Seabourn Odyssey April 28 to May 12 2013
Our long and eagerly awaited first Seabourn cruise had finally arrived.
We had taken Seabourn’s flight package, which meant taking the 07.00 flight from LHR to Rome. This required us to leave home at 03.00, arriving LHR at 04.45 to be met by the valet parking service.
We were directed to First check-in, but alas we were flying Euro Traveller this time. We were first though security and quickly eating breakfast in the BA lounge, courtesy of my Marco Polo membership. In fact we had a quick coffee before boarding the transit for terminal B and into the ‘B’ lounge. We had fresh fruit salad and Champagne.
The flight was uneventful but unusually the aircraft was a 767. We had seats 12 JK with ample legroom.
On arrival (on-time) in Rome, we then waited with our luggage for ages (about 1 hour) before the transfer coach was ready to leave for Civitavecchia.
On arrival at the port – more chaos, as we were met by a long, long check-in line, with no staff to assist. Elderly long-standing Seabourn clients were treated abysmally, the port agents really letting Seabourn down. I was acting like a cruise agent, advising people what to do, having gone to find out and they eventually realised that something different had to be done. It took another hour to board and was our worst ever boarding experience – certainly not 6* cruising. However, once onboard it all changed......................
The staff were fantastic, so nice and friendly. We were brought our welcome champagne, but we had tasted much better, so we stuck to wine and cocktails. Our pre-requested bar was fully stocked.
Later that afternoon we wallowed in the hot tub forward on deck 6. We joined a couple from Australia and New Zealand, who were under-whelmed by the ship, preferring the smaller vessels. They had bought some champagne as they too, didn’t care for the free stuff!
We enjoyed dinner in Restaurant 2, which provided an excellent taster menu. We didn’t like the Pinot Grigio, instead opting for Riesling.
I followed this with two Irish Coffees in the Club, prior to an early night.
Some cruise reviews
Seabourn Odyssey review - April 2013, with pictures
Azamara Journey All Inclusive Offering -June 2013, with pictures
Azamara Quest - Rome to Venice Sept 13 Pictorial review
Island Princess Panama Canal Transit 2013 Review
Celebrity Reflection Review Feb 1 2014
Seaboun Odyssey Review April 2015
Seabourn Sojourn Review January 2016
Scenic Sapphire - Rhone river cruise July 16
Regent Navigator - Mediterranean June 16
Rhone river cruise Scenic Sapphire