Sea Cloud II Review and Specifications
Specifications of Sea Cloud II
|Year built||2000 / Age : 20|
|Builder||Astilleros Gondan SA (Asturias, Spain)|
|Class||3-masted motor sailing ship|
|Owner||Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Sea Cloud II GmbH & Co KG|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||106 m / 348 ft|
|Beam (width)||16 m / 52 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||3849 gt|
|Passengers||92 - 96|
|Decks with cabins||4|
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The cruise ship Sea Cloud 2 entered service in 2001 for the shipowner Sea Cloud Cruises. The vessel is a replica (sistership) of Sea Cloud 1. These 3-masted sail ships perfectly combine the elegance of sailing vessels with the luxury and comfort of the modern passenger ships. Sea Cloud Cruises fleet will be joined by a newbuild (Sea Cloud Spirit) entering service in 2020.
History - construction and ownership
The 3,849-ton, 94-passenger cruise ship Sea Cloud II is a newly built vessel, while Sea Cloud was built a long time ago, in 1931. The cruise ship was constructed by the Austrian shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán, SA and the keel laying ceremony took place on 24 June 1998. The delivery of the Sea Cloud II was delayed due to demands from the owner about interior fit-out. The ship was christened in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands), on 6 February 2001.
Cruise itinerary program
Sea Cloud II schedule calendar includes the Canary Islands, Mediterranean and Baltic cruises in Europe during summer, and Caribbean cruises departing from Barbados during winter months. Transatlantic repositioning crossings are offered between Europe and the Caribbean.
MV Sea Cloud 2 has four passenger decks (out of five) and only 47 cabins, all of which are outside. Bridge Deck serves as Sundeck (behind the superstructure). The two Owner Suites are on Lido Deck. Promenade Deck houses 16 Junior Suites and 2 Deluxe cabins, all with panoramic windows. The other 27 deluxe cabins are with small portholes.
All Sea Cloud 2 staterooms offer as standard amenities wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), mirrored dressing table / writing desk with chair, coffee table with armchair, bedside cabinets (with drawers, reading lamps, power sockets), flat TV with DVD player, hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, marble vanity top, gold-plated taps, razor socket), non-opening windows (half-height or Portholes).
Shipboard facilities and amenities
Food and service are exceptional, and meals are often served on deck. Dinner is served in ship’s dining room from a fixed menu. Menus have a European influence, though the cuisine is sometimes tempered by the nationality of guests onboard. The most exciting part of the day is an afternoon snack on the promenade deck of Sea Cloud 2 ship. The baker prepares a new treat each day, including waffles with ice cream, an elaborate afternoon tea or crepes to order. Complimentary wine flows freely at meals.
The most remarkable feature of this luxury square-rigged yacht is its 3 masts and 23 sails. The ship has main-mast (57 m above deck), mizzen-mast and fore-mast. The sails have a total area of 3000 m2 (32,000 ft2). Unlike the modern, computer-operated sail ships, all sails on Sea Cloud 2 are manually-served - by the 18 crew performing dazzling acrobatics, suspended over the ocean.
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