The Seabourn Supremacy: A Small Luxury Cruise With A Big Difference
Irish Independent – July 2, 2019
Nicola Brady swims with sea turtles, drinks in Mick Jagger’s local and hears music to cry for on a luxurious cruise...
final night, and I bawl like a baby (incidentally, this is when I’m eating that poolside steak, so I don’t cut a pretty sight).
But as homely as the ship is, you don’t fly all this way to lounge at the side of the pool eating gelato. Over the course of the week, I paddle in the waters of Iles des Saintes on a clear-bottomed kayak. I snorkel alone among hoards of sea turtles just a few feet from the shore in Mustique, before sinking a beer in Mick Jagger’s local, Basil’s Bar. I mountain bike in the rainforests of St Lucia, where I am forced to face a lifelong fear when a boa constrictor falls from the trees over our heads and crashes to the ground, taking a good 10 years off my life in the process.
Later, I tell Toby Boas about my brush with death (along with every single other person who crosses my path).
“Well, you oughta watch out for me too because they call me the Boas Constrictor!” she says as she wraps me in a giant hug. It takes every ounce of strength I have not to insist she adopt me on the spot.
Three top tips
If your heart is set on a particular excursion, book before you set off to secure a spot. But you might want to just explore the island on your own steam or lounge on the beach.
Log into the guest services site before you set off so you can set preferences for your complimentary minibar and even select your preferred plumpness of pillow. Nice.
On Deck 6, there’s a hot tub barely used by the other guests. Throw on your fluffy robe and head out as the sun sets and the ship drifts on to the next location.
Seabourn’s 7-day Classic Yachtsman Caribbean itinerary starts from €2,262pp sharing a veranda suite with gratuities, meals and drinks (except premium wine and spirits); see seabourn.com. Fly to St Martin with Air France via Paris, from €677; see airfrance.ie. Nicola was a guest of Seabourn.
If you’re looking to spend a night or two in St Martin before you set sail, try the newly re-opened Belmond La Samanna. Rates from €535; belmond.com/lasamanna.
What to pack
Cruise ships are nowhere near as formal as they used to be, but there is a dress code after 6pm — men will need a shirt and jacket and trousers, and neither jeans nor shorts will cut it for dinner. Bring something fancy if you want to join in the formal dinner.