Seabourn

Seabourn

At Seabourn, we are passionate about travel. We believe that traveling for pleasure has a redemptive power that enriches people’s lives. And we believe that people should travel well. Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed -- elegant, yet casual -- sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Our ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

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Seabourn Ovation represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched. She will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world's most discerning travelers.


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Great hostess

By: Betbet10


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2016

All aspects of trip went smoothly. Dee was always on top of details😘

Best of the Best

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2016

Our trip was the best of the best top of the line all the way. The airline flights, transfers from the airports to the hotels, excellent hotel accommodations, transfers from hotels to and from the ship where top of the line. Ship accommodations excellent as well. One of our City Attorney's who we work with wants Julie's contact information after we discussed out trip with him. He is Lonnie Groot City Attorney for the City of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Nothing Like What We Expected

By: Jazbo


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2017

We've sailed on all the Seabourn ships, from Pride to (now) Encore, with the Odyssey class Sisters in between. We expected to not like the larger Encore, but, honestly, it felt less crowded than the Odyssey-class ships. Very deluxe, much more sophisticated in every regard, with vastly improved food and restaurant venues. The new Thomas Keller Grill is world class, as is the new Sushi Restaurant. Colonnade and Patio Grill offerings are even better. The Retreat with its private cabana set up is very very nice, with even more attentive service - a hard thing to imagine-- than you get by the pool. Shore Excursions continue to slightly disappoint. Really don't like the lack of discipline re. tour departures. If people can manage to show up 15 minutes past the scheduled departure time, they should be left behind. Many of the excursions still aren't Seabourn-class...in terms of content/execution, they could be Carnival excursions. The spa has been reborn: now first rate.

Seabourn

By: marzipan


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Very good, as usual.

good cruise

By: vos


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

very comfortable. the rooms were a little smaller. the food was very good, especially breakfast and lunch. It was easy getting on and off the ship. All the crew and officers were very personable. smaller- to narrow

NZ/Australia

By: Betbet


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2017

Maiden Voyage Fantastic ship Excellent food @ all venues Great gym/spa Handicap stateroom worked wonderfully well

Australian Cruise Review

By: Ellie


Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2017

Ship was fabulous. Stateroom was outstanding and were general areas. The entertainment was outstanding too--night after night. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was good but not really outstanding.

Seabourne encore

By: Jorja


Reviewed on: 27 May 2017

The best ship-----service, food, beautiful decoration, they improved much more than the rest of the seabourne ships.

Elegant ship

By: wandering willy


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2017

It was fine, somewhat compromised by my health issues, which obliged me to leave the cruise two days early, but ship's personnel were extremely helpful.

outstanding new ship

By: Bill & Janet


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

The staff go out of their way to ensure you have a great time. I don't think "no" is in their vocabulary. The food is great at each of their restaurants, the accommodations are very nice, and the ship itself provides a smooth sail.

Encore

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

We have sailed many times but never with Seabourn but the Encore was the finest ship we have ever sailed on--the service with Silver Seas is always exceptional and Seabourn was on a par with Silver Seas in regard to service.

ship report

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

A wonderful ship and cruise line. The service and amenities are the best ever.

encore

By: craig


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

excellent! great food, service, and wonderful amenities-
Not Recommended

Cruising

By: CAB


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

This was our 4th sailing with Seabourn, although the first in 10 years. We were excited to be travelling on the new Encore. It seems that the line hasn't made the transition to the larger ship as well as it might have. Fortunately the new self-service laundry was operational just before we boarded, it's always a necessity. The set up of staff at the "help desks" in the Square is unsatisfactory. The food was excellent and the staff were good. Our Penthouse cabin was generous in size but stupidly had 7 internal doors which was weird. The dressing room hanging was generous, but the drawer situation was all over the cabin.After spending 18 days in the western Mediterranean we decided that Seabourn won't be on our agenda again.

Tale of two cities

By: Vegan


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Cruise was good, excursions were hit or miss. Seabourn was not very responsive to multiple problems with tours

Summer Vacation

By: Dena Diorio


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

It was outstanding

It's all in the details...

By: MK


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2017

and Seabourn know and appreciates this. It is evident in everything they do; the focus is on "yes" and the willingness to please their guests. Great experience from check-in to bag pickup on departure.

Seabourn travel

By: cwhzog


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

A luxurious ride with all amenities included. Stateroom was very roomy and bedding was fabulous. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable and able to manage any request. Food and dining choices were outstanding. Passenger comfort and safety were obvious high points of our experience.

We love Seabourn

By: Bill and Irene


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Fabulous service, great ship after 150 days aboard everything is still great

encore

By: john macaniff


Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2017

very nice ship, great crew, food excellent, suites very small, casino a joke, overall a positive reaction

Another Great Seabourn Cruise, But A Few Areas of Improvement Needed

By: DWAR8816


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

We very much enjoyed our recent cruise on the Encore and as much as our former cruise on Seabourn's Quest. Encore is newer with an updated design and there have been some personal convenience changes (i.e. multiple dual US & European outlets, 40" TV with better in-suite entertainment selection, a larger modern passenger laundry, etc.) which are positive additions. However, we would rate there overall level of service we received on Encore to be not at the same superior level we previously experienced on Quest. For example, breakfast service in the Colonade Dining Room was regularly slow and follow-up inconsistent. Many staff members spent more attention chatting with peers rather than looking for opportunities to better serve passengers. Seabourn level service was always present in The Thomas Keller, Restaurant and Poolside dining areas. Aside from the Cruise Director, we also found the Officers, while polite, not particularly outgoing or welcoming.

Always the best

By: Bob R


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

Seabourn was at their best as always. The food and service were, if anything, better than ever. Itinerary was the very best.

Seabourn Encore

By: mayy


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

It was an amazing experience. This cruise was the first with Seabourn and will definitely will not be the last.

Nice new ship

By: Travelgirl


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2017

Overall the ship is fine with a few minor exceptions. The main problem is service in the dining room and Grill. Others who like spending 2 1/2-3 hours at dinner every night will have no problems. Being solo, sitting and staring at people for hours is not fun. Sorry, but it does not take 25 minutes to dish up a bowl of soup. So, I ate at the Patio and Sushi Restaurants where the service and food were excellent. Food items at the Grill are terrible and very limited. Finally found a steak that was repeatedly good. I do not like, do not want, and am unwilling to pay for verandah staterooms especially at 175%

A bit bigger than I like but not really a problem

By: Lynnie


Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2017

I love sailing with Seabourn but prefer the smaller ships. The Encore has lots of facilities but so has the smaller ships but without quite so many people and with a bit more personal service. My room was beautiful though and I really enjoyed the new Thomas Keller restaurant for a bit of a change.

cruise ship

By: Bunny


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

lovely and relaxing

John and Bunny

By: John


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

It was outstanding. The ship and staff and food and drink were all top shelf!!

Luxury cruising

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Pros: Very luxurious. Excellent service and food. Good wine and spirits selection. People so friendly. Very interesting speakers. Shore excursions mostly good. Cons: Subpar internet.

Absolutely Fantastic Shipboard Experience

By: Australia / New Zealand


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

What a great ship! The Encore is easy to navigate, with a wonderful and helpful crew, the best Cruise Director on the Planet (Handre), great food and drink, AND a lovely itinerary. I can't wait to return! Also, this ship navigates bumpy seas with ease! Lovely passage across the Tasman Sea in some rough weather.

Seabourn

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Wonderful ship. Second trip, planning third.

Cruise

By: Curtiss


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

A greAT SHIP AND SUPERB SERVICE

South Pacific Islands

By: Bobby


Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2018

We have done about 10 cruises with Seabourn and feel the standard in most areas has dropped over the last couple of years. Other passengers we spoke to feel the same. The cost structure has not dropped. We are unable to compare them with other lines. We may or may not recommend them to others, undecided.

Seabourn Encore - New Zealand & Australia

By: Sue


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Excellent ship. Enjoyed the layout and amenities. Crew were outstanding. Especially enjoyed the cruise director, Handrei - very talented and caring man. The 16 day cruise - New Zealand & Australia was great. Seas were a little rough crossing from New Zealand to Australia but the captain did a great job! The Milford Sound was a highlight!
Not Recommended

A month in NZ/Australia

By: Talhoiston


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Booked the Wintergarten Suite and disppointed in room and service. Last trip on Seabourn.

Encore review

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Very responsive crew. Cruise director was excellent. Food maintained it's excellent rating, although the wine continues to be less than exceptional - there was no New Zealand Pinot Noir even though we spent the majority of time cruising around New Zealand.

On Board Encore

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

We had very rough seas, but that didn't bother many people - they at and read or did jigsaw puzzles. No complaints.

Seabourne Encore

By: Cos


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Wonderful, excellent accommodations, food, service, and entertainment.

Australia and New Zealand trip

By: SC Traveler


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2018

Excellent. Our 5th cruise on Seaborne. They take care of the details and crew is always very personal.
Not Recommended

Missed expectations

By: Maureen


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

When embarked to my room, I sat in a chair and one leg came off. I was not hurt, gave the leg to a staff member and waited for the fix. I was told all it needed was some glue. There was no glue in the cabin or I could have fixed it myself. Ship did not meet my expectations. Compared to other cruises, this one was less value for money. They did not include any onshore tours. Other lines offer at least one tour per stop as well as optional tours. As a customer , I like having that choice. Restaurant meals were not better than RSSC or Viking. The Keller restaurant (reservations and dress code) served food family style. I enjoyed their cafe/deli style counter offering. Having smaller options for evening meals is very nice. Cabin was comparable to other lines. Staff are excellent! Accommodating, agreeable, pleasant and dedicated to making my stay happy. The first four days of the trip, from Sydney through Tasman Sea to NZ we’re rocking and rolling. Gale 8 to 11 was rough

Seaboard

By: Beck


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

I have mixed reviews on Seabourn. For some people, it probably works very well. For us, it was too formal although we absolutely loved the size and the Encore staterooms. I have never had such a nice stateroom on any other line - the bathroom and the storage were amazing! The food, except in the "Grill" (which was amazing) was very average to pretty good in the other restaurants. There were process issues in the kitchens relative to getting gluten free food and even tea which were worked out by the staff after about a week. The regular excursions were a little more expensive than other lines like Oceania and Azamara for about the same experience although they had some really high priced and more private options that I'm sure worked well for many passengers. All and all, a little pricey for what you get.

Seabourn New Zealand and Australia cruise

By: Christine Reynolds


Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

We had to cancel the trip.

Open Seas

By: Terry


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

Comfortable Felt like a princess

Auckland to Sydney Cruise

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

This was our fist cruise on the larger Seabourn ship. We didn't feel like we were surrounded by an additional 200 people, and truly enjoyed the spacious public areas. The Restaurant (main dining room) is more beautiful than on the older ships, and The Grill was fabulous. The itinerary was excellent, and there was lots to do and see wherever we went. One caveat would be the rough seas on the crossing of the Tasman Sea, between New Zealand and Australia. Two of the three days were under heavy weather precautions, and quite a few people (even some crew) were not feeling well. We were fine, but did have to bounce from side to side as we walked along the corridors! We really noticed excellent service on the Encore, but they did run out of some of the better wines only a few days into the cruise.

Wonderful excursion

By: Hal


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2018

Definitely a luxury experience
Not Recommended

Cruise Ship.

By: virgil


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2018

Food was below average. Crew was very nice and helpful.

Always a first rate experience

By: JANDK


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

Seabourn is first rate in all aspects of cruising, including suites, cuisine, on-board activities, and port tours. The lectures are especially good, making sea days even more enjoyable and educational. Equally important, every effort is made to correct any problems arising along the way.

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