With a fleet of six smaller ships catering to upscale travelers, Seabourn has several unique attributes setting it apart from luxury competitors. There is a high staff-to-guest ratio—just 1.3 passengers for each crew member. Cabins on the line’s three newest ships—sisters Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Odyssey at 295 square feet, the largest “standard” accommodations at sea. There is also the most generous passenger space ratio of any cruise line—that is, more square footage per guest overall. So although the ships are intimate, ranging from just 208 to 450 passengers, there’s lots of elbow room on these design-forward vessels.
While Seabourn charges a premium, prices include all tips and most alcoholic beverages, and there are no surcharges for any restaurants. Evening entertainment is fairly modest—no big production numbers here—and there’s no kids program, no Bingo sessions, no basketball court. Fellow guests are well-heeled, and the mood is quiet and subdued; unpretentious elegance is the byword. Seabourn’s ships spend the year canvassing the globe, visiting smaller ports of call that aren’t common to the bigger lines.