Seabourn is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines, a six-star operation headquartered in Seattle, USA. The cruise line champions small-ship sailing, raising the bar in 2009 with the launch of 458-passenger Seabourn Odyssey, and again in 2010 and 2011 with the launch of Odyssey’s near-identical twin sisters, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest. Expanding its offering, 2016 saw the delivery of 600-passengers Seabourn Encore, with her twin Seabourn Ovation delivered in 2018. Ships are state-of-the-art floating hotels, with ocean-front suites and the ability to cruise into small and exclusive ports all over the world. Seabourn is famous for its luxury Alaska cruises, sailing out of Seattle and Vancouver, and is set to make its first foray into luxury expedition cruising in 2021 – with the launch of brand-new ship, Seabourn Venture.
Why choose this cruise line?
Sailing with Seabourn is an ultra-luxurious affair, from its elegant interiors, large cabins, ocean-view suites and pristine public spaces through to its facilities like spas, wellness centres, libraries, card rooms, not to mention smiling suite stewards on hand to offer champagne and canapes, draw you a bath and assist with any special requests. Seabourn is also one of the few cruise lines to be a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic societies. Dining on board is all-included and guests can choose from the likes of sushi, two lavish buffets (one al fresco), a gourmet tasting experience and the speciality The Grill by Thomas Keller. The cruise line is also the official partner of Unesco, working with them to promote sustainable tourism and take passengers deeper into destinations. Seabourn has more than 470 Unesco tours in more than 70 countries, making it the perfect cruise line for landscape and history lovers.
Cruising with Seabourn
Seabourn offers a six-star cruise experience, from the décor, interiors and facilities of its ships and the all-inclusive dining offering, through to tailored excursions and the exclusive destinations it sails. The style of cruising is very much about relaxation, destination immersion and indulgence, and passengers should expect a calm sailing where days are spent on land, relaxing in the spa, playing cards or listening to a guest lecturer – so don’t expect raucous entertainment and children’s zones. All food and drink, including fine wines with meals, is included in the fare, and passengers can choose from sushi through to prime cuts of meat at The Grill by Thomas Keller – Seabourn’s most famed culinary partnership. Despite being destination and relaxation focused, Seabourn still offers great entertainment, with a casino and small on-board theatres showcasing productions like Seabourn’s exclusive ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’.
Who should travel with Seabourn
Seabourn attracts a sophisticated, mature and discerning clientele, with its high prices and level of luxury of its ships and experience. The cruise line best suits those looking for a superlative cruise experience, who want a near all-inclusive offering and the feeling of sailing in an elegant, modern floating hotel. Most passengers are in their 50s and above and you’ll find lots of retired couples on board and friends travelling together. With this in mind, the atmosphere on board is calm, relaxed and focused on relaxation and enjoying the destination. Teens and children are welcomed on board, though bear in mind Seabourn doesn’t have any children’s programmes, and the cruise line often runs deals aimed at solo travellers.
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