Wonder how the new Seabourn Odyssey stacks up in the eyes of a long time Regent Seven Seas Cruises guest? Read on to learn what Jackie Frame has to say about her recent experience onboard Seabourn’s newest ship.
“The one thing that Seabourn does even better than Regent is issue an invitation every single night to their solo travelers to join a table hosted by an officer, a member of the entertainment staff and so on. It’s really nice to have a definite commitment each evening and not have to take pot luck (although of course that sometimes leads to a really fun time!) Also the food is absolutely wonderful. Apparently their budget is way higher than Regent and it shows, especially the lunch buffet in their restaurant called The Colonade.
The Colonade is very similar to La Veranda with outside space at the back. In the open air and at night on a balmy evening sheltered from the wind, dining there by candlelight is just beautiful. The Assistant Cruise Director and I had a wonderful dinner the other evening before the weather deteriorated, and I was very impressed with it all.
As I think I mentioned, I was invited to the Captain’s table on the first formal night; Mark Dexter is an Englishman, currently living in New Zealand and was very pleasant with a very good sense of humor. The other officers are almost all European. I also had dinner with the Staff Captain one night.
Everyone is very helpful and the Maitre D is finding me grilled tomatoes everywhere I go and there seems to be an unlimited amount of blueberries so I have no complaints on that score!!
There are 3 other restaurants apart from The Colonade - the main dining room, a pool grill and a frightfully exclusive one for a 7 course tasting dinner (different every night) a bit like Signatures. I haven’t had time to try that yet, but it is so small, only room for 35, that passengers are the only ones allowed to dine there, no staff, not even the Captain!
The ship is full with the capacity of 450 and most passengers I have met seem very pleasant and if anything a little on the younger side than Regent. Maybe that’s because I’m getting older, but at any rate the other really good thing is that there are NO CHILDREN!!!”