For the seasoned cruiser who thrives on the hectic activity of giant ships, be aware that SeaDream offers something very different. A holiday on one of its two yachts offers a haven of relaxation and you can, if you wish, simply while away the days lazing in the pool or Jacuzzi or taking it easy on the Balinese beds on deck. Friendly crew members will bring you cocktails or canapés and surreptitiously clean your sunglasses and plump your cushions.
You can fall into the slow pace of life on board surprisingly easily, and once you taste the outstanding food and the sommelier learns what you like to drink, it can be very hard to leave.
The yachting lifestyle on board SeaDream I and II allows guests to feel instantly at home and the relaxing and light-hearted atmosphere seduces in minutes. With just 56 couples on board and 95 staff looking after 112 guests, service is second to none.
There’s open seating for all meals, allowing you to choose when, and with whom you enjoy dinner, and for an even more informal affair dine al fresco, enjoying five star cuisine with views of the ocean.
Itineraries are reflective of the vessels’ intimate size, with ships visiting ports that are inaccessible for larger liners. When you’re not exploring on land, the ships’ retractable marinas are home to a collection of water sports toys. Play with glass-bottomed kayaks, go water skiing and snorkelling, ride on a banana boat, try out the Laser sail-boat or chill on the floating island. Bliss.
All staterooms have views of the ocean and feature flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, luxurious multiple head showers and Bvlgari bath products.
SeaDream’s cruises are fully all-inclusive, with an open bar featuring premium brands, fine wines to accompany lunch and dinner, complimentary mountain bikes for exploring on shore, a state-of-the-art golf simulator with 30 signature golf courses to test your game on – and you can even go behind the scenes on a shopping trip with the chef.
For a bit more pampering, try out SeaDream’s award-winning Thai spa. Treatments include an Asian Blend massage, Traditional Thai massage – with a combination of stretching therapies similar to yoga dating back more than 6,000 years – and a Descomask Scrub Sea Salt treatment, based on algae petals detoxifying and soothing your skin.
Shore excursions (or land adventures as SeaDream call them) are varied and smoothly run. It’s easy to explore on your own though, and the onboard concierge has extensive knowledge of every destination.
Or you can choose not to stray far from the ship and enjoy an afternoon on the beach.
You’ll be utterly pampered on a SeaDream holiday, from poolside sandwiches and evening hors d’oeuvres to the onboard sauna, not to mention the friendly crew who offer a warm welcome and will tend to your every need – 24-hour room service anyone? It’s the attention to detail that makes sailing on board these mega yachts a holiday you’ll always remember.
If you want a piece of SeaDream all to yourself, the ships are also available for private charter. Each year the cruise line has up to 20 personal or corporate charters, hosting birthdays, anniversaries and family gatherings in the ultimate luxury.
A SeaDream Yacht Club holiday is a truly luxurious experience. It’s yachting, not cruising.