SeaDream I Captain Kristian Kivimaki

Kristian Kivimaki

Kristian Kivimaki was born in Rauma, Finland, a seaside town rich in maritime traditions such as shipbuilding, a maritime college, and an archipelago boating culture. In Rauma, it is impossible not to be wedded to sea. While growing up, Kristian was interested in foreign cultures and visiting faraway places. He began his maritime education by studying at Maritime College at the State University of New York, before continuing his studies in Rauma. 

Kristian began his career working on cargo ships in the 1990s, before working on Ro-Pax vessels and, eventually, working in different capacities with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. His first cruises in the Caribbean convinced him that there is no other place to be than the turquoise waters and sunny shores of the islands. After a brief time spent working on board passenger ferries for the Swedish-Finnish cruise ferry company Silja Line and completing his pilot licenses for the Finnish and Swedish archipelago, he returned to the sea and began his “dream job” sailing with SeaDream Yacht Club in 2018.  

“In addition to visiting the most pristine islands of the world, I am grateful that I work with a wonderful crew who has become my second family. Each day is a new adventure, where I have the privilege of meeting interesting guests from all over the world.” 

When he’s not aboard a SeaDream yacht, Kristian lives on an island located just 100 kilometers south of his birthplace, near the city of Turku, Finland, with his wife and two sons. He enjoys biking, hiking, playing hockey, spending time in his cabin, and—of course—traveling. 


The best trip I ever had. I used to be in the travel business for 23 years, traveled on other cruise lines – this was the BEST! Mrs Taunia R.South Carolina
...We had a great time-best ever, and will be coming back...Charlie and I feel like we've been yachting with our "best friends". Hard to believe we didn't know anyone on the yacht 8 days ago-now we've met new traveling friends for the years to come. Mr & Mrs HoganWashington
This was undoubtedly the best trip my wife and I have ever had. Thank you for this amazing experience. Mr & Mrs FilhoBrazil
Another great trip with SeaDream. We so enjoyed the service & attention to detail. Fabulous food!! Wish we could take you home with us. Mr & Mrs RollandFlorida
A wonderful honeymoon trip with SeaDream. It was an unforgettable experience for us and we recommend your company to all our friends. Thank you very much! Mr & Mrs OVirgin Islands
We have done other small ships in the past, but you guys take it to a higher level. We were very happy with everything, Ship, Captain, Crew, Cuisine, just outstanding and made us feel like family! Mr. & Mrs. HartNew Mexico