My Cruise Love Note – #ChooseCruise

What you’re about to read is a jumbled mess of my enthusiasm for cruise. I did have an idea of what I wanted to write before I started, but then my fingers took command and I was left with this. As it is ALL about cruise, hopefully that will save the blog!

Cruise is my life, I adore it and the massive community it has created. It’s so much more than just a holiday choice, for many people it’s also a lifestyle. There are dozens of forums, groups and pages spread across social media that are dedicated to this amazing industry, some of them are even dedicated to specific cruise lines and ships. You really don’t get this level of passion or interest when it comes to groups for land-based holidays. Tell me, when was the last time you were in a new destination and you heard someone say, “the fishes on the carpet lead me in the right direction” or “I enjoyed my breakfast in the Suez Canal this morning” while talking about a holiday they’ve had on land? It doesn’t, and in many cases, physically can’t happen. Cruising is so unique. We look at our ships as part of us and they are what bring us together. We have so much more to talk about than JUST the holiday experience because the ship herself affords us many luxuries that can only be found at sea.

There’s something almost addictive about waking up to a new view every morning. I sit in my office and look out of the window, as usual I can see a huge RV, a few trees and several other houses, it’s not quite the same as going out onto the deck and spotting a pod of dolphins playing in the water. I was clearly born to wander because I can’t sit still, and I thrive on an ever-changing scenery. The same view from my window every day is only tolerable because I can dive into magical lands and amazing cruise ships via my laptop – a blessing that comes with working in the cruise industry full-time. If I hadn’t discovered cruising back in 2007, I genuinely have no idea what I’d be doing right now.

I love everything about the cruise experience, from the smells to the sunsets. There’s nothing I dislike. OK, I don’t like disembarkation day, but that’s still an experience that my brain seems to block out. I barely remember any of them. I guess it’s a protection mechanism. 😉

I really could go on about this for weeks, but I’ve done what I came here to do (kind of) and that was to drop a short “cruise love note” before the #ChooseCruise month comes to an end – a month that has shown everyone how amazing cruising is! I’ve been on more than 55 cruises and sailed to some of the finest destinations on the planet. I wake up every day feeling so incredibly fortunate to have the opportunities that I do. I am living proof that if you work hard for something you’re passionate about, you will reap the rewards and live your best life!

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Cruise Ship Godmothers

Audrey Hepburn christens the original Star Princess in 1989 – image credit: Princess Cruises

The role of cruise ship Godmother has traditionally been served by one individual, usually a woman, but there have been a few exceptions over the years. In 2009, Oasis of the Seas was christened by 7 Godmothers, including Gloria Estefan and Jane Seymore, and in 2015, male rapper Pitbull became Godfather to Norwegian Escape. It’s a huge honour to be asked to christen a ship and we’ve seen many famous faces over the years filling that role, but there are also a few you may not be familiar with.

Here are 10 celebrities that you (maybe) didn’t know were cruise ship Godmothers.

Dame Julie Andrews – Crystal Serenity

Dame Julie Andrews christened Crystal Cruises ‘Crystal Serenity’ in Southampton, in 2003. The Hollywood legend wore a pink skirt and jacket and she oozed Hollywood glamour as she watched the bottle of champagne break against the ships hull. She returned to the ship in 2005 as a celebrity guest for Serenity’s 101-night world cruise.

Whoopi Goldberg – Serenade of the Seas

Originally, Whoopi Goldberg was Godmother to Viking Serenade, but the ship left the fleet in 2002. When Serenade of the Seas entered service, her Godmother-status was resumed. In true Whoopi style, she asked at the ships christening if being Godmother now meant she had to put it through college. Serenade of the Seas was the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail an inaugural season from New York City.

Audrey Hepburn – Star Princess (1989)

Dressed to impress in a nautical-style outfit, complete with elegant white hat, Audrey Hepburn named Star Princess in Fort Lauderdale, in 1989. Following the ceremony, Audrey sailed on Star Princesses maiden voyage to the Caribbean.

Angela Lansbury – Crystal Symphony

In 1995 Angela Lansbury christened the luxury cruise ship ‘Crystal Symphony’ in New York before she began her 25-day maiden voyage from the Big Apple to Los Angeles. More than 600 people turned up for the event.

Princess Diana – Royal Princess (1984)

Diana, Princess of Wales named Royal Princess in Southampton back in November 1984. The ship then went on to become P&O Cruises ‘Artemis’ before joining Phoenix Reisen in 2011 and being renamed ‘Artania’.

Joanna Lumley – Viking Odin & Sea Princess

The wonderful Joanna Lumley named Viking River Cruises’ ‘Viking Odin’ during a ceremony in Amsterdam, in 2012, but that wasn’t her first Godmother role. In 2005, she christened Princess Cruises’ ‘Sea Princess’ during a star-studded ceremony in Southampton.

Dame Helen Mirren – Ventura

Dame Helen Mirren named Ventura in Southampton, in 2008. It was a 007 themed event and there were numerous celebrities in attendance. Dame Helen admitted that until Ventura, she’d never set foot on a cruise ship.

Dame Judi Dench – Carnival Legend

A true British Icon and one of our most-loved actresses, Dame Judi Dench had the honour of christening Carnival Legend during a ceremony in Harwich, in 2002. Most naming ceremonies go without a hitch, but not this one! It took 3 attempts to smash the bottle and when it finally did break, it left Dame Judi covered in champagne.

Margaret Thatcher – Regal Princess (1991)

Even I didn’t know this, but the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher became Godmother to Princess Cruises’ ‘Regal Princess’ on August 8, 1991, in New York. The ship has been sailing for P&O Cruises Australia as ‘Pacific Dawn’ since 2007.

Kim Cattrall – Norwegian Dawn

Cattrall named Norwegian Dawn during a ceremony in Manhattan, in 2002. It was a huge event with appearances from the cast of ‘Rent’ and musical numbers from the Harlem Boys’ Choir.

Do you have any others to add? Leave a comment below.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Offers FREE Onboard Spending Credit On Selection Of Longer Voyages

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering up to £200 per person in free onboard spending credit on a selection of longer voyages, with durations ranging from 22 to 70 nights, for bookings made by 19th November 2018 inclusive.

The offer is available on five tempting itineraries setting sail in 2019/20, with destinations including the Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast; India and Arabia and Indian Ocean Islands.

Highlights of cruises featuring the free onboard spending credit offer include:

Black Watch’s 28-night ‘Discovering the Adriatic & Dalmatian Coast’ adults only cruise, ex Liverpool, UK on 13th April 2019. £150 per person free onboard spending credit.

Ports of call: Liverpool, UK – Cádiz, Spain – Palma, Mallorca, Spain – Kerkira, Corfu, Greece – Kotor, Montenegro – Hvar, Croatia – Venice, Italy – Koper, Slovenia – Zadar, Croatia – Split, Croatia (overnight stay) – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Valletta, Malta – Mahon, Menorca, Spain – Malaga, Spain – Oporto (from Leixões), Portugal – Liverpool, UK

For full details: Visit W1907 ‘Discovering the Adriatic & Dalmatian Coast’ 

Boudicca’s 30-night ‘African Wildlife & Indian Ocean Islands’ fly-cruise, ex Cape Town, South Africa (flights from London Heathrow/Manchester/Scotland) on 30th October 2019. £200 per person free onboard spending credit.

Ports of call: Cape Town, South Africa (overnight stay) – Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Richards Bay, South Africa – Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros – Hell-Ville, Nosy Be, Madagascar – Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles (two-night stay) – Praslin Island, Seychelles – Malé, Maldives – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India (overnight stay) – Phuket, Thailand (overnight stay)

For full details: Visit D192627 ‘African Wildlife & Indian Ocean Islands’  

In addition, an increased on board spending credit of up to £350 per person is available on the following sailing:

Balmoral’s 70-night ‘South American Exploration’ adults only cruise, ex Southampton, UK on 6th January 2020.

Ports of call: Southampton, UK – Lisbon, Portugal – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – Mindelo, Cape Verde – Salvador, Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (overnight stay) – Ilhabela, Brazil – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina (overnight stay) – Punta del Este, Uruguay – West Point Island, Falkland Islands – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands – Punta Arenas, Chile – Puerto Chacabuco, Chile – Valparaíso, Chile – Arica, Chile – Paracas, Peru – Callao, Peru (overnight stay) – Puerto Limón, Costa Rica – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Willemstad, Curaçao – Kralendijk, Bonaire – Bridgetown, Barbados – St John’s, Antigua – Basseterre, St Kitts – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores – La Coruña, Spain – Southampton, UK

For full details: Visit https://www.fredolsencruises.com/cruise/south-american-exploration-l2001

Guests can also choose to upgrade to Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package for just £15 per person, per night on its ocean cruises.

Fred. Olsen is renowned for its innovative itineraries, and is proud to have been crowned ‘Best for Itineraries’ by Cruise Critic experts in the prestigious ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2017’ – for a record three years in a row.

 

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MSC Cruises To Enter Ultra-Luxury Market With Four New Ships

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri today announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships for a total value in excess of EUR 2 billion.

The ships, the first of which will be delivered in Spring 2023, will have a gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT and will feature 500 cabins. The remaining three ships will come into service one per year over the following three years.

The ships will feature, amongst other, the best and latest environmental technology and other cutting-edge maritime solutions at sea. They will also showcase highly-innovative design as well as introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation.

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Carnival Victory To Be Transformed And Renamed Carnival Radiance

Carnival Victory will undergo a bow-to-stern refurbishment in 2020 that will add a wide variety of popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations, as she transforms into Carnival Radiance.  A surprise new dining option will also make its debut on Carnival Radiance.

The renovation will complete a $200 million enhancement programme and the ship will be renamed Carnival Radiance following a 38-day dry dock which will take place in Cadiz, Spain, from March 18 to April 26, 2020.

Itineraries for the newly renamed Carnival Radiance will be announced and go on sale in mid-November.

Today’s announcement follows previously announced plans to transform Carnival Triumph into Carnival Sunrise next year, part of the company’s eight-year, $2 billion fleetwide modernisation program – the largest in cruising.

Carnival Radiance’s wide-ranging enhancements will include exciting new culinary, bar and entertainment enhancements detailed below:

Enticing F&B Innovations

  • Cucina del Capitano: offering delicious Italian favourites and new Carnival classics served family-style in an engaging atmosphere reminiscent of a cosy Italian home.
  • JavaBlue Café: this expanded version of the line’s popular coffee bars will offer lattes, cappuccinos and other caffeinated favourites, as well as “spiked” coffees made with liqueurs, and decadent confections.
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse: a classic American steakhouse offering mouth-watering steaks, gourmet appetisers, entrees and desserts, with impeccable service and understated ambiance.
  • Bonsai Sushi: a full-service Asian restaurant offering a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and other delicacies from the Far East.
  • The Chef’s Table: a new multi-course dining experience hosted in a special glass-enclosed venue in the forward dining room.
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse: an open-air eatery featuring “real deal” BBQ favourites created by Food Network start and long-time partner Guy Fieri.
  • Lido Marketplace: a casual poolside eatery boasting favourites like Seafood Shack offering lobster rolls and other New England-inspired fare; Pizzeria del Capitano serving hand-tossed artisanal-style pies free of charge 24/7, and an expanded Swirls venue with complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt.

More Than Just Bars and Lounges

  • RedFrog Pub: featuring the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – including Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red – enjoyed in a distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West atmosphere.
  • Piano Bar 88: a new twist on Carnival’s popular piano bar concept that amps up the excitement with themed nights, engaging new décor and spontaneous sing-along fun.
  • Limelight Lounge: home to the Punchliner Comedy Club featuring a hilarious line-up of comics which later transforms into a sizzling night club where guests can dance the night away.
  • New Multi-Purpose Liquid Lounge: an expansive theatre that’s home to captivating daytime and night time entertainment, including the line’s high-tech Playlist Productions revues and audience participation favourite Hasbro, The Game Show.

Spectacular Open Deck Attractions

  • SportSquare: a suspended ropes course offering heart-racing views to the sea 150 feet below, basketball court, jogging track, ping pong, foosball, pool tables, and a nine-hole miniature golf course highlight this open-area recreation complex.
  • WaterWorks: featuring a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide and Carnival’s signature 212-foot-long Twister slide along with a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and kiddie area.
  • Serenity Adult Only Retreat: an adults-only oasis offering plush chaise lounges, whirlpools and oversized umbrellas, enhanced by dramatic sea views.

Wait, There’s More!

  • Cloud 9 Spa: designed as the ultimate refuge for rest and relaxation, the health and wellness centre will offer an elaborate thermal suite, private treatment rooms, and the latest cardio and weight-training equipment.
  • The Warehouse: promising fun for all ages with a variety of the latest video and arcade games.
  • Expanded Retail Spaces: a mall-style shopping experience featuring reimagined retail outlets with an expanded assortment of jewellery, watches, fragrances, along with the line’s own branded spaces including The Carnival Store.

These new spaces will complement a wide variety of existing food and beverage outlets, including Guy’s Burger Joint offering hand-crafted burgers and fries, The Deli serving piled-high sandwiches and traditional sides, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina offering authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, an expanded Cherry on Top sweets shop, and the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar.  The ship’s staterooms were also recently renovated with a new tropical colour palette and new accommodation choices, including luxurious Captain’s Suites with floor to ceiling windows.

 

 

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Adam D Tihany Appointed Creative Director Of New Cunard Ship

Cunard has announced that world-renowned designer, Adam D Tihany has been appointed Creative Director of its upcoming new ship.

Tihany will oversee the entire interior design process of the much-anticipated, but still unnamed ship, which will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most talented designers, Tihany has made his name creating beautiful spaces for luxurious and iconic hotels, restaurants and resorts across the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and The Oberoi New Delhi.

“The name Cunard is obviously magical and I’m very excited to be involved in this project,” he says. “If you look at the history of Cunard, it has always been a forward-looking brand. It has a classic image but actually each ship has been innovative for its period. We want to continue this tradition and move the brand forward with the creation of an exciting and spectacularly beautiful new cruise liner.”

Work is now ongoing and Tihany promises plenty of surprises. “Guests can expect a much lighter, contemporary feel, but crucially it will still feel like a Cunard ship and Cunard’s loyal guests will feel very at home. The new ship will celebrate Cunard’s British heritage but with a whisper, not a shout. Everything a guest expects to see on a Cunard ship will be there, but in a different way to the other three.”

Tihany has led the way in restaurant design, creating signature restaurant interiors for such culinary stars as Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal. He and his expert team of designers are currently working on plans for the new ship’s dining areas and he confirms that Queens and Princess Grill restaurants will feature among the dining options.

Design work is well underway in preparation for construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The ship, Cunard’s first new-build for 12 years will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and when she joins Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in the Cunard fleet, the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in service for the first time since 2000.

 

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MSC Cruises Launches Global Commitment To Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

MSC Cruises has today announced another new chapter in its environmental stewardship programme, by introducing a commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its entire fleet globally and introduce sustainable alternatives if available.

Under its Plastics Reduction Programme, by the end of March 2019 MSC Cruises will now effectively phase out an extensive number of plastic items from all its ship operations and ashore and will replace them with environmentally-friendly solutions. As a first step, the Company has already taken action to replace by the end of 2018 all plastic straws with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes.

Throughout the years, MSC Cruises has taken voluntary steps to uphold this commitment under its global environmental stewardship programme. Through a series of previous actions, all MSC Cruises ships have been systematically readied for this programme and are equipped with state-of-the-art recycling facilities and efficient waste management systems. All crew are engaged in the Company-wide effort to separate and handle waste in accordance with regulatory MARPOL requirements and CLIA’s sound environmental principles to prevent marine pollution. Their efforts are closely monitored by a comprehensive and coherent system to manage and control all environmental aspects on board and ashore. An empowered team of dedicated Environmental Officers across the fleet makes sure the Company’s policies and vision are effectively implemented. Through a robust training programme, the Company continually strives to raise the bar in this field and achieve improved waste management and recycling practices.

To meet and exceed its environmental objectives, MSC Cruises is now also in the process of eliminating virtually all single-use plastics from its fleet and shore side operations. By March 2019, all single-use plastic shopping bags, spoons, glasses, stirrers, and other single-use plastic items for which substitution is available will be permanently phased out and replaced by environmentally-friendly alternatives. Packaging from single-portion items such as butter cups, jams or yogurts will be removed, and processes will be optimized to provide guest-friendly and convenient solutions.

While the Company works towards meeting this commitment, an imminent fleet-wide measure will be the removal of all single-use plastic straws. Already by the end of 2018, MSC Cruises will only provide fully biodegradable and compostable straws on board its ships and ashore. Moreover, drinks will no longer automatically be served with a straw, a measure which will see the overall consumption of straws reduce by 50%. Guests who may require a straw will still be able to choose from a variety of environmentally-friendly options. This practice also extends to the Company’s island destinations, all shore-based offices and the shore excursions MSC Cruises offers.

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Princess Cruises Launches ‘Sapphire Princess’ Cocktail In Partnership With Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Princess Cruises has partnered with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery to create a bespoke gin-based cocktail, inspired by the 2,670-guest ship Sapphire Princess and her Mediterranean ports of call.

Influenced by the dazzling blue hues of the Mediterranean Sea and sky, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ is the newest addition to the vessel’s cocktail menu. The drink includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, which is itself made with botanical ingredients sourced from several of the countries and destinations Sapphire Princess sails to.

The cocktail’s mixers include Blue Curacao to evoke the sea, and a splash of Prosecco to signify the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.

Intended to appeal to Brits who have a long-standing love affair with gin, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ will be available on sailings departing from Southampton between April and October 2019. The cocktail launch marks the vessel’s return to the UK after sailing around Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) Market Report, show that in the 12 months prior to June this year, gin sales in the UK were worth over £1.6 billion and up 38% on the same period last year. Brits bought almost 60 million bottles in the UK, worth an extra £516 million.

In the last 12 months guests onboard Princess Cruises ships have consumed approximately 1.6 million gin and tonics based on a 35ml serving, the equivalent to 28 hot tubs filled with gin.

The new cocktail is available on sailings including:

  • A 7-day Spain and France cruise, departing May 25, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing round-trip from Southampton, ports of call include La Coruna (Spain), Bilbao (Spain), Bordeaux (France) and St. Peter Port (Guernsey). Prices from £999 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).
  • A 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing August 17, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing round-trip from Southampton, ports of call include Seville (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (Provence – France), Livorno (Florence/Pisa – Italy) Civitavecchia (Rome – Italy), Alghero (Sardinia), Ceuta (Spanish Morocco – Spain). Prices from £1,949 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).
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Silversea Announces Orders For Three New Ships

Silversea Cruises, one of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines, has announced orders for three new ships.

Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new “Evolution Class.” The first Evolution-class ship is expected to deliver in 2022.

Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galápagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020.

“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”

The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

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Seabourn Ovation From Top To Bottom

If you’re looking for a cruise experience that quite literally offers it all, then I’d like to introduce you to Seabourn Ovation, the newest addition to the Seabourn fleet. She’s sleek, sophisticated and she’s ready to sail you to some of the worlds most incredible destinations, all in ultimate luxury.

Seabourn Ovation From Top To Bottom

The Retreat

This canopy covered relaxation area offers private cabanas that can be hired for the day and each comes with a large TV, sofa, iPad and Bluetooth headphones. The outside space for each cabana offers a private dining area with chairs and 2 sun loungers. At the heart of The Retreat is a large whirlpool.

Observation Bar

Located on Deck 11 forward, this gorgeous space offers panoramic views and is open for early morning coffee and late-night cocktails.

The Spa at Seabourn

Seabourn Ovation boasts the largest spa facility of any luxury cruise ship and although I’m not a spa person, I was genuinely impressed. There’s a sauna, steam rooms, thermal area, large hydro-pool, gym, barbershop, salon and motion studio. Seabourn’s partnership with Dr Andrew Weil also means guests can enjoy a mindful living programme (additional costs apply) that encompasses physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being.

The Colonnade

This is Seabourn Ovation’s rather lavish buffet area where guests can dine inside or out on the open deck. It was possibly the nicest buffet restaurant I’ve seen on any ship and whatever they were cooking up in the galley smelled amazing.

Pool Patio
My absolute favourite space. This open deck features a swimming pool, 2 whirlpool spas, sun loungers, cabanas, a stage for live music, gelato bar and Patio Bar. On a warm and sunny day, you’d find me there, I wouldn’t move. One thing I’ve always loved about Seabourn ships is the mid-ship pool area.

The Grill by Thomas Keller

This dining venue serves signature dishes by 3 times awarded Michelin Star chef Thomas Keller. There’s no charge to dine here, but you are required to make a reservation. The menu looked very tempting and resembled that of a fine steakhouse. It’s not pretentious, it is just good quality food cooked and served in a way you’d expect from a fine dining venue.

Sushi

Another no charge speciality dining option and a rather unique and intimate space. Guests don’t need to make a reservation here and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Bento boxes are offered at lunchtime, but evening options include sushi, sashimi and a kaiseki ryori with Japanese beer.

Seabourn Square

Seabourn Square replaces the typical reception area and instead offers a “living room” style space that offers a little bit of everything. In this space, you’ll find individual desk that play host to Guest Services Specialists who are on hand to answer just about every question you could possibly have. There are also computer stations, walls lined with books and a table filled with magazines and newspapers. You’ll also find a coffee bar serving speciality coffees, gelato, sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and a large boutique that is filled with jewellery and precious stones.

Grand Salon

This is Seabourn Ovation’s main showroom and it can accommodate all 600 of her guests at the same time. Lectures, movies, cooking demonstrations and more are offered here daily.

The Club

This is a great spot of afternoon tea (specific days) and pre-dinner drinks. In the evening, a DJ offers a selection of songs to keep you dancing until the late hours. The open deck beyond The Club features a plunge pool and 2 whirlpool spas. The Casino is part of The Club.

The Restaurant

Seabourn Ovation’s main dining venue and what a stunning space it is. It’s large enough to accommodate all guests and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on an open-seating basis. I enjoyed a 3-course meal here during my time onboard and it was delicious. My soup was served from a jug and the gelato and chocolate sauce I had for dessert was out of this world. I know, it’s only ice cream and sauce, but it was amazingly good.

Seabourn Ovation – My Views

First impressions were good, onboard impressions were excellent and lasting impressions…well, I was browsing the Seabourn website earlier. I suppose that says it all.

I’m yet to have the pleasure of fully immersing myself in the entire Seabourn experience, but just being onboard for a few hours was enough of a taster to leave me wanting more. I’d like to try water sports from the marina, watch the sunset from her bow and simply enjoy all the extra and personal touches that come with luxury small-ship cruising – the guest to crew ratio is 1:1, so you can imagine the level of personal service that is offered.

LOVE the atrium. It soars from Deck 4 right up to Deck 10 and it is stunning.

DON’T LOVE the canopy above The Retreat. The space is very intimate, and each cabana is beautifully designed, but from a personal point of view, the canopy blocks out too much sun.

2018 marks Seabourn’s 30th anniversary. You can read more about the history of this unique cruise line on the Seabourn website.

 

 

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