SeaDream vs. Windstar or Oceania

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

SeaDream Yacht Club

Read SeaDream Yacht Club Cruise Reviews written by cruisers just like you.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 05:54 PM.
#1
Rhode Island
2,761 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
We are looking at a honeymoon cruise in the Fall of 2005 and want a relaxed atmosphere (read no formal wear). Since we have not cruised with any of the lines listed above, I would appreciate any insights.

Thanks!

Mike

05/96 Horizon
11/97 Dawn Princess
08/03 Summit
12/04 Coral Princess
#2
2,014 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
The difference would be pampered elegance on SD. All are nice cruises...also the itinery would come into play. For a "special" experience..you just can't get better than SD. Congratulations and have a great life together!
#3
Rhode Island
2,761 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by LaPaloma
The difference would be pampered elegance on SD. All are nice cruises...also the itinery would come into play. For a "special" experience..you just can't get better than SD. Congratulations and have a great life together!
Thanks very much. The posts on SeaDream appear to be very positive. Itineraries for both vessels appear interesting, and we would probably combine the cruise with a pre or post hotel stay.

Thanks again!

Mike
#4
DFW, Texas
1,963 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
We haven't sailed SD yet, but hope to sometime in the future. From what I have read though, SD is all inclusive including drinks and tips, better food, better service, and is much more intimate. So if you can afford it, go SD. I am sure that the others are good lines as well, just not quite in the same league.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Don

Carnival Mardi Gras 04/75, NCL Skyward 05/84, NCL Southward 04/91, Carnival Ecstasy 12/93, Crown Princess 12/94, Seabourn Legend 05/96, Enchantment of the Seas 08/01, Celebrity Infinity 10/01, Rhapsody of the Seas 11/02, Splendour of the Seas 4/03, Splendour of the Seas 10/03, Silver Whisper 4/04, Caribbean Princess 11/04, Silver Whisper 5/05, Silver Whisper 11/05, Silver Cloud 4/06, Regent Navigator 12/06, Volendam 4/08, Enchantment of the Seas 04/09, Westerdam 10/09, Royal Princess 04/10, Eurodam 10/10, Ruby Princess 10/11, Noordam 04/12, Eurodam 11/12, Azamara Quest 4/13, Disney Wonder 11/13, Caribbean Princess 4/14, Azamara Journey 6/14, Silver Spirit 12/14, Silver Whisper 12/15, Star Breeze 4/16, Azamara Quest 11/16, Silver Spirit 3/17, Seabourn Odyssey 11/17
#5
261 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
Dear Mike,

The above posts are correct. SeaDream is in a class by itself. It is actually rated "utterly exclusive" along with one other cruise line.

A word of caution though....it will be very hard to turn back to the mass market lines. You will be spoiled forever.

Enjoy the "anything is possible" mentality that SD provides.

Lisa
#6
Rhode Island
2,761 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by cruisinsince75
We haven't sailed SD yet, but hope to sometime in the future. From what I have read though, SD is all inclusive including drinks and tips, better food, better service, and is much more intimate. So if you can afford it, go SD. I am sure that the others are good lines as well, just not quite in the same league.
Hi!

Thanks for the insight. We first considered one of the new Silversea vessels (the London to Boston Transatlantic looks like a nice itinerary), but I understand it is more formal.

Thanks again.

Mike
#7
Rhode Island
2,761 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by luvtojump
Dear Mike,

The above posts are correct. SeaDream is in a class by itself. It is actually rated "utterly exclusive" along with one other cruise line.

A word of caution though....it will be very hard to turn back to the mass market lines. You will be spoiled forever.

Enjoy the "anything is possible" mentality that SD provides.

Lisa
Hi Lisa!

A week of being totally spoiled sounds pretty good!

Thanks again!

Mike
#8
DFW, Texas
1,963 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Originally posted by Mike2131
Hi!

Thanks for the insight. We first considered one of the new Silversea vessels (the London to Boston Transatlantic looks like a nice itinerary), but I understand it is more formal.

Thanks again.

Mike
Mike, we have sailed on Silversea and they are more formal then Sea Dream (but then most cruises are), but we enjoyed it immensely even though we aren't formal folks!!! However, you would find it only to be formal on 3 nights on a TA cruise and the rest of the time, no different than SD. I wouldn't worry about that. Some people have the wrong idea about some cruiselines and those that sail on them that they might be stuffy, and we did not find that to be true at all. Choose which itinerary works best for you and you can't lose either way. Just enjoy. They are right though, once you try it, it will be difficult to go back to a mass market cruise.

Don
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Don

Carnival Mardi Gras 04/75, NCL Skyward 05/84, NCL Southward 04/91, Carnival Ecstasy 12/93, Crown Princess 12/94, Seabourn Legend 05/96, Enchantment of the Seas 08/01, Celebrity Infinity 10/01, Rhapsody of the Seas 11/02, Splendour of the Seas 4/03, Splendour of the Seas 10/03, Silver Whisper 4/04, Caribbean Princess 11/04, Silver Whisper 5/05, Silver Whisper 11/05, Silver Cloud 4/06, Regent Navigator 12/06, Volendam 4/08, Enchantment of the Seas 04/09, Westerdam 10/09, Royal Princess 04/10, Eurodam 10/10, Ruby Princess 10/11, Noordam 04/12, Eurodam 11/12, Azamara Quest 4/13, Disney Wonder 11/13, Caribbean Princess 4/14, Azamara Journey 6/14, Silver Spirit 12/14, Silver Whisper 12/15, Star Breeze 4/16, Azamara Quest 11/16, Silver Spirit 3/17, Seabourn Odyssey 11/17
#9
Rhode Island
2,761 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by cruisinsince75
Mike, we have sailed on Silversea and they are more formal then Sea Dream (but then most cruises are), but we enjoyed it immensely even though we aren't formal folks!!! However, you would find it only to be formal on 3 nights on a TA cruise and the rest of the time, no different than SD. I wouldn't worry about that. Some people have the wrong idea about some cruiselines and those that sail on them that they might be stuffy, and we did not find that to be true at all. Choose which itinerary works best for you and you can't lose either way. Just enjoy. They are right though, once you try it, it will be difficult to go back to a mass market cruise.

Don
Hi Don!

Thanks again. I agree about the itinerary. We selected the Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess for that very reason.

Mike
#10
Valley of the Sun, Arizona
7,144 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Hi Mike:
If you do want to do Sea Dream in the future, dont wait. We returned from the SD II on Dec. 12 and immediately booked March 20 on SD I. Friends from Holland we met on board are having difficulty booking in the Med this summer. The first 2 itineraries they wanted are sold out. Sea Dream is rapidly becoming a "hot ticket". For good reason too. They actually deliver more than they advertise. With only two ships carrying a max of approximately 100, it is easy to see that sell outs will be more and more frequent. Hope they have new ships planned. In any case, hope your trip is great and maybe we will see you on SD some day.
Happy Sails
Jim Avery