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July 10, 2009

Seabourn’s new Odyssey shines

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Hi from aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, the brand new super luxury ship from the Yachts of Seabourn. I am among press and travel agents lucky enough to do a preview cruise on this very special ship, which takes on its first real passengers later this week.

Work is still being done while we’re onboard (the spa’s fancy hydro pool and villa suites, for instance, are not yet open) and the plan to take us out to sea has been scrubbed – instead we will cruise around Venice’s Grand Canal (what could be better than that?) and then dock.

But that’s mostly cosmetic stuff. What we can see in the mostly completed ship is that the Odyssey is a contemporary stunner. Seabourn has had a reputation of being, well, a little old fashioned with its smaller ships. This ship, which triples the size of the others at 32,000 tons and carries 450 passengers (as opposed to 200 on the other ships) is anything but old fashioned.Guests will enjoy the cuisine of celebrity chef Charlie Palmer in a restaurant with flowing curtains and a high central ceiling boasting an enormous, modern chandelier. They will enjoy buffet meals in a reconfigured Deck 8 casual venue, where you can choose from traditional seating, outdoor seating or high top marble tables with high stools – more of communal dining approach.

On Deck 7, aft, is a freeflowing, open hub with areas for concierge, front desk and shore excursion services set off behind dividers (their is no true front desk), plush lounge areas inside and out, an Internet area (the ship also has Wi-Fi throughout), glass library shelves and a large coffee bar for lattes and such (as well as pastries and gelato). It’s a very W Hotels kind of approach, but with a more luxurious slant – and surely something you’ve never seen before on a cruise ship.

Cabins will be recognizeable to Seabourn repeaters though there’s a little more room and the addition of balconies, large enough for a lounge chair, two regular chairs and a table. The cabin decor is nicely contemporary with light woods and fabrics in shades of brown and sand.

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