12/9 cruise: Seabourn-SeaDream Comparison Part 3: The end

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#21
Along the Hudson River in NY
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You all have raised good and interesting points ... and I appreciate the thoughtfulness that have gone into the responses.

The analogy we use in our house Iamboatman that is similar to your fish/steak choice is that's why there is chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Some days you want chocolate, some days you want vanilla and still yet on other you want both

Allison, DH and I both said that in a perfect world for us the suites on SD would be the size of SB's! It's all about trade offs (see ice cream analogy above).

I agree that SB is a good value for the money ... especially since SD's prices has increased quite dramatically in the last year or so. We paid about the same for this year's SB cruise as we did for last year's SD cruise. We are looking at our 07 cruising options are you are right that SD is significantly more right now than SB.

We have sailed RCCL's Navigator of the Seas as well. We were in a junior suite on Deck 10 with a balcony and we spent a lot more time in our suite and on our balcony as there were thousands of people on board. On SD and SB, with no balcony, we spent most of our waking hours on deck ... with 100 people on SD and 200 on SB.

We sail the mass lines with our 14-year-old DD ... and we know going in that it will be a completely different experience that sailing on a luxury line.

It's all about choices ... I agree Iamboatman that it is wonderful that we have so many cruising options from which to choose.
#23
CA, USA
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Joined Apr 2004
I think it's wonderful that we can spend our time debating the various benefits of two luxury lines such as SB and SD. I have never sailed SD yet but would like to at some point, though I am a dedicated SB sailor. The main reason I have not sailed SD, and why I think SB is a more attractive (not in the physical sense) cruise line is that SD's itineraries are mostly limited to 7 day Caribbean and Med cruises.....same old same old over and over again. I know they are doing South America now but still it's a limited menu of options. On SB one can cruise all over the world, take longer cruises without repeating ports. (In truth, SB could vary its itineraries a bit from year to year but I am sure that will be addressed with the new ships.) All the comparisons here seem to ignore the fact that we do in fact, take ships to go places. And SB offers many more places to go.
#24
Along the Hudson River in NY
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Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by Iamboatman
"Surf and Turf" or "Ice Cream Sundae": I want it all...even if I can't always have it!
I hear ya
#25
Blue Bell, PA, USA
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Joined May 2003
Great review, Jen. Thanks for doing such a well balanced comparison.

The one thing that has stopped me from trying Seabourn is the posts I've read about dealing with so much smoke. How did you find that the lines compared there?

Thanks,

Kathy
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#26
Santa Ana, CA
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I agree Allison, about SD. I was looking at a cruise, but was discouraged not only by how much more expensive a two week Caribbean cruise was (no discount for back to back), but the single supplement was huge, and the cabins small. I think for my needs SB suits me just fine.

Hope to see you soon, Allison. I miss everyone from my cruises. I liked seeing you around the ship!

Jane
#27
Along the Hudson River in NY
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Originally posted by KatWag
Great review, Jen. Thanks for doing such a well balanced comparison.

The one thing that has stopped me from trying Seabourn is the posts I've read about dealing with so much smoke. How did you find that the lines compared there?

Thanks,

Kathy
DH has has asthama and allergies which are aggravated by smoke ... Our cabin never smelled smokey on either ship. Smoke wasn't an issue in either dining room on SB or SD.

One of the places where it was enough for us to comment on this trip was walking down a hallway from the dining room to our suite. A gentleman was in the hallway smoking but once we passed him and entered out suite it was fine.

In addition, DH said the only place where it was an issue for him was by the "Sky Bar after dinner as this was the only place to see the stars at night since they packed up the loungers and chairs. It also seemed to be the place where smokers congregated." There were smokers on SD al fresco but since there is more deck space it was easy enough to find a spot and a drink and a comfy chair/lounger where no one was smoking.

Smoking is allowed outside on SD but not in interior spaces. SB permits smoking in the suites which SD does not. SB has no smoking in the restaurant, in the main show Lounge during performances and lectures, on the starboard side (right side facing forward) in the Observation Lounge, The Club and the main show lounge and in the ship’s elevators.

We didn't hit the casino this trip so I can't comment.

Smoke wasn't really an issue for us this trip.