Enjoy the best of the Med with Seabourn’s luxury cruises
An exhilarating blend of culture, cuisine and comfort is the perfect formula for a memorable Mediterranean holiday. Imagine those three pillars turned up to the max, add in a spectrum of secret places and that’s the experience you can enjoy on a seven-night journey with Seabourn, the ultimate statement of luxurious and immersive travel
You’re probably aware of how enticing the popular Greek destinations of Santorini, Corfu and Crete are. And a cruise on the intimate, all-suite Seabourn Encore affords more than just sightseeing – it’s a chance to delve into the unknown. There’s inspiration among the twin mediaeval castles at Pylos, the magical natural harbour of Nafplio and the pilgrimage site that is Patmos. In Turkey, the magnificent beach of Ölüdeniz vies for attention with the fortress isle of Bozcaada and the awe-inspiring ruins of Ephesus, where Seabourn guests will enjoy a classical music concert under the stars (those lucky enough to be travelling here on 10 August will be treated to an unforgettable performance by acclaimed British tenor Jonathan Antoine and pianist Dominic Ferris).
Back on board, take your place on deck or on your suite’s veranda as you glide down Montenegro’s Kotor Fjord, or along the Amalfi coastline (opening image) for some of the Mediterranean’s most memorable experiences, reaping the benefits of venturing off beaten tracks unavailable to larger ships. Accompanying you on your journey are notable speakers who will bring the places you visit further to life with illuminating tales – or you can choose to relax in the country club atmosphere of your luxury resort at sea.
The icing on the luxury cake? Many journeys depart from or end in Athens, Istanbul and Rome, so there’s also the opportunity to stay a few days extra to explore these cultural powerhouses.
One of the great joys of travel is to taste new flavours by sampling local food and drink. With Seabourn, you get to take this several steps further. In selected destinations, one of Seabourn’s chefs will accompany you and your friends on shore to a traditional market where you’ll inspect the fresh produce and possibly help to choose items to be served on board that night. You’ll also have the chance to feast at a renowned local restaurant or venture into the hills for an exclusive wine tasting.
Seabourn’s chefs aim to serve a selection of regional dishes, so your culinary experience of the day ashore continues through the evening. On board, the ship’s range of dining venues is beyond tempting. The hallmark is The Grill by Thomas Keller, devised in association with the three-Michelin-star chef, serving delectable steaks and seafood. Even the coffee at Seabourn Square is freshly roasted each morning. High-quality, hand-selected ingredients and exacting standards of cooking and presentation can be expected at every meal, be it a simple healthy breakfast or a five-course banquet. Fine wines, including hand-picked regional varieties, are generously poured with lunch and dinner. And all drinks on Seabourn are included, so a pre-dinner glass of Champagne or a nightcap will not show on any bill.
Seabourn’s take on ultra-luxury is really rather special. Opulent public areas are complemented by just 300 gorgeous suites, each with a sea-view veranda. Expect to sleep in a plush bed with the softest linen, hang your attire in a walk-in wardrobe and help yourself from the stocked in-suite bar.
During time at sea, you’ll notice the generous amount of space for each guest, whether you watch the waves from the Observation Bar, take a dip in the inviting pool, sip an artisan coffee in Seabourn Square or browse the elegant shops. For pampering of body and mind, try one of the wellness treatments at The Spa or flop in a private cabana at the tranquil Retreat.
Seabourn is all about stylish enjoyment, and this includes joining a sophisticated deck party, taking in a cabaret show or appreciating another slice of culture with a live performance by a local music or dance group. At certain spots, the captain may drop anchor so guests can enjoy watersports from the ship’s own marina platform in the crystal Mediterranean waters.
Just as rewarding as the itinerary, facilities and entertainment is the service from the crew and stewards. It is truly personal and intuitive, with each staff member on a mission to exceed your expectations – and make your wishes come true at every turn.
Book one of Seabourn’s ultra-luxury all-inclusive Aegean & Mediterranean Cruises now, and make memories to last a lifetime
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