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Seabourn takes the honours in Berlitz awards

Although Hapag Lloyd’s Europa has retained the title of ‘best cruise ship in the world’ in the latest Berlitz ‘Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships’, it’s the Yachts of Seabourn that must be the happiest operator with the results from the 25th publication of what is known as the cruise industry’s bible – having its complete fleet of four vessels being awarded 5-star status.

New ship Seabourn Odyssey led the way with a total of 1,787 points out of a possible 2,000, voted the second best cruise ship in the world, with Seabourn Legend scoring 1,779, Seabourn Spirit 1,700 and Seabourn Pride 1,769.  Newbuilding Seabourn Sourjon, currently completing in Genoa should also joint this exclusive club in the next edition of the Guide.

It’s remarkable that Hapag Lloyd’s Europa still comes out as the world’s top ship, considering her age (built 1999) and the increasing competition from much newer ships.  However, the ship still looks almost new, thanks to the dedication of her crew and owners. There has been talk for a couple of years or so about a new Europa being ordered, but due to the currently global recession this is not likely in the short term.   
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