“It’s Yachting, Not Cruising”
SeaDream I and II are virtually identical, and all cabins have either portholes or a picture window. Although the ships do not provide private balconies, we have found that they are not needed, as we spend very little time in our cabin, and the small number of passengers allows peaceful "alone" time in many areas, where you can relax and just watch the world go by.
St. Barts, Jost van Dyke, Barbados, the Grenadines, Saba, Nevis and more. And in the spring and fall, transatlantic voyages are offered at very reasonable rates because the company must reposition the ships for the upcoming season. They occasionally have sailed into the Far East and into South America.
Weather and sea conditions permitting, SeaDream will drop anchor and open their onboard marina that allows access to a number of "sea toys" for their guests' enjoyment in the open ocean. On a recent transatlantic crossing, we were allowed a supervised swim in the open ocean, with over 5000 feet of water beneath us.
Our very first SeaDream voyage was in the Virgin Isles, and after that trip we knew that we were “hooked”, and decided that we would never want to go back on a large ship again. Since that voyage, we have crossed the Atlantic Ocean 7 times on either SeaDream I or II and currently have several more booked.
We personally prefer the transatlantic voyages because: a) they offer the best value on a cost-per-day basis, and b) there is no need to "get up and out" on any schedule. You can "sleep in" if you choose, without missing a tour, etc. And we've seen some of the most spectacular sunsets while crossing the ocean.
Bob & Jude
Each ship has a golf simulator, spa, exercise facility, blackjack table and a piano bar. There are just enough optional activities offered daily to keep you as busy as you'd like to be, without intruding on your main goal: relax and be pampered. Dress code is "yacht casual", and there is no need for fancy attire unless you choose to "dress up".
SeaDream’s yachts are all-inclusive ("adult beverages) with no tipping expected. This means that you can have a Bombay Sapphire Martini, a Jack Daniels on the rocks, a beer, or a glass of champagne, and not have to pony up for a bar bill at the end of the trips. All meals are truly first class, without buffet lines or having to fight through a herd of other passengers for a little more bacon at breakfast. Dinners are truly top-shelf, and would easily cost over $100 at any good restaurant. The sommelier on board will help you with your choice of wines or champagne to have with your dinner. The wines offered are quite excellent, but if you care to upgrade further to a non-standard offered wine, it can be done at an additional charge. Caviar is served at several of the cocktail parties, and also at a special "Champagne and Caviar Splash" --
Poolside on ocean crossings,
Ever wonder what it would be like to own your own yacht? Ever wonder what it would be like to have your own private chef and crew to cater to your every whim while on the yacht? Ever wonder what it would be like to have someone come by while you are on deck reading and relaxing and offer to clean your sunglasses, offer you a snack, or serve you a cocktail without having to sign a check or leave a tip? Ever wonder what it would be like to able to choose to have your bed prepared to sleep outside under the stars while sailing.
Unless you can afford to spend millions to experience these dreams on your own yacht, in our opinion, SeaDream's fleet of two small ships offers the best option to experience feeling truly pampered while sailing across the world, as if you were the owner of the yacht.
Each of the two luxury "mega-yachts" (SeaDream I and SeaDream II) are rather small by "cruise line" standards, at 344 feet long with a beam of just under 48 feet, and a draft of just over 14 feet, which allows entry into harbors where larger cruise ships cannot go. Each ship has a maximum passenger capacity of 112 in 56 staterooms, and the staterooms vary from just under 200 square feet to 390 square feet, on 3 decks. And while the passenger number is always small, the ships are staffed by an international crew of officers and staff numbering 95, often meaning a passenger/crew ratio of almost 1 to 1.
Here's a shot of the size comparison between SeaDream and The Oasis Of the Seas:
SeaDream typically offers two lecturers on these longer voyages, and we’ve heard some very interesting talks by Forensic Psychiatrists, Rocket Scientists, Attorneys who have handled high-profile cases, etc. We enjoy the relaxed mood and peaceful ambiance on these voyages. And, in case you wonder about the sea conditions that we have experienced on these trips (we did too in the beginning), we were surprised to learn that the ship handles the seas very well, and that the captain can often avoid areas of rough weather. (Jude does tend to get motion sickness very easily, but a daily Bonine easily keeps that issue at bay.)
We are currently booked on 3 more crossings and a Mediterranean island cruise; the first upcoming is a crossing this spring from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Malaga, Spain. I will take good notes and write a brief follow-up about this trip after we return.
It is no small wonder that SeaDream's logo is “It's Yachting Not Cruising”. If you are looking for something amazing and different, give them a try. We think that you will enjoy being spoiled.
Here's to you joining us sometime soon:
Or in the surf in the Caribbean:
Sea Dream Part 1
One of the things that continues to stand out is the superb, 5-Star, service delivered by the crew. In all of our travels, we can say that we have never been served any better by anyone. Hands Down! For example, on one trip, we had requested a certain whiskey by Jack Daniels (Honey Jack). They weren't able to get it at that time, but Zoltan (the head bartender) made it up especially for Jude by mixing honey with the standard Jack Daniels, replicating the taste exactly. (Note that Zoltan has colored the label blue so that he knows it's "Jude's".)
In the late spring and summer, the ships sail to classic yachting ports in the French and Italian Rivieras, Costa del Sol, the Amalfi Coast, the Greek Islands and the Adriatic and Black Seas, including the favored yachting ports of Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes, St. Tropez, Santorini, Barcelona and Portofino. In the fall various itineraries are offered in the intimate yachting harbors of the Caribbean – St. John, St. Croix, St. Martin, Virgin Gorda (photo below),