SAILING INTO THE LAST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR 2013

My chosen topic for today is SeaDream Yacht Club, which whilst not actually being ‘under sail’ definitely brand themselves and are in fact, much more of a private yachting rather than cruising experience.  So if you prefer the intimacy of ‘yachts’ accommodating just 112 guests apiece, and welcome the opportunity to get into much smaller and more intimate ports/harbours, then this could well be the right product choice for you.

I have had the good fortune to have sailed a couple of times over the years with this boutique-y feel shipping line.  They really are not to be underestimated with what they give you in terms of service, destinations, dining, water sports and spa facilities.

As a potential guest you are likely to be an out-doorsy type, reasonably active, aged 40-60′s, who enjoys dining and occasionally, weather permitting, even sleeping al-fresco. You will appreciate the finer things in life when it comes your food and drink palettes. Undoubtedly you will be expecting exemplary personal service – which on ships of this size is a given – especially with the ratio of one crew member to between 1.2/1.3 passengers – that in itself is pretty incredible and shows how they are able to deliver on the attention to detail/personal service spectrum.

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Accommodation wise there are four decks – 2, 3 and 4……..  On Deck 2 you will find the lead in ones – offering you two portholes.  On Decks 3 and 4 you will find the same size of accommodation (195 sq ft), but with a picture window – shots of both shown above. They aren’t enormous to be fair – but as you would expect on this size of intimate vessel.  If you feel the need for more space you can acquire a Commodore (390 sq ft) which comprises of two standard cabins opened up to make more room.  Alternatively there are the Admiral (375 sq ft) and Owners Suites (447 sq ft)  – 1 of each on each ship. There are no balconies on either ship.

In these days where many of us are more conscious than we have ever been, about at least trying to keep fit and doing more exercise related activities, here again Seadream Yacht Club come into their own – see below a few lifestyle pictures taken from their website to give you an idea of what’s available to you as a guest of theirs:

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The core destinations for these two wonderful little ships are :  Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Trans-Atlantics in between.   However, they do pop in other destinations to their annual calendar such as Northern Europe, Costa Rica, Asia-Pacific/Northern Australia.

As I am sure you know, or can imagine, Seadream Yacht Club are an all inclusive product and they pride themselves in taking you on an ‘adventure of the senses’ when it comes to their dining. Their wine cellar is plentifully stocked with a wide selection of wines.

Evenings on board are very casual and relaxed.  A time to mingle if you wish, chat about new shared experiences.  Do not be expecting any lavish shows – that’s not SDYC style. Instead relax as you sip your pre dinner aperitif while being served delicious hors d-oeuvres – a little taster of what’s to come for your multi-course dinner which would be served either in the delightful salon or up on deck under the stars.  Sometimes you will find that you can sit out on deck on a lovely balmy evening, watching a movie on the big screen.  As touched on earlier – you can even opt, weather permitting, to sleep under the stars on one of the extremely comfortable Balinese DREAM beds up on Deck 6.

The retractable (weather permitting) water sports platform/marina offers up a host of fun activities for you to take advantage for no additional charge, including such things as Laser Sailboats, catamarans, glass bottom kayaks, banana boat, snorkelling gear, floating island & trampoline, to name a few.  Or, if you fancy something a little less energetic, you could simply swim off the back of the yacht.

Shown briefly with some of the imagery above, you can see that there are plenty of other activities for when you are on land such as mountain biking, hikes, accompanying the chef to local exciting food markets – again – to name a few.  Great ways to interact with other friends you have made on board and/or crew.  You would often expect to be taken to land by Zodiac.

The Seadream twins are also very proud of the fact that their Spa is Thai certified – this is a real accolade for them as its the only one of its kind at sea.

Something you mightn’t expect to find on ships of such an intimate size, is a Golf Simulator.  Golf Clubs are provided and you can take advantage of 30 different courses while you are at sea.  Other healthy activities include a Fitness Centre with amazing views.  Also included on a daily basis are Tai Chi & Yoga sessions (either on deck or shoreside).

Under previous ownership these two ships were also known as the Seabourn Goddesses’ and prior to that the Sea Goddess twins.

A couple of price indicators – which are of course, strictly subject to change/availability and will be based upon Deck 2 accommodation/double occupancy:

09OCT2013  SD1   Dubrovnik to Rome – 5 nights – from £1869 pp

05APR2014  SD1   Barbados to St Thomas – 6 nights – from £2090 pp

I do hope that you have found this snapshot of SeaDream Yacht Club interesting.

A few my own pics are shown below from different times when I have been on board. Hmmm – have to say – the shot where I am there with four gentlemen was when back in 2005 (gulp), we did a sampler group and were just on board for, I think it was, 5 nights. The other shots were taken at Tower Pier in 2011 when I went up for lunch on board.

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Have a wonderful last Bank Holiday weekend for 2013……..

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