Old England and New England on Seabourn

Ana Figueroa Seabourn Cruise Line is offering a complimentary two-night pre-cruise stay at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel and 50 percent savings on Seabourn Pride's 11-day transatlantic voyage departing on Sept. 18. The Seabourn-style crossing begins with two nights' accommodation at

By: Ana Figueroa

Seabourn Cruise Line is offering a complimentary two-night pre-cruise stay at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel and 50 percent savings on Seabourn Pride's 11-day transatlantic voyage departing on Sept. 18.

The Seabourn-style crossing begins with two nights' accommodation at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, one of London's finest luxury hotels. Once a distinguished Victorian gentlemen's club, the impressive building has been resurrected as a fashionable and thoroughly modern hotel in the heart of the upscale Knightsbridge shopping district. Guests can enjoy theater, museums, gardens and galleries and all the history, pageantry and charm that London has to offer, during the two-night pre-cruise stay.

Sailing from Dover's celebrated white cliffs, guests will enjoy visits to the ports of St. John's, Newfoundland, the oldest European town in North America; Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose British heritage is still evident in the imposing hillside Citadel; as well as picturesque Bar Harbor, Maine. The voyage ends in the historic and quaint fishing town of Gloucester, Massachussetts, just a short coastal drive from Boston. With special 50 percent savings, fares for this unique cruise start at $3,898 per person, based on double occupancy, of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. Suites onboard the Seabourn Pride feature spacious marble-clad baths, walk-in closets, a five-foot picture window or balcony, fine Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy duvets and king-sized down and feather pillows.

Seabourn earned the highest scores among all cruise lines in the categories of “Food” and “Service” from readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, according to the magazine’s annual “Gold List.” In addition to the 2007 Gold List, the Seabourn fleet of three intimate, all-suite shipswas named the world’s best small-ship line in 2005 and 2006 by readers of Travel + Leisure, and also won the highest scores in the Luxury Survey conducted by Departures magazine.

Guests aboard the 208-passenger Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend can look forward to Seabourn’s Signature Delights: a myriad of thoughtful touches that includes complimentary champagne, wines and spirits throughout the cruise, and gourmet cuisine designed by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer. A two-time James Beard Award winner, Palmer is the owner of 11 highly-acclaimed restaurants and event venues in New York, Las Vegas, Sonoma and Washington DC. His progressive approach to American cuisine is showcased aboard Seabourn ships in a wide variety of specially-created signature dishes.

Seabourn’s Signature Delights also include Vintage Seabourn, a premium wines pre-purchase package; Seabourn to a Tea, a menu of rare estate teas, unique blends and herbal tisanes served during afternoon tea service, and Sky Grill, which offers al fresco dining (weather permitting) at the Sky Bar high atop the ship.

Seabourn will debut two new sister ships in spring 2009 and 2010. The new vessels will feature 225 luxury suites, ninety percent of which will offer private verandas. Combined, the two vessels will more than double Seabourn’s current fleet capacity of 624 berths.

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