SeaDream II, San Juan

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II-Time to say goodbye. In a couple of short hours we’ll be leaving the suite that has been our home for the past week. But as this has been no ordinary trip, we’ll be sent off with one of the chef’s special creations, a dish called The Seascape: scrambled eggs and smoked salmon over an English muffin, topped with caviar. Caviar, like champagne, has been abundant – no special occasion needed. We will miss …

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Virgin Gorda & Prickly Pear, BVI

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II-So sad that it’s the last day of our Caribbean yachting adventure aboard SeaDream II. Though it’s been less than a week, it has given us a world of rest and relaxation. There was some partying last night at Foxy’s, the “in” hangout on Jost van Dyke, but we  still manage to get an early start for our land adventure at “The Baths.” This natural wonder, administered by the National Parks Trust, has been …

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Lots of fun among the sailboats in the British Virgin Islands

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – Our outdoor Caribbean party  last night went on into the wee hours — the passengers aboard SeaDream II are the most fun people I’ve ever traveled with. There was singing and dancing, and when there’s that kind of energy, it’s downright infectious. Among the party-goers was Bryan Herb, who was on this yacht with more than 30 of his friends to celebrate his 40th birthday. Since Bryan owns Zoom Vacations, an award-winning …

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Decisions, decisions. Will it be a Body Glow, a Scalp Massage, a Marine Mud Wrap ?

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II-I’ve learned that the spa is running a special and I’m going to jump on it, but later—after a time spent on St. Barts. We’re still moored within plain sight of the island, and during breakfast, we watch the yachts come and go. Today we see the Oceania Riviera, as well as the SeaDream I. My daughter and I take the tender to Gustavia and once again, walk around the harbor. The shops beckon – …

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Strong currents mean a detour to Gustavia, St. Barts

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II-We were supposed to stop at Saba, Dutch Caribbean this morning, but the currents were too strong, so we proceeded instead to Gustavia, St. Barts. No one seemed terribly disappointed to have an extra day at this most glamorous of Caribbean destinations. St. Barts brings to life SeaDream’s slogan, “It’s yachting, not cruising.” All around us are moored some of the most beautiful and fabulous vessels in the world. Since we’re here ahead of …

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Day 3 aboard the Seadream II-Home Port, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II-Shopping. Beaches. Those were the watchwords for the day. But first, what had become a favorite meal: breakfast. At least nine or ten varieties of fresh fruit, freshly baked breads and pastries, freshly squeezed juices (including some healthy vegetable blends the chef makes every day), pancakes, French toasts, eggs that taste like eggs — and on and on. Joining fellow passengers, we boarded the shuttle to Charlotte Amalie, where we encountered shopping mania on …

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First full day aboard the SeaDream II includes Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI

ABOARD SEADREAM II-During my first full day on this yacht, I kept thinking of the Italian concept of La Dolce Far Niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. There are no loud announcements inviting you to play bingo, buy the cocktail of the day or visit the spa. On the yachts of SeaDream you can do as you please, even if that means doing nothing. But since we were visiting an island of uncommon unspoiled beauty, I did do …

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SeaDream II sail-away from San Juan

After the grueling weeks following Hurricane Sandy,a Caribbean cruise aboard the SeaDream II is my idea of paradise on earth. An easy flight from Newark to San Juan and a short taxi ride took my daughter and me to Pier One in the old part of the city. And there she was: the handsome yacht-like vessel that would be our home for a blissful week. Capt. Torbjorn Lund gave us a warm welcome and a smiling crew …

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