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  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Owners_Suite-1 - The Owners Suites on board Seabourn Sojourn are spacious, with a separate bedroom, a private and guest bathroom, dining for four, a full wet bar, and a full length window and door that opens onto the private veranda. This suite also offers complimentary wi-fi.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Penhouse_Suite-4 - All Penthouse Suites on Seabourn Sojourn offer a dinning area, private veranda, fully stocked bar, and more.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Signature_Suite-1 - The Signature Suite on Seabourn Sojourn lets you spread out. It has a dining area that fits six people, a private bedroom and bathroom with a large whirlpool tub, a stocked pantry and wet bar, and complimentary wi-fi.
  • Seabourn_Veranda_Suite - Measuring about 365 square feet, all Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to a private veranda, comfortable living area, queen-size bed or two twin beds, dining table for two, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen TV and more.
  • Seabourn_Wintergarden_Suite - The exceptional Wintergarden Suite has a private glassed-in Solarium with a soaking tub and a lounging bed. It also features a veranda that's bowed out, giving wonderful views of the side of the ship.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Penhouse_Suite - All Penthouse Suites on Seabourn Sojourn offer a dinning area, private veranda, fully stocked bar, and more.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Ocean_View_Suite - The Ocean View Suites on Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn, and Quest feature a spacious living room with dinning area for two, your choice of beds, a fully stocked bar and refriderator, and an interactive media center.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Signature_Suite - The Signature Suite on Seabourn Sojourn lets you spread out. It has a dining area that fits six people, a private bedroom and bathroom with a large whirlpool tub, a stocked pantry and wet bar, and complimentary wi-fi.
  • Seabourn_Music_and_Dancing_on_Deck-1 - Sway to the music and feel the sea breeze while dancing on the deck of Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Spa_at_Seabourn_Kneipp_Walk - Try the Kneipp Walk in the Spa at Seabourn, a soothing water therapy system with alternating baths of cold and warm water that provides  healing remedies designed to enhance circulation.
  • Temple_of_Luxor_Egypt - Visit Egypt aboard a Seabourn vessel and relive the magnificence of the Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhotep III near the banks of the River Nile.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Spa_Terrace - Yearning for a best-in-class whirlpool? The Spa Terrace aboard Seabourn Sojourn is a private area for spa aficionados.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Pool_Deck-4 - Get some sun, enjoy a cool dip in the pool and occasional live music on the spacious Pool Deck on Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Marseille_Cathedrale_de_la_Major_Provence - Head to Provence, France, aboard Seabourn to enjoy a visit to the 19th century Roman-Byzantine style Cathédrale de la Major in Marseille.
  • Captain_on_deck_Sky_Bar_Seabourn - Catch the Seabourn ship captain interacting with guests over at the Sky Bar, a place for fun conversations, great views and cool drinks.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_The_Colonnade_chef - Watch the chef cook right before your eyes during dinner at The Colonnade during your Seabourn sailing.
  • Seabourn_Kinesis_System - Keep in shape with the Kinesis System at the full-service Fitness Center on your Seabourn sailing.
  • Seabourn-Sojourn-at-sea - Seabourn Odyssey carries 450 guests on wide-ranging itineraries, including the Mediterranean, South Pacific, Asia, Middle East and elsewhere.
  • Seabourn-Sojourn-at-sunset - Book a cruise on the luxury cruise ship Seabourn Sojourn for an unforgettable voyage.
  • Seabourn-Sojourn-aerial - Seabourn Sojourn offers six whirlpools, two pools, a luxurious Spa, open-air Sky Bar. and some of the best dining at sea.
  • Seabourn-Grand-Salon - Catch high-quality entertainment on stage at the Grand Salon on Seabourn Odyssey.
  • Seabourn_Observation_Bar_piano - Enjoy pre-dinner and after dinner music played on the piano at the Observation Bar aboard Seabourn cruises.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_The_Colonnade_chef - Watch the chef cook right before your eyes during dinner at The Colonnade during your Seabourn sailing.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_The_Colonnade - The Colonnade serves regionally themed, bistro-style meals in a casual yet stylish setting aboard Seabourn Sojourn. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Seabourn_The_Restaurant_SU6 - The Restaurant features a wide variety of dishes prepared to your order by veteran chefs. The venue serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on an open-seating basis, inviting Seabourn guests to dine when, 
where and with whom they wish. (Note: Casual jeans are discouraged in The Restaurant after 6 pm.)
  • Seabourn_Colonnade_food - Hungry? Head to the Colonnade, a casual restaurantt on Seabourn Soujorn, where you can dine when and with whom you'd like.
  • Seabourn_al_fresco_dining - Take advantage of al fresco dining aboard a Seabourn ship, day or night.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_The_Colonnade_2-1 - Watch the sunset on the outside deck by dining at the Colonnade aboard Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_The_Colonnade-3 - The Colonnade serves regionally themed, bistro-style meals in a casual yet stylish setting aboard Seabourn Sojourn. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Captain_and_Guests_The_Restaurant_Seabourn - Enjoy delectable food, chat with the captain of your Seabourn ship and take in the fine dining ambiance of The Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Seabourn_Swimming_Pool_at_Sunrise - Watch the sun rise from the expansive Pool Deck on board Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Pool_Deck - Get some sun, enjoy a cool dip in the pool and occasional live music on the spacious Pool Deck on Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Observation_Bar-3 - Panoramic views greet guests as they gather for early morning risers' coffee and tea in the Observation Bar on Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Sky_Bar_bartender_2 - Look forward to a cocktail expertly prepared by the bartender at Seabourn's Sky Bar.
  • Spa_at_Seabourn_Kneipp_Walk - Try the Kneipp Walk in the Spa at Seabourn, a soothing water therapy system with alternating baths of cold and warm water that provides  healing remedies designed to enhance circulation.
  • Spa_Villa_massage - Relax through the ultimate massage experience at one of Seabourn's private Spa Villas, at the hands of well-trained staff.
  • Seabourn_Atrium - The Atrium staircase showcases the style and elegance you'll find aboard Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Sky_Bar - One of the features that sets Seabourn apart is its open bars throughout the ship. Meet, mingle and make friends with people in an environment where no one has to pick up the tab.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Pool_Deck_2-3 - Lounge in the sun or swim laps on the Pool Deck of Seaborn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Sky_Bar_bartender-1 - At the Sky Bar on Seabourn Sojourn, you'll find open air drinking, entertainment and attentive bartenders.
  • Seabourn_Grand_Salon-2 - The Grand Salon on the Seaboun Sojourn hosts varied shows and performances — you're sure to find something to enjoy.
  • Seabourn_Sky_Bar_bartender-2 - At the Sky Bar on Seabourn Sojourn, you'll find open air drinking, entertainment and attentive bartenders.
  • Captain_on_deck_Sky_Bar_Seabourn - Catch the Seabourn ship captain interacting with guests over at the Sky Bar, a place for fun conversations, great views and cool drinks.
  • Welcome_champagne_Seabourn - You'll be welcomed with a smile and complimentary glasses of champagne upon arriving for your Seabourn cruise.
  • Seabourn_Coffee_Bar - Enjoy your mornings at the coffee bar aboard your Seabourn cruise.
  • Seabourn_Kinesis_System - Keep in shape with the Kinesis System at the full-service Fitness Center on your Seabourn sailing.
  • Seabourn_Fitness_Center - Fitness centers on each of Seaborn's vessels host high performance Technogym equipment, complimentary classes and personal trainers who can design a fitness and diet plan to help you meet your health and fitness needs.
  • Seabourn_Observation_Bar_piano - Enjoy pre-dinner and after dinner music played on the piano at the Observation Bar aboard Seabourn cruises.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Pool_Deck-4 - Get some sun, enjoy a cool dip in the pool and occasional live music on the spacious Pool Deck on Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Seabourn_Square - Seabourn Square replaces the traditional reception lobby with a more welcoming, "living-room-style" lounge. There you can recieve help from any of the Guest Services specialists, enjoy a good book on one of the  sofas and have a cup of specialty coffee.
  • Seabourn_Odyssey_Sojourn_Quest_Spa_Terrace - Yearning for a best-in-class whirlpool? The Spa Terrace aboard Seabourn Sojourn is a private area for spa aficionados.
  • Seabourn_The_Boutique - You'll find a wide range of fashions and accessories in Seabourn's The Boutique. Bring back a gift or shop for yourself.
  • The_Club_S2T - Mingle and make new friends in The Club aboard your Seabourn sailing.
  • Seabourn_Swimming_Pool_at_Sunrise - Watch the sun rise from the expansive Pool Deck on board Seabourn Sojourn.
  • Temple_of_Luxor_Egypt - Visit Egypt aboard a Seabourn vessel and relive the magnificence of the Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhotep III near the banks of the River Nile.
  • Seven_Pillars_of_Wisdom_Jordan - Take a cruise to reach Jordan's Seven Pillars of Wisdom at  Wadi Rum, which Sir Lawrence of Lawrence of Arabia fame helped make famous. It's listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Register.
  • Khasab_Fort_Oman - Seabourn ships sail the warm waters of the Arabian Sea to historic countries like Oman. A surprise jewel is Khasab Fort, a pretty stone fort built by the Portuguese in the 1600s. Ancient towns such as Khasab offer a compelling glimpse into the essence of Arabia.
  • Treasury_at_Petra_Jordan - Feel like Indiana Jones when Seabourn ship docks at Petra, Jordan, and you come face to face with The Treasury, an iconic structure with intricate carvings and columns. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
  • Athens_Greece_Parliament_Changing_of_Guard - Travel to the Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, via Seabourn and watch the Changing of the Guard featuring the Evzones in full costume.
  • Marseille_Cathedrale_de_la_Major_Provence - Head to Provence, France, aboard Seabourn to enjoy a visit to the 19th century Roman-Byzantine style Cathédrale de la Major in Marseille.
  • Seabourn_tasting_France - Hop on a Seabourn cruise and meet new people, spark interesting conversations and try new activities, like this tasting in the South of France.
  • Seabourn_in_Malta - Take a sightseeing tour of Malta or go off on a romantic walk during your Seabourn shore excursion.
  • Chef_at_fish_market - Watch the Seabourn cruise chef pick from a good selection of fresh catches of the day at the Fish Market.
  • Seabourn_Watersports_Marina-1 - Get wet and have fun on your Seabourn cruise's Marina. Whether it's sailing, scooting around in a paddleboat or swimming at the pool, these activities are complimentary.
  • Seabourn-Sojourn-Oct2013.jpg - Seabourn Sojourn departs Halifax after a daylong visit.
  • Seabourn_Watersports_Marina_3-1 - Enjoy watersports such as sailing, paddleboarding and more at Seabourn Sojourn's Marina. Water sports are complimentary.
  • Shopping_in_Provence - Shopping is a part of most cruise experiences. Check out special collections like the colorful earthenware from Souleo Provence in the South of France during your Seabourn travels.
  • Seabourn_Watersports_Marina_2 - Enjoy watersports such as sailing, paddleboarding and more at Seabourn Sojourn's Marina. Water sports are complimentary.

Seabourn Sojourn: An intimate, luxurious cruising experience

Our review

Snapshot

In my view, if you are seeking a luxurious, pampered and intimate cruising experience the Odyssey Class ships in the Seabourn fleet, including Seabourn Sojourn, should be on your short list. Hosting just 450 guests, it's a very social ship with both the crew and passengers being encouraged to mix and get to know each other. In addition to an understated and stylish decor, which feels very much like a boutique hotel, there is a significant focus on food and providing a tailored and individual service to passengers.

Unconstrained by having to manage large numbers, the crew on the Seabourn Sojourn are able to spend time getting to know each guest's individual preferences and quirks — and are usually able to cater to them. I was impressed how much face time we had with the crew and also how everyone seemed to know our names.

The ship came into service in 2010 and has the English fashion icon and actress Twiggy as godmother. And, despite being a small ship, does provide a decent choice of bars and lounges, restaurants and entertainment. However, the focus is always on enabling and encouraging people to interact and mix and you should not expect to be entertained non-stop. You are more likely to find events like a Neighborhood Block Party (where guests come out into the hallways for drinks and snacks to meet their neighbors), Rock The Boat Party (on deck party where crew invite guests to dance) and being invited to join tables hosted by crew and entertainers to meet other passengers.

One of the most popular features of Seabourn Sojourn is Seabourn Square. This area is a welcoming space on Deck 7 that has all the guest services like Guest Relations and Destination Services as well as coffee shop, internet cafe, library and seating area with a vast selection of printed and digital newspapers from around the world. It is always busy and you will meet crew and other guests to share experiences, get advice and socialize.

Who will like sailing on Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Sojourn is best suited to those who enjoy a social environment. It is not a ship where you will or can be anonymous and invisible. The guests tend to be in their 50s, 60s and 70s, English speaking and well traveled. As it is positioned as an ultra-luxury line with all-inclusive fares and all-suite accommodation the fares are more premium and so attract a more affluent cruiser. Most people are traveling as couples but they have a long heritage of attracting and catering for solo travelers. Families do come on board during peak holiday periods and they have two hosts placed on board to run a program for children at these times. However, they do not have extensive facilities for kids and as many of the guests resent having children on the ship they focus on trying to keep them out of the way and away from the main public areas, such as the pool deck.

Where Seabourn Sojourn sails

The Seaborn Sojourn sails in and around Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean. The cruise ship features longer cruise itineraries that range from a couple weeks  to more than a couple months. Some of the most popular countries that this cruise ship visits are South Africa, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

Ratings & awards

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  • Best Luxury Ship, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (2015)
    Top 20 Small Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
    Top 12 Ships for 2012, Frommer's (2012)

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Top dining choices

Seabourn Sojourn offers a gourmet dining experience, and there is no  extra charge for any dining on board.

  • The Restaurant is the main dining venue on board, serving multi-course breakfasts, lunches and dinners in an open-seating style amid a refined setting of white linens, sheer draperies and crystal chandeliers. It is open-seated dining and it can hold all passengers at one time. The dinner menu has daily specials and Seabourn classic dishes.
  • The Colonnade is a more casual indoor/outdoor option serving  station-style buffet breakfasts and lunches. Dinners in the Colonnade include regionally themed menus prepared in the open kitchen and served at the table.
  • Restaurant 2 features an intimate setting where guests can enjoy innovative small-plate tasting menus nightly. Reservations are required, but there is no extra charge.
  • A casual alternative dining option, the Patio Grill offers poolside dining for luncheons and dinners, as well as freshly baked pizzas from its on-site oven all afternoon. In the evening it has a daily theme such as British Pub and Chop House Grill.

Entertainment

Much of the entertainment is focused on encouraging and enabling guests to interact and mix. There is a choice of things to do across the day but it is not as extensive on larger ships. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Retreat (Deck 11): The multi-use plaza has shuffleboard courts and a 9-hole contoured golf putting green.
  • The Shops at Seabourn (Deck 7 Midships): Three duty-free shops are The Seabourn Shop featuring shield-emblazoned logo wear, The Boutique offering fashions, cosmetics, scents and designer's luxury goods and The Collection sells a selection of fine watches and jewelry, including a private showroom for diamonds and other gemstones.
  • Card Room (Deck 7 Midships): Adjacent to the Main Staircase on port side is a card room for bridge, board games, puzzles and a large-screen setup for electronic games.
  • Grand Salon (Deck 6 Aft): The ship's main showroom can accommodate all guests. Lectures, cooking demonstrations, movies and other gatherings are held here in the daytime. In the evenings, guests can gather for everything from live music to vocal production shows, cabaret performances, comedy and classical recitals.
  • The Casino (Deck 5 Midships): Forward of The Club on the starboard side, a casino offers blackjack, roulette, poker and slot machines.
  • The Marina (Deck 3 Aft): On select, warm-water cruises, the captain will anchor and deploy a water sports marina, inviting guests to enjoy board sailing, water-skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides and pedal boating right from the ship. A steel-mesh enclosure allows safe swimming in the sea.
Mingle and make new friends in The Club aboard your Seabourn sailing.
Courtesy of Seabourn Cruise LineMingle and make new friends in The Club aboard your Seabourn sailing.

Bars & lounges

  • Observation Bar (Deck 10 Forward): Early Riser's Coffee and Tea is served every morning in this stunning round lounge with a square bar and panoramic views. The piano music makes it a great choice for drinks and conversation before and after dinner.
  • Sky Bar (Deck 9 Midships): This is an alfresco oasis for drinks and socializing overlooking the Pool Patio.
  • Patio Bar (Deck 8 Midships): Full beverage, cocktail and wine service, fruit smoothies and gelati are available at this bar on the pool deck.
  • The Club (Deck 5 Aft): The liveliest lounge on board is the scene of daily afternoon tea service. It is a popular spot for pre-dinner drinks and dancing to live music. After dinner, the dancing music continues, and later a DJ spins dance music until late at night. Another terrace of open deck aft of The Club boasts a plunge pool and two small whirlpool spas.

Spa & relaxation

  • The Sun Terrace (Deck 11 Forward): This terrace features 36 double sun beds arrayed for enjoying sunshine by day and stars and moon by night.
  • The Spa at Seabourn (Deck 9 Aft): The largest spa facility on any luxury cruise ship, with six treatment rooms, this spa features a thermal area with a large hydro-pool, dry float, sauna and steam rooms, a full-service salon, well-equipped gym and a motion studio featuring a Kinesis Wall and Thai massage area. All classes are complimentary.
  • Pool Patio (Deck 8 Midships): This expansive open deck surrounds a swimming pool and a pair of large whirlpool spas. Sun loungers and cabanas are arrayed in a mix of sun and shade, and a stage provides occasional live music for dancing.
  • Plunge Pool and Hot tubs deck 5 rear. A quiet and shaded spot to relax and enjoy the warm weather.
Measuring about 365 square feet, all Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to a private veranda, comfortable living area,  and queen-size bed or two twin beds,.
Courtesy of Seabourn Cruise LineMeasuring about 365 square feet, all Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to a private veranda, comfortable living area, and queen-size bed or two twin beds,.

Staterooms

Seabourn Sojourn offers several grades in accommodation, which are all suites. 90% of them have 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.

All suites include a living area and bedroom; a five-foot-wide picture window or veranda; walk-in closet; flat-screen interactive TV featuring music, movies and more; a fully-stocked bar; Bose Wave Radio CD, writing desk; spacious bathroom with tub; shower; twin sinks and a large vanity; a direct-dial telephone; and private electronic safe.

Suite amenities include complimentary champagne upon arrival, 24-hour room service, personalized stationery, fruit basket replenished daily, fluffy terry-cloth robes, Eqyptian Cotton linens, a fluffy duvet, fine soaps by Hermes, Bijan and L'Occitane, Pure Pampering Aromatherapy by Molton Brown, nightly turndown service, daily newspaper, World Atlas and an umbrella.

Disclosure

Gary Bembridge sailed on Seabourn Sojourn on a press/blogger trip as a guest of Seabourn. See Cruiseable's Ethics & disclosure policy.

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I'm a longtime cruise fan and ship geek. While traveling the globe, I operate TipsForTravellers.com, where you'll find podcasts, videos and advice about cruising and traveling.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Seabourn Square
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Swimming
  • Where: Pool Deck

  • What: Elegant interiors
  • Where: Seabourn Sojourn
  • Shuffleboard courts and a 9-hole putting green at The Retreat
  • Tea and coffee with a view at the Observation Bar
  • Relaxing spa treatmentas at The Spa at Seabourn
  • Gourmet cuisine at the Colonnade restaurant
  • Seabourn Square is the heart of the ship with guest and destiantion services, coffee bar and library
  • All-inclusive all-suite ship which covers all drinks and gratuities

Top dining options on board

The Colonnade

  • Style: Continental
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The Restaurant

  • Style: Fine Dining
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Fast facts

450 Passengers [?]
330 Crew
10 Decks
2009 Maiden voyage
32,000 Tonnage [?]
650 Length in feet
84 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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