May 16, 2013 by adannunzio
Oct 27 , 2013 Mumbai (Bombay), India (Embark)
Oct 28 Goa, India
Oct 29 At Sea
Oct 30 Kochi (Kochin), India
Oct 31 At Sea
Nov 01 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nov 02 At Sea
Nov 03 At Sea
Nov 04 Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Nov 05 At Sea
Nov 06 Patong Bay (Phuket), Thailand
Nov 07 Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia
Nov 08 At Sea
Nov 09, 2013 Singapore (Debark)
Goa, India: First Arabs and then Europeans traced the spice routes to Asia. Portuguese merchants seized land from the last Bijapur kings in the early 16th century – Lisbon was mad for silk, ginger, nutmeg and saffron. Goods traveled both directions and Goa received fine European merchandise as ships headed further east to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China. Goa thrived. Portuguese merchants made the small commune capital of their South Asian holdings after Cochin lost that status. Together with several other enclaves (Diaman and Diu to the north), they carved out an Indian empire. SeaDream Land Adventures take you to visit a spice plantation and villa or join us on an exploration of Colonial Panjim and Old Goa.
Land Adventure, “Old Goa and Panjim City”
Land Adventure, “Spices and Elephants”
Kochi (Kochin), India: Rivers from the Western Ghats empty into broad alluvial plains at the coast and local fields yield abundant crops – coconuts, rice, cashews and mango thrive in the tropical climate. No one is certain about the origins of the name Kochi, but in Malayam, the Dravidian Keralan language, Cochazhi means ‘small sea,’ and Kaci is ‘seaport.’ SeaDream guests have the option to explore the historic port city.
Land Adventure, “Trader’s Spice Harbor”
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka (sree LAHN ka) wears an exotic veil decorated with elephants, spice, and precious gemstones. Some believe Adam’s Peak to be the very spot upon which Adam first trod after being cast down from heaven. After all, his footprint – or is it Buddha’s footprint? – is embedded in the summit. A modern enigma, Sri Lankan history is so long, it begins in legend. An important center of Theravada Buddhism, the island is home to the remarkable Temple of the Tooth at Kandy. SeaDream offers a full day excursion to the Pinnawela Elephant Reserve, an exploration of Colombo and Galle, as well as a visit to Kandy.
Land Adventure, “Colombo Contrasts”
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The eastern half of South Andaman Island is a reservation for the Jarawa Tribe, a group that fiercely resists contact with outsiders to the present day. But foreigners did arrive. The first Western visitor was Marco Polo, who called the islands ‘land of the head-hunters,’ but what he found was a thick carpet of tropical rainforest that is habitat to a remarkable variety of rare birds and land animals. Port Blair is named for Lt. Reginald Blair, a British dispatch charged with surveying the land in 1789.
Patong Bay (Phuket), Thailand: Phuket is widely known for its fine resorts, but it also showcases traditional Thai culture. Sheer limestone crags thrust from scenic Phang Nga Bay off the island’s northern tip, creating a peaceful refuge from ‘it all.’ For another kind of Thai serenity, visit South Phuket’s Wat Chalong. Its Grand Pagoda, one of the island’s most revered sites, preserves a fragment of Lord Buddha’s bone. Join your fellow SeaDreamer’s for a Phang Nga cruise or find your inner James Bond aboard … an elephant! We have arranged several Land Adventure possibilities including an excursion to one of the island’s world-class golf resorts.
Land Adventure, “Highlights of Phuket & Panoramic Drive”
Land Adventure, “James Bond Island by Speedboat”
Land Adventure, “Golfing at Blue Canyon Country Club”
Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia: Long a secret backpacker’s destination, Pulau Langkawi, largest member of the 99-island Langkawi Archipelago is the doorway to Malaysia’s most spectacular jungle wilderness. Fairies once gathered in the ponds below Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) Waterfall, just 45-minutes from the port. According to local lore, the ponds’ curative powers spring from this magic.
Land Adventure, “Wild Langkawi”
Land Adventure, “Langkawi Highlights”
Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew, first and longest reigning Prime Minister of Singapore, stepped down in 1990. Known as ‘father of Singapore,’ Mr. Lee’s guidance unquestionably created an economic marvel and model safe society out of a chaotic post-war, post-colonial state. The rules are tough, but clear. Jaywalkers are fined on the spot. Drop litter – and you pay (smokers beware!). Explore the city-state’s impressive modernity and tradition in its architecture. I.M. Pei’s striking Gateway and Moshe Safdie’s Marin Bay Sands point the way to the future, but don’t miss the handsome Old Parliament House.
May 16, 2013 by adannunzio
Archaeology & Egypt indepth aboard Athens to Mumbai Voyage
SeaDream II sails a 15-night voyage October 12-27, 2013 from Athens (Piraeus), Greece to Mumbai (Bombay),India with several exciting stops in Egypt.
With several days at sea during the voyage along with several stops in Egypt, SeaDream has arranged for a highly skilled Egyptologist to escort the voyage. Mr. Yasser El sayed is Egyptian and is a highly qualified guide. He studied Archaeology and Egyptology science. In fact, he understands the Hieroglyphic language (the ancient language) making him qualified for translation in temples and tombs!
Ask Yasser about ancient Egyptian history from the pre-dynastic period (before pyramids time) to end of the 30th dynasty…he knows it.
Ask Yasser about Greek history in the country, starting from Alexander the Great in Egypt to the end of Cleopatra’s era, and how the Greeks were effected by the ancient Egyptian life…the Roman history in the country…the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt and the differences among the ancient natives in the Middle East and north of Africa…he know it.
Yasser El sayed will be aboard giving insightful lectures on a variety of topics. He assisted in the excavations in the workmen village at the pyramids of Giza and he also studied the mummification process. He’ll share his immense knowledge with SeaDream guests, making this exciting journey all the more interesting.
May 16, 2013 by adannunzio
An Adventure for the Senses
Yachting Athens to Mumbai Highlights Egypt
Itinerary for October 2013 voyage #21335
Oct 12 Athens (Piraeus), Greece: Embark
Oct 13 At Sea
Oct 14 Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt
Oct 15 Port Said, Egypt
Suez Canal Transit
Oct 16 El Ain El Sokhna, Egypt
Oct 17 Safaga, Egypt
Oct 18 At Sea
Oct 19 At Sea
Oct 20 At Sea
Oct 21 At Sea
Oct 22 At Sea
Oct 23 Salalah, Oman
Oct 24 At Sea
Oct 25 At Sea
Oct 26 At Sea
Oct 27 Mumbai (Bombay), India: Debark
Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt: At its height, the Egyptian Empire dominated most of the known world from Cairo. But, when 22 year old Alexander the Great envisioned a new Greek city to serve as his legacy, he recognized the natural harbor just west of the Nile Delta for its strategic potential. Modern Egypt’s largest port, Alexandria is an important center of commerce and it also represents the heart of an international seaside resort area. A Mediterranean gateway to the 5,000-year old Egyptian culture, come witness a land in the midst of remarkable transformation. SeaDream is offering a full day excursion to Cairo as well as a half day option in Alexandria. Highlights include the Giza Pyramids & Sphinx, and a visit to the amazing Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Yachting Land Adventure, “Classical Alexandria”: SeaDream has arranged an air-conditioned motor coach for a narrated drive through Alexandria. This is Egypt’s second largest city and was founded by Bibliotheca Alexandrina. This historical city is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the medieval fortress which guards the entrance of Alexandria’s eastern harbor. Your next stop will visit the Roman amphitheater featuring 13 tiers of seats in European marble, columns of green marble from Asia Minor, and mosaic paving. With seating for 800 spectators, the theatre was possibly an ancient concert or athletic venue. Then, you will head to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a beautiful modern library that is a complex of museums, exhibition areas, educational centers and an international conference center. We can offer a shopping stop at the end of the land adventure for one hour in one of the local Malls. This is a great overview of the City, enjoy it.
Port Said, Egypt: Located 135 miles (218 km) northeast of Cairo and marks the northern terminus for the busy Suez Canal. Situated as the maritime gateway between Europe and Asia, this is a bustling port town with 24/7 marine traffic. The Egyptian government has developed the port as a resort, and there are colorful summer homes along the beach.
El Ain El Sokhna, Egypt: Ain Soukhna (Ain Sukhna, Ein Soukhna, Ein Sukhna, Ain Sokhna, el-Soukhna, Ain Sokhna) sits on the Egyptian Red Sea Coast (actually on the Gulf of Suez). Ain Soukhna can be translated as “hot spring” and the name originates from sulfur springs in Gebal Ataqa, a nearby Eastern Desert mountain. It is a region that stretches from just south of Suez down the coast for about 60 kilometers. This popular Egyptian retreat has recently become an international destination.
2-day Deluxe Overland package, “Egypt At A Glance”: Cover highlights of Cairo & Luxor including Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, King Tutankhamoun treasures, mummies room, Sound & Light show at the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor temples.
Day 1: After boarding the deluxe coach & drive out of El Ein El Sokhna Port, you will drive approximately 1 1/2 hrs. along the paved highway to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Your first stop is the famous Egyptian museum of Antiquities, with its well-trimmed garden outside and a facade designed in Classical style by a French architect. Once inside, wander through the Archaic Pre-Dynastic Period and into the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. View the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD. There are thousands of statues, jewels and artifacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt. Admire the amazing treasures of the boy-king, Tutankhamon, including his funeral mask made out of solid gold, still perfectly preserved. There are 12 rooms filled with treasures from King Tut’s tomb, which was discovered in 1922, virtually untouched. You will also visit the Royal mummies’ room at the Museum. After visiting the museum, you will experience Cairo traffic driving from the city center to the Pyramids area whereby lunch will be served in a restaurant at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel at the footsteps of the Pyramids Plateau. After lunch, a guided visit to the great pyramids of Giza. The largest of these, Cheops, is the only one remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Stand beside these incredible Egyptian monuments and marvel at their size. View the amazing Sphinx, part lion and part man. Carved from a natural rock, the Sphinx is 190 feet long and 66 feet tall at its highest point. Its face, which is 16 feet above the ground, faces the rising sun to the east, symbolizing the return of life each day. A quick stop is made at a souvenir shop in the Pyramids area then we will drive back to the hotel. Check in & refreshments will be offered before meeting your guide in the lobby to go back to the Sphinx for a one hour, amazing Sound & Light show. You’ll be returned to the hotel for a good night sleep.
Day 2: Based on a 08:25 flight departure for Luxor, you’ll have an early wakeup call (about 05:30) for transfer to the airport. Upon arrival to Luxor, the guide will accompany you to the west bank in Luxor for an unforgettable visit of the Valley of the Kings, or Wadi el-Muluk in Arabic. It is a valley in Egypt where tombs were built for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom, the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Kings also had tombs for the favorite nobles and the wives and children of both the nobles and pharaohs. Around the time of Ramesses I (ca. 1300 BC) the Valley of the Queens was begun, although some wives were still buried with their husbands. You’ll then be driven to Hatshepsut temple at El Dier El Bahary. Hatshepsut was the daughter of Thutmosis I, the wife (probable half-sister) and Queen of Thutmosis II and step-mother and co-regent of Thutmosis III. She was Pharaoh, and was pictured as such in her mortuary temple and other monuments. She ruled for twenty-two year. When she died, Thutmosis III supervised her burial in the Valley of the Kings. In the years after her reign, her successors defaced the temple and monuments, selectively removing her name or replacing it with their own. It is not known if Thutmosis III ordered the actual defacement out of anger at her assumption of power. There is some archeological evidence that the defacement took place 20 years after her death, a long time to hold a grudge. Thutmosis III ruled for thirty-three years in his own right. On the way back to the River Nile bank, you will stop by the Colossi of Memnon to visit the two huge figures of Amenhotep III were set up in front of his Mortuary temple which most probably was destroyed for unknown reasons. These two colossi are made of sandstone which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus including the pedestal and the crown is about 21 M in height. The Greeks named them after the Trojan hero Memnon who was killed by Achilles. Experience a short Nile Journey on a special motor boat from the West Bank to the East Bank whereby you will dock by the Sonesta St. George hotel for lunch. After lunch you will visit the most famous temple of Karnak & passing by Luxor temple. The guide will stop by and give some information about the history & the highlight of the temple. The immense Karnak Temple was started in the 11th Dynasty and expanded through to the 25th Dynasty ” a span of 1,300 years. Amazingly, the temple lay buried in the sand for more than 1,000 years before it was excavated in the mid-19th century. Restoration is still being carried out on the site today. COnstruction of Luxor Temple began around 1400 BCE by Pharaoh Amenophis 3, who is also depicted on the two colossi of Memnon. Ramses 2 added large parts to the temple more than 100 years later. The fact that the Temple of Luxor only has two major construction periods has contributed to a more coherent style and layout than what was the case with the temple of Amun at Karnak. The Temple of Luxor was dedicated to the Theban Triad, the three gods Amun-Min, Mut and Khonsu (the two latter had their respective temples at Karnak). Mut was Amun-Min’s wife, and Khonsu their son. The temples at Karnak and the Temple of Luxor were connected by an impressive avenue flanked with grand sphinxes on both sides. Your adventure concludes with a drive from Luxor to Safaga, where you’ll embark SeaDream.
Safaga, Egypt: Named for the red cast of the surrounding mountains, Mare Rostrum (‘the Red Sea’) The Red Sea has always been the marine gateway between Europe and Asia. Tea and spice, elephants and gemstones were traded for European goods across the narrow body of water. Port Safaga was established to manage Egypt’s phosphate exports, but it has grown into a resort.
Salalah,Oman: Salalah is the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. Like many other in Arab states of the Arabian peninsula, Salalah has a relatively large expatriate community. Salalah is known as the “perfume capital of Arabia”. The beautiful beaches and coastline are also major attractions for scuba diving and bird watching.
Mumbai (Bombay), India: Built across a series of seven islands (Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga-Sion) that now form the city’s main districts, Mumbai is the glamour capital of India. The region passed through the hands of several Hindi rulers until 1343, when Gujerat Muslims took possession. They ruled for two centuries until Portuguese forces invaded, but only their Mahim Mosque remains. The SeaDream Land Adventure to Elephanta Island departs from the iconic gateway of India. Interesting and exotic items will be discoveredwhen you join us on a market excursion to explore Mumbai at its colorful best.
Yachting Land Adventure,“Mumbai Panorama”: This tour provides our guests in transit with a panoramic overview of this iconic city. Depart the pier towards Marine Drive, Mumbai’s seaside promenade, to see its shops, restaurants, bars and throngs of people. At the northern end of Marine Drive, you will find popular Chowpatty Beach. Your next stop is at ISKCON; the amazing temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The god Krishna often portrayed in blue and playing a flute has a mischievous nature and his peasant background and legendry exploits with the milkmaids have made him of the most popular gods. Krishna devotees believe the material body is subjected to birth, old age, disease and death, whereas the spirit soul is by nature eternal, full of knowledge and bliss. We witness the prayer chanting offered for the welfare of humanity in this stunning temple. We then continue towards the western shores to Malabar Hill, Mumbai’s most exclusive neighborhood. Popular since the 18th century due to its forested slopes, fresh sea breezes and panoramic views, Malabar’s hillsides are filled with picturesque mansions and bungalows built by merchants and Colonial governors. Today, luxury high-rise apartments also dot the landscape. From here, you will proceed past Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus earlier known as Victoria Terminus, a remarkable railway station highlighted by domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets. India’s first train departed this station in April 1853; today, half a million commuters use the station each day Our drive then continues to the Gateway of India for a photo stop. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, and is the city’s most famous landmark Our tour concludes with a visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, a favorite of diplomats, sheiks and Mumbai’s jet set. It was recently rated among the ten best hotels in the world. Upon arrival, relax with a cold drink before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier and wharf.
May 1, 2013 by adannunzio
The Ancient Temples of Bagan
Bagan is the richest archaeology site in Asia. Founded in 849 AD, Bagan is famous for its more than 3,000 religious monuments, ancient pagodas and temples. Located on the east bank of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, these unique buildings and ruins constitute one of the Architectural Wonders of the World
SeaDream collaborated with local guides and operators to create a spectacular Land Adventure. You’ll visit all the “must-see” temples including; Shwezigon Stupa, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Sulamuni, Gawdawpalin and Gubyaukgyi.
To join this adventure, Sail aboard SeaDream II, Voyage #21338, Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2013
To join this adventure, Sail aboard SeaDream II, Voyage #21339, Dec. 8-21, 2013
The Ancient Temples of Bagan Overland Adventure
Land Adventure Code: MV 02 YB
Land Adventure Name: The Ancient Temples Of Bagan
Duration: 1 Night / 2 Days
Destinations Covered: Bagan
Day 01: Yangon – Bagan
Day 02: Bagan - Yangon
Detailed Itinerary for the Ancient Temples of Bagan (1 Night / 2 Days)
Day 01: Yangon (L, D)
Following an early breakfast aboard, you’ll disembark SeaDream II and board our air-conditioned motor coach for a short ride to the Yangon Airport. Our local licensed guide will assist you with airport check-in. Your flight to Bagan is 80 minutes. On arrival in Bagan, you will begin your sightseeing adventure.
Domestic Airlines ( Air-Bagan ) 80 minutes
Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and today is one of the world’s major heritage sites. With thousands of pagodas and temples dating back more than 1,500 years, ancient Bagan rivals the temples of Angkor and is one of Southeast Asia’s most memorable sights.
Welcoming at Nyaung Oo Airport, Bagan
Upon arrival, you and your fellow SeaDream guests will begin your exploration with a visit to the Nyaung Oo market. View exotic wares and get a colorful introduction to the local way of life.
Visit Nyaung Oo Morning Market - 30 minutes
Next stop is the splendid, Shwezigon Pagoda; a paragon in the perfection of its architectural design. Its golden mass giving it an air of weight and stability, the Shwezigon derives its name from Jeyyabhumi, “Ground of Victory”. Two great kings noted for their patronage of the religion are associated with the Shwezigon: Anawrahta (1044-1077) and Kyansittha (1084-1113).
Visit Shwezigon Pagoda – 45 minutes
After the Shwezigon Pagoda, visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple. This 13th century temple has a spire resembling the Mahabodhi Temple at Buddha. The Gubyaukgyi is noted for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the previous lives of the Buddha. The ceiling of this temple features extensive wall paintings and the halls have enough light to view these clearly.
Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in Temple) – 30 minutes
The next stop on your SeaDream overland adventure will be at the Ananda Temple. One of the finest, largest and best preserved of the Bagan temples. Built in 1091 by Kyanzittha, the temple is said to represent the endless wisdom of the Buddha. The central square has sides of 53 metres (175 feet) and rises in terraces above the ground.
The Ananda suffered considerable damage in a strong earthquake and in 1979, a reconstruction project took place.
Annada Temple – 60 minutes
SeaDream makes an incredible photo stop for you to capture images of the entire Bagan panorama.
Photo Stop – 10 minutes
After your photo stop to take in the stunning panorama of the Bagan temple site, lunch awaits at the Bagan Viewing Tower.
Enjoy Lunch at Bagan Viewing Tower
After lunch, proceed to the Aureum Palace Hotel for check-in and approximately one hour of free time.
Aureum Palace Hotel
Your afternoon will include a guided visit to a lacquer facility. In Myanmar, an adult Thit-si tree produces resin. To acquire the material, notches are sliced at the base of the trunk, on which one fixes small bamboo bowls. The sap of the lacquer tree has a very strong adhesive quality and a splendid brilliance. It adheres to many surfaces; bamboo, wood, metal and leather. It resists insects too.
Visit Lacquer ware Home industry – 45 minutes
Your journey continues to visit a local village for a glimpse into their everyday life.
Visit a local village to observe the Bagan people‘s way of life – 45 minutes
Next visit the Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most significant monuments of Bagan. The massive structure is similar in architecture to the Ananda Temple. Damayangyi Temple was built by King Narathu (1167-70), who was also known as Kalagya Min, the ‘king killed by Indians’. The temple is located 1 kilometer (.62 miles) southeast of the city walls towards Minnanthu.
Damayangyi Temple (the massive temple in Bagan)
To conclude the day, you’ll enjoy a short ride by local horse & cart to Sunset Temple for sunset!
Travel by local horse cart to Sunset Temple and enjoy an amazing sunset – 15 minutes
After a long and exciting day of viewing these amazing sites, return to your hotel and relax.
Special Arrangement: We have arranged a special Myanmar Longyi Demonstration in your Hotel Lobby before dinner. Your guide will explain “How to wear Myanmar Longyi“ which is a sheet of cloth that is worn around the waist extending down to the feet and is held in place by folding the fabric over without tying a knot. SeaDream guests will be provided a Myanmar Longyi as a complementary gift and you may keep the Longyi and wear it to the special Myanmar dinner at the hotel.
After dinner you’ll overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: BaganYangon (B)
Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel and later transfer to the Nuang U airport for your morning flight back to Yangon. Subject to the scheduled flight time, there may be time in Yangon to visit the famous Scott Market, boasting the largest selection of handicrafts under one roof.
Enjoy free time for shopping at the famous Scott Market
The Myanmar Overland Adventure ends with a transfer to Bo Aung Kyaw Port, where SeaDream II awaits.
Note: For this program, regularly scheduled air flights are used. Extensive walking and climbing stairs is required at the sites. Moderate weight clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate for temple visits. Shoes have to be removed when entering religious sites. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard. Remember to bring a hat or scarf, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.
Driving Time: Port to Yangon Airport – 30 minutes.
Yangon Airport to Port – 30 minutes.
Flying Time: Yangon – Bagan – 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Aircraft Meals: Domestic Flights will serve snacks & drinks onboard.
Wheel Chair Access
Wheel Chairs are not available in Bagan. However, upon request with a minimum one week notice, SeaDream can arrange a wheel chair in Bagan.
Walking Information in Bagan
Anada Temple:Sightseeing about 45 minutes. Shoes not permitted. (wheel chairs are possible).
Gubyaukgyi Wetkyi-inn Temple: Sightseeing about 30 minutes. Shoes not permitted. (wheel chairs not possible)
Archaeological Museum: Sightseeing about 45 minutes. Shoes permitted. Some stairs with no elevator.
Lacquer ware Industry: Sightseeing about 30 minutes. No stairs.
Damayangyi Temple: Sightseeing about 15 minutes. Shoes not permitted. 5 stairs at entrance.
Nyaung –Oo Morning market: Sightseeing about 45 minutes. No stairs.
Rest Room Information
Available at tour sites but are of local standard. “Tourist class” rest rooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels.
At tour sites, you’ll discover many shops with handicrafts, Buddha related items and more.
Overland Adventure PRICE
Luxury Class: Hotel Aureum Bagan Resort (www.aureumpalacehotel.com) 20 guests min.
Double (US$) Single (US$)
$759.00 USD per person $185.00 supplement Rates subject to change without prior notice.
Accommodations: Bagan (1 night) at the Aureum Palace Hotel – Jasmine OR Orchard Villa Category
Air – Fare: Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Yangon as per itinerary.
Meals: Breakfast, 1 Lunch at Bagan Viewing Tower and 1 Dinner at the hotel.
Drinks: One glass of house wine OR One Bottle of local beer OR soft drinks will be provided with meals.Soft drink will be provided at sunset time.
Sightseeing: Bagan sightseeing as per itinerary.
Transportation: Transfers & All sightseeing with private air-conditioned motor coach with PA system.
Other services: Entrance fees in Bagan as per program. Experienced, English speaking guide, Horse cart fees, Porter and all transfers as per itinerary.
Complimentary: Myanmar Longyi for men & women, drinking water, refreshments, tissues and small gift.
Price Excludes: Personal expenses, additional add-ons and upgrades, Travel insurance, extra beverages not specified above.
April 16, 2013 by adannunzio
SeaDream’s transatlantic Voyages – Goodwill and Good Health
Over the past several years, SeaDream I & SeaDream II have made the Transatlantic voyages a bit more fitness oriented by creating a challenge of sorts. The guests (and crew) walk laps on deck for the fresh air, for the health benefits and they are also raising money for charity at the same time.
SeaDream calls it “Steps for Charity”. Guests and crew look for sponsors who will donate a certain amount per mile walked. 16 laps around Deck 6 = 1 mile. Most mornings begin with a walk, by standers cherring them on, handing them beverages along the way. By the end of a Transatlantic voyage, many “walkers” have completed 20 miles!
Follow the daily activity happeneing aboard both voyages crossing the Atlantic. SeaDream I & II have their own Blogs for the crossings and will posting photos daily:
During the April 2013 Transatlantic voyages, “Steps for Charity” will raise money for The Asia Foundation. In conjunction with 2013 marking SeaDream’s maiden season to Asia, it seemed fitting to select this A rated charity.
The Asia Foundation improves lives, expands opportunities, and helps societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance pathbreaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
April 9, 2013 by adannunzio
We are pleased to announce that SeaDream’s Spa has landed a spot on the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Spa Poll. Reportedly, readers who participated in this poll had a total of 46,352 visits to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. A place on this list is a distinction earned only after many visits by many Condé Nast Traveler readers.
It’s an honor for SeaDream to have made the list of the Top 25 Cruise Ship Spas. Most commendable is out of the 25 spas named, SeaDream came in #1 for Spa Staff and #2 for Treatments.
ขอแสดงความยินดี means Congratulations in Thai. SeaDream’s Spa is a proud member of The Thai Spa Association and the only one of its kind at sea. On your next voyage, we invite you to indulge in an array of treatments including massages, body wraps and facials for men and women.The Spa recognition comes on the heels of the November 2012, Condé Nast Traveler 25th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. A record 46,476 readers participated, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. SeaDream yacht club was named on the short list of the Top Small-Ship Lines.
Click here for SeaDream Spa Menu: http://files.seadream.com/spa/SEADREAM+SPA_MENU_03_2012.pdf
April 2, 2013 by adannunzio
2013′s Distinctively Different Christmas Voyages
Twin vessels SeaDream I and SeaDream II will be having distinctly different Christmas voyages this year. SeaDream I spends Christmas in Central America while SeaDream II spends the holiday in the Orient. Either way, with SeaDream you are certain to be spending the holiday luxuriating in a tropical location as a crew of 95 takes care of all the shopping, cooking, cleaning and pampering. We can think of no better gift for Christmas to give or receive.
SeaDream I, Dec. 21-28, 2013 (7-days) from Caldera, Costa Rica roundtrip.
Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Dec 21 Caldera, Costa Rica Embark Evening
Dec 22 At Sea Early Morning Overnight
Dec 23 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Morning Evening
Dec 24 Playa el Coco, Costa Rica Morning Morning *Christmas Eve*
Dec 25 Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica Morning Evening *Christmas Day*
Dec 26 Quepos, Costa Rica Morning Morning
Dec 27 Playa Curu & Tortuga Islands Morning Overnight
Dec 28 Caldera, Costa Rica Morning Debark
SeaDream II, Dec. 21-28, 2013 (7-days) from Singapore – Phuket, Thailand.
Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Dec 21 Singapore Embark Evening
Dec 22 Malacca, Malaysia Morning Evening
Dec 23 Pulau Pangkor, Malaysia Morning Evening
Dec 24 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Morning Overnight *Christmas Eve*
Dec 25 Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia Morning Evening *Christmas Day*
Dec 26 Ko Lanta, Thailand Morning Late evening
Dec 27 Ko Phi Phi, Thailand Morning Mid-day
Patong Beach (Phuket),Thailand Afternoon Late evening
Dec 28 Phuket, Thailand Morning Debark
March 26, 2013 by adannunzio
SeaDream Yacht Club’s, Werner Roy
by: William Judson
Today, anyone who has the desire to take a cruise can find something that suits their tastes and price range. From mammoth “floating cities” with all the bells and whistles, medium-sized vessels in all price ranges and very small ships, usually costing a little more but including more in the cruise fare, there is something for everyone. But for most of cruising history, an ocean voyage was the exclusive domain of the very wealthy. Most evenings were formal. As the cruise industry has evolved, there is an increasingly casual ambiance about the experience. This has carried over to the interaction between passenger and crew members. Particularly on the very small ships, friendships are made between passengers and crew that carry over year to year.
For the past few years, I have taken Sea Dream Yacht Club’s Sea Dream II out of St. Thomas in early December. On my first voyage, I noticed a waiter, Werner Roy, who stood out from his peers. He was considerably older, and unlike many of the other waiters, he was Caucasian. Much of Sea Dream’s crew is Asian. He struck me as very formal, and I, incorrectly, took this as a lack of warmth. As time passed, our group sat in his station and we began to talk with Werner. He turned out to be our favorite, and on our last cruise in December, 2012, we had the Maître’d reserve a front table with Werner for the entire cruise. The more I learned about his extensive history at sea, the more I understood his demeanor was a reflection of his years aboard the premier luxury liners of their day. He is doting, yet reserved and unobtrusive. His bearing is formal and respectful. The more I drew him out, the more I wanted to hear his story. He agreed to be interviewed for this piece, and seemed happy to do so.
Werner Roy comes from the Black Forest region of Germany, which is bordered by France to the West and Switzerland to the South. He attended Hotel school in Switzerland, and upon graduation, went on to work at prestigious hotels in England, Switzerland and Paris. But he was feeling the ocean beckoning him, and his first contract at sea was on a freighter. He suggested trying a freighter cruise as a passenger would be a rewarding experience, and I’m looking into doing that.
Deciding that his hotel and hospitality experience would be better served on a passenger ship than a freighter, Werner landed a waiter position with the Royal Viking line. Royal Viking was the premier cruise line of that time, counting among its passengers Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and Vincent Price among numerous other celebrities. Royal Viking operated from 1972 to 1994 when financial difficulties necessitated its sale to the Cunard line. In 1998, Cunard was taken over by Carnival. The Royal Viking Star holds a fond place in my heart for two reasons. First, they had the gumption to throw the lovely and congenial Leona Helmsley off the ship after she had thoroughly annoyed both crew and fellow passengers. You have to love that. I guess money can’t buy everything. Secondly, I had the chance to sail on the Star after it had been sold to Norwegian Cruise lines. I just wanted to see the ship. We didn’t have much money, and took an inside cabin on the lowest deck, but the ship was gorgeous. That stateroom was the largest I’ve had on any of my cruises.
While with Cunard, Werner served on both the Sea Goddess I and Sea Goddess II, 220 passenger ultra-luxury ships that were the epitome of upscale small ship cruising. Today, they are the Sea Dream I and II. His Sea Goddess passengers included Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Albert. I had to practically pry the names from Werner. Even now, all these years later, he places a high value on the guest’s privacy. He is clearly not comfortable speaking about past passengers. His discretion is most admirable.
While Werner was taking contract after contract at sea, he had a fiancé at home who had expected him to come home and take a land-based job. He kept saying this next contract would be the last, but finally his Lady had had enough. He was sorry about it, but he’d found his calling at sea. He does not regret it. He has loved life at sea.
At 63 years young, Werner plans to retire in a couple years. He has a lady friend waiting for him in Germany, and claims to be looking forward to retiring. He is considering spending half of each year in Asia, and has a keen interest in gardening. When we were getting ready to disembark last December, Werner was preparing to fly home for Christmas to celebrate with friends and family. He was looking forward to all the traditional German foods served at Christmas, including the “weiswurst”, a veal and bacon sausage, and gluhwein, the spicy mulled red wine made with cloves, cinnamon, and sugar and served hot. Adding nutmeg and brandy is optional. After his two month vacation, he was looking forward to coming back aboard Sea Dream 2. He loves working with and teaching the younger waiters and introducing passengers to new foods. You can see from how Werner is treated by his co-workers that he is both respected and loved. He says he will have no trouble retiring, but I have to wonder. He will miss the sea. Retirement can be a major adjustment.
When next December rolls around, Werner and Sea Dream II will be in Asia rather than their usual Caribbean itinerary. This will be great for many of the crew, as they will be close to home and family. My Wife Susie and I will be sailing on another ship, and we will dearly miss both Werner and the whole Sea Dream 2 family. It is my fervent hope to have a chance to sail with them again before Werner retires. I will miss his droll humor, the sparkle in his eye and his love of people. He has become my friend.
From William Judson’s ” The World According to Jud” weblog.
March 25, 2013 by adannunzio
SeaDream’s Grand Voyages
Take a couple of weeks and come yachting in the Mediterranean with SeaDream
Many of our guests prefer voyages longer than 7-days. They find longer voyages (11-days or more) are far more enjoyable. Based on their requests, we have extended several voyages to 13-days. We’ve also selected certain voyages which when combined as a back-to-back, result in a 12 to 21-day voyage, called a Grand Voyage.
On these Grand Voyages, in most cases you’ll find that very few ports, if any, repeat. You’ll have the pleasure of meeting new guests on the second (and third) voyage, while others may also being staying on for the extended stay with you. By taking an extended Grand Voyage, you’ll enjoy special savings too!
For these select Grand Voyages below, you’ll obtain a 15% savings on both segments.Savings is taken from SeaDream’s Book Today & Save fares as seen on our website www.seadream.com.
Voyage 11334 & 11335: Greece and Turkey In Depth
Aug. 30, 2013: Enjoy a 14-night voyage sailing roundtrip from Istanbul, Turkey. Take in the incredible islands of southern Greece as well as the less visited northern islands of Skiathos and Skopelos. Mama Mia was filmed in Skopelos! Explore ancient Troy as well as the battlefields of Gallipoli in Turkey. Visit the stunning archeological site of Ephesus. Take a full day tour in Athens to see the Acropolis and the new Acropolis museum.
Voyage 11339A & 11339B: Western Mediterranean Explorer
Oct. 9, 2013: Enjoy this 12-night voyage which includes Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, France and Spain. Sail from the old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia to the Fjord of Montenegro and on to Sicily, Capri and Rome. Then on to Portofino, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Valencia and more in Spain.
Voyage 21326A & 21327A: Mediterranean Discovery
Aug. 3, 2013: Enjoy 14-nights with no repeating ports (other than Rome) including Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Sicily, Italian Riviera, Monte Carlo and Corsica. The perfect combination of unique, small ports, late night stays in port and overnights in port to enjoy the night life. We offer a full day tour in Rome should you desire.
You may always combine consecutive voyages how ever you’d like. Our pre-selected Grand Voyages offer a higher, special savings. Any two, three or more voyages may be combined for longer stay. Our standard policy when booking a back-to-back voyage is to provide a 10% savings to each voyage added to the first one.
March 21, 2013 by adannunzio
SeaDream’s onboard Golf Simulator
Asia, an exotic mix of cultures, languages and food is a seafarer’s dream. With marine access to virtually every country in the region, there may be no better way to explore the world’s largest and most populous continent. Whether you prefer the peace and tranquility of secluded beaches and islands or the exhilarating energy of Asia’s buzzing towns and cities, exploring this continent of diversity is sure to be extraordinary.
Asia is awash with history, diverse in traditions, religions and climate. In Asia you’ll find busy commercial centers sitting cozily beside the serenity of temple life. The gentle buzz of the rainforest within touching distance of lazy, white sandy beaches. And yes – amazing golf! Currently there are over 6,000 golf courses in Asia and SeaDream has selected several that are certain to be memorable.
SeaDream’s voyages throughout Asia include opportunities to visit many of the Orient’s best golf courses. In particular, we favor courses in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
Tiara Melaka Golf and Country Club: Malacca, Malaysia
This 27-hole international championship golf course offers exhilarating beauty and a combination of tight fairways and indigenous plants. Sculpted from approximately 360 acres of pristine land, golfers can tee-off alongside towering trees and play across shimmering natural lakes. Each nine will pose a formidable challenge to both the intermediate and pro golfer.
Damai Laut Golf and Country Club: Pangkor, Malaysia
Designed by world renowned golf course architect, Ronald Fream, the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club is one of the most exciting and challenging golf courses in this region. Beautifully landscaped, this magnificent 18-hole championship golf course is nestled amidst lush greenery and the serene blue waters of the Straits of Malacca. It’s guaranteed to thrill the avid golfer.
Bukit Jambul Country Club: Penang, Malaysia
Bukit Jambul Country Club has established itself as one of Malaysia’s top golf clubs. Opened in 1984, this stunning 18-hole 5,763 meter, par 72 golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Having undergone numerous extensions and renovations, many agree it’s “the” preferred golfing venue.
Gunung Raya Golf Resort:Langkawi, Malaysia
Sprawled over 300 acres of a former rubber plantation, Gunung Raya Golf Resort boasts an intriguing golf course designed by Max Wexler. You’ll encounter beautiful rolling greens, panoramic tees and impeccable fairways magnificently contoured with sand traps and water hazards. Gunung Raya Golf Resort is an exhilarating golfing venue.
99 East Golf Club: Langkawi, Malaysia
This is a unique golf experience in Asia because its designer, Ross Watson included many design references from Australian and Scottish links courses. Long wild grasses and reeds dominate the out of play areas together with its signature rice terraces. This 7,330 yard championship course integrates native forest, wetlands, an orchard valley and views of the ocean and across the island to the west.
Patong Blue Canyon Country Club: Phuket, Thailand
Surrounded by freshwater lakes, the Canyon Course brilliantly features natural hazards, towering trees, multiple tees, rolling fairways, long carries, narrow landing areas and well-guarded slick Bermuda Tiffdwarf greens. As its name “Canyon” suggests, the holes are built along canyon edges. Hole 17 is the longest par-3 in Thailand and was awarded “Top 500 Best Holes in the World”.
Saujana Golf & Country Club: Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur
Ronald Fream was entrusted to create two international standard courses from the plantation island. Both the Palm Course and the Bunga Raya Course have won several awards for their greens. In 2008, Golf Digest ranked Saujana’s Palm Course as Number 1 in Malaysia, with the Bunga Raya Course following closely in at Number 3.
Note: SeaDream will arrange your tee times, round trip transfers and a shared golf cart. These fees are not included in SeaDream’s voyage fares.