Yesterday’s beach party on Jost Van Dyke was certainly a highlight for many — what fun!

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – Yesterday was quite the day for the passengers of this ship, a day I suspect many will remember when they sign up for their next SeaDream cruise. It was the day of the beach party, the time when everyone on ship moves onshore for several hours of fun. The yacht was anchored in White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke and the day’s adventures for some began with an early …

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Today on the SeaDream II there was a change of plan…accomplished smoothly

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – The only major island in the British Virgin Islands that Chet and I have never been to is Anegada. It is a bit difficult to reach when you are sailing on your own charter boat, as we did several years in the past. So we were looking forward to getting there yesterday morning. However, as we arrived at our anchorage, the oceans swells were so high that Capt. Terje Willassen decided, as …

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An ATV excursion on St. Bart’s from the SeaDream II

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – Yesterday it was time to get off the ship and do something fun. So we decided to join an ATV shore excursion on the lovely French island of St. Bart’s. The cost was $179 per vehicle and we rode double. It is interesting to note that shore excursions are not selling very well this week aboard ship. I don’t know if that is the usual pattern or just this week’s group of …

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Sailing on the SeaDream II is casual, extremely casual, but upscale as well

ABOARD THE SEADREAM II – SeaDream Yacht Club definitely breaks the mold in small ship cruising. Sailing on either the SeaDream I or SeaDream II is an experience unlike almost any other unless you own your own vessel. It is casual. Extremely casual. Daily wear on board is T-shirts and swimsuits for men and swimsuits and coverups for ladies. Flip-flops and big hats are de riguer. Yet, it is upscale, extremely upscale. With a staff to passenger …

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Spending the night in at pirate’s castle on the island of St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. – In days of old, pirates did indeed roam the Caribbean islands now known as the “Virgins,” the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they sailed in the West Indies as well. Most of these so-called pirates were actually privateers…they were commissioned, sometimes by governments, sometimes by individuals…to intercept supply ships and steal their loot. Although the famed sailing passage in this area is called Drake’s Passage, the most …

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Tomorrow we head to St. Thomas for our Caribbean adventure on the SeaDream II

Tomorrow we fly to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. where we will board the SeaDream II on Saturday for a week’s cruise through the Virgin Islands and West Indies. It has been quite a few years since we last cruised with SeaDream and we are looking forward to its yacht-like style of travel. With only 56 cabins and about 100 passengers, this is a small ship — just the way we like it. Within a few days we will …

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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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