– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
It was pretty big news that Seabourn sold the Seabourn Odyssey to Mitsui O.S.K., though she will remain sailing for Seabourn under charter until August 22, 2024. But what is her future?
Normally, when a ship is sold it is to a cruise line that is not a competitor, and, in its current state, that is probably true. But will it be so when the Seabourn Odyssey is finally turned over to Mitsui O.S.K.? It would seem that may not entirely be the case. But then again, the luxury cruise market is quite small, so avoiding competition isn’t so easy.
The plan for Seabourn Odyssey is for her to be at the fore of Mitsui O.S.K. expanding her now one ship line (the Nippon Naru – a 1990 launched cruise ship that sails intensive Japanese itineraries, focused on the Japanese market), but intends to expand into the international luxury market, providing an immersive Japanese experience before expanding with two more 600 guest ships and, eventually, more international itineraries and a broader marketing plan reaching the US and Australia in addition to its current Asian market.
Assisting with this shift in its market plan, Mitsui O.S.K. has hired Tony Kaufman, who had previously been Carnival Corp.’s executive vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics and compliance officer before departing the company, as its senior executive advisor.
My understanding is that the Seabourn Odyssey will undergo a significant refit to more align with the Asian market, including a significant modification of the dining experiences and some in-suite amenities. According to Travel Weekly, this includes such as modifying electrical outlets and installing bidets.
Interestingly, and possibly part of the rationale for the sale, Seabourn does not have a robust history of visiting China or Japan. Instead, Seabourn has – as in the past – focused on Hong Kong and south through its published 2025 itineraries. Other luxury lines, such as Windstar, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas (along with Oceania) have been developing the China and Japan itineraries over the years.
But if things go according to plans, the Seabourn Odyssey will soon be part of a plan to provide the international market with immersive Japanese experiences, not only on land, but while onboard as well.
Very interesting…and a new, possibly more exciting, life…for Seabourn Odyssey!