Now they tell me…
Just when your National Cruise Examiner and her husband are about to hop on a cruise aboard Seabourn’s Sojourn from Fort Lauderdale to Monte Carlo, the cruise line announces a European “Suite Sale”. Well, we can’t complain, we did get a good media rate. But for those of you who aren’t privy to such perks, the luxury cruise operator is offering quite a deal with savings up to 50 percent and more.
The special includes complimentary veranda upgrades as well as generous air credits from many U.S. ports on more than 100 popular voyages in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. If you’ve never sailed on Seabourn you don’t know what you’re missing. Richard and I sailed previously on Seabourn’s older ships (the Sojourn is one of the newest entries). Each distinctive ship provides seamless service, suite-like accommodations, complimentary wines and spirits and some of the best food afloat.
The service is so personalized that during an earlier cruise when we requested pressed coffee, the restaurant manager apologized that they didn’t have the right equipment and actually went ashore in the next port to buy a press pot to make coffee for us. During another Seabourn cruise on the Spirit, a deck steward noticed that we often fetched cups of cappuccinos from the restaurant, and brought them on deck to drink before taking our morning swims. The following morning, as soon as he saw us, he went and got the coffees and brought them to us without us asking. That’s service.
Cabin stewardesses also go out of their way to keep your suite tidy, folding any clothing you left behind, and carefully placing toiletries neatly on the bathroom counters. Room service is another pure delight, too, served in courses if you want, always hot and delicious.
This sweet suite sale is definitely worth considering. It includes cruises this summer and fall to picturesque seaside towns, yacht harbors and elegant cities along the French and Italian Rivieras to the fjords of Norway, the line’s six ships will visit more than 160 European destinations, landmark cities and beautiful natural splendors on voyages from April through November.
“Seabourn is the highest-rated cruise line to sail in Europe, and in 2012 we have more spacious veranda and ocean-view suites on more fascinating itineraries than any other ultra-luxury line,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Our Europe Suite Sale, combined with our all-inclusive cruise fares, offers travelers tremendous value on award-winning cruise vacations to Europe.”
On select sailings, air credits up to $1,000 per suite are available on every ship in the fleet. Here are some of your choices:
Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Odyssey– seven-day Greek Isles, Turkey and Adriatic sailings from $2,999 per person with a complimentary veranda upgrade.
Seabourn Spirit– 10-day Adriatic and Dalmatian cruises from $3,499 per person with an air credit of $800 per suite.
Seabourn Sojourn– seven-day Baltic and Norway cruises from $3,899 per person with a complimentary veranda upgrade.
Seabourn Pride– 14- to 16-day Baltic, Russia and Norway voyages from $5,499 per person with an air credit of $1,000 per suite.
Seabourn Legend –10-day French and Italian Rivieras voyages from $3,499 per person with an air credit of $800 per suite.
Seabourn’s ships travel the globe throughout the year, sailing to many of the world’s most desirable destinations. Cruises of seven days to World Cruises of more than 100 days visit hundreds of ports, including marquee cities and lesser-known ports and hideaways.
Cruise fares are subject to change without notice. Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages. Certain other restrictions apply.
For more information or reservations, call Seabourn at 1-877-303-9419 or visit www.seabourn.com. Also come back soon to hear all about our cruise on Seabourn Sojourn as we will be filing stories regularly.