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We chose this cruise as we had so enjoyed a fantastic trip with Seabourn Quest in 2016. We wanted to skip a month of Winter and be spoilt whilst doing it. To rate it 3 stars seems mean, but the trouble is parts of the cruise were 2 star and parts were 4, never did it achieve the 6 stars it clams to be! Embarkation was a little shambolic, but it was Barbados, so we were not surprised. Welcome aboard was casual and we were ok with that. Our cabin was identical to the one we had on The Quest, so fine for us. What let this cruise down so badly was the service and it feels very sad to say that because at times it was exceptionally good, indeed I think by the last week our complaints had been listened too and service was noticeably better. Areas of utter chaos were breakfast in the Colonade, where it was not unusual to wait 20 minutes for tea, where we were several times totally ignored and not asked what we would like to order and where orders were taken that simply never came! Senior staff were clearly battling trying to get new staff doing what they should be doing whilst serving guests themselves. There were several excellent senior staff there but they were spread far too thinly. The deck/pool area was another place where waiting for a drink was a hit and miss affair. Occasionally we were served within 5 minutes but mostly we waited up to 20 minutes and sometimes gave up and went and ordered for ourselves. This would not be such a big deal had we not paid a great deal of money for this cruise and been sold it on it's basis of being 6 star! The Club on deck 5 had a wonderful trio playing each evening but the service in the bar was really poor. Again after complaining, it improved, but only on and off, there are huge problems with lack of communication between staff and way too much chatting with guests at the bar whilst ignoring other guests at tables. 28 days is a long time on a ship and not something we would repeat but it really does give you an opportunity to get to know how everything works, or doesn't and we really did see the holes in the operation. Staff bickering in The Restaurant service area was observed more than once and bar staff arguing over which bar the sole bottle of Armangac on board belonged to! Our cabin steward was excellent on the first half of the cruise and mostly our room was cleaned and sorted by 10am, then she had to train a new girl and suddenly we were lucky if our room had been serviced by 3pm, which we thought was very poor. Trips ashore were generally quite good although in Curacao we were moored so far from the port that we had get awful taxis into town, despite being promised just a 5 minute walk to the centre of the town! The hype about being a small ship and getting into ports that others couldn't, certainly didn't work on this cruise. I had not intended writing so much on Cruise Critic but I am cross not to have received any customer survey from Seabourn. We had one delivered to our cabin during the first part of the cruise which was tidied into the bin by our steward before we had the chance to fill it in. No further survey appeared. On our last evening one of the Senior Restaurant staff asked us to make sure we filled in our online survey that would come through as soon as we got home, he emphasised to us that he knew how much had gone wrong on the cruise and that management at top level really needed to be told. No survey has come through and we have now been home 10 days. Hence this review. We are very disappointed, there was lots we did enjoy, we experienced a few moments of exceptional service but generally speaking the smile has gone from a lot of the staff, there is a feeling of a general drop in standards and although they can still really pull it off when they want to, like Champagne and Opera night or the only Beach Barbeque in 28 days, when you think what you pay compared to many other cruise lines, I can no longer say it is worth every penny.

A Training Ship!

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by 323493

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
We chose this cruise as we had so enjoyed a fantastic trip with Seabourn Quest in 2016. We wanted to skip a month of Winter and be spoilt whilst doing it.

To rate it 3 stars seems mean, but the trouble is parts of the cruise were 2 star and parts were 4, never did it achieve the 6 stars it clams to be!

Embarkation was a little shambolic, but it was Barbados, so we were not surprised. Welcome aboard was casual and we were ok with that. Our cabin was identical to the one we had on The Quest, so fine for us.

What let this cruise down so badly was the service and it feels very sad to say that because at times it was exceptionally good, indeed I think by the last week our complaints had been listened too and service was noticeably better. Areas of utter chaos were breakfast in the Colonade, where it was not unusual to wait 20 minutes for tea, where we were several times totally ignored and not asked what we would like to order and where orders were taken that simply never came! Senior staff were clearly battling trying to get new staff doing what they should be doing whilst serving guests themselves. There were several excellent senior staff there but they were spread far too thinly. The deck/pool area was another place where waiting for a drink was a hit and miss affair. Occasionally we were served within 5 minutes but mostly we waited up to 20 minutes and sometimes gave up and went and ordered for ourselves. This would not be such a big deal had we not paid a great deal of money for this cruise and been sold it on it's basis of being 6 star! The Club on deck 5 had a wonderful trio playing each evening but the service in the bar was really poor. Again after complaining, it improved, but only on and off, there are huge problems with lack of communication between staff and way too much chatting with guests at the bar whilst ignoring other guests at tables. 28 days is a long time on a ship and not something we would repeat but it really does give you an opportunity to get to know how everything works, or doesn't and we really did see the holes in the operation. Staff bickering in The Restaurant service area was observed more than once and bar staff arguing over which bar the sole bottle of Armangac on board belonged to!

Our cabin steward was excellent on the first half of the cruise and mostly our room was cleaned and sorted by 10am, then she had to train a new girl and suddenly we were lucky if our room had been serviced by 3pm, which we thought was very poor. Trips ashore were generally quite good although in Curacao we were moored so far from the port that we had get awful taxis into town, despite being promised just a 5 minute walk to the centre of the town! The hype about being a small ship and getting into ports that others couldn't, certainly didn't work on this cruise. I had not intended writing so much on Cruise Critic but I am cross not to have received any customer survey from Seabourn. We had one delivered to our cabin during the first part of the cruise which was tidied into the bin by our steward before we had the chance to fill it in. No further survey appeared. On our last evening one of the Senior Restaurant staff asked us to make sure we filled in our online survey that would come through as soon as we got home, he emphasised to us that he knew how much had gone wrong on the cruise and that management at top level really needed to be told. No survey has come through and we have now been home 10 days. Hence this review. We are very disappointed, there was lots we did enjoy, we experienced a few moments of exceptional service but generally speaking the smile has gone from a lot of the staff, there is a feeling of a general drop in standards and although they can still really pull it off when they want to, like Champagne and Opera night or the only Beach Barbeque in 28 days, when you think what you pay compared to many other cruise lines, I can no longer say it is worth every penny.
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