Wonderful experience but we still prefer Seabourn smaller ships

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

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Seabourn Encore

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

Sail date: October 21, 2019

Ship: Seabourn Encore

Cabin number: V 4

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall a good experience. We had a good time. We had some concerns about the size of the ship and we still think smaller is better. Our prior experiences with the Sojourn, Pride and Quest were better.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Great experiences at the Restaurant and the Patio. Thomas Keller was great but the menu too repetitive. The Colonnade good for breakfast and less atractive for lunch and dinner

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Attended several talks, in general very interesting. Participated in trivia. My wife spent a lot of time in the art sessions and loved the experience. Used the fitness center quite often. Attended cooking demonstrations and most of the shows.


3 out of 5
Mixed reviews. The singers of the cruise were not the best we have seen. Some of the shows were repeats from previous cruises. The Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director offer good shows.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Excellent service in general. Limited waiter service in the pool area. Compared with prior sailings in smaller ships, there seem to be less coordination (management problem).

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
No issues here. Similar but larger than smaller Seabourn ships

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Overall quite comfortable. Only issue sometimes was temperature control

Ship tip

Do your homework and try to select your cabin if you can rather than let Seabour do it for you

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
We spent one day before the cruise started. Had a great time. Many things to do. Great food.

Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

5 out of 5
Went to Delphis and then walked around the city. Excellent experience.

Haifa, Israel

5 out of 5
Took an excursion to Acre. Excellent. Best guides of the whole cruise. Did not visit Haifa.

Ashdod, Israel

5 out of 5
Visited Jerusalem. Great experience. Great guide.Loved the tour and the city.

Suez Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Very different than other Canals with locks. Nice experience.

Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

5 out of 5
Went to Petra. One of the cruise highlights. Beautiful. Crew offered an unexpected caviar on route.

Salalah, Oman

4 out of 5
The stop was less impressive than others but overall a good place to stop. Took an excursion around town.

Muscat, Oman

5 out of 5
We took an excursion around town. Poorly organized as we missed the Mosque. The rest was excellent. Good port of call.


5 out of 5
Another cruise highlight. R&R day with caviar in the beach and a good barbaque . Nice opportunity to meet other travelers and the crew.

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
Did a Town Highlight excursion we bought on line via Trip Advisor. Nice excursion with a great guide, well timed to see the Mosque at night as well as the illuminated city. Loved the city. Visited the Louvre on our own (the ship excursions did not include it!!)

Dubai, U.A.E.

4 out of 5
Dubai is too much. We were less impressed than expected. Took a cruise excursion around town that was not very good.

Doha, Qatar

5 out of 5
Very positive visit . We liked the city a lot and had a chance to explore in a cruise excursion and later own in our way back home.

Mumbai (Bombay), India

4 out of 5
Spent one day with friends from School that live there and gave us a tour of various parts of the city. The second we took a cruise excursion to see some highlights. It complemented what we saw h first day. The city is too large an chaotic.

Cochin, India

4 out of 5
Much smaller than Bombay and easier to manage. Took an excursion with the ship that was mediocre and then hired a taxi on our own to complete the city tour. We should have not taken the cruise tour and hore driver for the day.

Sabang, Pulau Weh, Indonesia

2 out of 5
We had been in Sabang in a prior cruise. The port is not worth a stop. No infrastructure and little to do/see

Phuket, Thailand

3 out of 5
Our second stop there in one year. Use the opportunity to see different things. Took an excursion with the boat that was just not very good.

Awana Porto Malai, Langkawi, Malaysia

3 out of 5
The area is still undeveloped (versus Phuket) . The excursion with the ship was quite good.


5 out of 5
Ended the cruise there. Spend one extra day to cover some areas of the city we did not know. Overall great experience


5 out of 5
No problems at all
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