Seabourn Tops Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List
The Yachts of Seabourn's ships were ranked above all other cruise ships in the three all-important categories of Service, Food, and Accommodations in the 2011 edition of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List.
In the February issue, individual ship results show the 450-guest Seabourn Odyssey as the highest-rated cruise ship regardless of size. Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Pride, are ranked number two, three and five respectively in the small-ship category. Seabourn Odyssey's twin sister, Seabourn Sojourn, debuted in June of 2010 and was not rated in the poll. Seabourn Legend, meanwhile, achieved the highest scores in several categories, including a perfect 100 for Crew/Service, 99.1 for Food/Dining and 97.4 for Schedule/Itineraries.
Seabourn enjoys a reputation for delivering exceptional, personalised service to guests. Its small ships carry nearly one staff member per guest, hand-picked and trained to anticipate not only the needs of their guests, but also extra touches to surprise and delight them.
Seabourn is in the final months of a fleet expansion that will have tripled its capacity in just three years by the middle of 2011. The line's new class of ships, beginning with Seabourn Odyssey in 2009, has been greeted as a "game changer" for the luxury segment. Carrying just 450 guests each, in expansive ocean-view suites, Odyssey, and sisters Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, are the smallest new vessels being built by any major cruise line, preserving the line's signature ability to carry guests closer to the historical center of major ports, and to call in picturesque ports and yacht harbours where larger ships cannot go at all.