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For more than a quarter century, the Seabourn name has been synonymous with luxury cruising. Founded in 1987, 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.
Onboard dress is elegant casual, with one formal evening on cruises less than 14 days. Formal would be tuxedo, suit or slacks and jacket for men, and evening gown or other formal apparek for the ladies.
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.
Onboard dining is a similarly exceptional experience. Aboard all 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. And wines, of course (as well as almost all other beverages on board), are complimentary.
All Seabourn ships also offer alternative restaurants.