This was our third review on a Seabourn ship this year, they were all good, but there was something special about the Seabourn Odyssey and a lot of that was down to the staff. We love the small ships and the Odyssey is one of the smaller ones in the Seabourn fleet. The staterooms are huge with very generous space for relaxing. We joined in Barbados and were soon in a little oasis having battled through the crowds on the quayside. Check in was very simple and quick and done onboard and we made our way to the Colonnade for a buffet lunch. Our general pattern is to eat in the Colonnade for breakfast and lunch and the main dining room for dinner. Breakfast is buffet but you can order specific items from the menu and the same at luchty. Dinner is sometimes buffet and sometimes from a menu where you are served at the table. In the main dining room, dinner is from a menu with a good range of choices for all courses, additionally if the menu of the day is not to your liking there are standard items you can chose from, you receive the menu in your room the day before which is useful. Other eating options are the Thomas Keller grill that you need to book preferably before you get on board as its quite small, the menu there is the same each night but still offers quite a good choice. There is no extra charge for this restaurant. There is also patio dining both at lunchtime and dinner time (the latter weather permitting.). There is a good range of evening entertainment and plenty of choice in your stateroom if you just want to listen to music or watch a movie. There are two bars on the open decks and an observation bar and one at the rear of the ship. In addition to the main pool area where there are two hot tubs, there is a small area at the rear of the ship with a plunge pool. Bar stewards do regularly come round all the open areas to offer drinks, One of the area we really enjoy is the square atbthe back of the ship where you can get coffee and snacks (if you get hungry!). This area incorporates the library and guest services which undertakes the usual front desk function. There are tablets there where you can access national newspapers if you want to keep a bit more up to date than through the brief news sheet provided. At some ports a local rep would come onboard to provide information about the area.There is yet another outside seating area at the rear of the square. There is another really nice searing area at the front of the ship above the observation bar, the only downside is there is no shade, but fine if its cooler and for any sea days. There are the usual shops and spa. We found the staff exceptionally good, nothing was too much trouble and we were fortunate enough to get the same table for dinner so appreciated having the same waiting on staff. One thing Seabourn donis to invite guests to dine with staff - not sure how guests are selected but its good to get to meet some of the officers and senior staff over a meal. James in the sky bar made the best mai tais we have ever had. There were quite a lot of tender arrangements on the cruise we were on and the operations seemed to run smoothly without the need to get tender tickets in most cases. There is a charge for the internet which is probably the only downside. Our cruise was to the Caribbean with a lot of small islands so great variety.It was a great cruise and a really good shipmwith excellent staff.
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