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Seabourn Odyssey Review

Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Odyssey
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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Seabourn Odyssey Overview

When the contemporary-styled Seabourn Odyssey debuted back in 2009, it was hailed as a revolutionary new ship design for Seabourn, a line whose style had previously been more traditional. Odyssey had a freshness about its interiors, with sleekly decorated public spaces and larger-than-average all-suite accommodations outfitted with up-to-date tech enhancements. It also offered a more expansive variety of restaurants than had been previously offered on a mainstream luxury cruise ship.

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About Seabourn Odyssey


Pro

The ship's ambience is contemporary and elegantly casual with plenty of options

Con

Service on a vessel known for intuitive crew was surprisingly inconsistent

Bottom Line

The ship is ultra-comfortable, social and small enough to nip into offbeat ports


A 2019 refit has given Seabourn Odyssey an updated color scheme, updated soft furnishings, and a host of little niceties, including USB ports added to nightstands and new interactive flat-panel television sets. Seabourn Square has been given entirely new furniture, while the nearby Card Room received a total makeover. Up top, the popular Observation Bar has a new look with muted earthtones that give this space a classy, understated feel. The Club on Deck 5 has also been significantly refitted with refreshed seating and soft furnishings.

With 462 passengers, Seabourn Odyssey is designed for a sophisticated traveler who wants a balance of experiences. It offers a very social atmosphere; for example, dining is open seating allowing passengers to choose their companions. Trivia, held on sea days, is massively popular; on our sailing 25 percent of all passengers participated. There are plenty of chances to interact with your shipmates via a number of socially driven opportunities. Particularly fun was a fabulous "corridor party," held at the beginning of the cruise, when passengers socialized with their cabin neighbors with the help of Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, served by wait staff, and introductions, provided by officers.

One of Odyssey's greatest charms is that it has a generous space ratio. Even on a sea day it never feels crowded in the main pool area. There are so many lovely nooks and crannies tucked all over the ship it can you take you the whole voyage just to find them. (Start with the aft deck at the back of Seabourn Square or the forward whirlpool, tucked into the bow, on Deck 6.) Staterooms, from standard suites to the splashy Wintergarden, the ship's largest, have deep balconies, separate sleeping and sitting areas and dining tables.

In other areas, Seabourn could improve the overall experience on Odyssey. Evening entertainment, particularly lavish production shows, feels stale. There's plenty of enrichment through onboard lecturers, but very little when it comes to educating travelers about itineraries (and virtually nothing on the line's intriguing partnership with UNESCO and its heritage sites). .

Inconsistent service was perhaps the biggest disappointment on our trip. This matters because impeccable service is a Seabourn hallmark. In some areas, particularly in dining venues, it was as sensational and intuitive as you'd expect. In others, the levels of service seemed below standard. In particular, bars and lounges seemed understaffed and servers were overwhelmed. Our cabin stewardess, who did not properly clean the suite on the first day and committed various other infractions throughout our stay, was not Seabourn quality. And if first impressions count, our sluggish and impersonal embarkation process is handily beat, in quality and efficiency, by a recent voyage on a 6,100-passenger ship.

Seabourn Odyssey, in the end, offers an excellent cruise experience that balances elements of traditional luxury cruising (all-you-can-eat-caviar and butlers in high-level suites) with contemporary features, including a range of dining options and shore excursion menus that include active excursions alongside more passive ones.

Fellow Passengers

On Seabourn Odyssey, passengers are primarily well-traveled couples aged 50-plus. Shipboard life is also suited to solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together. Most hail from English-speaking countries such as the U.S., Canada, U.K., South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


Seabourn Odyssey Dress Code

Daytime wear is casual, but what Seabourn considers casual is more upmarket than big-ship dress codes. It's truly a country club-style of dress; loungewear at the pool, rather than shorts and T-shirts, for instance. Jeans are welcome in all dining venues during the day, but not appropriate in any public venues after 6 p.m.

Seabourn recommends one of two categories for evening attire: Elegant casual and formal. The elegant casual dress code is in place on most nights. Elegant casual attire includes slacks with a collared dress shirt or sweater (jacket optional) for men and skirt or slacks with a blouse, a pantsuit or dress for women. On the rare formal night, which only applies to dining in the Restaurant, the ship's main venue, men wear tuxedos or suits (jacket required) and women wear dresses or flowing pantsuits. In all other restaurants onboard, the elegant casual code prevails.

Seabourn Odyssey Inclusions

Seabourn Odyssey is reasonably inclusive. All of its dining venues are complimentary. Open bar exists throughout the day and night, with wine, spirits, beer, soda and water. Wines are poured with lunch and dinner, gratis. Gratuities are not required (or expected). Other freebies include Massage Moments on the pool deck on sea days (depends on availability of therapists) and a free "Shopping with the Chef" tour (capacity limited). Internet access is only included for upper-category suites. A 10 percent gratuity is automatically added to spa treatments, and passengers may up that amount if they wish.


Seabourn Odyssey Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Value
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Entertainment
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Public Rooms
2016 Best for Service

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Seabourn Odyssey Member Reviews

Seabourn Odyssey
Cindrz1973
Sail Date: Jul 2018
My husband and I just returned from 7-nights aboard the Seabourn Odyssey ship. We have been going on cruises for the past 20 years, and have been on virtually every cruise line. We started out in Venice...Read More
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Len2006
Sail Date: Jan 2019
prior to leaving home. With nowhere to go until our flight departure and Disembarkation from Seabourn Odyssey scheduled for 8:30 am, we were worried. Seabourn, graciously, permitted us to remain aboard...Read More
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happy cruzer
Sail Date: Oct 2018
7 Night Greek and Italian Jewels on Seabourn Odyssey Perspective: This was our 30th cruise. We were first time cruisers with Seabourn and received the first time OBC of $400, thanks to the Cruise...Read More
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GJcruise
Sail Date: Feb 2018
to change our Tobago port due to wind. Didn’t bother us. Bottom line, I highly recommend Seabourn Odyssey. The crew was excellent. The ship well maintained and clean. All as advertised!...Read More

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