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Alaska By Small Ship

When it comes to cruising through the heart of Alaska and British Columbia, there are no shortage of choices. But Alaska, much like the Caribbean, is dominated by big, mainstream cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers apiece. Because of their size, they also tend to call on many of the same ports of call, eschewing... [Read More] The post Alaska By Small Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Encore: Coming Soon, Seabourn Ovation

With the christening complete of the brand new Seabourn Encore in Singapore in January, Seabourn is looking to the future. Next year, Encore’s sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will set sail, carrying 600 guests on a variety of cruises throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on her maiden season. Following her inaugural sailing in May of... [Read More] The post Encore: Coming Soon, Seabourn Ovation appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Seabourn Encore Christened In Singapore

Last night Seabourn formally introduced Seabourn Encore at a festive evening ceremony pier side in Singapore. International recording artist and world’s best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman presided over the naming ceremony as godmother of the new 600-guest ship, the first of two new all-suite vessels for the company. I attended the events and toured the ship. Later... [Read More] The post Seabourn Encore Christened In Singapore appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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What Will Seabourn Do Differently In Alaska?

Seabourn is sending the sleek Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017; the company's first sailings to the region in 15 years. Photo courtesy of Seabourn
For fans of ultra-luxury line Seabourn, it’s been a long time coming: beginning in 2017, the line will return once again to sail the pristine waters of Alaska after an absence of 15 years from the region. Starting in June of 2017, Seabourn is sending the 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn on a series of 11, 12... [Read More] The post What Will Seabourn Do Differently In Alaska? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising

Crystal Serenity will circumnavigate the glove in the winter and spring of 2015. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
When most of us think of Caribbean cruising, we picture the huge megaships of lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean. But there’s more than one way to explore the Caribbean. Unlike big ships, small luxury cruise ships can call on ports that big ships simply can’t. While megaliners line up three and four abreast to... [Read More] The post 2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Picture Postcard Perfect: Symi, Greece

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
October 27, 1957. That’s the day I was born. October 27, 2015. That’s the day I spent in one of the most beautiful places ever: Symi, Greece. Few, if any, of us on Seabourn Sojourn had visited this charming Greek island just 12 miles from Turkey. Francisco, Seabourn Sojourn’s shore concierge manager, was in as much... [Read More] The post Picture Postcard Perfect: Symi, Greece appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Sunday On Seabourn Sojourn: Postcards From The Sea & Beyond

Seabourn Sojourn docked in Valletta, Malta. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Out here on the Ionian Sea, the chill of an October evening causes me to head back to my stateroom to grab a sweater. I am sailing on Seabourn Sojourn as the ultra-luxury vessel makes its way toward the Greek island of Crete. This is her last Mediterranean voyage for the season. When our voyage... [Read More] The post Sunday On Seabourn Sojourn: Postcards From The Sea & Beyond appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Sampling Thomas Keller Cuisine On Seabourn Odyssey

Thomas Keller menu in the main dining room. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
I knew that Seabourn had partnered with acclaimed, multi-Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller. In fact, I wrote about Seabourn’s partnership with Keller back in June. What I did not expect was to experience Keller’s creativity on Seabourn Odyssey during our sailing from Rome to Barcelona last week. I dined on Keller creations each of the five nights... [Read More] The post Sampling Thomas Keller Cuisine On Seabourn Odyssey appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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40 Inspiring Photos From Our Voyage On Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Sojourn leaving Sardinia. © 2015 Avid Travel Media Inc.
This past Wednesday I disembarked Seabourn Sojourn along with my son and cinematographer Chris Stanley. We were on board shooting a new show featuring “Adventures Ashore” throughout Europe. During our ten days on Seabourn Sojourn (and in the ports where she called), we saw the sights, met the locals and had some fun in the sun-splashed... [Read More] The post 40 Inspiring Photos From Our Voyage On Seabourn Sojourn appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Sailing Seabourn Sojourn

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On Saturday, we board Seabourn Sojourn for an 11-night sailing that will take us from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. We’re on board filming for a new destination series that we’re producing. I’ll be telling you more about those soon, but briefly the videos are designed to help you make the most of... [Read More] The post Sailing Seabourn Sojourn appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Defining 'The Seabourn Difference'

Seabourn is in the ultra-luxury cruise segment. But what does that mean to you as a cruise passenger? Come along with me, and I'll show you The Seabourn Difference.
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That's Entertainment, Seabourn Style

When evening falls on Seabourn, that's when the real stars come out. Each night of your Seabourn cruise, a talented cast of performers, singers, dancers and musicians give their all to make sure that you are thoroughly entertained. During the day, attend lectures featuring noted experts in an ongoing enrichment series known as Seabourn Conversations — or head up to the Pool Deck for parties under the sun and later, under the stars. That's Entertainment, Seabourn Style
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Seabourn Trailer For New Web Series

I’m Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser. For more than two decades, I’ve cruised the Seven Seas on some of the world’s most luxurious ships. I write about my experiences on avidcruiser.com. My goal is to help people like you make informed decisions about your cruise vacations. Join me today as I explore one of world’s finest cruise ships. Welcome aboard Seabourn.
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Seabourn Brand Essence

The brand essence of The Yachts of Seabourn
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Seabourn's Destination Services

A look at Seabourn 'In Motion" excursions and a bike ride in Flam, Norway.
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