But before I get to that, I want to address an issue that some people have obsessed over to the point of, let's just say, "concern". When the Spirit and Legend leave the Seabourn fleet, the world will not come to an end, luxury cruising will continue to exist (and even get better) and many, if not most, of those guests who swore they would never sail on the larger Seabourn ships either love them even more than the smaller ships or are happily satisfied with the alternative.
Most of those few grumbling folks don't even know that Seabourn started out with even smaller ships...which now sail as SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream I and II...and that move allowed Seabourn to offer more: Like spacious suites, marble bathrooms, alternative dining, multiple lounges and more. The move from 100 to 208 didn't destroy Seabourn's luxury or elegance, it enhanced it and actually made Seabourn more popular and able to meet even more of the demands and desires of the increasing number of luxury cruise travelers.
A case in point is the recent Food & Wine Cruise on the Seabourn Sojourn. Now while it cannot compare to the Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruises (with such exclusive events as a private tour and tasting at Chateau Margaux, a Tokaji wine tasting in Budapest including a $750 bottle of the finest Tokaji or a tasting of fresh branzino pulled right from the Adriatic Sea Slovenia or the onboard tastings such as 11 paired courses prepared ala minute), what it can do is provide some pretty outstanding experiences for the lucky 450 guests.
As one of my clients wrote to me:
I will sum up our trip in three words: FABULOUS, FABULOUS and FABULOUS. We loved cruising the Adriatic, which was so clear and clean, and discovering Croatia and all it has to offer. We took two Seabourn tours-a visit to Magna Grecia Farms outside of Katakolon Greece and Truffle Hunting out of Rovinj-both were wonderful.
The Spirit Team was professional, gracious and classy-they do have great employees. Our weather was fantastic-only 1/2 day of rain in three weeks. Met lots of people from all over the world and had interesting conversations.
I can't thank you enough for turning us on to Seabourn. We have been spoiled for life and look forward to future travels on the "bigger sisters"-all booked through Goldring Travel of course!
I could go on and on with wonderful details of our trip/cruise-the memories will not quickly fade. Thanks again for all you do-and you do it so well!