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Seabourn cruises review
Small ships and refined service provide leisurely, luxurious getaways.
What you need to know about Seabourn: You’re greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival. Finish that one? Bubbly is unlimited and completely complimentary. So is caviar.
Seabourn provides an elevated sailing experience, albeit not all-inclusive — you’ll pay extra for Wi-Fi and shore excursions. But every cabin has an ocean view, so you might be able to do without the Internet.
Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).
Seabourn sets the bar high for luxury cruising. In addition to free-flowing champagne and fancy hors d’oeuvres, it shines when it comes to unexpected perks — like a mini bottle of local wine placed on your pillow after a day at port.
If the service you receive matches its standout reputation, you’ll be surprised and delighted. You do, after all, have a personal stewardess.
Keep in mind that the roster of daily activities is lighter than what you’d find on Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line. Expect wine tastings, lectures and trivia rather than high-energy escapades. And you’ll need to be comfortable with a dress code that’s a bit elevated — after 6 p.m., passengers change out of swimsuits and loungewear into something appropriate for a country club lunch.
But you’ll be eating and drinking gourmet, with staff to wait on you hand and foot. Choose Seabourn if you’re ready to splurge for a luxe escape — and are OK with buying shore excursions à la carte.
Where do Seabourn cruises depart from?
Seabourn has ports on the west and east coasts within the US — Boston and Los Angeles — and elsewhere around the world. Here’s where you can start your Seaborn journey:
Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bali Denpasar, Barbados, Barcelona, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dakar, Dover, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Juneau, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Malta, Manaus, Manila, Miami, Monte Carlo, Montreal, Montreal Dorval, Reykjavik, Rome, San Antonio, San Juan, Seward, Singapore, Southampton, St Marteen, Stockholm, Suva, Sydney, Vancouver, Venice, Victoria
Seabourn cruise destinations
Seabourn sails to every continent — including Antarctica. Get your bucket list out and prepare to cross off some longstanding lusts.
Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Pacific, Panama Canal, South America, Southern Caribbean, Transatlantic, Western Mediterranean, World Cruise
How much are Seabourn cruises?
Fares vary, depending on your cruise. But Seabourn probably isn’t for travelers on a tight budget. Here, we compare it to Crystal Ocean Cruises — a luxury competitor — and Carnival Cruises, a more accessible mid-tier line.
*Prices obtained January 2020 and do not include any sales or promotional rates.
Keep in mind that Seabourn and Crystal include alcoholic drinks — and Crystal also includes shore excursions and Wi-Fi — while Carnival charges for pretty much everything beyond basic food and non-alcoholic drinks. Also, rates can drastically vary based on the sales or special deals each cruise line is offering at any given time.
Our analysis? Crystal Ocean Cruises and Seabourn are actually pretty comparable. If you have a destination in mind, it’s worth comparing rates from each before making your choice.
What’s included in my Seabourn cruise?
Seabourn is a luxury cruise line that’s almost all-inclusive. Here’s what’s included in your fare:
Fully stocked in-suite mini bar and fridge … the drinks inside are free.
Alcoholic beverages, including fine wines with lunch and dinner.
Food, including at specialty dining venues.
All onboard entertainment and activities.
Two things that it doesn’t include? Wi-Fi and shore excursions. If these are non-negotiable to you, check out Crystal Ocean Cruises, where they’re part of the package.
Gratuities on Seabourn cruises aren’t required or expected — so you don’t have to worry about being charged extra for tips at the end of your cruise.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Seabourn cruises
The average age of your fellow Seabourn passengers will probably be 60+. So millennial and Gen Z cruisers shouldn’t expect nightlife or parties.
But the onboard atmosphere is known to be cordial, with the small ships providing a amiable atmosphere for getting to know other folks. Expect sophisticated, well-traveled comrades.
Here are some more factors to consider before booking a Seabourn cruise:
Truly gourmet food, with menus designed by Thomas Keller — the line is a member of the elite Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Luxury amenities, including all-star spas.
Reputation for top-notch service
24/7 room service.
Shore excursions not included
Elegant casual or formal dress required after 6 p.m. — no swimsuits or workout clothing
Pricier than mid-tier cruise lines
Fewer onboard activities than larger cruise lines
Wi-Fi costs extra.
Frequently asked questions
Seabourn cruises is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. A British-American cruise line, it’s the largest travel company.
It depends. On cruises of 14 days or less, you’ll need to pay a 25% deposit within three days of making your reservation. For cruises of 15 days or more, a 25% deposit is required within seven days.
For cruises 31 days or less, you’ll need to pay in full at least 90 days before departure. For cruises 32 days or longer, the total amount is due at least 120 days before departure.
No — but you can earn points and rewards through Seabourn Club, its membership program.
You also might consider booking that Seabourn cruise with a more general travel credit card to earn points and rewards toward cash back and other freebies.
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