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My husband and I (mid-fifties) had wanted to visit Venice for many years and thought a cruise that started in Venice would be the perfect way to see it as well as some other interesting places. We did two nights in Vencie pre-cruise in a great hotel, the Palazzo del Giglio, easy to access from the Alilaguna water bus stop and near San Marco square. On our full day in Venice, we did a tour with the Roman Guy of San Marco, Rialto Bridge area and Doge's Palace, which I highly recommend. We splurged for a private taxi boat to the pier on embarkation day. Embarkation in Venice was long - not due to check in which was very quick, but due to where we were docked - it took getting on and off two shuttle buses. There were 7 ships in port that day so I am sure that was the main issue. We had booked a V1 guarantee and found out the week before we boarded that we had been assigned a handicap room on deck 8. The cabin was the biggest we have ever had on a cruise and was very nice, if quirky. The ship was beautiful, spacious and very well maintained. Dining was good - some restaurants had better service than others, but the quality of the food was always great. Best meal on the boat was in The Grill - excellent wine, steak, dessert and the service was exemplary! The entertainment that we experienced was always good, but we did not make every event. One of the fun things we experienced on board was watching two World Cup games with our fellow shipmates. That was a great opportunity to bond with fellow passengers and people watch! We ordered breakfast to our room twice - one was perfect, the other not so much. It was late and not complete. Four visits from the wait staff before we had it correct. Service overall was hit and miss - there were times finding a steward or waiter was more work than it should have been. There is a fine line between too pushy a bartender on ships where gratuities are added and having to go flag one down on a ship like Seabourn where gratuities are included in the fare. We had a massage in the beautiful spa which was very nice. We also worked out in the fitness center which was the nicest one I have seen on a ship. The ports were great and very different. We did one excursion through Seabourn that was absolutely first rate, the hydrofoil to Albania from Corfu to visit the Butrint ruins. We wanted to book a second one but waited too late and there were no spots available. In that port, Vodice, there was VERY little to do on your own so that was really the only disappointing port. A recommendation to Seabourn would be to anchor in Sibenik, as there seemed to be more to do there, or provide more spaces on the ship sponsored excursions. Another highlight port was Nydri, where we rented bikes and rode, then hiked, to the Nydri Waterfalls. A really fun on-your-own excursion - we felt like locals!! One tip for the port of Gythion – there is a lovely beach that the local advisor on board will suggest for a relaxing beach day but take a cab – she told us it was a safe 2 mile walk but it was anything but!! We survived to tell the tale but it was harrowing, and once out of the port area there was no flagging down a taxi. Disembarkation was very quick and smooth. We easily got a cab to our hotel in the Plaka, the Palladian House, a lovely old home on a beautiful square, and spent a lovely day and evening walking around Athens and drinking in the ambiance. Overall, it was a great vacation to a beautiful part of the world on a lovely ship. I give it 4 stars overall, my husband says 3.5 stars. His expectation was so high for the Seabourn brand, so while the trip was great, it fell short of his expectation.

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Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by tigersrus

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My husband and I (mid-fifties) had wanted to visit Venice for many years and thought a cruise that started in Venice would be the perfect way to see it as well as some other interesting places. We did two nights in Vencie pre-cruise in a great hotel, the Palazzo del Giglio, easy to access from the Alilaguna water bus stop and near San Marco square. On our full day in Venice, we did a tour with the Roman Guy of San Marco, Rialto Bridge area and Doge's Palace, which I highly recommend. We splurged for a private taxi boat to the pier on embarkation day. Embarkation in Venice was long - not due to check in which was very quick, but due to where we were docked - it took getting on and off two shuttle buses. There were 7 ships in port that day so I am sure that was the main issue.

We had booked a V1 guarantee and found out the week before we boarded that we had been assigned a handicap room on deck 8. The cabin was the biggest we have ever had on a cruise and was very nice, if quirky.

The ship was beautiful, spacious and very well maintained. Dining was good - some restaurants had better service than others, but the quality of the food was always great. Best meal on the boat was in The Grill - excellent wine, steak, dessert and the service was exemplary! The entertainment that we experienced was always good, but we did not make every event. One of the fun things we experienced on board was watching two World Cup games with our fellow shipmates. That was a great opportunity to bond with fellow passengers and people watch! We ordered breakfast to our room twice - one was perfect, the other not so much. It was late and not complete. Four visits from the wait staff before we had it correct. Service overall was hit and miss - there were times finding a steward or waiter was more work than it should have been. There is a fine line between too pushy a bartender on ships where gratuities are added and having to go flag one down on a ship like Seabourn where gratuities are included in the fare. We had a massage in the beautiful spa which was very nice. We also worked out in the fitness center which was the nicest one I have seen on a ship.

The ports were great and very different. We did one excursion through Seabourn that was absolutely first rate, the hydrofoil to Albania from Corfu to visit the Butrint ruins. We wanted to book a second one but waited too late and there were no spots available. In that port, Vodice, there was VERY little to do on your own so that was really the only disappointing port. A recommendation to Seabourn would be to anchor in Sibenik, as there seemed to be more to do there, or provide more spaces on the ship sponsored excursions. Another highlight port was Nydri, where we rented bikes and rode, then hiked, to the Nydri Waterfalls. A really fun on-your-own excursion - we felt like locals!! One tip for the port of Gythion – there is a lovely beach that the local advisor on board will suggest for a relaxing beach day but take a cab – she told us it was a safe 2 mile walk but it was anything but!! We survived to tell the tale but it was harrowing, and once out of the port area there was no flagging down a taxi.

Disembarkation was very quick and smooth. We easily got a cab to our hotel in the Plaka, the Palladian House, a lovely old home on a beautiful square, and spent a lovely day and evening walking around Athens and drinking in the ambiance.

Overall, it was a great vacation to a beautiful part of the world on a lovely ship. I give it 4 stars overall, my husband says 3.5 stars. His expectation was so high for the Seabourn brand, so while the trip was great, it fell short of his expectation.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V5 813
We had booked a V1 guarantee and found out the week before we boarded that we had been assigned a handicap room on deck 8. The cabin was the biggest we have ever had on a cruise and was very nice, if quirky. We had a walk-in shower (no lip to contain the water but very good drainage) and no tub, which I was looking forward to enjoying. The closet consisted of 3 narrow units along one wall with sliding doors that had to be perfectly aligned or they would rattle at night. And there was a nice vanity area but it did not have a mirror as the other Veranda cabins did, so I used the free standing mirror from the bathroom. The trade off was that deck 8 was a great place to be as it was central to the public areas of the ship but very quiet. Our suite steward was very pleasant and sweet, but did not get everything correct. Our fridge was not stocked with what we requested and we had a lovely bottle of wine but no corkscrew to open it! Small things but they added up to a less favorable rating than we expected when we booked Seabourn.
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