A Dream Experience on SeaDream
I recently returned from a 7-day
luxury yachting voyage onboard SeaDream II, visiting several
small ports throughout the Caribbean. Having now cruised over
30 times on numerous cruise lines I can say unequivocally that this
was one of two best cruises I’ve ever experienced. I had
a fabulous travel partner for the trip and the people we met aboard
ship, both among passengers and crew, were fantastic and made the voyage
SeaDream offers great value when all included items and high quality of amenities, food and service are considered. On our voyage there were 84 passengers and 95 crew. Talk about outstanding service; this was truly a dream experience.
SeaDream yachting is different from big ship cruising. Unlike cruises, passengers are pampered by SeaDream’s award–winning service and cuisine. You can be as active or as relaxed as you want to be while experiencing the ultimate in luxury, privacy and personalization.
SeaDream visits the intimate yachting playgrounds, harbors and ports where large cruise ships cannot go. April – November in Europe and the Mediterranean and November – April, in the Caribbean.
“It’s yachting, not cruising” and you may never want to go on a cruise ship again.
Below is the itinerary I traveled
during my adventure.
|Date||Ports of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|10-JAN-2010, Sunday||San Juan, Puerto Rico (Embarkation)||2:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|11-JAN-2010, Monday||Culebrita, Puerto Rico||Morning||Afternoon|
|11-JAN-2010, Monday||Esperanza, Vieques||Evening||Late evening|
|12-JAN-2010, Tuesday||Cruz Bay, St. John||Morning||Late evening|
|13-JAN-2010, Wednesday||Marigot, St. Martin||Morning||Late evening|
|14-JAN-2010, Thursday||Saba, Netherlands Antilles||Morning||Afternoon|
|14-JAN-2010, Thursday||Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||Evening||Overnight|
|15-JAN-2010, Friday||Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||Late evening|
|16-JAN-2010, Saturday||Jost van Dyke, BVI||Morning||Evening|
|17-JAN-2010, Sunday||Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (Debarkation)||8:00 AM||10:00 AM|
The inclusive nature of the yachting voyage offered by SeaDream Yacht Club provides great value to passengers, many of which were repeat travelers on SeaDream. The price includes 5-star service and cuisine, liquor (though there is a private stock that can be purchased), use of the many water toys kept aboard ship (mountain bikes are also available), light entertainment, fitness center, etc. See below for more specific details.
We had good weather for most of the trip although sporadic rain was experienced the last two days of our adventure. Still, the inclement weather did not hamper participation in the many water sports, island tours, and the fabulous private champagne and caviar beach party on Saturday. There was plenty for all to do, even if it was to remain onboard the yacht and take advantage of all that is provided for the passengers.
Imagine sleeping under the stars on one of the available Balinese beds. We had a slumber party arranged for Friday night but we were rained out. We’ve decided we must return to do that next year; yep, “same time next year” was our mantra throughout the week. One night we enjoyed a two and a half hour Paul McCartney concert on the pool deck. What a glorious and fun evening under the stars, anchored in a small bay in the Caribbean. Pure heaven.
Some of the tours we participated in were “once in a lifetime” experiences. The dolphin discovery adventure was my best ever and being the Captain and one of four primary grinders aboard the Stars and Stripes on our winning ride for the America’s Cup was truly sensational.
Below are some highlights of
the surprises I received while a SeaDream guest:
- Champagne, fruit and fresh flowers on arrival to my cabin.
- Bathroom amenities from Paris, Bvlgari, ahhhhh.
- High quality musical concerts available nightly on the TV in passenger cabins.
- Nightly reminders about the next days scheduled activities and appointments passengers have scheduled.
- Nightly treats –
- SeaDream Pajamas (to keep) embroidered with my name.
- A single red rose with note from the Cabin Steward.
- SeaDream ditty bag.
- SeaDream tin with mints.
- Towel animals with chocolate covered strawberries and a note from pastry chef.
- Two truffles w/note from Executive Chef.
Golf Simulator - Mountain Bikes - Personal Watercraft (PWC) – Kayaks – Sailboat - Zodiac motor boats - Water skis and wake boards - Snorkel gear – Hammocks - Balinese Dream Beds - Card Room – IPods.
All Staterooms Contain:
Oceanview - Private Safe - Hair Dryer – Refrigerator - CD/DVD player - Belgium linens - Bathrobe & Spa Slippers - Laptop (as requested) - Flat screen TV - Dataport for email & internet access.
Fully air-conditioned - Individual
stateroom thermostats – SOLAS 2005 Fire Safety Standards - Fire Safety
Standards - Medical Facility - Open Seating Dining – indoor &
al fresco - 24-hour Stateroom service - Electric current 110/220 AC
- Elevator (Decks 2-5) - Complete Thai certified Spa (Massage rooms
/ Steam Shower / Sauna) - Fitness Center with ocean views - Outdoor
private massage areas - Outdoor whirlpool - Outdoor pool - Water Sports
Marina - Direct-dial telephones - Casino - Blackjack/Poker - Beauty
Salon - Laundry/dry cleaning - Library with computers - SeaDream boutique.
Yachting sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? For some travelers, it is just the right product. Does it sound like a good fit for you? If so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your dream luxury yachting experience to the Caribbean, Europe, or the Mediterranean today; toll free 877-439-1629. Remember, “It’s yachting, not cruising”