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Review of SeaDream

SeaDream Yacht Club is a privately-owned cruise line company headquartered in Norway (Oslo). It was established in 2002 by Larry Pimentel and Atle Brynestad. Atle is a Norwegian industrialist and also the founder of the top-luxury brand Seabourn. SeaDream company's owner, CEO and Chairman is Atle Brynestad, with Andreas Brynestad serving as Executive Vice President.

One of industry's small cruise lines, SeaDream delivers a luxurious, yet unpretentious "yacht cruise" experience in destinations, such as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, northern Europe. Itineraries are quite flexible and allow the captain to linger in a port of call if passengers wish so, or to depart early in case rain spoils plans. Following the purchase of two luxury cruise ships (operated before that by Cunard), the new all-inclusive line promoted its innovative style of cruising as "yacht-like". Since its first day of operation, formal wear code is not required as the onboard dress code is officially "resort-casual".

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Highlights of the line's luxury cruising experience are the delicious cuisine, an outstanding service, 5-star luxury hotel amenities, sophisticated enrichment program, exotic itineraries to remote ports where other cruise ships can be rarely seen. SeaDream Yacht Club is one of the most all-inclusive cruise lines in the world. Its deals are inclusive of gratuities, all beverages (including alcohol and cocktails), all shore excursions and tours, also the equipment at the watersports marina platform, However, passengers have to pay extra for Spa treatments and the super premium liquor brands at the bars.

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The following YouTube video is an official SeaDream release about the line's "top luxury yachting" experience. It shows all the yachts' best features, including suites as configurations/furniture and cabin amenities, all the sophisticated relaxation, entertainment and dining options on the ship, along with the onboard facilities and activities.

SeaDream cruise passengers are sophisticated, laid-back, well-heeled and well-traveled. Ages range largely, staring from guests in their 30s. Solo travelers and occasional large groups of family and friends are not uncommon, though couples predominate.

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SeaDream's current fleet includes the yachts SeaDream 1 (1984 built as "Sea Goddess I"), SeaDream 2 (1985 built as "Sea Goddess II") and SeaDream Innovation (2021 September, newbuild on order). However, in December 2019, the company canceled the SeaDream Innovation shipbuilding project and announced that a second-hand vessel will be eventually purchased in 2020.

All shipboard meals are open-seating, with many 2-seat tables available, making the brand a great choice for romantically inclined travelers. Weather permitting, dining is available on the yacht's open deck. Expensive Champagnes are poured generously. There is a weekly Champagne Splash party with caviar. Another unique offer on the yachts is the "sleeping under the stars" experience. It includes either an 8-person bed (on ship's open deck forward) or a double Balinese lounger facing the sea (aft of the "Top of the Yacht Bar").

Itinerary of SeaDream

Cruises 2020-2021

SeaDream yachts schedule for 2020 Mediterranean itineraries includes port destinations on the French and Italian Rivieras, Spain's Costa Smeralda, Adriatic Sea, and Greek Isles. The program features new ports, many overnights, and land excursions. Passengers can experience an unforgettable vacation while sailing through the Greek Isles, Spanish Mediterranean coast, French and Italian Riviera, and to many less crowded ports in the region. SeaDream's Mediterranean season includes calls in Kusadasi, more itineraries featuring Croatia and Greece, and more overnights to provide ample time for discovering the rich culture and sights of the region.

SeaDream itineraries are combined with "Yachting Land Adventures". Both ships (SeaDream 1 and SeaDream 2) visit ports in Greece and the Adriatic Sea. The company returns to Kusadasi Turkey, where passengers can enjoy a live concert at Ephesus (UNESCO site). New call ports in the schedule are Ikaria Island (Greece), Vis Island (Croatia), Santa Maria di Leuca (Italy) and Koper (Slovenia). New homeport in 2020 is Valletta (Malta). SeaDream will also visit Xlendi Bay (Gozo Island, Malta) for the first time in 2020.

Prior to the Mediterranean 2020 season, SeaDream cruises in the Caribbean. Highlights include "The Cuba Voyage Collection" (SeaDream 2) out of Cienfuegos or Havana and along Cuba's western coast. A new Caribbean port of call for SeaDream in 2020 is Basseterre (St Kitts).

SeaDream's 2021 Spring season (January through April) has scheduled visits to popular Caribbean destinations with secluded harbors, private islands, pristine beaches, picturesque towns. SeaDream's 2021 itineraries offer unique destinations like Puerto Rico's islands Culebra and Vieques, and Anegada (BVI's only coral island). Both mega-yachts are homeported in Barbados in 2021 prior to the Transatlantic repositioning to Europe/Mediterranean for the summer.

SeaDream Yacht Club opened reservations for its 2021 Mediterranean season in June 2019. For the first time, the company visits Israel’s Port Ashdod, which offers easy access to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. With 6 new/maiden ports of call, 2021 season's featured destinations include the French and Italian rivieras, the Spanish coast (Costa del Sol), Greek Isles. SeaDream 2 departs from Piraeus-Athens on an 11-night itinerary to Israel, Cyprus, Turkey. From Ashdod are visited Tel Aviv (White City) and Jerusalem (Old City). In Haifa are visited Baha’i Gardens.

New for SeaDream port destinations in 2021 are Ksamil, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Otranto, Ashdod, Haifa, and Agios Nikolaus. On their Greek itineraries, the mega-yachts spend more time in Adriatic ports. All 2021 itineraries include at least 1 overnight call. Each of the new destinations introduces Yachting Land Adventures (ashore tours).

The new liner SeaDream Innovation starts operations in September 2021. Its itineraries visit all the 7 continents, with 200+ call ports in 49 different countries and remote destinations, such as Norway's fjords and Svalbard, Antarctica, Northwest Passage route, Australia New Zealand, Great Barrier Reef, Oceania, East Asia, Alaska. Bookings opened on April 17, 2019.

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