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18 Seabourn Southern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

We did the 7-day Caribbean portion from St. Maarten and remained on board for the transatlantic, disembarking in Lisbon--18 days in total. This was our third Seabourn cruise, and Seabourn was once again spot-on with everything. ... Read More
We did the 7-day Caribbean portion from St. Maarten and remained on board for the transatlantic, disembarking in Lisbon--18 days in total. This was our third Seabourn cruise, and Seabourn was once again spot-on with everything. Embarkation/disembarkation is easy, although St. Maarten hadn't fully recovered from the hurricane. In Lisbon, we just walked off the ship at the time we wanted, and our car and driver was waiting. The famous Caviar in the Surf took place at St. Kitts the first day of the cruise, and once again Seabourn knocked it out of the park. It's an extraordinary event. The officers and crew knock themselves out for you. Food and beverage is terrific. For those interested, the crossing was one of the smoothest the Officers had ever experienced--more like a lake than anything else. On the crossing, there were two shows each evening--one for the early birds at around 6:30 and another later on around 9:45. it's hard to imagine a better cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our third cruise onboard the Odyssey and we loved every moment of it! We embarked in St. Maarten after spending two days unwinding at the Holland House Hotel. The embarkation process was absolutely painless. Everything was run ... Read More
This was our third cruise onboard the Odyssey and we loved every moment of it! We embarked in St. Maarten after spending two days unwinding at the Holland House Hotel. The embarkation process was absolutely painless. Everything was run like a well oiled piece of machinery. We were in PH cabin 918, which was lovely. I'm afraid we were spoiled by the extra room and location of this cabin. We would definitely book a PH suite again. We found the food and service to be top notch and did not have one complaint about either. I did however miss the Patio dining for an occasional evening meal as I always loved their steaks and pork chops. Many passengers really enjoyed the recent change however and the food was quite good. As we have done the Caribbean a number of times, we elected to stay onboard for a number of ports. We preferred to enjoy the comforts of the ship at some of the ports. We did not do any of the ship's excursions so I am unable to comment on those. The beach BBQ was wonderful, as always. On our last day, Jost VanDyke, the water toys were brought out much to the pleasure of many of the passengers. It was great fun! We met some lovely new friends, Martin and Stella and were able to spend some quality time with them and some other friends, Debs and Mikey, that we had met on a previous cruise. We enjoyed this cruise and were not disappointed with anything! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The itinerary offered me the chance to hit 5 new countries, and I ended up getting my 100th country as a result. Embarkation was so smooth I almost felt like I'd not completed something. As it's a small ship, it's not ... Read More
The itinerary offered me the chance to hit 5 new countries, and I ended up getting my 100th country as a result. Embarkation was so smooth I almost felt like I'd not completed something. As it's a small ship, it's not necessary to be in a huge warehouse and standing in line for forever. My cabin was #916 and in a perfect location, IMHO. It was on the same level, although at the opposite end, as the spa. I never had to wait more than 30 seconds for an elevator and since the ship is small, you get to where you're going very quickly. Entertainment was good - typical cruise ship style - Service was outstanding. My cabin was spotless and my stateroom attendant was superb. The bed was very comfortable, the amenities in the bathroom were great, the cabin was spacious, and the balcony was nice. The casino was small (one table for blackjack, one for roulette and one for 3 card poker) and a few slot machines, but even if there's no one in there, the casino staff will happily open a table for you. They were all very nice and easy to talk to. The food, oh my gosh, the food was spectacular. I went to the buffet once only, had room service (very large selection) a lot and went to the dining room a lot. I also went to the "specialty dining" restaurant, but that was a waste because the dining room food was actually better. My only complaint, and this is not the fault of the ship at all, was the Noisy Nellies next door, who lived on their balcony and talked using "outside voices" and clinked their silverware against their plates A LOT. I could not go on the balcony without hearing every word clearly and they talked nonstop. There should be some sort of balcony etiquette. But this did not deter me from loving Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I should start by saying that we were first time cruisers so have nothing to compare this to. We chose Seabourn as we wanted a small ship and good service. We absolutely got this and more. It really exceeded our expectations. The suite ... Read More
I should start by saying that we were first time cruisers so have nothing to compare this to. We chose Seabourn as we wanted a small ship and good service. We absolutely got this and more. It really exceeded our expectations. The suite was really spacious with a fabulous bathroom and walk in wardrobe. With no knowledge of what suites were good or bad we opted for the gamble of a “guaranteed veranda suite” and got 512. I have no complaints. The half metal balcony did not bother us at all. The ship never felt crowded, anywhere we went there was usually a seat, table or sunbed free. All staff were happy, polite and helpful. All said good morning/afternoon/evening when passing and the housekeeping staff were especially lovely. The food and drinks were really high quality. We loved sitting outside in the Colonnade so went there most lunch times and half the evenings. The main dining room is good too and the food delicious but I feel the lighting is way too bright, reduces the ambience. It’s good that you can either request a table for two or a sharing table (6people max) when you want to meet new people. We failed to make a reservation at the Thomas Keller grill beforehand (rookie mistake) so didn’t get to eat there. Must remember that next time. The cruise was a 7 day “yacht harbours” in the Caribbean but I don’t think it really lived up to that. The first day had to be a day at sea as it was too rough to tender at Saline Bay so we missed the beach bbq. It was held on board instead which was fun anyway. I have read a few reviews where this has happened and wonder if it’s a frequent occurrence? I felt that only two of the places we docked were actually “yacht harbours” others were cruise ports where larger ships also docked. At one we seemed to be at a freight dock with a shuttle to the main port because two larger ships had taken the cruise ship docking area! People on board were probably mainly British, Canadian and American, mostly over 50. There was one small child (very well behaved). I can’t imagine it’s a cruise which children or young people would enjoy. We had a fabulous week and are already planning our next Seabourn cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We needed some serious R&R after a difficult year so booked a cruise on Seabourn to get some. From the moment we boarded we found the facilities service and dining experiences wonderful. The cabins are really spacious and the bathtub ... Read More
We needed some serious R&R after a difficult year so booked a cruise on Seabourn to get some. From the moment we boarded we found the facilities service and dining experiences wonderful. The cabins are really spacious and the bathtub in the en-suite and the walk in wardrobe are particularly welcome. The staff are all really customer focussed and can’t do too much for you. All in all a great experience and we will be sailing with them again which is amazing as we never thought of ourselves as cruising people! We really enjoyed the beach day and also the guadeloupe “Death in Paradise” tour - on most other islands we took the chance for unorganised exploration. We loved our cabins location which was only on Deck 5 but was ideally placed for most things. Our cabin stewardess was also brilliant at spotting what we liked and providing it. Thoroughly recommended Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We took a seven day Eastern Carribean cruise on the Ofyssey. Didn’t get off the ship much because we have discovered over the years that most Carribean Island adventures are pretty fungible. We took an upgrade opportunity for one of ... Read More
We took a seven day Eastern Carribean cruise on the Ofyssey. Didn’t get off the ship much because we have discovered over the years that most Carribean Island adventures are pretty fungible. We took an upgrade opportunity for one of the 4 spa suites on 10 accessible only via spiral staircase in the spa- a good pick. Great outdoor deck at the rear, plenty of inside space, huge bath and shower, lots of amenities. BUT broken and unfixed/unfixable blind in the BR and a fridge door actually fell off, but was timely fixed. We found the staff uniformly friendly and accommodating - more so than on the Encore. English not always so good. Lots of trpical drink trays in constant circulation. Top shelf liquor at all bars and restaurants. House wines OK but nothing special. Restaurant decor and some public areas could use refresher. More self-serv launderettes would be helpful. Restaurant/Keller selections good to excellent. Colonnade buffets generally pretty good. Room service- too slow and too cold. The coffee, like virtually every cruise ship we’ve been on, was bad - there must be some special secret and cheap robusto blend they all buy. Espresso sometimes OK and cappuccinos were tolerable. All in all, we liked this ship although my companion thought there too many smoking areas. We liked the Encore better even though it was larger and will probably try other Seabourn ships before we come back here. Wishing you clear skies and calm seas. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Seabourn is our cruise line of choice. The reasons are simple, it feels like you are on your personal yacht, the staff never uses the phrase "sorry, we can't do that", the cuisine is the best afloat on any ship sailing today ... Read More
Seabourn is our cruise line of choice. The reasons are simple, it feels like you are on your personal yacht, the staff never uses the phrase "sorry, we can't do that", the cuisine is the best afloat on any ship sailing today and last, but not least, you never feel crowded or rushed in any venue aboard. The odyssey is currently doing an itinerary that runs back and forth between Barbados and St. Maartin. The cruise was, as anticipated, wonderful and relaxing. HOWEVER, Getting to the ship to board and disembarking were rife with difficulty and unpleasantness. This was not just my bad luck, but prevalent among nearly all of the guests who we met aboard and shared stories with. After booking the cruise we discovered that you cannot get to/from these chosen ports before or after your cruise (Barbados and St. Maartin) in one day of travel. Unless you live in a city with a direct flight to the island (Miami, Washington DC, New York - basically the east coast major metros) you will have to overnight enroute in each direction. Airline costs to and from these ports and overnight hotel costs, in many cases, exceed the price of the actual cruise. Additionally, attempting to arrive or depart the same day as ships in port turn over their passengers will result in unmanageable crowds at the airports. (specifics about our experience below) St Maartin's airport was destroyed during the most recent Hurricane and despite what you may read about the Caribbean being ready for tourism and that everything is back to normal ... It is NOT. Let me recount our disembarkation experience in St. Maartin: The positive: our late afternoon airline departure time worried us. We were unable to arrange a "day pass" with any hotel on the island despite two weeks of trying prior to leaving home. With nowhere to go until our flight departure and Disembarkation from Seabourn Odyssey scheduled for 8:30 am, we were worried. Seabourn, graciously, permitted us to remain aboard the ship in comfort until after lunch. A real blessing considering what was to come. The negative: Upon disembarkation we took a taxi with our luggage to the airport thinking we could relax comfortably at the airport (a relatively short distance, but a long drive compounded by bumper to bumper, slow moving traffic - nearly an hour) our taxi driver described to us while enroute that after the hurricane so many cars were destroyed that there was a huge influx of new cars purchased with insurance money and that the old damaged cars were mostly repaired, sold and put back on the road... hence gridlock like Manhatten or Chicago during rush hour (but on single lane roads). He also informed us that we were LUCKY because up until just a few days prior, the airport operations and passenger terminal were being run from TENTS in the tropical heat. We arrived at the airport, part of the destroyed terminal building had been repaired and it was operating in compressed space. No assistance at the curb with bags, entered into the ticket area and found grand central station with hundreds of people in line for multiple carriers. We were flying first class so our shorter line took only 40 minutes to reach the front, check baggage and proceed. Next came the security and immigration line. We arrived and joined a single line in a large ante-chamber, with the line snaking back and forth to allow more passengers into it - no bypass for any sort of travel class division or TSA Pre-check thing available here. Another 45 minutes to proceed through this portion. As I approached the two clerks doing the pass along I thought it was the light at the end of the tunnel. We walked up a ramp to another level and there was another snake line with a few hundred people in it for baggage examination, x rays etc. Belts, shoes, computers everything off. One hour in THAT line and we thought "hooray, it's over" we were finally near the actual departure area. We walked about 20 yards around a turn and into a large space that was rectangular and about fifty yards wide and 25 yards deep roughly half the size of a football field. In a glass wall facing the fresh air and sunlight were several doors (no individual gate areas just some doors with a thousand or so plastic chairs arranged around the room). Every chair was occupied, little room between the rows, wheelchairs and luggage blocking everything and crowds of standing passengers waiting along every wall and every lane between chairs. these gates/doors were within feet of each other and each door was a "gate" with a number on it. This waiting area facing the gates would have been shut down by any decent fire marshall due to more than double the number of waiting passengers in that space than it was designed to accommodate. We snagged two chairs when a flight was called, and waited until our flight was ready. The boarding was called traditionally, by row number and class. We walked through the door and an airport employee gathered everyone into one disorganized group (defeating the prior procedure) and we waited in the sun for a people mover bus to arrive. When it did arrive, the bus was packed like a subway car at rush hour. If someone had died, they would have remained in a standing position. Our flight, United Airlines Flt # 1741 from St. Maartin direct to Washington DC is a daily scheduled turn around flight - fly in arriving mid day or a little later early afternoon, dump off the arrivals - load up and turn back around. The bus disgorged us and directed us to stairs leading up to the airplane door for us to struggle up carrying our hand baggage. Again no assistance for those needing it (the passengers assisted the elderly and disabled ourselves). Once aboard, we anticipated United Airlines would be a welcome change. The flight, while professionally flown, was improperly provisioned and there were inadequate meals and drinks for all passengers - Here's a bit of humor, the first class stewardess told us not to worry, delicious cookies were forthcoming. She then either burned all of the cookies or the oven failed - so half of the first class section who had no meal choices didn't even get a cookie on this 5 hour flight. But the pretzels were delicious. Arrived back into the USA and my Hartmann bag (advertised as nearly indestructible and a veteran of several international flights to Europe and Asia) was delivered for customs inspection with a wheel smashed off and rips in the side of the "indestructible" material. No doubt the same airport services staff in St. Maartin responsible for provisioning the airplane with food and drinks “loaded” the luggage, as well. My destroyed bag necessitated a LONG walk, easily a mile from the international arrivals area, through a nearly deserted late Saturday night Washington DC terminal to the United baggage claim office (would have been convenient if it was located near where their flights were arriving - alongside all of the OTHER airlines baggage offices). We made it to the hotel two hours later than anticipated, we were not allowed to check our heavy vacation packed bags through to our early morning departure flight, so we had to carry them with us to the hotel and bring them back for check in the next morning. 4 hours of sleep and back to the airport before dawn in Freezing weather, to board our final United Flight home (which was a delightful, problem free flight). IN retrospect, Seabourn's decision to necessitate boarding and disembarking at these 3rd world ports and airports is a decision that significantly diminishes the attractiveness and affordability of these itineraries. Seabourn has chosen to no longer originate or end their Caribbean and Transatlantic to Europe itineraries in US ports like Fort Lauderdale or Miami but choosing instead these awkward Caribbean ports. True, The St Maartin airport terminal was better than TENTS, however it is painfully obvious that the services that the St. Maartin Airport staff are expected to perform for this volume of passengers is significantly beyond their current capability to deliver. Hindsight is 20/20…If I had it to do over again, I would not have chosen this voyage simply because of the disastrous and unpleasant overall travel experience to and from the ship. I recently read a psychological study that evidenced that as Passengers/Customers, our remembrance of a vacation is formed in significant measure by what happens at the end of it. If things end with a pleasant experience - we will always remember that as one of our best vacations. If not... then it will be remembered as unremarkable or a disaster, as in our case. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We liked this cruise because we don’t typically want days at sea. This was a St. Maartin to Barbados. Cruise was 7 nights which is short but perfect for us, especially on a ship with few entertainment options. The food was outstanding ... Read More
We liked this cruise because we don’t typically want days at sea. This was a St. Maartin to Barbados. Cruise was 7 nights which is short but perfect for us, especially on a ship with few entertainment options. The food was outstanding but selection was pretty much exactly the same each day. Occasionally an extra different main dish was offered in most restaurants. We would have liked to have some local food recipes offered but this was not the case. We could have been sailing anywhere in the world and have the same menus. For example, none of the restaurants offered any spicy food , jerk recipes, etc, EACH OF THE Caribbean ports had beaches. Seabourn did not offer excursions on many of the ports. We did book a third party 7 hour snorkel, hike, swim option with Adventure Antigua which was terrific and less expensive than what was offered by the ship. We were in a V4 room near the bow of the ship. Rm 702. It was a lock off from a large suite at the bow, but we never heard any noise from them. The only noise issue we had was a couple of nights/early morning from raising or lowering the anchor. Obviously that didn’t last long. Even though the ship was fully booked we never felt crowded. There were lots of nooks and places to hang out where we were virtually alone. The only issue around this is that there’s is only one small pool and most of the time it was full of people standing in it with cocktails. Impossible for a swim. One thing that we liked was several hot tubs on different decks. We didn’t see any children on the ship except babes in arms and that would make sense as there was little for young children to do. Entertainment was adequate. The singer and dancers were surprisngly talented but the shows weren’t very well staged and didn’t take advantage of it. Ship staff and management were always available and frequently took the time to stop and chat. The first night we had issues wth getting waited on in a timely manner but on the second day when we were asked for our feedback, mentioned that, and never had a problem again. WiFi was quite good every day. We were offered free WiFi with our cruise price and we were happy to have it. There were also several computers on board in the library/ coffee shop area which were rarely in use but a great option. My husband was always able to get live football games that he didn’t want to miss. We would choose deck 7 again as it was convenient to everything. We would probably choose mid ship or the aft, given a choice again ,as it is closer to access to coffee bar, elevators to other restaurants, library and guest services.. but the ship is so small that the bow of the boat was fine. Room service is available all day and always arrived promptly and the food was hot. On our final day we were planning to stay at the last port. Since we had to,leave the ship early and couldn’t check in until late, we took a Seabourn excursión that ended at the airport that day because they carried our luggage. At the end of the excursion, we simply collected our luggage and took a taxi from the airport to our hotel. This worked really well as we were able to see the island that we were disembarking on during the gap and could just enjoy the beach on our last couple of days of vacation. We felt that there was good value for the money, especially after staying before and after in hotels in the Caribbean. We would take Seaborn again, but would probably stick to their shortest trips due to lack of variety in food and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have been with Seabourn for many years. We have seen the level of service decline over the years. We used to be addressed as Mr Jones, but on quite a few occasions we were called “Dave” (I hate being called Dave). Toiletries not ... Read More
We have been with Seabourn for many years. We have seen the level of service decline over the years. We used to be addressed as Mr Jones, but on quite a few occasions we were called “Dave” (I hate being called Dave). Toiletries not being replenished, on two days we didn’t have any shower gel. We queried this with the stewardess and she said that they ran out. The sky bar always closes far too early as they always need the barman to work in the main restaurant. On deck 5, you order drinks, that always take a long time to arrive or in some cases never arrive. We are booked on the next transatlantic crossing from Barbados in April, so let’s see if this changes our minds. Other guests that we met, suggested that we try SilverSea, which we may do depending on how our next trip goes. Fingers crossed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have approx 14 cruises under our belt, but this is the 1st for the Caribbean. !st Seabourn , they took care of us all the way. Before we were out of the taxi we were met by a representative and then guided to check in, no lines nor ... Read More
We have approx 14 cruises under our belt, but this is the 1st for the Caribbean. !st Seabourn , they took care of us all the way. Before we were out of the taxi we were met by a representative and then guided to check in, no lines nor waiting ...and had a drink and lunch in no time. As we left the ship once again guided thru to a taxi, effortless. The room was nice, loved the walk in closet ( penthouse suite ), bathrooms nice and large 2 sinks. The ship was nicely appointed, the rooms needed to be updated but not enough to complain about. Food was excellent everywhere and really loved the "Patio" dining at nite, Service was top notch without being too fussy. The crew were professional and having fun with us at the same time. Wine selection very nice, don't be afraid to ask for something other than what is offered, they will try and accommodate...took a few days to figure that one out. Dis not take advantage of all of the entertainment but did love the band and the cruise director as well as the new assistant cruise director what a voice! Her "one man" show about all the late greats is a must see. WE traveled with another couple and we would both hope to cruise with Seabourn again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have cruised over 24 times. The last 6 cruises with Regent. We needed a change as we felt Regent standards were dropping dramatically from when we first started using them. We noted that Seabourn had a consistently higher rating than ... Read More
We have cruised over 24 times. The last 6 cruises with Regent. We needed a change as we felt Regent standards were dropping dramatically from when we first started using them. We noted that Seabourn had a consistently higher rating than Regent, so decided to give them a try as the pricing was similar, although Seabourn do not offer complimentary excursions or wifi. The difference was noticeable straight away, and it just got better and better. The staff cannot do enough for you. Not a miserable face amongst the crew. At dinner they somehow remember your name. Food and service are definitely first class. There are too many positive differences between the two lines to mention here. I would unquestionably award five stars if it were not for the location of our suite. Suite 657 ( a V5 suite!) is located just in front of the tenders /lifeboats. On our cruise there were 9 tender ports out of 13. The noise usually started around 6.15/6.30 am and lasted for at least 45 minutes. The noises came from the hydraulic arms putting the tenders over the side , the winches used to lower them, the staff shouting at one another whilst they prepared them for the water. One morning it began at 4.30 am!! Had a meeting with the Hotel Manager, who was very understanding, but nothing changed. We did get a complementary massage, but quite frankly, I would rather have had the sleep we missed, during our vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first ever cruise and I chose a relatively small ship to avoid "people processing." I chose Seabourn based on their reviews. Because of the small number of passengers--I don't know if we had the maximum of ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and I chose a relatively small ship to avoid "people processing." I chose Seabourn based on their reviews. Because of the small number of passengers--I don't know if we had the maximum of 450--and high number of staff the ship had more of a private yacht feel. Our favorite dining venue was the Colonnade open air but shaded restaurant at the stern. Because this was the Caribbean in March and the ship's speed was never more 12 knots, the "wind" and air temperature were right for all 3 meals to be outdoors every day. There were 4 special dinner nights and because we failed to make reservations for three we did not get to eat at the Colonnade on three nights. However, they also bring excellent food to the poolside tables and that was where we ate one of the nights. For the formal night we ate in the main dining room. Also we failed on boarding to make a reservation in Restaurant 2 so we missed out on that. However, this was the extent of not having the ship revolve solely around me and my wife. All the other meals we ate when we felt like it at the Colonnade unless we missed lunch due to an excursion in which case we had excellent and very prompt room service. On the topic of food, it was very high quality and served in not overly large portions. Of course, if desired one could have multiple items, but reasonably sized portions made it easier to enjoy quality and eat healthy. We enjoyed the uncrowded public areas. The pool was tiny, but we swam in the Caribbean on most days. The pool deck, on the other hand, was great for walking and having a drink or slice of pizza or other snack while passing through. Much of the 11th deck (the top deck) was open air and and the open air portions fairly deserted. There were many lounges with great views. Swimming in the sea was great. One day there was a party at a private beach with a magnificent lunch buffet. On a couple of days we took snorkeling excursion. On a couple o other days we took cabs to a beach. We did have some rough seas on the snorkel trips. The library had a nice selection of books. All of the crew seemed to be young men and women who enjoyed being there. Occasionally at night I would have the sensation that my wife had just belly flopped onto the bed, but it was wave action on the ship. I did not find this bothersome. I never had to grab on to anything due to the ship's motion. We enjoyed to talking to our fellow passengers. Many were fellow Americans, but we socialized with British and Australian passengers as well, as well as a couple of Swedes. Many of our fellow passengers were on board for 14 rather than 7 days and we were sorry to leave after 7. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Preface: I travel extensively throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. After doing some research on the Seabourn Odyssey, my wife and I decided to take a Caribbean vacation (without our kids). Before getting into the details, I want to ... Read More
Preface: I travel extensively throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. After doing some research on the Seabourn Odyssey, my wife and I decided to take a Caribbean vacation (without our kids). Before getting into the details, I want to commend the crew, a fine group of people who did their best to provide a good experience. The Ship: (Tired, Can't Handle any Swells) The Odyssey is small, but provides more than enough thoughtfully designed spaces for the 400+ passengers on board. The "suites" were reasonably sized for a cruise ship. Two notable shortcomings where angled shower that was far to narrow and a very odd modular queen-sized bed, that is the most uncomfortable unyielding slab I have ever experienced. Every morning was a new dimension in back-pain. Once we embarked from Florida it became obvious that the Odyssey was designed to cruise placidly in the Mediterranean and was not up to the 20 knot winds and moderate 2M seas we encountered on the way toward our first destination.The combination of too much windage and a narrow beam resulted in the most extreme rolling I have ever experienced on a cruise ship. Almost immediately it was clear that even the crew was struggling to cope. I would have written this off as the effects of a low pressure center far off in the northern Atlantic, but EVERY NIGHT was less than comfortable. Besides the roll, we frequently experienced hard, jarring rubbery kicks which resonated throughout the cabin. This ship dearly needs some time in dry dock. Dining (OK at best, laughable at worst) The Seabourn marketing materials suggest that their company provides a five-star dining experience. As far as the Odyssey is concerned this is not even close to being accurate. The "restaurant" features tiny portions of incredibly pretentious, yet amazingly bland food. The Japanese food offered during one of the themed evenings at the Colonnade was truly horrid. The "miso soup" was utterly tasteless and the glass noodles served with the main-course where so over-cooked they disintegrated into a gelatinous paste. The one bright spot was the outdoor grill on Deck 8. Not only did this offer reasonable food for dinner (comparable to any Boston or NYC mid-priced independent restaurant) but it also offered relief from the relentlessly bad ride. Too many horrible tender rides: After two monotone days at sea, we arrived at our first port only to learn that the 1M seas where too high for the ships lifeboats to function as tenders from the aft-located tender platform. This cruise had a very high number of elderly passengers, and I suspect (as do others I spoke with) that liability concerns forced the captain to cancel all tendering operations. After 90 minutes of waiting we were told we would be enjoying another day at sea. The problem here is that life-boats do not make for a pleasant tendering experience. They where packed with people and even with the windows open, the environment was more like a refugee boat than an luxury cruise. If you enjoy being packed into a horrid little craft, with too many people and like to sit on tiny hard benches in an airless cabin, while you are bounced around.. then this is the cruise for you! Value for Money The marketing for this journey, promised a luxury small ship experience with high standards of dining, dress, and overall quality. In reality this was a retirement home on the ocean. The median age was about 80. I am 51 and was probably the youngest passenger on the ship. This was an expensive cruise, make no mistake, at least I seem to be charged full retail. Worse than the money, I can never get back my time. This was my seventh cruise (six with Disney and their excellent concierge service), and the only one which I can honestly say, I regret. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We just left a 12 day cruise on Odyssey--had a suite with a veranda on 9th floor, and are non smokers. We were lucky? enough to have on either side of us 4 chain smokers- who due to no smoking in suites, decided to camp out morning, noon, ... Read More
We just left a 12 day cruise on Odyssey--had a suite with a veranda on 9th floor, and are non smokers. We were lucky? enough to have on either side of us 4 chain smokers- who due to no smoking in suites, decided to camp out morning, noon, afternoon and evening on their verandas smoking, drinking, playing cards-living on the veranda. We couldn't use our veranda due to noise and smoke at all times- no taking a nap on our lounge, relaxing and reading, etc. just cracking our door to get some sea air let in billows of smoke. We talked to the officer in charge Morat.....he apologized, and said could not switch us to any other cabin. Also- a few doors down our hall was door to the upper eating area and sky bar- smoking allowed!! They decided to varnish the door- so for 2 days of cruise, the door was roped open all day- and allowed smoke to fill the hallway.....just disgusting. Right above us is the Observation Bar on 10th--they allow smoking after 8p--filled with smoke inside! crew good- food and wine ok....getting on/off tenders that were very unstable and not tied very tight led to several people being injured- having to wear shoulder slings--I myself fell in a tender when it jolted and threw several people to the floor off the benches. Will not cruise Seabourn again with the smoking policy they have. We purchased a suite with a veranda for 12 days and never got to use it. We were not given the cruise we paid for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We sailed to the Caribbean on Seabourn Quest December 2012 in a Penthouse Suite (one category above the Seabourn Suite with veranda.) Even though there were numerous positive reviews of the Quest, we still didn't know what to expect; ... Read More
We sailed to the Caribbean on Seabourn Quest December 2012 in a Penthouse Suite (one category above the Seabourn Suite with veranda.) Even though there were numerous positive reviews of the Quest, we still didn't know what to expect; however, within minutes after boarding we sensed that something was different. To start we were escorted to the Colonade for a spectacular lunch with fine wines. After selecting our "made to order" entrees we sampled their vino offerings that were included with our cruise fare: I chose the white and my husband chose the red. Both selections were excellent complements to the first of many outstanding meals. Afterwards we were escorted again, but this time to our wonderful suite that was awaiting our arrival with appetizers, a fully stocked bar and stocked refrigerator and a Bon Voyage bottle of French Champagne. The bathroom had dual sinks, a Jacuzzi tub and a separate glass shower surrounded by shades of brown and beige marble counter-tops. The walk in closet, which was very spacious, had more deluxe hangers than we could possibly use. The PH suite has a 42" tv with docking station for IPOD in the intimate living room area as well as a smaller flat screen tv in the glass enclosed bedroom. Each tv had a plethora of movies-on-demand which were complimentary - no pay-per-view charges at the end of the cruise. (One night we called room service and requested popcorn, which was freshly popped and promptly delivered.) Entertainment varied from night to night, but consistently impressive. In the Observation Lounge a piano player plays your requests while you are having a cocktail and perhaps enjoying your order of caviar with all the garnishes. I ordered it several times and every time it was presented with a smile. Which brings me to Caviar in the Sea.... imagine standing waist deep water in your bathing wear, while the Seabourn staff are also waist deep, but in their Seabourn slacks. They are interacting with their guests, pouring us champagne and preparing caviar with our choice of condiments. It's one of the most memorable moments on the cruise. The Seabourn Square became my husband's home away from home. There he read his daily newspapers, enjoyed his Double Espressos, checked emails, before heading off to the well-equipped gym for some much needed exercise. On Seabourn you will not hear announcements or loud music on deck. There is a tranquility that you won't find anywhere else. There is no bingo, no art auctions, or photographers lurking around to take your picture. Simply stated, Seabourn Quest is subtle luxury, which suits us just fine. We are booked for our second cruise in June - a 20 night Mediterranean cruise, again in a PH suite. This time I will bring enough clothes to fill those hangers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
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
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