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Review: Seabourn Pride

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

A luxurious Aegean Odyssey with Seabourne

  • By SilverTraveller Dottie

    1 review

  • Jul 2010
  • Husband
  • Regular holiday
  • Balcony

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Afetr saving hard, my husband and I sailed on our first "luxury" cruise after many happy sailings on various large ships with P and O, Princess and Celebrity. We chose a one week trip on the Seabourne Odyssey, a new ship which carries just over 400 passengers.

From the moment we embarked in Istanbul we were treated with top quality service, always with a smile. We were escorted to our stateroom and to our huge delight had been upgraded to a balcony cabin. The staeroom was vary spacious and decorared in neutral colours. We had a huge marble bathroom with his and her sinks, a bath (first time for us on a cruise ship) plus a separate large shower cubicle. Molton Brown goodies and one day returned to find our lovely stewardes had prepared a bath with rose petals. No such thing as a mere wardrobe here – no a separate dressing room complete with loads of storage and a safe.

The room was equipped with all the latest technology, literally hundreds of free movies, tens of tv/radio/music channels. The min bar was already stocked with the drinks we had requested plus a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket. If this wasn't enough within 10 miniutes on enetering the room, our stewardes appeared with two flutes of champagne and smoked salmon nibbles as a welcome!

We sailed and left behind a drizzly Istanbul and arrived in the sunny turkish seaside resort of Dikili next day. Not too much to write home about here, we wandered around but soon returned to our lovely home from home. The day after was rather special, we docked at Kusadasi and were on an early morning tour to Ephesus. This was lovely in the day but even more special when we returned in the evening for a Seabourne special event; a concert just outside the amphitheatre. This was magical and just so we didn't get hungry (we'd all had early dinner) nibbles, fresh fruit and nuts were provided. On our return, the staff were there to welcome us home, again with drinks for everyone.

Other ports of call were Bodrum, Santorini, Mylos, Naphthleon and finally Pireaus.

Seabourne cruises are all inclusive of drinks on board, the champagne flowed – even being served late afternoon for people enjoying a swim afeter returning from shore. There is a choice of restaurants and the food is exceptional – maybe it was a good thing we only had one week!

Another nice touch was their "marina" day. A floating platform at the stern of the ship where you can swim in a "pool" in the sea and enjoy all the usual watersports.

Even on our last day, when we sadly disembarked, we were well looked after. Taken to the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens to while away the few hours before our flight. Again a lovely lunch provided plus use of the pool etc.

So to sum up, although a short cruise and obviously at the top end of the market (£2000 all in), we were made to feel very special. Needless to say we are saving again and booked on The Seabourne Spirit later in the year. This is an older ship but even smaller, about 200 people in all. Look out for a futher review later.

Silver Travel Advisor recommended travel company: The Cruise Line

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