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July 13, 2016

All About Seabourn: 
Seabourn's smaller, all-suite ships offer ultra-luxury cruise
vacations for those looking for an exclusive experience.


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About Seabourn

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 just 458 guests, with close to one staff member for each guest on board.  In December 2016, Seabourn will premiere the Encore, which will carry 604 guests, and provide the same 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.

See our All-Inclusive Chart for a list of what's included on a Seabourn cruise.

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. The Grill by Thomas Keller is offers updated versions of American chophouse classics. 

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 Spa at Seabourn is over 8,820 square feet and features 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 destinations served by Seabourn:

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica and Patagonia
  • Arabia and India
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canada and New England
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Northern Europe
  • Panama Canal
  • South America and Antarctica
  • Transatlantic

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.


More information:

Seabourn Deck Plans

Seabourn Writer's Diaries

Seabourn Cruise Specials

See our All-Inclusive Chart for a list of what's included on a Seabourn cruise.

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