Carrying just 208 fortunate guests each, the two yacht-size Seabourn ships – Seabourn Spirit and Legend – offer a wealth of onboard touches and luxuries to assure smooth sailing whatever the destination. Guests can look forward to spacious accommodations of 277 square feet or more, 40 percent with balconies; complimentary wines and spirits throughout each cruise; menus designed by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer; innovative Massage Moments on deck; festive Caviar in the Surf beach parties; designer soaps, Molton Brown toiletries and Pure Pampering therapeutic bath menu – and all of the above with no tipping required or expected.
With the addition of Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn, the line’s new 450-guest yachts launched in 2009 and 2010, guests are able to enjoy the same exceptional levels of service that distinguish the Seabourn brand with the added amenities and features made possible by a larger vessel. One additional new-build of the same class will be added to the fleet in 2011.
Seabourn Included Values
+ value-added Seabourn extras!
♦ All Suite Ships
♦ All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish
♦ FREE gratuities
♦ FREE fine wines and premium spirits in bars, restaurants, on deck
♦ FREE in-suite mini bar stocked with your preferred selections
For more than a quarter century, the Seabourn name has been synonymous with luxury cruising. Founded in 1987 by legendary cruise mogul Warren Titus (who’d also founded Royal Viking Line 15 years earlier) and Norwegian businessman Atle Brynestad (currently owner and chairman of SeaDream Yacht Club), the line early on established a distinct cruising style: quiet, refined, and genteel, with nearly clairvoyant service, exceptional food and wine, and itineraries that concentrate on intimate ports where the big ships don’t go.
These are not cruises for people who like their vacations dramatic, ostentatious, or fast-paced. Aboard Seabourn, relaxation rules and distractions are few. Seabourn guests tend to be mature, well-off individuals who prefer to take their vacations at their own pace and just want nice surroundings and a capable staff that can anticipate their needs.
Families with kids are extremely rare, and there are no activities or facilities for children at all. Though onboard dress tends toward resort casual, optional formal nights tend to be very formal indeed, with lots of tuxedos and gowns.
Activities Aboard Seabourn
For adults, activities tend toward the low-key, such as wine tastings, computer classes, exercise classes, spa seminars, or talks by noted authors, historians, diplomats, chefs, wine connoisseurs, film directors, and the like. Entertainment is similarly low-key, focused around music, dancing, casino gambling, and a variety of cabaret acts in the main lounge: comedians, musicians, puppeteers, etc.
For more active activity, each ship has a water sports marina that can be lowered from the stern, allowing guests easy sea access for kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, and swimming. Weather and sea conditions permitting, it’s used at anchor on designated "Marina Days", and on days when the line puts on one of its signature "Champagne and Caviar in the Surf" beach barbecues, which include a red carpet in the sand to greet guests as they’re dropped off by landing boat, a huge gourmet spread, a full bar, and uniformed waiters who wade around in the surf, serving iced champagne and caviar from a customized life-ring.
Dining Aboard Seabourn
Onboard dining is a similarly exceptional experience. Aboard all six Seabourn ships, the main restaurant serves dinners in single open seatings, with guests able to arrive anytime they like during dinner hours and find seating for their party. Dinner service is attentive and high-style while remaining unobtrusive — the perfect blend. Restaurateur Charlie Palmer, proprietor of a dozen fine-dining establishments in New York, Las Vegas, DC, and California’s Wine Country, oversees the line’s menus and trains its chefs in his restaurants’ kitchens. Five entrees change nightly, but the kitchen will whip up a custom dish for you if nothing strikes your fancy. And wines, of course (as well as almost all other beverages on board), are complimentary.
If you want an alternative to the main restaurant, all Seabourn ships also offer Restaurant 2, serving an array of small plates prepared creatively and served mostly two to a course over five or six courses.
Aboard the three older Seabourn ships, Restaurant 2 takes up part of the indoor/outdoor Veranda Café casual restaurant, which serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch and full-service dinners, and a third, open-air venue, the Sky Grill, serves a steak-and-seafood menu when the weather cooperates, by reservation only.
Aboard the newer, larger Odyssey, Sojourn, and Quest, Restaurant 2 has its own dedicated, high-style space, and the casual restaurant is known as The Colonnade, a super-stylish space.
Seabourn Sojourn Inaugural In London, Twiggy Names Ship
by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.
London, June 6, 2010. Twiggy took her time descending the upper deck stairs to reach the podium on Seabourn Sojourn this past Friday in London, where the iconic 1960′s British model christened Seabourn’s newest vessel on the River Thames.
Indeed elegant, Twiggy exploded onto the international modelling scene as a London teenager in 1966. She went on to define the term ‘supermodel’ and to become the icon of 1960s style worldwide. In the early 1970s she became an actress and singer, winning two coveted Golden Globe Awards for her first film “The Boyfriend.” In the 1980s she took Broadway by storm in the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical “My One & Only.”
More recently, Twiggy has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model and fronted the phenomenally successful campaign for the British retail giant Marks & Spencer. Along with this she designs her own clothing and bed linen lines in the UK and has just launched her ‘Twiggy London’ collection in the United States on the Home Shopping Channel. She is an ardent campaigner for animal welfare and breast cancer support. Her renowned elegance and style perfectly complemented the gracious lines and sophistication of Seabourn Sojourn, named in her home town of London.
“I am incredibly excited that Seabourn has asked me to be Godmother to Seabourn Sojourn.” Twiggy said. “Her stylish interiors and sleek silhouette make her one of the most elegant yachts at sea. I am thrilled that Seabourn is combining their inaugural celebrations with Breast Cancer Haven’s 10 year anniversary – it really is a wonderful organization.’’
Today, Sojourn sailed from London on its maiden voyage on a 14-night “Northern Star Sojourn” cruise, which visits include Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian Sea, Norway and the Netherlands. The voyage ends on June 20th in Dover, England. Seabourn Sojourn is the second of the three new, luxury vessels to be launched by Seabourn in a three-year period. The first, Seabourn Odyssey, launched in 2009.