Seabourn Odyssey
Palazzo Versace on the water

As the last vestiges of summer disappear like the sun over the horizon, so does the end of the cruising season in this part of the world. It has been another record season with over 50 cruise boats pulling into Auckland. One of these was the Seabourn Odyssey and Let’s Travel magazine was invited to take a look over this “Palazzo Versace of the Seas”.

Redefining elegance at sea Seabourn Odyssey offers unparallelled choice in accommodations. You can choose from 225 ocean view suites measuring 295 to a whopping 1,682 square feet, 90% with private verandas. This includes five Owner’s Suites measuring up to 1,062 square feet (including the veranda) and four two-bedroom Grand Suites with up to 1,682 square feet of private living space.

You can also choose to stay in one of the 22 Penthouse Suites on the uppermost decks, each featuring up to 534 square feet of space.

The 450-guest Seabourn Odyssey, introduced in June 2009 and the first luxury vessel to be launched in six years, has been hailed as a “game-changer for the luxury segment.” Seabourn is renowned worldwide for their smaller, more intimate, total luxury cruising ships. Two sister ships are scheduled to debut in the next two years – Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and Seabourn Quest in 2011. Together, the three new vessels represent a capacity increase of over 200 percent for the line in a three-year period – underlining the company’s confidence in an increasing demand for high-end cruising.

This is reflected in stronger booking numbers than in previous years, despite the so-called global recession. According to the lovely Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO, the strong booking volume indicates the growing demand for luxury cruising, particularly for Seabourn’s high-end travel experience. “Travel agents and consumers have responded very favourably to our new yachts, itineraries and value-added promotions,” Conover said. “As a result, we are attracting higher numbers of both first-time travellers and repeat guests who are eager to travel well and experience Seabourn-style cruising.”

Gourmet dining for the adventurous spirit Seabourn Odyssey is sure to delight you with its varied menus in four restaurants as well as in-suite dining. The Restaurant offers eclectic menus developed specifically for The Yachts of Seabourn by celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer. Seabourn’s chefs shine as each restaurant offers discerning guests a different experience, from avant-garde tasting menus to casual meals on deck. In Seabourn Square, enjoy traditional Italian espressos and lattes at your leisure or stop by one of the six bars and lounges and enjoy world-class wine, champagne and top shelf spirits.

Seabourn offers travellers an array of new itineraries, including year-round sailings in Asia aboard Seabourn Pride, exploring Vietnam, Thailand, China, Korea and Japan. The new vessels continue to offer popular itineraries such as Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas, as well as annual World Cruises.??Seabourn has consistently received top honours and ratings from a number of well-respected and discerning travel publications and luxury travel experts, including Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic and the Virtuoso Travel Network.

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