May 9 -16, 2020 | Join Us! Fares starting at only $2,999 each + free perks. Rather unheard of for Seabourn
Sailing on the brand new Seabourn Ovation, this 1 week cruise round-trip from Barcelona, Spain sails to small mostly unknown ports in Spain, France and Italy.
Background & Overview
I’m a ‘last minute’ host for this sailing. Typically hosts are selected around a year before so we can tell our friends, and they can tell their friends, etc. But I think they had a cancellation so the opportunity became available and I jumped on it. See the next paragraph for why…. And you can check out more about our Virtuoso Voyages program here.
The opportunity of sailing on one of Seabourn’s 2 newest ships was on my To Do list for 2020. The top luxury cruise lines (defined loosely as all-inclusive and under 1,000 guests) are Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea. Ritz-Carlton has a very small ship launching later in 2020.
Seabourn Ovation just launched in the late spring of 2018. A full description is here, and I’d probably consider her, her sister ship Encore, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ two new ships, Explorer and Splendor the 4 best ships on the ocean. Crystal’s 2 ships, Symphony & Serenity would be right behind but they’re much older.
This sailing is round-trip from Barcelona May 9-16, 2020 for 7 nights, visiting small ports in Italy, France and Spain. The most famous are Portofino and St. Tropez.
Click here for itinerary, information (photos, deck plans, etc) and Virtuoso Voyages information.
As of now, pricing starts at $2,999 per person, plus tax of $172 for a great V4 suite due to Seabourn’s current promotion. All the basic suites V1-V6 (they don’t call them cabins) are the same with about 300 Sq Ft of interior space, not including a 65 Sq Ft veranda. These are the bulk of the suites until you get into the larger Penthouses.
For more pricing and suite options click here to go to Seabourn’s site & for port descriptions click where it says “Explore Interactive Map”
These rates are inclusive of all gratuities, premium spirits and wine, a stocked bar in your suite. There is no extra charge to dine in the Thomas Keller restaurant.
The benefits of going with us on this hosted sailing are 1/a host (me + my co-host who is TBD) 2/a $150 per person shipboard credit * 3/ a complimentary shore excursion in Palamos, described in the first link above under Virtuoso Voyages Benefits or another $150 credit.* and 4/ our normal service fees are waived.
Additional perks as part of Seabourn’s current Signature Savings promotion, which ends 2/28/20**, includes a reduction of 50% of the required deposit, 300 minutes of wi-fi, and a $500 airfare credit if booked through Seabourn (with my help)***.
* If booked during the Signature Savings Event, currently thru 2/28/2020. Credits can be used for shore excursions, spa treatments, The Retreat (within the spa), boutique + Dom Perignon top high-end drinks.
** The promotion could end before 2/28 if the cruise gets booked up!
*** The Seabourn discount is not always the best value so let’s discuss. But often it is.
LGBTQ+ and Hetero Friendly
This group is Palm Springs, California based and is most definitely both LGBTQ+ and hetero friendly. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
When & How to Book
Like airfares, cruise prices are subject to change at any time, so I’d suggest booking sooner rather than later. Also, the better suites go first, although at the V4 level the actual suite won’t be assigned until just before departure. To guarantee a mid-ships if you’re prone to motion issues I’d upgrade just 1 notch to a V5. As of today, that’s $400 more per person at $3,399 + tax.
Contact us to book or for more information on our ultra-luxury cruise, small luxury group and one-of-a-kind private touring vacations. And to research your next luxury cruise online, click here.
As one of the top luxury travel advisors in the USA, we bring a level of global expertise and exceptional personal service few can match. With our unique insights and vast network of five-star suppliers around the world, we create innovative itineraries and exclusive travel experiences that are truly unforgettable.