I boarded Seabourn Spirit on Saturday, ready for a 10-day cruise along the Adriatic. Our itinerary goes like this: Venice, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Brindisi, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Triluke Bay, Croatia; Rovinj, Croatia.

What I love about Seabourn ships are their small, intimate size. I was aboard Seabourn Odyssey two years ago, which has a capacity of 450 passengers. But Seabourn Spirit is even smaller, with a capacity of 208 passengers. Compared to huge cruise ships, which can carry thousands of passengers, Seabourn offers a quieter, more intimate experience. It’s easier to get to know the other passengers and overall, things just feel calmer aboard the ship. It really struck me when we docked in the small coastal town of Brindisi, Italy … as my fiance and I walked around, we barely saw any other tourists. I couldn’t help but think that if a cruise ship had pulled into port and spit out 3,000 tourists, we would have overrun this quaint little town (and not in a good way). Seabourn’s 200 passengers feel much less intrusive.

Our balcony suite is approximately 277 square feet and while that sounds tiny, it feels ample, spacious even, when you consider the fact that you’re on a boat! There’s a queen-size bed, a tub and a large vanity, plus a separate living room area with chairs, a small sofa and table for dining or working. Oh, and there’s a walk-in closet so you can unpack and hang all your clothes up. That’s another nice thing about cruising. You can unpack for a stretch and not feel like you’re living out of your suitcase. Our cabin attendant Aurelia, from Romania, is a great part of this experience. She’s lovely and after I met her, I felt like I’d made a friend straight away.

Decks 7 and 8 are where all the activity happens. There’s a pool, hot tubs, the Sky Grill for casual al fresco dining and lots of loungers for sun bathing. There are often performances out here, put on by the talented entertainment team. This is the place to hang out during a sea day, with a cold drink and a good book.

We were invited to dine with our Captain, David Bathgate, on the first night of the cruise. Hailing from Scotland, our Captain joined Seabourn in 2010 and it was our great privilege to spend the evening with him.

This is my third time aboard a Seabourn ship and each time, I’m reminded that besides the luxury accommodations and the dreamy destinations, the real appeal is the feeling on board the ship, created mostly by the friendly crew, from the cabin attendants like Aurelia, all the way up to the ship’s captain and everyone in between. Great job, Seabourn.

5 Comments on boarding seabourn spirit

  1. Hitha Palepu (@HithaPalepu)
    July 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm (12 years ago)

    Not going to lie, after reading this post I immediately went to the Seabourn website and started stalking their upcoming trips. I think this will definitely be our next vacation (the 118 day itinerary would be my dream, although not at all realistic in the short term)

    • trendytravelista
      July 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm (12 years ago)

      Hey Hitha – Honestly, Seabourn is amazing. I just got back from dinner with other guests on the ship and we were talking about the incomparable level of service on Seabourn ships. They have smaller capacities than the large cruise ships and because of this, there’s a really personal level of interaction between the staff and the guests, which I think sets Seabourn apart. Obviously, the luxury accommodations don’t hurt either! Definitely let me know if you end up booking a cruise. There are so many itineraries to choose from!

      • Hitha | Hitha On The Go
        June 26, 2014 at 4:40 am (10 years ago)

        We’re actually traveling through Scandinavia aboard the Seabourn Quest! I’m SO SO excited!

        • Natalie
          June 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm (10 years ago)

          Hitha – Will this be your first Seabourn trip? You will LOVE it! Looking forward to following along virtually! When are you going?

  2. Florida Keys Girl
    August 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm (12 years ago)

    We were on board the Spirit two years ago… I have been dying to get back on one of the small ships again soon – perhaps late in 2012! It was a truly wonderful and relaxing trip, with great food, amazing service and free flowing champagne!


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