Posted January 30th, 2012, 01:57 PM
Sorry for the delayed response. Seabourn was my first cruise ever so I don't know what other cruise lines offer. However, I suspect that I've been spoiled forever.
What did I really like?
Not having to pay for or sign for anything after we boarded the ship. Well... that's not exactly true since we had to spend the $400 OBC and ended up having to go to the store on the last day to spend the last 100...
Being able to ask for almost anything, anywhere on the ship. You want caviar by the pool at 2 in the afternoon? It shows up in 15-20 minutes. You want an espresso martini? The bartender in the observation lounge will travel down a couple of floors to Seabourn Square to get some espresso for the drink.
Open dining. Being able to walk into a restaurant anytime their open with any number of diners is a refreshing way to eat. We had anywhere from 2-8 people and ate at the MDR anywhere from 6-8:30. Never had a problem and always seated immediately.
I wasn't on an all gay-cruise but there was no problems on the ship. All the staff and passengers that I interacted were friendly and welcoming. It should be interesting to see how the Atlantis experience translates to Seabourn. From what I've heard from friends that have been on Celebrity that it's a non-stop party. That's not what I think when you say Seabourn... but who knows! Open space for a "rave" would be a problem on the Quest. The pool area doesn't have a huge open space. The club has a pretty small dance floor that could fit maybe 50-75 grinding bodies at a time. The theater probably has the most open floor space and even there I don't think you could really have a massive all ship inclusive party... If it turns out to be a more luxurious version of the Celebrity ship itineraries then I'll be curious to see how Atlantis sets things up. Please post your thoughts after the cruise.
PS - I thought of one other thing. If this is your first time on Seabourn then definitely head over to the Seabourn site and get a referral credit. It will get both you and the referrer $400 OBC/cabin. I still haven't gotten the referral coupons or I'd offer you one myself.
Appreciate the critique of your experience on Seabourn. I'm really looking forward to the cruise and the unusual, small ports that just cannot accommodate larger ships. The only itinerary change that Atlantis did from the regular Seabourn cruise was to delete a port in Crete (which I would have loved) and add Mykonos. You can image why, but when it comes to Mykonos I've "been there and done that" 3 or 4 times, now. So, I may stay onboard and hit the spa.
This will not be a typical Atlantis "party cruise" for the very reasons you mention - the space is inadequate for large crowd gatherings. I expect there will be some pool side entertainment and, perhaps, special evening entertainment in addition to the Seabourn's regular offerings. That is the way it was on a somewhat similar 2009 Atlantis Tahitian cruise on a Regent ship. Don't get me wrong - I love Atlantis's T-dances and most late parties, but I also enjoy the less hectic atmoshpere...and the service, of course...that I'm expecting on Seabourn. And, that $0.00 bar tab is not to be overlooked, either!
I'll investigate the $400 OBC referral link you mentioned. Anyone out there want to make me a referral?????
Our cruise is not for ~ 7 months, so if you get your coupons....
Thanks, again, for the hotel referral and the Seabourn review.
RSVP - several Caribbean cruises in the early '90s (anyone remember the Sea Spirit?) and Mexican Riviera in '96
Atlantis - BsAs/Rio on Oceania's Insignia '07
Atlantis - London/Barcelona on Celebrity's Constellation '08
Atlantis - Tahiti on Regent's Paul Gauguin '09
Atlantis - Auckland/Sydney on HAL's Volendam '10
Atlantis - Venice/Athens on Celebrity's Equinox '10
RSVP - Barcelona/Barcelona on HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam '11
Atlantis - Istanbul/Athens on Seabourn's Quest '12
Atlantis - Singapore/Hong Kong on Celebrity's Millenium '13
RSVP - Alaska (Seattle/Seattle) on HAL's Oosterdam '13
Atlantis - Southern Caribbean on Celebrity's Summit '14
Atlantis - Caribbean on Celebrity's Silhouette '15