Archive for December, 2011
Seabourn Odyssey, in the home stretch of its westbound transatlantic cruise, mounted an epic tug of war on a sunny afternoon. A baker’s dozen teams turned out, from the “Girl’s Blouses” (Bridge Officers) and “Ongatongi” (Housekeeping Utilities); “Men in Black” (Restaurant Brigade); “Pacific Warriors” (Pursers) and “Muscle Tension” (Spa) to “Dragon Fly” (Restaurant); “Devil’s Advocates” (Bar Team) and “Granny and the Gangsters” (Stewardesses). Cruise Director Nick Hale raised the bar on the silliness scale in a day-glo magenta fright wig. After a series of heartbreaking eliminations (Stewardesses defeated the Bridge Officers soundly), the Devil’s Advocates (Bar Team) poured it on in the final to ice the victory. Thanks to Cruise Sales Consultant Sara Ferreira for the photos and the news! Happy Holidays to all our blog friends and watch for Holiday decorations pictures soon!
Seabourn Legend recently completed its transit of the Red Sea bound from the Mediterranean to Asia. One of the most popular ports is Aqaba in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. From Aqaba, guests can join the modern caravan of traffic up the King’s Highway and arrive at the mouth of the narrow, winding Siq (canyon) that leads to the long-lost city of Petra, completely carved from the reddish sandstone of the canyon walls. After viewing some of the many tombs, the Roman Theater, and the many unexplained rooms of the city, guests began the journey back down to Aqaba. A short side trip took them to a sort of modern-day caravanserai, where Seabourn Legend staff had created a surprise Champagne & Caviar station in the midst of the desert. It may have been miles from the nearest beach, but the hospitality, and the spirit, was the same.
Captain David Bathgate reports that Seabourn Spirit held its Transatlantic Tug of War on December 6th. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and eight teams gathered on deck to contend for the title. At the end of the day, the last team standing was the “Hit Squad”, comprised of stewardesses from the Housekeeping Department, who defeated all comers including the burly Deck team. Showing their triumphant form are Hit Squad members Andrea Zamponi; Candis Pretoruis; Nadine Breet; Danijela Ristic; Alana Van Der Merve; Priscilla Ortiz; Tatjana Semko; Claire Maasdorp and Carla Soto. Nice work, ladies!
Seabourn Quest arrived at Mayreau in the Grenadines November 29 during her Maiden Caribbean voyage and mounted her first Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue. Everything went “swimmingly” and the guests had a great day enjoying fresh local lobsters bought on site and grilled for them by executive chef Andreas Schiffer.
On Monday, November 28, Captain Erik Anderssen took Seabourn Legend through the Corinth Canal across Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. This has always been a special Seabourn Experience – our smaller sisters j‑u‑s‑t fit between the towering walls. Capt. Anderssen reports it was “…a perfect transit, clear sky, bright sunshine, a memorable experience for our guests and crew.” Asst. Cruise Director Sam took the shots, and for that, we thank him. How tight is it? The captain may want to instruct guests to please keep their hands inside the ship!
First-place awards and honors keep accumulating for Seabourn’s intimate all-suite ships in 2011. Recent announcements by the editors of the twin Cruise Critic websites in the U.S. and U.K. confirm the opinions resulting from earlier readers’ polls at both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler naming Seabourn the best small-ship cruise line in the world. The readers of the popular consumer cruise magazine Porthole have also once again expressed their praises for Seabourn’s ships and accommodations. In addition, Seabourn’s fleet of six elegant ships also represents six of the ten highest scoring ships in the world, according to the ratings in the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.
“All of us are tremendously gratified by these honors” said Seabourn’s president, Richard Meadows. “We’re extremely proud of our hardworking crew who truly deserve the recognition for these awards.”
The editors of Cruise Critic’s authoritative web presence have collectively spent thousands of days at sea on hundreds of cruise ships. So when they single out Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest as the “Best for Luxury,” they know whereof they speak. They also must have sampled the sublimities in quite a few shipboard spas before selecting Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest as being the “Best for Spa-Lovers.” Cruise Critic’s U.K.-based sister site also selected Seabourn as representing the “Best of Luxury” for the second consecutive year.
The newly released December issue of Porthole magazine announced that its readers had named Seabourn Best Luxury Line, and Seabourn Quest as the Best Small Ship in its 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and had also cited the fleet for offering the Best Accommodations afloat.
Douglas Ward, the longtime editor of Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, is renowned for the meticulous and detailed scoring system he uses to rate ships of all sizes and shapes. In the 2012 edition, he once again rates all of Seabourn’s ships five-stars-plus, and also includes all six of Seabourn’s vessels on a comprehensive list of the ten highest scoring ships overall.