After six years of anticipation, a new luxury vessel, the Seabourn Odyssey, has been unveiled as the newest addition to The Yachts of Seabourn. This 640 foot vessel was launched on June 24 on its maiden voyage from Venice to Istanbul, and is exemplary of quintessential decadence throughout its 225 suites. The ship weighs in at a staggering 32,000 tons, and suites are equipped with décor equaled to that of a 5-star hotel, 90 percent of which contain verandas to overlook picturesque waterways while sipping on complimentary champagne. Seabourn Odyssey redefines cabins from small spaces used for changing, sleeping and showering, to spacious staterooms like the Grand Wintergarden Suite, which showcases ocean views from the glass-enclosed solarium, as well as outdoors on its two verandas.
Luxury and service are not limited to guest suites as Seabourn Odyssey satisfies a cruiser’s wildest fantasies in the 11,400 square-foot spa, making it the largest spa on any luxury vessel. Featured in the spa is the award-winning, age defying SkinCeuticals available for the first time on sea. Also seen for the first time on a Seabourn vessel is the centrally located Seabourn Square, furbished with upscale shops, concierges, and a library to thumb through books while at the coffee bar or on the outdoor terrace.
After a spa treatment, one may sunbathe by two outdoor pools while listening to music from the ship’s iPods, or while the Odyssey is docked, experience an off-ship excursion, such as jet-skiing or kayaking with the help of the ship’s built-in Marina. Dining on the Odyssey is on par with the rest of the ship’s features. One may encounter a meal cooked by chef Charlie Palmer at the conveniently named, Restaurant, or consume a delectable dish from another one of the four restaurants onboard or in the comfort of a luxurious suite. This new ship showcases many “firsts” for Seabourn, among which will be its 108-day world cruise embarking on January 5, 2010. With all of its amenities and personalized service – each guest has one staff member available to assist them – it may be difficult to find fault with the Seabourn Odyssey.