Cruise profile: Seabourn's stylish cruisers offer luxury and pampering...but at a price

By David Simpson


As part of our occasional series profiling the big cruise companies so you can plan your perfect voyage, SeaView’s cruise expert David Simpson gives the low down on Seabourn, the up-market cruise line for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

There have to be reasons why just a few cruise lines can claim to be the best. Standing knee-deep in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean, champagne in one hand and a blini piled high with caviar in the other, is one of them.

And it is luxuries like this that puts four of Seabourn's cruisers into the world’s top ten best ships in the cruising bible, the Berlitz Cruise Guide, which uses an internationally accepted rating system that examines 400 separate items based on personal cruises.

Seabourn's waiters are pictured serving caviar in the sea

Life's little luxuries: 'Caviar in the Surf' is just one of the memorable moments Seabourn offers its passengers

Life on a Seabourn cruise is a succession of memorable moments, whichever of the five ships in the fleet you decide upon.

One such moment is the Caviar in the Surf celebration in which guests are whisked from ship to pristine sands for an occasion renowned in cruising’s elite circles.

But don't expect the moments to feature climbing walls and ice rinks as the vessels are small and intimate compared with many of today's monsters of the seas. This allows them to visit ports and docks normally only accessible to smaller vessels.

The swimming pool on the deck of a Seabourne cruise ship

Take a dip: Don't expect to find climbing walls and ice rinks - Seabourn's vessels are small and intimate compared with many of today's monsters of the seas

Such pampering doesn't come cheaply. Seven days will set you back from about 1,800 for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise - flights are extra - but once on board the only thing you have to put your hand in your pocket for is shore excursions such as horseback beach safaris, submarine voyages to explore the marine life and snorkelling to name a few.

The wine and champagne in the fridge in the upmarket staterooms is included. So too are those dreaded gratuities, unless you feel someone has earned a little something extra for their trouble.


When it comes to dining, you can choose to be intimate or sociable in the open-seating, dine-when-you-like restaurant. And with so few on board - from 200 to 450 depending on ship - there's never a problem finding a quiet corner.

You can expect excellent cuisine and high-level service, before returning to an extremely comfortable stateroom, complete with audio and TV systems and those bathroom bits and pieces. The staterooms naturally improve in space, if not in comfort, the higher the grade you choose.

The interior of a cabin onboard a Seabourn cruise ship

Cruise in comfort: You can expect an extremely comfortable stateroom, complete with audio and TV systems

The Low Down

Cruise Line: Seabourn

Style of cruising: Up-market, stylish and distinctive in a relaxing atmosphere.

Age range: Broad age range but average mid-50s

Size of ships: From 10,000 tons (Seabourn Pride/Spirit/Legend) to
32,000 tons (Odyssey/Sojourn/Quest)

Target audience: Well-travelled, well-heeled and discerning individuals who appreciate the finer things in life. Also Seabourn is ideal for those who are new to cruise and want an experience comparable to a luxury land resort.

Locations visited: Dalmatian Coast and Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Transatlantic, Northern Europe, China, South East Asia, Arabia Africa and India, South America, Americas, Caribbean

Price range: From 1,799 per person for an ocean view suite on a seven-night Mediterranean cruise only, fully inclusive of all tips, in April 2013 to the 116-day World Cruise, sailing January 2013,  starting from 31,520, fully inclusive, plus business class return flights, return transfers and host of other benefits.

Contact:, 0845 070 0500


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