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.
Definitely the best experience I've ever had. It was so well thought out and so many beautiful stops it is honestly hard to process everything. This is definitely an older cruise so know this before you embark on this but I found it great even though I am young. HIGHLY recommended.
This was our first Seabourn cruise, and there were so many great things about it. What a shame they have 15 year old internet service. Its a non-starter for the class of people on a 6-star cruise that they should be using Windows 2001 (they do this so you can't be working in multiple windows at the same time, optimizing the use of the overpriced service @ $0.4 per minute), waiting while the dial spins and spins. Then when you get to sites, they won't work because Windows is so out of date. Everybody was mad, and even the staff said they can't defend it and Carnival won't do anything about it. Why should they, it's a profit center for them? The worse the service, the more time they sell. Some people had been on that ship since November (it was a March cruise). Some people were trying to make a living while on the ship. People were mad, and employees were having to credit time when people complained. Absolutely no way to manage pictures, upload to Facebook, etc.
That said, the ship was glam, the food was unbelievable, the staff incredible. The destinations were exotic and uncharted for a cruise ship. What a shame about the internet. Special kudos to the entertainers. They ate dinner with us, socialized, and were so accessible - as well as amazingly talented. Especially Chris Chatman - he will go places.
Stayed in cabin 912. Magnificent cabin. Great bathroom, great closet. Housekeeping was amazing. My only constructive comment about cabin is the deck chairs should recline more.
What was truly outstanding on this ship was the service. It was extraordinary in both delivery and attitude.
We have cruised on Oceania and Regent in recent years and Silversea many years ago, we felt that the cruise experience with Seabourn was the best ever. The itinerary we chose was great but we found the level of service and the extra special personal touches that Seabourn provided were second to none. We have already put a deposit down for another Seabourn cruise.
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