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Seabourn Odyssey Review

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Seabourn Odyssey
4.5 / 5.0
197 reviews

The ship's ambience is contemporary and elegantly casual with plenty of options
Service on a vessel known for intuitive crew was surprisingly inconsistent
Bottom Line
The ship is ultra-comfortable, social and small enough to nip into offbeat ports




Passenger to Crew

June 2009

Shore Excursions
Sails To
Southern Caribbean, Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal & Central America
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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Seabourn Odyssey Overview

When the contemporary-styled Seabourn Odyssey debuted back in 2009, it was hailed as a revolutionary new ship design for Seabourn, a line whose style had previously been more traditional. Odyssey had a freshness about its interiors, with sleekly decorated public spaces and larger-than-average all-suite accommodations outfitted with up-to-date tech enhancements. It also offered a more expansive variety of restaurants than had been previously offered on a mainstream luxury cruise ship.

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With 462 passengers, Seabourn Odyssey is designed for a sophisticated traveler who wants a balance of experiences. It offers a very social atmosphere; for example, dining is open seating allowing passengers to choose their companions. Trivia, held on sea days, is massively popular; on our sailing 25 percent of all passengers participated. There are plenty of chances to interact with your shipmates via a number of socially driven opportunities. Particularly fun was a fabulous "corridor party," held at the beginning of the cruise, when passengers socialized with their cabin neighbors with the help of Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, served by wait staff, and introductions, provided by officers.

One of Odyssey's greatest charms is that it has a generous space ratio. Even on a sea day it never feels crowded in the main pool area. There are so many lovely nooks and crannies tucked all over the ship it can you take you the whole voyage just to find them. (Start with the aft deck at the back of Seabourn Square or the forward whirlpool, tucked into the bow, on Deck 6.) Staterooms, from standard suites to the splashy Wintergarden, the ship's largest, have deep balconies, separate sleeping and sitting areas and dining tables.

In other areas, Seabourn could improve the overall experience on Odyssey. Evening entertainment, particularly lavish production shows, feels stale. There's plenty of enrichment through onboard lecturers, but very little when it comes to educating travelers about itineraries (and virtually nothing on the line's intriguing partnership with UNESCO and its heritage sites). .

Inconsistent service was perhaps the biggest disappointment on our trip. This matters because impeccable service is a Seabourn hallmark. In some areas, particularly in dining venues, it was as sensational and intuitive as you'd expect. In others, the levels of service seemed below standard. In particular, bars and lounges seemed understaffed and servers were overwhelmed. Our cabin stewardess, who did not properly clean the suite on the first day and committed various other infractions throughout our stay, was not Seabourn quality. And if first impressions count, our sluggish and impersonal embarkation process is handily beat, in quality and efficiency, by a recent voyage on a 6,100-passenger ship.

Seabourn Odyssey, in the end, offers an excellent cruise experience that balances elements of traditional luxury cruising (all-you-can-eat-caviar and butlers in high-level suites) with contemporary features, including a range of dining options and shore excursion menus that include active excursions alongside more passive ones.

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Seabourn Odyssey
6-day the gold rush route

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Fellow Passengers

On Seabourn Odyssey, passengers are primarily well-traveled couples aged 50-plus. Shipboard life is also suited to solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together. Most hail from English-speaking countries such as the U.S., Canada, U.K., South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Seabourn Odyssey Dress Code

Daytime wear is casual, but what Seabourn considers casual is more upmarket than big-ship dress codes. It's truly a country club-style of dress; loungewear at the pool, rather than shorts and T-shirts, for instance. Jeans are welcome in all dining venues during the day, but not appropriate in any public venues after 6 p.m.

Seabourn recommends one of two categories for evening attire: Elegant casual and formal. The elegant casual dress code is in place on most nights. Elegant casual attire includes slacks with a collared dress shirt or sweater (jacket optional) for men and skirt or slacks with a blouse, a pantsuit or dress for women. On the rare formal night, which only applies to dining in the Restaurant, the ship's main venue, men wear tuxedos or suits (jacket required) and women wear dresses or flowing pantsuits. In all other restaurants onboard, the elegant casual code prevails.

Seabourn Odyssey Inclusions

Seabourn Odyssey is reasonably inclusive. All of its dining venues are complimentary. Open bar exists throughout the day and night, with wine, spirits, beer, soda and water. Wines are poured with lunch and dinner, gratis. Gratuities are not required (or expected). Other freebies include Massage Moments on the pool deck on sea days (depends on availability of therapists) and a free "Shopping with the Chef" tour (capacity limited). Internet access is only included for upper-category suites. A 10 percent gratuity is automatically added to spa treatments, and passengers may up that amount if they wish.

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Seabourn Odyssey Ratings

Public Rooms4.54.6
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Value For Money4.04

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Seabourn Odyssey won 17 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Cabins in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
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Seabourn Odyssey Member Reviews

Seabourn Odyssey
Sail Date: Jul 2019
After our 21 day cruise in April on the Seabourn Ovation (our first with Seabourn) we had been impressed. When we noticed the itinerary of the Odyssey for the Greek Odyssey Cruise we got all excited.... Read More
Seabourn Odyssey
AP Traveller
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We have been on Seabourn several times-all except one on Odyssey. We love this ship as it has minimal announcements, great service and food and is a low density ship so never feels crowded.... Read More
Seabourn Odyssey
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We will certainly be booking our next Seabourn as soon as we can.... Read More
Seabourn Odyssey
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Having taken 10 cruises before, my wife and I (52, 42 years old) just completed our first luxury cruise on Seabourn. June 29-July 6 from Venice to Athens on Odyssey.... Read More

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Seabourn Odyssey
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

197 reviews

At 450 passengers, ultra-luxe Seabourn Odyssey offers three times as much space as the line's earlier ships. Tips and drinks are included in the cruise fare.

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Seabourn Ovation
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

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