick so the entire idea seemed dreadfully unappealing. We have friends who love cruising and kept telling us to try it. One day a brochure arrived in the mail with a very good offer for a 6 day Mediterranean luxury cruise aboard the Sojourn complete with complimentary veranda upgrade. We thought that six days wasn't bad if it turned out to be insufferable agony and that location would not lend itself to a lot of rocking and rolling of the ship so we signed up. We also decided to spend three days in Provence and the night before sailing in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer as well as two nights in Rome post-cruise. We got a taxi to take us to the embarkation area and our bags were whisked away. It took not even fifteen minutes to get checked in and get our photo IDs and we then proceeded to our suite where our room stewardess was waiting with champagne and appetizers. She was very efficient in showing us everything about our suite, offering an assortment of soaps and other amenities and making sure that our mini-bar preferences were correct. Shortly thereafter there was a mandatory safety drill and we immediately began meeting other passengers. After the drill we were having cocktails al fresco with some new friends and enjoying the beginning of this adventure. One of my very few complaints is that the band was a bit too loud as we were in a far corner and still had a bit of difficulty conversing over the noise. We proceeded back to check out our suite more thoroughly and to dress for dinner. The suite was spacious and well decorated with a huge walk in closet and a safe. The wide screen TV offered a large selection of entertainment from movies and news to educational programs given on the ship. The bed was extremely comfortable but the couch....not so much. As we rarely used it, this was not an issue. The veranda was roomy enough for a table and two chairs with some extra room and was a lovely addition to the suite. We have dined in many fine establishments in our travels and felt that the food in all of the restaurants was of extremely high quality. We never once had trouble getting seated and we truly enjoyed the variety of cuisine from the classic offerings of The Restaurant to the quirky and innovative tasting menu of Restaurant 2. For buffets as well as food cooked to order, the Colonnade and the Patio were ideal. I have to say that the service in every one of these restaurants was spot on at all times. We never found ourselves waiting for anything and the staff was always friendly and outgoing without being obtrusive. The house wines that were poured were quite nice and to be honest, better than what we had expected. The ports visited were quite fun and we were happy that we could walk on and off the ship without having to wait for a tender. ( As you can tell, we are very novice when it comes to cruising ). There was plenty of time to hike around and explore and then get back to the ship for a bit of relaxation before moving on. I have to admit that I did not care for the one day at sea and as it was a dreary spring day, I spent it in the gym which was quite well equipped. Perhaps the larger ships are better for offering more activities but I do not see any sort of trans-Atlantic type cruise in the cards for us. As far as the entertainment went we did like the comedian fellow even though we came in halfway through the act. To be honest, we don't usually join in group entertainment activities so we didn't spend any time dancing to the live band or that sort of thing. After dinner, we generally headed up to the lovely observation bar and had champagne with new friends and listened to the lovely piano and singing of Simon. A perfectly relaxing end to what were usually very active and full days on shore. I must also say that I have read of "cruise snobbery" where some people are quite rude to others they consider "newcomers". We did not observe any such thing during our cruise and we met many people who had cruised many, many times. Even my black, purple and green highlighted hair didn't seem to put anyone off. ;-) Thankfully we were told that taxis can be difficult to get at Civitavecchia so we chose to book a private car through Seabourn. Once again, this was handled with ease and efficiency and it literally took less than five minutes to get our bags and get in the car and be off to Rome. In summary, we had a wonderful first time cruising experience and will definitely do it again. We enjoyed the all-inclusive aspect and never once felt any kind of pressure to pay added gratuities to any of the staff. The ship was spotlessly clean, the crew was completely and always professional and now we are spoiled. Everyone that we told this was our first cruise told us that we had set the bar pretty high and we could not agree more. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
SEABOURN SOJOURN CRUISE 15TH APRIL 2011 TO 27TH APRIL, 2011. SEGMENT SIX OF THE WORLD CRUISEThis was to be our very first cruise with Seabourn and from the word go everything was handled very professionally.We received ... Read More
SEABOURN SOJOURN CRUISE 15TH APRIL 2011 TO 27TH APRIL, 2011. SEGMENT SIX OF THE WORLD CRUISEThis was to be our very first cruise with Seabourn and from the word go everything was handled very professionally.We received our tickets, and like other cruise lines use to be, they were in a leather wallet complete with four leather luggage labels.We arrived at the dock, Civitavecchia, Italy, a little early, but this did not deter them one bit. We were shown to the check in desks and our pictures duly taken, we were given a leather wallet, yet again, with our cruise cards in. We were then asked to go and take a seat as our suite was not yet ready. White gloved waiters appeared with either hot chocolate or champagne, complete with rugs for your knees if you were cold.We were soon onboard and shown to our suite, and to our surprise we had been upgraded to Penthouse deck, we had only booked a guarantee suite.The suite was beautiful, we had a bedroom complete with a living area with settee and chair, on one wall was a full length cupboard which housed our fridge, which had been stocked with 2 x 1 litre bottles of spirits and all the mixers and beers. The mixers and beers were replenished as we drank them through the cruise.On further inspection we found that we had a bottle of champagne on ice just to wish us a very enjoyable cruise.Not long after our arrival in the suite our Stewardess, Agnes, rang the bell to introduce herself, complete with canapEs and a selection of soaps that we could choose for the bathroom.The bathroom consisted of two wash hand basins in marble and a shower, the suite we had been allocated was a wheelchair friendly suite so therefore no bath.We then went to sail away and you could have whatever drinks you required, the whole cruise was open bars throughout the ship. Both wines for lunch and dinner were also freely available, and no sooner had you half emptied your glass then a wine waiter was asking it you required a refill.We have to say that the staffs in all venues were exceptional; they even addressed you by name after the second day. This really foxed us, as we had not given our names to members of staff. I then asked one waiter how he knew; he just said that it was a trade secret of Seabourn. It transpired that they were shown photos of the passengers and given their names, they were told to try and memorise as many as possible.Now on to the food. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner could be taken in the Colonnade, this was the buffet restaurant, not like anything we have seen on other cruise lines, and we have been on quite a few. You were asked if you wanted to be seated with other passengers or to dine just the two of you. There were so many things to choose from, also an open kitchen where the Chef prepared specials of the day.Also we had the Main Dining Room, again Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner could be had here.Also on deck there was the Grill, this was normally open for Lunch and casual Dinners.This was Sojourn's Segment Six of her World cruise and so we were treated to a free shore excursion and this was to the Cava Region in Barcelona Spain.We were taken by coach to a very large Wine Cellar, called Codorniu, here we were treated to a tour around the cellars and then Flamenco dancing in a Grand Hall complete with tastings and food. Overall a very good excursion.I cannot say how much we enjoyed this cruise; my only disappointment was the fact that the food in the main dining room was often, what I call, Cruise Temperature. It was not as hot as I would have liked, even after speaking to the Maitre many times. I really think that if Seabourn are going to advertise their cruises as six stars, then they should take note of their passenger's wishes.I am sure that this will not be the last cruise with Seabourn.Ports visited.Civitavecchia. Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Southampton Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Having sailed on Silversea two times in the past year, I was anxious to see what Seabourn had to offer and how it compared in all of the usual areas. We were a family party of three occupying two suites (one being a solo traveler). ... Read More
Having sailed on Silversea two times in the past year, I was anxious to see what Seabourn had to offer and how it compared in all of the usual areas. We were a family party of three occupying two suites (one being a solo traveler). Embarkation: Arriving at the pier around 1 p.m., we were quickly processed and escorted to the Club Lounge where sandwiches and Champagne were being served and where met met several of our fellow passengers. We were told that the rooms were not ready and that we would be informed when they were. However, no one ever called us and as we noticed passengers departing the lounge, we followed. No escort to our room. Also, we were informed that lunch was not available for embarking passengers which we thought was rather odd. Suites: We were booked in #617 and quite satisfied with the suite, amenities and location (and the fact that all of our onboard credits were properly provided). No problems at all. Our stewardess was prompt in introducing herself and ensuring our pre-ordered mini bar selections were correct and determining our preferences. She kept our suite spotless. However, our solo family member wasn't so fortunate. His room reeked of stale cigarette smoke which was unbearable. He had to go through several levels of staff personnel and management (hotel director) to resolve this situation. Suffice it to say, Seabourn handled the process of changing his suite in an extremely poor manner in every respect. It wasn't until 7 p.m. that he was able to check into another suite (and the ship was not full). Not acceptable when one has been traveling for over 24 hours to the destination. It took 3 days before the hotel director offered an apology. Dining: We loved the dining room, food and service and eventually settled into the same table each evening. The wine steward, Jan, and sommelier, Timar, were outstanding, and we enjoyed wonderful conversations with each of them (both from Germany where we lived for 3 years). We enjoyed the wine selections and never had a "bad" wine. We did have dinner one evening in Restaurant 2 and although we enjoyed the various presentations, it was not our "cup of tea." The Colonnade provided an excellent breakfast and lunch buffet with a pleasant atmosphere for indoor our outdoor dining. The food was well-prepared with a different theme each day; not your typical cruise ship buffet selection. The table service was prompt and cordial. Activities: Since this was the final leg of the World Cruise, there were "special" guest lecturers which included Ted Koppel and Carol Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher's daughter). We especially enjoyed their lectures and speaking with them as fellow passengers. There were also other excellent lecturers offered each day; very impressive and top notch in this category. Seabourn Square: One of our favorite spots to relax, connect to the internet and enjoy wonderful coffees and teas. It is also where the focus of activity is for customer relations and shore excursions. Shore excursion personnel were excellent in providing local port information even if one wasn't booking a tour. However, the customer relations folks are another story. I mentioned previously about the problem with one of our family member's suite upon embarkation which had much to do with miscommunication from this area. Although the staff were cordial and pleasant, they were not the most competent in handling a slightly complex problem to resolution. In addition to the "suite problem" and protracted resolution, these folks also were in charge of the on board accounts. Without going into too much detail, it took several days to resolve a simple OBC issue (that actually was in their favor). I had to bring, once again, the hotel manager, into the mix before it was resolved. Of course, Trivia is popular on the Sojourn and we certainly participated on a team. However, the cruise director, Jan, I am sorry to say, was not the best at conducting the activity each day. In fact, she was quite annoying (not just during Trivia, either) and often had to retract answers due to inaccuracy. We weren't sure where she obtained her questions, but they were "off the wall" to say the least. Entertainment: The Club offered several bands each evening who were very talented and diverse. This is where we spent our evenings after dinner so I cannot comment on other venues. We did attend several of the shows in the show lounge which consisted of a British comedian and various vocalists and dancers. Spa: Except for using the gym facilities, which were quite adequate for the size of the ship, we did not use the spa services. All in all, we enjoyed Seabourn's amenities and ambiance. The Sojourn is a beautifully appointed ship. The food and service are excellent and I would not hesitate to sail on it again. But I have to say that my preference in the luxury lines is Silversea, all things considered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Dont get me wrong,we love Seabourn and have travelled on the smaller ships 3 times. They are truly excellent.This is our first trip aboard the Sojourn and we travelled with friends who have cruised on Sojourn before.To start with we were ... Read More
Dont get me wrong,we love Seabourn and have travelled on the smaller ships 3 times. They are truly excellent.This is our first trip aboard the Sojourn and we travelled with friends who have cruised on Sojourn before.To start with we were not allowed to bring our taxi alongside to unload our luggage. We had to wait at the dock gate for the shuttlebus driver to finish his lunch before we self loaded our bags in the bus and went to the ship there was nobody from the ship to greet us or control the situation, not a good start. Upon dockside we were invited into the drab terminal and offerd a hot chocolate or an orange juice-You must be joking!! what happened to the champagne and canapes? We were shown our suite(cabin) which was very good indeed. Plenty of storage and lovely linen etc. It was very hard to find any fault at all-until we met our stewardess, a surly Russian with no humour or smile. I even caught her drinking Vodka from the bottle in the large suite next door when the door was ajar, I challenged her but she said it was water!!Nonetheless I said nothing to the pursar or course.The ship was beautifully designed with all the cabins up one end and all the public areas at the other. The only drawback to this was having to cross a wet deck on 8 as they seemed to scrub it 3 times a day yet the deck and pool at the stern on 5 was just plain filthy.The public areas were spacious and plentiful and in all those respects the ship was faultless. The major issue was food service and quality.The main restaurant suffered badly from open dining. No memeber of staff knew you or your preferences. The service was sloppy with many orders wrong and food poorly cooked and always cold. Every plate I received was fingermarked and watermarked from poor dishwashing, quite unacceptable.The service in the Collanade was little better but at least the cooking was better although service was over 45 minutes to get a starter on some nights!The free wine was of very poor quality about £5 a bottle yet the waiter tried to make it sound like Petrus. Previous ships had far better wines, times must be hard.The tasting restaurant was virtually empty, I wondered why until I tasted the food, it made Heston Blumethal seem staid. I have never seen or tasted such pathetic food concoctions, it was all style and no substance at all. Clearly an April fools joke.The ship had some entertainment booked which was very poor with the exception of a boy group who were re-booked on popular demand. The speakers and others were just plain freeloaders and a waste of time and money.In general, the ship could be the best, the staff were amateurs the Captain just plain boring and invisible. The ship sailed well and kept to schedule.Unless you get 60% off do not spend your money. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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