Is Seabourn The Ultimate In Luxury Cruising?
Cruising with Seabourn is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is described by the company as: “Luxurious yet relaxed; elegant yet casual; sumptuous yet understated.”
Designed for 208 or 450 guests, Seabourn’s intimate ships offer a blend of glamorous elegance, impeccable service, exquisite cuisine and personalised destination experiences, all of which have earned this cruise line many coveted travel awards. The ﬂeet can take you to some of the most intriguing destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems that larger ships cannot access.
Life on board
Greeted with chilled Champagne, guests start to feel at home from the ﬁrst moment on board. With nearly one staff member to every guest, Seabourn is able to create a more tailored service, from greeting guests by name and remembering their favourite cocktail, through to the Seabourn Moments programme, which includes such indulgences as a lavender bubble bath drawn by your stewardess or a surprise dessert from a chef tipped off by a waiter who overheard you saying it was your favourite.
Thoughtful, intuitive gestures – such as a Massage Moment or a refreshing sorbet on deck – seem to appear out of nowhere.
Seabourn’s accommodation is all-suite. A complimentary in-suite bar is stocked with your favourite wines and spirits, plus there’s a large, walk-in wardrobe and generous bathtub. Fine cotton linen and ﬂuffy duvets, along with round-the-clock room service, will further enhance your stay.
The view from the expansive windows will change every day and on board Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, 90 per cent of the suites have a private veranda where you may dine with a menu served course by course by the gracious staff. With complimentary ﬁne wines and spirits available at open bars throughout the ship, and no tipping required or expected, Seabourn exempliﬁes the deﬁnition of travelling well without worrying about any big bills at the end of the cruise.
Some of the most cherished moments on any cruise occur at the dining table. Every meal with Seabourn is an opportunity to sample award-winning cuisine, with the ﬁnest ingredients infused with regional ﬂavours. From French fries to foie gras, every dish served receives the expert attention of skilled chefs.
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Dining and relaxing
On Seabourn, there is never an extra charge for any dining choice and guests may choose where and when to dine. There’s The Restaurant, a sophisticated open-seating venue offering delectable choices prepared to order; the delightful Restaurant 2 with small-plate tasting menus with a contemporary ﬂair; and The Veranda Cafe and Colonnade for lavish, buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, enjoyed indoors or outside overlooking the sea.
During days at sea, guests can work out in the well-equipped ﬁtness centre, strengthen their core with yoga or Pilates classes or spend time pampering themselves at the luxurious Spa at Seabourn, which offers a menu of treatments that can be customised for every individual. Alternatively, you can expand your horizons in the library or with one of the many inspiring enrichment programmes, which include food and wine tastings and fascinating talks.
The sound of laughter and music accompanies the setting of the sun. It’s the time for guests to casually gather in the lounges for pre-dinner cocktails and canapes, sharing the day’s adventures. For many, this is the most special part of the evening.
After dinner, there’s the chance to enjoy sophisticated cabaret or a game of blackjack, or perhaps you’d prefer to dance the night away at The Club or listen to piano music at The Observation Bar. And you should not miss the alfresco cinema experience and a dance to live music at an Evening Under the Stars.
Destinations to die for
Each Seabourn cruise offers a meticulously selected collection of fascinating destinations; each day brings new opportunities to make your own discoveries.
There’s an excellent choice of Mediterranean itineraries. Perhaps you’ll decide to explore the delights of Italy, Malta and Greece. From the noble sights of Rome, you could sail in style on to Sorrento, taking a ride along the spectacular Amalﬁ Coast or a trip over to glamorous Capri.
Then there’s the little gem of an island, Lipari, and Catania on Sicily, dominated by the huge active volcano of Mount Etna. Valletta, Malta’s capital, has surely one of the grandest old harbours in the Mediterranean, while Nafplion in Greece is a less-visited jewel, set on a peninsula with old Venetian buildings and an island castle.
Another itinerary starts in Athens and concludes in Venice, taking in such destinations as Katakolon – from where you can tour the ancient site of Olympia – and the unsurpassed walled city of Dubrovnik. Or perhaps you’d prefer an outstanding cruise that includes the rarely visited Sibenik on Croatia’s picturesque coast – from where you could visit the series of thundering cascades in Krka National Park – and Kotor, set in a magical, fjord-like bay in Montenegro.
That’s as well as the traditional Greek island of Cephalonia and Pylos, a tiny port in south-west Greece that’s close to exquisite beaches.
To enhance your time spent ashore, many voyages feature special Seabourn complimentary experiences, such as the exclusive 'Caviar in the Surf' beach party – plus there’s complimentary water sports from the mini-marina at the back of the ship, brilliant on warm days with your Seabourn ship anchored in a peaceful bay.
Wherever you make landfall, there’ll be an excellent array of choices, from in-depth city tours with an expert guide to more thrilling activities that will set your pulse racing. Culture lovers could enjoy a classical concert at Ephesus, long after these fantastic ruins have closed to visitors, or take the opportunity to go shopping for local produce ashore with a the ship’s executive chef.
Winter destinations include the wonders of the Middle East. A journey through the historic Suez Canal will take you to the Red and Arabian seas, gateways to glorious monuments such as the red stone cliffs at Petra, the towering columns of Egypt’s temples and the high-walled forts on Oman’s desert peaks. Then, as a complete contrast, you arrive at the modern metropolis of Dubai.
Perhaps this year should be the one in which you discover luxurious cruising and memorable personal experiences with Seabourn.
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