It’s not the only program of its kind (Seabourn and some other small cruise lines have similar offerings), but SeaDream’s “Crew Shoreside Casual” in St. Tropez certainly was one of the most entertaining crew-led tours I’ve experienced.
Nearly the entire ship turned out to join Executive Chef Jes Parkins and Pastry Chef Gerben Land as they led us into seaside St. Tropez. Passing through the “Roman Gate” and the fish market, we came to the oldest square in St. Tropez, where we sampled local wines, cheeses and other French specialties.
Afterward, I went shopping with the chefs on a quest to spend their budget (800 Euros) for fresh vegetables, cheese and other local food to complement lunch and dinner back on the SeaDream II.
On nearly all of its cruises, SeaDream offers a Crew Shoreside Casual, and it is one of the highlights of the cruise, say frequent cruisers who I spoke with on this cruise.