10 Days Aboard the Seabourn Sojourn: The Tyrrhenian Sea and Malta
Cruising on Seabourn is always a treat. In October, 2023, I sailed on the Seabourn Sojourn for 10 days through the Tyrrhenian Sea and Malta. The Sojourn carries approximately 300 guests or less with an impressive staff ratio. The staff on Seabourn are incredibly attentive, never fail to greet you with a smile and the service is exceptional. This was my second sailing experience with Seabourn, and it did not fail to meet my expectations - I would readily select them again. And again. And again.
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On October 4th, I embarked on a 10-day cruise of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Malta onboard the Seabourn Sojourn. This is the latest that I’ve visited the Mediterranean, and was pleasantly surprised by the perfect weather and lighter crowds overall.
We boarded in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which now has a dedicated cruise terminal. For such a beautiful city and country, I am always amazed by the density of Monaco. Over the years, they have increased the density by tearing down existing buildings and reconstructing taller ones in the same place. Thankfully, the impressive port, casino and palace have been left much as they were and tourism is still booming. We timed our arrival so we could see the changing of the guard at the palace and then head to the ship to begin our journey.
Seaborn has perfected the check-in process and welcome experience. We were greeted by Seaborn staff immediately upon opening the car door. They had beverages available at check-in and everything went smoothly. The Cruise Director greeted us as we crossed the gangway onto the ship and directed us toward our suite a few decks above. Our suite was well-appointed, with a walk-in closet, sitting area, double vanity and walk-out veranda with chairs and table. In the bathroom, there was a selection of Moulton Brown products to choose from and ample amenities for our 10-day voyage. Our luggage was delivered later that afternoon, so we went for a walk around the ship in our free time and enjoyed lunch on the pool deck before the sail-away. Seaborn’s sail-away ritual is classy. Champagne, live music and a truly enjoyable atmosphere all around. After unpacking, we went to the Thomas Keller restaurant for a wonderful meal. Tableside caesar salad all the way to a personalized dessert for our anniversary with a special port wine provided by the Sommelier made for a memorable experience.
Our itinerary included Monte Carlo, Portoferraio (Elba), Amalfi, Giardini Naxos (Taormina, Sicily), Valletta and Gozo (Malta), St. Tropez, La Ciotat, Palamos and Barcelona. Every single port was lovely in its own way. We toured Napoleon's summer home on Elba, saw Pompeii from Amalfi, truly enjoyed Malta and found the ‘Venice of Provence’ in Port Grimaud (from St. Tropez). There were beaches, ruins and yachts everywhere!
Highlights of the trip were truly the staff and service on Seaborn. We were able to experience a bridge tour while in port at Palamos, and were invited to dine with ship’s officers on different nights. When we didn’t want a fancy evening, we chose to eat al fresco on the stern of the ship. It’s amazing how quickly the staff learn your preferences - we were hardly seated in the Observation Lounge before our favorite cocktail was delivered!
As if there weren’t enough things to keep us occupied, there was also wonderful entertainment, engaging speakers and relaxing spa (and fitness area). There is laundry service, or self-service if you prefer. There is a coffee-shop-style area with a library, and Seaborn reps available to answer any questions one may have at the Seaborn Square.
When it’s sadly time to leave, they make it as easy as possible. Cabin attendants are readily available to assist and ensure that nothing is left behind and luggage is labeled and deposited appropriately to meet you at the end of the gangway in the morning. Disembarking was efficient - the Captain and his officers said goodbye to each and every guest.
Need to Know
Seaborn is a luxury cruise line and its clientele is typically well-traveled. The age range is likely 40-80, with varying levels of activity. We are in our mid-late 50s and felt very comfortable, enjoying the more active aspects of the offerings most days. While the price point may seem high for budget-minded travelers, in the end, the all-inclusive nature of Seaborn probably means one spends the same as a la carte offerings on other lines - and you get amazing service on Seaborn without the crowds!
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