Guests who have sailed on Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend will notice differences in Seabourn Odyssey right away. Odyssey is, after all, quite a bit bigger than her older sisters. But it’s important to remember what all that extra size is being used for. Odyssey wasn’t designed to be bigger just for the sake of the size. The new yacht includes features and amenities that a lot of guests have been suggesting for years.
Probably the most prominent wish fulfillment feature is the verandas. Ninety percent of the suites have private verandas, and they are really big. (Big enough to dine on.) So you take a suite that is about the same size as the suites of Pride, Spirit and Legend (OK, they are a little bigger, too!) and add a veranda, and guess what? The vessel gets bigger.
So why make the suites bigger? Well, how about a separate tub and shower in the bathroom? A lot of guests asked for that, and now they will have it. But we needed to keep the walk-in closet, and the bar and refrigerator, and the separate seating area. And there are some extra-size suites on Odyssey, too. There are 23 Penthouse suites that are half-again the size of the veranda-category suites. And then, like the existing yachts, there are a few that are even larger. (OK, actually, way larger!)
So now we begin to see why Odyssey was planned to be bigger than the existing yachts... and it turns out that the reasons have a lot to do with what Seabourn guests want. Over the next few posts, we’ll explore some other differences and how and why they came to be included.