There were no "extra" costs for drinks and tips
The entertainment was limited to three acts (mostly singing)
Date of cruise: October 20, 2010
Departure port: Civitavecchia
Region visited: Mediterranean
Cabin category: Suite
Cabin number: 107
Found through: CruiseCompete.com,Cruise deal website
Good for children: No
Good for teenagers: No
Value For Money
Staff and Service
Overall, the quality of service and attention to detail were really good. The anticipation began when we received our travel box from Seabourn which included leather luggage tags and travel itinerary. When we arrived at the ship, we immediately felt welcomed as we were greeted at the ship with a personal steward to take our luggage aboard and to show us around. Our cabin was large with a full seating area, walk-in closet and bathroom. Awaiting us were the fully stocked minibar, fruit plate and a bucket of chilled champagne! We also received an invitation to join two of the entertainers for dinner the first night to welcome us to the cruise and to answer any questions we might have about what to see and do. The servers knew us by name and by the end of the cruise, we knew them by name. The captain and his officers were often on deck and willing to interact with the guests. e have taken cruises on the mega-ships before and never experienced the sense of family that the Seabourn crew offered. They really live up to the slogan, "This is my yacht."
Lipari is located in a beautiful bay with great old buildings to explore
All shops, museums, restaurants are closed on Sunday.
The view from the top of the museum is worth the hike. You'll get great pictures from there. We were able to see two ancient Catholic churches when we were there and the architecture was absolutely beautiful. Some of the churches require a dress code (no shorts and women must cover their heads) but it is worth seeing because you just can't reproduce the patina on this old art work. As everything was closed, we walked the stone-lined alleyways and felt transported to another time.
We took a morning excursion and arrived back in Brindisi after lunch. We expected to tour the town during the afternoon and found that all the shops (except restaurants) and churches were closed until 4:30 or 5:00. Our cruise ship left port at 4:30 so we didn't leave any of our Euros at this town. If you are able to visit in the morning, there are several old churches to visit and the town itself is quite beautiful. Our 40-minute trip to the interior town of Lecce was well worth the trip. It is full of beautiful Italian architecture. Such a surprise in the middle of a city!