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Having taken 10 cruises before, my wife and I (52, 42 years old) just completed our first luxury cruise on Seabourn. June 29-July 6 from Venice to Athens on Odyssey. We booked our travel from the US through Seabourn and had a ... Read More
Having taken 10 cruises before, my wife and I (52, 42 years old) just completed our first luxury cruise on Seabourn. June 29-July 6 from Venice to Athens on Odyssey. We booked our travel from the US through Seabourn and had a positive experience in every way. Great price on the airfare, and one pre-cruise night in the Baglioni Hotel in Venice, and one post-cruise night in the Grand Bretagne in Athens. Seabourn personal were very present at the airport, and the hotels, and we had virtual personal escorts from the Venice airport to the Water Taxi to the Baglioni, where we were met by a Seabourn staffer stepping off the boat. Again that attention as we left for the ship the next day. The biggest lesson for me was ALWAYS take the cruise offered transfers, as it made for a totally worry-free experience. Upon debarkation, we went from breakfast, walked off the ship with no line, into a waiting car service, and was at the Grand Bretagne and checked in within one-hour. Just amazing. And, the next day a Seabourn staff was there to ensure our car was waiting and our bags were loaded. The whole Seabourn transfer and travel experience took magnitudes of stress from our trip. This was our first time in Venice, and all of the other stops. Amazing to hear some “veteran” cruisers complain about the heat and some of the ports. 1 – Its July in the Mediterranean and 2 – They booked the cruise knowing the ports, right? We enjoyed every stop immensely. The small ship in small ports that aren’t overrun by tourists cannot be beaten. And as for weather, we did not even see a cloud until Day 6. Perfect conditions. After boarding…we waited a total of 5 minutes to get on the ship. The door to door access, from embarkation to every excursion to debarkation was appreciated. The overriding theme from the cruise was the service was indeed a cut above in every respect. No question everything was done with the cruiser in mind. My wife and I don’t consider ourselves complainers, but by Day 5 we were searching for something to complain about and couldn’t find it. Even the other couples were ended up spending time with on the ship felt the same way. Tough job for their staff, because we did see others who wanted to complain about everything. High maintenance folks for sure, but the staff managed those people so well, and those folks gave my wife and I something to laugh about every night, and made us appreciate the cruise even more! Vodice, Day 1, was our favorite stop. Beautiful town. We took an excursion to Kayak in Trogir and it was exceptional. With one notable exception, the tour operators were outstanding, communicated well with everyone, and were quite engaging. We Kayaked nearly 10 miles in crystal clear, cool Aegean waters, with a wonderful meal afterwards. Wisely, we had scheduled a massage for that night, and my wife (well experienced in the Spa world) said it was as good a massage as she has had. The facilities were pretty blah, but again people make everything, and the people in the spa were wonderful. Day 2 was Kotor, which we also loved. Took a Tuk Tuk ride along the coastline to the Port of Montenegro and it was a beautiful ride. Shopping in the old town was outstanding, but we were one of four ships that day in Kotor, and it was crowded. Day 3, Corfu, was the best shopping day, as a bus took us from our ship (and I mean right outside the ship) to the shopping area and back, then we took a 4x4 excursion in the afternoon. The 4x4 took us up to a village in the highest hills, then down again, with some great views, and a couple of stops in small villages where we loaded up on olive oil to bring back. The excursion operators were so-so at best, as they complained about Seabourn to us before we left. Half of the 4x4 were air conditioned and half were not, which wasn’t good for those of us in non-AC with 95 degrees! Again, great views and a neat thing to do, but the one excursion we took that we didn’t care for the operators. Day 4 was Cephalonia. It was beautiful. Our excursion was Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave. Both stops were an hour, but the tour was about 15 minutes, so we had excess down time, but a bus ride around the island for some incredible views made for a great day. The wife and I made a habit of eating at tavernas on the water every day in each port. It was the highlight of the trip for us as the food was wonderful, and the exposure to the culture of each stop was wonderful. I had a good tip early which was always order the house wine. Four Euro for a ½ L at each stop and it was wonderful for our lunchces. That night, the only entertainment we found even remotely entertaining was Ben Mills, a singer who was part Joe Cocker and part Springsteen. He was outstanding. Never more than 50 people at the entertainment though. Day 5 was Gythion. No excursions this day, but a nice walk around town, a taverna, and back to the spa for each of us. Wife had a Thai Poultice massage that she is still talking about. The final day was Nafplion which was a surprise to us, as it had wonderful shopping (including some high-end shopping) and great leather items. We tried to reschedule our excursion from the Corinth Canal crossing to a winery tour but were waitlisted and ended up with no tour. That was fine as the Canal was an hour bus ride away and we didn’t need more bus time. We found the Thomas Keller grill the night of our Korfu stop to be nice. Didn’t feel the need to try to get a 2nd reservation, but all of the food was exceptional on the cruise so it didn’t stand out to us as it did to some. We had four nights in the restaurant and a couple of nights of room service. Food was great, service was better. I like some casino time, but with just one black jack table, one three-card poker table and a roulette wheel with about 15 slot machines, it was a waste of time for me. And given how dead it was, a waste of time for most. As first-timers Laurinda, our Suite Stewardess, was more concierge and advisor than attendant. She really made sure we knew the ins and outs and didn’t miss anything onboard. All in all, what a great trip. Yes, the service was as described. The ship itself was OK. The onboard activities were so-so, but you don’t take this cruise for on-board activities. We certainly wouldn’t take our kids on Seabourn, but Seabourn isn’t designed for kids. When we take our next luxury cruise, it will be with Seabourn. Probably a different, larger, ship, but what a week. I’ll try to post my copies of the Herald on the Boards. I looked high and low in advance of the cruise to have some idea of what our days would look like and couldn’t find it, so I hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
As someone who loves to be pampered I choose the 6 star cruise lines as my preferred option whenever I can. We have cruised many times on the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony and have always been curious as to how they compare to ... Read More
As someone who loves to be pampered I choose the 6 star cruise lines as my preferred option whenever I can. We have cruised many times on the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony and have always been curious as to how they compare to Seabourn. This cruise in the Adriatic from Venice to Athens was our chance to try the Seabourn Ovation which is the newest in Seabourn's fleet having only been launched this year. What makes a 6 star ship? It is not the price of the cruise. It is of course the food, the accommodation, the entertainment and above all the service. So how has our experience so far compared to that on say the Crystal Serenity? I am comparing a Balcony cabin on the Serenity with the entry level cabin on the all-suite Ovation (which are similar in price). Food - Both have excellent food. Caviar is served on both but on Crystal it is served a couple of times a cruise on special dinners. On Seabourn it is served on special dinners but can also be ordered anytime. I like caviar so Seabourn wins in that department. The food on both is excellent. I cannot fault either. I like the different themes on Seabourn with a degustation menu inter spread with the regular menu on different days. I prefer the breakfast selections on Seabourn in the buffet but I prefer that there is an egg station on Crystal. Seabourn has its eggs made to order and then served at the table. Both lunch buffets are fine. The Serenity has a better burger grill and the fries are always hot. The Ovation is a bit hit and miss, but if you specify that you want it especially hot they will ensure that it is done. The Thomas Keller Grill restaurant is great on the Ovation and you can book in as many times as you like without extra cost. The specialty restaurants on the Serenity must also be booked but after eating in each twice per cruise then a small charge is made for additional visits. Having said that, the Silk Road Japanese restaurant on the Serenity is far superior to the Sushi restaurant on the Ovation which has mainly sashimi and sushi without the great hot food items that the Serenity also offers. Food - its a tie. The Accommodation - The Seabourn Ovation is new. The Crystal Serenity is clean and tidy but is of course not new. The staterooms on the Ovation are truly beautiful. they are wide, spacious and very ergonomically satisfying with more than ample closet and drawer space. Crystal is okay but cannot match Seabourn. The bathrooms on the Ovation are also very spacious with both a separate shower and bath. They are much bigger and much better. The beds and bedlinen on both ships are superb. They are as good as each other. The sitting area on the Ovation is much larger with a much better working table and a larger television. Accommodation - Seabourn Ovation is better The Entertainment - There are many aspects to entertainment which are not just the nightly shows in the theatres. There is the enrichment programs, the trivia and games programs, and there is musical entertainment. The Ovation has primarily three areas to hear music. There is the Club which features two bands that rotate, there is the Observation lounge which features a pianist and singer and there is the bar in the Thomas Keller Grill featuring a pianist. Crystal serenity has an area similar to the Observation lounge with a live band, it has an area midship also with a band playing dance music and it has a very cosy piano bar. In addition there is live music before and after dinner in the Crystal Cove bar area. For music Crystal is better. There are more choices and the piano bar is an especially fun place to listen to music after dinner if you don't want to go to the show. The enrichment programs on Crystal are also much more extensive with a variety of guest lecturers and a lot of teaching programs from golf lessons to computers. Crystal has an extensive library with a dedicated librarian. Seabourn has a much more modest selection of books. There is a movie theatre showing current movies in the afternoon and evenings on the Serenity but no movie theatre on the Ovation. There are also other quirky types of entertainment such as the magic performances put on for small groups at a time by a member of the Magic Castle. These shows get to be known by word of mouth and are not generally advertised on the Crystal serenity (or Symphony). Shows are shows and both ships have good and bad productions. Crystal being a bigger ship perhaps has more capacity to put on more extravagant productions but those that we have witnessed so far on the Ovation are pretty good too. Both ships have duplicate bridge and lessons, but because the Crystal Serenity is larger there are more participants on that ship. The area that is always of great fun for us is the trivia. Serenity has teams of no more that six while Ovation encourages up to ten per team. The host on the Ovation is the Cruise Director, Handré, and he is fantastic! The prizes on the Ovation are much better too. Hands down Ovation wins. Entertainment - overall the advantage is still to Crystal The Service - This is the big one. A ship cannot be considered six star if the service is poor. Neither has poor service, but one has got it much more right. On both ships the drinks are complimentary although special wines can be purchased for an additional price. I prefer Crystal here as they seem to have the concept that since the regular wines are complimentary, when you order and pay for a special wine it should not be at full mark up. The bartending and wait staff on Crystal are also much better at attending to customers. There is never a long wait to either order or to be served. Sadly, I cannot say that about the Ovation. On more than one occasion the table service was so slow that I had to go to the bar to order drinks myself. On two occasions because of being busy our drinks order was forgotten entirely. Sadly this is not six star service. I can only hope that it is because the ship is new and there are still some teething problems. I will say that management truly has a desire to improve. We have already been given a mid cruise survey which we filled out with helpful feedback and which again I must say was taken very seriously. Unfortunately, the waiters in the outlets likewise do not appear to have the same training as Crystal gives their staff. It is the little things like reaching across dishes to remove or place glasses, forgetting to bring condiments and having to be reminded. Also it is the either over or under attendance of the waitstaff who do not yet have the correct pacing to their service. The staff on both ships soon know your names and it is always pleasant to be recognised and appreciated. Both ships do that well. Summary - These comments of mine might seem a bit pedantic to you, my fellow cruisers, but i offer them because I believe that when you are paying for cabins on a six star ship in excess of a thousand dollars a night that the service, food, accommodation and entertainment should rightly be expected to be of a much higher standard than normal. I hope that this review is helpful. In summary, both ships and by extension both cruise lines are wonderful to cruise with, but for my money Crystal still holds the advantage. I know that both Seabourn and Crystal have their loyal followers so what say you? Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Previous experience with Seabourn. Out of the blue my son said could we go on a cruise together just the two of us? We chose This one with Seabourn.Everything went without a hitch. Seabourn made all the arrangements and everything went ... Read More
Previous experience with Seabourn. Out of the blue my son said could we go on a cruise together just the two of us? We chose This one with Seabourn.Everything went without a hitch. Seabourn made all the arrangements and everything went like clockwork. Everything promised was as stated. We could not fault the inclusive wines (excellent list - always ask to see what the choice is and have your favourites). No need to spend more on food and drink. All bars are free and food is always available if needed. Our cabin maid was a young Russian lady who proved to be excellent. She was studying to be a Marine engineer so she was very bright. The ship is small and very well equipped and presented. All the crew were faultless. Food was always excellent. My son liked the Thomas Keller grill best, but then he is a meat eater and I am not. We met some lovely people and made several new friends. Don't miss the quizzes they are great fun. Never be afraid to ask if you want something done. The cruise director and her assistant were very professional. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I (mid-fifties) had wanted to visit Venice for many years and thought a cruise that started in Venice would be the perfect way to see it as well as some other interesting places. We did two nights in Vencie pre-cruise in a ... Read More
My husband and I (mid-fifties) had wanted to visit Venice for many years and thought a cruise that started in Venice would be the perfect way to see it as well as some other interesting places. We did two nights in Vencie pre-cruise in a great hotel, the Palazzo del Giglio, easy to access from the Alilaguna water bus stop and near San Marco square. On our full day in Venice, we did a tour with the Roman Guy of San Marco, Rialto Bridge area and Doge's Palace, which I highly recommend. We splurged for a private taxi boat to the pier on embarkation day. Embarkation in Venice was long - not due to check in which was very quick, but due to where we were docked - it took getting on and off two shuttle buses. There were 7 ships in port that day so I am sure that was the main issue. We had booked a V1 guarantee and found out the week before we boarded that we had been assigned a handicap room on deck 8. The cabin was the biggest we have ever had on a cruise and was very nice, if quirky. The ship was beautiful, spacious and very well maintained. Dining was good - some restaurants had better service than others, but the quality of the food was always great. Best meal on the boat was in The Grill - excellent wine, steak, dessert and the service was exemplary! The entertainment that we experienced was always good, but we did not make every event. One of the fun things we experienced on board was watching two World Cup games with our fellow shipmates. That was a great opportunity to bond with fellow passengers and people watch! We ordered breakfast to our room twice - one was perfect, the other not so much. It was late and not complete. Four visits from the wait staff before we had it correct. Service overall was hit and miss - there were times finding a steward or waiter was more work than it should have been. There is a fine line between too pushy a bartender on ships where gratuities are added and having to go flag one down on a ship like Seabourn where gratuities are included in the fare. We had a massage in the beautiful spa which was very nice. We also worked out in the fitness center which was the nicest one I have seen on a ship. The ports were great and very different. We did one excursion through Seabourn that was absolutely first rate, the hydrofoil to Albania from Corfu to visit the Butrint ruins. We wanted to book a second one but waited too late and there were no spots available. In that port, Vodice, there was VERY little to do on your own so that was really the only disappointing port. A recommendation to Seabourn would be to anchor in Sibenik, as there seemed to be more to do there, or provide more spaces on the ship sponsored excursions. Another highlight port was Nydri, where we rented bikes and rode, then hiked, to the Nydri Waterfalls. A really fun on-your-own excursion - we felt like locals!! One tip for the port of Gythion – there is a lovely beach that the local advisor on board will suggest for a relaxing beach day but take a cab – she told us it was a safe 2 mile walk but it was anything but!! We survived to tell the tale but it was harrowing, and once out of the port area there was no flagging down a taxi. Disembarkation was very quick and smooth. We easily got a cab to our hotel in the Plaka, the Palladian House, a lovely old home on a beautiful square, and spent a lovely day and evening walking around Athens and drinking in the ambiance. Overall, it was a great vacation to a beautiful part of the world on a lovely ship. I give it 4 stars overall, my husband says 3.5 stars. His expectation was so high for the Seabourn brand, so while the trip was great, it fell short of his expectation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I just returned from 7-nights aboard the Seabourn Odyssey ship. We have been going on cruises for the past 20 years, and have been on virtually every cruise line. We started out in Venice, Italy and ended our trip in Athens, ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from 7-nights aboard the Seabourn Odyssey ship. We have been going on cruises for the past 20 years, and have been on virtually every cruise line. We started out in Venice, Italy and ended our trip in Athens, Greece. Our travel agent was wonderful and suggested that we go a few days early to enjoy Venice. We had a Seabourn agent meet us at the gate in Venice Italy airport, and escorted us to our private water taxi to our hotel. The hotel they recommended was pricey, but worth every cent-- the magnificent Bauer Palazzo. We enjoyed our time in Venice, and getting to the ship was also very easy due to the Seabourn touch!! Boarding was no problem, and we were always in the shade, in a small line, unlike other cruise lines. Our room was huge, and overall we were supremely impressed with all the fine details that Seabourn takes care of! You never felt crowded on this ship-- there are only 500 guests and all the common areas felt spacious. The main dining room was fabulous-- similar to the quality of most of the "extra fee" restaurants on the bigger ships. We dined in the Thomas Keller PRIME restaurant one evening, and it was magnificent!! If you want to have an extremely luxurious vacation- book it with Seabourn!! Also, I am on a gluten-free diet, and had plenty of options at every meal, plus I was impressed that the coffee bar even had fresh gluten-free danishes every day! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
After suffering two disastrous cruises with P&O over twenty years ago we vowed never to cruise again. However, having reached our fifties, we researched it again in a lot of detail, and we decided to give Seabourn a shot with a seven ... Read More
After suffering two disastrous cruises with P&O over twenty years ago we vowed never to cruise again. However, having reached our fifties, we researched it again in a lot of detail, and we decided to give Seabourn a shot with a seven day Venice-Athens run on the Odyssey in early September. In short, though expensive, it was the best holiday we have ever had...and we have already booked up again for next year. All the worries we had about cruises from previous trips - i.e. lack of space, poor food, bad maintenance, downmarket entertainment, compulsory black tie, enforced shared tables and chain smoking everywhere - dissolved within a day on the Odyssey. It's in sparkling condition. Nothing feels dated and even though the cruise was fully booked it felt very roomy. We'd booked an Owner's Suite up front as we wanted space to retreat to (we're quite private) and it had just been completely refurnished to a very high standard. It's now decorated in muted greys, beiges with champagne-coloured chair backs and a much better sofa than that shown on the current website. I wonder if it's the same furniture as used on the Encore? It was certainly very well appointed. It was all the private space we needed with an enormous verandah, so we had breakfast there most mornings. The new beds are INCREDIBLY comfy too and Kudzie, our Suite Stewardess, was an angel. More premium liquor provided than even I knew what to do with. On embarkation day we felt all our worries were coming true again. As it was Venice Film Festival, most private launches were reserved for celebs so there was difficulty in the agents finding boats and the Seabourn Transfer could only pick us up from our hotel at 3.15pm (ship sailed at 5.00pm)…which caused a lot of anxiety. Once onboard we had expected to be shown the room but weren't (is that normal?) and our room keys weren't working so that had to be fixed at Seabourn Square. We had a quick sandwich and egg roll there which tasted like they had been hanging around for days (caused a bit of tummy trouble that evening). On top of that, and a delayed sailing, it started thundering and lightening with heavy rain all evening. And the first destination was changed (without us receiving notice) from interesting-looking Sibenik to (boring) Vodice. Luckily that's all the bad news out of the way on day one. After that, everything was pretty much perfect! We were really impressed with the look and feel of the ship…modern, sparkling clean, luxurious without being over-fancy. But the service was just amazing. I've stayed at hundreds of five star hotels all over the world for business and pleasure, but the service on board was in a different league and does deserve that 'six star' accolade. Whilst all that stuff about everyone remembering your name didn't seem to work for us (it happened twice), who cares? Almost all the staff seemed engaged, committed and to really care. And apart from the initial hiccups, everything worked like clockwork. If only Seabourn were in government. All restaurants were good but our favourite was the Patio Grill. Great steaks and Mariej runs it like a military operation…but with charm! The Thomas Keller chicken night at the Colonnade is just as fantastic as people say it is. The Thomas Keller Grill is beautifully appointed but - as everyone notes - the food is bizarrely over-salted (and I love salt). The rib eye was a real great piece of meat though. Service there was too quick - we'd finished our meal within 45 mins. Having said that we'd go back again. We only went to the main Restaurant on the final night and liked the way ladies are escorted to table. We'll go there a lot more on our next trip on the Odyssey but wanted to keep this trip as informal as possible. Gabor at Seabourn Square bent over backwards to make sure people got the drinks they wanted and always with a smile. And yes, Caviar is available on tap and is pretty good too! Passengers were all age ranges but most were 50-80. Mostly US/Aus/NZ with some Brits. Good to see some LGBT couples and a get-together for them. Quite a lot of young people on board from Australia who didn't look like Seaboard regulars :-) as there was a group booking for a Daikin dealers' conference. I had been a bit worried about this in advance, but it was actually nice to have younger people on board really enjoying themselves. As we don't stay up late we never saw any entertainment in the Grand Salon nor did we visit the Club. We loved Seabourn Square, usually a nice quiet place to hang out and get a coffee. Tours were OK to good, but most of the time we liked the fact that (Vodice aside) we were visiting some pretty interesting destinations for strolling around. Disembarkation was a breeze but we were soon back to earth with a bang, twiddling our thumbs at Athens airport waiting for the flight home. All in all, the perfect holiday and we can't wait to get back on the Odyssey. It's great that the ship's excellent for people who want to socialise but just as good for those who want a quiet and interesting holiday in the lap of luxury. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Almost Perfection. Missing the laundromat, expanded sushi menu, longer swimming pool or endless pool to swim laps, and more than one night at the TK grill. Colonnade was an improvement over their smaller ships, the retreat was not ... Read More
Almost Perfection. Missing the laundromat, expanded sushi menu, longer swimming pool or endless pool to swim laps, and more than one night at the TK grill. Colonnade was an improvement over their smaller ships, the retreat was not utilized, Food was the best ever on any other ships (crystal, Celebrity, Cunard, Princess, Holland America, Windstar). Ship was spotless, service was flawless, Ports were great, tender service was a bit slow due to some long tender runs. Larger fitness area with more equipment was perfect. The ship is beautiful, morning coffee and pastries in the observation lounge for early risers was greatly appreciated. Now if they only could control the weather........ it was unusually hot 105-110F during the cruise which wiped you out after shore excursions, The pools were more like dunking spots filled with passengers after the excursions. AC in the ship worked great and provided relief from the heat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We booked Seabourn's 7 Day Cruise on board the Odyssey from Venice to Athens and could not be more pleased by the experience. While nothing is perfect, and there were some bumps along the way, this was by far the best cruise ... Read More
We booked Seabourn's 7 Day Cruise on board the Odyssey from Venice to Athens and could not be more pleased by the experience. While nothing is perfect, and there were some bumps along the way, this was by far the best cruise experience I had and plan on taking more Seabourn cruises in the future. We arrived in Venice, Italy one night before embarkation. While we did have about a day to explore the city, in hindsight I would had liked one more day. We stayed at the Splendid Hotel in Venice which was a great location to see a lot of attractions in the heart of Venice. The hotel was great and our room was much bigger than expected. If you do stay here I highly recommend taking a water taxi directly to and from the hotel if you have a lot of luggage. We did have trouble with embarkation. It started when we asked the hotel about the best way to get the port. They recommended a private water taxi for $100 Euro. They also told us we could take the water ferry from the Rialto Bridge for $15 euro per person. We cheaped out and that was a mistake. We asked the hotel which stop to get off and they said Tronchetto. We asked the people on the ferry and they said the same, which would have been correct if the ship was at the main terminal. But since the port was so busy that day, the Odessey was at the San Basillio terminal, which is a much different ferry stop. So after a lot of walking, some panic and a $20 euro taxi ride around the port, we got to the right place. Problem was it was late, a little after 4:00pm, and the Italians inside the terminal said the boarding process was now closed. After some more panic, and a lot of back and forth in English and Italian, they reluctantly let us on board where we started the check in process. It was a very tense hour and at one point we felt like we might actually miss the boat. But in the end we got on and the Seabourn staff were very welcoming. Once we were checked in we immediately went to the mandatory safety meeting with the rest of the passengers in the main restaurant. It was there I realized that we were on a much smaller cruise. All 400+ passengers were there for the safety meeting. Once the meeting was over (about 15 minutes) we were allowed to go to our room. Our room was great. Much bigger than some hotels I have stayed in Europe, New York or San Francisco. About five minutes after we got into our room, our stewardess came and greeted us with gifts. It was a really nice touch and made us felt welcomed. About five minutes after that, the ship’s on board guest services called to ask us about the embarkation. We told them what happened and they apologized. That night we sat in the observation bar and watched the ship leave the beautiful city of Venice. Then we went to the main restaurant for dinner and had amazing steaks. I found the food at all of the restaurants on the ship great. We had dinner at all three during the course of the cruise. The main restaurant had a solid menu. The colonnade had different themes every night. And Restaurant 2 is defiantly worth a visit or two. We had lunch many days at the Patio Grill, which was very good. We hit the colonnade only twice for breakfast, but both times were good with a very large selection of breakfast items. I liked that you could hit the buffet or order items like eggs and pancakes to order. It might sound strange but I prefer to order my scrambled eggs fresh versus getting them from the buffet line. On our first full day on board we took a tour of the galley with the head chef. He was great and showed us where most all of the meals were cooked. He talked at length about the process they go through to insure the quality of the food. He even told us they fly all the meat served on board from the US to make sure the quality of the meat is the highest possible. The head chef also told us they do source seafood from local vendors at some of the ports they visit. What was also impressive is that the ship bakes all the bread and pastries daily on board, only bringing in gluten free products from the outside. What we really took advantage of was the room service. We had breakfast in the room five of the days during the cruise. The night before we would fill out a card and leave it on the door before we went to sleep and the next morning the waiters were there with everything we had ordered. We even tried to stump them a few times with special orders, but they handled it flawlessly. I will say they were prompt. While the card gave 15 minute time frames for delivery, they were they a minute after the initial time. For instance the first day I asked for 7:00am to 7:15am. They were there at 7:01am, I had not even gotten out of bed yet. Every time we ordered that was the result. It was great. We also ordered room service after a late night of drinking and dancing. I ordered a cheeseburger at 1:30am. I swear I had just hung up the phone and a waiter was there with a perfectly cooked cheeseburger. It was impressive. As far as the alcohol and wine served on board, it is all top notch. They have a wide selection of beer and hard alcohol. The wine served at dinner was better than most restaurants. There are some premium wines and alcohol you can purchase, but honestly the regular selection is so good you really don’t have to spend extra money. The pool area is not the biggest, but it is nice. So is the spa. I had a wonderful couples massage with a ritual bath after. The bath is outside in a private area that overlooks the sea. The Spa also has nice steam rooms and saunas to use after your treatment. I did not use the gym, but I did stop by. It is not very big, but it had a nice selection of equipment. They also offer different classes like stretching, yoga and palliates (free of charge) in both the morning and in the late afternoon. The entertainment on board was OK. The shows were entertaining, but not spectacular. The best was probably the magician, who performed twice, each show was different. The club was OK, not too wild or crazy. The casino is small with only roulette, black jack, three card poker and some slot machines. One pro tip, You can take your winnings to Seabourn square (the reception area) and put your winnings (if you have any) towards your bill. I did not know that and cashed out at the casino receiving U.S. dollars. We didn’t really participate in any of the other activities so I cannot comment on them. I will say the passengers on board were mostly adults, and most were of the retirement age. That’s not to say it was filled with retirees, but there were not a lot of families with children which was nice. Given the quality of the service and the time of year we traveled it was not a cruise for families. The cruise went from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece. Our first stop was Primosten, Croatia. We didn’t book an excursion and spent half the day walking around the small island. After a drink we opted to head back to the boat and spend the afternoon at the pool. It was truly relaxing. Day two took us to Dubrovnik, Croatia. We booked our own tour online and took the shuttle bus from the port to the old city. Once there we went on a Game of Thrones tour which was great. If you’re a fan of the show I highly recommend it. Unfortunately it started to rain very hard so after the tour we returned to the ship and did not get to spend a lot of time in the old city. Day three we went to Corfu. Once again we skipped the cruise excursions. We rented a car right at the cruise terminal from Hertz and drove around the island. It was a lot of fun and we got to see a couple of the villages and beaches around the island. We ended the day walking around the Old Town Corfu. Day four was Nydri. We had an excursion booked, but it was canceled due to weather. I will say out of all the ports, Nydri was our least favorite. While we did get off the boat, I would of rather spent the entire day on the ship. Day five was Olympia. That day we took the Seabourn excursion “Best of Olympia” tour. It was really wonderful and our guide was engaging and informative. We went to the birth place of the Olympics and to two museums to see some of the artifacts found at the site. The tour included a delicious traditional Greek lunch at a lovely restaurant just outside of the new city of Olympia. Then we had about a half hour to walk around and see the new city. Day six was probably the biggest surprise, Monemvasia, Greece. Words cannot express how amazing and beautiful this small town really is. We had originally thought we would spend about two hours in the town and head back to the boat. We ended up spending almost the entire day exploring the town including a challenging climb to the top. It was a breath taking view on a sunny day. We had lunch in the old city which was quite good. My only regret about that day was not taking a bathing suit and towel for a swim in the Aegean Sea. Our last stop was Athens. This is where our time on the ship came to an end. Disembarkation was a breeze. We had a transfer to our hotel arraigned by the Seabourn staff. It was simple and fast. It could not be better. Athens is amazing. We only spent a day there, but could have easily spent three. Seabourn is not cheap, but you really get what you pay for. The nice part of the cruise was pretty much everything was included, our bill at the end was minimal. There was no extra charge for all of the alcohol, room service and coffee bar stops. Overall the service of the staff was top notch and I would highly recommend taking a Seabourn cruise. I plan to make my next cruise on Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose Seabourn after reading reviews here, so we want to help others make their choices. This was only our fifth cruise, but first one on the Seabourn. After three weeks on this ship we will only travel with Seabourn in the future. ... Read More
We chose Seabourn after reading reviews here, so we want to help others make their choices. This was only our fifth cruise, but first one on the Seabourn. After three weeks on this ship we will only travel with Seabourn in the future. Staff, food, service, suite, and public spaces were outstanding. Every request we made they answered with a smile and exceeded out expectations. When we dined in-suite, room service brought the food in individual courses and served us as if we were in a top restaurant. All breads, desserts, rolls were made in the galley. In fact, the ship made and served 1,800 bread sticks a day. If you wanted something fixed a certain way, they would do it for you. Even the non-charged wine was surprisingly high quality, which is unusual for "free" wine. Because we were so active during the day, we never made it to the evening entertainments. We did, however, go to events during the day that were excellent. No bingo, but many other things to do. We had all age ranges of guests from multiple countries, so English was spoken in a variety of accents, which gave this ship an international feel. Young and old were all treated with respect and concern for our safety. So, what was not 100% perfect about our cruise? Only two things need to be addressed. First, they had an inadequate internet server when everyone was on the ship using the wireless at the same time. We couldn't log on, got kicked off, or watched slow downloading. Of course, at 2:00 AM, my iPad worked beautifully. Second issue was the coffee. After having fabulous coffees in the towns, our coffee on the ship was bitter, including the coffee at the coffee bar in The Square (of course, the coffee here was better than what we had with breakfast, but not the same quality as the cafes on land).With all the outstanding food and beverages, the cruise company should now focus on bringing their coffee up to the same high standards. In six months, we will be sailing on the Quest and know that the basic guest philosophy and demanding level of quality will also be a part of this ship. From our experience, you will never find a better ship or value for your money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship totally. They did nothing ... Read More
From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship totally. They did nothing wrong and were indeed charming but going forward we will avoid school holidays for our cruising. The food was really lovely, the service was A1 and the ship immaculate. The entertainers were top notch but were challenged by rather esoteric (for us!) material and to be honest we didn't really like the shows. This was a shame as when they did the sail away from Venice they were amazing and we had high hopes. They sang like angels but we just didn't know many of the songs. Note the informal dress code (or whatever it used to be called) had disappeared and it was formal for two nights in the 14 and elegant casual the remainder which meant that we carried two jackets unnecessarily. Main complaint. We don't like the Colonnade for breakfast (actually at all - the only place Silversea beats Seabourn for us is La Terrazza) . It is too busy and the seating is odd with very limited places for two and odd stalls where you can sit en masse - not for us. We think the main dining room should be open as it was on previous cruises for a tranquil breakfast and lunch. The much hyped complimentary trip to Ephesus for a classical concert was also disappointing. Firstly the venue requires some mighty music (and indeed would be a great place to use some of the wonderful classical singers on board) but instead we were treated to lovely but delicate chamber music (named for a reason) which felt simply wrong. Then we were bitten alive by horrible mosquitoes (or similar). Seemingly this is a known evil and there was meant to be spray on the table. I didn't see it and nearly a week later my ankles are still a mess. I should say we were at the back and most people we spoke to found this a lovely experience - maybe just us! We were on the 10th floor and for the first time were very conscious of noise from the Observation Bar to the point of just being about to complain when it stopped. Week one no issues but week two the pianist seemed to be louder and one night started a singalong which was totally inappropriate given the proximity of cabins to the venue. I've just read this back and this review sounds negative which is not the intention. We paid our deposit and will be back on Seabourn soon as it is totally our favourite cruise line (as it was with most cruisers on board). The criticisms are intended to be totally constructive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' (my collective noun) of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship ... Read More
From Venice to Athens the cruise was heaven. A 'delight' (my collective noun) of middle aged folks enjoying themselves. From Athens to Istanbul we were joined by some family groups who changed the atmosphere on the ship totally. They did nothing wrong and were indeed charming but going forward we will avoid school holidays for our cruising. The food was really lovely, the service was A1 and the ship immaculate. The entertainers were top notch but were challenged by rather esoteric (for us!) material and to be honest we didn't really like the shows. This was a shame as when they did the sail away from Venice they were amazing and we had high hopes. Note the informal dress code (or whatever it used to be called) had disappeared and it was formal for two nights in the 14 and elegant casual the remainder which meant that we carried two jackets unnecessarily. Main complaint. We don't like the Colonnade for breakfast (actually at all - the only place Silversea beats Seabourn for us is La Terrazza) . It is too busy and the seating is odd with very limited places for two and odd stalls where you can sit en masse - not for us. We think the main dining room should be open as it was on previous cruises for a tranquil breakfast and lunch. The much hyped complimentary trip to Ephesus for a classical concert was also disappointing. Firstly the venue requires some mighty music (and indeed a great place to use some of the wonderful classical singers on board) but instead we were treated to lovely but delicate chamber music (named for a reason) which felt simply wrong. Then we were bitten alive by horrible mosquitoes (or similar). Seemingly this is a known evil and there was meant to be spray on the table. I didn't see it and nearly a week later my ankles are still a mess. I should say we were at the back and most people we spoke to found this a lovely experience - maybe just us! We were on the 10th floor and for the first time were very conscious of noise from the Observation Bar to the point of just being about to complain when it stopped. Week one no issues but week two the pianist seemed to be louder and one night started a singalong which was totally inappropriate given the proximity of cabins to the venue. I've just read this back and this review sounds negative which is not the intention. We paid our deposit and will be back on Seabourn soon as it is totally our favourite cruise line (as it was with most cruisers on board). The criticisms are intended to be totally constructive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just got home from our first Seabourn cruise and it won't be our last. We sailed on the Odyssey from Venice to Istanbul, 14 days. The staff was friendly and the service was great. The food was delicious and way too plentiful. The ... Read More
Just got home from our first Seabourn cruise and it won't be our last. We sailed on the Odyssey from Venice to Istanbul, 14 days. The staff was friendly and the service was great. The food was delicious and way too plentiful. The wines were good but the mixed drinks were just average. We enjoyed this itinerary it was very port intensive. We did make good use of our time and were almost always back to the ship by 2P.M. ate lunch and then either worked out or relaxed. As with anything you get what you pay for and although Seabourn was expensive we felt we got our money's worth. We do not cruise a lot but are now hooked on all inclusive luxury cruising. We look forward to cruising with Seabourn again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My wife and I were on the Venice to Athens portion of the cruise, our first on Seabourn. It was a magnificent experience in most facets (attentive, prompt and anticipatory service, innovative cuisine, and wonderful suite). The only ... Read More
My wife and I were on the Venice to Athens portion of the cruise, our first on Seabourn. It was a magnificent experience in most facets (attentive, prompt and anticipatory service, innovative cuisine, and wonderful suite). The only downsides were a horribly long check-in process at the terminal, notwithstanding having done expedited check in on line weeks before, and a computer software issue with electronic keys to the suites that had numerous passengers lined up in the hallway leading to the business office to obtain new keys to gain entry to their suites prior to embarkation, which delayed Seabourn should have handled this for the guests, rather than placing the burden on the guest, delaying unpacking, and causing us to rush before sailaway. These events were not a good start to the cruise, and my wife and I looked at each other, both silently wondering if we had made a mistake booking Seabourn. But thereafter, all went exceedingly well throughout the cruise and during disembarkation. We are sold on Seabourn , cannot wait for our next cruise with them, and highly recommend cruising with Seabourn for a sophisticated and caring cruising experience. We have only one suggestion. A formal night (black tie) on a seven day cruise is a packing burden for clothes and accessories that will be worn only once. While black tie is not mandatory, it is suggested, and we complied. But we would prefer that it be limited to one night on cruises of ten days or more. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
SEABOURN ODYSSEY CRUISE 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2014. This was to be our sixth cruise with Seabourn; we have done two each on all of the three BIG Sisters, Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. We flew to Venice to join the ship, and stayed overnight in ... Read More
SEABOURN ODYSSEY CRUISE 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2014. This was to be our sixth cruise with Seabourn; we have done two each on all of the three BIG Sisters, Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. We flew to Venice to join the ship, and stayed overnight in Venice before embarking on our cruise. We arrived at the dock at 1230pm and were soon on board, the check in facility again was very smooth, with no queues. We were then shown up to the Colonnade for lunch. We were told that our suites would be ready for occupation by 2pm. As we approached the Colonnade we saw a familiar face, that of Antonio Carillo, we could not believe that this man remembered us by name, and throughout the cruise he addressed most people by their names. The staff including Antonio were exceptional, nothing seems too much trouble. My only comment would be that at lunch time they serve too much fish and not enough cold cuts, as starters. Overall the food was very good. At 2pm it was announced that our suite were ready, we arrived at our suite and our cases were already on the bed ready for unpacking. We were soon unpacked and ready for the Emergency Drill which takes place in the Restaurant. This done, it was time for Sail a way, which being Venice is very spectacular down the Grand Canal. It was the day before George Clooney’s wedding and the paparazzi were out in full force. Our Itinerary was as follows. Sibenik Croatia Kotor Montenegro Corfu Greece Simi Cephalonia Gythion Greece Rethymnon Crete Piraeus Greece. We have not visited some of the locations we sailed to, and we particularly liked Sibenik, Simi, and Rethymnon. We had fabulous weather from the time we left Venice to arriving in Piraeus. Observations of the Ship and Dining Options. We felt that Seabourn had again come up to the mark, we were on Sojourn in November 2013, and felt that standards were not as good, as this cruise. Staff seemed to gel better, whether they were more experienced in their rolls we do not know. We did not use Restaurant 2 as it is not to our liking, we did use the Colonnade twice for dinner, but again both evenings it was Buffet service, so somewhat of a disappointment. The Main Dining Room we felt was excellent, unlike others who have commented on this cruise, we felt that there were no problems with having a table for 2, or being asked to join a table to make up a 4 or 6. We again were invited to hosted tables on more than one occasion. The main dining room was never open for either breakfast or lunch, so the only choice was the Colonnade for breakfast, or Patio Grill, and the Colonnade, for Lunch. We found that we had no problem getting a table even though the ship was reported to be full. We were also fortunate to have a Marina Day, which was a little disorganised, in that the booking system to participate did not work, but overall we had a great afternoon and were able to use most of the facilities. Our thanks must go out to the staff, from the Maitre’d, Restaurant staff in Colonnade and MDR, also the stewardess, who again did a sterling job. Entertainment. This is where we were a little disappointed, they only had two shows with the singers and dancers, in the second show they did not use the dancers at all. We were told afterwards that the cast had been changed over for our cruise so they were all very busy rehearsing and it felt that they had not the same rapport with the clients on board . The guitarist in the Club though was very good. The Cruise Director, John Howell, was very visible around the ship, and seemed to run a tight operation. Conclusion. The ship is still in excellent condition and overall maintenance was good, Seabourn seems to be keeping their standards up and we did not notice anything amiss. The only small thing they have reduced is the welcome onboard soaps, but this is a small thing, also the fruit in the suite is not a plentiful , but I am sure if one asked for more it would be provided. My other small niggle, is the same as all our other cruises, food is served Warm, instead of HOT, even after making the request for hot plates and food. I do appreciate the fact that they are serving many people, but I heard quite a few comments about the temperature of the food served, something I think Seabourn should be aware of. So after our sixth cruise with Seabourn, we have no hesitation in booking another cruise with them, in fact we have already a Future Cruise Credit in place.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
The Seabourn Odyssey is a beautiful ship. Almost all aspects of the cruise from Venice to Athens were faultless. The suite was delightful and well maintained by the stewardess/housekeeper. The food was absolutely outstanding in all the ... Read More
The Seabourn Odyssey is a beautiful ship. Almost all aspects of the cruise from Venice to Athens were faultless. The suite was delightful and well maintained by the stewardess/housekeeper. The food was absolutely outstanding in all the restaurant outlets. Although the ship was full, there was never a problem finding a seat whether on the deck or in the public rooms. I would recommend it without reservation. The only criticism I would level relates to the internet and wifi facilities. They were consistently slow or very slow. I understand that there are technical reasons for this which may be outside Seabourn's control, but the price charged for internet usage is very expensive. A week's package was $249 with daily charges being proportionately higher. Not at all good value for money given the poor service provided. That, however, is my only criticism of what was otherwise a lovely experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
my husband and i took a seabourn cruise for our 20th anniversary. we had never cruised on a small ship, but did many family cruises on celebrity, princess and cunard. we decided after this cruise, that you cannot call a trip like this ... Read More
my husband and i took a seabourn cruise for our 20th anniversary. we had never cruised on a small ship, but did many family cruises on celebrity, princess and cunard. we decided after this cruise, that you cannot call a trip like this cruising, it is called yachting. the ship is the perfect size, 450 guests, with ample space for everyone whether on the pool deck or dining. it all just works! the staff cannot do enough for you. they go above and beyond anticipating your needs. i loved the fact that all food and beverages (with VERY few exceptions) were included. they do not nickel and dime you. the staff does not expect tips. they are all just there to make you happy! we were in a cat V2 suite with a verandah on deck 5. it was the most spacious suite i have ever been in with the most closet space ever! my husband is an over packer and he found space for everything. the one drawback to our suite is that the verandah has a white wall, it is not glass, so you couldn't see through it if you were sitting down. not really a huge issue for me, but my husband did say, the next time we get a glass balcony. embarkation was a little bit of a hassle because there was a festival in venice, so the ship was docked 20 minutes away, so we had to take a shuttle bus from the pier to the ship. too bad we couldn't cruise out of venice, i am sure it would have been a little more scenic. we travelled from venice to athens and the ports were nice, mostly small and quiet (not overrun with tourists), which is nice. saw some of the local culture and sights just from walking off the ship. all of the ports we went to are ones i will most likely never be back to, so it was a good way to see them. I will say, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous in this part of the world. for us, it is not as much about the ports as the ship experience. food was incredible! breakfast, lunch and dinners were amazing. the wine pairings were always spectacular. loved the caviar party on the pool deck in the afternoon, definitely memorable. the guests on the ship were very international, mostly european, some americans, some south americans, australians, etc. everyone was very friendly and open to chatting. the nighttime entertainment was fun, nothing too grand, but enough to entertain you for a little while until we went to the casino and club. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We boarded the ship in Venice. Beautiful ship. Our first Seabourn cruise. We got the 'guaranty' verandah cabin and ended up next to the elevators, stairwell, which turned out to be no big deal. Very quiet! The cabin stewardess ... Read More
We boarded the ship in Venice. Beautiful ship. Our first Seabourn cruise. We got the 'guaranty' verandah cabin and ended up next to the elevators, stairwell, which turned out to be no big deal. Very quiet! The cabin stewardess introduced herself and then we never saw her again. Evidently she became ill and had to leave the ship. Our only complaint of housekeeping was that we never had our bed linens changed during the entire week. The service was amazing. Caviar and champagne delivered to our suite every afternoon at no charge. This was my 40th cruise and I have to say it was the best in terms of service and culinary. Our ports all started to look the same (Greek isles) however Seabourn made sure that we were safe at all times. Not much in the way of evening entertainment or daytime activities, however we were never bored. Our transfers to Athens airport at the end of the cruise were smooth. Seabourn definitely looks after their clientele. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Embarkation: We departed from Venice. There was really no difficulty whatsoever. We arrived at the ship about 330 so our room was already ready for us and we went straight there. My wife immediately noted a strong smell of smoke. It was ... Read More
Embarkation: We departed from Venice. There was really no difficulty whatsoever. We arrived at the ship about 330 so our room was already ready for us and we went straight there. My wife immediately noted a strong smell of smoke. It was clearly worse in some parts of the ship than others. It's also worth noting that the world cruise disembarked right before us. Our cabin steward immediately addressed the smell in and around our room, and I don't really think I noticed the remainder of the cruise (at least around our cabin). The ship itself is elegant and understated. I really liked the style and design and thought the size was perfect. The gym was a little on the small side and poorly ventilated but had excellent equipment. Spa was very nice as were the staff there. There was a fair amount of vibration. We were all the way forward on the port side so that may have had something to do with it. It did interfere with my sleep a little bit, but I was able to eventually get used to it. To quantify the amount, you could clearly see ripples in a glass of water sitting on a table almost constantly. All in all, I think it's a pretty good sign that you're on an excellent ship when you cherish the days at sea. Room: We enjoyed a penthouse suite on deck 9 (category PH). This was easily the nicest, most spacious room of any cruise we have been on. It was very nice to have a partitioned area for the bedroom so if one had the TV on you could close the door and get some sleep. The closet space was abundant as were storage cabins. We never did fill them all. The bathroom was very large as well. We had a total of three sinks and had a large shower and separate jacuzzi bath tub. They gave us samples of several different soaps to try which we never completely used up. The bed and linens are extraordinarily comfortable. The couch was fair but a little awkward if you wanted to try and lie down on it. The entertainment system was outstanding. We had a large flat screen tv in the living area and a smaller one in the bedroom. Their list of free movies is vast and up to date. Their TV listings are a little skimpy. Only news channels were available for the most part - MSNBC, fox, BBC, etc. No CNN, no ESPN, no major american networks. The biggest complaint I have about the TV system is both TV's use the same remote frequency. If you turned one TV the other often came on as did any change in volume or channel. The only way to avoid this was to close the curtain to the bedroom so that the IR signal wouldn't be seen through the partition. This is an easy fix they should correct with a separate remote frequency for each TV. The internet service was by and large pretty good for a ship. We bought the unlimited package. The downside was you could only have one device connected at a time so if you wanted your computer connected you had to disconnect your phone, ipad, etc. We did set up internet sharing via bluetooth on my macbook so that the computer and one mobile device could stay online at the same time. That being said, I can understand the reason for trying to limit the number of connected devices at any one time on the ship. Food: By and large I would describe the food as good to very good. This has to be taken into context of a cruise ship environment. There are certain things they simply cannot due to the lack of an immediately available selection of perishable food products. I think it would be hard to say the food was superior to our previous cruise experiences on Silversea or Crystal but it certainly didn't lack in comparison. Seabourn seemed to be particularly good at beef items and their Nigerian shrimp are certainly worth a second helping. The pizza was poor, but we were spoiled by our Italian ports. We did find the availability of the restaurants a little bit narrow as often times a restaurant would only be open for an hour and a half. We were very disappointed one evening when they ran out of beautiful appearing steaks on their chop house night at the grill. One of the assistant chefs did come out and apologize to us as I was clearly a spoiled, pouty passenger at that point. (You do get a little spoiled and entitled on these cruises, but I guess that's part of the fun). Room service was good and timely but they did offer some resistance if even simple requests were not available on the main menu. I also felt their caviar and shrimp cocktail offerings were a little scant when compared to Crystal. It's also a little disappointing that they will only bring champagne by the glass. We only ate in the dining room once for dinner and a couple of times for lunch. The lunches there were actually very nice with us having almost the entire dining room to ourselves. Food tastes just a little bit better when presented in the dining room. The one dinner we attended was formal night, and it was chaotic, but the food and service was still very good. We ate in the colonnade several nights and most mornings for breakfast. The buffets were very good with a vast selection of fruit, cheeses, and both American and European breakfast options. Seabourn square was a nice place to quickly grab a cup of coffee and light pastry. Fellow Passengers: Our fellow passengers were for the most part a very pleasant, polite bunch. We were considerably younger than just about everyone on board. We are in our early 40's. The average age was probably early 70's. Most passengers were American with a large contingent of Australian and British passengers. There was only one child (an infant) that I saw the entire cruise. Because of our age, there were several humorous incidents where fellow passengers thought I was staff. I played along with it and complied with the requests that were handed to me. The Staff: I would say this is where Seabourn probably stands out over Crystal and Silversea. This was an amazing collection of intelligent, hard working, gifted individuals. However they are trained in customer service needs to be copied by many other companies. The only organization I have seen that comes close to this level is the Four Seasons. Our cabin steward was especially outstanding (Maria from Portugal). She always had a smile on her face and bent over backwards to make sure everything was to our liking. I only wish we could have taken her home with us. I also want to point out the outstanding staff at the grill where we ate regularly. They made a point to get to know us and our preferences from day one. I didn't interact with the officers of the ship other than the fact that our cabin was right next door to the bridge. I did appreciate the paucity of their onboard announcements. The Entertainment: There wasn't much of it, but I really didn't care. I enjoyed the lectures by Michael Teitelbaum and ventured to the casino a few times, but I was there to relax and hopefully get bored (yes bored) before returning to the grind of daily work and life. We mostly enjoyed lounging in our room and catching up on movie or hanging out on our balcony. Shore Excursions: I would almost uniformly recommend booking these be done on your own. Our virtuoso agent set up several for us that were outstanding and at about half the cost of what Seabourn offered. The port selections were very nice. I could have done without Crotone or Ancona, Italy but LeLavandou was a very pleasant surprise. It's very nice to dock at a port that is not accustomed to large throngs of cruise ship passengers. This place was so unfrequented by cruise ship passengers that almost no one knew how to swipe an American credit card. In Corfu, I played golf and took a cab for a total of about 200 Euros. Seabourn had quoted me around 1000 E for them to make the arrangements. Debarkation: This was a breeze. We used luggage forward (they did a very good job) so all we had to do was hang onto our carry on luggage and exit the ship from our room at 9AM. Our tour guide was waiting for us right off the ship and we left from there. Our bags actually arrived in the US only one day after we did (2 days after debarkation). Conclusions: We will definitely be back. Would we choose this line over Crystal or Silversea? I would say the itinerary would probably be the biggest determining factor but if that was kept equal, I would opt for Seabourn over Silversea with Crystal coming in at third. We simply prefer the smaller, quieter ship experience and the outstanding level of service provided by Seabourn. Lastly, I believe the cost of these cruises is actually a bargain. When you consider all the add on costs in the mainstream lines, I'm not sure we didn't pay less for a superior experience on Seabourn. The value is tremendous. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
First, I would like to say that we had a lovely time on the Seabourn Quest and will be returning for another cruise. There are a couple things worth mentioning that hopefully will be corrected by Seabourn.1- We selected a Veranda suite ... Read More
First, I would like to say that we had a lovely time on the Seabourn Quest and will be returning for another cruise. There are a couple things worth mentioning that hopefully will be corrected by Seabourn.1- We selected a Veranda suite because we wanted to enjoy the use of a private balcony. I'm sorry to say that we weren't able to use ours because of the heavy ciggy smoke coming up to ours from below and our neighbor to our side at least four times. I told the Director of Guest Services, Allister about our problem. He told me that Seabourn is not a no smoking ship, and that people are allowed to smoke in their rooms as well as the balcony; Seabourn is looking into how to satisfy everyone. He also noted how costly it was to Seabourn when a guest smokes in their room as the room as has to be completely made so it's odor free for the next in coming guests. He also noted that Carnival tried to have a non-smoking ship but it was discontinued because it was unsuccessful. 2- Someone forgot to tell our travel agent and some of the crew on board that a bottle of Champagne can no longer be part of room service or part of our normal stocked item without charging. Of course, ordering it by glass is now fine. It seems that Seabourn just changed the rule due to some unruly passengers taking bottles with them off shore. Well... In my opinion, a couple of bad apples shouldn't ruin it for others. We simply loved staying in and I'm a bubbly person. Perhaps they should check what's in your bag when going offshore and go back to stocking to your personal taste as advertised! It's weird that that don't mind giving you a full bottle of vodka!3- Fitness Center- One section of the fitness center was almost always closed due to a personal trainer given his private or semi private sessions. I use the equipment located in that section at home as was thrilled to see it on the Quest. I also, loved the area to stretch, use the bonzu ball, form roller, etc. Unfortunately, I was either asked to leave, warned that I would need to leave or the door was locked with the trainer and his client(s) doing their thing! I belong to a very upscale gym and all the trainers and their clients has to share spaces with all of the clients.4- Disembarking- We were a bit confused as we specially wrote down that we had arranged for our own transportation and would need to disembark as soon as possible and still received the red tags with the confusing paper the night before. I called guest services and she said that we still need to leave our luggage outside of the door the night before even if we need to be out prior to 8:00 am. She was wrong! We ended up waiting for luggage for well over an hour; it was a tense ride to the airport for an International flight! Guest Services should not have given the wrong information, but even more so, why ask two or three nights prior to arriving to fill out a form that asks you all these things and still be given red tags when you don't need them?? We will know next time to just call to have someone pick up our luggage when we are ready to depart or just take them with us.Again, we had a lovely time: Our room was spacious, the food was very good. Petra our room attendant and Jessica at the Observation Bar were just wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We are a well travelled couple (mainly cruises). We love to dance, explore and relax. We have sailed on the Odyssey before and we decided to do 4 back to back segments that included many Greek Islands, Turkey and Croatia. We were in port ... Read More
We are a well travelled couple (mainly cruises). We love to dance, explore and relax. We have sailed on the Odyssey before and we decided to do 4 back to back segments that included many Greek Islands, Turkey and Croatia. We were in port every day. Embarkation in Venice was easy. We had stayed in Maestre(a suburb so we could avoid the water taxi as we had much luggage) for one night but went into Venice for the day. Once we were on the ship we were greeted and told to have lunch in the Colonnade and then our suite would be ready. Everything went smoothly. When we got to the suite our luggage followed within 1/2 hour. There was champagne and fruit greeting us. Our cabin stewardess, Martine, was exceptional. Ship The Odyssey was filled (450 passengers) each leg of our cruise. The ship accommodated everyones needs. The decor, cuisine and staff were top notch. Always someone was there to say hello and after several days everyone knew our names. Cabin was very large with a huge bathroom (separate tub and shower)with excellent lotions, shampoos,etc. Balcony had a lounge and 2 chairs and nice size round table. We enjoyed sitting out on it every day as the weather was unbelievable. Sunny mild days. There were very few ship's activities except for a port lecturer who was extremely knowledgeable about the history and especially the archeology that was so important in this part of the world. Since we were in port every day activities were not important. One could always get a lounge at the pool and since it was cool the ship's four whirlpool tubs were busy. Service at the pool was excellent. Waiters kept bringing around specialty drinks or anything else one desired. Fridays found sail away at the pool with Maloissa caviar and blinis served by the chef and Food and Beverage manager. Restaurants There are 4 restaurants. The Restaurant (main dining room), Restaurant 2 (reservation only)which offered a seven course tasting menu that changed every week. The chef could win Iron Chef! Also the Colonnade: buffet and table service for 3 meals per day, and the Patio Grill at the pool: also buffet,freshly made pizza and service at the table but steaks and shrimp and lamb chops etc. at night. Home made gelato was available from 12:30 to the end of dinnertime. There were galley tours and shopping with the chef. At many of the ports our chef, Rafael, would take a few people to shop for fresh fish and produce and then create masterpieces with the purchases at meals the next day. Port and Shore Excursions We only took a few as we had pre-booked some private tours. The ship's excursions were fine. Just walking into the small ports and around the seashore was so wonderful. There were always free shuttles. Entertainment Shows were not until 10 PM and this being such a port intensive cruise, we were usually too tired to go. There was an excellent magician and a classical piano player extraordinaire. The dancers and singers were very talented. The cruise director and his assistant were very experienced, entertaining and able. The Captains (they changed after 2 weeks) were funny and personable. All in all Seabourn is our favorite ship and we will be on the Sojourn in 2014! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We took this cruise principally because of the itinerary,and for the curiosity of trying a line other than Silversea. In my past reviews of Silversea cruises I approached my views as a hotel owner ( Relais& Chateau)which resulted in ... Read More
We took this cruise principally because of the itinerary,and for the curiosity of trying a line other than Silversea. In my past reviews of Silversea cruises I approached my views as a hotel owner ( Relais& Chateau)which resulted in pointed comments over food and wine, but never of their service and the experience of cruising with them. As for Seabourn, they failed on many fronts,and more importantly, they left no lasting impression. Seabourn believes that it is a very efficiently run operation. They strive to board, communicate and feed people with military precision. The problem is that nothing they do stands out, and as a result they offer a very generic product.Some examples follow: 1) Seabourn is staffed primarily with recent graduates from hospitality schools in South Africa and Eastern Europe. Although these young men and women ( kids) are eager to please, Seabourn is not a career for them.It is a ticket to see the world. Contrast this with a professional service staff whose livelihood depends on renewing contract after contract with the same employer, and the difference in attention to detail becomes palpable. Two days into the cruise while having lunch on the pool deck, a waiter inadvertently spilled a lot of salad dressing ( ie oily and slippery) onto the deck. When alerted to the spill, he dismissively said not to worry because the decks were swabbed at the end of the day. This was code for it's not my problem because I happen to very busy, and some underlings will take care of it. A professional, regardless of "rank", would have cleaned it up immediately. As it turns out Seabourn has a hierarchical service protocol which defies logic. Instead of relying on one professional waiter to supervise everything which is needed at any given table ( their station), the orders, the drinks and the table service are handled separately. The results were chaotic, and eventually became the butt of jokes because we never knew which dish or drink would appear in front of us, leading to frantic shuffling of plates and glasses. Many readers may consider this picayune, but the next example will drive my argument that Seabourn does not understand, or support superior service. After six days, our chambermaid ( excellent, by the way) alerted us that she was headed home to Namibia and that her replacement was boarding in Athens.This young lady had flown from New Zealand, and boarded the ship jet-lagged beyond recognition. Worse, she had never worked for Seabourn before and therefore was not familiar with their protocols.Once again, the result was chaotic. Between crash courses in safety procedures, she tried her mightiest to keep up with her cabins, but exhaustion won. Our cabin was barely made up at the end of the day, and I can only blame Seabourn for their work scheduling and hiring criteria. A professional employee ( ie familiar with the company after many contracts) would never let this happen. 2) The food on the ship was all over the map, from excellent to inedible. As a rule of thumb, the meals in the Restaurant were good, and became excellent with the Chef's menu ( once a week). The Collonade was good for lunch and marginal for dinner, while the Restaurant 2 was a nightmare. The latter was an experiment in tapas/ cuisine minceur run amok. The pool deck food was one giant salad bar, with soggy pizza. My main objection to Seabourn is its total lack of personality. The cruise director did not "direct" anything. Their were no activities such as trivia, bridge, golf etc. supported or promoted by the ship. Instead the director spent his time over the sound system constantly warning us about something:" If you don't show up at the safety muster we will throw you off; the seas are rough so be sure you are willing and capable of boarding a tender;if you don't board by 5pm, we will sail without you etc". Perhaps the Costa disaster has infected their behavior, but it is certainly not welcoming.And welcoming is the feeling that you should have on a premier line, but alas Seabourn is driven by a belief that they are good when in fact they are not. They get this belief by a relentless effort ( over the intercom by the Captain, no less) to get passengers to fill out feedback forms. In my hotel experience this is a false exercise because most people will rate anything highly just to get it over with. The fact are that when you drill down, and ask yourself if you had an exceptional experience, the answer will be no. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We originally booked a guarantee V4, and were shortly upgraded to V6. Then the week before we were due to sail we had another upgrade to a Penthouse Suite. We had no problem with noise of which I have read on some other reviews in any part ... Read More
We originally booked a guarantee V4, and were shortly upgraded to V6. Then the week before we were due to sail we had another upgrade to a Penthouse Suite. We had no problem with noise of which I have read on some other reviews in any part of the ship. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Colonnade and of which I have no complaints whatsoever. The staff were very attentive, they would serve whatever was required or you could just help yourself. I tended to eat omelettes for breakfast, which were lovely, my husband had steak and eggs on the last day, which he said were excellent. Our evening meal was taken in the Restaurant in the "Irish Corner" wonderfully run by Nicola and her staff. Nicola with her irish sense of humour made the meal an experience. The food itself was excellent and well presented with complimentary wines served by a knowledgeable somelier. We took two organised tours, one from Argostoli which took in the underground lake, which I have to admit was a little disappointing, and then went in Sime where Captain Correlli's Mandolin was filmed. The tour took in most of the island so gave us a good look round. The second tour took us to Ancient Corinth and the Canal, another enjoyable and interesting tour. We spent some afternoons on one of the sundecks, there is always a quiet one to be found, and enjoyed being served iced water/cocktails/champagne. We also spent a small amount of time in the Square which was a really lovely area where you could read the papers/books/do the jigsaw/have a coffee, cake or ice-cream/book tours or just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet which seemed abundant on this ship. Leaving the ship at Athens was well ordered with no queues or the feeling of being abandoned off the ship, even the captain was there to say goodbye. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We have 46 cruises under our belts and chose the Seabourn Quest for the itinerary which was not the same old, same old Eastern Mediterranean and as a case of first impressions were impressed as the experience reminded us of the days of the ... Read More
We have 46 cruises under our belts and chose the Seabourn Quest for the itinerary which was not the same old, same old Eastern Mediterranean and as a case of first impressions were impressed as the experience reminded us of the days of the old Song of Flower. Our first cruise with Seabourn and what a wonderful experience! Embarkation from Venice was organized and painless. After security photos were taken we were escorted on to the ship and taken to La Colannade for a buffet lunch that was beautifully presented with many items from which to choose. At 2 pm our room was ready. Cabin 656 is mid ships, spacious, and nicely appointed. Our cabin attendant, Michelle, made us feel as a very welcomed guest. She was professional, friendly, appeared to like her job and not tired. Staff & Service - Throughout the ship the crew all seemed happy, uniforms were always clean and pressed, and appeared not to be tired. Really outstanding service from all. Dining - Menus are delivered to your cabin each evening for the following day. La Colannade on deck 8 is buffet for breakfast and lunch and a sit down for dinner. The buffet changed daily, was beautifully presented, and had many items from which to choose. Tablecloths were used at dinner and the menu had a few items different from the main dining room which you could choose. Service was friendly, professional, and outstanding. The Restaurant on deck 4 is the main dining room and has a contemporary feel. Here too the menu changed daily, service friendly, professional, and outstanding. The Patio Grill's menu changed daily too, but you could always get a hot dog, hamburger, salad, and french fries that were really great! On most nights the Grill was open for dinner. We did not try Restaurant 2. Wine and drinks flow freely though a lot of the complimentary wines are from South Africa. I'm not a wine snob, but find some of the South African whites too fruity and was offered a really nice French Chardonnay. Children's Clubs - None! The passenger compliment was over 40 with no children on board and hailed from the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and the US. Activities - Don't look for bingo, art auctions, movies under the stars, or the in your face photographers. Instead enjoy Enrichment Lectures. Entertainment - Here again I'll go Wow! The small productions shows were very well done. There was a jazz pianist, classic and rock hits on an electric cello, and Kenny Smiles the comedian. Thankfully there were no jugglers and magicians! Shore excursions: Koper, Slovenia - We took a ship's tour to "Seaside Pirin & Taste of Wine & Olive Oil". We would have enjoyed seaside Pirin a lot better if it hadn't been raining, but you can't fault the tour for that. The wine and olive oil tasting at Santomas Winery more than made up for it. Ravenna, Italy - A ship's tour of the "Amazing Mosaics & Dantes Tomb" was interesting. The mosaics are beautiful and well preserved. The guide provided us with "Whispers" so that everyone could hear. Opatija, Croatia and a ship's tour to "Historic Pula". The Roman amphitheater was impressive as it was made of limestone and is still used today for the Croatian Film Festival. We enjoyed our walk through the old town and during our free time chose to view the mosaic rather than walk to the castle. If you go to the castle, you must have the Croatian kuna as that is all that is accepted. Sibenik, Croatia - A ship's tour and long ride each way to Split and the Diocletian Palace. Split was very crowded and it was difficult to hear the guide. In Split there is a long promenade with seaside seating and many cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by. Dubrovnik, Croatia - We took a private tour with Tanja B. who we found through www.toursbylocals.com. Tanja met us at the pier. Her English is flawless. We toured the old city then took the cable car up to where we visited the "Homeland War" museum and beautiful views of the city. After seeing the destruction caused by the war to Dubrovnik, we really appreciate the fact that the city is a UNESCO Heritage site. Kotor, Montenegro - On your way in or out of Kotor, one should be out on deck as the views reminds you of the Norwegian fjords. Here too we took a private tour with Dragna Djukic who we also found through www.toursby locals.com. She lives in the old town and is really proud of her city. Her English is good. In the old city there are many shops and restaurants around the many plazas. From the old city, we drove out to the seaside town of Perast and took a short boat ride out to the "Church of Our Lady of the Rock". Just my opinion, but is a "must do". Corfu, Greece - Here we took a private taxi tour. We found Spiros through www.corfutaxitours.com. He met us at the pier and will customize your tour to your interests. Of particular interest to us was the monastery, Achilleion Palace, and the thyme that grows wild. It was nice when viewing various sites to be told "Take your time. I'll be waiting for you here." At one point Spiros stopped and brought some bread and then stopped at "George's" where he used the bread to let us sample some olive oil, olives, and wine. The bread was really yummy! Argostolion, Greece - A ship's tour of "Robola Winery & St. Andrews Monastery". The winery was disappointing, but the Monastery more than made up for it. Pylos, Greece - A ship's tour "Nestors Palace & Neokastro Castle" was interesting and well worth the visit. From the castle, we could walk back to the town and pier. Santorini, Greece - We booked a private tour through www.santoriniwinetours.com and Vaios who is a sommelier with a great sense of humor. Vaios met us at the bus station with a very comfortable van that seated 10 people. We toured 3 Estate wineries, Boutari, Estate Argyros, and Domaine Siglas. Each was different. Vaios give you a little booklet that tells you the history of Santorini's wines, the grape varieties, and a tasting form. The booklet is not only a nice memory, but a learning tool that one could use at almost any winery. We're now at disembarkation in Piraeus. Even disembarkation was painless and well organized. We did go on to spend 4 days in Athens at the King George Palace where service and dining is very good. The view from the roof top dining room, Tudor Hall, of the Acropolis is a nice way to start your day. We can also recommend a private taxi tour with Lambros Petropoulos, e-mail: lpetrgr@yahoo.gr. His English is excellent. He has a great sense of humor and knows Ancient Greek history. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Once we were 'checked in' (which took about 20 minutes), were were dealt with efficiency and courtesy. Met on the pier, welcomed, guided to our cabin, shown its facilities and made to feel special. Our cabin steward quickly ... Read More
Once we were 'checked in' (which took about 20 minutes), were were dealt with efficiency and courtesy. Met on the pier, welcomed, guided to our cabin, shown its facilities and made to feel special. Our cabin steward quickly made herself known to us and welcomed us. Indeed, the most refreshing and positive aspect of the whole cruise was the professionalism, helpfulness and friendliness of the staff, who went out of their way to serve us in every way. However, the very helpful and friendly demeanour never strayed into over-familiarity and this must be down to training and company philosophy and is to their credit Our cabin had a few housekeeping issues on arrival, which were dealt with immediately -â€" thereafter our cabin was spotless, as were all visible areas on the vessel. Linen, floors and windows were all clean and very presentable. Having stayed in high-class hotels, we recognise the standards as equivalent to many, and a deal better than some. The food. -â€" Just too much, too often! And the drink -â€" as much and as often as desired! However, we never saw any evidence of over-indulgence, although I often ended dinner feeling like a burst sofa. We were very impressed by the range of wines and drinks on offer, indeed we never at any time opened the courtesy spirits laid on in our suite. We have dined in some excellent restaurants throughout the world and, whilst there were odd courses or individual items which could have been hotter or more precisely cooked, we found the food to be of an excellent standard with good variety and options. My wife is a fish-eating vegetarian and (evening) dining room staff very quickly started to anticipate how her meal could be augmented on any given evening -â€" very impressive. The ship offered a good range of entertainment - individual, organised and self-organised and there was never any feeling of compulsion to participate unless we wished. The entertainment on board was good. Accomplished musicians were laid on for tea, functions and concerts and the standards were generally high and very acceptable, though it is never possible to cater for all tastes. We listened to a very knowledgable historian and our guides on the shore excursions were good - albeit an tad verbose and (well, Greek!) Most notably, Odyssey organised an evening visit and concert to Ephesus from Kushedasi for the passengers. Not only was the concert played in a magical and well-lit venue, we returned to the vessel to be met at 9pm by the whole crew of the ship lined along the pier with drinks, snacks and a vast 'welcome back' poster! - a very nice touch. As staff came to know us, they called us by name and very quickly demonstrated their awareness of our preferences (e.g. my early-morning espresso was being made as I entered the lounge and the wait-staff knew we preferred a certain Shiraz!), this level of personal attention was impressive and very much appreciated. We found the Odyssey an excellent size -â€" big enough for comfort, yet small enough to feel a bit exclusive. We dressed (me in a dark suit and my wife in a dark trousers/top combo) for formal nights. It was optional but most people made the effort, we never saw any evidence of the crew 'streaming' guests according to their formality of dress - I think we all felt it makes you feel special, if you make an extra effort to look the part for the occasion. So, to summarise -â€" yes we LOVED Seabourn -â€" an improvement on our recent experience of Norwegian Cruiseline and vast improvement on our much less recent experience of Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
The Odyssey was an excellent experience in many ways: comfortable and attractively decorated rooms, lovely bathrooms, mostly excellent common facilities, some very good service, and a good itinerary. However, there were numerous ... Read More
The Odyssey was an excellent experience in many ways: comfortable and attractively decorated rooms, lovely bathrooms, mostly excellent common facilities, some very good service, and a good itinerary. However, there were numerous shortcomings that, when stacked against the Silversea experience, left Seabourn in second place. Embarkation and disembarkation procedures were inelegantly handled. Upon embarking in Venice, in the middle of a giant heat/humidity wave, we were kept in the terminal for over an hour before being able to board. Check in procedures were slow, we were dripping wet from humidity and miserable, aside from fruit juice upon entering the terminal no refreshments were served while we were on line, not even bottled water. On disembarkation, passengers were told to be ready to leave and then were kept waiting for over half an hour as we were disembarked by "groups". This was after we were sent to three different floors because no one could figure out where they had our passports (not everyone's, just ours). The overall experience on both ends was akin to flying a budget airline. Some of the staff was superb, some woefully undertrained in terms of handling guests graciously. We had a wonderful cabin steward and a few excellent dining staff. Others buzzed around in an abrupt and overworked manner without so much as even a smile. We often had to ask three or four times for simple things like milk with one's coffee, one more than one occasion aperitifs arrived after the first course, and there were often long waits between courses. On one evening, we arrived at the opening of dinner hour to find the dining room doors mysteriously closed. We opened them to walk in and were asked to wait outside even though there were other guests already seated. After a few minutes, one of the staff came out and told what was now a small group of us that they had gotten so many guests the moment the doors opened that they didn't think they could serve everyone so they had closed the restaurant for 15 minutes while they took the first arrivals' orders. I was stunned. Most of the tables inside were empty and all they had to do was show people to seats, serve a quick glass of wine or champagne, explain that they would be a little slow that night and then get on with it. Instead, they left us standing in the hallway until they were ready. It couldn't have been less appropriately handled. In general, we found the food in the main restaurant to be decent, The Colonnade to be good, and the lunch buffet at the pool terrace to be god awful (think hot dogs, bad heat lamp pizza, over cooked chicken breasts with rubbery skin, and all of it repeated daily. However, the house wines were good and breakfast and lunch buffets in the other restaurants were quite good. On the positive side, the guests were very international and friendly, the itinerary was interesting, and much of the staff, including our cabin steward, were superb. The ship facilities are excellent (although I question the decorating choices in the main restaurant and the bar), the computer room and library area are spacious and comfortable, and the in room internet works beautifully. I would certainly sail with Seabourn again, but if the itineraries are similar, take Silversea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
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