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Having sailed on Silversea prior to this cruise, the standards were set pretty high. This was our first cruise with Seabourn and we were left rather dissapointed. There were some fine points and unfortunately far too many negatives for the amount of $$$ paid. The ship itself is very nice and cosy, clean and well maintained and spacious given the low number of guests onboard. Our Suite was clean and comfortable and looked after at all times by a very nice stewardess, although she seemed overworked at times. The food standards did not meet our expectations given the amount of advertising dedicated to this segment. At best I would describe the overall dining experience as ordinary to just above average. The Restaurant did it's best to excel but fell below par due to some very rushed and casual service & repetitive choice of wines. On at least two occasions we were asked if we wanted the "white" or the "red" We then had to ask what was on offer. Something you may encounter at a bistro. The Colonnade was as expected - casual dining. On an Australian themed night we ordered the meat pie only to be served a sheperd's pot pie. Only a few of the staff ever addressed us by name and very few of the staff seemed genuine. Most were going through the motions. Room Service was inefficient and one occasion my wife asked for soup from The Colonnade menu only to be told "we don't do that" The cocktails were inconsistent depending on where you ordered them from. The barman at the bar on deck 5 was by far the best at his job and very friendly. Poolside cocktails were hit & miss, although dinner there seemed to be ok given that ones' expectations are not that high for a poolside event. Entertainment at the bars on decks 5 &10 was slow and at times extra slow. The dress code in the evening fell short by some guests, but that may be a good thing for some who prefer a more casual environment. Excursions were OK albeit a bit expensive. Disembarkation was painless, however you got the feeling that they wanted you off the ship the day before. One really noticeable fact was that a lot of attention was given to some regulars and if you did not fit that profile....well you work it out. The overall experience was fair to average and that is because some of the staff made up for the shortcomings of others. Food, OK but not what the marketing department tells you. Are we going to travel Seabourn again? Hmmmm, maybe if the service becomes a bit more personal. Silversea and Oceania were better.

Seabourn Sojourn - Not the Real Deal...

Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review by Maxwell Smart

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Having sailed on Silversea prior to this cruise, the standards were set pretty high. This was our first cruise with Seabourn and we were left rather dissapointed. There were some fine points and unfortunately far too many negatives for the amount of $$$ paid.

The ship itself is very nice and cosy, clean and well maintained and spacious given the low number of guests onboard. Our Suite was clean and comfortable and looked after at all times by a very nice stewardess, although she seemed overworked at times.

The food standards did not meet our expectations given the amount of advertising dedicated to this segment. At best I would describe the overall dining experience as ordinary to just above average. The Restaurant did it's best to excel but fell below par due to some very rushed and casual service & repetitive choice of wines. On at least two occasions we were asked if we wanted the "white" or the "red" We then had to ask what was on offer. Something you may encounter at a bistro.

The Colonnade was as expected - casual dining. On an Australian themed night we ordered the meat pie only to be served a sheperd's pot pie. Only a few of the staff ever addressed us by name and very few of the staff seemed genuine. Most were going through the motions. Room Service was inefficient and one occasion my wife asked for soup from The Colonnade menu only to be told "we don't do that"

The cocktails were inconsistent depending on where you ordered them from. The barman at the bar on deck 5 was by far the best at his job and very friendly.

Poolside cocktails were hit & miss, although dinner there seemed to be ok given that ones' expectations are not that high for a poolside event.

Entertainment at the bars on decks 5 &10 was slow and at times extra slow.

The dress code in the evening fell short by some guests, but that may be a good thing for some who prefer a more casual environment.

Excursions were OK albeit a bit expensive.

Disembarkation was painless, however you got the feeling that they wanted you off the ship the day before.

One really noticeable fact was that a lot of attention was given to some regulars and if you did not fit that profile....well you work it out.

The overall experience was fair to average and that is because some of the staff made up for the shortcomings of others. Food, OK but not what the marketing department tells you.

Are we going to travel Seabourn again? Hmmmm, maybe if the service becomes a bit more personal. Silversea and Oceania were better.
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Veranda Suite
Cabin V2
Clean, comfortable, quiet...no problems
Deck 7 Suite Cabins