Seabourn Returns to Istanbul, Turkey, in 2020 with Four Seven-Day Eastern Mediterranean Voyages on Seabourn Ovation

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  SEATTLE, August 15, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, is returning to Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2020 aboard the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. The 300-suite ship – all with verandas – will sail four seven-day eastern Mediterranean voyages between Istanbul and Athens, Greece, or Athens to Istanbul exploring the iconic Greek Isles and richly historic cities in Turkey. Guests will either embark or debark in Istanbul during the four new week-long itineraries, …

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Seabourn Odyssey Shines for Guests with Extensive Design, Technological Updates

  SEATTLE, July 9, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, has recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of Seabourn Odyssey, refreshing the look and feel of the vessel with open and airy interiors, modern technology updates, and rich contemporary furnishings that give the ship a completely fresh feel. The renovation, completed in Genoa, Italy in May, included extensive work to thoughtfully update many public and guest areas throughout the ship. “Seabourn Odyssey came out of …

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Shopping with the chef

KOTOR, Montenegro – An expensive delicacy, the plump porcini mushrooms looked great to me. But something about them raised the concerns of Rafael Peterkovic. He eyed the mushrooms carefully, thumped their thick stems with his forefinger. Sniffed them, too. Then asked the mushroom vendor if he could use a knife to slice one open. What Rafael saw turned my stomach. The mushroom was filled with small worms happily munching away. The vendor just shrugged her shoulders, knowing …

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The Square is ‘heart’ of Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Every cruise ship seems to have a heart, a place where folks like to gather. Maybe it’s the lobby, which is often a beautiful showcase on ships. Or it might be the lounge around the top-deck pool where folks can socialize and swim or enjoy a cold drink. On the Seabourn Odyssey, the “heart” seems to be Seabourn Square. “Whatever you need, you can find in there,” says cruise director Bruce Morrison. …

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All-inclusive Seabourn cruise is pure delight

Shortly after entering my luxurious suite with its marvelous ocean view – all guest rooms aboard the Seabourn Odyssey are suites and all have marvelous ocean views – I was greeted by a knock on the door from my room attendant Timea. She was carrying a tray with caviar hors d’ouevres, a glass of champagne and some special bath soaps. Gifts from her to welcome me aboard. My room already had a basket of fruit and a …

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Alluring poster changes life of Seabourn Odyssey ship captain

If not for a tropical beach poster, Mark Dexter might not be the captain of the sensational Seabourn Odyssey. As a teen, his dream was to become an airplane pilot. “I was devastated that I couldn’t be a pilot,” he says. “It was career day in high school and I was looking around for some other career. I remember the various pitches.” Then the 17-year-old saw the eye-catching poster featuring one of the most beautiful beaches in …

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Seabourn captain, crew fund charity for children with special needs

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – The first time I saw it, I thought it might be a child’s toy. It looked like a tiny bus that a child might sit on. But the top of the wooden contraption had a slot like a piggy bank. That’s exactly what it was – a big piggy bank. With an unusual story behind it. “It’s a wonderful organization,” Seabourn Odyssey Captain Mark Dexter says. “I’m a member of it because …

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The top 10 things (in no particular order) that I like about Yachts of Seabourn

ABOARD THE ODYSSEY – When I went ashore in Ravenna, Italy, a passenger on another cruise ship asked me a thought-provoking question: “What is there to do on the Seabourn Odyssey?” Mitchell Anderson of California queried when he saw me walking with my complimentary Seabourn tote bag.  “My wife and I have been thinking about taking a Seabourn cruise but the ship looks so small and I wasn’t sure there would be enough to do on it,” …

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Seabourn Square is the ‘heart’ of the Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Every cruise ship seems to have a heart, a place where folks like to gather. Maybe it’s the lobby, which is often a beautiful showcase on ships. Or it might be the lounge around the top-deck pool where folks can socialize and swim or enjoy a cold drink. On the Seabourn Odyssey, the “heart” seems to be Seabourn Square. “Whatever you need, you can find in there,” says cruise director Bruce Morrison. …

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‘Tender’ ride a treat on Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE ODYSSEY – It is almost like two boat rides in one. Here I am cruising on the spectacular Seabourn Odyssey and in several ports I also get to ride a “tender” to shore. Must admit, some folks don’t like it when a ship has to anchor offshore and ferry passengers ashore on a smaller boat. But I find it enjoyable. It gives me a different view of the cruise ship and a chance to take …

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