Onboard, Seabourn is at the top of the luxury cruise game with intuitive service, superb cuisine, relatively inclusive extras (no charge for cocktails, coffees or fitness classes), and an atmosphere that is elegant -- but unpretentious.
All cabins are suites, and they are well equipped with designer soaps, and all the latest and greatest amenities (flat-screen televisions, Bose Wave sound systems, and so forth). A complimentary bottle of Champagne greets you in your cabin. Bar drinks are complimentary and refilled promptly. With an abundance of public space and few fellow passengers, you might feel you have the vessel to yourself -- no annoying crowds or lines here.
Seabourn's Odyssey class ships, while appealing to a broad mix of ages (from 40-something and above), offer a variety of itineraries from the offbeat to more mainstream calls, in order to have a broad appeal and continue to attract new passengers to the line.
While most of your fellow passengers are likely to be American, Seabourn appeals to travelers from a variety of countries, particularly the English-speaking South Africa, Australia and Great Britain, among others. All are likely to be well-off and well-traveled.
Up until February 2013, Seabourn's fleet consisted of two styles of ships: an older, smaller trio -- Pride, Legend and Spirit -- and a larger, newer trio -- Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. The three smaller siblings were bought by Windstar Cruises and entered their fleet in 2014.
Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, are identical siblings and began to be introduced to the Seabourn fleet from 2009. They are three of the most luxurious ships afloat, featuring numerous contemporary amenities, such as vast spas, open-deck sunning and pool areas, a variety of restaurants, and spacious 300 square-foot standard cabins (which are more like suites). Private balconies and expansive suites are plentiful. With a capacity of 450 passengers, the ships are by no means too big; they can still access many of the world's exotic ports, especially those that large ships cannot get into.
Hallmarks of Seabourn include superb, intuitive service; high-quality cuisine that includes innovative and traditional dishes; and a more inclusive experience, in which cocktails, coffees and spa classes are included in cruise fares.
Seabourn's next new ship, Encore, is scheduled to launch in December 2016, and Seabourn Ovation will follow in spring 2018. Both are part of the line's Odyssey class. The expansion will bring the total number of ships in the class to five.
The 40,350 ton, 604-passenger ships will be larger versions of their Odyssey-class sister ships and will have 12 decks, as compared with 11 on the other three ships. The extra deck will allow the ships to house more than 150 extra passengers in the ships' all-balcony suites. Other new additions include expanded public areas and updated design throughout the ship by noted hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany.