Seabourn Odyssey Review
The first new ship to enter the Seabourn fleet in over two decades, Seabourn Odyssey was launched in 2009, one of three vessels to bring the line into the 21st century. A pair of virtually identical sister ships followed, making Seabourn Cruise Line’s fleet a pair
of triplets—with the newer trio of mega-yachts carrying twice the number of passengers of the older class. One of the ship’s unusual features is Seabourn Square, a “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a lounge furnished with easy chairs, sofas, and cocktail tables. A central enclave houses concierges at individual desks.
As the first new class of ultraluxurious ships to be introduced in nearly a decade, Seabourn Odyssey and her sister ships promise to continue the line’s tradition of understated elegance and signature features in a larger setting. With more space, there are more pools, more hot tubs, and a two-deck spa. The specialty dining room gets its own dedicated space, and there’s more room to spread out on deck and in gracious public lounges indoors. As on the trio of smaller Seabourn vessels, there is a Club bar for predinner cocktails and an observation lounge affording expansive sea views. New for the larger ships is a spacious show lounge with a proper stage for entertainment. When the water-sports marina is extended, there’s even a third swimming option—an enclosed in-sea "pool" with teak deck.
Seabourn was founded on the principle that dedication to personal service in elegant surroundings would appeal to sophisticated, independent-minded passengers whose lifestyles demand the best. Lovingly maintained since their introduction in 1987—and routinely updated with new features—the original megayachts of Seabourn and their new fleetmates have proved to be a smashing success over the years. They remain favorites with people who can take care of themselves but would rather do so aboard a ship that caters to their individual preferences.
Recognized as a leader in small-ship, luxury cruising, Seabourn delivers all the expected extras—complimentary wines and spirits, a stocked minibar in all suites, and elegant amenities. Expect the unexpected as well—from exclusive travel-document portfolios and luggage tags to the pleasure of a complimentary mini-massage while lounging at the pool. If you don't want to lift a finger, Seabourn will even arrange to have your luggage picked up at home and delivered directly to your suite—for a price.
Peace and tranquility reign on these ships, so the daily roster of events is somewhat thin. Wine tastings, lectures, and other quiet pursuits might be scheduled, but most passengers are satisfied to simply do what pleases them. One don't-miss activity is the daily team trivia contest. Prizes are unimportant: it's the bragging rights that most guests seek.
Although the trio of original Seabourn ships has been upgraded over the years, the line launched a newer set of larger, even more luxurious triplets that were introduced in 2009 (Seabourn Odyssey), 2010 (Seabourn Sojourn), and 2011 (Seabourn Quest). At this writing there is no word about when (or if) the original megayachts will be retired.
What You Should Know
- Kayaks, waterskiing, and other complimentary water toys are available at the fold-down marina when the ships are at anchor
- The fully equipped gym has a Kinesis Wall, an innovative method of exercise utilizing a pulley-and-cable system
- There is never a cover charge for specialty dining
- Choose your suite location carefully—not all balconies are equal, even within the same category
- Although the spa is opulent, it’s still operated by Steiner, which operates spas on most cruise ships
- Past passengers take a proprietary interest in the ships and may seem cliquish to newcomers
- Crew Members 330
- Entered Service 2009
- Gross Tons 32,000
- Length 650 feet
- Number of Cabins 225
- Passenger Capacity 450
- Width 84 feet