SeaDream Ship Visit at Tower Bridge
SeaDream Yacht Club operates two identical yachts that accommodate just 100 guests in all inclusive luxury, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Sailing in the Caribbean during the winter, they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean in spring, usually arriving in the Mediterranean. SeaDream I was anchored in the Thames, adjacent to HMS Belfast, on a rare visit to the UK.
I was invited on board along with other select top UK travel managers to view the yacht and stay on board for an evening meal. As we embarked we were given a chilled glass of Champagne, and promptly shown to our stateroom. I was staying in Yacht Club Stateroom 407, located mid-ship on deck 4.
There are 54 Yacht Club Staterooms measuring 195 square feet. 16 of the Yacht Club Staterooms can be converted to 8 Commodore Suites (double Yacht Club).
- Refrigerator stocked with beer, soft drinks and water
- An entertainment centre with flat screen television, DVD/CD Player and iPod Docking Stations
- A dataport for access to the internet - a laptop is available upon request
- Marble-lined bathroom with a multi-jet shower massage and Bvlgari® bath amenities
- Belgian linens and a selection of pillows, blanket or down duvet
- SeaDream’s100% Turkish cotton robes with slippers
- Personalized yacht stationery, direct dial telephones, personal safe, individually controlled AC, make up mirror and hair dryer
- 24-hour suite "Small Bites" menu so you can spoil yourself at midnight or anytime
There was a chilled bottle of Champagne waiting for me, which made me feel very welcome, and after unpacking a few bits, I headed out to explore.
The SeaDream Spa was on the same deck as my stateroom so it seemed like a good place to start! I was shown around by the Spa Manager, and for a small ship the gym was quite large, and there were a few therapy rooms for massage etc.
The Spa is Thai certified and the only one of its kind at sea. Brands that they use include La Prairie, Thalgo, and Harnn. A traditional Thai massage would cost you $158 for an hour, or $238 for 90 mins. The spa also featured an open area towards the bow for open air massages and yoga sessions.
Heading upstairs to Deck 6, I emerged at the Top of the Yacht bar - the social heart of the ship for when the yacht is cruising in the balmy Caribbean or the warm Mediterranean Sea. It looked very inviting, even under grey London skies, with a good selection of liquors and spirits.
Towards the back of this deck are raised Balinese sun beds, double sized, and there is also a balcony overlooking the pool on the deck below.
Moving forward, to the Crows Nest, there was a bed set up for those guests that would like to sleep under the stars! Maybe off the coast of Tobago, not so appealing on the Thames!
We also saw the jet skis and wave runners tied up for storage - these are free to use for the guests when the ship has a Marina day.
On the next deck down, Deck 5 there is the Topside Restaurant, offering Al Fresco dining, as well as an open promenade leading to the Bridge.
Down on Deck 4 I discovered the casino, well it was one table, but big enough for this yacht style ship. There was also a Piano bar here and a beautifully appointed Library, decked out in warm tones and rich woods, with tables covered in magazines and occasional tables with board games on.
Deck 3 is where you will find the Concierge Desk, the Gift Shop and the main lounge with a small card room tucked away at the back. This opened out to the pool area and pool bar.
Deck 2 is where you will find the Dining Salon.
After exploring, I headed back to the main lounge in time for the drink reception where they served delicious sushi. After a welcome speech we headed back down to the Dining Salon for our evening meal.
Cuisine on SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDream are renowned for their exceptional cuisine so I was really looking forward to the meal.
I was seated at Table 1, and promptly offered wine by the sommelier and presented with the menu by our waiter. We were going to be treated to a six course meal, and all we had to choose was our main and dessert courses.
My courses were:-
- L’Oeuf Poule au Caviar Surprise
- Mousse de Foie Gras, with pear compote, Brioche, and Port Wine reduction
- Cappuccino of White Tomato Soup with Basil Dumpling
- Champagne and Pear Sorbet
- Chateaubriand of Beef, with Gaufrette Napoleon Potato, Green Asparagus, and sauce Pays d’Auge
- Fondant au Chocolate served with Vanilla Cream
The meal was superb, so delicious, and the portion sizes were sensible, so you did not feel stuffed by the end of it, and I still had room for the petit fours!
L’Oeuf Poule au Caviar Surprise
Chateaubriand of Beef, with Gaufrette Napoleon Potato, Green Asparagus, and sauce Pays d’Auge
The SeaDream Yachts are perfect for those that love the outdoors, as the ship is really designed to make the use of the outside areas of the ship, with the Top of the Yacht bar and Topside dining a highlight. Even though she is small compared to a cruise ship (this is yachting don’t forget), the ship still has little areas tucked away where you can escape and relax with your Kindle and a cocktail. With excellent food and service on board, SeaDream Yacht Club offer the highest standards of luxury.