MIAMI BEACH_Whether you call it yachting or cruising, SeaDream Yacht Club’s two ships — SeaDream I and SeaDream II — have earned numerous accolades and industry awards for providing a five-star, all-inclusive, small-ship experience for their guests.
Here at Seatrade Cruise Global, SeaDream Public Relations Manager Adrienne D’Annunzio gave the media an update for the Norway-headquartered company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
At the top of what’s new is the recent upgrade just completed on SeaDream II, the result of a $10 million makeover of both vessels. SeaDream I’s refit is also nearing completion and will sail its first voyage out of dry dock in Portugal on May 19, from Lisbon to Barcelona.
Each ship’s 56 staterooms accommodate 112 guests and 95 crew, almost a 1-to-1 ratio. The recent stem-to-stern upgrade made a number of enhancements, including:
— Complete renovation of staterooms, refurbished from the bare steel.
— New technology in the staterooms, featuring USB/USBC charging ports, Wi-Fi, sensor lighting and new 55-inch LED TVs.
— New Bolidt decking on all outside decks.
— New Seóra Balinese Dream Beds. One of the iconic experiences on SeaDream is sleeping under the stars.
— Two new couples Jacuzzis on Deck 6 and two new outdoor rain showers.
One of the ship’s popular area is the marina, where guests can enjoy a variety of water sports “toys.” There’s a spa onboard as well.
Ms. D’Annunzio talked about their trademark service, which she described as “attentive without being stuffy.” Just like yachting, guests enjoy the casual approach to sailing. Since the ships are small, their ability to visit small ports and out-of-the-way destinations is also akin to private yachting.
She also pointed out that while the SeaDream ships don’t have balconies, they aren’t really missed “because there is so much open deck space” and so much of what happens is outside, including dining.
Speaking of dining, another hallmark of SeaDream is the food. Ms. D’Annunzio said SeaDream was “one of the first to offer a vegan menu,” and they have recently partnered with Hippocrates Wellness in West Palm Beach to craft a “delicious raw food menu.” One of the perks they offer is a chance to go shopping with the chef. Not only can you enjoy the gourmet food, but also help pick it out.
Another tradition guests enjoy is the “Champagne and Caviar Splash,” usually held off Jost Van Dyke is the British Virgin Islands. Crystal waters and a glass of bubbly? Sign us up!
The two ships split their time between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and she added that “25 percent of our business is private charters.”
She ended by showing a photo of a SeaDream ship docked beside one of the new megaships, adding on one occasion they were by a ship where “their lifeboats held more people than our ship.”
One final note: A planned third SeaDream ship, Innovation, is still a possibility, although for now it’s on hold.
Photos courtesy of SeaDream
(Cover Photo) Guests enjoy sleeping on the deck under the stars.
The Champagne and Caviar Splash
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