There is much to like about Seabourn's fall foliage cruise provided you don't encounter a hurricane (Dorian) and have to forego Prince Edward Island and opt instead for 2 nights in St. John New Brunswick, an unscheduled port where it rained sideways. The captain was cautious, and when we read about the power outages in PEI and the hurricane-related problems in Halifax, we felt good about Seabourn.
Highlights for us include:
* Thomas Keller Grill (restaurant)
* Earth and Ocean (restaurant)
* Decent and copious amounts of complimentary wine at each meal
* Top-shelf liquor, also complimentary, with a generous pour
* Great service from staff, especially waiters and bartenders
* Availability of early morning coffee, espresso and snacks (6:15 am!)
Problematic issues for us include:
* Deck 4 'suite' #433 - very close to service entrances and elevators with no balcony. Seabourn should forego the claustrophobic rooms on Deck 4 and re-purpose the space (only 30 rooms +/-)
* Excursions were outrageously expensive. Full Stop.
* Saguenay Fjords - advertised as the best in North America, which sounded terrific, were only visible at night. Seriously! The ship's lecture described the magnificence of the fjords, but then pointed out that it was too bad we wouldn't see them because it would be nighttime.
* Cap Aux Meules - we're not sure why the ship stopped here unless they needed to restock. Very little to do and quite barren.
* Evening dining doesn't begin until 7pm, offering no options but room service for guests who like to eat earlier and avoid going to bed with full tummies
* And lastly, we thought the food (other than the Thomas Keller Grill and Earth and Ocean) was inconsitent. Fortunately there was a good salad bar and plenty of smoke salmon. We would urge Seabourn to adopt a Viking feature and offer sushi and sashimi at dinner.