SeaDream II is an older ship, built in the pre-balcony era. There are four cabin grades: 54 Yacht Club Staterooms, eight possible Commodore Suites (created by combining two Yacht Club suites into each Commodore Suite), one Admiral Suite and one Owner's Suite. While most cabins onboard are identical, the benefit of the two larger suites is that there's room for dining and entertaining. The reality is that most people seem happy in the public areas; with a maximum of 112 passengers, the ship never seems crowded anyway.
Staterooms on Deck 2 have two portholes; those on decks 3 and 4 have large windows. Standard Yacht Club cabins are not huge, but they are smartly designed to feel spacious and provide lots of storage. The light wood accents make the cabins warm and homey.
All cabins come with flat-screen TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, telephones, safe, mini-fridge (stocked with soda, beer and bottled water), climate control, bottle opener and glassware.
Bathrooms are compact, especially noticeable for tall passengers, but they have an impressively large shower cubicle with a multi-jet power shower and a proper glass door, rather than a clingy shower curtain. Storage is minimal, but we managed to squeeze all our stuff in. Toiletries are by Bulgari and body lotion, conditioner and a shampoo-shower gel combo come in generous-sized bottles. Bar soap, cotton pads and cotton swabs are also provided.
Cabin 215 is the only wheelchair-accessible stateroom, with no sills at cabin and bathroom doorways and a modified bathroom. The ship also has an elevator that runs from decks 2 to 5, but with so many tender ports, a SeaDream cruise is not ideal for travelers needing a wheelchair.
A nice treat is that every night your cabin steward will leave you a small gift when they turn down your bed. Surprises range from mints to a rose to pajamas with your name embroidered onto them.
Yacht Club Staterooms: The 195-square-foot Yacht Club Staterooms make up the bulk of the cabins and are more than adequate for two. Each includes a sitting area with a large banquette-like sofa, coffee table, desk area with cabinets and drawers, and two chairs. This living room is separated from the sleeping area with a curtain. The sleeping area features two twins that convert to a queen, crisp bed linens that feel expensive, a vanity with mirrored wall and makeup mirror, shelves and hair dryer, and individual nightstands with drawers and bedside lamps. Reading lights are above the bed. A spacious closet has two hanging sections and one narrow section with small shelves. You'll find bathrobes and slippers in the closet. Technically, you can sleep a third person on the sofa, but as it's not a proper pull-out, only a child would be comfortable sleeping here.
Commodore Suites: These suites are two staterooms combined (around 390 square feet), with two sitting areas, each with its own flat-screen TV, and his 'n' hers bathrooms. The dividing wall across from the sleeping area is removed and so the suites offer one queen bed convertible to twins and the choice of either a queen bed or a dining table directly across, so you can sleep two or four.
Admiral Suite: The one Admiral Suite (375 square feet) has a separate master bedroom with a permanent queen-sized bed, closet and TV. It's divided from the living area by a wall and a curtain that can be pulled across the doorway. The master bathroom has a massage shower and separate tub, while the spacious living and dining area has a table for four, couch and easy chairs, flat-screen television with CD and DVD player and a Nespresso coffee machine. There's also a small guest half-bath. Three picture windows, two in the living area and one in the bedroom, provide lots of light.
Owner's Suite: The one Owner's Suite (447 square feet) has a separate master bedroom with queen-sized bed, too. The bathroom features a window for sea views, as well as a separate tub and shower. The living and dining rooms have amenities similar to those found in the Admiral Suite, and there is also a guest half-bath. The real differences between the two top suites is that the Owner's Suite has a larger and more open living area, while the Admiral Suite offers more windows and more light.