A Sublime Odyssey
Another glorious trip on the beautiful Seabourn Odyssey - the ship is so spacious that you can always find a quiet corner and never feel crowded. My balcony cabin was similarly spacious, with a proper bath (Im old fashioned!) and champagne to welcome me to Venice - which was bedlam with twelve ships in no quiet corners there! Sailaway is something Seabourn do brilliantly, band playing, champagne flowing Re dining - I loved Earth and Ocean, the night time transformation of the Patio Bar (lunches al fresco there were fab too). Open-kitchen cooking of some really choice ingredients - amazing octopus, perfectly seared and seasoned will live long in the memory - and I enjoyed the main dining room too and like the open seating arrangements. Thomas Keller restaurant was a bit disappointing - no better than fine really, and didnt live up to the hype. Back to Earth and Ocean for me! The Lido Breakfasts were excellent, lots of choice, plenty of fruit as well as cooked and buffet style cold dishes. I avoid the coffee there through - they really need some proper coffee and machines! I got in the habit of breakfasting in the Lido and heading for Seabourn Square for a good cappuccino afterwards. Entertainment was a bit in and out - the Seabourn Singers were terrific, but underused and it was a shame that the Tim Rice show was not featured. For cruisers only on the ship for a week, this was a miss - and other entertainers were not my cup of tea really - magic doesnt appeal much the low key entertainment in the Observation Lounge and in the Club were good enough, pleasant background to watching the ocean slide by. Excursions are always expensive, and not always necessary. One I had booked to the caves was cancelled as it was under-subscribed - a pity they couldnt have put on a smaller bus but the trip to Trogir was great, well organised and enjoyable. And the shuttle buses in Corfu were useful. In the small and charming Greek fishing ports, it is easy enough to just get off and wander under your own steam, especially if you have seen the main sights of the area before. Very occasionally service was a bit ragged with long waits for service, especially on the open deck- there were few familiar faces and I wondered how many of the established staff on Odyssey had been moved on to the new ships? But that is a small moan, really - all in all it was a lovely cruise, and I shall return at some point, though I have to say that Seabourn are less accommodating of solo travellers, as I am, compared with Crystal and Silversea
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