Seabourn Ovation Receives Forbes Travel Guide Award

Seabourn is celebrating Seabourn Ovation, which has earned the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”) Star Awards. The Star Awards are the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruises. Seabourn Ovation’s new Forbes Travel Guide award is showcased with other honorees on

Seabourn Ovation

Launched in 2018 and designed in partnership with Tihany Design, Seabourn Ovation features a yacht-like ultra-luxury atmosphere and a high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly intuitive and personalized service for each guest on board. Carrying just 600 guests, based on double occupancy, the all-suite ship offers a number of desirable in-suite amenities to provide guests with a “home away from home” onboard experience. In every luxurious suite is a private veranda, providing sweeping oceanfront views and spacious enough for private al fresco dining. Seabourn Ovation offers an abundance of space and elegance, including seven lounges and bars, world-class dining and culinary experiences, a wellness and spa center, two outdoor swimming pools, six outdoor whirlpools, an expansive sun terrace, complimentary water sports from the ship’s unique marina and much more.

“Since 2018, Seabourn Ovation has delivered many out-of-the-ordinary experiences to our extraordinary guests while sailing around the world to many amazing destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean. Just like the rest of the ships in the Seabourn fleet, Seabourn Ovation delivers truly ultra-luxury experiences, from the elegant ship design to outstanding culinary offerings to one-of-a-kind warm and personalized service,” said Natalya Leahy, President of Seabourn. “I am delighted that Forbes Travel Guide and others have recognized Seabourn’s exceptional experience. This honor is a wonderful testament to our entire team who delivers unforgettable ‘Seabourn Moments’ and incredible experiences to guests when they sail on the best ultra-luxury cruise line at sea.”

Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, and continues to represent the pinnacle of that unique style of travel. The Seabourn fleet includes seven ultra-luxury small-ship vessels, including Seabourn Ovation, which are arrayed with a wealth of onboard touches to ensure smooth sailing and delightful voyaging enroute to every destination on their itineraries. Its fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 264 and 600 guests each, sail to more than 400 ports and destinations on all seven continents around the world.

Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority on excellence in hospitality, and Seabourn Ovation is the latest addition to its illustrious annual Star Rating list.

“This year’s Star Awards reflects the forecasted surge in demand for more thrilling travel experiences,” says Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for Forbes Travel Guide. “They are delivering at the very top of their game and reimagining the future of luxury across design, dining and well-being. Our 2024 winners include more special places to visit across the Middle East and Africa, with a record number of list additions for the region. We commend all the 2024 winners for continuing to deliver a fresh new guest experience.”

To view the new Star Award winners, visit

To learn how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here.

Get To Know Seabourn

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury ocean and expedition travel and operates a suite of seven modern ships. The all-inclusive, boutique ships offer all-suite accommodations with oceanfront views; award-winning dining; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available at all times; renowned service provided by an industry-leading crew; a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel at home; a pedigree in expedition travel through the Ventures by Seabourn program and two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships, including Seabourn Venture that launched in 2022 and Seabourn Pursuit in 2023. Seabourn takes travelers to every continent on the globe, visiting more than 400 ports including marquee cities and lesser-known ports and hideaways. Guests of Seabourn experience extraordinary offerings and programs, including partnerships with leading entertainers, dining, personal health and wellbeing, and engaging speakers. 

For more details about Seabourn, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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