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Seabourn Legend, The Yachts of Seabourn
Imagine sailing on your own gleaming, oversize yacht—complete with a gracious cabin steward who thinks nothing of laying out your pajamas at turndown, top-notch cuisine designed by renowned American chef Charlie Palmer, and a bevy of well-planned shore excursions. The 208-passenger Legend cruises the Eastern Caribbean, Western Mediterranean, and Panama Canal; she also hosts an annual world cruise.
Charlie Palmer pioneered a type of cuisine that he calls "Progressive American"—he applies European cooking techniques to standout U.S.-produced ingredients. As the consulting chef for Seabourn, he developed more than 200 recipes that are used onboard, including main dishes such as pink-roasted rack of veal with potato tian and calvados cream, or the playfully named "lobster, lobster, lobster, and lobster sauce." Options change daily, based on what the chefs find each day at the port's local market. (In the Virgin Islands, they might pick up fresh mango and papaya to work into the desserts.)
You'll see mostly well-traveled, affluent couples. And if you're looking to party, stop reading right now: Guests tend to be quiet, unobtrusive types.
Everyone gets an outside suite, and though the vessel was built during the late 1990s, she's state-of-the-art. All of the accommodations were redone in 2000, and about a third of them now have "balconettes" (small balconies just big enough for standing and enjoying the ocean breeze, which makes the suite feel roomier). Molton Brown toiletries, silky Frette linens, and coffee tables that can be raised for a course-by-course room service meal all come standard.
On Bequia, one of the smaller Grenadine islands, passengers come to shore for a private beach barbecue complete with lobster served on fine china, and a surfboard "bar" offering Champagne and caviar from the water. It's not uncommon to see folks lolling in the waves with flutes of Champagne.
Good to Know:
In certain ports, Seabourn can arrange for a personal shopper to help you hunt down specialty items such as custom-made clothing, hand-milled soaps, and local antiques.
To book, call 800-929-9391 or go to www.seabourn.com.
Seven-night sailings from $2,757 per person.