Travelling to some of the most intimate ports and destinations around the Mediterranean and Caribbean, SeaDream’s cruising style is yacht-like with a resort-casual dress code and upscale cuisine and amenities.
“It’s Yachting not Cruising” is their mantra. Sailing on SeaDream is very much like being invited on a friend’s large yacht where you can create the experience you want. The yachts visit small ports because they can and avoid the crowds.
Sophisticated travellers and couples who enjoy a flexible yacht-like luxury cruising style and a more laid-back experience, preferring free time over a highly structured schedule.
Yachting can be a ‘sexier’ concept to people who don’t think conventional cruising is for them. Groups of families and friends are taken good care of, and private charters are the ultimate for special celebrations and events.
SeaDream maintains a yacht casual dress code, and by day many gather around the pool to catch the sun In the evening, you’ll find men wearing collared shirts and sometimes jackets, but no ties, and women are mostly in elegant casual dresses or slacks.
The yachts are usually in port till late each day and guests are free to do their own thing on land. For active passengers, the marina is quite popular with its selection of sailboats, WaveRunners, snorkelling gear, banana boats, tubes, wakeboards and water skis, stand-up paddleboards and Jet Skis. They also gravitate to the golf simulator with 30 major courses, and yoga and tai chi classes.
All passengers turn out at the weekly beachside Champagne & Caviar Splash Party in the Caribbean, and to the concerts and movies screened on deck at night. The spa is so popular there are 8 therapists to look after 100 guests.
Though conventional shore excursions are not included, crew members take guests out hiking, biking, snorkelling or kayaking without charge, and with complimentary mountain bikes onboard, you can set up your own excursion.
Use of all motorised and nonmotorized water sports equipment is also complimentary. Also included in the cruise fare are all dining venues and most beverages (‘top shelf’ wines and spirits are extra), gratuities, fitness classes, sauna, steam room and use of the golf simulator.
SeaDream passengers tend to be well travelled, affluent, unpretentious and active, primarily coming from North America, Scandinavia, UK and Europe, with most falling in the 40 to 65 age range. 10% are from Australia and New Zealand.
Though families with children older than 1 are welcome onboard, there is no family programming and the overall SeaDream experience is decidedly adult.
Ship size: Small
Experience true yacht-like cruising, outstanding service and cuisine and super-cosy, well-appointed staterooms. On the spacious decks, guests can nap or sun themselves on the thick-cushioned Balinese Dream Beds, which can also be reserved at night for sleeping under the stars.
For a small ship, SeaDream offer an incredible range of choices on every menu. Passengers with dietary restrictions will not lack for options, as there is a varied vegan menu and plenty of gluten-free options. If you note your preferences when you book, the crew will offer you what you need from the get-go.
There is a wide choice of cuisines offered from around the globe and all meals are freshly cooked a-la-minute. All dining is a la carte but there is a daily continental breakfast buffet if you choose to help yourself. Quality ingredients like lobster tails and caviar are offered. Based on the weather, all meals are taken in either the indoor Dining Salon or outdoor Topside Restaurant. Room service is also available, delivered to your cabin or lounge chair.
Both launched in 2001, twin-yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II are intimate boutique ships hosting up to 112 but usually sailing with around 100 passengers and 95 crew members with a passenger to crew ratio of nearly 1:1.