Sea Cloud Spirit

Former name: Sea Cloud Hussar

Sea Cloud Spirit current position

Sea Cloud Spirit current location is at Baltic Sea (coordinates 55.89802 N / 15.61912 E) cruising at speed of 11.4 kn (21 kph/ 13 mph) en route to Karlskrona. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Sea Cloud Spirit

Year built2021  /  Age: 1
Flag state Malta
BuilderMetalships & Docks Shipyard (Vigo, Spain)
Building costUSD 100 million
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)138 m / 453 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage4228 gt
Passengers136
Crew85
Decks5
Cabins69
Decks with cabins3
Former namesSea Cloud Hussar
Christened byGabriela Toran (instead of HRH Infanta Dona Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo)
OwnerMarriott International Inc (via The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC)
OperatorThe Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (via Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH)

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The 2020-built/2021-inaugurated Sea Cloud Spirit cruise ship is Sea Cloud Cruises' newbuild full-rigged, 3-masted barque. This is currently the world's largest sailship - with LOA length 138 m (450 ft), GT 4230 tons and DWT 935 tons. The fleetmates are Sea Cloud 1 (1931-built sail yacht, cruiser since 1979) and Sea Cloud 2 (2000-built, 3-masted barque).

The vessel (IMO number 9483712, with yard/hull number "FACTORIA 158") is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 215855000) and registered in Valletta.

History - construction and ownership

In early-February 2022 was announced that The Ritz-Carlton (via the subsidiary The Yacht Portfolio) had acquired the Hamburg-based company Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH (operating via the travel brand "Sea Cloud Cruises"), adding to the fleet its 3-ship fleet. The acquisition expanded the Ritz-Carlton brand's portfolio in the luxury "small-ship cruise" market. The brand "Sea Cloud Cruises" remained, as well as the company's employees and management team led by Hermann Ebel (Managing Director).

The vessel's inauguration (as "Sea Cloud Hussar") was originally scheduled for 2010. However, its construction was stopped after Factoria Naval de Marin (shipbuilding company specializing in luxury yachts) declared bankruptcy in 2010. The Spanish shipyard (in Marin, Pontevedra-Galicia, Spain) produced only the hull and part of the superstructure.

Sea Cloud Spirit cruise ship (Hussar)

The shipbuilding order was placed in 2008. The vessel's construction was restarted in 2018 at Metalships and Docks SAU (shipyard in Vigo, Spain) with scheduled delivery in 2020. The current shipowner Sea Cloud Cruises is a Kiel Germany-based cruise company managed by Daniel Schaefer (CEO).

The vessel (design "C-158") was commissioned by shipowner Fernando Fernandez Tapias (Spanish businessman, shipping companies owner). The contract value was USD 100 million. Sea Cloud Hussar's construction started in 2008, but due to the economic crisis, the shipyard stopped working, and eventually declared payment suspensions. Hansa Treuhand rejected the vessel because of the project's high cost and uncertain future. The vessel was in its final stages of completion when in July 2010 works were halted due to the shipyard's bankruptcy. The new shipowner (as mortgage lender) became BANKIA (2010-founded merger of several Spanish savings banks).

In 2014, the Vigo-based Rodman Group bought the hull from BANKIA. On May 7, 2015, the uncompleted mega-yacht was launched (floated-out from Naval Marin's drydock). It was towed to the Rodman Group-owned shipyard "Metalships & Docks" (Vigo Spain), moored and waiting for a buyer.

 

In September 2016, the shipyard signed a letter of intent with Hansa Treuhand Finance GmbH (part of the Hamburg-based Hansa Treuhand Holding AG) to complete Sea Cloud Hussar. In 2018, the ship was acquired by Sea Cloud Cruises and its construction was re-started.

The shipbuilder Rodman Polyships SL (a subsidiary of Rodman Group) is one of the largest superyacht-building companies. Rodman specializes in ship-building and repairs, construction of pleasure boats (made from polyester reinforced with fiberglass), production of large pieces in composite materials, construction of semi-rigid boats. Rodman boats as LOA length vary between 2-170 m (7-558 ft). In 2015, Rodman Polyships had under construction 10x passenger catamarans (84-ft, 350 passengers) and 40x high-speed patrol boats, plus numerous 33-ft yachts.

Decks and Cabins

Sea Cloud Spirit staterooms (69 total, in 6 grades) are on 3 decks (out 5 total/4 passenger-accessible), allow max capacity 136 passengers (plus up to 90 crew). All cabins are outside, including 25 (all on Deck 3) with private, step-out balconies (22x Junior Suites and 3x Owner Suites). The other cabins are in categories Deluxe, Deluxe Lido, Superior, and Superior Single.

All staterooms offer as standard (complimentary) amenities smart HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system - Internet, movies-on-demand, ship info channel, real-time Bridge Cam views), single or double beds with bedside tables, wall-mounted reading lamps, mirrored dressing table / writing desk with chair, electronic safe box and lifejackets (in the closet), seating area (low table with armchairs), wardrobe (slide-open), minibar (refrigerator), coffee machine, en-suite bathroom (WC-toilet, glass-door shower, single-sink with under vanity storage, hairdryer, bathrobes, premium bath products and cosmetics), LED lighting, individually controlled air-conditioning.

Each of the Deluxe Cabins (on Deck 2) is fitted with 2 single beds and 2 small Porthole windows (round-shaped, non-opening). Deluxe Lido cabins (forward on Deck 4) are with large opening windows overlooking the boat's Promenade/Lido Deck.

Junior Suites (on Deck 3) are sized between 315-355 ft2 (29-33 m2) and feature panoramic windows, queen-size double bed (convertible to twins), walk-in closet, larger bathroom (with full bathtub), balcony. Owner Suites (midship on Deck 3) have a Queen-sized double bed (fixed), sitting area (with sofabed), walk-in closet, larger bathroom (with full bathtub), powder room (half-bath / WC-washbasin), balcony.

Two Single Cabins are located forward on Deck 2 and can be booked without single supplement. All other staterooms can be booked as studios (by solo travelers) but with a single supplement 50% (categories D-Deluxe, E-Superior) and 100% (categories A-Owner Suite, B-Junior, C-Deluxe Lido).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Cruise ship's interiors were designed by the German company Partner Ship Design (Hamburg). Sea Cloud Spirit is the world's first sail ship with an elevator. The lift is located midship and connects all decks (including top-deck). The boat has 3 staircases (forward-bow, midship, aft).

Sea Cloud Spirit ship (Sea Cloud Hussar)

The luxury yacht also features a large Wellness & Spa complex with treatment rooms (for massages), hydro-massage showers, sauna room, steam room, relaxation lounge, beauty salon (hairdresser, manicures-pedicures), Lobby Hall (Reception, Purser, Tours-Cruise Director), Fitness (modern indoor Gym with cardio machines), Promenade Deck (Lido), large Sun Deck with Jacuzzi (whirlpool hot tub), sunbathing area (loungers, tables, deckchairs, daybeds, showers) and 4x Zodiacs (speedboats for coastal cruising and landings).

Other signature facilities are Swimming Platform (extending from Deck 2 aft-starboard), Library (bow-located reading lounge on Deck 4), two Boutique Shops (Decks 2-3 aft), Hospital (Deck 2 forward - Infirmary with doctor and nurse on 24-hour duty), Bar Lounge (Deck 4 midship, with a Steinway grand piano), Dining Room Restaurant (Deck 3 aft, with adjacent Galley/Kitchen) and Lido Restaurant (bar and bistro on Deck 4 aft). Both dining venues feature panoramic 270-degree views.

Sea Cloud Spirit ship Restaurant

Onboard dining includes 4-course dinner menus and fresh-made gourmet dishes with mainly locally sourced ingredients and fresh fish. Food and service are exceptional. Weather permitting, al fresco dining (meals served on deck) is also offered.

Dinners are with a fixed menu and waiter-served in the Dining Room. Menus are based on European cuisine but could be tempered depending on passengers' nationalities. Each day on Promenade Deck is provided complimentary Afternoon Tea service with fresh-made snacks, including waffles with ice cream, cakes, made-to-order crepes. Complimentary wine is offered at all meals.

Itineraries

Sea Cloud Spirit itinerary program and schedule were announced in late-June 2019. Yacht's inaugural season (August through December 2020) was a Caribbean deployment and featured a new destination - USVI (Virgin Islands). Bookings on Sea Cloud Spirit cruises opened on January 17, 2020.

However, due to the Coronavirus crisis, the ship's inauguration was postponed for 2021 (first for April then for September). The original inaugural itineraries (2020/canceled) included:

The boat's Caribbean season (with the new USVI call port) offered 3 itineraries - Nov 24 - Dec 4, Dec 4-13, and Dec 13-20.

  • The Maiden Voyage in 2021 was first scheduled for April 22nd, leaving from Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Spain) right after the naming ceremony. The 10-day itinerary (themed "Tour of Spain") was a roundtrip from Palma to Barcelona, Tarragona (Costa Daurada), and Valencia.
  • Later, the Inaugural Cruise was rescheduled for June 2, 2021. The 10-day itinerary (leaving roundtrip out of Civitavecchia-Rome) had as call ports Livorno (overnight), Portoferraio (Elba Island), Olbia (Sardinia Island), Trapani (Sicily Island), Palermo (Sicily), Salerno and Naples. Inaugural Cruise prices (in EUR) were as follows: 12255 (Owner Suite), 10775 (Junior Suite), 9175 (Deluxe Lido), 8145 (Deluxe), 7125 (Superior), 8745 (Superior Single).
  • In May 2021 was announced the final Maiden Voyage date - September 14th (booking code SCS-C21001). The 10-night itinerary (roundtrip from Civitavecchia) included only Italian ports - Livorno (Sept 15-16/overnight), Portoferraio (Elba Island), Olbia (Sardinia Island), Trapani (Sicily), Palermo (Sicily), Salerno and Naples. Prices ranged between EUR 7125 (Superior cabin) and EUR 12255 (Owner Suite).

For winter season 2021-2022 (November through April), the boat was deployed in the Canaries. Winter 2022-2023 season was planned to be in the Caribbean and Central America, with some departures from Florida to the Bahamas.

Sea Cloud Spirit cruise deals are inclusive of onboard gratuities, port fees, accommodation and all meals, welcome gifts (bottle of champagne), Gala Dinner (5-course/once per cruise), two Cocktail Parties with champagne (Welcome, Farewell), unlimited soft drinks and juices, wines and beers by the glass (during lunches and dinners), premium-brand teas and coffees, bottled water (also on land tours), fresh fruits (in cabins/replenished daily), laundry service (free only for categories A-B-C), tour guide and lecturer.

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The 5-deck superyacht Sea Cloud Spirit has white steel hull, aluminium superstructure, 28 sails (total size ~44100 ft2 / 4100 m2). Main mast's height/air draught is 189 ft (58 m). Max draft is 6 m (19 ft). In addition to the sails, the cruise ship is equipped with diesel-electric powerplant with two MAN-Siemens marine engines running on LS-MGO (low-sulfur marine gasoil). Among the subcontractors are Partnership Design (Boughton UK-based graphic design agency - interior fittings), Bohnhoff GmbH (Halstenbek Germany-based thermal cooking equipment producer - ship's galleys, pantries and bars) and Winteb (Winschoten Holland-based aluminum air vent head producer).

The yacht has 6 service boats - 2x lifeboats (full-capacity) and 4x Zodiac boats (with launching platforms). Zodiacs are large-capacity motorized boats used for coastal exploration tours, landings and passenger disembarkation in anchorage-only ports.

Sea Cloud Hussar cruise ship (Sea Cloud Spirit)

On October 27, 2019, was the vessel's launch (float-out from drydock) at the shipbuilding yard (MetalShips & Docks SAU) in Vigo Spain.

On July 31, 2020, was installed the first (aft) mast (54-m / 177-ft high). The installation was conducted by workers from the shipbuilding company Choren Design & Consulting (Gdansk, Poland). All the 3 masts were loaded on the ship with fully equipped rigging (shrouds and stays).

 

The ship's inaugural cruise was planned for August 29, 2020. However, due to the global Coronavirus crisis (also resulting in Metalships Shipyard's temporary closure), the vessel's delivery was delayed. When in early-May shipyard operations resumed (in reduced worker capacity), the project-involved European subcontractors didn't return due to the EU's intercountry travel restrictions. For example, the ship's masts (Poland-manufactured) arrived but were not installed, as well as the interior fittings (carried out, but not completed).

Sea Cloud Hussar cruise ship construction

The delayed delivery also resulted in major cruise itinerary program changes. The scheduled Caribbean deployment (together with the Translatlantic crossing in November 2020) was canceled and the ship remained through April 2021 in the Canary Islands (Spain).

The ship's first Captain (Master) is Gerald Schober (1966-born). Traditionally for Sea Cloud Cruises, Sea Cloud Spirit is operated with "open bridge" policy that allows passengers to visit the Wheelhouse, communicate with the Captain (officers on duty).

Ship christening 2021

On August 18, 2021, was announced that Sea Cloud Spirit's godmother will be Her Royal Highness Infanta Dona Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo (1963-born as Elena Maria Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbon y de Grecia). HRH is the first child of King Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938-born as Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon/reign 1975-2014) and Queen Sofia of Spain (1938-born as Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark). Infanta Elena of Spain has a younger sister - Infanta Cristina (1965-born as Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santisima Trinidad de Borbon y de Grecia) and a younger brother - Felipe VI (1968-born as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbon y Grecia) who is the current King of Spain (ascended the throne in June 2014).

The cruise ship's christening ceremony was held on September 3, 2021, in Port Palma de Mallorca (Majorca Island, Balearic Spain).

  • At the beginning of the boat's construction, Javier Arias-Camison (shipping lawyer, Sea Cloud Cruises' legal representative) made a promise to bring on foot two champagne bottles to Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) and bless them there.
  • The Champagne for the naming ceremony has been blessed following a 5-day pilgrimage (~120 km / 75 mi) to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
  • One of the bottles was traditionally crashed on the hull (during the ceremony). During the Maiden Voyage (September 14 -24, 2021, from Civitavecchia-Rome), the other bottle was auctioned off for charity.

Unfortunately, as the aristocratic Godmother was unable to participate, her role was taken by Inigo Echenique Gordillo's wife Gabriela Toran. Inigo Echenique is a Spanish luxury yacht designer (1957-born).

Sea Cloud Hussar cruise itineraries 2010-2011

Sea Cloud Hussar's cruise program for 2010-2011 was based mainly on roundtrips in Europe (Mediterranean) and Asia (Red Sea). The inaugural cruise was scheduled for June 6 (2010) roundtrip from Hamburg to Norway. Next, are listed all pre-scheduled for 2010-2011 Sea Cloud Cruises dates for the new Hussar ship.

  • June 6 - July 8 (7-day maiden voyage "Southern Norway) roundtrip from Hamburg to Flekkefjord, Risor, Oslo, List auf Sylt (Germany, overnight)
  • July 8-11 (3-day "North Sea") roundtrip from Hamburg to List auf Sylt (Sylt Island, overnight)
  • July 11-15 (4-day "North Sea") from Hamburg to Edinburgh, visiting Dundee and Leith-Edinburgh
  • July 24 - August 3 (10-day "Ireland and southern England") from Dublin to Bilbao, visiting Ireland (Waterford), England (Fowey) and France (Lorient, Le Palais / Belle-Ile Island, and Pauillac overnight). This was a "golf cruise" visiting 4 golf courses - Mount Juliet Golf Club (Waterford), Carlyon Bay Golf Course (Fowey), Golf de Saint-Laurent (Lorient) and Golf du Medoc (Pauillac).
  • August 3-12 (9-day "Art and Cuisine around the Iberian Peninsula") from Bilbao to Malaga, visiting La Coruna, Cies Islands (Spain), Leixoes-Porto, Lisbon (overnight), Cadiz
  • August 12-19 (7-day premiere voyage "Western Mediterranean") from Malaga to Nice, visiting Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca Island), Ajaccio (Corsica Island), Saint-Tropez
  • August 19-26 (7-day premiere voyage "Western Mediterranean") from Nice to Malta, visiting the islands Corsica (Calvi, Bonifacio), Sicily (Palermo), Lipari, Sicily (Syracuse) and Malta (Valletta)
  • August 26 - September 3 (8-day premiere voyage "Adriatic") from Malta to Venice, visiting Otranto, Montenegro (Kotor overnight), Croatia (Dubrovnik overnight, Sibenik) and Slovenia (Piran)
  • September 3-10, 10-17, 17-24 (7-day premiere voyage "Adriatic") roundtrips from Venice to Zadar, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Korcula, Hvar
  • September 24 - October 5 (11-day premiere voyage "Adriatic") from Venice to Piraeus-Athens, visiting Croatia (Sibenik, Trogir, Korcula, Dubrovnik), Kotor, Corfu, Monemvasia, Nauplion
  • October 5-12, Oct 28 - Nov 4 (7-day premiere voyage "Eastern Mediterranean") roundtrip from Piraeus-Athens to Greece and Turkey, visiting Mykonos (overnight), Rhodes, Bodrum, Kusadasi, Patmos
  • October 12-20, Nov 4-12 (8-day premiere voyage "Eastern Mediterranean") from Athens to Larnaca (Cyprus), visiting Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes, Turkey (Fethiye), Syria (Tartus, Latakia)
  • October 20-28 (8-day premiere voyage "Eastern Mediterranean") from Larnaca to Piraeus-Athens, visiting Tartus, Latakia, Fethiye, Rhodes, Heraklion
  • November 12-22 (10-day premiere voyage "Red Sea") from Larnaca to Aqaba (Jordan), visiting Syria (Latakia, Tartus) and Egypt - Port Said (Suez Canal transit), Ain Sukhna (overnight), Safaga, Sharm El-Sheikh
  • November 22 - December 2 (10-day premiere voyage "Red Sea") from Aqaba to Hodeidah (Yemen), visiting Sharm El-Sheikh, Ain Sukhna, Safaga, Marsa Alam
  • December 4-14 (10-day premiere voyage " Middle East") from Mukalla (Yemen) to Dubai (UAE), visiting Salalah (Oman), 3 sea days, Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Bandar Abbas (Iran), Kish (Iran)

In January-March 2011, Sea Cloud Hussar was supposed to be homeported in Dubai. The 7-day Middle East cruise program included roundtrips from Dubai, visiting

  • Manama (Bahrain), Doha (Qatar), Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE) and Abu Dhabi (UAE overnight) - scheduled for December 14-21, January 4-11, 18-25, February 1-8, 15-22 and March 1-8
  • Musandam Peninsula (Oman, with a boat cruise to Telegraph Island), Khasab (Oman), Fujairah and Muscat (overnight) - scheduled for January 11-18, Jan 25 - Feb 1, February 8-15, Feb 22 - Mar 1, and March 8-15.

Sea Cloud Hussar's 14-day "Christmas and New Year Cruise" (Dec 21 - Jan 4) was planned as a roundtrip from Dubai to Muscat (overnight), Fujairah (Dec 25), Musandam and Khasab, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi (Dec 31, overnight) and Sir Bani Yas, with all 4 sea days.

Then the new ship had planned Suez Canal repositioning back to Europe.

  • March 15-25 (10-day "Middle East") from Dubai to Mukalla (Yemen), visiting Iran (Kish, Bandar Abbas), Fujairah, Muscat, Salalah
  • March 27 - April 6 (10-day "Red Sea") from Hodeidah (Yemen) to Aqaba (Jordan), visiting Marsa Alam, Safaga, Ain Sukhna, Sharm El-Sheikh
  • April 6-16 (10-day "Red Sea and Suez Canal") from Aqaba to Piraeus-Athens, visiting Sharm El-Sheikh, Ain Sukhna, Suez Canal transit, Rhodes, Bodrum, Kusadasi, Patmos.

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