The new Seabourn Quest, like every other ship in the Seabourn Cruise Line fleet, is the sixth to come with a marina tucked up into its stern. Open only when the ship’s at anchor (here we’re in the Cote d’Azur’s Le Lavandou), marinas like this one offer a magical chance to get out and kayak, pilot a pedal boat, go water-skiing, or even — if you’re feeling crazy — catch a ride on a banana boat.
Kayaking’s the right speed for me, and extra entertainment was offered by hardy passengers trying out the water-skiing. (It’s as hard as it looks, if not more so.)
Marinas aren’t as common on ships as they used to be. Off the top of my head, I can think of only a handful these days that have ’em. Beyond Seabourn, Windstar Cruises‘ trio has lovely marinas, and SeaDream Yacht Club‘s pair of ships is the only set to include Jet Skis as part of the flotilla.
I adore the marina option so much (and wish ships opened them more than once a cruise, which is the norm) and so was wondering: Is there a ship feature beyond the stuff we expect on a cruise (food, service, good itineraries) that you love so much you’d book with the same line again and again? Tell us about it.