2012 was a great year for Seabourn, who won plenty of prestigious awards & top rankings


In 2012, the Seabourn fleet achieved top rankings in a number readers’ polls, and critics, travel agents & experts agree.

We take a look at Seabourn’s success over 2012 – for example, did you know that this is the third consecutive year Seabourn has topped Conde Nast Traveler’s poll, and the fourth year in a row the company has topped “Travel + Leisures” poll in their annual surveys, with readers of the two very high-profile publications in the industry naming Seabourn the “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line”?

At the time of winning the Conde Nast Traveler’s poll, Seabourn President Richard Meadow said:

“We’re extremely pleased that “Conde Nast Traveler readers named us the best once again.  The readers continue to reward our dedicated and hard-working employees both at sea and ashore, who focus every day on providing our guests with the very finest travel experiences.”

More awards!

And that’s not all, during 2012 Seabourn also maintained its perfect record of inclusion on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” of top global vacation choices.  Seabourn has been included every year since the list has been published!

In addition, Porthole, the cruise-specific consumer magazine, named Seabourn Sojourn as the industry’s “Best Small Ship.”  The company was also honoured with Porhole’s readers’ votes as “Best Luxury Line” and for offering the “Best Accommodation” too.

“We truly appreciate these magazines giving Seabourn’s customers a venue to express their support and endorsement.  These awards are absolutely a testament to the hard-working hospitality professionals who serve our guests on board. Of course everyone likes to be told they are the best,” he continued, “but in truth there is no greater honor than to see past guests returning up the gangway to sail with us again. Nothing makes our staff more proud than that.”

– Seabourn president Richard D. Meadows

More special accolades:

And, impressively, the company also won a number more special accolades, including:

  • “Best Spa on a Cruise Ship” – SpaFinder Wellness Reader’s Choice Award
  • “Best Cruise Value”Ocean & Cruise News published by World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society, in the highest, Ultra-Deluxe, 6-Star+ category.
  • “Best Luxury Cruise Line” – Travel Weekly’s annual “Reader’s Choice Awards”.
  • Six Star Diamond Award – American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

Cruising guidebooks:

Guidebook professionals also added to the awards.  Cruise guidebook ‘Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation’ awarded Seabourn’s entire fleet Six+ Black Stars, its highest rating.  In addition, the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships awarded the Seabourn ships Five Stars.

About Seabourn:

Seabourn specialises in ultra-luxury, small ships that carry between 208 and 450 guests, all exclusively with ocean-view suites, and many with verandas.

Guests can enjoy complimentary open bars, a range of open-seated dining rooms with award-winning cuisine on offer and of course, plenty of exciting entertainment and thrilling enrichment programs to participate in.

The ships’ are designed to look understated and elegant, each completed with quality furnishings and materials.

Seabourn boasts a range of unique itineraries in must-see cities, complete with hidden gems in locations the bigger ships cannot travel to.

Seabourn recently expanded by adding three ships to their fleet; this bold move was met with acclaim.  The expansion included the launch of Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and the Seabourn Quest..

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