Get to Know: SeaDream’s Wine Director Martin Arentz

January 16th, 2020 by Patricia Rogers

How do we create our famed Wine Voyage itineraries? Year after year, we seek for the world’s most interesting and refined flavors to craft the perfect experiences for wine lovers everywhere. Every single Wine Voyage is designed to enhance the yachting lifestyle and create an unforgettable culinary experience unlike any other wine tasting cruise. A SeaDream Wine Voyage will give you a whole new appreciation for wine as you taste only the best and most memorable reds, whites, and champagnes.

In 2019, Wine Enthusiast listed us as one of the best cruises for wine lovers. For us, wine voyages are more than an opportunity to sample wines. They are an immersive adventure that allows guests to walk away from their voyage with a deep understanding and love for distinct flavors and a new appreciation for wine.

With the expertise of our Wine Director Martin Arentz, a SeaDream Wine Voyage is the perfect opportunity to enhance your knowledge of food & wine pairings. Martin joined SeaDream in 2018 and curates our Wine Voyages with his extensive experience in the industry to ensure exciting voyages for our guests.

Meet the expert behind the most spectacular wine experiences at sea as he discusses his background, his approach and what’s next for SeaDream’s Wine Voyages.

Q: How did you first get involved in the wine industry?
Martin: I grew up visiting European vineyards with my parents each summer. These trips provided me with a long-lasting foundation and a fascination for the history, the people and the variety of wines crafted in these small villages.

Over the years, I’ve visited more than 100 vineyards, tasted thousands of wines, designed wine shops, picked grapes and blended my own wines. I have been traveling and tasting wines for 20 years. Winetasting and dinners have been my work and hobby since the late 90’s. Both my work and life experiences have given me the passion and knowledge that I now bring to SeaDream’s Wine Voyages.

Q: How do you choose which winemakers to feature on SeaDream’s Wine Voyages?
Martin: Winemakers are chosen by several factors. First and foremost, the wines need to have recognized quality. We also like to look at wineries with an interesting history and distinctive collection. Finally, creating variety is crucial, so we make sure each year we have different styles and regions represented during the season.

Q: What makes SeaDream’s Wine Voyages special?
Martin: Our Wine Voyages are designed to enhance both the culinary and yachting experiences of guests onboard. Pairing the ultimate wine experience with the regions’ most scenic backdrops, guests are able to meet the personalities behind some of the world’s most renowned wineries and notable vineyards and explore their flavors and history.

Each of our wine voyages include complimentary wine tastings hosted by a representative from the visiting winery or wineries.

Guests can also choose to participate in the Winemakers Dinner for an additional cost. The Winemakers Dinner is an unforgettable gastronomical experience hosted by the visiting winemaker that features food and wine parings with wine packages by the glass. Each Wine Voyage also features at least two wine-related Yachting Land Adventures to give guests to opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world of wine.

Q: What’s in store for 2020?
Martin: We have an amazing assortment of wineries and guest winemakers lined up. This year and in the coming years we are focusing on more organic and biodynamic wineries, which I think our guests really appreciate. We are looking forward to making new memories and sharing our love for wine during our upcoming voyages.

Discover some of the world’s most noteworthy wineries with SeaDream’s 2020 Wine Voyage Collection now open for booking.

A New Year | 5 Tips to Stay Fit While Vacationing

January 14th, 2020 by Sharone Yoga on the Beach


When it comes to visiting your favorite West Indies island or a Mediterranean must-do, the last thing you think about is keeping up with your gym routine. Traveling to a new place also means letting go of the old habits like having to wake up early for work, missing out on your weekly yoga classes, staying in unfamiliar accommodations, and having less flexibility with your nutritional expectations. The good news is that pre-travel preparation makes it possible to keep up with your active lifestyle during your vacation.
 
Here’s what you need to know:

Pack the Right Things

Whether you’re an inner yogi or more into Pilates, taking the right gear with you is everything. We’re not talking about carrying dumbbells but packing a few light items can really help make or break your fitness game. Some things you can work into your packing list include resistance bands, a jump rope, a yoga mat, and some awesome fitness apps.

Packing the right gear will certainly eliminate excuses like not having the right amenities where you’re staying or not having the time to get a short workout in. Having a yoga mat right in your hotel room paired with a jump rope is everything you need to break a sweat and burn some calories.

Careful, this doesn’t necessarily justify any binge eating even if you’re in Italy craving Spaghetti alla Carbonara!

Create a Schedule
 
It’s both exciting and overwhelming to visit destinations with so many things to do and see. But amid all your adventures, it’s important to remember your fitness objectives. Add workouts to your calendar, set reminders, and try to find a set time every day. While it’s exciting to be spontaneous in the heart of St. Tropez, it’s important to incorporate your workout into your experience.

If you find yourself missing one or two workouts, don’t stress too much and make sure to work extra hard in the next one. More importantly, find ways to be active in the most creative ways, like enjoying the scenic views while finishing an ab workout or walking an extra few miles when visiting a precious site.

Have Snacks Around
 
When we say snacks, we’re not talking about a Snickers bar on the go. Abs start in the kitchen, so finding a way to eat healthy even when on vacation is a big part of staying fit. Though you may run into a street full of tempting cultural eateries, remember that balance is everything. Don’t deprive yourself of trying new things, but don’t overeat either.

The secret is to have a few snacks in your bag so that you have alternatives when you pass by the donut shops and bakeries. Apples, granola bars, and nut mixes are good ways to overcome serious sugar cravings and to have something ready when your stomach starts rumbling.

Start your year off right by booking a luxury voyage with the perfect amenities to help you stay fit. Take a breathtaking trip to the West Indies with SeaDream’s Signature experiences like award-winning service, five-star dining, and the best Thai-certified spa at sea.

Recipe: Corn and Crab Soup

January 9th, 2020 by SeaDream Yacht Club

One of the signature elements of the SeaDream experience is indulging in SeaDream’s gourmet 5-star dining, prepared à la minute and served al fresco at the Topside Restaurant or in the elegant Dining Salon.

Missing SeaDream’s Dream Cuisine? Try your hand at preparing one of our chefs’ delicious recipes for your loved ones. Enjoy the rich flavors of this signature corn and crab soup. And while you might not have the fresh sea breeze and stunning coastal views to complement your dining experience at home, the recipe will have you dreaming about your next SeaDream vacation and the gastronomical experience that goes along with your voyage.

Corn and Crab Soup

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of fish stock
  • 2 corns on the cob
  • 1 piece of lemon grass
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • Fish sauce

For Garnish:
  • White crab meat
  • Fresh chopped coriander
  • Chopped spring onion
  • Corn kernels
  • 1 tsp sauteed chopped garlic

Instructions:
  1. Pour into a pan the fish stock and chicken stock with the corn on the cob, pepper corns, lemon grass, shallots and bring to boil. The let simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the stock through a sieve and place back on the stove.
  3. Once boiling again, take the two whisked eggs and add to the boiling stock while stirring.
  4. Add the sesame oil and season with fish sauce to taste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. When ready to serve, put the Garnish into the soup bowls and pour over your hot soup.
 

Why Book a Grand Voyage?

January 7th, 2020 by SeaDream Yacht Club

Grand voyages offer endless possibilities and the ability to visit anywhere up to 25 ports in one seamless journey. These extended voyages combine two or more back-to-back voyages for a more comprehensive and in-depth travel experience. In many cases, you can choose to sail for 14, 21, or more days without repeating ports. Grand Voyages resonate with travelers looking for a carefree vacation in which they can unwind while exploring some of the world’s best travel destinations.

The SeaDream team meticulously plans Grand Voyages so that you can visit a different port nearly every day during your journey. Incorporating more overnight stays in places with a lively nightlife is also of the utmost importance to ensure guests can experience the best each destination has to offer.

There are countless reasons why a SeaDream Grand Voyage makes for the perfect vacation at sea. Here are a couple of the top reasons:

Come aboard, unpack just once

Call SeaDream home for as long as you would like. Whether it’s 2, 3, 5 or more consecutive voyages, the choice is yours. Enjoy an extended journey without any of the hassles of transferring from destination to destination by air or ground. Get settled in your comfortable stateroom and soak in the relaxing ambiance aboard the ships whether by day or night. SeaDream I and SeaDream II offer a wide array of onboard activities and provide unparalleled, personalized service.

Enjoy a more comprehensive experience

Imagine all the places you’ll visit, while also enjoying your time onboard. The Grand Voyage Collection features sailings across single regions as well transatlantic crossings.

Single region grand voyages provide a comprehensive experience that allows guests to leisurely explore many distinct destinations in one luxurious and seamless journey. Popular itineraries combine world renowned Mediterranean ports in the French and Italian Riviera, Greek Isles, Adriatic Sea, the Spanish coast, to name a few. Bask in a region’s rich culture and take in some of the world’s most memorable sights. Spectacular landscapes, world-class cuisine, historical attractions, and picturesque beaches are all part of the Grand Voyage experience.

During voyages involving transatlantic crossings, SeaDream sails to unique ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean while providing ample time to enjoy the “SeaDream Difference” during the crossing.

The more you sail, the more you save

With a SeaDream Grand Voyage, guests enjoy 10% off each consecutive voyage segment. Grand voyages can be as few as 2 back-to-back segments or as many as 5+.

SeaDream’s 2020 Grand Voyage itineraries include:

Venice to Malaga
Sept. 30 – Oct. 24, 2020
This 24-day journey departs from Italy and sails through the Adriatic Sea to stunning Croatian ports before making its way to the Greek Isles. SeaDream II will then explore some of Italy’s most stunning destinations, including Positano, Sorrento, and Capri. This voyage also visits Monaco, France, and Spain for a truly unforgettable Mediterranean vacation. There is something for everyone along this spectacular Grand Voyage.

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)
July 25 – Aug. 15, 2020
This 21-day voyage covers the best of the best in Greece and Croatia. Visit small ports like Itea (Delphi), Greece, as well as popular destinations like Dubrovnik, Croatia. Additionally, SeaDream II will sail to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovenia, and Montenegro. With three overnight stays and many more late evening departures, this voyage is sure to please even the most discerning travelers.

Discover the entire 2020 Grand Voyage Collection.

The Rise of Plant-Based Menus and Luxury Travel

January 2nd, 2020 by SeaDream Yacht Club

Out of all the travel trends we expect to be popular in 2020, ecotourism and veganism continue to emerge as the front-runner. More than ever before, travelers are looking for ways to make their journeys more “green.” According to Big 7 Travel, “the environment (and protecting it!) has moved from a fringe issue for many to become one of the most important factors in planning a trip.”

Big 7 Travel adds, “every city in the world is starting to explode with vegan options on menus as well as vegan chains and cafes popping up all over the place. Vegan-only trips, retreats and cooking classes will come to the fore even more over the coming years, as the world changes its eating habits.”

In pursuit of environmental awareness, SeaDream has discontinued the use of single-pack plastic yogurt cups, plastic straws and stirrers. Additionally, SeaDream is recognized as being the first cruise line to offer a “raw food” or “living food” menu at sea. An array of dishes is prepared only with raw, organic, and vegan ingredients, none of which are heated above 118º F. The menu, created in conjunction with the Hippocrates Health Institute, even includes dessert options, highlighting light yet indulgent selections.

SeaDream also offers extensive plant-based & vegan gourmet cuisine, utilizing some of the world’s finest ingredients, providing genuine nutrition, and delicious taste, as well as offering cold-pressed raw and vegan juice smoothie bars. Guests have the option of experiencing an array of dishes prepared only with plant-based and vegan ingredients.



A few menu highlights include: Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Gluten Free Chickpea Pasta; Vegan Pumpkin and Zucchini Lasagna; Vegan Artichoke Pizza; Avocado Melt Club Sandwich with Roasted Peppers, Zucchini and Alfalfa Sprouts served with Carrot Aioli; Sweet Potato and Black Bean Vegan Burger with Eggplant-Peppers Relish and Sweet Potato Fries; Marinated Grilled Cauliflower on Pumpkin & Carrot Mousse with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds; Veggie Wrap with Apples and Chickpeas served with Avocado Dip and Spicy Hummus; Tofu Cakes on Sautéed Zucchini with Mint and Basil Sauce; and the Sweet Potato Vegetable Lasagna. The plant-based and vegan menu even includes dessert options, highlighting light yet indulgent selections like the Vegan Chocolate and Black Bean Cake; Almond and Raspberry Pavé; and the Avocado & Coconut Chocolate Crunch.

Aside from the Raw Food Menu and SeaDream’s vegetarian and vegan sections, SeaDream offers gluten-free and sugar-free options, which are always available on request. For other dietary needs, guests can consult with SeaDream at any time before the voyage to ensure that we fulfill any special needs.

SeaDream’s executive chefs and culinary team focus their menus around the concepts of sustainability and local sourcing from the region surrounding each destination whenever possible. A Signature SeaDream experience features gourmet 5-star dining, prepared à la minute.



Are you ready to indulge your senses on your next journey with SeaDream on this new decade?

We look forward to changing the travel industry and benefiting your health one voyage at a time. Read more about our SeaDream Vegan Culinary experience on: https://seadream.com/lifestyle/cuisine/raw-living/

Entering a New Decade – Top Travel Trends of 2020

December 31st, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

As we enter a new year and head into a new decade, we wanted to look at the 2020 travel trends that will shape the way we all vacation and the industry as a whole. According to the international travel agency network of Virtuoso, “carving out more family time and fulfilling your Wanderlist come up big in our annual travel forecast.”

Here are some travel trends Virtuoso’s travel advisors expect for 2020:

Authenticity

Travelers are seeking authentic travel experiences that can’t be replicated. Travelers are more keenly aware of tourist traps and want to avoid the crowds often found with popular tourist destinations. They want to see the “untouristed and unexpected destinations.”

SeaDream’s boutique mega-yachts allow for guests to visit small ports that are hard to reach by larger ships, allowing guests to have those authentic experiences they seek. Itineraries include destinations with hidden yachting harbors and smaller, less crowded ports and passages where large ships cannot visit.

There’s nothing compared to the yachting life that gives you the opportunity to discover the true heart of each destination.



Active or Adventure Trips 

Travel is no longer about passively looking at landmarks. Travelers want to actively engage with their surroundings and create experiences and memories they can’t get back home. 

With SeaDream’s Yachting Land Adventures, you can stay active in your trip with a wide range of options. Partaking in unique activities at each destination has a transformative element that leads to more fulfilling vacation experiences. 

Our complimentary, shoreside crew-led activities include hikes and walking tours, shopping with the Chef, mountain bike rides for private exploration and so much more. If you’re feeling more adventurous, our Yachting Land Adventure excursions, which can be booked and purchased on board, can range from cooking classes to active snorkeling trips and much more. These excursions are designed so each guest may experience each destination to its fullest.  



Celebration Travel 

More and more, luxury travelers are booking trips as part of celebrations. Whether celebrating a big milestone, birthday or anniversary, booking a getaway is the most memorable way to celebrate all of lives big events. 

Special occasions and milestone moments deserve the ultimate  celebrations. Rethink the way these moments should be celebrated with something remarkably different. Forget traditional cruising; this is an  inclusive yachting experience  that combines casual luxury, comfort, world-class dining and highly personalized service. It’s the perfect way to create memories with that special someone or with a group of friends. Enjoy the company of fellow guests who enjoy similar interests and tastes for both travel and adventure. The choice is yours on SeaDream, this is your yacht. 

Why limit birthday festivities to just one day? A week-long voyage to the islands in the West Indies or to the beautiful ports and cities in the Mediterranean is a wish come true for those looking for more than just a birthday cruise or vacation. If it’s celebrating a milestone birthday or any number in between, our crew is there to make it a truly amazing experience for our honored guests. 



For more information on how to make a celebration aboard SeaDream unforgettable, please visit https://seadream.com/lifestyle/celebrations/. 

 

Why Spend the Holidays on a Yacht?

December 26th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club Cruise Holidays


While Christmas and New Year’s are not always about sandy beaches and sunny skies, taking a cruise to exotic islands like in the West Indies can be quite rewarding. While we do suggest traveling during this festive season, we think taking a mega-yacht and sailing across different islands is even more exciting.

Here’s why you should spend your holidays on a cruise:

You Don’t Have to Skip the Holiday Dinner

When it comes to holiday celebrations, we’re all thinking about that special dinner that brings friends and family together. Three-course dinners overlooking the British Virgin Islands can be even more exclusive and exciting for your holiday crowd.

Gather around an outdoor dining area, and be pampered by gourmet wines served by sommeliers, and five-star dining with culinary connoisseurs. Breathe in the fresh air of exotic beaches and take part of SeaDream’s Signature experiences.

Besides, let someone else do the cooking!

Get A Glimpse of Local Celebrations

Whether you dock at St. Barths for New Year’s or spend Christmas in Virgin Gorda, you’ll get a whole new outlook on celebrations. More than just exploring new ports, you’ll get a chance to see the islands all dressed up for the holidays, listen to festive music around town, and see the decorations in the windows of local homes.

Each island will have its own way of expressing its holiday cultures, and it turns out to be quite interesting and a wonderful part of the holiday. Celebrate with your loved ones at a local restaurant or walk around the joyous streets of your favorite destination.

See Your Ship in A New Light

Watching as your ship transforms into a heart-warming ambiance of hanging garlands and lights is quite the experience. The effort that goes into creating such a joyous and festive feeling while sailing is simply unparallel. Take part in culinary creativity when feasting and experience true moments of awe while celebrating with the ones you love.

As New Year’s Eve approaches, start new beginnings right by gathering around banners, streamers and balloons to celebrate the big day. Be pampered on board with Signature massages, gourmet cocktails, and award-winning service. Indulge in the outdoor breeze, bask in the sunlight, and simply live in the moment.

 Shorten Your Bucket List
 
What better way to celebrate holidays than by crossing off some bucket-list items? Celebrate Christmas in style by visiting the ports you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you made a promise to dive in the clear waters of Bahamas or try the European pastries of Marigot, sailing during the holidays is everything.

Besides, you don’t have to go off-board to cross off some adventures. Get the best Thai-massage on the ocean right on SeaDream or enjoy SeaDream’s Signature Dessert Extravaganza while cruising the world. Whatever you decide, the globe is yours.

If you’re ready to book your exciting holiday voyage, browse through SeaDream’s itineraries and pick your favorite.
 

SeaDream’s 2020 is Brimming with New Destinations

December 23rd, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club
2020 destinations
Ikaria, Greece

At SeaDream, we are on a never-ending quest to find the world’s most fascinating hidden harbors and destinations. For 2020, we will visit a number of new ports to ensure we provide our guests the opportunity to explore new destinations that are fitting of the luxury yachting lifestyle. 

Our yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, will explore ports of call in the West Indies, French and Italian Riviera, Greek isles, Spanish coast and Adriatic Sea.  Offering personalized service, 5-star dining and an exceptional onboard experience, the 2020 voyages include new ports, yachting land adventures, and more overnight stays in select locations.  
 
For the first time, we will visit the capital city of Valletta, Malta, which is often recognized as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Valletta is commonly referred to as an open-air museum and is both the southernmost capital of Europe and the smallest capital city in the European Union. Another new destination for SeaDream in Malta is the beautiful village of Xlendi Bay in the island of Gozo. Featured in various 2020 voyages, Xlendi Bay is a popular swimming and snorkeling spot in the Maltese archipelago and is certain to impress our new and returning guests. 

For some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, we will sail to Vis, which famous for serving as the backdrop to 2018’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” thanks to its picturesque coastline. For guests interested in history, the new SeaDream port of Koper, Slovenia features some of Slovenia’s largest cathedrals as well as beautiful architecture. The historical coastal town is perfect for sightseeing with its welcoming streets and notable medieval history, culture and architecture. 

In Greece, learn wellness secrets from the locals at one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” Ikaria, GreeceThere are over 200 villages scattered throughout Ikaria, giving the island its unique, authentic character. In Italy’s Santa Maria di Leuca, admire the impressive geological formations and a seaside ravine with picturesque views of Fjord del Ciolo. 

In the West Indies, we will for the first-time sail to Basseterre, Saint Kitts and NevisOne of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean, Basseterre is home to many amazing historical sights. When you sail to the West Indies with on one of our boutique luxury yachts, you’ll never look at the region the same way again. This is unlike your typical Caribbean cruise vacation. We take pride in creating a remarkably different yachting experience that highlights a casual yet luxurious lifestyle. 

Besides incorporating new ports, our twin mega-yachts will visit ports that have proven time after time to please whether it is your first time there or if you come back year after year. 

The 2020 West Indies and Mediterranean season exemplify the yachting, not cruising lifestyle. Each voyage has been carefully planned to be uniquely exceptional and feature must-see sights and experiences.  

Whether looking to relax in a remote West Indies beach or eager to explore the many hidden gems of the Mediterranean, there is something for every kind of traveler in 2020 with SeaDream. Find your dream voyage today. 
 

Yachting vs. Cruising | What’s the Difference?

December 20th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream Cruising


Ever wondered what’s the difference between yachting and cruising? The expression “yachting” does not only define size but describes a lifestyle aboard the intimate vessels. Both chic and stylish, SeaDream’s luxury mega-yachts are famous for their elegant informality, award-winning service, a premium all-inclusive bar, and their exciting itineraries.

But far from any cruising opportunities you may explore, yachting will always be a top choice, given its alluring and noteworthy perks. Here are the main differences between yachting and cruising.

Smaller Ports

Travel experts and our loyal past guests are raving about the yachting experience, mostly because of SeaDream’s ability to access smaller ports and navigate to destinations that are not easily accessible by cruises. Bask in the beauty of Little Bay in Montserrat or visit beautiful Jost Van Dyke with SeaDream’s luxurious itinerary and intimate travel at sea.

Another exciting part of SeaDream’s itinerary includes overnight stays at your favorite West Indies or Mediterranean ports, luxury cruises simply don’t have.

Personalized Service

SeaDream’s award-winning five-star service is unparalleled. From the moment you step onboard, you’re greeted by the captain and welcomed onto your private luxury yacht. With 56 couples and a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, you’ll be pampered with great attention to detail and incomparable style.

The service aboard either of the SeaDream yachts is elegantly comfortable, like the way the bartender knows your name and your favorite drink, or that you may just be gluten-free. SeaDream’s crew is passionate about delivering exceptional service, one where you’ll be “splendidly spoiled” and may never want to go on a cruise ship again.

The Dream Cuisine

There is nothing more symbolic of luxury than al fresco five-star dining, and enjoying wine and dine with expert chefs and sommeliers. The Dream Cuisine represents every culinary experience you can imagine that will always exceed expectations. From SeaDream’s dessert extravaganza, plant-based menu and the finest gourmet dishes, it doesn’t get better than this on your personal yachting adventures. 

It’s quite clear you won’t be able to find such gastronomical experiences on a general cruise ship where you’re one of thousands of guests. When sailing on a yacht, the attention to detail in every dish and the chef’s knowledge of every passenger’s preference provides the ultimate gift of personalization and leisure you’ll never forget. 

An Intimate Ambiance

We welcome guests with the “SeaDream treatment” from the moment they step onboard. The yachting experience begins with a beautiful welcome from the SeaDream crew, decorated by refreshing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Once the unpacking gets done, you’ll have a choice to enjoy sun-bathing, a light meal on deck, or begin a relaxation treatment in SeaDream’s Thai-certified spa. 

When it comes to one-on-one pampering and enjoying pure serenity, there’s nothing like the ambiance of SeaDream. Lounge on our Balinese Dream Beds by day, and enjoy sleeping under the stars by night. If you’re feeling more adventurous, head over to our Watersports Marina, and take part in a playful journey on the sea with kayaks, banana boating, and other water toys. 

No more waiting in long lines for renting kayaks, or enjoying other activities onboard. SeaDream’s luxury mega-yachts were made to focus on each individual guest with award-winning service, customized plates, and an unforgettable ambiance. 

Best Islands to Visit in 2020

December 17th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club   Snorkeling Caribbean


Rumor has it, some islands have made it to Conde Nast’s Best Islands to Visit in 2020, and some just didn’t make the cut. Starting with the Caribbean, Conde Nast gives you the insider’s look at top islands to watch out for from sustainability heroes to ultimate superstars.  When it comes to choosing your next vacation getaway, we wanted to give you a better look at what’s the latest and greatest from travel experts and from our personal collection.

Here are our favorite islands to visit in 2020:

The British Virgin Islands

According to Conde Nast, conservationist Laurance Rockefeller had such strong determination to preserve the wilderness of Virgin Gorda that it has made quite the impact on the new scenery of gorgeous villas and coconut groves. When visiting the British Virgin Islands, you’ll find yourself falling in love with picturesque hiking trails, stunning beaches, and a lifetime of serenity packed into the soft sand.

Choose a West Indies Voyage when sailing with SeaDream and bask in the beauty of Virgin Gorda and the other British Virgin Islands like Cruz Bay and Jost Van Dyke which remain nothing short of noteworthy.

Dominica

Explore the spectral blue mountains, warm springs, and a labyrinth of tropical rain forests when exploring Dominica. This magnificent island offers more than the average beach flop, with its high-end wellness options like the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski and hiking trails in the Cabrits National Park.

When sailing with SeaDream, take part of our Yachting Land Adventures and enjoy thrilling experiences like visiting caves, volcanic vents, coral gardens, and even taking part of a 2-tank dive.
 
St. Barths

It would be difficult to describe St. Barths without mentioning the flawless trifecta of soft sand, scenic beaches, and elegant nonchalance. But aside from these exceptional must-haves, all eyes are really on the reinvented Eden Rock Hotel, with new additions like the bar frosé trolley, and Villa Nina.

Escape to the heart of St. Barths and enjoy SeaDream’s most treasured destination in the West Indies. Take a scenic hike or bike around the island and simply relax while watching all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing off the ship.

Barbados

Being the largest city and capital of Barbados, Bridgetown is gleaming with landmarks, so make sure your camera is fully equipped for all those gorgeous captures! Visit the Barbados Museum, shop around Sagicor Plaza, and revel in architectural sightseeing like St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue.

Known for its exotic beaches and becoming an official UNESCO heritage site, Barbados will always be one of our favorite destinations to enjoy a full spectrum of land activities, sea adventures, and some beaching.

Now that you’ve got the scoop on some of the best islands of 2020, take some time to explore SeaDream’s upcoming voyages and choose your favorite. Along with scenic itineraries, you’ll have a chance to enjoy gourmet five-star dining, experience sleeping under the stars, and get pampered with our award-winning service.

Celebrate the ‘Small Ship Cruise Line of the Year’ Award with SeaDream

December 12th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club 2019 Winner


The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the winners of Australia’s Travel Awards 2019 have been announced, and we are proud to announce we have been recognized as the ‘Small Ship Cruise Line of the Year.’

“It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” the secret that travel experts, our loyal past guests, and other cruise enthusiasts are raving about. It’s uniquely exceptional and a must-do for those in search of a hidden, refined style of cruising. Enjoy an inclusive experience with premium select spirits, 5-star dining, gratuities, and more on SeaDream, both onboard and shoreside.

The expression “yachting” speaks for itself, it’s not only a statement about the size, but it describes a lifestyle aboard the intimate vessels. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s 56-stateroom twin mega-yachts are favored for their elegant informality, personal award-winning service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean-view accommodations, luxury Thai-Certified spa, and world-class cuisine.

With 56 couples at a time, a SeaDream voyage feels like a personal getaway with that special someone, a group of friends and family or for that solo traveler looking for much needed “me-time.” Be pampered and relaxed, or active and adventurous while traveling to some of the most intimate ports and destinations with our Mediterranean and Caribbean voyages.

Are you ready to experience the best small cruise line?

Make sure to check our upcoming 2020 voyages: https://seadream.com/voyages/

Love is in the Air with SeaDream

December 11th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

We are proud to announce we have been recognized as the winners of the World’s Best Luxury Cruise Line for Romance in the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards U.S. and U.K editions.

“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.”

Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic explains: “This year’s awards clearly show there’s truly a cruise for every type of traveler. From innovative new ships with groundbreaking features to standout offerings for foodies, families and frugal travelers, there are fantastic options for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, these are the lines to sail for an unforgettable experience.”

A SeaDream Yacht Club vacation is romantic. No crowds – a maximum of only 56 couples. An award-winning crew of 95 anticipates your every need, delivering truly intuitive and personalized service. Five-star Dream Cuisine is on par with the very best Michelin-starred restaurants.

The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, along with some of the most picturesque small yachting ports. This is what makes SeaDream perfect for your well-deserved romantic getaway.

SeaDream Yacht Club explores some of the most beautiful and romantic places in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Share with us your romantic travel experience aboard SeaDream on the Testimonial Contact section on our website and on our social channels @SeaDreamYC, #SeaDream.

We’re Two Years Out, But Time Flies 

September 18th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

We’ve mastered the art of luxury at sea with the SeaDream I and II, and now we’re back to set the bar even higher.

We’re so excited for you to join us on a globe-trotting affair with SeaDream Innovation. Visit exquisite destinations with endless opportunities, enjoy award-winning service, indulge in magical culinary experiences, and feel the utmost comfort of being right at home.

Sleep under the stars, watch the sunset while sipping on signature cocktails, and indulge in the personal pampering of our amenities and palatial accommodations. We’ve designed an impeccable ambiance that’s cozy, sophisticated, and refreshing so that you enjoy every moment of your stay.

Some fun and interesting facts about our new mega-yacht:
  • In the first 15 months, we’ll sail to all seven continents of the world and to over 49 countries!

  • Our 4MWh battery pack allows us to sail silently with no emissions for up to three full hours. Our hybrid system will reduce local emissions and decrease fuel consumption.

  • With our famous five-star gourmet cuisine, enjoy al fresco dining and a true culinary experience that incorporates all kinds of cuisines, including plant-based options.

  • Sleep under the stars like you’ve always dreamed of with our outdoor Balinese Dream Bed experience.

  • With an onboard laboratory, marine biologists and a highly trained expedition crew, you’ll learn more about groundbreaking environmental projects.

  • Known as the only Thai-certified spa on the ocean, the SeaDream Spa offers the highest quality treatments for body, face, hair and nails.

  • While onboard, you can enjoy complimentary our three watersports marinas with an in-ocean swimming pool, kayaks, banana boats, snorkeling, floating trampolines, paddle boards, and even laser sailboats.

  • While these features alone can win you over, we’re certain you’ll fall in love with the many other gems of SeaDream Innovation.

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The Best Islands in the World

August 6th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club
Credit to: Conde Nast Traveler – CNT EDITORS


Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the 30 best islands in the world outside the U.S. in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards survey, “from far-flung stunners in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean. This year, we’ve broken them out by region: the best in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, Caribbean and the Atlantic, Europe, North America, and best in the rest of the world (phew).”
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Visit 7 of these destinations on your own luxury yacht with SeaDream!

Bali

Immerse yourself in the rich and colorful culture of this bewitching island. Enjoy the scent of blossoms on the soft morning breeze, and notice the exquisite daily offerings of flowers and tropical fruits everywhere. Listen for the strains of the gamelan in the background, and keep your eyes open for the endless processions en route to myriad temple ceremonies.

Unlike most Indonesians, the people here are predominantly Hindu. Volcanoes cluster in the center of the island. The tallest is Mount Agung, Bali’s spiritual center and the location of its most important temple, Besakih.

Fiji

The dynamic city of Lautoka is the main hub for Fiji’s sugarcane industry, which in the early 20th century attracted a significant number of Indian immigrants and endowed the region with a distinct ethnic character. A terrific example is the highly ornate 1926 Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple and a highly photogenic cacophony of vivid colors.

You’ll be enchanted by the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, where actor Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame gathered over 2,000 varieties of orchids.

Bermuda

An airier version of the United Kingdom endowed with tropical flair, the Bermudan archipelago holds a surprising number of compelling attractions across its minuscule landmass. In the UNESCO World Heritage site town of St. George’s, wander cobblestone streets steeped in colonial history, perhaps pausing at the quaint 17th-century St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican house of worship outside of England.

Be sure to take a stroll along one of Bermuda’s renowned pink sand beaches, the result of crushed red shells mingling with sand to astonishing effect.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Carriacou boasts some amazing coral reefs and is a dependent of Grenada. It lies north of Grenada island and south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles. Carriacou Island sometimes referred to as the land of the reefs, is the largest island in the Grenadines archipelago in the Windward Islands chain.

The island is 13 square miles (34 km2) with a population of 4,500. The main settlements on the island are Hillsborough, L’Esterre, Harvey Vale, and Windward.

Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most visited Greek Islands. It is part of the Cyclades group and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometers (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 meters (1,119 feet) at its highest point. Mykonos is so incredibly beautiful; it is not surprising that it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world.

When you also add the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the sophisticated nightlife and the historical treasures of the nearby Unesco Awarded Delos you’ll have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.

Crete

Tucked away in eastern Crete’s Gulf of Mirabello, the laid-back town of Agios Nikolaos grew up around a picturesque saltwater lake connected to the sea by a narrow channel. Steeped in myth, the lake is said to be bottomless as well as the legendary bathing spot of the goddesses Athena and Artemis. These days, you’ll find terrific tavernas serving freshly caught seafood lining the stone path that encircles the lake.

Snug beaches such as Kitroplatiea and Amnos break up the town’s waterfront, providing marvelous views across the glittering gulf. A few minutes up the road, the chic resort village of Elounda boasts a marina where colorful fishing boats bob in the waves.

Ibiza

Ibiza town is the largest city on this 3rd largest Balearic Spanish Island. It lies 79 kilometers (49 miles) off the coast of Valencia, in eastern Spain. Ibiza has become famous for its incredible nightlife and the electronic music that originated on the island.

This UNESCO awarded city has some great land adventure options including resort golf, wine tasting, exploring the Dalt Villa and mountain biking to name a few. We try to stay late in the evening so guests can also get a taste of the nightlife.

2021 SeaDream is heading back to the Black Sea

July 26th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club’s 2021 Mediterranean is heading back to the Black Sea. This exciting season will also take you to Mudanya, Turkey for the first time.

After a six-year absence, the boutique luxury cruise line will be returning to Istanbul and the Black Sea. Additionally, due to the popularity of the recently announced 11-day voyage to Israel in May 2021, SeaDream has added a second Israel voyage in October of the same year.

The Black Sea voyages feature many highlights, including an overnight in Odessa, often considered the “Pearl of the Black Sea,” where guests will be able to climb the Potemkin Steps and step back in time to the Russian Orthodox period as they enter the Ukrainian city. In Turkey, SeaDream guests can explore the always magnificent Istanbul as well as visit the vineyards and beaches of Bozaccada and the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Mudanya. Other Black Sea ports of call include Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria, and Constanta in Romania.

Bulgaria

Varna, Bulgaria

The third largest city in Bulgaria, Varna is uniquely positioned on the crossroads of Western Europe and the Middle East. Its beaches and thermal springs are a major draw for visitors to this seaside town. Varna is home to key archaeological sites in world prehistory and houses the original artifacts of the oldest gold treasure in the world.


Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas is a dynamic city with great museums and restaurants. Visit the Troykata Square, a perfect central point to explore the many attractions, impressive buildings, shops and restaurants found in Burgas. Amongst the many notable attractions found in this unique city are the Church of Saint Cyril and Methodius as well as the Sea Garden, a large park with sculptures and monuments, to name a few.

Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

Commonly known as the “pearl of the Black Sea,” Odessa is a major tourism center and seaport in Ukraine. Visit the striking Potemkin Stairs, the formal entrance to the city and the best-known symbol of Odessa.

The city was founded in the 1700s by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great and later became an important port for the Soviet Union. Today, the city of Odessa is best known as a beautiful summer escape with sandy beaches and a captivating history.

Turkey

Mudanya, Turkey

The charming town of Mudanya and district of Bursa Province is one you’ll surely relish. If you appreciate prehistoric landmarks and sites, head over to Derekoy Kilisesi where you will find the remains of the untouched Greek Orthodox Church. Don’t leave Mudanya without visiting the Tombs of Osman and Orhan, where the renowned father and son of the Ottoman Empire are buried.

Saint Tropez The SeaDream Way

July 22nd, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club
Credit to: ETB Travel News – Robert La Bua

The pastel colours, sunny climate, pretty beaches, and beautiful people are all here in the south of France.

While visiting you can explore some of the hill towns and visit the award-winning rose wineries. SeaDream also recommends to visit neighboring Grimaud and Port Grimaud or just a little further out golf at a few highly rated courses. SeaDream anchors just off the break wall and tenders directly to the pier downtown.

“One of the pleasures of a SeaDream visit to Saint-Tropez is the private wine tasting experience on a small square during market day. Anyone passing by La Cave du Golfe wine shop on picturesque Place des Herbes during one of these landside moments could easily mistake the excursion as a private party of friends. That is the SeaDream way,” says writer Robert La Bua.

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SeaDream’s Wine & Port Grimaud

This land adventure is dedicated to wine lovers. Departing from Saint Tropez, you will drive to reach Taradeau, location of Chateau St Martin, passing the countryside of some of the most celebrated district’s vineyards: Appellation Côtes de Provence and reach your destination.

At Chateau St Martin, you will discover beautiful sights, vineyards and have a special tasting of their wine production, accompanied by some toasts. Heading back to Saint Tropez, you will make a stop at Port Grimaud, Mediterranean fishing village, designed by the famous architect François Spoerry, is indeed a modern complex of luxury housing with a fully equipped marina.

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Visit The Most Beautiful Small Towns in Europe

June 24th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

Conde Nast Traveler’s List – Explore four of Conde Nast Traveler’s best small towns in Europe on your very own SeaDream Yacht.

Conde Nast Traveler recently shared their list for The 25 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Europe. “Europe is known for its busy, culture-driven cities like Rome and Paris. But between all the landmarks and selfie-taking tourists, you’ll find literally hundreds of charming little towns with populations smaller than the line for the Eiffel Tower,” says Caitlin Morton. Read More

We feel the best way to explore these European gems is on your own luxury yacht. The SeaDream yachting experience is defined by its casual elegance, award-winning service, 5-star dining and inspiring itineraries. Continue Reading…

2021 Mediterranean Season Now Open

June 20th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club

Reservations for SeaDream Yacht Club’s 2021 Mediterranean season are now open.

For the first time, SeaDream will sail to Israel’s bustling town of Ashdod, which provides easy access to Israel’s most important cultural hubs, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Additionally, SeaDream will return to the Black Sea for the first time since 2013 to explore Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania.

Meticulously curated itineraries and six new ports of call, the 2021 season will ensure new and returning guests embark on an unforgettable experience as they uncover the Mediterranean’s most mesmerizing destinations in the French and Italian Riviera, Greek Isles and the Spanish coast.

Israel

Ashdod, Israel

The bustling port town of Ashdod provides easy access to Israel’s most important cultural hubs, the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv and glorious Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv, explore the White City, a vast collection of exceptionally preserved Bauhaus-style buildings that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Step into beguiling artists’ studios and galleries in neighboring Jaffa, a town of densely packed streets that is possibly the world’s oldest port.

Haifa, Israel

In ebullient Haifa, you’ll be dazzled by one of the most meticulously maintained parks in the world, the terraced Bahá’í Gardens, where each tree, flower and even blade of grass is lovingly tended by followers of the Bahá’í faith. This UNESCO World Heritage site, which is dotted with ornate buildings and fountains, lies at the base of Mount Carmel. For exceptional views of the city and the shimmering sea, ascend further up the holy mountain aboard a cable car, alighting at an ideal lookout near the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris.

Albania

Ksamil, Albania

Seadream will be heading to Albania in 2021 to Ksamil. Cherish a rare opportunity to visit this almost unknown, picture-perfect destination, a resort village uniquely situated within Albania’s Butrint National Park.

Embraced by the narrow Strait of Corfu to the west and the saltwater Lake Butrint to the east, Ksamil offers ample opportunities for exploration both on land and in the sea. Near the main beaches, several small islands emerge from the impossibly crystalline water, readily accessible by kayak, paddleboat or even an energizing swim.

France

Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France

Resplendent Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer is ideally situated in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, with a plethora of quintessential French towns within easy reach. Discover the breathtaking city of Marseille, whose striped Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde is crowned by an immense golden statue of the Virgin Mary and Child.

In genteel Aix-en-Provence, follow the trail of Cézanne through leafy squares and promenades sprinkled with bubbling fountains. The artistic ambiance also extends to Cassis, whose evocative landscapes have been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Paul Signac and André Derain.

Italy

Otranto, Italy

The easternmost town on the Italian mainland, Otranto enchants with its medieval architecture and relaxed beachfront atmosphere. As you approach the modest façade of the town’s 11th-century cathedral, admire the delicately carved rose window, a preview of the wonders found within, which include an extraordinary mosaic floor known as the Tree of Life. The imposing Castello Aragonese invites exploration both along the ramparts and in the dry moat, a perfect vantage point from which to admire the fort’s massive cylindrical towers.

Greece

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Tucked away in eastern Crete’s Gulf of Mirabello, the laid-back town of Agios Nikolaos grew up around a picturesque saltwater lake connected to the sea by a narrow channel. Steeped in myth, the lake is said to be bottomless as well as the legendary bathing spot of the goddesses Athena and Artemis. These days, you’ll find terrific tavernas serving freshly caught seafood lining the stone path that encircles the lake. Snug beaches such as Kitroplatiea and Amnos break up the town’s waterfront, providing marvelous views across the glittering gulf.

The Caribbean Island Where the Billionaires Go to Escape the Millionaires

June 7th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club
Credit to: Fodor’s Travel – Laura Itzkowitz

Canouan a breathtaking island in the Grenadines with the option to play resort golf, hike, bike and afternoons filled with water sports in pure style.

“If you’ve never heard of Canouan, you’re certainly not alone. This is where the world’s billionaires come to escape the hassles of their stressful jobs and everyday lives and unwind in paradise. But they don’t have to be the only ones to have all the fun,” says writer Laura Itzkowitz.
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SeaDream’s Caribbean

Arrive in Canouan on your own yacht, we feel is the only way to experience this gem of an island. The globe-trotting elites are making this island a must stop in the Caribbean with it being more exclusive, a little less unknown and by far the most luxurious. This 5-square-mile idyllic island is surrounded by turquoise water and a beautiful active coral reef. One of our favorite stops in the Caribbean.  

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Dream Come True: Aboard SeaDream’s Luxury Caribbean Cruise

May 24th, 2019 by SeaDream Yacht Club
Credit to: Dave Monk

A leisurely seven-day cruise around the Caribbean on board the luxury SeaDream will leave you with memories to cherish
“Stepping over the rope displaying a ‘do not disturb’ sign, we crossed the deck towards a huge bed, adorned with towel swans and rose petals. Dressed in the personalised pyjamas that had been delivered to our cabin, we snuggled under the duvet with a chilled glass of bubbly in hand and gazed up at the full moon, basking in the warm Caribbean breeze,” says writer Dave Monk.
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SeaDream’s Caribbean
During the Caribbean season SeaDream sails to some of the most wonderful and memorable Caribbean ports, you’ll never look at this region the same way again. While on vacation you will access some of the more intimate, less-traveled ports, and to our Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ beach party. SeaDream is ready to take you to the most pristine beaches, experience the most beautiful sunsets and be greeted by the warm, welcoming people of the Caribbean.  

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