My last review of a Seabourn ship was just over a year ago when I sailed in the Caribbean on Seabourn Spirit. That ship was Seabourn’s second to launch back in about 1990 and will soon be retired.
The Sojourn is Seabourn’s 5th and launched 3 years ago. I sailed on her then on a 2 day “industry inaugural” and that review can be found here, Seabourn – Still the Best of the Best.
And yes, Seabourn still impresses me. The dining is fabulous, the service excellent, the ship is beautiful (it’s the most stunning sailing anywhere) and there are always interesting people to meet, whether they tell you the truth about what they do for a living or not.
Actually since I’ve been cruising — and that goes back to when I worked for both Royal Viking Line and Seabourn — I’ve run into some famous British entertainers onboard (that was on the Spirit last year), and before that a famous American author of steamy novels, a Southern pig farm magnate, an heir to a paper cup company and the president of a beer company. Years ago on RVL I ended up with a pen from the U.S. Senate although I don’t think the fellow who gave it to me was in fact a senator. And I’ve met some very fun under the radar good people, and characters, from all walks of life. Oh, and I think I met a spy as well.
Seabourn has remained consistent throughout, and that’s good because when you’re on vacation, you want some insurance that your expectations will be met, or even better, exceeded.
Seabourn does needs to eliminate smoking in suites* which is usually not a problem but can be if you’re located next to a heavy smoker. Ask my traveling companions from Baltimore about their neighbor. And their ship management needs to stay more engaged with their guests. Not sure why they’re not – but fortunately it did not trickle down to their staff in Seabourn Square (reception), and in the restaurants and bars, who were quite excellent.
The itinerary on this cruise was busy — 7 days and 6 ports. Stockholm (beautiful), Tallinn (very charming and interesting but too crowded), St. Petersburg (the churches and palaces are fascinating, the crowds again intense and the citizens still a bit un-relaxed from Soviet rule), Helsinki (the Rock Church was the highlight) and Copenhagen (like Stockholm, very beautiful and good food.) My next cruise will have more than 1 day at sea though so I can enjoy the ship more!
* Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas don’t
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