The debut of the Seabourn Odyssey, the first of three new ships rolling out over the next two years for the Yachts of Seabourn, is currently underway, and as with any debut of a new ship, we are eager see and learn more about what promises to be a gorgeous addition to the luxury market.
I’ll be on board Seabourn Odyssey’s July 25-August 1 sailing, so please mark your calenders to visit this space then.
Like the current Seabourn fleet, the Odyssey will be an ultra-luxury, all-suite vessel distinguished by extraordinary levels of personalized service, with nearly one staff member per guest. Along with the Seabourn Sojourn, which will debut next spring, and a third, unnamed ship scheduled for 2011, the Odyssey is the smallest new vessel to be planned or introduced by a major cruise line for several years, and all three new additions will make the most of their intimate scale, with yacht-like atmospheres and the ability to access uncommon and interesting destinations.
The Seabourn Odyssey made her maiden voyage from Venice on June 24, and her inaugural season will continue in the Mediterranean and then move to the Caribbean in the fall. The yacht will also host Seabourn’s first-ever World Cruise starting next January.
We do know that the Seabourn Odyssey, and her identical sisters, will carry a maximum of 450 guests in 225 suites, nearly 200 of which will have balconies. The spacious suites will range in size from 295 to 1,182 square feet of indoor space. Verandas will add an additional 65 to 505 square feet of outdoor living area, spacious enough for private al fresco dining.
All suites, fully appointed with luxuries and conveniences, will have expansive ocean views framed by either a picture window or the glass doors of the veranda. Menus will be planned by renowned celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer, and an open-bar policy is maintained throughout the ship. Sailing with Seabourn is a sublime travel experience, and we expect that the Seabourn Odyssey will raise the service standard for luxury at least a bit higher.
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