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Seabourn Encore Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Seabourn Encore

19 Night Holy Land & Arabian Gems (Athens To Dubai)

Sail date: October 21, 2019

Ship: Seabourn Encore

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 930

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Perfect! I love Seabourn. Everybody does! Personal touches and smiling faces. Hugs all around. The crew seem to be enjoying themselves as much as the passengers. A wonderful caring atmosphere all the way😃


5 out of 5
Very quick and smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food and service, as always

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Plenty of choices for different people, for example, cards, painting, pools, yoga, trivia, dancing, galley tours.


4 out of 5
All very good, including interesting conversations.

Children's Programs

No children on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All ship personal friendly and abundant.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Impeccable and always spotless.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Spacious and clean and comfy. Perfect for solo travelling. Roomy dressing room for storage.

Ship tip

Prepare for a wonderful friendly experience with no hassles.

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
There were no tours offered in this port so I did a tour of the city with Viator, which was great, and they picked me up and dropped me off at the ship in plenty of time.

Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

4 out of 5
A pretty town to walk around. Did not do a tour.

Haifa, Israel

4 out of 5
Did a tour of Acre and the Baha’i gardens. Great guide and yummy lunch.

Ashdod, Israel

4 out of 5
Went on tour of Jerusalem. Very interesting busy old town.

Suez Canal Transit

4 out of 5
Quite eerie being in a convoy, quietly sailing all day. Not a lot to see but a great experience.

Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

5 out of 5
A full day trip to amazing Petra. Not as difficult as I feared. Not too hot. Seabourn crew had set up a refreshment stop in the desert half way back to the ship, which was a lovely surprise !

Salalah, Oman

4 out of 5
Went on an excursion to old fort and souq. Very informative guide.

Muscat, Oman

2 out of 5
This is a lovely city, but I was mistakenly put on the wrong bus and went on a boring tour of private museums instead of a dhow cruise. I received apologies and refund, but disappointing.


5 out of 5
Encore emptied it’s facilities onto the island for a beach barbecue and caviar in the surf. Perfect! Also did a safari drive of the reserve which was amazing!

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

4 out of 5
Drive by tour of Abu Dhabi seeing the Formula 1 track and visiting Masdar City. High tea at Etihad Towers at sunset on the 74th floor.

Dubai, U.A.E.

4 out of 5
No excursion. I walked around the gold and spice souqs .


5 out of 5
Quick and hassle free.
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