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.
Setting sail in 2021, SeaDream’s new mega-yacht will be the world’s most advanced hybrid ship
SeaDream believes in authentic experiences that allow guests to enjoy the world’s natural beauty while preserving its resources and promoting sustainability and responsible travel.
SeaDream Innovation is the world’s most advanced hybrid ship being built today that will sail to all seven continents. SeaDream has received a grant for USD $1.8 million for the creation of the revolutionary vessel from Enova, an organization owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment that is responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. Enova strongly supports SeaDream and this new mega-yacht given its creative and sustainability-focused approach to energy and climate technology.
“We are extremely grateful that Enova supports our environmental efforts. Without this solid support from Enova, this would not have been possible,” said Atle Brynestad, owner of SeaDream. “We are proud to contribute to the cruise industry by taking the lead in developing more environmentally friendly vessels that will also sail with the Norwegian flag. We are committed to having a positive impact on the environment, our employees, our guests, our suppliers and the places we visit. In the future, we all need to make a positive contribution to our environment and the local communities we visit, so guests can continue experiencing different local communities and enjoying the fantastic nature while using local services and making local purchases where possible.”
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Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award Winners
Over the weekend we enjoyed watching one of the best tournaments in golf, The Masters, and can’t think of a better time to announce we are proud to be 2019 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award for Best Golf Cruises – Yachts. Be sure to pick up Golf Digest’s June Magazine to see us featured.
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When you are not on the links perfecting your golf game, you can relax on your own yacht and take a swing on SeaDream’s Golf Simulator on Deck 6. Equipped with his and her clubs, select from over 30 world-renowned golf courses and enjoy them in air-conditioned comfort.
During the Caribbean season SeaDream is luring golfers. Teaming up with a dozen great golf courses throughout the islands, SeaDream offers guests who want both a warm water vacation and the opportunity to play great golf courses. The Caribbean has some beautiful and challenging golf courses. Play courses designed by big names like George and Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, Greg Norman and Pete Dye. Bob Lepsito, SeaDream’s President and golf enthusiast, said, “ Many of these courses are quite challenging. The scenery is incredible and the views are breathtaking.” Adding, “We’ve got a 30-course golf simulator onboard for practice and eight massage therapists in our Spa to ease tired muscles.”
SeaDream offers optional Golf at these Caribbean courses:
- El Conquistador Resort: when calling on Fajardo, Puerto Rico
- Cuisinart Resort: when calling on Sandy Ground, Anguilla
- Costa Caribe: when calling on Ponce, Puerto Rico
- Teeth of the Dog: when calling on La Romana, Dominican Republic
- Dorado Beach Resort’s East Course: when calling on Arecibo, Puerto Rico
- Royal Isabela: when calling on Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
- St. Lucia Golf Resort & Country Club: when calling on Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia
- The Four Seasons: when calling on Charlestown, Nevis
Golf is optional and not included in the voyage fare.
Happy Valentine’s DaySeaDream is the perfect way to create memories with that special someone. Whether celebrating an anniversary, embarking on a dream honeymoon or simply looking to spend some quality time with your significant other, SeaDream offers a truly romantic getaway. Celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime moments aboard a Caribbean or Mediterranean voyage and let the SeaDream crew create an unforgettable experience. Here are what others have to say about the SeaDream experience. MSN – Hit the Open Sea With Your Significant Other on the Most Romantic Cruises of 2019 Journalist Amanda McCoy suggests you, “set sail on the Mediterranean on a SeaDream Wine Voyage and dock in stunning coastal cities that harbor both world-famous wineries and lesser-known gems. On board the luxurious SeaDream II, travelers will be treated to nearly one-to-one service, first-class cuisine (including raw, vegan, and organic options), an open bar, and all ocean-facing rooms. Because the yachts only hold 112 passengers max, there are so many secluded nooks to cuddle up with your love and drink in the views.” How getting married at sea can save you thousands – and provide an instant honeymoon “Getting married early on in the cruise is the most cost-effective way to honeymoon, especially when there are some romantic extras thrown in. With SeaDream you can enjoy a night under the stars in a Balinese bed,” recommends Jan Archer of The Telegraph. SeaDream’s Balinese Beds offers you the ability to curl up in luxurious comfort with plush belgian bed linens and admire the starry night sky on a clear night. The soothing sound of the sea and cozy setting make this a magical, unforgettable experience. Our Top Honeymoon Cruises for 2019 Simon Veness says SeaDream was “Named the No.1 honeymoon choice by influential website Brides.com, SeaDream’s two boutique bateaux are almost purpose-designed for that more intimate, stylish touch. Specialise in some of the most alluring destinations for newlyweds, including gorgeous Gustavia and Jost Van Dyke in the Caribbean (frequently home of SeaDream’s beachside Champagne & Caviar Splash), and captivating Capri and Venice in the Mediterranean, as well as some excellent Wine Voyages.”
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Think a cruise, isn’t for you? Think again…
SeaDream Yacht Club was featured in the Evening Star with a fantastic review from a first timer on SeaDream saying, “‘It’s yachting not cruising’ is the motto of these yacht-style cruise ships, which offer the ultimate in boutique cruising. It’s a good-looking vessel with the feel that you’ve snuck onto someone’s private yacht. Champagne and canapés welcome just 112 guests in total, many who’ve sailed on the two SeaDreams before,” wrote Jo Fernandez. SeaDream calls it Dream Cuisine, where we are dedicated to offer the best experience possible for each of our guests, with a wide selection of gourmet dishes to the only “raw food” or “living food” menu at sea. “There are menus swelling with inventive dishes including what as far as I know is the only plant-based ‘raw food’ menu at sea. I’m not a vegan but I’d often mix elements of this menu, which includes dishes such as Watercress Tang, a liquid blend of watercress, Anjou pear, lime and pineapple and vegetable lasagna, made from layered spinach leaves, sweet coconut meat, spicy cauliflower mash and sun-dried tomato marinara with (conversely) tender lamb cutlets and amazing curries – the nationalities of the crew reflected in the menu.” Like the rich and famous, you will find SeaDream in the Mediterranean during spring and summer and calls on the Caribbean for autumn and winter. If you have not had a SeaDream experience yet, what are you waiting for?
SeaDream Yacht Club Announces Grand Voyage Collection for 2019 and 2020Who is ready to make 2019 and 2020 Grand? SeaDream is making this possible with our new Grand Voyage Collection. Come aboard, unpack just once and call SeaDream home for as long as you would like. With meticulously curated routes, grand voyages combine multiple successive itineraries for an extended journey that highlights a vast assortment of destinations for an enriching and unforgettable experience. Ranked the top boutique cruise ship in the 2019 Berlitz Cruising and Cruise guide, SeaDream is characterized by its superior level of service and yachting lifestyle. Grand voyages offer guests endless possibilities and the ability to visit anywhere up to 25 ports in one seamless journey. Itinerary highlights include: Taste of the Adriatic, a 21-day journey through the Adriatic Sea’s top destinations; Spanish Siesta, transatlantic voyage departing from Barcelona; and Purely Mediterranean, a splendid voyage featuring multiple overnight stays in popular ports including Ibiza and Corsica. “Our grand voyages resonate with travelers looking for a carefree vacation where they can unwind while exploring some of the world’s most iconic destinations,” Andreas Brynestad, SeaDream Yacht Club EVP of sales, marketing and operations. “Grand voyages allow guests to enjoy an extended vacation and visit more ports while only having to unpack once.”
- 4 salmon fillets with still intact, about 6 ounces/170 g each
- 2 teaspoons/10 mL fresh
- Lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4-6 lime wedges
SeaDream Yacht Club is delighted to announce it has been awarded Best Dining in the Luxury Category of the 2018 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards. The two mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, received outstanding reviews for their creative approach to healthy fine dining.
The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors, based on the cruise lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories.
SeaDream was praised by Cruise Critic’s panel of experts for its ‘’consistently creative approach to dining, acknowledging the current trend for healthy eating without compromising on taste.’’ Commenting on the highly curated menu, the selection of ‘’elegant international cuisine’’ and ‘’imaginative raw vegan menu with an impressive selection of healthy choices and a magnificent wine list’’ enables guests to enjoy ‘’five-star dining at its best.’’
USA TODAY 10Best is looking for the best of the best across several categories as part of its 2019 Cruise Readers’ Choice Awards. SeaDream has been nominated for “Best Boutique Cruise Line” and “Best Small Ship.”
You can vote once per day until polls close on Monday, December 24 at noon ET.Please follow the links below to vote. Best Boutique Cruise Line Best Small Ship
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ST BARTH’S, CARIBBEAN – The Caribbean comeback
St. Barth’s named amongst top destinations for 2019 by Conde Nast Traveller
Conde Nast Traveller has compiled its ultimate list of travel destinations for 2019, and St. Barth’s, perhaps SeaDream’s most treasured destination in the Caribbean, made the cut.
St. Barth is open for business a year after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean. “Renovation efforts have been phenomenal as islanders have beavered away to rebuild lives, homes and infrastructure, as well as the hotels and beach bars we cross oceans for – so going to the Caribbean in 2019 is a philanthropic act, too,” states Conde Nast Traveller.
A SeaDream voyage provides a unique way to explore this small island belonging to the French West Indies. The island has so much to offer our SeaDream guests. Incredible shopping only steps away from the pier. Incredible beaches, resorts, restaurants and activities both day and night. SeaDream has created various land adventures for you to discover the island from sea or land. Ask one of the officers to take you on a hike or bike ride around the island. Another great activity here is to simply relax and watch all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing just off your SeaDream yacht.
Find out why this top travel publications recommends visiting St. Barth in the year ahead.