Since we’ve been married, we’ve taken a Seabourn cruise each summer. Our first trip was through the Mediterranean and our second was along the Alaskan and British Colombian coastline. Both experiences were beautiful; but the ships themselves are an experience all on their own. We love this line and want to share our top five reasons to choose Seabourn.
Seabourn is an ultra luxe cruise line that is perfect for those that love luxe travel. We’re consistent with booking through Amex, and when Adam did some research on luxe cruise lines, Seabourn popped up as one of our options. In the end, when compared to our other options, we chose Seabourn and we haven’t looked back since. Since we both love Seabourn so much, we’re sharing our five reasons to choose Seabourn together, as a team.
The first reason for booking Seabourn? The smaller ships. Neither of us likes to be around a ton of people all the time and, while aboard Seabourn, it feels like there is no one else there.
Oftentimes, we feel as though we’re all alone. We might run into others at the bars and restaurants; however, the pools aren’t crowded, the deck chairs aren’t all taken, and the spa is silent.
All of the rooms aboard the Seabourn ships have balconies. It’s nice, not having to spend extra cash on something as important as a balcony. If we’re on a cruise, we need to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the waves. We like to feel the wind and lean back to enjoy private moments (remember our slight hatred of crowds?).
The rooms also feature the best bathrooms. With a shower, tub, and dual-sink vanity, the bathroom is reminiscent of one in one of our favorite hotels. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the walk-in closet, the dresser, and the little area that I use to put on my makeup and do my hair every morning and evening – my own little make-up vanity!
Aboard Seabourn’s ships, we’re provided personalized service. The staff know our names, our favorite drinks, and we’re welcomed with champagne, along with our other favorite things, when we first step into our room.
Adam and I were/are special. Thalita (we still remember our first butler!) was amazing. She helped to ensure our time on that first cruise was spent well. She decorated our suite for Adam’s birthday and then, again, to help us celebrate our honeymoon. Little treats were left in our room, whether from the Seabourn staff or Amex, like chocolate covered strawberries or more champagne.
It was a wonderful experience, being pampered…and we both have to admit that it’s nice not being worried or stressed when traveling for so long. We’ve both grown used to it.
Oh man, Adam still dreams of Thomas Keller’s chocolate cake. Even to this day, it’s the absolute best chocolate cake that either of us has had in our lives! But The Grill by Thomas Keller isn’t all there is.
All of the restaurants are delicious. Adam and I love ordering breakfast in the room and eating it on our balcony; we often eat lunch somewhere in the port we’re at, and then return for our three or four course dinner in one of the restaurants.
No matter where we go, the food is amazing, but the Thomas Keller restaurant is our absolute favorite. All four times. We’ve been able to go twice on each cruise (despite the recommended one time per cruise limit)!
PS: this restaurant’s drink’s aren’t included in the cost of the cruise but we both feel that it’s worth the extra cash.
While a lot of things are included in the price of the cruise, including the beautiful rooms, food (other than the drinks in the Thomas Keller restaurant), and alcohol, we love a lot of the little extras.
What are we talking about? Well, for one, we’re talking about the spa. The gorgeous spa on board the Seabourn cruise ships are pure luxury. Adam and I always opt for a couples massage on our cruises, but one can also purchase full use of the spa for the duration of the trip. This includes a private deck, those stone lounge chairs that are heated, and steam rooms/saunas. I’m a huge steam room gal, so I’d love to have the chance to use it all the time.
The excursions are also amazing, with opportunities to drive inland and see little towns, go exploring in the wilderness via foot or on some other cool vehicle (e.g. 4×4, kayak, helicopter), and visit some Unesco World Heritage Sights. There are also complimentary water sports that one can enjoy from the back of the boat, including one of those banana boat floaties. This is Adam’s favorite extra for sure.
Overall, we have to admit that Seabourn has something that loads of other cruise ships don’t have. It’s got that, almost-exclusive, club-like atmosphere. The way that the staff interacts with us on board makes us feel like we’re a part of something private, something that few others can be a part of.
Yes, the food, rooms, small atmosphere, and extras are amazing; but there’s nothing like walking around on board, encountering person after person (staff) that know us…know our names, our reason for being on board, and our favorite things. Yeah, we’d agree that the main and best reason to choose Seabourn is the service.
Did you enjoy our reasons to choose Seabourn? What do you look for in a cruise line?