i am like Gabriel and have only sailed cunard, which we love, but are thinking of trying Seabourn. I have a couple of queries and i hope you can help.
1.) Will we fit into the general passenger demographic, we are 24 and 27?
2.) Formality? I very much enjoy the formal aspect of cruising and would like to know if there are formal nights onboard.
3.) This is from my husband, the all inclusive drinks, does that include beer. He prefers it to wine/champagne. Oh, does it include cocktails, for me?
4.) Can anybody recommend a Caribbean itinerary or ports that seabourn visit.
I am sorry for all the questions, but i would hate to book a cruise and find that it does not suit.
thank you in advance for any answers given.
What do you mean this isn't how they eat onboard?
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You will LOVE Seabourn!! Yes, all spirits, beer , wine etc is included. I started cruising the upscale lines in my late 20's, and will turn 40 next week. Seabourn is by far my favorite cruise line. I see you like the QM2. I sailed her for 28 days in Feb, and have to say that it is apples to oranges compared to Seabourn. The closest I can come is that on Seabourn, everyone is in the Queens grill!
You will be very much in the younger demographics on a Seabourn cruise. I've done 5 Seabourn cruises and the average age is well into the late 60's and older. If you don't mind not having others in your age group, then by all means book Seabourn.
Another consideration is the stability of Seabourn ships. Because they are very small, they aren't at all very smooth in even slightly rough seas. I did a North Atlantic crossing that was a nightmare, and did one Caribbean crossing that had things falling off shelves, and that was just in mildly bouncy seas. If you tend towards seasickness, then the smaller ships might not be for you.
But you won't find better food and service on any other line. It is a very formal experience with 95% of the men wearing tuxes on formal nights and the women bringing their most formal gowns and sequined outfits.
Depending on itinerary, the average age of people on Seabourn changes. There are usually younger people on cruises of seven days--although even then about half of the people book back-to-back and stay longer. Twenty-somethings will definitely be among the toungest aboard--however that may not be a bad thing necessarily. The thing is that Hello Gabriel.
As twenty-somethings, you'll definitely be on the low end of the age bracket--but that may not matter much. Seabourn guests are all interesting, well-traveled and nice sociable people--it just happens that way because the ships are that way. I think you'll enjoy it very much. As my 30-yr old daughter said "Who wouldn't want to live like a rock star for a week?"
To answer your questions:
Comp beverages include beers, wines and liquors, cocktails, etc. You can have your in-suite bar stocked with whatever you want. There are wines and liquors that cost extra, but the range of free stuff is very wide and very good.
There are generally two formal evenings per week. People do tend to dress really nicely all the time,and jackets are requested nightly in the Restaurant. You really ought to try having dinner served in your suite one night--it's very special.
The Caribbean just got hammered,including some of Seabourn's ports of call. It may take a bit to sort out what's working for this fall. But the good news is that Seabourn can sneak in where bigger ships can't, so they have more choices and can adjust more easily. Plus with just a couple hundred people, they don't need so much infrastructure to have a good day.
At your ages, you might really like the Costa Rica, Belize and Panama cruises--lots of exciting adventure tours like forest-canopy cable rides, swimming with dolphins, cave tubing and horseback riding.