One of my favourite cruise itineraries is through the Panama Canal; this wonderful man made channel with its many locks joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Unless you have experienced this trip it is hard to imagine how on earth these large ships manage to get through the series of...
SeaDream operates two identical yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, built originally in the mid 1980s and operated by Cunard as Sea Goddess I and II. The yachts underwent an extremely thorough and successful refit and redesign in 2002, followed by regular refurbishments thereafter. At only 4260 tons and carrying around 100 guests, with nearly one crew member for every guest, passengers get to experience a ‘yacht style’ of cruising with upscale cuisine and amenities. The captain has some flexibility with itineraries, sometimes delaying departure from a popular destination or even leaving early if weather conditions dictate.
Top service levels onboard
Many of the ultra luxury cruise lines boast about their service levels offered by their onboard staff but SeaDream are right there at the top with hundreds of testimonials from previous guests praising the efforts of the crews; not only do they remember names but have a gift of knowing what each individual guest expects without being intrusive.
Nautical Luxury Accommodation
There are three categories of stateroom/suites, beautifully decorated with luxurious bedding and every sort of high tech toy necessary; also an attractive marble lined bathroom. While not having baths, the showers are large enough for two. These large yachts have been cleverly designed and renovated with a strong nautical feel about them; the Yacht Bar on Deck 6 is a prime example, with its shining varnished teak bar and stools. The cabin/suites mainly have portholes which fits in well with the overall atmosphere of the ship. There is more than adequate open deck space.
Superb Dining to suit everyone
Dining on SeaDream is probably the best you will ever experience with a menu to suit everyone, which now includes Oriental Wellness cuisine, supplementing what is already an exceptional menu, and is popular with those who enjoy Chinese and Thai dishes. All meals are open seating and there is a mixture of table sizes, including an adequate number for two, in the attractive Main Dining Salon. Al fresco dining is provided for breakfast and lunch (optional in an evening, weather permitting) at the open air topside Restaurant. As well as the popular Top of the Yacht Bar there is the Main Salon used for evening gatherings, entertainment and cocktails.
Sunbath in style with water sports on hand for the more energetic
Sun worshippers can relax on the comfortable Balinese sun beds which are a SeaDream trademark. Another popular activity onboard is sleeping under the stars, either on the double Balinese loungers or the huge bed on the forward deck which enjoys complete privacy. Each yacht features a huge retractable Water Sports Marina similar to the Seabourn ships and the Paul Gaugin in the Pacific. An array of water sports are available, with staff on hand to offer assistance.
What the SeaDream Experience includes
Drinks, shore excursions and tips are included in the cruise fare. Champagne is always available, caviar is kept for special occasions, including the popular lunch beach barbeques. Dress code is elegant casual and most guests make an effort to dress up in an evening; no turning up for dinner in shorts. However while men might wear a jacket in an evening, don’t bother packing a tie.
Apply to find out more and the yachts are ideal for charter by large parties or companies and I would also welcome any enquiries of that nature.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Photo: Topside Restaurant & Bar (SD) 56
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