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More images and info of the "Seabourn Legend" at January 8, 2012:
Seabourn Cruise Line
The vessel was acquired in 1996 by Seabourn Cruise Line as Queen Odyssey from the Norwegian Royal Cruise Line (Kloster Group) for USD 55 mill.
The addition of the Legend brings the ultra-luxury cruise line's fleet to three, along with the Pride and the Spirit
by Carlo Nuvolari and Angelo Scorza (05-08-97)
The Pride, the Spirit and the Legend
The three are sister ships, each 10,000-tons, 439-feet in length with a beam of 63 feet.
The ship was built from Seabourn's original design concept and was originally slated for Seabourn back in 1990 as part of a three ship agreement with a German shipyard.
Seabourn acquired the first two vessels, the Pride in 1989 and the Spirit in 1990. It had an option for the building of the third ship but declined to continue with the arrangement as its price escalated.
Royal Viking Line built the vessel and operated it until late 1994, when that company too was dismantled.
Introduced in service in 1992 as the Royal Viking Queen, the ship can be considered a mega-yacht rather than a cruiser.
Actually her slender line reminds you more a yacht than a liner. The few passengers (212) can enjoy a really faultless service by the 150 crew and a very spontaneous life on board.
They are lodged in 8 suites and 198 cabins and inevitably get to know each other quickly. Their limited number makes the social life on board really enjoyable and absolutely not forced by organised entertainments.
The atmosphere and the relationship with the crew is similar to that of a traditional hotel.
The internal architecture of the craft recalls a private yacht. Every guest can feel a shipowner in his very spacious cabins all looking out to sea through a large glass window more similar to a house window than to a simple porthole.
Some suites enjoy a privileged position as they look on towards the bow, just below the bridge. The view is wonderful and you seem to be in command of the ship itself.
The communal rooms are furnished in an extremely relaxing way with emphasis given to light wood and classical furniture, just as you would expect to find in a traditional hotel.
One of the two restaurants' layout - the one on the poop - is very intimate and exclusive.
Being the most appreciated by the guests, it is similar to the cockpit of a private craft. Passengers can dine in the open under the protection of a white canvas, taking in the view at the same time.
Reachable only from below crossing the bridge of the swimming pool and the open-air bar, the restaurant enjoy the magnificent young Tirolese cooks' art to offer you no less than can be found in any restaurant on land.
On board guests can find all the commodities of well-equipped holiday centre: from the swimming pool to the gymnasium, from the sauna to the library.
The poop of the vessel opens out onto see and offers a private beach with all the activities you'd expect: motor waterskiing, wind surfing etc.
The wonderful swimming pool, equipped with hydro-massage, is positioned in the extreme part of the bow offering a most suggestive bathe during the voyage.
Service is so natural and friendly that it is not rare to have the chance to be given free access to the bridge to chat away to the watch officers, check and learn something about navigation.
The Seabourn Legend's restricted size allows her to berth any port, even the smallest.
Ultra-luxury cruise fleet
Seabourn ships presently cruise in North America, South America, Alaska, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, East Aftica, Asia, the Orient and the South Pacific.
The line is generally regarded by the traveling public and the industry as the most celebrated cruise line in the world having received top awards, ratings and honors from travel and cruise guidebooks and other publications.