Readers of Conde Nast Traveler ranked SeaDream Yacht Club as one of the top 100 travel experiences worldwide. In fact, SeaDream was the only cruise company to be included in the listing. The other 99 winners were all hotels and resorts.
Additionally, readers voted SeaDream ‘World’s Best Small Passenger Shipping Line,’ and the company achieved the highest overall rating of any cruise company — large or small.
How do SeaDream’s twin yachts, both more than 20 years old, outperform all others — at least to readers of Conde Nast Traveler?
On two SeaDream sailings over the past three years, I’ve identified ten reasons why SeaDream stands apart.
Reason # 1 – SeaDream’s vessels are stylishly small, carrying just 100 guests and able to get into ports that cruise ships can’t reach, including some idyllic coves and harbors and uncrowded beaches. The twin yachts are positioned November through April in the Caribbean and May through November in the Mediterranean. Also, most of SeaDream’s Yachting Voyages feature late night stays in port so that you can enjoy the night life.
Reason # 2 – Small doesn’t mean sacrificing big-ship amenities. SeaDream vessels feature all ocean view staterooms with Bvlgari® bath amenities, the SEADREAM Spa – with 8 massage therapists and a member of the Thai Spa Association – the only one of its kind at sea, sauna, exercise room with the latest equipment and ocean views, beauty salon, casino, piano bar, library, large pool deck, Jacuzzi, boutique, 30 Course golf simulator, Top Of the Yacht Bar with 360 degree views, even a big screen under the stars and much more.
Reason # 3 – SeaDream vessels have something most ships don’t have. Outdoor dining or al fresco, open seating dining, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining aboard SeaDream is defined as Cuisine À La Minute, made to order with only the freshest ingredients. Even the ice cream is “Yacht Made.”
Reason # 4 – SeaDream’s vessels feature an expansive marina at the back of the ship with lots of toys for enjoying the water when the ship is anchored, including:
For adventures ashore, SeaDream carries mountain bicycles.
Reason # 5 – On SeaDream, you won’t pay extra for alcohol, including fine wines and champagnes. The four bars on board feature select premium brands.
Reason # 6 – You can sleep under the stars on SeaDream’s signature Balinese Dream Beds. Just make the request and SeaDream staff will provide turn down service and your choice of pillows, Belgian linens and a cozy duvet.
Reason # 7 – SeaDream has a high staff-to-guest ratio, with nearly one staff person for each guest. Service is impeccable, with a maximum of 56 couples to 95 crew.
Reason # 8 – On board SeaDream, dress is resort casual and relaxed.
Reason # 9 – There’s caviar and more caviar. SEADREAM’S Champagne and Caviar Splash® is conducted on the beach in the Caribbean and is followed by a beach barbeque served on china — and around the Pool Deck in the Mediterranean.
Reason # 10 – In essence, SeaDream is yachting not cruising. There is a difference. Good things do come in small packages.
Links to SeaDream articles on Avid Cruiser.