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Seabourn Sojourn Pays First Visit to New York

October 11, 2011

WTT had to see what all the buzz was about and we were not the least bit disappointed.

Seabourn Cruise Lone Sojourn

Seabourn Cruise Lone Sojourn

This Seabourn Sojourn is one classy ship which could easily spoil you forever!

Seabourn Cruise Line started in 1987 with a couple of 100 passenger vessels. They currently have 3 of the yacht-like ships, the Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. These all have three dining venues, four lounges, spa, gym, pool and water sports marina. Many of their cruises incorporate a day for playing with the toys off the lowered marina deck-great fun!

Water Sports Marina

Water Sports Marina

Now there’s a second generation of ships carrying twice as many passenger, the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. These new ships have four restaurants, six lounges/bars, indoor pool, outdoor pool, spa, casino and although three times as large as the original ship carry just twice as many passengers (450). However, these ships are still “small” and able to call at more out-of-the way ports than the big guys.

Your cruise fare includes not only your spacious accommodation with a complimentary in-suite stocked bar, walk-in closet, generously sized bath, no extra charge for dining venues, open bars throughout the ship and no tipping. The ship has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere and despite the increased size, still feels “yacht” like. Ninety percent of the suites have verandahs. A neutral hued color scheme combined with woods, granite and marble create an elegant aura. Recently she has earned perfect scores on both the Health & Sanitation inspection as well as the Coast Guard inspection, I believe this is the only cruise ship to achieve this.

Sojourn Stateroom

Sojourn Stateroom

My favorite areas include the huge open bow area on Deck 6, a wonderful place to watch the world pass by—and the cleverly designed Seabourn Square. The Square is a unique social lounge which contains concierge facilities, a coffee bar, library, computer center, 2 boutiques.

A very minor observation, often when sailing I have to wear a watch as there seems to be a dearth of timepieces but on this ship there are plenty of well placed clocks. Isn’t it the little things in life that can make a difference?!

Dining options include the Restaurant which is the main venue, Restaurant 2 which features tasting menus, Colonnade which is an open kitchen featuring buffets for breakfast, lunch and regionally themed bistro style dinners, and Patio Grill an outdoor poolside café.

The 11.400 sq foot two deck health Spa & Salon provides a full range of services featuring 6 treatment rooms, Kneipp wading pool, saunas, a fully equipped gym as well as a private Spa Villa for the ultimate experience.

For the 2012 season, Sojourn will be in South American till March when she returns to Europe for the summer, Montreal in Sept then back to South America in October for the winter.

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