Starting in April SeaDream I and SeaDream II set sail from the Caribbean to make their way to the Mediterranean. Our voyages are known for visiting some of the most colorful and historical ports of the region. Thrillist explored lesser-known gems in hidden valleys and un-cruise-shipped coves to find these beautiful small towns in Europe more Americans should visit and of course, we recommend visiting these two on your own yacht.
SeaDream has a wonderful land adventure in this region not to be missed, a private motor-boat ride! Depart from the Portovenere pier directly to Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) and marvel at the breathtaking coast with the villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity. There they are – five picturesque villages of pastel-colored houses and terraced vineyards alive with the fragrance of olive trees blending with the fresh ocean breeze. Arrive at the village of Vernazza, where you disembark and begin a guided walk of this 1st-century village. Notice the richness of its architecture, which is evidence of a standard of living that was wealthier than the other villages. Following this guided walk, there will be free time to browse the local shops or enjoy a café.
Then re-board the vessel for a stop at the second village – Monterosso, known as the most westerly village and the beach town of the Cinque Terre. This town is divided into two distinct parts San Cristoforo Hill, and the old maritime village protected by a rock spur. Your guide will point out the highlights of the village before enjoying a sampling of the excellent local wine and some delicious focaccia bread. Then free time to explore on your own before returning to the boat for the return journey to Portovenere.
Take part in this unforgettable SeaDream Land Adventure heading towards the Istria Peninsula Hinterland to the village of Paladini where you will meet with the Karlic Family (A grandfather, mother, grandchildren and dogs) at their Farm. At the Farm, your host – Karlic Family – will give an introduction to the truffles and the history of truffles in Istra and their family. You will taste delicious products made of truffles all prepared by the family, including Istrian cheese with truffles, sausages with truffles, truffle patte, honey with truffles, olive oil with truffles. The highlight of tasting is a live interactive presentation of making famous Istrian “fritaja” scrambled eggs with truffles, when you will have the opportunity to join in cooking the fritaja. After tasting, your hosts will take you to a truffle hunt in their own woods where they grow and harvest black truffle. The truffles grow underground and are therefore invisible. However, their strong smell and of course trained dogs recognize them very well.
The jewel of the Amalfi Coast, an incredible romantic atmosphere, which offers excellent shopping, beautiful beaches, and hiking trails in scenery, shopping and sand. Positano, Italy has been a draw for honeymooners and the romantically inclined for years, and it’s no secret why. The town itself is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the sea. John Steinbeck visited in the 50’s and stated “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world’s most popular beaches and destinations, including Monaco, Nice, Cannes, and Saint Tropez.This area is where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and enjoys a wonderfully mild to warm climate all year round. The French Riviera is known the world over for its glamour and beauty. A spectacular playground for the rich and famous.
Santorini is considered to be the most sought-after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, a classic hotspot for honeymooners, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea. There’s no denying the uniqueness of this destination, a backdrop of white and pastel seaside building make for the ultimate photo-ops, in a word, idyllic.
St. Lucia’s unique natural and cultural attractions set it apart from its Caribbean counterparts. SeaDream visits three parts of this beautiful island Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay, and Soufriere Bay. Beyond the standard lounging on picturesque beaches, you can hike the Pitons or relax at the Sulphur Springs. And on weekends, street festivals are the perfect way to take in a bit of authentic St. Lucian culture and cuisine.
Having your Honeymoon aboard SEADREAM is a Dream come true! Together discover the warmth of the Caribbean or the old world charm of the Mediterranean. Whether its un-crowded sugar sand beaches or aged cobblestoned villages you’d like to explore, SEADREAM will provide you unparalleled service, cuisine & amenities to enhance your honeymoon holiday.
As newlyweds, this is your time to have fun and relax. You may spend time alone but also share your excitement and happiness with new found friends aboard. In this casually elegant, yachting experience, it is all about personal choice. Aboard SEADREAM we want every day to be unforgettable.
With only 56 staterooms and 112 guests, our crew of 95 will pamper you to the fullest. Enjoy our award-winning cuisine at a private table for two if you’d like, watch movies in the comfort of your plush Belgium bedding or take complimentary mountain bikes ashore for private exploration. Romance is in the air, from the breezy Top of the Yacht Bar, the beckoning Jacuzzi or sleeping under the stars on a Balinese Bed. Memories are made of this.
Nothing says romance like a decadent couples massage at one of the nicest luxury retreats. Roamaroo scoured the world to find the top 13 places for a romantic couples massage for your next couples getaway. Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon, an anniversary, or are craving a romantic evening, a couples massage is the perfect way to revel in your love.
SeaDream made the list and is the only cruise line – SeaDream Yacht Club is known as the premier small luxury cruise line. When you’re with SeaDream, you aren’t cruising, you’re yachting. Certified by the Thai Spa Association, enjoy a romantic couples massage at sea. Try an Asian blend or a traditional Thai massage cooled by a gentle sea breeze in their open massage area. Afterwards, enjoy a seaside champagne on the deck.
Did that special someone “pop the question” over the holidays, if so Congratulations, this is a very exciting time and SeaDream would love to be part of this magical adventure. What better way to say, “I do” than on a yacht in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean or the beckoning charm of the Mediterranean with your closest friends and family.
We know this is one of the most important days of your life, a wedding is a beautiful declaration of love and a sign of true commitment. There is nothing that makes us happier at SeaDream than serving as a part of that special day. Dreaming of a sunrise ceremony or a sunset ceremony all are possible on SeaDream.
The truth is, while a wedding should be a joyous occasion, coordinating all of the dozens of details for the special day of can be extremely taxing. Even if you hire a coordinator, you often find that getting all parties on the same page can be exhausting. Rather than deal with this, why not celebrate the joyous day at sea?
A SeaDream Yacht Club vacation is romantic. No crowds – a maximum of only 112 guests. 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 star restaurants. The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, along with some of the most picturesque small yachting ports in the region. 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. Here are some ports we know you’ll fall in love with that are perfect for romantic days ashore with a Yachting Land Adventure:
White, brown, and tan sands are the product of years of tropical ocean surf meeting the shores of this volcanic island. Nevis is a charming port of call with plantation-style inns and botanical gardens. Ride through the rolling countryside and pass historic and natural sites. Visit Nelson’s Spring and then a secluded Caribbean beach.
Yachting Land Adventure: Nevis on Horseback
This British Overseas Territory is becoming increasingly popular for its resort-style living and pristine world-class beaches. This beach ranks as one of the top beaches in not only the Caribbean but the world. For an extra-special beach day, have the chef pack a romantic lunch for 2.
Yachting Land Adventure: Day at Shoal Bay Beach
Gibraltar located at the entrance of the Mediterranean on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. Only covering an area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 sq. km.) several sites are a must-see! The Rock is one of the most dramatic landforms in southern Europe.
Yachting Land Adventure: Piano Recital at the top of the Rock
Until April 2018, the ships will visit Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Bequia, Marigot, Saba and St Barts on seven-night cruises to show off the beauty and culture of these islands. SeaDream Yacht Club’s mega motor-cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II are in the Caribbean for the season and are the perfect addition to a ski vacation, New York city break or as a standalone holiday. Being small vessels, with just 112 guests, it is easy to access picturesque islands and quiet coves that bigger ships just cannot do.
A highlight of every cruise will be SeaDream’s signature Champagne and Caviar Splash beach party, with the delicacies served by the crew off a surfboard in waist-deep water.
- Improves Memory Dr. Russell Poldrack, professor of psychology and neurobiology and director of the Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin explains vacations provide new experiences in a way your daily routine can’t. And when you experience something new and unfamiliar, your brain responds by releasing dopamine into your hippocampus, the part of your noggin that creates memories. This memory boost may even help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Increases Creativity French and American researchers found that vacations improve problem-solving abilities, increase awareness of hidden connections, and encourage people to try new things — all of which facilitate your mind’s creativity.
- Sharpens Mental Focus Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reported that people with serious health conditions who took time for any leisure activity in the previous month had lower levels of stress hormones than those who didn’t take a break.
- Boosts Reaction Time A study commissioned by Air New Zealand found that after just two to three days on vacation, people got more and higher-quality sleep both during and after their trip. The result: Reaction times improved by up to 80 percent.
- Go far, far away French researches found the more you’re forced to adapt to a new environment, the greater your boost in creative genius. SeaDream visits small harbours and ports around the world, many inaccessible by larger ships in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
- Plan Ahead A stressful vacation will do more harm than good and while on vacation stress is the last thing anyone should have to deal with. One way to make sure to avoid anything stressful let SeaDream do all the work for you. With our itineraries available far in advance book in advance and sit back and wait to get spoiled.
- Schedule in free time, sleep and exercise An Austrian study found that vacationers who made time for all three felt more recuperated after a vacation than those who didn’t. With the finest Belgian linens and a selection of pillows, blanket or down duvet, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and plenty of places to stretch out and relax, SEADREAM is ideal for all three activities. Don’t forget to spend some free time in the Spa.
- Socialize A study in the Journal of Travel Medicine concluded that making new friends on vacation decreases stress. Our casual, relaxed atmosphere and guests with like interests make an ideal combination for socialization. SEADREAM encourages socialization with hors d’oeuvre and cocktails served pre-dinner and our after-dinner gatherings around the Top of the Yacht Bar and Piano Bar.
We are pleased to share that SeaDream Yacht Club has been featured in the December/January 2018 Issue of World of Cruising. Dream Cuisine – SeaDream Yacht Club likes to offer its guests a taste of the billionaire lifestyle. Learn more about our Executive Chef Andrej Havlicek and what makes the SeaDream experience so special.
Unusual for a cruise ship, SeaDream caters well for vegans, offering what it calls “raw food” at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Award-winning, gourmet cuisine is prepared a la minute with the freshest ingredients and served open-seating in the Dining Salon or alfresco. Sunset, cocktails & canapes are the perfect endings to each day.Click Here for full article.
Fiona Sims tours local vineyards before returning to gourmet dinners on board, hosted by winemakers
“More vegetable juice, Madame?” asks our jovial South African waiter, Robin. Don’t mind if I do. It will wash down the last of my courgette-stuffed egg-white omelette. I need all the brownie points I can get. We’re on a booze cruise, you see. Correction — a wine voyage. And it’s barely a cruise ship, more a very big yacht.
Starting in Nice, SeaDream Yacht Club I (there are two of them) is working its way languorously around the Med to Malaga, dropping in on picturesque ports where it cosies up to winemakers who host wine dinners on board. It also offers wine land adventures — escorted tours to nearby wineries with a few hilltop villages and artisanal food producers thrown in. Add to that unlimited complimentary wine from a selection that changes daily to sip with lunch and dinner, plus a 200-bin list curated by the land-based wine director Ida Elisabeth Dønheim for those who want to trade up, and you get the idea about our dietary dilemma.
I’m not a cruise kind of person. I’m a sailor — dinghies, small yachts, using an engine only when you have to. However, I do enjoy eating and drinking on board, which is half the fun of sailing for your leisure boater. But elbowing your way around the buffet on a big cruise ship? No thanks. And don’t get me started on having to share a table with strangers.
This one looks different. It’s small, with 56 cabins and 95 staff. In addition to the wine action, the food looks promising, with daily vegan and raw menus to dip into when the going gets tough. But here’s the deal-maker — for my husband and me, at least — you can dine à deux every night if you want to, and outside on deck when the weather is warm enough.
And so here we are, moored off Saint-Tropez, bobbing around in the bay because we can (at about 330ft, the boat can sneak in where larger cruise ships can’t), waiting to step into the tender that will take us to the harbour.
It turns out that a few fellow passengers are yacht owners too, to judge from the talk in the tender. The sailing nerds among us are rewarded with the last day of the famous regatta Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, where 300 of the world’s most beautiful yachts strut their stuff. We compare notes with a couple from Sydney who sail their 38ft boat to the Whitsunday Islands.
They join us that afternoon on the first of the five wine land adventures offered, to the craggy hilltop village of Gassin and the smart rosé producer Domaine La Rouillère. Provence never fails to seduce, so the only downside to these onshore trips that I can see (apart from the fact that they cost a fair bit extra, about $149pp, or £110) is wishing that we could stay longer. If we had been able to do so we would have lunched at Bello Visto, the best place to eat in Gassin, whispered our guide, as she steered us around the tangle of sun-drenched streets before pointing us towards Marie Thérèse L’Hardy-Halos’ gem of a botanical garden, which she generously opens to visitors free of charge.
We also get to meet the charming owner of Domaine La Rouillère, the entrepreneur Bertrand Letartre, who arrives in his pristine vintage Porsche to guide our tasting session. “Provence’s reputation is rosé, but it’s important to taste the region’s whites and reds too,” he says as we knock back samples of his red, a juicy blend of grenache, syrah and cabernet sauvignon.
Our tour bus winds its way back down the hill into Saint-Tropez and to our waiting tender, past fragrant meadows edged with mimosa, the odd waft of lavender sneaking in through the driver’s window. Craving more of the same, we sign up for the next day’s stroll around Le Castellet, another village in the Var region, and another winery visit, this time in the Bandol appellation. One of my favourite Provence rosés is Bandol’s Domaine Ott Château Romassan (savoury, with a hit of white peach) and the wine is offered on board at $65 a pop, along with Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie’s Château Miraval rosé ($46) and Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel ($46).
You might be wondering why, three days in, I’ve not talked about any restaurants on shore. Our intention was to eat lunch every day in harbour bistros, where we would linger over local classics, but there’s a reason why we didn’t — the food on board is too good (and included in the price), so blame the Czech chef Ondrej Havlicek for his prowess. There’s always a fish of the day on the lunch menu — we enjoyed cod with sauce vierge and pan-fried swordfish with aubergines and olives, which we rounded off with a wodge of raw-milk French cheese, washing the lot down with the complimentary rosé, Ogier’s decent Côtes du Ventoux.
Eventually we resisted Havlicek’s lunchtime temptations and went in search of the regional delicacy, octopus pies (les tielles), discovering the best at the Sète bakery Dassé. We munched them with a glass of inky Languedoc red in a café next to the city’s impressive market.
We then made tracks to Kaiku on Plaza del Mar, on the waterfront in Barcelona, for its heady, smoky seafood rice, which we washed down with a bottle of aromatic Catalan white that induced such a deep post-lunch snooze on the beach that we nearly missed the boat. That’s the great thing about cruising in my book: easy access to the best food and wine from that region, using homegrown ingredients, scoffed in eateries buzzing with lively locals. The onshore eating-out prize went to Casa El Famós on Camino de la Iglesia de Vera on the rural outskirts of Valencia, renowned for being the place to eat wood-fired, oven-cooked paella.
The wine dinners on the cruise are a chance for the chef to show off. We tucked into a menu that included sesame-crusted ahi tuna, lobster bisque and herb-crusted roast rack of lamb, matched to wines from the rioja producer Finca Valpiedra.
These dinners are a chance for the guests to show off too. We never did get the dress code. Yacht casual, said the pre-embarkation instructions, which translated as slacks and open-neck shirts for the boys, with jackets for some, while for the girls (average age 65, but looking ten years younger) this meant full-on evening wear for event nights, with bodycon dresses de rigueur on other nights — the lot paired with 4in heels, particularly impressive on the choppier sailings.
“It’s known for being one of the dressier cruises,” offered a trim, tanned San Diegan with a diamond ring the size of the caviar-topped blini canapé I nibbled at one of the nightly pre-dinner cocktail parties. And, to judge from the big hair on show, a fair amount of time is spent in the onboard beauty salon. There’s a spa with eight massage therapists from Thailand too, which is one of the only ones of its kind at sea, and a sizeable gym, which took a daily pounding.
We also exercised in the ship’s Tardislike water-sports marina. When the ship is at anchor a floating island is attached to the stern, which we swam to in the swell in an effort to make more room for dinner. This was alongside other toys, such as paddleboards, windsurfers, jet skis and even a sailing dinghy or two. There are also mountain bikes, which came in handy for zipping around the harbour in the larger cities.
A membership card arrived with our pre-embarkation instructions – they’re obviously hoping we’ll come back. Of the 89 passengers on board, 58 had sailed with them before, announced our droll Norwegian captain, Bjame Smorawski, on the last night, prompting a few whoops.
So what makes guests return? The food, certainly. The sleek ship, for sure. But it was the staff who garnered most of the praise in my casual poll. I’ll miss Robin, and maître d’ Tomislav- and Brian, who was always ready with refreshments by the saltwater pool and has been working on the ship for l2 years. “We’re like a family,” he says. Room for two more?
Fiona Sims is the author of The Boat Cookbook, and The Boat Drinks Book, both published by Bloomsbury, at £16.99
SeaDream II is hanging out with the rich and famous today in Bequia, Mustique, at the magnificent Cotton House Beach Bar and Cafe. Next stop is Mayreau, home to our signature Champagne and Caviar Splash destination in the Grenadines. Come Join us in the Caribbean.
- 250ml milk
- 125gr Butter
- 140gr Flour
- 8 egg whites
- 8 egg yolk
- 150gr sugar
- 3gr Ginger powder
- 3gr cinnamon powder
- 3gr cardamon powder
- 3gr nutmeg powder
- 2gr clove powder
- Preheat oven to 400° F / 200° C
- Cook the milk and the butter together.
- Remove the pan from the stove and add the flour and all the spices
- Whisk the mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat
- Put the mixture in a separate bowl and add 1 by 1 the egg yolks
- Whisk the egg whites and the sugar until stiff peaks form
- Fold the egg whites slowly into the mixture
- Pipe in soufflé cups which are buttered and sugared
- Bake in a hot oven about 16-17 minutes on 400° F / 200° C
SeaDream has made its way to one of our favorite spots in the Caribbean, St. Barts. Some of our SeaDreamers spent the day on an ATV Island Adventure while others took to shopping at all the shops that are now open! Warm sun and blue waters what more could you ask for, Come Join.
Sweet wines have an undeserved weak reputation. Partially, it is because people tend to advance from sweeter, simple wines like a blush zinfandel to a better quality dry wine. But this is comparing apples and oranges. In saying you don’t like sweet wines, you miss some of the best wines in the world!
These seriously sweet classics are not sugared to mask faults, like a cheap off-dry or semi-sweet wine can be. They are sweet because the grapes have been dried on racks, harvested very late or attacked by something called “noble rot”, which leads to a much higher concentration of sugars in the wine but also an amazing intensity, concentration and complexity. It must be balanced by freshness, and when it is, it’s just a burst of flavors in your mouth!
The very best sweet wine in the world is a prestigious bottle of Sauternes from the castle Chateau d’Yquem. Of course, we sell this aboard SeaDream. It is a pricey tipple, but worth every penny. Try it with a good cheese, a gruyere or blue cheese, or a dessert. However, when you pick a dessert wine, make sure it is as sweet or sweeter than the dessert itself, to keep the balance right. Our sommeliers aboard SeaDream can help with that!
-Originally posted 02/12/2015
Over the weekend SeaDream made it’s way to the beautiful beaches of Anguilla. Fun days filled with biking to the stunning Shoal Bay Beach. Come on down and enjoy the Caribbean, everything is looking good, is warm, green and gorgeous!
Reporting from Nevis on this beautiful Caribbean day, just dropped some SeaDreamers off for some exciting land adventures of hiking or horseback riding – and getting ready for SeaDream’s Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ – at Chrishi Beach Club – just a typical #SeaDream Day – Come Join!
What took us so long? That is the question my husband, Steve, and I have been asking ourselves since our return in October from our SeaDream Yacht trip along the Amalfi coast! Both of us had been on BIG cruise ships in the past and decided that crowded cruising was not our favorite method of travel. Our 7th wedding anniversary was approaching and to celebrate we wanted to see the Mediterranean coast but didn’t want to pack and unpack every day or two. Looking for something amazing this time around, we began talking with friends who are veteran/professional cruisers. Some have up to 18 cruises under their belt! When SeaDream yacht club popped up from several respected friends, we checked it out and found an itinerary for the perfect time and stops. Little did we know what a treat was in the offing!
Top five reasons for deciding we are confirmed SeaDream yachters (they say we are yachting, not cruising):
1. SeaDream yacht club makes it easy to indulge your passions- traveling, eating, shopping, and napping. Each morning, we hopped on the tender to go in to town, explored shops and sites, and headed back to SeaDream II for delicious lunches where we would continue to be spoiled. I am a jewelry designer (you can see my jewelry shop on my blog here www.KayDonahueDesigns.com) and enjoyed new adventures each day in lovely little towns on the hunt for bead shops. I am so looking forward to seeing all my findings of murano glass, obsidian, coral, and more spread out on my studio work table. I can’t help but be excited for the jewelry I am about to create inspired by the destinations the SeaDream II took us.
2. For one week we were royalty!
I’ve never experienced a crew to guest ratio so high! With only about 100 guests to a crew of 98 or so, feeling individually pampered and special is an understatement. There isn’t assigned seating at meals, so you are free to dine as a couple or join new friends. Guests came from all parts of the world all with interesting stories to tell. We couldn’t help but feel like longtime friends with these people who were strangers before SeaDream II made it possible for our paths to cross. The very first night on the yacht, we met and had dinner with another jewelry designer. She and I had had a ball exchanging favorite websites catering to our art. Some other new best friends from London were delightful to visit with – and listen to in the piano bar after dinner. They both had beautiful voices and made use of the huge books of lyrics to entertain those of us in the bar. And—they were indulging one of their passions as they got to sing while accompanied by the wonderful ship’s pianist.
3. The divine SeaDream food experience.
The variety of choices was almost overwhelming at all three main meals. One could be a very healthy diner with fruit, vegetarian, seafood and fresh vegetables. One could also indulge in favorites like lobster, steak, pasta and over the top desserts. You could also try something you might never have had like I did. At dinner one night I opted for Indian food and never having eaten Indian cuisine before, I wasn’t sure what to order. Not to worry, I was aboard a SeaDream Yacht and they knew what to serve me that would ensure a delicious experience! In fact, everything we had to eat on board was fabulous. Each day I looked forward to the soup of the day at lunch. If the chef did a cookbook of his soups I would be the first in line to buy it. YUM! I will always remember the lobster bisque…
4. The crew makes you want to run away and work on a SeaDream Yacht.
They look like they love what they do, are treated very well by the company, and it shows in their pampering of the passengers. For instance, I like hot milk for my coffee. After the first morning, it just magically appeared at our table. The servers made a special effort to get to know us – and remember our names. The SeaDream yacht club crew makes you feel like you are the best guests they have ever had!
5. The SeaDream yacht club crew handles problems (even ones by no fault of their own) with grace.
What could have been a very frustrating and time-consuming irritant was handled beautifully by our crew. One of our two checked bags from Madrid did not wind up on the carousel in the Rome airport. Even though it was my husband’s bag, I had some important stuff in it – not critical, but needed. We talked to the airline at the airport, and after we got onto the boat, we advised the SeaDream crew. THEY were the ones who made all of the calls to the airline over several days, tracked it down and arranged for delivery to the ship in the correct port. Because of this, we were able to enjoy this amazing travel experience worry-free. After all, we were in the hands of the SeaDream yacht club.Thank you SeaDream II for an unforgettable anniversary vacation we will cherish forever! -Kay and Steve, SeaDream Club members guests aboard SeaDream II
Typical SeaDream adventures in St. Kitts, spend the day at the Carambola Beach Club and zipline over the island to take in all the beauty. Come join us!