SeaDream II is an old ship, built in the pre-balcony era. As such, cabins are compact, although stylishly kitted out. There are four cabin grades: Yacht Club Staterooms, eight Commodore Suites, one Admiral Suite and one Owner's Suite.
Yacht Club Staterooms make up the bulk of the cabins. At 195 square feet, they are more than adequate for two. Each includes a sitting area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, a bar stocked with soft drinks, a spacious closet and two big, soft bathrobes. The bed linens are crisp and expensive-feeling.
Bathrooms are compact, especially for tall passengers, but they have an impressively large shower cubicle with power shower and a proper glass door, rather than a clingy shower curtain. Toiletries are by Bulgari and come in generous-sized bottles.
Staterooms on Deck 2 have two portholes; those on Decks 3 and 4 have large windows.
Commodore Suites are two staterooms combined (around 390 square feet), with the dividing wall removed and the bed in one cabin replaced with a dining area. You also get two sitting areas, each with a flat-screen TV, CD and DVD players, Internet access and his 'n' hers bathrooms, plus a choice of either twin beds or a queen-size bed.
There are also two purpose-built suites. The Owner's Suite (447 square feet) has a separate master bedroom with a queen-size bed. The bathroom has a massage shower and separate tub and sea views, while the spacious living and dining area has an Internet-ready connection at the desk, plus flat-screen televisions with CD and DVD players. There's also a small guest bathroom.
The Admiral Suite (375 square feet) has a separate master bedroom and queen size bed, too, with a separate tub and shower in the bathroom. The living and dining rooms have amenities similar to those found in the Owner's Suite, and there is also a guest bathroom.
The benefit of these larger suites is that there's room for dining and entertaining, but the reality is that most people seem happy in the public areas. With a maximum of 112 passengerss, the ship never seems crowded anyway.
The vessel has no cabins adapted for disabled passengers, and wheelchair access would be difficult, although there is an elevator.
One of the lovely things about being on a ship that's more like a yacht is that you get to do fun things like sleeping on deck if you want. This being a SeaDream ship, though, you sleep on very comfortable Balinese double beds, which are used as seriously luxurious sun loungers during the day.
There are eight of these blue cloth-covered beds on Deck 6, and each is made up for the evening with fresh linen and duvets. Monogrammed pajamas are also provided to ensure everyone is decently covered up. There's some privacy from the sun hood over each bed -- but not much.
These beds have to be booked in advance, including the eight-person sun lounger, forward on Deck 6, which is the most private of the beds and only available to two people despite its size. All are very popular, but, since we were cruising in chilly October, there was understandably less demand, and we were able to get the big bed.
The forward deck was roped off at 10 p.m., at which time it was ours. The bed had been scattered with rose petals, Champagne was chilling in a bucket, candles (the battery-operated type) were flickering, and a tray of chocolate truffles and strawberries had been left for us. Although a few curious drinkers from the Top of the Yacht Bar peered around the corner, we had the deck all to ourselves. We lay in bed, counting shooting stars, and eventually dozed off, only to be woken at about 3 a.m. by a howling gale, so strong that deck chairs were blowing around the deck. At that point, we retired down below. The following night, we sailed through a huge storm, and all the people sleeping in the Balinese beds were soaked.