We left the UK just as the 'Beast from the East' swept in from Siberia, bringing days of freezing temperatures and snow storms. What a relief to be heading to the wonderfully warm Caribbean!
Arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados we were met at the airport and taken by minibus to the docks where we were greeted with our first glimpse of Seabourn Odyssey, a little jewel amongst the huge cruise ships docked nearby. Once on board we were immediately made to feel at home with a welcoming glass of Champagne, and after registering were shown straight to our accommodation.
This was a beautiful suite, large and airy with a balcony and plenty of wardrobe space. The bottle of Champagne and huge plate of fruit awaiting us was a lovely touch. A fridge in the room meant we could order our preferred drinks to have in the suite whenever we liked.
For the next week we were completely spoilt, and nothing was too much trouble for the crew, who came from every corner of the globe: Eastern Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Peru and Greece to name but a few, an exceptionally friendly bunch who were always happy to chat.
On board there was a choice of three restaurants, and the food was first class, with plenty of choice and not a queue in sight. It's up to you whether you dine alone or join a table for some company, and we loved the flexibility offered by open-seating dining. The Grill by Thomas Keller, a recent addition to the Seabourn fleet, was a real highlight, and we could certainly see why Mr Keller has three Michelin stars to his name.
Our itinerary took us to many of the Caribbean's less touristed islands, including Guadeloupe, Nevis, Martinique and Grenada. We had a particularly memorable day in Saline Bay in St Vincent, where the crew set up an amazing barbecue on the beach with lobster and even more Champagne to enjoy.
As you would expect on a smaller ship, the evening entertainment was relatively low key, but we loved the choice on offer. After dinner you could enjoy a performance from the ship's onboard singers, or just simply chill out on deck and enjoy the warm Caribbean evenings.
The Seabourn experience is all about being pampered, and we were really well looked after by the wonderful crew. We arrived home feeling completely relaxed, and with some lovely memories of both the Caribbean and our time on board Odyssey. There is no doubt about it, we would definitely book another cruise with Seabourn.