Seabourn Odyssey Review

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Seabourn Odyssey cruise ship facts

  • 450 guests
  • 335 crew
  • 2009 launched
  • 2019 refurbished

Our Seabourn Odyssey review explains everything about this luxury cruise ship, from the rooms to the restaurants. There’s also video tours and advice.

Seabourn Odyssey Review

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By Published On: 5 Feb 2018

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Everything about Seabourn Odyssey is designed to impress. It is a spectacularly beautiful cruise ship with spacious suites, chic public areas, five-star dining and great entertainment.


  • Caviar on-demand.
  • Amazing food.
  • An exclusive, club-like atmosphere.
  • Genuine teak verandas.


  • It’s all hot!

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Seabourn Odyssey deck plan

The Seabourn Odyssey deck plan is easy to get around. There are a total of 10 passenger decks, the highest of which is deck 11.

  • Reception: Deck 7
  • Accommodation: Decks 4 to 10
  • Main dining room: Deck 4
  • Theatre: Deck 6
  • Observation lounge: Deck 10

The famous water sports marina is located on Deck 2.

About Seabourn Odyssey

When Seabourn Odyssey debuted in 2009 she set new standards in luxury cruising. Built by the Italian company T. Mariotti, she was the first in the Odyssey-class of cruise liners which featured design innovations like a retractable marina.

Seabourn Odyssey is much bigger than the first ships in the Seabourn fleet. However, she still has an intimate feel. There is space for just 450 guests, each one pampered by attentive staff. In fact, three staff members are on hand to serve every four guests on Seabourn Odyssey!

Almost every suite on Seabourn Odyssey has a teak veranda.
Almost every suite on Seabourn Odyssey has a teak veranda.

Every guest on Seabourn Odyssey stays in a suite, and almost every suite has a genuine teak veranda. There are 229 suites ranging in size from the huge Wintergreen Suite to the roomy Ocean View Suite. The Ocean View Suites are the only ones that do not have verandas.

The interior of Seabourn Odyssey is different to other cruise liners. The Nordic-inspired design team chose a classic northern European decor. They used light beechwood panelling and sharp Nordic lines, as well as bright open spaces. The effect is striking and as you’ll see from our Seabourn Odyssey review, it makes you feel like you’re staying in a chic hotel.

Seabourn Odyssey inclusions

Like all ships in the Seabourn fleet, Seabourn Odyssey is all-inclusive. Once you get onboard you won’t need to pay for anything else.

Your cruise fare includes all meals, even in speciality restaurants. It also includes all alcoholic beverages, meaning you can enjoy Champagne, wine or spirits when ever you like.

The house Champagne was from Nicolas Feuillatte on our Seabourn Odyssey review voyage.
The house Champagne was from Nicolas Feuillatte on our Seabourn Odyssey review voyage.

During our Seabourn Odyssey review the house Champagne was Nicolas Feuillatte. Premium alcoholic beverages can also be purchased, but in our view the house wines and spirits were excellent.

Speciality teas and coffees are included in the cruise fare as well.

Also included in the cruise fare are all gratuities, so there is no need to tip. However, if you have a private cocktail party in your suite we do recommend showing your appreciation to the stewardess and staff.

Seabourn Odyssey almost always has a free shuttle service from the port to the town centre, especially if it is some distance away.

Seabourn Odyssey guests also get a handy tote bag to use when going ashore or around the ship.

On each voyage bath products by Molton Brown are supplied free of charge.

Dining delights

Seabourn is renowned for five-star food. On Seabourn Odyssey this is especially so. During our Seabourn Odyssey review voyage the quality of the produce was exceptional and the preparation of every dish was superb. No matter what voyage you take, get set for a mouth-watering journey!

The Restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey.
The Restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey.

There are four dining venues. The Restaurant is the main dining room. It is a spectacular place with high ceilings and chandeliers. The Restaurant has a modern French-inspired menu. There is also The Colonnade which has al fresco dining and themed buffets. While the poolside Patio has a casual and laid back atmosphere.

Seabourn Odyssey has just one speciality restaurant – The Grill by Thomas Keller. Keller is a Michelin-starred chef and he designed the menu for this classic American steakhouse.

Our Seabourn Odyssey review rates each of these onboard restaurants and includes video tours as well.

The ever popular Seabourn Square serves light snacks as well as tea and coffee throughout the day.

Seabourn Odyssey dress code

Seabourn Odyssey has a dress code similar to an up-market beach resort. During the day it is resort-casual, while at night it’s more showy.

Before 6:00pm guests can wear shorts, jeans and T-shirts, but swimwear is not acceptable in any of the restaurants. In the evening it will be either elegant casual or formal. This will be flagged each day in the Herald newsletter.

Elegant casual-wear for women includes slacks or a skirt, as well as a blouse. For men it includes slacks and a shirt (jacket optional). Formal ware includes evening gowns for women, and for men it can be either Tuxedos or suits.

The number of formal nights will depend on the length of the cruise. Voyages of up to 13 days have just one formal evening. On cruises of 14 to 20 days there are two formal evenings, while longer voyages have three.

However, Seabourn have responded to guest feedback and now only ask those dining in The Restaurant to dress up on formal nights. That means you can wear elegant casual in any other dining venue on formal evenings.

During our Seabourn Odyssey review many guests enjoyed dressing up on formal nights, even if they were not dining in The Restaurant.

Fellow guests

Seabourn Odyssey has a loyal following. She is popular all year round. On our Seabourn Odyssey review voyage there were repeat guests. Indeed, a lot of them told us they’d sailed on Seabourn Odyssey many times.

The age of Seabourn Odyssey guests ranges from 40 to 70-years. They are mostly active and are also well travelled.

During our Seabourn Odyssey review most guests came from the U.S.A. and U.K. Canadians were also on board. An increasing number of Australians are also choosing to sail on Seabourn Odyssey.

Seabourn Odyssey is gay-friendly.

Seabourn Odyssey conclusion

We think Seabourn Odyssey delivers the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation. It is like a floating five-star resort. There’s spacious suites, world-class dining, a spa and exciting nightlife. As our Seabourn Odyssey review shows, it all makes for the ideal luxury vacation. Visit the Seabourn website for Seabourn Odyssey voyages and destinations.

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About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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