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. The Seabourn brochures calls it the “living room” of the Odyssey, located on Deck 7 aft.
On this day, a passenger is working a jigsaw puzzle. Several others are reading magazines. A woman browses through the large collection of hardback and paperback books in the ship library. About a half dozen people are using the desktop computers set up in a row of eight. The computers are available 24 hours a day for a small fee.
Cruise sales specialists are busy at their desks helping passengers plan their next Seabourn cruise. Guest service specialists are answering questions, booking excursions, making reservations at dining venues and doing other services. On port days, a representative from local tourism will often come aboard with brochures to help passengers decide what to do for the day.
Seabourn Square also has a European coffee bar with full bar service and a display case filled with pastries, cookies, tarts and dainty sandwiches, plus tempting gelato.
For shoppers, there are three stores in the vicinity of Seabourn Square. I’ve looked at all of them and expect to buy a wonderful reminder of my cruise before it ends. The Seabourn Shop features logo wear, accessories and souvenirs of The Yachts of Seabourn. The Boutique offers a nice selection of clothing , accessories and notions. The Collection has jewelry and watches. All duty-free, of course.
Seabourn Square is filled with comfy sofas and chairs, along with tables. Many of the seating places are turned toward that beautiful view of the wake of the ship. I saw some people just sitting and staring. Don’t blame them. Seabourn Square is a peaceful place, perfect for an ideal day at sea or a quiet day in port.
Photo by Jackie Sheckler Finch