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Seabourn's smaller, all-suite ships offer ultra-luxury cruise vacations to many memorable ports, including those not accessible to big ships.
The line's ships carry a maximum of 208 guests and nearly the same amount of staff, providing a high level of personalized service.
All accommodations are ocean-view suites with a stocked bar, marble or granite bath with dual sinks, separate tubs and showers (the baths are some of the most luxurious at sea) and in-suite entertainment. The majority of suites have balconies; only the lower categories do not.
Seabourn's "Signature Delights" include: complimentary wines and spirits; free Massage Moments on deck; Dress Circle enrichment speakers; and Movies under the Stars. The line also offers water sports from a fold-out marina and Molton Brown bath amenities.
Seabourn is best for:
Travelers who prefer destination-rich small ship cruising;
Those who value impeccable service, superb cuisine and relaxed laid-back luxury over flash and glitter.
The atmosphere and experience onboard Seabourn:
A cruise aboard a Seabourn ship offers a quiet, relaxed kind of luxury. The spacious outside suites feature refined modern decor, large picture windows, balconies or verandas. The ships have expansive open decks and Seabourn's signature water sports Marina.
Service is, of course, impeccable, and the cuisine equals that of any top restaurant on land.
Seabourn ships have several dining venues, ranging from the beautiful Restaurant, which has open seating and serves both local dishes and international favorites to casual indoor/outdoor Colonnade. Restaurant 2 is an alternate dining venue, open only for dinner specializing in small plates and requiring reservations due to limited capacity. The casual Patio Grill has an open kitchen and serves diners outdoors by the pool.
As might be expected in a ship of this kind, the entertainment and onboard activities tend to be educational and thoughtful, with seminars, lectures, wine-tastings and culinary events. In the evening, there may be variety acts, classical music or a Broadway revue.
On one cruise day, the aft hatch of the ship is opened, launching the marina. Passengers can then ride banana boats, swim, water-ski, kayak or sail.
The two-deck Spa at Seabourn has six treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, a pool and fitness studio.
Shore excursions are typical; however fee-based unique experiences can be arranged by the concierge.
As Seabourn is an upmarket brand, country-club casual is appropriate for daytime. In the evening, the usual dress could be described as "elegant casual," with slacks and jackets for men and high-end sportswear for women. Jeans are not appropriate for the restaurant or on the "formal optional" evenings. About once a week, there's a "formal optional" evening, which mean passengers may dress up in formal apparel if they wish.
If there is one thing that reflects Seabourn's brand of luxury, it is the signature "Caviar in the Surf" beach party, which is offered on many cruises to the Caribbean, Belize, Indonesia and Thailand. Guests are tendered ashore, feted with caviar and champagne served by uniformed crew members and served a lavish beach barbecue on fine china.
The clientele of Seabourn:
Mature, sophisticated, well-traveled passengers who prefer the quiet luxury of small ships to the glitz and glitter of larger vessels.
Regarding children onboard Seabourn: Due to limited medical facilities, infants 6 months or younger on the date of departure are not permitted to participate in the cruise. Infants must Be 12 Months or Older on Transatlantic Cruises. There are no special programs for children, and it would be unusual to see families with children aboard any Seabourn vessel.
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