Seabourn has quietly put in place two noteworthy changes you should be aware of. One concerns the always popular topic of Dress Code and the other Penalty Periods and Fees.
Note: Jeans are not appropriate in any public venues after 6:00 p.m.
I like the changes and believe them to address everyone's desires for their cruise experience. If you never want to wear a tie you do not have to, but you can still share in the formal night experience by wearing a jacket or skip it and enjoy 95% of the ship. If you enjoy formal nights, you can do so and look across the The Restaurant seeing tuxedos, jackets and no jeans.
It is hard to find significant reason to complain...though I am sure some will some. For some the history and ambiance of elegant cruising is very important. And I do enjoy it to a degree. But just as I used to wear a jacket and tie to work every day (even when nobody was coming into the office to see me), I am writing this wearing a Seabourn Pride t-shirt, a pair of jeans and boat shoes.
In response to a number of people holding onto cruises they are not going to take until the last possible minute and, thus, leaving Seabourn with new inventory only 90 days prior to sailing, it is instituting a longer and more penalizing penalty period.
Now before you get all upset, I need to point out that the new penalty periods, while more in line with the other luxury cruise lines, are still more liberal than most and do not have any nickel-and-diming $100 or $200 "administrative fees" associated with them.