About once every year Seabourn invites its top travel agency partners onboard one of its ships for a review of their products, to meet with executives and to remind us why we love Seabourn. I was lucky enough to attend this year and have the opportunity to sail aboard the all-new Seabourn Sojourn. We spent two nights onboard cruising around the turquoise Caribbean waters.
From the very start we felt the difference of sailing aboard Seabourn. Upon arrival at the cruise terminal we were greeted with champagne, juice and water while we checked in. As we entered the ship we were met and escorted to our cabin, where our luggage was already waiting for us.
Our first night we had an official sail away party complete with live music. Seabourn President, Pam Conover was onboard and gave everyone a warm and inspiring welcome to the new ship.
The suites aboard Seabourn Sojourn are spacious, luxurious, and rich in color and textures. I stayed in Veranda Suite 924, featuring a generous sitting area, large walk-in closet, separate shower and tub. The televisions in the suite are extremely interactive- you can book spa appointments, set your alarm clock, listen to music or of course watch TV.
While onboard I was able to see every suite type, and every suite is beautifully appointed. The Window Suite interiors are identical to the Veranda Suites. The Penthouses are a nice step up from a standard Veranda Suite; the Signature Suites are located on a corner and feature an expansive veranda. However, the piece de resistance is the Grand Wintergarden Suite, boasting 1,403 sq. ft. including the two verandas. There are two bedrooms, one with a large whirlpool bath and separate large shower, a large living and dining room. I would say the most interesting feature is the whirlpool bath that is connected to the main bedroom, but is located on the veranda fully enclosed by glass.
The Restaurant, the main dining room onboard, is beautifully decorated with luxurious white fabric and enormous crystal chandeliers. The wonderful impressions do not stop there, the food was outstanding and the wait staff very attentive.
The Colonnade is the buffet dining experience onboard the ship for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ate here for breakfast one morning. The food was excellent, very fresh with many choices. If you preferred there was also a from the grill menu at your table where you could get made-to-order pancakes, waffles, eggs and various other items.
At the Patio Grill, we thought we would get a quick bite to eat for lunch. The grill featured gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs and gyros along with an assortment of really nice fresh salads and fruits.
The Seabourn Sojourn seems to have an abundance of pools and whirlpools onboard. The main pool area, on deck 8 features the pool and two very large, covered whirlpools. Since we were cruising around in the Caribbean many of the sunny spots on the pool deck were taken so we found a nice sunning spot in a semi-hidden location. When you walk through The Club on deck 5 you will find a small pool with two small whirlpools and a bunch of loungers in the sun and shade. We were attended to just as if we were out by the main pool with beverages, cold towels, sun lotion and sunglass cleaner brought to us.
The Spa At Seabourn onboard the ship is beautiful, there are several treatment rooms, a salon and a large relaxation room with a foot bath pool. The fitness center was decent in size and featured many machines and equipment. The spa itself is two stories; the second story features a whirlpool, Spa Villa and Cabana area.
Other activities while onboard include a golf putting green on deck 11, evening production shows in the Grand Salon, and there is always something going on in Seabourn Square. Seabourn Square has a specialty coffee bar and wonderful looking pastries, board games, library and computer work stations. Additionally, the Seabourn Sojourn does have a Marina with in-sea pool off the back of the ship, used on certain itineraries.
In closing I would say that the dining and service onboard the ship is excellent in every way. Combine that with beautiful public rooms and suites and you have a stellar combination that would hard to be beat. I would highly recommend the Seabourn Sojourn for anyone looking for that all-inclusive luxury experience.
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