Sea Dream Yacht Club Review
‘It’s yachting – not cruising’, so is the strapline of Sea Dream Yacht Club. These twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, which pamper up to 112 guests in comfort and luxury by their 95-strong crew, offer a highly-personalised anticipatory service in an elegantly casual atmosphere. Designating themselves as yachts rather than cruise ships, outdoor living is the name of the day.
SeaDream Yacht Club
The twin yachts’ size allows them to call at locations truly off-the-beaten-track such as Norman Island, the Tobago Cays and Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean and Porto Cervo, Korcula, Elafonissos and Motril in the Mediterranean with an occasional highlight of transitting the Corinth Canal.
Top of the Yacht Bar on SeaDream
Top of the Yacht Bar is the lively heart of the ship, starting with Early Risers Coffee right through to night time cocktails, live music and dancing. A few steps away is the Topside Restaurant for al fresco dining at breakfast, casual lunch or gourmet dinner. Waiters are incredibly attentive without being at all intrusive.
Topside Restaurant SeaDream Yacht Club
The pool deck consists of a seawater pool and large jaccuzzi, which on balmy evenings is transformed into an outdoor cinema with movies shown on a large screen whilst guests relax in reclining chairs, being served popcorn and drinks by the ever-efficient crew. A short flight of stairs leads down to the watersports marina platform, from which, when the yacht is at anchor, the various watersports toys and Sea Dream Island can be enjoyed.
Pool Deck, SeaDream Yacht Club
On the top deck, a set of Balinese Dream Beds are for peaceful contemplation, sunbathing, an afternoon nap, and are transformed at night into beds for star-gazing and snoozing. Forward on the top deck is an especially large Balinese bed in an area which can be sealed off, in order for a unique experience of totally private sleeping under the stars. There’s no extra charge, but advanced reservations are a must.
SeaDream Yacht Club Balinese Beds
Dining on board is sheer delight; dietary requirements and preferences of all types are catered for, with also a Raw Food option at every meal. The indoor Dining Room can accommodate all guests at one time, but in keeping with yachting traditions, most prefer to dine outdoors. If the waistline seems to be expanding, go to the well-equipped Fitness Centre (with a superb view), the Golf Simulator, the Thai-certified Sea Dream Spa, and Yoga and Tai Chi sunrise sessions.
Main Salon, SeaDream Yacht Club
In the Main Salon, movies, presentations and dancing take place whilst in the deck above is a cosy and welcoming library with a good selection of reading material. The Piano Bar and (tiny) casino get a look in when guests can tear themselves away from the outdoor activities.
Accommodation is predominately the oceanview Yacht Club Staterooms, with two larger Commodore Suites and the even larger Admiral Suite and Owner’s Suite. The cruise is all-inclusive, covering all the 5 star dining, premium select spirits, watersports toys and crew gratuities. Such is the immense popularity of SeaDream, repeat guests generally sell out the cruises absolutely months in advance which has led to the introduction of SeaDream Innovation, a larger sister to SeaDream I and II, and due to enter service in 2021.
I was on board in the beautiful Greek Islands, for which the yachts are ideal as they can visit truly unfrequented places. For me, it is the casual elegance on board that I love over all; everything is close-by and very homely. The crew really make you feel like you are friends they want to look after, and whilst the service is impeccable, it is with warmth and friendliness and also relaxing. I relish the outdoors lifestyle, with breezes wafting over you whilst you savour your lunch, sip cocktails at the bar or hide out in sheltered nooks on the open decks, reading the latest best-seller and sipping one of SeaDream’s marvellous mojitos!
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Words & pictures by Meriel Lowe.
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