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Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Sojourn

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Seabourn Sojourn Review

Launched in 2010, Seabourn Sojourn is virtually identical to her sister ships Odyssey and Quest. 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 330
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 32,000
  • Length 650 feet
  • Number of Cabins 225
  • Passenger Capacity 450
  • Width 84 feet
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Jun 5, 2011

norway

First time on Seabourn Sojourn but not the last. I have been on 15 different cruise lines/ships and for luxury designation this is by far the best. I was surprised to find top of the line cabin,food,service,excursions,entertainment and Norway did NOT disappoint. Just beautiful scenery and not to be missed. Food was excellent and varied with great service and 3 different venues to choose from plus room service. Great cabin with spacious

balcony, large bathroom with soaking tub and 2 sinks in marble,large,comfortable bed with good reading lights, couch and table, TV with great stewardess and very prompt service and a large walk in closet. Much to choose from: shuffleboard,putting green,spa,work out,room,2 pools and 3 whirlpools,good lectures. Plenty to keep you busy or just to relax. Two can't miss excursions: Flam rail and bus tour and Geiranger fjord and bus tour. Both are 7 hours but lunch and snack provided. The views are wonderful. You can do other ports easily on own with HOHO bus or walk. We did Copenhagen canal tour on own as well as Oslo Vigeland park and Folkmuseum with city visit. Get a guidebook and explore. Norway fjord tour started in Copenhagen and went to Bergen, Oslo, Alesund, Stavanger, Flam. and Olden. It ended up back in Copenhagen. Would highly recommend this itinerary. It is only 9 days but plan on day or two in Copenhagen before and after cruise.

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