Can anyone offer some comparisons between the Cunard experience and Seabourn's?
I've only sailed Cunard. How does the food compare. What's the typical age of the passengers?
In a similar vein, I see that Seabourn has some interesting South American cruises, which Cunard doesn't. Has anyone taken the "Patagnia Passage" cruise from Chile to Buenos Aires? It sounds great, but seems very expensive.
Also, do the free drinks and wine on a Seabourn cruise translate into widespread drunkeness on board? Neither my wife nor I are big drinkers--is it the free drinks that add a lot to a Seabourn ticket?
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Anyhow, we hae traveled QE2 on partial world cruise and on you cannot compare that to Seabourne. THey are very Deluxe and have an upscale clientele.
THe only thing I did not like was, for the money, you did not get a veranda. We traveled on Radisson VOyager and Navigator and really loved those. All suites and all had verandas. They even had separate showers in bath.
Funny to see someone else here that booked with LuxuryNetCruises.com because that is how we did ours. THey were very good with price and service.
Bottom line, I would surely try a diferent ship and not hesitat.e.
Seabourn's price is much more inclusive than is Cunard's. Not only open bars, but tips, caviar, stocked bar in your suite, a free shore event in one port and a service level that's unmatched anywhere. 160 staff to 200 passengers. The quality of the service, uncrowded ship and extras are what you pay for on Seabourn. No, people do not drink to excess on Seabourn, typically. They just like the club-type atmosphere of not having to sign for drinks and worry about who got the last round,etc.
The biggest difference is the small-ship feel--you know everyone on board quickly, are addressed by name the firtst day, waiters and bartenders learn your preferences almost instantly--and you can do things ashore that can't be done with hundreds and hundreds of people.
Suggest you check their website for some feedback from actual Seabourn passengers in the video "Virtual Theater."