We have been operating in Norway since June when we started sailing as one of the first luxury lines in the world. While the itineraries were put together on a short notice – and while we did encounter a few issues with last minute regulations – we have had a great summer in Norway. Most voyages were sold out very quickly.
We feel like this summer has been a success, partly because of our health protocols, but also because we were able to provide the luxury SeaDream experience that you are used to with your familiar crew and the SeaDream level of service and cuisine. We have also been very fortunate to be able to operate in a region of the world that has been blessed with very little COVID – and strict rules. Our guests and crew have collaborated and made this summer unforgettable and safe.
From an operational perspective, we have been able to practice and improve our COVID protocols. This experience is invaluable and will become even more important when we leave Norway. Our close collaboration with the Norwegian health authorities has been extremely positive.
Of course, operating this summer has not been without challenges. Some of you may have read about a non-CLIA cruise line who did not follow the rules and that caused the government to create new laws and regulations – while we were sailing. We were actually punished for mistakes made by others, but we adapted and kept on sailing.
The experience that we perhaps learned the most from this summer was when we had a guest who disembarked and later tested positive for COVID. It turned out it was a false positive (the guest did not have COVID in the first place), but our health protocols kicked in as they should and we were able to verify that they worked the way they were designed to. We notified the government within minutes of learning about the test from the guest and had a very good experience working with the local health authorities. We had to pause for about a day to test all our guests and crew. Thankfully, everyone tested negative and we continued the sailing.
All in all, we are very happy about this summer and most thankful for the amazing crew and guests who have been adapting to quickly changing conditions. The product we have delivered has been the exceptional SeaDream experience you have become accustomed to, with a different backdrop of Norwegian mountains and fjords instead of our typical Mediterranean scenery. Operating in the Mediterranean would not have been possible, so the decision to come to Norway was a good one.
So what does the world look like ahead? The truth is that we do not know exactly. What we do know is that the health and safety of our guests and crew come before anything else. And while we have tried to perfect our COVID protocols this summer, we now feel like it is the right decision to pause the sailings scheduled to take place in the Mediterranean in September as well as the trans-Atlantic voyages. The COVID situation further south in Europe is not as good as it has been in Norway and we want to take a small time-out to make sure we are ready for the winter season. Guests who are affected by this and our travel partners are now being notified and we are issuing most refunds in a matter of days.
If there are major changes to our Caribbean season, we hope to make those decisions by the end of next month. We fully understand that it can be frustrating to be a traveller these days and thank you all for your understanding. Our Ultimate Booking Assurance should hopefully make it easier to book with us by reducing your financial risk. And once the time is right for you to travel, we look forward to seeing you onboard again. For some of you that is later this year, and for others it may take a bit longer. But even with a pause in our operations staring next month, we are here for you when the time is right.
Today we are announcing our new program to allow our guests to book without being concerned about travel restrictions. We think it is wrong that our guests should take the risk and we are now taking that obstacle away:
- For all new bookings only made after July 22, 2020, on voyages that sail prior to June 30, 2021 that are affected by travel restrictions due to Covid-19, we will issue you a full cash refund – or you can get 120% of the amount credited towards a future voyage. You decide.
- But to take it further: if there are no travel restrictions and you don’t want to travel anyway, you can do so and we will move your funds to a future date.
And best of all, you do not have to decide until the day of departure.
The fine print? It is not valid for charters, it is for new bookings only, we don’t refund hotel/air charges, and we may withdraw this guarantee at any point in time (for future bookings).
How is it really going at SeaDream?
We have been busy the past few months, no question about it. Our crew has been studying (taking World Health Organization courses), preparing the yachts, and we have been sailing with both yachts – fully sold out – for about a month now. We were amongst the first to start operating again, following all government requirements – and more – and the feedback has been really good. If you want to see some pictures from the past few weeks of our ships you can head over to our photo library:
Or take a look at a 60 second video we just created:
After a few months of waiting, we now have guests onboard again. The demand from guests to come back has been overwhelming (we are sold out for most of the season already!).
We have 7 and 12 days sailings starting in Oslo, Bergen or Tromsø. Here are some recent photos taken by guests and crew:
On the first voyages we have mostly people from Norway sailing. As the season progresses and more countries are opening up for travel, we expect to see more nationalities joining.
We are pleased to announce that we are resuming operations this summer. The first voyage starts on June 20th from the picturesque city of Bergen, Norway, where SeaDream 1 will head along the Norwegian coastline to Oslo, the proud Norwegian capital – and coincidentally where SeaDream’s European office is located.
We will operate 7 and 12-day voyages on the Norwegian coast, all the way up north to Tromsø, well above the Arctic Circle.
The first voyages will most likely be for our Scandinavian friends, so we are launching a dedicated site in Norwegian here:
https://www.seadream.no (still a work in progress)
However, in the weeks to come, you will also find more information here on our global website about what will take place this summer.
The crew have been patiently waiting and are now eagerly awaiting the return of guests – or SeaDreamers as we like to call you. Most of our crew have remained onboard since we had to put a pause on our operations in March. And while it has not been as busy as usual, a provisional basketball course on the pool deck, yoga, maintenance, prepping new dishes and other activities have kept us busy.
Thank you all for your patience and support!
Feel like a gourmet chef with this dinner recipe straight from the SeaDream team of highly trained chefs. Your family and friends are sure to be impressed with this delectable sautéed duck breast on potato blini with red cabbage, caramelized apples, and sauce caramel d’epice.
Onboard, you can experience SeaDream’s gourmet 5-star dining, prepared à la minute and served al fresco at the Topside Restaurant or in the elegant Dining Salon. You can immerse yourself in a truly gastronomical experience with delectable flavors with selections like a guest favorite- L’oeuf Poule Au Caviar “Surprise,” succulent lobster, filet mignon, and delectable desserts.
While the onboard dining experience can’t be replicated at home, perhaps this delightful recipe will bring back memories of your times onboard or remind you it’s time to plan your next voyage.
|2 Pcs||Duck breast, medium size|
|12 Pcs||Potato blini’s|
|3 Cups||Braised red cabbage|
|12 Pcs||Turned caramelized apples|
|2 Cups||Sauce caramel dépice|
|Salt and Pepper|
- Clean the duck breast and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a medium-size tefal pan until medium hot.
- Place the duck breast with the skin side (fat) down on the pan. This way, we will cook the fat of the breast until crispy.
- After 3-4 minutes, when the fat becomes crispy, turn over the duck breast.
- Now place the pan in the oven for 8 minutes, 160C.
- When cooked, take the breast out of the pan and set aside.
|½ Cup||Unsalted butter|
|5||Egg whites (beaten)|
|Salt and Pepper|
- Cook potatoes on a tray in a hot oven, peel and mash while hot.
- Add butter and mix thoroughly.
- Let cool.
- Add egg yolks to potatoes and mix well.
- Add salt to the flour and gradually add flour to the mixture.
- Add the beaten egg whites, little spoon Crème Fraiche.
- Put the mixture in a piping bag and, in the meantime, heat a big frying pan until medium heat.
- Hold the piping bag and squeeze a little in the pan, you should make small pancake sized potato blinis.
- Make 3 each and keep aside in warm place.
BRAISED RED CABBAGE
|2 Pounds||Thinly sliced red cabbage|
|4 Cups||Red wine|
|½ Cup||Red wine vinegar|
|1 Cup||Raw rice|
|Salt & Pepper|
- Bring all ingredients together and bring to boil, turn the heat on slow.
- Cover the cabbage with baking paper and close the pot with a cover
- Let it simmer for 1 hour until the cabbage is cooked.
- When cabbage is cooked, check if there is still juice, if so, bring to boil for about 10 minutes and use some cornstarch to thicken the cabbage.
SAUCE CARAMEL DEPICE
|½ Cup||Red wine vinegar|
|1 Tsp.||Chinese five-spice|
|Salt & Pepper|
- Caramelize sugar in a saucepan; add the Chinese 5 spice powder.
- Add red wine vinegar and reduce.
- Add demi-glace and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Use a little corn starch to thicken the sauce if needed.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place some cooked spinach leaves in the middle of the plate.
- Slice the warm duck breast and place on top of the spinach.
- On one side put the potato Blini, on the other side two quenelles of the cabbage.
- Place the apples on top of the duck breast and serve with hot sauce.
Learn more about SeaDream’s Dream Cuisine.
When thinking of a West Indies vacation, one of the first things you may think of is its beautiful beaches and water activities. After all, no yachting getaway is complete without spending some time in the sun and enjoying all the fun that comes with visiting a tropical paradise.
With SeaDream, you can ensure your vacation will be filled with exciting water activities. The Watersports Marina Platform allows guests to enjoy water sports and swimming right off the back of the yacht.
What is yachting without the proper toys? SeaDream’s Marina is equipped with all the water sports equipment required for a proper yachting vacation. Multiple Marina days allow for more time to enjoy the personal sailboats, Hobie Cat™ Catamarans, kayaks, banana boat, tube, wakeboards & waterskis, snorkeling gear, floating island & trampoline, stand-up paddleboards and wave runners/jet skis. The Marina crew is always available to ensure your safety and enjoyment (weather permitting).
For guests perhaps looking for more high adrenaline activities or simply prefer guided tours, SeaDream also has them covered with a wide selection of Yachting Land Adventure (YLA) excursions that feature exhilarating watersports for all experience levels. Find out which watersports YLA is the right fit for you:
Yachting Land Adventures – Spotlight on Water Activities
Grade Anse d’Arlet, Martinique, F.W.I
YLA Recommendation: Martinique Sea, Sights & Swimming
This little bay is located on the southwest corner of the island does not see large cruise vessels, only yachters, fishermen and occasionally SeaDream! Most travelers flock here for fishing charters, scuba diving or simply to relax. Guests will enjoy watersports and our Yachting Land Adventures shoreside.
For the Martinique Sea, Sights & Swimming adventure, hop aboard a speedboat excursion for a discovery of the creatures and treasures of Fort De France Bay, which is designated by UNESCO as one the most beautiful bays of the world. The friendly crew will help you spot local turtles, dolphins and other marine life from the boat. A stop is also made at the famous bat cave. You have an opportunity to swim in the clear water at Anse Dufour, Anse Noire or Anse d’arlets beaches before returning to the yacht.
Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, F.W.I
YLA Recommendation: Les Saintes Archipelago Cruise & Snorkel
The SeaDream anchorage off the island of Terre-de-Haut (part of the Iles des Saintes group of Islands) is one of the most picturesque in the entire West Indies. We highly recommend a stroll along with the picturesque streets and colorfully painted houses, soaking in the relaxed blend of the island’s French, Mediterranean & Caribbean atmosphere. During your visit to the island, we will open up the SeaDream marina for swimming and water sports activities or you can join the Les Saintes Archipelago Cruise & Snorkel for an unforgettable experience.
Experience the tropical beauty of the Les Saints Archipelago from a unique perspective during the Cruise & Snorkel YLA for panoramic sightseeing and a snorkeling journey by boat. Depart the pier aboard a comfortable boat for the cruise to Les Saintes, an archipelago composed of nine islets. Enjoy scenic cruising along the way spotting beautiful bays and inlets, sheltered coves and colorful seaside villages. A stop will be made for snorkeling near Pain de Sucre. Jump into the warm crystal-clear waters from the boat to spot colorful tropical fish and marine life. After snorkeling, relax on the boat with a refreshing drink on the short cruise back to the pier and your yacht.
St. George’s, Grenada
YLA Recommendation: Adventure River Tubing
This stop happens to be the capital of Grenada and offers guests energetic activities such as hiking and tubing. This destination is becoming more popular due to the moderate tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of such spices as cocoa, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. SeaDream guests can also enjoy playing from the water sports marina as we are scheduled to anchor in this port of call.
Head to the Balthazar River during the Adventure River Tubing YLA. Fed from sources located deep in the island’s interior, this river is nestled between exotic tropical rainforest, flora, and fauna. Our river tubing guests will experience the thrill of a lifetime. Wet, wild, and wonderful from the get-go, your guides will accompany you on the journey, gently spinning and swirling in the currents of the river, as you take in the exotic scenery of tropical vegetation and wildlife, at the same time. Together with your fellow SeaDream guests, you will have a thrilling ride down the river, stopping only in the pools along the way to catch your breath. Then finally at the last pool, an opportunity for a swim before you enjoy a much-deserved rum punch or glass of local fruit juice before returning to your SeaDream Yacht.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
YLA Recommendation: Kayaking Adventure in the Caroni Sanctuary
Port of Spain is full of energy and friendly locals that enchant all who visit. The dynamic capital city is home to the West Indies’ most exhilarating Carnival celebrations. Discover Queen’s Park Savannah and its surroundings, a large and open recreational space near many of Port of Spain’s key attractions, including the botanical gardens, museums, Victorian mansions and more. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Port of Spain and what makes this capital city one of the most exciting destinations in the Caribbean.
For those looking to enjoy the nature side of Port of Spain, the Kayaking Adventure in the Caroni Sanctuary is the perfect YLA. Discover the Caroni Nature Sanctuary by kayak with a naturalist guide who will point out the amazing variety of birds and wildlife, hopefully spotting the stunning Scarlet Ibis if you are lucky! Explore this wonder of Trinidad that is visited by many wildlife experts and visitors from around the world. Board your kayak and enjoy this fascinating experience with your professional naturalist guide. Slowly paddle along the peaceful waterways and lagoons admiring the beautiful landscape. Your kayak guide will explain how the mangroves grow and point out other marine life, such as the four-eyed fish, that lives in this area of Trinidad. The almost surrealistic beauty of this famous nature resort will amaze you. This tour is a must for guests with an interest in conservation and the protection of the environment and loves nature.
Explore West Indies voyages for a full section of watersports related YLAs in the West Indies.
The West Indies have more to offer than pristine beaches and watersports. Lush and green vegetation along with mountainous terrains present the perfect landscape for excellent hiking. Nature lovers can visit some of the West Indies’ top hiking spots aboard a SeaDream voyage.
Many islands offer great opportunities for independent exploration. Lace-up your best hiking shoes and prepare yourself for encountering mesmerizing nature as you visit the unspoiled nature of some of the region’s most beautiful destinations. If guided tours are more your style, SeaDream offers exciting Yachting Land Adventures (YLA) in select ports that highlight the best hiking spots and trails in the West Indies.
With every destination, comes a different and exciting adventure with SeaDream Yacht Club. For the more adventurous guests, our YLA excursions can be booked and purchased online prior to departure or onboard. These adventures are designed to be enjoyed in small groups.
Explore some of SeaDream’s top hiking destinations and YLAs:
Saba, Netherlands Antilles
YLA Recommendation: Hiking the Crispeen Track
This Caribbean paradise is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Due to this fact, Saba is the location of the tallest, or highest point/elevation of the Netherlands, even though it is a few thousand miles away from its European homeland. With an estimated local population of just over 2,000 people, Saba is now primarily supported by tourism, and is known for a concentration on “eco-tourism.” This includes diving, hiking, and climbing its mountainous terrain.
If you like a good workout in beautiful natural surroundings, the Hiking the Crispeen Track YLA is for you! Enjoy some of Saba’s unspoiled beauty with this memorable hike. Named for Saint Crispeen, the patron saint of shoemakers, this vigorous trail starts at the little town known as The Bottom. From the tender pier, you get to the starting point by a local taxi van and set out with your local nature guide. The guide will point out the island flora as the trail leads you through the rainforest, across fields, and over a forest ridge. The trail continues through pasture land, highlighting views of The Bottom and secondary rainforest until it meets with the Mt. Scenery Trail. From this point, a downhill trek of about 300 steps brings you to the town of Windward side, where you will have some free time to buy a refreshment or do some shopping before returning to the yacht.
Charleston, Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis
YLA Recommendation: Source Trail & Rainforest Hike
Nevis is one of our favorite islands, and we encourage you to explore Nevis beyond the small town to make the most of your visit! We offer several excellent and varied options for you to do so and still leave you with plenty of time on your own for the beach. Less commercial and laidback than its large neighbor St. Kitts, Nevis, at first glimpse, offers a stunning approach with dramatic views of the potentially active volcanic Nevis Peak (3,232 feet/985 meters).
The Source Trail & Rainforest Hike YLA is a great and active way to see more of the island. A moderately challenging hike through a lush forest will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Nevis, offering a variety of plants, trees, and shrubs including bamboo, tropical fruit trees, and, if you are lucky, you might even see glimpses of green vervet monkeys. Hike through the lush canopied rainforest to an ideal spot for panoramic views some 1800 feet (549 meters) above sea level. On a clear day, you can observe the volcanic activity on Montserrat as well as spectacular views of neighboring islands of Antigua, Redonda, St. Kitts and Booby Island. Admire colorful traditional homes and shops and see how our villagers live as you stroll through picturesque villages. The alluring beauty of the Nevisian countryside will provide a lasting memory.
Soufriere Bay, Saint Lucia
Recommended YLA: Stairway to the Pitons
Soufriere, a small town on the South West Coast of Saint Lucia, is considered by many as the island’s gem. The town and the surrounding region has a population of 8,000. Originally founded by the French, it was the original capital of the island. Soufriere has a great deal to offer visitors including coral reefs, the rainforest, Diamond Falls, the sulfur springs, a “drive-in” volcano, and the ever-popular and majestic twin pitons.
With the Stairway to the Piton’s YLA, depart the Soufriere dock for a short drive through the town of Soufriere to the Tet Paul Nature Trail. Tet Paul Nature Trail is a guided hike providing many stunning photo opportunities. Culture, history, exotic horticulture, and spectacular landscapes can all be found on this tour. The views from the Tet Paul Nature Trail have been described as absolutely heavenly. From the majestic Pitons to the far away island of St. Vincent, you can see from points along the trail. The gorgeous Southern side of St. Lucia, including Jalousie Bay, is easily visible along the way. You can even see Fond Gens Libre, Choiseul, Maria Island, and the town of Vieux Fort. The trail is lined with traditional medicinal plants and trees. Also, in residence are several species of exotic fruit trees. After you have completed the trail, spend some relax time enjoying local refreshments and snacks, before heading back to the Soufriere docks and the Yacht.
Ready to go on an unforgettable hike with SeaDream? Explore our West Indies voyages today.
SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, sail to some of the most spectacular destinations in the West Indies and Mediterranean. While not exploring new ports, SeaDream guests rest assured that they will be splendidly spoiled while onboard and will have an array of activities to occupy their day and nights.
Whether you want to relax and admire the scenic views or engage in a more active experience, SeaDream believes is giving you, the guest, the choice to spend your days as you wish. Learn about some of the activities available onboard by day and night:
Daytime Aboard SeaDream
Guests looking for a lazy day at sea will have no problem finding a spot on the yacht to relax and maybe catch up on that book they’ve been meaning to get to. The signature Balinese Dream Beds are the prefect spot to lounge and enjoy the gentle sea breezes. These beds are designed as the perfect place to catch the unobstructed views or take a nap.
On Deck 3, you will find the pool deck, which features generous teak decks and lounge chairs. The saltwater pool and fresh water jacuzzi will ensure you enjoy your time spent on deck.
For those looking to get some activity in their day, there are options aplenty. You may choose to start your day with a complimentary yoga or tai chi class. Channel your inner yogi and start your day energized. The fully equipped fitness center is also a great option for anyone not looking to abandon their fitness routine while on vacation.
Voted the best yacht by Golf Digest, golf aficionados can practice their swing on SeaDream’s Golf Simulator on Deck 6. Equipped with his and hers clubs, you can select from over 30 world-renowned golf courses and enjoy them in the comfort of your Yacht.
And, of course, what is yachting without the proper water toys? Guests can enjoy the Watersports Marina for some fun in the sun. Whether you like motorized water sports like jet skis or wakeboarding and waterskiing, or other more leisure sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding, there is something for everyone. You can also simply enjoy swimming in the blue waters and taking advantage of SeaDream’s floating island and trampoline.
If all this action has you feeling in need of some r&r, head to the SeaDream Spa where Thai-certified experts are ready to welcome you to a sanctuary of relaxation and tranquility. The SeaDream Spa is an indulgent experience to complete any SeaDream vacation.
Nighttime Aboard SeaDream
By night, music and a lively social atmosphere fills the yacht. Mingle with your friends and family or your newly made SeaDream friends at the Top of the Yacht Bar for breathtaking views with your favorite cocktail. The night sky transforms the deck to a memorable night.
If you’re feeling lucky, begin your evening entertainment with a hand at the Blackjack table in the Casino on Deck 4. Just steps away, enjoy an after-dinner drink at the Piano Bar, a relaxed and social lounge area where you enjoy listening to live guitar and piano music. Request your favorite tune and feel free to sing along. Or should you wish for something quieter, take refuge in the Library for a good read from our large selection of books or challenge a fellow yachtsman in a selection of board games.
SeaDream may also host one of its signature Starlit Movies, in which the pool deck becomes your cinema under the open night sky. Get comfortable in a reclining lounge chair and watch a concert or movie on the outdoor bug screen. Pillows, blankets, fresh popcorn, and bar service make this a movie experience like no other.
Culminate your night by experiencing the Signature Balinese Dream Beds at night and sleep under the stars. The soothing sound of the sea and cozy setting make this a magical and unforgettable experience.
Book a SeaDream voyage today to experience the SeaDream onboard experience firsthand!
From the moment guests are welcomed onboard, they receive the world famous “SeaDream treatment.” The yachting experience begins with a warm welcome from the captain with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Whether by day or night, or onboard or shoreside, SeaDream has a selection of remarkable experiences prepared for guests.
SeaDream is recognized for offering a casually elegant yachting experience with an attentive crew, luxurious accommodations, plenty of inclusive amenities, and stops at some of the most intimate ports, ensuring guests enjoy a truly memorable vacation. The uniquely different experience guests have onboard and shoreside have become a staple. Additionally, the twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, offer Signature SeaDream experiences and features that have become synonymous with the brand.
Whether enjoying the yachting lifestyle during the Champagne & Caviar Splash, gazing at the stars on a Balinese Dream Bed or indulging in delicious treats during the Dessert Extravaganza, SeaDream’s Signature experiences cannot be duplicated, adding a special touch that keeps our Club Members coming back time after time.
Learn more about some of the unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else. These are the ultimate celebration of the yachting lifestyle.
Champagne & Caviar Splash™
SeaDream’s Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™, featured during West Indies voyages, is a true celebration of the yachting lifestyle as it exemplifies “Casual Perfection.” Toast to the crew and guest alike – to the good times we have shared and to meeting aboard again soon. A gourmet barbecue served on a white sandy beach is a celebration of the yachting experience in every deliciously decadent bite. At the sound of the yacht’s horn, let the bubbles flow and enjoy some caviar with a special beach party and barbecue in the West Indies to celebrate the yachting lifestyle.
This extraordinary experience is perhaps one of our guests’ favorite part of sailing in the West Indies. Depending on the itinerary, the Champagne & Caviar Splash™ is hosted on difference islands, which can include Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Prickly Pear, B.V.I; White Bay, Jost van Dyke, B.V.I; and other idyllic destinations.
Balinese Dream Beds
Our signature Balinese Dream Beds may be transformed at night to sleep and gaze upon the stars. Curl up in luxurious comfort with plush Belgian bed linens and admire the starry night sky on a clear night. The soothing sound of the sea and cozy setting make this a magical, unforgettable experience.
By day, our Signature Balinese Dream Beds are the perfect place to catch the views, read a book, and sip your favorite beverage. Select a cozy corner of the yacht and take that little catnap you have missed all year. Our comfortable outdoor platform beds are designed with afternoon naps and sunbathing in mind. These thick cushion beds, with throw pillows and individual reclining backs, are the perfect spot on the yacht to stretch out and enjoy unobstructed ocean views and cool sea breezes.
This elegant, after dinner gathering is not to be missed. The star of this party is the delectable display of desserts, which includes baked treats, tarts, pies, cakes, ice cream, and bananas foster. Your favorite libation, music, fresh ocean air, and the twinkle of candles and stars make this the perfect ending to another special SeaDream day.
The SeaDream gastronomical experiences is one to behold! The expert chefs are dedicated to offering the best dishes possible and the Dessert Extravaganza is the perfect showcase of their talent creating decadent desserts that are sure to satisfy any sweets craving.
Discover what other amazing experiences you can expect to encounter and enjoy during a SeaDream voyage in the West Indies, Mediterranean or Transatlantic Crossing.
The Travvy Awards recognize the absolute best in travel as awarded by travel agents. Seadream Yacht Club is pleased to announce it has earned the prestigious Silver statuette in the 6th annual Travvy Awards for SeaDream I.
The annual Travvy Awards — known as the Academy Awards of the travel industry — were held Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Gotham Hall in New York City to recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry by honoring travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, and destinations for their outstanding achievement.
This year, over 100,000 votes — the largest voting block of agents in history — were cast to determine the 2020 Travvy Awards winners.
The annual Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement. More than 100,000 votes — cast by the agents who sell the vast majority of these trips to tens of millions of consumers yearly — determined the very best in the travel industry. This represents the largest database of the nation’s foremost leisure-selling, independent travel agents in the country. The selections by agents reflect suppliers and destinations they believe provide the best overall service to their clients.
Since its founding late in 2001, SeaDream Yacht Club has received numerous awards, honors, and accolades from authoritative travel publications, industry organizations and unsolicited guest comments. These welcome expressions of SeaDream’s excellence have not only conveyed the messages of “World’s Best” and “Best of Class,” but have validated the unique nature of the SeaDream voyage; one which is intimate and casually elegant, reflecting SeaDream’s mantra “It’s yachting, not cruising.” Explore the SeaDream website for a complete list of honors that exemplify SeaDream Yacht Club’s excellence.
SeaDream Yacht Club is a family-owned company. SeaDream’s sole Founder, Owner & Chairman, Atle Brynestad, established SeaDream in 2001. SeaDream launched with twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. The SeaDream team, both shoreside and aboard, enjoy knowing they are providing unprecedented levels of luxury and service. SeaDream’s guests appreciate that whatever they choose to do (or not to do, for that matter) during their yachting holiday, they will be experiencing one of the best vacation experiences at sea. When designing SeaDream, Mr. Brynestad knew it would be the attention to detail and all important impeccable service that would define yachting in the true sense of the word.
All guest rooms have an ocean view and the SeaDream experience is inclusive. Whether dining al fresco or in the salon, relaxing by the pool or enjoying a spa treatment, playing a round of golf in a golf simulator or taking a mountain bike ashore and exploring the port of call, our guests know that they are experiencing the most personalized and pampered holiday at sea. SeaDream I and SeaDream II itineraries are designed to call upon the most intimate ports, harbors, and yachting playgrounds that larger ships cannot reach.
From May through October, SeaDream I and SeaDream II sail the Mediterranean Sea. From November through April, the twin, mega-yachts visit the turquoise waters of the West Indies.
To ensure that our guests experience all that each specially selected port of call has to offer, many of our itineraries feature overnight stays in some of the best yachting ports and harbors in the world. We happily welcome you aboard and look forward to welcoming you back again and again.
Book a voyage to experience the SeaDream Difference firsthand.
With crystal clear waters, magnificent coral formations and diverse marine life, there is no shortage of amazing snorkeling opportunities in the West Indies. It is no wonder the region has a spotless reputation as a top destination for snorkelers, both beginners and experts. Regardless of your experience level, there is something for everyone while visiting the West Indies.
SeaDream guests can borrow snorkel gear from the yachts for independent exploration or participate in one of the many remarkable snorkeling Yachting Land Adventures, which give guests the opportunity to admire the absolute best snorkeling spots each island has to offer.
The list of SeaDream’s must-see snorkeling destinations is extensive, so here are just a couple of the countless options. These ports offer mesmerizing opportunities to witness beautiful sights and admire diverse marine life in their natural habitat.
Norman Island, B.V.I.
Norman Island is located at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands. It could very well be the very same island reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate novel Treasure Island. It is said that the island was named after a pirate who purchased it at some point during the early 18th century. The island is uninhabited and privately owned. A large harbor is known as “The Bight” offers one of the most protected anchorages in the area. Guests can enjoy some great hiking opportunities as well as snorkeling and scuba diving.
The Snorkeling at Treasure Island optional adventure is a delightful snorkel trip that includes a scenic boat journey between the British Virgin Islands to the famed Caves at Norman Island with a reputed history of piracy. Although much of the treasures has been discovered, more pirate treasure is rumored to exist today on Norman Island. This adventure begins with a scenic 35-minute ride across the picturesque Sir Francis Drake Channel to two of the B.V.I.’s prime snorkel sites. Your experienced snorkel instructor will take you snorkeling at the uninhabited and legendary caves at Treasure Point (Norman Island), where pirate treasure is said to have been hidden. A second snorkel stop is planned at the pristine surroundings at The Indians before returning to your SeaDream Yacht.
Man-O-War Bay, Trinidad and Tobago
Featuring only a few hotels and restaurants, Man-O-War Bay offers a peaceful escape and beautiful scenery, away from mainstream tourist destinations. Create new memories in this West Indies destination that offers the perfect vantage point to admire the area’s diverse marine life while swimming or snorkeling in Man-O-War Bay’s blue waters.
We offer an optional Yachting Land Adventure that allows guests to explore the underwater sea life at Angel Reef, known for its abundance of undisturbed marine life and the largest living brain coral in the world. After a 15-minute scenic mountain drive to the town of Speyside, participants board a comfortable boat that takes them along the emerald coast to arrive at Angel Reef. A favorite for divers around the world, Angel Reef boast of crystal-clear water providing visibility up to 100 feet. Float over thousand-year-old coral formations. Observe huge sponges and the world’s largest single brain coral. See colorful reef fish and diverse marine life.
With nearly 3,000 residents, Portsmouth is the second largest town in Dominica. Marine life is plentiful offering many rare species including seahorses, flying gurnards, batfish, and more. Dominica’s snorkeling scene has a lot going for it. Experience it for yourself with SeaDream and you won’t be disappointed.
You may choose to embark on the exciting Snorkel Dominica Adventure, which takes participants to some of Dominica’s best snorkeling spots on this 4-hour guided adventure. The waters surrounding the island can have visibility of approximately 100 feet, allowing curious visitors to easily discover the underwater world. The majestic mountainous landscape is as spectacular underwater as above.
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
Culebra Island is an archipelago comprised of 23 smaller islands alongside the main island of Culebra. Culebra Island has one of the consistently top-ranked beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach, and offers incredible snorkeling opportunities.
With SeaDream, you can paddle your way along Puerto Rico’s kayaking and snorkeling mecca, the world-famous crystal clear waters, and white sand coastlines of Culebra Island. Discover some of the most amazing marine life in the West Indies! Join your eco guides as you swim among schools of colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral formations. A second, fully guided snorkeling session off the beach will take place at a spectacular coral reef. This may be the best way to see the incredible island of Culebra – Don’t miss it!
Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S.V.I.
Two-thirds of St. John Island has been dedicated as a national park and is the most virgin of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is blessed with many beautiful beaches and bays, fine anchorages, and verdant hills. Enjoy the day with an optional snorkeling trip to Trunk Bay.
Lounge on the beach or use the snorkel equipment provided to explore the National Park Service’s underwater marked trails. The trails include plaques on the bottom of the sea, describing the coral formations and fish that inhabit the waters. Parrotfish and yellow tailed snappers over the coral reef are just a few of the colorful sights you’ll see. The nearby grass beds afford an opportunity to spot stingrays and green turtles. If you are new to snorkeling, your guide is happy to provide instruction. If you are an “old hand,” you’ll find an abundance and variety of sea creatures and underwater terrains to explore. Simply put, it doesn’t get any more beautiful than this!
Which West Indies destination is your favorite for snorkeling? Discover all of SeaDream’s top snorkeling destinations on a SeaDream I or SeaDream II voyage.
A SeaDream voyage is the perfect way to embark on a true adventure. SeaDream recently introduced over a dozen new shoreside activities for West Indies voyages, including a number of high adrenaline Yachting Land Adventures for our more adventurous guests.
Our Yachting Land Adventure excursions can be pre-booked online or purchased on board. The activities are designed to be enjoyed in small groups so each guest may experience each dream destination to their fullest.
Discover some of our new activities that are perfect for adventurous travelers:
Antigua Off Road Buggy Adventure
‘Pilot’ your own two-seater automatic Buggy and take a ride on the wild side. Perfect for off-road adventure lovers, this 4×4 action-packed excursion showcases all that Antigua has to offer. Take off in an intimate group of 10, or less people, with a friendly and informative guide and feel like a true explorer in two-seat off-road buggies.
Visit some of Antigua’s best off-road scenic spots and sights. The customized 4-wheel drive route starts in St John’s, then continues off-road traversing on dirt tracks through the rural areas to beautiful Body Ponds, a series of ponds as you’ll blaze through the trails of Antigua’s one and only tropical rainforest to Walling’s Dam. Continuing, the next stop will be at a picturesque and unspoiled Antiguan white sand beach on the south-west coast. On the way back, the scenery will continue to amaze you as you journey slowly through Fig Tree Drive towards St John’s.
Beginner Kitesurfing Lesson
Learn how to kitesurf in the shallow, crystal-clear waters and great winds at Clifton Bay. You will learn the fundamentals kitesurfing from professional instructors. The calm, shallow waters of the bay welcome you to try this new sport. With one-on-one guidance, you will be guided to learn how to catch the wind in the sail and soar above during this thrilling lesson. After your lesson, take a short walk to a beautiful beach bar for a refreshing cocktail to celebrate this exhilarating experience.
Canyoning the Guadeloupe Forest
In a few short decades, Canyoning has gradually transformed itself from a one-off summer thrill to an adventure sport across the world. The tropical forests in Guadeloupe provide an excellent venue where the sport of canyoning can be experienced. Under the canopy of trees, wild rivers have carved out canyons, ravines, and beautiful waterfalls worth discovering.
Canyoning is one of the world’s fastest growing adventure sports. The activity is performed in canyons using a variety of methods combining hiking, climbing, rappelling (abseiling), jumping, and swimming. At an elevation of 1,739 feet; Saint-Claude is the highest city in the Lesser Antilles and provides one of the best locations for Canyoning in the West Indies! Descend the riverbed, rappelling, to find the 50 feet tall waterfall waiting for you!
Bat Cave Kayak & Snorkeling Adventure
Montserrat’s Ocean Ambassador, Veta, leads SeaDreamers on a kayak adventure to the bat cave and snorkeling at Rendezvous Reef. As a conservator, she was recognized by the Bezos Family for the work she is doing as an ocean advocate and for introducing children to the ocean through her Fish and Fins Kids Club. A snorkeling tour with Veta is an experience any snorkeler visiting Montserrat should not miss. She will guide you on a kayaking and snorkeling tour through hidden beaches and a bat cave, one of the most popular dives on Montserrat that offers the unique experience of viewing of thousands of bats in their habitat. Experience a guided tour of Rendezvous Reef along the shoreline in the pristine waters of Montserrat that allows you to “observe the wonders of the underwater world.”
Rhino Rider Safari
Hop aboard your own Rhino Rider for a fast-paced boat trip along the coastline to one of the most beautiful and secluded of St. Martin’s beaches at Happy Bay. Snorkel off the shore in pristine turquoise water, stroll on the powdery white sand, or just relax in the shade of a palm tree. After getting the feel of your user-friendly watercraft, you will follow the guide into the exotic waters of Simpson Bay Lagoon cruising alongside the mega yachts of the rich and famous.
As planes fly overhead, taking off from the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, you will make your way under the Sandy Ground bridge into the clear, sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Proceed to discover the tropical bay of the French capital of Marigot with Fort Louis perched on top of the hill and below a marina that carries the fort’s name, serving as a homeport for dozens of luxury sailboats and catamarans. Wander further through the crystalline water and travel along the coastline until Happy Bay appears, which is your beach destination. You will then enjoy a 40-minute break in paradise in perhaps the most charming of all the island’s secluded beaches.
What exciting new Yachting Land Adventure would you like to try first? Learn more about these new activities and many more.
SeaDream Yacht Club recently expanded its Yachting Land Adventures (YLAs) program in the West Indies with a wide selection of new exciting shoreside activities in some of SeaDream’s most beloved destinations. The new selections range from engaging tours and culinary experiences to high adrenaline adventures, offering guests memorable ways to make the most out of each destination. SeaDream’s West Indies is defined by enriching and inspiring experiences both onboard and shoreside.
The newly added YLAs are open for booking and guests have already begun to participate in these new selections. For guests looking for engaging tours or inspiring culinary experiences, new Yachting Land Adventures include:
CuisinArt Resort Cooking Class
The award-winning CuisinArt, Resort and Spa is one of the best-known resorts in Anguilla. This stunning and sprawling beachfront property on Rendezvous Bay is dotted by white, Grecian-like buildings and features numerous amenities, five-star service, including renowned culinary programs available for their guests staying at the resort. Their culinary classes have been listed amongst the 12 Best Cooking Classes available at Hotels Around the World! The menu focuses on fresh local ingredients.
SeaDream has made special arrangements with the CuisinArt, Resort and Spa to offer a Private Cooking Class for a limited number of our guests. Transfer by air-conditioned mini coach to the CuisinArt, Resort and Spa to participate in an educational cooking class. In this class, you will learn about Spanish tapas and their role in Spanish cuisine. Under the guidance of Portuguese Chef Francisco Pico, the Chef de Cuisine, you will don aprons and learn how to make delicious tapas. Afterwards, guests will enjoy the items prepared during the cooking class along with refreshing white sangria.
Firefly Plantation & Sea Salt Tasting
Explore the Firefly Plantation located in the beautiful island of Bequia. Here rustic charm meets island chic in this 20th century property which hosts a plantation, hotel, restaurant, and sea salt producing shop. Built on the foundations of an 18th century estate homestead, the Firefly Plantation is a gem in the countryside. The 30-acre property is a modern working plantation with many fruit and flowering trees. Take a walk through the gentle hillsides with the head gardener as he reveals the history of the gardens and the area. He will also reveal the many different fruits and tropical plants growing on site. You even have an opportunity to sample ripe fruits directly from the trees. The bountiful garden has citrus, plums, breadfruit and mango trees, among others.
At the Firefly Plantation, you will experience a Grenadine sea salt orientation and tasting that will have you thinking differently about sea salt. The natural harvesting of lower-sodium, low-chloride salts with higher mineral proportions and flavored with local natural ingredients creates delicious products for seasoning gourmet cuisine or even for meats on the grill. After the introduction to the Grenadine sea salts, you will return to the Firefly Restaurant where a refreshing fruit drink, made fresh from the garden, will be served as you enjoy the hotel ambiance.
Basse-Terre & It’s Black Cane
This walking tour of Basse-Terre will highlight some of the history and culture of this administrative capital of Guadeloupe, plus visit the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Guadeloupe. The building with a baroque façade was built in 1736 and assembled from large volcanic stones. Discover Nolivos Street, the oldest and lively shopping street which includes an indoor market.
Next travel by bus to the Bologne Distillery, featuring an innovative spirit known as the “Black Cane Rum.” Named for the Bologna family that migrated from the Netherlands in the 17th & 18th centuries, this distillery is the oldest distillery and a major rum producer of Guadeloupe. Learn about the distillery’s long history and processing of its sugar cane including the black cane grown from volcanic soil and famous for its aromatic qualities. The volcanic soil, cane varieties, and pure water filtered by the volcanic rocks of the mountain are the base of the Bologna agricultural rum. Enjoy a rum tasting in the gift shop and free time to explore the area before returning to the yacht.
Pompei of the Caribbean Tour
See the “active” Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat from Plymouth port and learn why it may be called the Pompeii of the Caribbean. No visitor to Montserrat should leave without having an encounter with Montserrat’s most captivating phenomena. On July 18, 1995, the volcano, dormant for four centuries, spewed 20 feet of ash over the southern coast. A series of eruptions eventually caused fast-moving cascades of hot gas and rock that buried the once thriving city of Plymouth. Life, as it was, for Montserrat’s 12,000 residents changed forever. On this excursion you will travel to Jack Boy Hill where you can see the volcano and remnants of WH Bramble Airport now completely buried by volcanic lava flows. Then it’s on to a lookout point over Plymouth, which is located in what’s called the Exclusion Zone, or Zone V, because this area sits in the path of the greatest current volcanic activity and there is limited public access.
As you make the way to Plymouth you will pass through small villages and stop in Woodlands for a brief moment at Runaway Ghuat, a natural spring that local myth claims you must drink from if you want to return to Montserrat. Before entering Plymouth, you will have a brief “bird’s eye” view stop at Montserrat Springs; a once proud 4-star hotel.
The Spirit of St. Lucia
Your journey will take you through the city of Castries then onto Morne Fortune called the ‘Hill of Good Luck,’ which offers spectacular views of the city as well as its environs. Continue down into the Cul de Sac Valley to the only rum distillery on the island. Here you will see how this heart-warming nectar is produced. The guided tour includes a video presentation and afterwards you’ll see how a village street, spice market and carnival, have been recreated to give an insight into the lifestyle and spirit of St. Lucians.
Your journey has just begun as you depart the rum distillery for a short drive to nearby Marigot for a view of the one of the most sheltered bays in the Caribbean. You will continue onto the Pink Plantation House, where your host or hostess will welcome you with a Caribbean drink upon arrival. Spend time walking around the gardens and grounds and enjoying amazing views of the city and northern landscape. Just when you think it’s coming to an end, a tasting of local rums await on the open balcony, located within the gardens. You tour also includes a tasting of freshly prepared local treats such as accras (fish cakes) and bakes.
Pre-book your Yachting Land Adventure online and get ready to explore the West Indies as you’ve never had before. Learn more about our new and existing West Indies YLAs.
When it comes to romantic vacations, we know a thing or two. SeaDream was recently recognized as the Best Luxury Cruise Line for Romance in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, stating:
“SeaDream Yacht Club knows how to set the mood with top-deck Balinese daybeds for sunshiny snuggles, delectable dishes served alfresco at tables for two and over-the-top service that leaves passengers wanting for nothing. Cruises to idyllic settings in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, with off-the-beaten-track ports, seal the deal on the ultimate couple’s getaway at sea.”
So why not skip the chocolate and flowers this Valentine’s Day and give the gift of yacht cruising instead? You can’t ever go wrong with a surprise romantic getaway. The SeaDream experience is perfectly crafted for couples looking to create memories that will last a lifetime. After all, nothing can top spending quality time with your loved one away from the distractions of daily life.
SeaDream offers the ultimate dream retreat. This is not a typical romantic getaway; the SeaDream yachting experience is more intimate and personalized. It’s an opportunity to truly relax on a romantic vacation and enjoy a comfortably luxurious experience. Unique features for couples include:
Balinese Dream BedsCozy up and watch the beautiful ever-changing night sky with refreshing ocean breezes on top of the yacht. Our Balinese Dream Beds can be turned down to sleep under the stars, complete with luxury duvet and linens. Lounge and enjoy unobstructed views of coveted travel destinations and visit the world’s most romantic ports. Make this special moment complete with all the romantic details like rose petals and champagne.
SeaDream SpaEscape and unwind peacefully onboard with our very own version of paradise, the SeaDream Spa. Select from one of our couple’s massages and share a relaxing moment with that special someone. You can even enjoy some of our treatments in our open-air private massage area. Experience these exceptional services cooled by gentle sea breezes only possible on an exclusive mega-yacht.
Small Ports and HarborsSeaDream I and SeaDream II itineraries are designed to call upon the most intimate ports, harbors, and yachting playgrounds that larger ships cannot reach. Imagine walking along a pristine beach with not a soul in sight or exploring some of the most romantic destinations on the French and Italian Rivieras. All of this and more is possible on a SeaDream voyage. SeaDream is uniquely exceptional and a must-do for those in search of a hidden, refined style of cruising.
Wine VoyagesEnjoy food & wine pairings for the ultimate romantic getaway. Every single wine cruise on SeaDream is a unique and personalized culinary experience, especially with our carefully crafted itineraries that immerse guests into the world of wine. Immerse yourself in wonderful flavors while visiting famous wineries as well as several less familiar, but equally notable vineyards. With a SeaDream wine tasting cruise, you can expand or even begin your knowledge of the intricate world of wine. Days are filled with wine tastings and guided tours to the origins of some of the finest wine in the world.
Transatlantic VoyagesWant to truly disconnect and spend quality time with your loved one? A transatlantic voyage is the perfect solution. The ideal getaway for the modern sea-lover, a SeaDream transatlantic cruise is designed to provide guests with all the luxury amenities they could desire while sailing across the Atlantic. Itineraries are designed so that each journey averages nearly two weeks long, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy all of the many luxuries that await you on-board and spend quality time together.
Offering a plethora of inclusive options, you might even wish you had more time.
Where would you like to travel to for your next romantic getaway? Start planning your next romantic getaway today.