Live From Seabourn Quest: Would You Book a Cruise Because of This?

June 5, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

Seabourn Marina
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.


    2 Responses to “Live From Seabourn Quest: Would You Book a Cruise Because of This?”

    1. Ben Lyons
      June 7th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

      Two other ships I can think of with marinas would be the Paul Gauguin in the South Pacific, and the globe-trotting resident ship, The World. The World may have the most creative marina space on any ship– just forward of the marina is a restaurant and small pool that can be used when the ship is underway. When at anchor, the marina unfolds, exposing the restaurant and pool to fresh breezes. In the evening, tables and chairs are placed on the extended marina outside to allow residents to dine alfresco!
      Also, the recently retired Black Prince of Fred Olsen had a marina– possibly the first modern cruise ship with this feature?

    2. Cruise Critic
      June 15th, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

      Forgot about Paul Gauguin, Ben, great point. It was the first ship on which I’d been that had a marina and now it occurs to me why I’d forgotten. I went on PG just after 9-11 and the Marina was closed for security reasons!


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