We have said before that Seabourn enjoys a very high rate of repeat guest bookings. People tell us that one of the reasons they return again and again is the personalized style of service they receive. That is sort of hard to describe in general terms, so we thought it might be easier for those who haven’t been on board a Seabourn yacht to post some great stories.
• On Seabourn Pride in South America, a couple who were traveling down the west coast had placed pictures of their grandchildren on the vanity in their suite. At each port of call, they purchased some small souvenirs and set them in front of the pictures. When the ship came to Guayaquil, they got off the ship to go on a three-night overland tour to Machu Picchu, meaning they would miss two ports of call. When they returned to the Pride, they found that their stewardess had gone ashore in those two missed ports, bought little souvenirs and placed them on their vanity in front of the pictures.
• At the Veranda Café breakfast buffet, a tray of glasses beside the juicer had a sign that said “freshly squeezed orange juice.” One guest picked up a glass, and, teasing the waiter, asked “Is this juice really freshly squeezed?” The waiter took the glass from him and said: “You’re quite right, Mr. Jones, this was squeezed five minutes ago. I’ll get you a fresh one right away!”
• Seabourn suites include really nice, plush terry robes. In one instance, a gentleman was not able to fit into a robe. The guest mentioned this to a stewardess, and within the hour, she presented him with a new robe – one the tailor had created from two robes made into one.
• A woman wrote to tell us that she broke her watch while on board, and her stewardess loaned the woman her own watch for the duration of the cruise.
• Another guest wrote us and told a tale of how he was engaged in conversation with fellow Seabourn dinner companions one evening and casually mentioned that he had really enjoyed a Sacher torte he had for dessert in Vienna. A waiter overheard the story. The following night, the guest was sitting at a totally different table with a different waiter. A dessert was delivered to his table. Guess what it was? The Sacher torte, of course.
These sorts of things happen all the time on Seabourn, and when Seabourn Odyssey debuts, the tradition of “Seabourn Stories” is bound to continue. If you have sailed on a Seabourn yacht and have an example of a personal Seabourn story, how about sharing it here?