With its exquisite design and superlative style, this ship is the epitome of luxury at sea, says Cruise International Editor Liz Jarvis

Seabourn Ovation
Seabourn Ovation

Sleek, sophisticated and elegant, Seabourn Ovation exudes contemporary style and an ultra-luxurious vibe.

With indoor and outdoor spaces created by renowned designer Adam Tihany and his team, and inspired by private yachts, every aspect of Seabourn Ovation has been developed to give guests the feeling that they are connecting with their environment, maximising the use of light and space to stunning effect.

From the magnificent central staircase which evokes the movement of the ocean, to the coloured glass that adorns the Thomas Keller restaurant, there is beauty and surprise in every detail.

Seabourn Ovation: Grand Salon
Seabourn Ovation: Grand Salon

This is ‘all suite’ ship and all categories are impressively spacious, with walk in closets, sofa beds, bars and probably one of the most comfortable beds at sea; mahogany-effect wood and a cream, bronze, gold, navy and plum colour scheme, used throughout the ship, creates a a serene ambience. Bathrooms are white and grey marble with covetable grey fluffy wool rugs and products from Seabourn’s collaboration with Molton Brown.

Decks are teak, exuding quality and craftsmanship. Attention to detail is superb throughout, not just in terms of design but also quality of service. Sit by the swimming pool and not only will you be offered a choice of cocktails which seems to change half-hourly, but also sunscreen and even wipes for your sunglasses. With a staff ratio of nearly one to one, service is impeccable and seamless.

Seabourn Ovation: Seabourn Square
Seabourn Ovation: Seabourn Square

Gastronomic experiences are diverse and of the highest possible quality, and all included. Highly recommended is the al fresco ‘Earth & Ocean at the Patio’ evening experience, where the emphasis is on fresh and eclectic gourmet dishes, including Miso Glazed Black Cod and Baked Camembert.

The Grill by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller is outstanding (booking is recommended), and evokes a cool, swanky New York restaurant but with interactive experiences as many dishes are prepared table-side. The Dover Sole Meunière is probably one of the best we’ve had at sea or on land.

There is also a Thomas Keller menu available at The Colonnade restaurant in the evenings, which in the day is the perfect spot for an ocean side buffet breakfast. Or for snacks, pastries and excellent coffee there is the cafe at Seabourn Square, which is where you can also find the ship boutiques and guest services.

Seabourn Ovation: Veranda Suite
Seabourn Ovation: Veranda Suite

Perhaps one of our favourite eateries however is the always popular Sushi, which serves authentic Bento and ice-cold sake in an authentically Japanese setting.

The Spa has a cool vibe and the added attraction of a collaboration with wellbeing guru Dr Andrew Weil, resulting in a impressive menu of treatments, classes and therapies.

Seabourn Ovation is the epitome of contemporary elegance and flawless design; it is without question one of the most beautiful ships at sea.

Seabourn Ovation: Pool deck
Seabourn Ovation: Pool deck

Getting there

A 10 Day Italy & Adriatic Gems itinerary on Seabourn Ovation from Barcelona to Venice departing on 23 October 2018 costs from £3,999pp, based on two sharing a Veranda Suite.  Includes accommodation and all meals and drinks (except premium wine and spirits) and gratuities.  Flights are charged separately. Optional shore excursions and spa treatments are charged as booked. For reservations or more information call 0843 373 2000 or visit seabourn.com

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