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.
- 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
- White crab meat
- Fresh chopped coriander
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
Book your next adventure.
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).”
Visit 7 of these destinations on your own luxury yacht with SeaDream!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Ashdod, IsraelThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.