Dining aboard the Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Where to eat? What to eat? Such delightful dining decisions on the Seabourn Odyssey. Didn’t take me long to find my favorite dining spot. First, I’ll tell you about the places available on this marvelous ship and how dining is done on the Seabourn yacht. No reservations are required for three of the main dining spots. You can decide at the last minute and show up wherever you want to eat. That …

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Seabourn Odyssey captain, crew contribute to 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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Alluring poster changes life of Seabourn Odyssey ship captain

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – 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 …

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Seabourn Odyssey attends to even tiny details, like a clock by the bed

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – It is just a small thing. But it makes me happy. And it shows the strong commitment that Seabourn has to taking care of even tiny details for a top-notch cruise. One of my pet gripes is that cruise ships and international hotels often don’t provide clocks in guest rooms. I don’t want to carry a bedside clock with a lighted dial every time I take a cruise or go overseas. As …

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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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Boarding the Seabourn Odyssey for Adriatic Adventure

VENICE, Italy – When I went to board the Seabourn Odyssey at the ship terminal, I saw a slow-moving, long line of folks snaking in front of me. Hundreds of impatient passengers were waiting for their chance at the check-in counter. This certainly wasn’t what I had in mind when I booked a cruise on  Seabourn. And, indeed, it wasn’t. Arriving at the terminal to embark on my weeklong cruise, I had taken an escalator to the …

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So, are the larger Seabourn ships a clear improvement over the smaller ones?

If you were to design the ideal new luxury ship from scratch, it might look a lot like Seabourn Odyssey, though not necessarily from the outside. Cruise ships these days are more chubby than sleek, what with the need for big balcony cabins and more interior space for expanded spas, entertainment, and dining. Inside, however, the classically elegant Seabourn Odyssey shines. Size matters. The cruise line’s first three highly-rated luxury ships, designed some 20 years ago, are …

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