It's Seabourn's first time back to Alaska in 15 years, and it showed. A major selling point for this itinerary is Seabourn Ventures but our excursion was canceled- big disappointment. Many of the excursions were disorganized and late; that is inexcusable. The menu, always superb, was also disappointing. How can you plan an Alaskan-themed cruise without Alaskan king crab or Dungeness crab on the menu. We had king crab on a Mediterranean cruise with Seabourn! I gave this feedback midway thru the cruise to no avail. The chef could have easily obtained some when we docked in Juneau, but he didn't. The menu at Restaurant 2 was so plain that we didn't even bother to book it, and it's normally one of the highlights of the trip..
Service aboard Seabourn, however, was terrific and met its usual high standards. Everything functioned as it should. The suites are large and comfortable.
The ports/itinerary was well-planned, and many of the excursions were amazing. Unlike many Mediterranean cruises which are culturally based, this one focuses on wildlife and does not disappoint. However, whatever you may see or not see is weather-dependent.
Food, beverages, service and staff is great, entertainment was fine. Although there are more amazing gems in Arabia, itenarary lacks suitable ports. Excursions are good, except for Doha Qatar, there is nothing to see, no need to even stop there. Seabourn made sure, most of guest spent serious money to acquire Visa even before boarding the ship. In our case, it was close to $ 600. Muscat and Salalah are just so so. Monte Carlo was messed up by Formula one races. As Rome was not built in a day, It is even foolish to try to have reasonable attempt to see anything in four and half hours. They should have two stops in Italy. And two day excursion with overnight stay as it is available in Israel.
I will recommend Seabourn, even though quality of services were less than advertised in their brochure.
We enjoy cruising with Seabourn primarily because of the staff & the fascinating people we meet on board. This cruise was no exception. It was extra special seeing how SE Asia embraces the joy & wonder of Christmas. The decorations were astounding. At no time in our tours were we overwhelmed with poverty & dirty conditions. We love Hong Kong & Viet Nam was a pleasant surprise.
We enjoyed the day trip arranged to an island complete with picnic & caviar in the surf. The crew really knocked themselves out to make the day extra special.
Total Passengers: 450
Total Crew: 335
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.34
Built: Jun 2010
Number of Decks: 10
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 16
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The Collinade restaurant buffets are sophisticated and varied in fare. the tasting menu at Restaurant 2 was special.
Dine late - 8:30 or 9 for better service. Patio lunch is very good.