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Seabourn Ovation Receives Rave Reviews

Seabourn Ovation just launched last month and is already receiving rave reviews and incredible feedback from travelers, journalists and travel professionals across the globe. Here are just a few highlights of what people are saying about our newest ultra-luxury ship.

Condé Nast Traveler
The New 'Seabourn Ovation' Has a Thomas Keller Restaurant and Plenty More
"Seabourn Ovation set out on her inaugural trip from Venice on Saturday with one very, very cool feature on board: a high-end steakhouse overseen by one of the world's most renowned chefs. The Grill by Thomas Keller is the latest ship-board restaurant from the French Laundry and Per Se chef who has also put his name on The Grill aboard the Seabourn Encore, a more or less carbon copy of Ovation that launched in 2016.

The original Grill has raked in accolades—Cruise Critic calls it "fantastic"—and a version of it is now aboard all five of Seabourn's ships, including on Ovation, thanks to an exclusive partnership between the cruise line and the chef. (Both parties say it's a real collaboration, not just marketing, with Keller designing menus, hosting cruise staff for training, and suggesting purveyors for olive oil, meats, coffee, and even flour.) While The Grill is reservation only, Seabourn says that every passenger should be able to dine there at least once per itinerary. An adjacent bar—with Keller-caliber cocktails—is open to walk-in guests." – Paul Brady

Cruise International
Seabourn Ovation review
"With its exquisite design and superlative style, this ship is the epitome of luxury at sea… Sleek, sophisticated and elegant, Seabourn Ovation exudes contemporary style and ultra-luxurious vibe… Seabourn Ovation is the epitome of contemporary elegance and flawless design; it is without question one of the most beautiful ships at sea." – Liz Jarvis

Seabourn Ovation
"Set to impress the fussiest gourmand, no bite onboard the Seabourn Ovation feels compromised. The ship is ideal for those looking for a luxury getaway without the fuss of a mainliner. Travelers who seek refined and authentic experiences in port will appreciate the intuitive nature of the ship." - The ShermansCruise Editors

Seabourn Ovation: The Design Differential
"Today, design is a big differentiator in the hospitality value equation, especially in the luxury segment. On cruise ships, design is a "passion point" for passengers that travel agents often overlook when determining the right cruise brand for their clients, says Chris Austin, Seabourn senior v.p., global marketing & sales.

Indeed, when I stepped onto the newly launched Seabourn Ovation a few weeks ago it felt like embarking on a gorgeous luxury yacht, elegant and modern, tactile and inviting." – Regina Baraban

Fashion Foie Gras
Setting Sail with Seabourn Ovation: The Shakedown Cruise
"Our very first meal on board the Seabourn Ovation was actually on the pool deck patio for dinner at the new Earth and Ocean. I've left the first for last. The vibe here is romance. These are candlelit tables that sit under the stars with menus that change daily. The al fresco dining experience begins with your bread delivery to the table, which is in fact a delivery by cart that features still-smoking dips for bread that simply melts in your mouth and is a meal in itself. It is then followed with a variety of dishes served in everything from black iron skillets to Moroccan tagines. This was perhaps the most experiential restaurant on board, with all of your senses in check. You are taking in the fresh night air, the sea around you and the light chit chat from surrounding tables. Between the wine, the bread and multiple servings of cheese, I was pretty sure we wouldn't eat anywhere else all week while on board." – Emily Johnston

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