A Look at Seabourn Sojourn, In Pictures

Welcome aboard Seabourn Sojourn! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daybreak aboard  Seabourns Seabourn Sojourn finds us sailing up the coast of British Columbia, through the scenic Inside Passage. When I awoke, we were just south of Port Hardy, at the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Next, we’ll cruise past Haida Gwaii and the mainland before re-entering the Inside Passage near Prince Rupert as we approach Ketchikan, Alaska, our first port of call.

For me, though, a day at sea – no matter how scenic – is a great opportunity to get to know the ship. And since this is my first time cruising with Seabourn and sailing the Seabourn Sojourn, there’s a lot to learn.

Aft Elevator Lobby, Deck 5, facing aft. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

In the aft elevator lobbies, Seabourn Sojourn’s public clocks are styled like oversized Hublot watches. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn Sojourn can carry 450 guests. Launched in 2010, she is a direct sister to 2009’s Seabourn Odyssey and 2011’s Seabourn Quest. These three sister-ships are 650 feet in length, 84 feet wide, and can cruise along at 19 knots. They are slightly smaller than the brand-new Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, the latter of which will debut next year.

Accommodations onboard range from the 295-square foot Ocean View Suites to the top-of-the-line Grand Wintergarden Suites that offer 1,189 feet of living space, dining for six, and even a glass-enclosed solarium complete with a tub and day bed. It’s the kind of room you’d never want to leave.

I woke at six this morning and spent an hour and a half wandering and photographing Seabourn Sojourn before most of her guests were up. My take: this is one great ship. It’s suitably luxurious, to be sure, but not in a way that makes you nervous to touch anything. The entirety of the ship feels warm and inviting, and I love the unique use of colours and materials that gives Seabourn its own distinct look and feel that is separate from other luxury lines (bonus points for the whimsical ship’s clocks that look like oversized Hublot watches).

Since we’re sailing the scenic Inside Passage all day today, let’s take a look at Seabourn Sojourn, In Pictures:

High atop Deck 10 is Seabourn Sojourn’s fantastic Observation Bar. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

High Tea is served here each day at 4:00pm, while live music begins nightly here at 6:00pm. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn Square, on Deck 7 aft, is the other prime public room aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Coffee is available here almost all day…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…along with plenty of excellent seating options. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn Square also contains several internet computer stations, along with Guest Services. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Right below Seabourn Square is the Grand Salon. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Located on Deck 6, lectures and nightly entertainment are offered in this stylish space. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Down on Deck 5 aft is The Club…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…the perfect place for pre-or-post dinner cocktails. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

The Club typically opens from 6:30pm “until late.” Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

The cocktails aren’t bad, either! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Also on Deck 5 is an unexpected half-promenade deck that extends along the port and starboard sides of the ship, and wraps around the stern. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Although this deck only runs half the length of the ship, it provides another excellent outdoor viewing area. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Don’t miss the popular Card Room on Deck 7. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Adjacent to the ship’s spiraling central staircase, the Card Room is frequently used for games of all kinds. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Seabourn Sojourn’s guest cabin corridors are crisp and understated. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

We encountered high winds and some moderate swells that combined to create a little ‘motion on the ocean’ this afternoon. Seabourn Sojourn handled this perfectly, with a minimum amount of discomfort. There’s hardly any creaking or rattling, either.

Though she wasn’t designed for it, Seabourn Sojourn works well here in Alaska, where weather can veer from pleasant to unpleasant in an instant. Every public room features floor-to-ceiling windows, and many of the ship’s exterior deck spaces (notably the veranda behind the Colonnade on Deck 8, and areas of the Pool Grill) have overhead heaters to keep things warm.

Today, I enjoyed lunch…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…in the gorgeous surroundings of Seabourn Sojourn’s Restaurant on Deck 4. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

I enjoyed lunch today in The Restaurant. I snagged a window-seat at a small table for two, which really wasn’t difficult to do. This is a luxury ship, after all. But I enjoyed the view from my own personal window – tall and rectangular, it offers much better views than your typical low-profile square window that most dining rooms feature.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most striking dining rooms at sea…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…with great views from every table. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Service was prompt and friendly, and courses were trotted out with good timing. I ended up having a very enjoyable 70-minute long lunch here, and would definitely do so again. A more casual option is available for guests in The Colonnade on Deck 8. Inclement weather closed the Patio Grill out by the pool deck, but normally this is an option as well.

During lunch, the Chef came out to speak to me about my nut allergy. He informed me that he and his staff were aware of it, and that he would do his best to create any dish that suited my dietary needs – even if it was one that had nuts advertised in it.

Pasta for lunch…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…before an elegant dessert to match my surroundings. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Then he said something interesting to me – something that, in over 100 cruises, no one has said before. “We just want to make sure this is the best cruise you’ve ever taken.”

It’s such a straightforward thing to say – yet no one, on any line, has ever said that to me before. That may very well be the Seabourn difference.

Tonight’s suite turndown service aboard Seabourn Sojourn includes…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…a handy reminder to set the clocks back one hour…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…and a real rose, placed atop the breakfast menu for room service and the ‘Do Not Disturb’ door knocker. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Our Voyage Report from Seabourn Sojourn’s Ultimate Alaska voyage continues tomorrow as we arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska. Follow along with our latest cruise adventures on Twitter: @deckchairblog.

Seabourn Sojourn - Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn

Monday, June 26, 2017Vancouver, British ColumbiaEmbark Seabourn Sojourn1700
Tuesday, June 27Cruise the Inside Passage; Seymour Narrows; Queen Charlotte Sound
Wednesday, June 28Ketchikan, Alaska08002300
Thursday, June 29Scenic cruising Misty Fjords
Friday, June 30Wrangell, Alaska07001600
Saturday, July 1Scenic cruising Glacier Bay National Park10002000
Sunday, July 2Cruising Tracy Arm and/or Endicott Arm
Monday, July 3Haines, Alaska07002000
Tuesday, July 4Juneau, Alaska08001700
Wednesday, July 5Sitka, Alaska10001900
Thursday, July 6At Sea
Friday, July 7, 2017Seward (Anchorage), Alaska0700Disembark

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