In September I embarked onto my first ever Seabourn Cruise (Click for Important Disclosures). The ship, crew and itinerary were amazing! We sailed from Venice to Athens, stopping along the way in Croatia and the Greek Isles.
Let’s start with the ports and excursions first. There was a wide array of activities offered by Seabourn. We kayaked in Primosten, which was definitely a must do! After a short 30 minute bus ride from the port we arrived at our starting point somewhere in the Croatian countryside. We doubled on into kayaks and paddled around the entire UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir. It was a very unique way to explore this site without intruding on it.
In Dubrovnik we opted for the mountain bike tour. As we tendered into port I wasn’t quite sure of our decision, the port is lined with very steep hills and crowded switchback roads. Lucky for us, the biking happened in a nearby valley. We rode past old churches, vast gardens and vineyards. We even hiked a bit to discover waterfalls and enjoy a refreshing taste of pure spring water. It was magical, though we definitely worked up a sweat here.
We opted not to do any excursions in Corfu, but explored on foot and found a beautiful local neighborhood with a great restaurant to people watch. We did some shopping and had a nice leisurely day.
Nydri was one of my favorites! We went ashore with our own snorkel equipment in search for the perfect beach. As we were walking through the port we found a little place that rented bicycles for the day (only EURO 4 for the whole day) and made our way along the coastline. We found some great beaches for snorkeling and enjoyed a great meal on our way back to the ship.
In Katakolon (Olympia) we opted to hire a private car for the day to take us around. Of course we went up to Olympia to see the ruins and the museum, but from there we took the scenic route through the mountains and visited a small monastery with stunning views of the island. It was absolutely magnificent! Once back in port we found a beautiful little restaurant by the ocean and sampled the local goods like Ouzo, Tzatziki and the likes. YUM!
Next up was Monemvasia which offers stunning beaches. We snorkeled and tanned, had a relaxing lunch and finally walked up to the old fortress town. It’s a [place you definitely have to explore when visiting. It’s beautiful!
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore Athens, but had to fly out that same day.
The ship itself is stunning, and it was one of the few times I really missed having a sea day. There are multiple pools on board, many bars, 4 restaurants, various lounges, a huge spa and gym, a casino and the theatre. We tried to explore all areas, but a week is just not long enough to enjoy everything the ship has to offer.
Our cabin was great, even though we were in the lead in category (OceanView) we had plenty of space and felt very comfortable!
The food was amazing at all restaurants, but Restaurant 2 was by far the best! I highly recommend making dinner reservations for all nights as soon as you come on board. At times it was challenging to get a table reservation for the dining time we wanted, especially since we didn’t eat alone most nights.
The crew was fabulous! Outstanding service with a big smile at all times, no matter what the request. All crew members made us feel right at home and we had so much fun getting to know all of them. I can’t wait to go back and see them all again!
Daniela Harrison is a Travel Consultant with Avenues of the World Travel in Flagstaff, AZ. Contact Daniela for questions.
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