Magic Moments on Seabourn Odyssey
I am sitting in the hot tub on the pool deck of Seabourn Odyssey, the Mediterranean sun shining down, the bubbles in the jacuzzi matched by the bubbles in my chilled glass of champagne. Waiters pass by offering to top up my fizz as I relax in the warm water. I’m in heaven. I’m on board a Seabourn cruise with my partner for a seven-day luxury cruise from Istanbul, taking in the Black Sea ports of Varna, Nessebar, Constanta and Sinop, but it’s really the ship experience that I’m looking forward to on this all-inclusive Seabourn cruise.
There was an excited atmosphere as we set sail from the ancient port of Istanbul for the Black Sea. The musicians were out on deck for the sail-away deck party and we soon got chatting to one of the ship’s entertainers, a singer from one of the production shows. This was to be the first of many interactions with the ship’s staff, who somehow always knew our names and were perpetually cheerful and happy to chat.
That evening we dined in the main dining room, The Restaurant, a dramatic two-tiered affair decked out in white, with voile curtains suspended around the room and a giant, conical, crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The opulence of the room was matched by the fabulous food, the kind that gladdens the heart and quickens the taste buds the moment it’s set down. Served with free-flowing red and white wines, carefully selected to accompany each course, the meal was declared a triumph by everyone at our table, as indeed was the service.
The next day was our anniversary, and after walking around Nessebar, an ancient town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, we returned to our suite just before lunch. There we were astonished to see a huge bouquet of flowers on the table, with a lovely ‘Happy Anniversary’ note too. What a wonderful surprise – another ‘Seabourn Moment’, as staff and guests have come to call the exceptional things that inevitably happen on a Seabourn cruise.
We followed this up with a spot of lunch at the Patio Grill by the ship’s large pool, which fed nicely into an afternoon relaxing around the pool, sipping cocktails in the sunshine and enjoying some down time. You really don’t want for anything on a Seabourn cruise. The deck staff come round frequently offering drinks, chilled towels, fruit and other goodies; nothing is ever too much trouble. We spent most days in a similar vein: a quick look around the port or local town and then back to our luxury, floating, boutique hotel.
We spent a number of evenings dining on the back deck, watching the sun set over the horizon while tucking into lobster tail, steak and other cooked-toorder culinary masterpieces. Come evening there was never any shortage of entertainment, from the four talented singers who performed in the main lounge to the live band that got people up and dancing in The Club. They fostered such a fun atmosphere that even old timers like me were dancing until 3am on more than one occasion.
For the most part though, we were there to relax. We went looking for luxury, for a relaxing, pampered trip with no schedules or set timetables. And that’s exactly what we got aboard Seabourn Odyssey, returning home refreshed and recharged with a glut of great memories.
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