For the team at Sovereign, Seabourn is personal. Stefan Shillito, our Managing Director has been travelling with Seabourn since 1998 and worked for Seabourn from 1998 to 2003. Both Stefan and the rest of our team have an unrivalled knowledge and passion for Seabourn, having lived and breathed this iconic luxury cruise brand for more than 20 years. It is no wonder then that we are Seabourn's largest and most experienced agent globally. Other members of our team have also worked for Seabourn and it is our insider knowledge, superb service and guaranteed best Seabourn fares that make Sovereign the best place anywhere to enquire about and reserve your luxury Seabourn cruise. As always, we know, because we go, as a team we have done countless Seabourn cruises, so please call us for our personal reviews of these incredible luxury floating resorts.
The Sovereign Cruise Club's Opinion of Seabourn
Seabourn is in our blood, it has been a huge part of our life since 1993 and we are proud to have won their top agent award for the last 12 consecutive years and to have operated three full ship charters of Seabourn ships. Long before Seabourn built their current fleet of the youngest small luxury ships, they had the lovely original “Three sisters”, Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend. These ships already offered excellent service, but they could not compete with newer luxury ships that had more impressive facilities and suites with balconies. So Seabourn made the sensible decision that they could better the “software” on their newer competitors ships by focusing on delivering the best service at any luxury resort, floating or otherwise. This paid off and for well over the last decade, Seabourn now have the finest new ships and this incredible service. It is a winning combination that we and our thousands of Seabourn guests adore.
Seabourn's Opinion of The Sovereign Cruise Club
Who better to ask about Sovereign‘s unique relationship with Seabourn Expeditions than Lynn Narraway, Managing Director UK & Ireland, “It is an absolute pleasure to work with Stefan and the team at The Sovereign Cruise Club. Their commitment to the Seabourn brand is always one hundred percent and the talent, brand knowledge and passion they have to deliver and exceed their client’s luxury travel experiences is unparalleled*.
The enhanced content on the new Sovereign Cruise Club website showcases the Seabourn brand in an ever more stunning and meaningful way.
It continues to be a joy working closely with such a professional organisation - well done to The Sovereign Cruise Club! "
The current Seabourn fleet was founded by the introduction of three elegant sisters 458 guest ships - The Seabourn Odyssey class. Seabourn Odyssey entered service in 2009, followed by the Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and the Seabourn Quest in 2011. These stylish and sophisticated ships have more than a resemblance to the original Seabourn trio of sister ships. This is for good reason, the Seabourn Odyssey ships were designed by the same architectural team, Petr Yran and Bjorn Storbraaten, who designed the original Seabourn ships.
The Seabourn Odyssey class ships are game changing ships for the luxury cruise market and rarely is it that a new class of ship is introduced that can lay claim to that title - but what makes us say that? First they feature some impressive fresh ideas - such as Seabourn Square - a coffee shop, library, reception desk and future cruise sales area all placed in one convenient, elegant, open plan space. Many public spaces, especially The Restaurant, Observation Bar and Grand Salon are so contemporary that they would be more at home in South Beach, Miami, than on a luxury cruise ship. Needless to say, the Seabourn Odyssey class ships have proved so successful that many competitor cruise ships have now been influenced by their contemporary styling and thoughtful innovations.
The delightful Seabourn Odyssey class sisters were joined by the slightly larger Seabourn Encore class fleet in late 2016. Seabourn Encore entered service in December 2016 and was joined by her elegant sister, Seabourn Ovation in 2018. Both ships cater for just 600 guests, in all suite, all veranda accommodation. The external appearance and basic layout of both ships are very similar to the Seabourn Odyssey class ships, but also feature a number of enhancements. These include a larger Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant, Sushi, which is open for lunch and dinner. There is also a wider choice of Penthouse and Penthouse Spa suites.
It is true to say that Seabourn welcomes you to all-inclusive, luxury cruising refined to its purest form, where hand-selected itineraries take you to places beyond the reach of larger ships. The main Seabourn Difference is intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations. We have never experienced the level of service provided by Seabourn in any luxury hotel, anywhere in the world, Seabourn's service literally is the best of the best. But what else makes Seabourn so extraordinary? Here are the highlights:
The latest additions to the fleet are two expedition ships. The 264 guest, all veranda suite Seabourn Venture is the first of two sisters taking expedition cruising to a whole new level.
Intimate Ships - With a private club atmosphere, one of the highest space per guest ratios in the industry and the youngest and most modern fleet in luxury cruising.
Intuitive Service - Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests‘ expectations. Seabourn has nearly one staff member to take great care of each guest. Their staff remember guests’ names and provide Seabourn Moments - these nice touches are designed to surprise & delight guests - and having experienced them many times ourselves we can confirm that they certainly do just that. Each suite includes a Personal Suite Stewardess who ensures everything is perfect, from arranging a private in-suite cocktail party to arranging a Pure Pampering bath.
Unique Itineraries - Seabourn have specially curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences. Their ships visit hidden harbours and marquee ports, the intimate size of the Seabourn Odyssey class ships allows them to sail where larger ships cannot go.
All Ocean-Front Suites - Luxuriously appointed, with walk-in wardrobes, Beautifully designed five-fixture marble bathrooms with double vanities, elegant living areas with sofa and dining table and 90% of the suites on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest feature a private, teak decked veranda. Only Seabourn features shower and luxury bath products with an exclusive signature scent, specially created for Seabourn by Molton Brown of London. Seabourn's Premium and Penthouse suites offer even larger, somewhat decadent accommodations and additional personal touches.
Complimentary Premium Spirits - Complimentary Champagne, premium spirits and fine wines are available on board at all times. No one ever has to pick up the tab and Seabourn has partnered with Master mixologist Brian Van Flandern to create exclusive fine crafted cocktails. We also love Seabourn's complimentary welcome champagne, it gets your cruise off to a great start and is complimented by a complimentary in-suite bar, stocked with your preferences. This makes entertaining in your suite so much easier and your wonderfully attentive Seabourn stewardess will also assist you with anything else that you require to make your party go with a swing. Caviar canapes? Not a problem…
Tipping - Tipping is neither required, nor expected. Seabourn's teams are driven to exceed expectations and service is always provided with a genuine smile and with an attention to detail that is second to none.
The Finest Resort At Sea - Curated art selected specifically for each ship and guests can relax in Seabourn's ultra-luxury resort at sea “residential” décor, creating a home away from home feeling.
Culinary Partnerships - Seabourn‘s ships always feature World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Three Michelin Starred Chef Thomas Keller. The Grill by Thomas Keller, Seabourn’s signature restaurant, is exclusive to Seabourn and Thomas Keller also provides culinary offerings at The Colonnade. One of our favourite things to do on Seabourn is to go shopping with the Chef for fresh ingredients at local markets. Seabourn are proud member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and they have partnered with Regiis Ova - so that guests enjoy Caviar in the Surf or Caviar on Ice during your cruise. Seabourn is the world's largest purchaser of caviar and once on board it is easy to see why - how decadent and delicious!
World-Class Dining - Seabourn features a choice of dining venues to suit every taste, they use the freshest ingredients and seasonal local specialties and guests can select their table each and every night; no tables are reserved. All venues are open seating with no reservations required, with the exception of The Grill by Thomas Keller and Thomas Keller inspired family-style served dinners in The Colonnade. It is easy to dine with one, two or more guests, friends or family members on board. Other dining venues include The Patio for alfresco lunches and Earth & Ocean at The Patio where each evening Seabourn's skilled chefs create an imaginative array of fresh, inventive dishes, served in a relaxed setting under the stars for a distinctive dining experience unlike any other on board. In suite dining is also a great pleasure on board Seabourn, choose from a varied menu anytime or have a course by course dinner from The Restaurant menu served in your suite or alfresco on your veranda. In addition, on the Seabourn Encore class ships, a Sushi restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Seabourn Conversations - Seabourn's programme for connecting with visionary experts. Seabourn invites luminaries of particular interest and accomplishment to join their guests on board and they participate in the daily social scene onboard, sharing meals, adventures ashore and casual chats throughout the voyage.
Ventures By Seabourn - Are optional shore excursions that enhance and extend your experience in select destinations. During selected cruises, the insider knowledge and relationships of the Expedition Team members help Seabourn guests to gain access to memorable sites and experiences. On select voyages, guests enjoy kayaking, zodiacs and hiking* for scenic exploration. The Expedition Team provides valuable insights in formal presentations and in casual conversations over meals or at leisure.
UNESCO - Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage, enabling guests and Seabourn to give a small donation to UNESCO's World Heritage Fund with every optional tour booked and operated. Seabourn provides two types of UNESCO tours; World Heritage Tours visiting World Heritage sites and Discovery Tours where guests are offered exclusive, enhanced World Heritage shore excursions In selected locations, mid-cruise overland tours and pre-and-post-cruise Seabourn Journeys are available, providing access to iconic sites that cannot be accessed during a port call. A selection of these are detailed below.
Spa & Wellness With Dr. Weil - Features an exclusive mindful living programme. The Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil enrichment programme is the first of its kind at sea. It also features holistic medicine, meditation, and yoga - integrating physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being. The spa includes a thermal area with a sauna, ocean view Motion Studio and treatment rooms, a salon for men and women and there are specially designated Mindful Living shore excursions* available in select ports.
Sir Tim Rice - An evening entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice, this unique entertainment blends digital animation and live performance, enabling guests to discover the story behind the music. The show is narrated via video by Sir Tim Rice himself.
Sustainability - Seabourn is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Seabourn Private Air - Why fly on commercial airlines or gamble on fractional jet cards? Seabourn invites you to enjoy personalised service right from your door to our deck, and back. Operators adhere to the highest FAA and international safety standards and offer aircraft of different sizes and ranges. Seabourn Private Air is available to/from most Seabourn ports, with 1,000-mile, next-port protection. All this is yours for one simple, up-front, all-inclusive price. One call can arrange a round-trip luggage service, private car transfer from home to a private airport, departures and arrivals at private terminals. Seabourn Private Air also features a range of aircraft and flight crew, personalised in-flight food and beverages and a private car transfer to your Seabourn ship.
The very experienced team at Sovereign very much look forward to sharing their personal experiences with you of the many fantastic Seabourn cruises that we have enjoyed over the last 24 years. Not only do we have an unrivalled level of personal experience of this incredible luxury brand, but also we promise you to find the perfect Seabourn cruise for you and at the guaranteed best price. We cannot wait to assist you with your Seabourn luxury cruise plans, why not call us today?
Pre & Post Cruise Excurisons - Please see below for a list of some of our favourites, please call Sovereign for full details, the best prices and availability.
Highlights: Flightseeing - Talkeetna to Anchorage
• Full Day Tundra Wilderness Tour of Denali
• Day at leisure to explore Denali
• Domed rail from Anchorage to Denali
South Pole Quest
Highlights: Fly in a private jet to Antarctica for 6 nights (weather dependent)
• Step on the Antarctic continent - Explore Union Glacier
• Sightseeing in Punta Arenas with overnight at Cabo de Hornos
• Enjoy Santiago with overnight stays at W hotel
Phnom Penh & The Temples of Angkor
Highlights: Sunrise viewing of Angkor Wat and Helicopter over Angkor Wat
• Khmer Rouge, or the “Killing Fields” and Tuol Sleng Museum
• Siem Reap and the Cambodia Clean Water Project
• Private cooking class with a Khmer Chef
UNESCO Treasure of China
Beijing, X'ian & Hong Kong
Highlights: National Guide
• Peking Duck Dinner
• Tai Chi Class at the Temple of Heaven
• Beijing touring including: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, Olympic Village (photo stop)
• Great Wall Tour - Cable Car ride up & toboggan down
• Terra Cotta Warrior Museum tour
• Xi'an Great Mosque & Muslim quarter tour
• Hong Kong City Tour including Victoria Peak
UNESCO India's Golden Triangle
The Taj Mahal & Jaipur
• Delhi Touring & Dinner with Renowned Indian Family
• Agra Fort, Taj Mahal
• Jaipur - Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Amber Fort & Champagne Breakfast Elephant Safari
Yangon, Bagan's Temples & Inle Lake
Highlights: Visit Shwedagon Pagoda & take part in the lighting of 1000 special oil lamps that help illuminate this impressive structure
• Hot air balloon ride over Bagan - a breath-taking experience
• Sponsor & participate in the Novitiation Ceremony of a 12yr old Burmese boy
• Touring the villages on Inle Lake & half day cooking class with Shan Chef
UNESCO Splendours of Peru
Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
Highlights: Lima City Tour including Casa Aliaga & Casa Luna Mansions
• Cusco touring including Sacsayhuman
• Andean community interaction
• Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
• Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco
Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari Lodge
• Robben Island and Cape Town Highlights
• Table Mountain by cable car
• 2 Game drives daily in Kruger National Park
• Singita Lebombo all-inclusive resort
UNESCO South America
Rio, Iguazu Falls & Buenos Aires
Highlights: Highlights of Rio
• Both sides of the Falls - Brazil & Argentina
• Helicopter Ride over the falls
• Buenos Aires Touring
• Dinner & Tango Show
*Optional programs, for additional charge.
Please note that not all of the above facilities and services apply to the Seabourn Expedition ships. Please refer to their separate pages on our website for full details.
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