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Seabourn Odyssey - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Note: This video is for the Seabourn Sojourn, a sister ship to Odyssey and Quest.
The Seabourn Odyssey is an all-suite, mid-size ultra luxury cruise ship, with suites ranging in size from 225 to 1,682 square feet. The ship offers the ultimate in ultra-luxury cruising. The Elegantly Casual atmosphere introduced by Seabourn in 2010 makes for an onboard ambiance that is personal, individual, and accomodating.

Seabourn’s first new ships since commissioning its original fleet in the late 80s and early 90s, Seabourn Odyssey and her identical twin sisters are about twice the size of their older fleetmates (measuring 32,000 gross tons and carrying 450 guests), and pack twice the punch while maintaining the same sense of calm, Scandinavian luxury.

Like all the Seabourn ships — and like all real luxury vessels — Odyssey is all about providing a venue where people who just want to relax can do so, while quiet, polite staff scurry around bringing them refined things: a cup of tea, a cucumber sandwich, suntan lotion, a drink from the bar (included in the price, of course), and even a moist towelette to clean you glasses.

The watchword is quality: There’s no cutting corners on the assumption that guests won’t know any better. Everywhere, in everything — from her sleek design and gorgeous materials to her service, dining, accommodations, and overall atmosphere — Seabourn Odyssey shines.

The Colonnade Restaurant on SeabournPublic Rooms & Activities On Seabourn Odyssey
Physically, the ship is stunning in the most understated, tasteful, but obviously expensive kind of way — more Coco Chanel than rococo Carnival. Where many ships drown their public spaces with wild colors, textures, and eye-catching artwork, Odyssey and her sisters go the opposite direction, with little ornamentation to clutter the well-honed effect of their beautifully designed wood, leather, marble, and onyx interiors.

On the whole, the ship maintains a nice sense of quiet, with almost no announcements and none of the in-your-face activities you find on many mainstream ships. Activities, such as they are, include wine tastings, ballroom dance classes, yoga classes, cooking lessons, bridge games, and golf-putting tournaments, but if you’re a movie fan, you may not ever make it out of your cabin since the on-demand selection on the stateroom TVs is stunningly large and varied.

If you do finally make it out, you can lounge, swim, or go hot-tubbing on the spacious and elegant pool deck or sunbathe on the top-deck Sun Terrace. For more privacy, Seabourn Odyssey also features an Aft pool, with two whirlpools and ocean views.

Colonnade Restaurant - on deckYou can also work out at the surprisingly large gym with its treadmills, weigh machines, and “kinesis wall” strength-training machine; or have a treatment at the 11,400-square-foot spa, a gorgeous space highlighted by aromatherapy steamrooms and cabana-style indoor/outdoor relaxation area.

Guests looking for the ultimate can book a private Spa Villa, outfitted with a curtained daybed, a two-person spa tub, a private sunbathing balcony, a dining area, and a treatment space where a masseuse provides private treatments for one or two guests.

In the afternoon, you can take a very civilized high tea at The Club, with servers bringing elegant finger food, teas in silver services, and honey in tiny individual pots.

At night, The Club offers pre-dinner piano music and post-dinner dancing. Alternatively, you can take in a small production show at the smallish Grand Salon; hear quiet music at the Observation Bar on Deck 10 (a great room with a 270-degree view over the bow); or gamble in the small casino.

The ship’s main meeting spot is Seabourn Square, a wonderfully designed multi-purpose area that combines the ship’s concierge and purser’s desks, library, and Internet center with a nice little cafe serving snacks and beverages.

Six bars and lounges serve a full range of beverages including fine wines and spirits with Seabourn’s compliments. A Seabourn Cruise Line specialty is to include extra values, such as open bar throughout the ship, complimentary wines for lunch and dinner, and all staff gratuities - tipping is neither required nor expected. On Seabourn you can dine in your suite - enjoy dinner from The Restaurant served course-by-course in your suite, complete with white linens, fine china and silver service. The ship also offers watersports directly from the ship's unique built-in marina - swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking or waterskiing right from the ship.

Other Seabourn specialties include the Evening Under the Stars® sumptuous barbecue dinners or gala parties with live music and dancing on the open deck. In some ports Seabourn hosts a lavish beach party on a secluded stretch of sand, complete with fresh grilled seafood and Caviar in the Surf®

The Restaurant on Seabourn OdysseyDining On Seabourn Odyssey
At mealtimes, guests have four options. The ship’s main restaurant, called simply The Restaurant, is a stunning space done completely in white and pale gold with billowing white curtains segmenting the space and adding intimacy. The room’s central two-story section, directly under its glittering central chandelier, is its grandest spot and is capable of seating all guests at once.

The other main dinner option is Restaurant 2, which features 5- and 6-course tasting menus for up to 72 guests per night. The ambience is more casual than at the Restaurant, but the presentation doesn’t suffer, with mainly meat and seafood dishes perfectly prepared and presented.

There’s also a poolside grill, plus a casual indoor/outdoor restaurant (the Colonnade) that serves a buffet and made-to-order breakfasts and lunches, plus regionally themed bistro-style dinners, with table service.

Balcony Suite on Seabourn OdysseySeabourn Odyssey Suites
Seabourn Odyssey’s 225 stateroms and suites are all outside, and all but 26 of them offer private balconies. Decor is understated and stylish and the layout is spacious and cool, without any sense of clutter.

The most common accommodation aboard is the Veranda Suite, which offers about 300 square feet of interior space plus a 65-square-foot balcony. A curtain divides the large living room and bedroom areas, which are outfitted with a queen-size bed, walk-in closet, stocked bar and fridge, flatscreen TV, and a large marble bathroom with separate tub and shower.

All suites feature separate living areas and bedrooms, writing desks with personalized stationery, iPod and MP3 connections and spacious granite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and twin sinks.

High-end suites add high-end luxury: The 1,000-square-foot Wintergarden Suites, for instance, offer two bedrooms, a separate dining area, a huge balcony, and a glass solarium with a day bed and whirlpool tub.

The Marina on Seabourn OdysseyShip Facts
Year Built 2009 ♦ Ship's Class: Odyssey Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 32,000 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦ Length 650 ft - 195 m ♦ Cruising Speed 19 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 450 ♦ Passenger Decks 8 ♦ Officers and Crew 335 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.34 to 1

Total 225 ♦ Suites with Balcony 199 ♦ Suites without Balcony 26 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Inside 0 (none) ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 6 ♦ Seabourn Cruise Line's cabins are elegant, with thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, walk-in closet, fully stocked bar - replenished daily, marble bathroom with tub and shower, best-selling audio books and CDs, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ CD Player ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Open-seating in The Restaurant with gourmet, prepared-to-order cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer ♦ Complimentary wines are served with lunch and dinner ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Restaurant 2, The Colonnade, Patio Grill - reservations suggested ♦ Unlike other cruise lines, there is no charge in the specialty restaurants ♦ There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Seabourn Cruise Line cruise ships ♦ Dress code on Seabourn Cruise Line has in 2010 changed to a more relaxed is "Elegantly Casual, with Formal Optional evenings" ♦ Cruises up to 13 days have one Formal Optional evening, 14 to 20 days two Formal Optional evenings, and 21 or more days have three ♦ World cruises, holiday voyages and transatlantic crossings may be scheduled differently ♦ In-suite dining, served course-by-course during restaurant hours ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Watersports Marina - for windsurfing, kayaking, swimming or snorkeling right from the ship when in port ♦ Putting Green

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Medical Center

Seabourn Odyssey: First Impressions

by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.

I only boarded an hour ago, but WOW! Seabourn Odyssey is where South Beach meets Palm Beach. There’s certainly the refined Seabourn elegance, but Carnival Corp.’s entertainment mastery was apparent from the uber-chic restaurants to the pool deck Nashville band (Filipinos, actually, but convincingly country western).

Seabourn Odyssey - Suite 622Lots of well-to-doers, country clubbers but mixed with a fair number of young people, including five (Italian?) boys, smoking a water pipe on pool deck. I’ll investigate where they got it and whether it’s legal later on.

I’m not saying that this is a better luxury experience than Regent or Silversea, which I recently sailed. For now, I’m just saying Wow!

Seabourn Odyssey: Suite 622

I am traveling comfortably in Veranda Suite 622 on Seabourn Odyssey.

My suite, situated on the port side, measures 300 square feet and features a sitting area, a truly functional table for dining or working, a somewhat-small-flat-panel-television for a luxury ship, an iPod docking station, queen-size bed, walk-in closet with safe, and a fully stocked bar and refrigerator. The earth tones suit my taste just fine.

Seabourn Odyssey is much less bold brass and gaudy glitz than it is refined style and enduring elegance. The LG flat-panel TV, despite being less large than I would expect on a ship fresh from the shipyard, is, however, highly interactive, and with more than a few weeks’ worth of free movies on demand.

Suite 622′s balcony measures 65 square feet with comfortable furniture for lounging or dining. Veranda Suites like mine come in six categories. Lower-category Seabourn Suites are a tad smaller, 295 square feet, and are the only staterooms with no balconies. The larger Penthouse Suites on Deck 6, 9 & 10 measure 436 square feet. There are four other higher categories, including the Grand Wintergarden Suite.

Seabourn Odyssey - Suite 622 balconyAll staterooms feature granite bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, and dual sinks. Again in earthy tones, the bathroom is among the most functional and attractive that I’ve experienced on a luxury ship. And, of course, Molton Brown bath amenities provide for “pure pampering.”

Turn-down service creates an oh-so-cozy atmosphere, but it’s still nice to pull back the curtains and step out onto the balcony for a final glimpse of the sea and stars before retiring to a sea-rocked slumber.

Seabourn Odyssey: The Patio Grill

Diners are impressed with the presentation and selection at Seabourn Odyssey’s Patio Grill, possibly one of the most attractive pool dining venues afloat. As expected, the Patio Grill serves up the usual offerings of burgers and fries, along with turkey burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken. And while most pool grills have a fish offering, Seabourn Odyssey featured grilled wild seabass on the menu today. There is also a selection of salads and panini, the Italian sandwiches. Also at the Patio Grill was pico de gallo and guacamole, both exceptionally fresh and tempting. Equally tempting was the thin-crust, gourmet pizza, made on the spot from noon until 7 p.m.

Lots of attention to detail make for a masterful presentation at Seabourn Odyssey’s Patio Grill. Weather-permitting, the Patio Grill transforms to an evening venue for intimate al fresco dining.

Top Reasons To Cruise The New Seabourn Odyssey

Yes, you want to cruise on the new Seabourn Odyssey. Why? For starters, Odyssey is not only the newest luxury ship afloat but also a totally new concept for Seabourn Cruise Line. There’s quite a lot that will please long-time Seabourn cruisers as well as much to impress those new to Seabourn. Seabourn Odyssey is an attractive ship.If you’re comparing Seabourn Odyssey to its competitors, here are a few reasons why you may want to choose Odyssey. This is not meant to be a full review of the ship, rather this is a list of a few things that distinguishes Odyssey from her competitors, which includes her own sisters, Pride, Legend and Spirit as well as small ships from Regent, Silversea and SeaDream.

1. Seabourn Odyssey is where South Beach meets Palm Beach. The Restaurant, for example, would not look out of place in South Beach’s trendy hotels while the Colonnade (restaurant) could pass the muster in any of those plush Palm Beach country clubs. Quite simply, Seabourn Odyssey marries the best of South Florida’s trendiest beach resorts with one of America’s poshest cities.

2. Seabourn Odyssey is just so darn new. Let’s face it, the three sisters – Pride, Legend and Spirit – are classics. It was high time for a new Seabourn ship. And with newness comes innovation, such as Seabourn Square, a well-thought-out concept that serves as the ship’s hub for guest services, destination services, coffee shop, boutiques, internet cafe and library. I would not say that Odyssey was the pinnacle of luxury, because its competitors also do a good job at delivering superior experiences. But Odyssey is at the pinnacle of innovation — at least for now.

3. Seabourn Odyssey is an attractive ship. Yes, there are many beautiful ships, but Seabourn Odyssey’s public areas and suites are real stunners, and not in that “look at me now” sort of way. Staterooms are done in earth tones, and bathrooms are arguably the most attractive and functional that I’ve seen on a luxury vessel. The public areas are beautiful also. Seabourn Odyssey is much less bold brass and gaudy glitz than it is refined style and enduring elegance.

4. Seabourn Odyssey features a marina. Yes, its sisters do too, as do SeaDream’s twin yachts. But in the 450-passenger-and-up-luxury-ship category, Seabourn Odyssey is the only vessel to feature a marina. That said, on my sailing, the marina was overwhelmed by the number of passengers. SeaDream, in my mind, has a better marina, perhaps because there are only 100 passengers, instead of 450, vying for what is essentially the same space. In fact, as I write this, SeaDream II is anchored near Seabourn Odyssey in Rovinj, Croatia. SeaDream’s marina is in operation; Odyssey’s is not. On the other hand, Seabourn Odyssey, being a larger ship than the SeaDream vessels, features multiple dining venues, high-energy entertainment, staterooms with balconies and more.