SeaDream Yacht Club

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SeaDream Yacht Club (seadream.com) 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 the managing team led by Bob Lepisto (President) and Andreas Brynestad (Executive Vice President).

One of the 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.

SeaDream yacht cruise ship

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.

SeaDream fleet

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").

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, SeaDream Yacht Club suspended its passenger shipping operations in the period March 18, 2020, through July 2021.

Operations were planned to resume on September 7, 2020, but SeaDream started a mini-cruise program in Norway (June-September 2020) with 12-day Norwegian coastal itineraries between Oslo and Tromso on the superyacht SeaDream 1. SeaDream 1 restarted on June 26 (Mediterranean from Seville). SeaDream 2 restarted on June 26 (Greek Islands from Athens).

In early-November 2020, following a COVID outbreak on SeaDream 1, the company canceled the Caribbean 2020 winter program. All affected bookings received full refunds transferred as FCC (future cruise credit) with rebooking.

In August 2020, SeaDream introduced the "Ultimate Booking Assurance". The new policy guarantees a full monetary refund or 120% FCC for all bookings on voyages departing between July 22, 2020, and June 30, 2021, in case that the cruise is affected by travel restrictions from the customer's country of origin. Rebooking SeaDream cruises with rescheduling the initial booking is allowed even for not affected by travel restrictions voyages.

 

Itinerary of SeaDream Yacht Club

Cruises 2021-2022

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

SeaDream opened reservations for the Mediterranean 2021 season in June 2019. For the first time, the company planned to visit Israel’s Ashdod (port to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv). With 6 new/maiden ports of call, the 2021 season's featured destinations on the French and Italian rivieras, the Spanish coast (Costa del Sol), Greek Isles.

New for SeaDream ports in 2021 were Ksamil, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Otranto, Ashdod, Haifa, Agios Nikolaus (Crete). On their Greek itineraries, the superyachts were also planned to spend more time in Adriatic ports, and all 2021 itineraries included at least 1 overnight call.

The new liner SeaDream Innovation (the shipbuilding project was entirely canceled) was planned to start operations in September 2021. Its itineraries had to visit all the 7 continents, with 200+ call ports (49 different countries), including 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.

For the first time in more than ten years, in June 2021 SeaDream revealed plans to return to South Florida with SeaDream 2 scheduled for homeporting in Palm Beach (January 2022).

In January 2020, SeaDream opened reservations for 33 new Caribbean West Indies cruises. The season (January through April 2022) features new destinations. For the first time in the company's history, both yachts are scheduled to sail to The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands, along with 17 additional (new) ports in the West Indies.

The new voyages include call ports in Puerto Rico, Dominicana, Dutch Antilles, USVI, BVI. Season 2022's highlights include:

  • Palm Beach. A couple of 7-day sailings will embark/disembark in Palm Beach FL for the first time in the line’s history. Departure dates include January 16 and 23. Additionally, Palm Beach FL has been added as the embarkation port for an additional cruise in January 2022 that culminates in San Juan.
  • Turks & Caicos. SeaDream is scheduled to sail to Grand Turk which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. This marks the first deployment of the line to Turks & Caicos.
  • The Bahamas. SeaDream offers a fresh perspective on the classic West Indies island nation with 6 ports of call in The Bahamas: Clarence Town, Staniel Cay, Great Harbour Cay, Norma’s Cay, Harbour Island, Rose Island.
  • The Dominicana. Passengers are treated to 3 new ports in the nation: Playa Rincon, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana.
  • Additional new ports in the West Indies: St Eustatius, Frederiksted, Long Bay, Caja de Muertos, and Boqueron.

The new destinations will be complemented with a selection of new for SeaDream "Yachting Land Adventures" (shore excursions).

Mediterranean itineraries 2022

In mid-December 2020, SeaDream announced Mediterranean 2022 season with total 47 itineraries (including several new), among which 2x Black Sea and 1x Eastern Mediterranean (Holy Land) voyage to Israel. In 2022, the company actually recreates some of its Mediterranean 2020 sailings that were canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID) crisis.

For season 2022 (April through November), the superyachts SeaDream 1 and SeaDream 2 are scheduled to visit Santorini Island (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey), Saint-Tropez (France Riviera). The new Black Sea voyages are in June and August, the Holy Land cruise (visiting Haifa Israel) is in May (2022).

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