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Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Seabourn Still Struggling with experienced staff; some real service issues

Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review by Love Sea Days

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

We were on board for 36 days and had some really great crew members, but serious issues with many the didn’t have a clue what they were doing and some just plain overwhelmed. Our cabin stewardess was the worst I have had in 40 YEARS of cruising...clearly overwhelmed, everyday her service cart was the last to leave the passageway....where are the supervisiors to help with the proper training and make sure her staff have the tools they need to be successful. At one point it was suggested we keep a regular schedule by getting up in the morning at the same time each day!!!!

Beverage service was so bad in the Grand Salon about 1/2 into the cruise they decided to go with premade drinks for the shows so the waiter didn’t have to take all those bothersome drink orders...some evening you had to ask several times for a beverage...Had to ask 2-3 times for a glass of ice, and we had to laugh one night in the MDR I asked for a wafer cookie for my ice cream....it arrived with ice cream on the pointy end, clearing taken from some other order....or previous order!!!

Noticed little cheap things like no breadsticks on the table at lunch, at breakfast no little jars of jams, had big containers on the buffet to scoops out of...no hor’dourves at the formal night. If you want honey for your tea you have to scoop!!! In the Seabourn Square the honey was put into the cup, as they don’t have any little jars....guess one needs to bring their own from home....not exactly luxury!

The food is for the most part quite good. However we were on 2 segments and the menus were the same for both segments. Ordered room service 2 evening when we were “fooded-out”, club sandwich which I have had in the past and was quite good...it use to be 4 sections this time it was only 2! To the good the nibbles up on deck 10 in the evening are excellent....noticed on some occasions the carpets were not cleaned of crumbs from afternoon tea!!!

We did really enjoy our CD Ross Roberts, excellent...and the speakers and entertainment staff were good as well...

This itinerary was very interesting but we would not go back to any of the ports except Cape Town and Singapore....if you are not a sun person you will find the the Indian Ocean really hot and humid!

My only hope is that Seabourn gets it’s act together as this is the 3rd year the service isn’t what we expect....suggest more rigorous interviews and training on land and more extensive....before you subject paying passengers to amateur hour!!!

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V5 644

Deck 6 is easy to reach most activities. Same cabin category we usually book, roomy, plenty of storage, closet walk-in with drawers and safe above. Bathroom shower looks to have been re-tiled to a lighter color. Lots of storage and 2 sinks. Shower is small, there also is a separate tub. Nice size veranda with 2 chairs and a table. Would have been nice if the windows had been cleaned more often!

When we arrived pulled open a drawer under the make-up table and the hair dryer was not put away in the bag there was hair and papers in the drawer, clearly not cleaned and the previous passenger had dropped some pills under the chair, clearly not vacuumed....

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