On deck, there are various sitting and sunbathing areas, from small booths with padded seats along the side of Decks 5 and 6 to the much-hyped Balinese Beds. These eight squashy, double sun loungers face outward on the port and starboard sides of Deck 6 and are exceptionally comfortable. Understandably, these were in demand on sea days, but on port days we were usually able to get one without a wait. The beds farthest from the smokestack are quietest.
There are also sun loungers and chairs around the pool and hot tub on Deck 3, and on Deck 4 you can use the small gym which offers a couple of treadmills, stationary bikes and free weights. The spa, also on Deck 4, is Thai certified and claims to be the only one of its kind at sea. It costs $158 for a 60-minute massage; offerings include a Traditional Thai Massage (available in a private open-air massage area, as well as in the spa), Traditional Thai Massage with herbs, Swedish Body Massage, Soothing Aroma Body Massage and Asian Blend massage -- a combination of Thai, Shiatsu and deep-tissue techniques. A 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage costs $89.
Other treatments include facials, body scrubs, depilation and hair treatments. A shampoo and blow dry started at $45, with a cut from $50 and highlights from $85. Pedicures and manicures, and eyebrow and eyelash tints were also available.
The very small steamroom was available for free, but it had to be booked, as did the small sauna, and there were free yoga and tai chi classes every morning.
The ship, like its twin sister, has a retractable marina that offers banana boat rides, dinghies, water-skiing, and standup paddleboards. We had quite rough seas on our cruise, so it was only lowered once, and we missed it while we were ashore.
SeaDream II also carries a fleet of mountain bikes, which are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Our captain, Terje Willassen, was a keen cyclist, and we noticed one flashy-looking bike tied up by the bridge, labeled "Captain's bike." He would sometimes accompany passengers on cycle trips. A golf simulator on Deck 6, complete with 30 signature golf courses, is free to use.
The Segway Human Transporters, which were a gimmicky feature of the line when it launched, have gone. Apparently, there weren't enough places in ports to use them.