Are these cruise ships really seven of the world’s great places to visit?

I thought our readers would enjoy this article written by Rosemary McClure that originally appeared in the LA Times. By Rosemary McClure If you’re a fan of cruising, new ships keep rolling out with bigger and better amenities. But would you include any on a list of the world’s greatest places? Time magazine did. It named seven ships in its second annual list of 100 Great Places to Visit last week. Ships such as Norwegian Joy, which frequently …

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Enjoy a Dinner to Remember with Seabourn’s New ‘Cook Your Catch’ Experience Available in Alaska & British Columbia

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  SEATTLE, June 18, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, has a new offering that is sure to reel in guests hungry for adventure and the freshest, wildest Alaska seafood imaginable. It’s Cook Your Catch, an exclusive culinary experience offering a memorable opportunity for guests to not only hook but also savor their own personal catch of the day in the midst of an ‘Ultimate Alaska’ voyage exploring the majestic wilderness of Alaska & …

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Seabourn Unveils Stunning Premium Suites on New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

  SEATTLE, May 13, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has given travelers their first glimpse of the premium suites on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022, respectively. The work of design icon Adam D. Tihany, the Wintergarden, Signature, and Owners Suites are masterfully designed spaces that will provide beautiful and relaxing luxury accommodations on Seabourn Venture and her soon-to-be-named sister ship along with …

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Seabourn Unveils First Stunning Public Spaces on New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

  SEATTLE, April 9, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has given travelers their first glimpse of select public spaces on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022, respectively. The work of design icon Adam D. Tihany, the Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, Landing Zone, and Atrium are masterfully designed spaces that will act as the communal hub on Seabourn Venture and another yet-to-be-named sister ship. The …

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They once said that small, luxury ships would not be profitable, but now they are building more

In a scene that plays out each evening on cruise ships all over the world, during a recent voyage I popped into a bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. My request was a Jack Daniels on the rocks. How the next scene plays out depends on your choice of ships. If your ship is operated by a budget cruise line or most premium lines, the price of that drink would range from about $8, as measured by a …

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On a luxury cruise in the Arabian Sea, on the lookout for pirates

Pirates seldom dominate our thoughts beyond movie myths and Halloween costumes, but real pirates still threaten danger for the unwary. As my ship, the 600-passenger luxury Seabourn Encore, cruised recently on the Gulf of Aden, with Yemen to the north and Somalia to the south, the ship’s crew prepared for a pirate attack. Passengers, too, were ready, with a set of instructions about when and where to go to hide if the captain sent us a signal. …

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Lovely, lovely food on the Seabourn Odyssey with lots of variation

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – It is kind of funny, but most people on this ship are repeaters so as soon as they board they already know where everything is, including their favorite bar, favorite place to read or favorite place to eat. They even know who they want to play Trivia with. They never refer to the deck plan. But we were new to the Odyssey, so it took us many days to figure out the …

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These cruisers are loyal to Seabourn, for all sorts of reasons

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Last evening we chatted with Capt. Bob Sample from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. A former pilot for British Airways, he is age 86 and traveling alone on his fifth Seabourn cruise. He has already signed up for another one this summer in the Med and confided that he is bringing his new lady friend along. At lunch today we met Eleanor and Dave from Ft. Worth, Texas, traveling with her parents, …

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Many days at sea, what do people do to stay occupied on the Seabourn Odyssey?

(Today’s coffee special is a hazelnut latte) ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – We have now had several days at sea on board the Odyssey and life is falling into sort of a pattern. People are involving themselves in all sorts of activities – or not – depending on their interests. One fact we have already learned is that lots of these passengers book these crossings every year. In fact, the cruise sales specialist already appears to be …

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Lovely Funchal…our only port on this 12-day Atlantic Ocean crossing

(Christmas lights twinkle as we sail from Funchal, Madeira) ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Yesterday was our only port day on this trip. We visited Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. The last time we visited Funchal, on another transatlantic crossing, I was feeling unwell and did not go ashore. Chet went then and participated in an excursion that included a gondola ride to the hill station of Monte and then a ride down …

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