The Seabourn Ovation is an ultra-luxury cruise ship. It has an intimate atmosphere with chic bars and lounges. There are also five excellent restaurants to choose from, including one speciality venue. In addition, Seabourn Ovation has beautiful suites with designer-style bathrooms. This luxury cruise review explains it all.
Detailed Seabourn Ovation review
I think Seabourn Ovation is luxury cruising perfected. In this Seabourn Ovation review I explain what makes it so good. My review details the suites, restaurants and bars. It also previews the shows and recreation facilities. Seabourn Ovation offers the ultimate in luxury at sea, which is why I rate it as one of the best ultra-luxury cruise ships. Click on the tabs above to view each section of this review.
- Designer suites
- Caviar on-demand
- Gourmet dining and beverages all included
- World-class shows
- Faux teak verandas
About Seabourn Ovation
Seabourn Ovation is the second Encore-class cruise ship in the Seabourn fleet. There is room for 600 guests – that is 31% more than the earlier Odyssey, Quest and Sojourn. However, there are more dining and more recreation options – including the exclusive Retreat.
Seabourn Ovation is strikingly beautiful. She has sleek lines and chic decor. Indeed, the famous designer Adam D. Tihany created the interiors. He used dark timber panelling, gleaming chrome highlights and splashes of navy-blue. It’s curvaceous and nautical, with a great modern twist.
The layout will be familiar to Seabourn regulars. Most of the suites are midship and forward. In fact, the cruise ship has just five suites at the stern. These are known as Penthouse Spa Suites and they are accessed from the Spa at Seabourn.
Dining is a foodies delight. There are five gourmet restaurants to choose from, including The Grill by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller.
There is also has a gym to work off unwanted calories! Plus, Seabourn Ovation has a magnificent spa with indulgent treatments by American wellness guru Dr. Andrew Weil.
I am please to report that the service is outstanding. When it comes to luxury cruising Seabourn Ovation really does have it all.
Everything is included in your Seabourn Ovation cruise fare
Seabourn Ovation is all-inclusive, just like the other luxury cruise ships in the Seabourn fleet. Gourmet meals, fine wines, champagne and spirits are all included in the cruise fare.
On my Seabourn Ovation review voyage the house champagne was a special commemorative Nicolas Feuillatte.
Premium alcoholic beverages can also be purchased. This is nice for special occasions, but I think the house wines and spirits are excellent.
Also included in the cruise fare are non-alcoholic beverages, specialty teas and coffees.
Tipping isn’t expected or needed as gratuities are also included in your cruise fare.
There are other thoughtful inclusions as well. Like shuttle bus transfers from the port to town when it is not nearby. Guests also get a smart Seabourn tote bag, plus exclusive Molton Brown bath products.
The Seabourn Ovation restaurants
Seabourn Ovation is a haven for foodies! There are five excellent restaurants, including The Grill by Michelin starred chef Thomas Keller. Indeed, on my Seabourn Ovation review voyage every meal was a feast for the senses.
The chefs take great pride in using the freshest produce and they buy from local markets whenever possible. In fact guests are welcome to join the head chef on selected shopping expeditions.
The Restaurant is the main dining room. In fact I rate it as one of the most beautiful dining rooms at sea. The Restaurant has high ceilings and spectacular coloured glass chandeliers. The menu is French-influenced and changes every day.
The Grill by Thomas Keller has been inspired by the classic American steakhouse. It serves delicious new versions of iconic dishes as well as specials each day.
There is also a Japanese speciality restaurant called Sushi. Here, master chefs present exquisite sashimi and maki as well as tasty bento boxes.
Earth & Ocean is the new and very popular a la carte poolside fine dining option. I think it is a great addition to the onboard restaurant scene.
For relaxed meals guests can enjoy The Colonnade. It is a signature Seabourn restaurant with themed buffets with great wake views from the terrace.
The reimagined Seabourn Square is a great place to relax too. There are light snacks as well as freshly brewed tea and coffee served throughout the day.
My Seabourn Ovation review rates each restaurant. It also includes video tours so you can see what the restaurants are really like.
Seabourn Ovation dress code
The Seabourn Ovation dress code is similar to a luxury beach resort. Guests wear resort-casual clothing during the day, but after dark they like to dress up.
Guests can wear shorts, jeans or T-shirts before 6:00pm, but swimwear is not acceptable in any of the restaurants. In the evening the Seabourn Ovation dress code is either elegant casual or formal. This will be indicted in the daily Herald newsletter.
Elegant casual-wear for women includes slacks, skirts, and blouses. Men should wear slacks and a collared shirt (jacket optional).
On formal nights in The Restaurant women wear evening gowns while men wear Tuxedos or suits. Guests can wear elegant casual in all other venues on formal nights. On my Seabourn Ovation review sailing most guests dressed up regardless of the venue.
The number of formal nights varies depending on the cruise duration. Voyages of up to 13 days have one formal night. Cruises lasting 14 to 20 days have two formal nights, while longer voyages have three.
Seabourn Ovation is the newest ship in the fleet and is very popular. On my voyage many guests were Seabourn regulars keen to sample the new cruise ship.
Guests are usually discerning and experienced cruisers. They generally range in age from 40 to 70-years old.
Most guests are from the U.S.A. and the U.K., however Australians, Canadians and Europeans are also onboard.
It’s worth noting that Seabourn Ovation is gay-friendly.
Seabourn Ovation review conclusion
I think Seabourn Ovation redefines luxury cruising. There are spacious suites and chic public areas, as well as World-class dining options. The exclusive Retreat is like an oasis at sea. And the live shows, including “An Evening with Sir Tim Rice”, are thrilling. As this Seabourn Ovation review shows, it really is luxury cruising perfected.
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The author sailed as a guest of Seabourn.