I have been on a LOT of cruises. I have been on Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian. I have taken 7 cruises on Norwegian, the last 3 in the Haven Suites. After my last cruise on them I felt VERY nickle and dimed. When I found out after paying over $20,000 for my families haven vacation that my pre paid gratuities (come on, you know they are not giving those dollars up to the staff!) did not even cover all of the gratuities, I was done. There was so much more to that but I digress. We finally decided to try a small, boutique ship and I did extensive research. We just got back from a San Juan to San Juan week long vacation on the Seadream 1 and I can honestly say it was the BEST most RELAXING vacation ever!!!
1. It has the BEST service of any place in the world. The people that work on the ship LOVE their jobs and they are simply wonderful.
2. The food is truly 5 plus star. I have dined all over the world and it is simply exceptional.
3. Drinks are included.
4. You can have basically whatever you want whenever you want it.
5. The open spaces on the ship are a nice bonus. The pool is nothing but views. There is no fighting for a deck chair, no lines of any kind, you don't wait for anything at all. There were only 70 guests total and it never felt crowded.
6. It is not for kids. Leave them at home.
7. The stops are exotic and you feel more like an explorer and less like a tourist.
8. You will be pampered. The Thai massage is well worth it!
9. There is no one trying to sell you anything anywhere! Tips are included, but I actually tipped a few people because it was just so wonderful.
10. The staff are treated well and it shows. I cannot rave more about the service!
11. The cabin and ship are old, but clean. It has character. If you are looking for fancy, this isn't it. We were always on the go so I did not even miss the balcony.
12. Sleeping on the front of the ship cannot be missed! It was WONDERFUL!
13. They go out of their way to make your trip great. There are little touches like monogrammed pajamas custom made for you~! You can also jet ski (also included), banana boat, kayak or paddleboat off the back of the ship.
It is old but has character.