Seabourn’s New Order Changes The Balance With Silversea – QE2 On The Way To Asia – Anthem of the Seas For Southampton?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st October 2013.

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Two Queens: Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 (right) seen together in New York on April 25, 2008

Last week Seabourn announced that it was ordering a fourth ship of the Seabourn Odyssey class, which will serve to replace most of the capacity lost by the sale of its original trio to Windstar Cruises, with deliveries over 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, Silversea has increased its fleet of expedition ships to three. Elsewhere, QE2 Shipping has placed a contract with COSCO Shipyard Group for conversion of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen above in New York with her replacement Queen Mary 2) into a 400-room floating hotel, to be based at an as yet unnamed major city in Asia. Meanwhile, rumours seem to indicate that Royal Caribbean intends to replace the Independence of the Seas at Southampton in 2015 with the new Quantum class ship Anthem of the Seas.

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Seabourn’s Six Ships Bring You The Utmost In Dining Style & Flexibility

Seabourn QuestDINING WITH SEABOURN

No ordinary cuisine…

  • “A la Minute,” prepared to guest order
  • Best executive chefs, members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • The finest quality ingredients, which are selected with care
  • Galley tours are available
  • Shopping with the Chef – you can join the chef for his shopping!

No ordinary restaurants…
Dining Options

  • Each ship offers a choice of dining venues to suit your mood of the moment.
  • No matter where you dine, you will find award-winning cuisine, attentive service and standards of excellence rivalling the finest restaurants around the globe.
  • You can dine in their suite or on your veranda, with Seabourn’s compliments.
  • On Seabourn, there is never an extra charge for any dining choice, something that is not true on all luxury lines.
  • Generous seating in the dining venues means Seabourn guests have the true privilege of choice for every meal.

Most restaurants are open-seating, inviting guests to dine where, when and with whom they wish. Complimentary fine wines with lunch and dinner. Open bars available throughout the ship, and guests’ in-suite bars stocked with their preferences.

The Restaurant

  • A beautiful open seating venue where guests are seated as they wish by a Maître d’Hotel.  
  • A broad menu of delectable choices is prepared to order by talented chefs.
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations not required.

Restaurant 2 & Veranda Café/The Colonnade

  • Restaurant 2 provides innovative, small plates, tasting menus with a contemporary flair
  • Restaurant 2 is open for dinner only, by reservation.

Veranda Café/The Colonnade

  • Popular, more casual options for lavish buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, enjoyed indoors or overlooking the sea.  
  • Hot and cold dishes are prepared to order.
  • The Veranda Café is available aboard Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.  
  • On Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest (above), The Colonnade offers nightly themed dinners, with service indoors and out.

Sky Grill/Patio Grill

  • The perfect place for a casual lunch where chefs serve up casual fare, al fresco.  
  • The Sky Grill is offered on Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.  
  • The poolside Patio Grill is aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, and serves freshly-baked pizza all afternoon.

In-Suite

  • Seabourn guests may order a meal from The Restaurant menu and have it served in their suite or on their veranda.
  • The meal can be served course by course, with white linens, fine china and silver settings.  
  • As are all dining experiences, this option is complimentary.  
  • A menu of other in-suite treats is offered for service around-the-clock

To learn more about a Seabourn cruise, please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk