Comparing Azamara to Seabourn is pretty easy, as the service (other than one sole employee) was stellar. The personalized service was spectacular. For example, I was sunning up on deck 11, solo, on a port day and fell asleep. I awoke to a tall glass of ice water beside my lounge! What a feeling of being "taken care of!"
The pool deck experience included offerings of iced melon sticks, evian spray, and cool towels.
The bar service was terrific (again, other than one employee) and the "open bar" promotion was a real hit. Like Seabourn, not having to sign for drinks was a real plus. Most bartenders and waiters knew your drink order as soon as you walked into the bar area! This promotion, including the offerings of complimentary wine with lunch and dinner should eventually be a real "keeper" I hope!
The dining experience was also on par (for the most part). I ate at Aqualina and Prime C mostly, and twice in the main dining room. I would give Aqualina a 100% rating, with Prime C and the main dining room at a 90%. Seabourn, with its alternative restaurant "2" and fine dining- main restaurant would rate a bit better (only serving 200 - 450 passengers, depending on the ship.)
I was in Club Continental suite 8068. This would compare nicely with a typical Seabourn suite, although Seabourn would win with its luxury amenities, such as marble double sinks and jacuzzi tubs. Size and "feel", however, is very comparable. The only negative with the suite was the mattress. It is in desperate need of replacement. This was a very typical comment throughout the ship. I was told that they would be replaced in spring 2012. To wait this long is a huge mistake, in my opinion. Many said that they would not re-book until the mattresses were replaced with new.
The ship itself was in great shape, other than a "dated" pool area, but the pool itself gets higher marks than Seabourn based on size alone. (This is in relation to the original 3 Seabourn ships.) The "hardware" can't compare, as Seabourn is an all-suite cruise line, whereas Azamara offers inside, outside, veranda staterooms, as well as suites.
Based on Service, Food, Ship condition, and amenities, Seabourn would win by a hair. Based on value alone, Azamara wins by a landslide!
I will be writing my official review and experience in a few days, but felt that it was important to make this comparison.