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Special Interest Lectures aboard SeaDream I Crossing

January 27, 2015 by adannunzio

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Special Interest Lecture aboard SeaDream I Transatlantic Crossing April 18, 2015 

Lt. Col. William “Bill” Rothschild will sail aboard SeaDream I providing a lecture series about space exploration. He presents interesting, easy to understand, and down to earth stories spiced with tantalizing insider information about the real moon race, what’s happening in space now, and an intriguing look into the future for this greatest of all travel adventures.

Bill has 44 years of experience in the aerospace industry involving space systems program management, project engineering, and rocket propulsion development and testing.  He retired recently as Boeing’s director of engineering operations for the Space Exploration Division in Houston, TX and has been working as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and several aerospace companies. Bill led an industry consortium that defined the Shuttle Derived Launch Vehicle concepts leading to NASA’s next generation of heavy lift space launchers.

While at Boeing, he held program management and engineering leadership positions on the Space Shuttle, Orion, Orbital Space Plane, 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle, Commercial Reusable First Stage Booster, Air Force Space Maneuver Vehicle, Space Rescue Vehicle, and the Liquid Flyback Booster programs.

Prior to joining Boeing, Bill worked at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Florida where he served as senior project engineer on advanced rocket engines, space propulsion architectures, and military jet engine development programs. Lt. Col. Rothschild also served as an officer in the Air Force for 20 years.  His distinguished military career involved research, development, testing, and acquisition management on rockets, guided weapons, and a wide variety of missile systems.  He has a BS degree from Penn State (High Honors) and an MS degree in Aero and Mechanical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Onboard Lecture series includes:

The Early Years of Space Exploration
Join Bill Rothschild as he describes the early Russian and American space programs including Project Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, with tantalizing insider secrets about the real moon race.

Current Space Operations
Feel like an astronaut as Bill Rothschild describes the marvels of the American, Russian and Chinese space shuttles and space stations.

The Way Forward into Space
Get the real scoop from Bill Rothschild as he presents an intriguing preview of NASA’s future plans plus the exciting promises and difficult challenges of commercial space flight.

Mission to Mars
You can be a Martian as Bill Rothschild describes how NASA plans to get you there and the exciting things you could do on the Red Planet during your voyage of discovery and adventure.

Space Service Calls to Hubble
Listen to Bill Rothschild describe this amazing space telescope and learn how our astronauts made critical repairs while flying high and fast in orbit above our heads.

Payback Time for Space Exploration
Hear Bill Rothschild describe how NASA’s investments in space exploration have created the everyday stuff of our modern society that you and your grandchildren can’t live without.

Click here for details on Voyage #11517 sailing San Juan, Puerto Rico to Malaga, Spain April 18 – May 1, 2015.

Being a Club Member has it’s Benefits

January 26, 2015 by adannunzio

Being a Club Member has it’s Benefits

Now, for a limited time, double your savings on select 2015 & 2016 “Club Voyages”! Each year Club Members are rewarded with an additional $500 savings per stateroom when sailing on select “Club Voyages”. Now, announcing six “Club Voyages” being offered to Club Members with a special $1,000 savings per stateroom! To obtain your special $1,000 Club Member savings, reserve on any of these select 2015 & 2016 “Club Voyages” before February 28, 2015.

Virgin Gorda

Nov. 22-28, 2015; Voyage #21545 sailing from St. Thomas roundtrip.

Itinerary includes Anguilla, St. Barts, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke. Voyage highlight: Anchoring off Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. Tranquil & beautiful, Anegada is surrounded by striking coral reefs and secluded sandy beaches. Just 11 miles by 3, it’s a hidden gem only visited by yachts.

mayreau

Jan. 9-16, 2016; Voyage #11603 sailing from Barbados to St. Martin.

Itinerary includes the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Nevis and St. Barts. Voyage highlight: Mayreau & Bequia in the Grenadines. Discover exotic island life uncluttered by tourists. These islands remain an unspoiled tropical paradise. In fact, Mayreau only got electricity in 2002.

Gustavia, St. Barts

Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2016; Voyage #11606 sailing from Barbados to St. Martin.

Itinerary includes the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Barts and Nevis. Voyage highlight: Overnight in St. Barts and enjoy the chic, French island by day and night. A haven for mega yachts and jet setters, St. Barts offers great shopping, lovely beaches and gourmet dining.

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Mar. 12-19, 2016; Voyage #21612 sailing from St. Thomas to San Juan.

Itinerary includes St John, Saba, St. Barts, Saint Martin, Tortola, Peter Island and Virgin Gorda. Voyage highlight: Overnight at Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands. Peter Island is privately owned and a place of beauty and serenity. It’s bay is regarded as one of the world’s most romantic beaches.

Aug. 20-27, 2016; Voyage #11634 sailing from Venice to Dubrovnik.

Itinerary includes five ports in Croatia and an overnight at Kotor, Montenegro. Voyage highlight: Yachting the Adriatic Sea, and calling on the most beautiful Croatian ports including an overnight stay in Hvar, Croatia. In Hvar, 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets.

Paros Island, Greece

Sep. 3-10, 2016; Voyage #21636 sailing from Athens to Istanbul.

Itinerary includes four Greek Islands and two calls in Turkey. Voyage highlight: Paros, Greece, considered to be one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Stroll the Byzantine stone footpaths meandering through the classic whitewashed cubic houses and impressive neoclassical mansions.

Notes: Valid on new bookings made before Feb. 28, 2015. Refer to code WAVE1000 at time of booking. Savings is taken from SeaDream’s Book Today & Save fares as seen on our website. Offer valid only on above select voyages. Not combinable with Group Rates and certain other savings. Contact your Travel Professional or SeaDream for details. Applies to Club Members only.

TEN DAYS SEADREAMING THROUGH THE GREEK ISLANDS THIS JULY

January 8, 2015 by adannunzio
Paros Island, Greece

Paros Island, Greece

IMMERSE yourself for an-almost week and a half in the fabled Greek Islands this July 25 when the world’s highest-rated boutique passenger vessel, SeaDream II sails a 10-day roundtrip voyage from Athens, with the price including any-time premium bar drinks, wines with meals, a 30-international course golf simulator, fitness center, mountain bikes for shore excursions, power and sail water-sports where locally permitted – even onboard crew gratuities.

SeaDream’s 5-star dining either alfresco or in the elegant dining room, and smart-casual ambience rounds out this captivating itinerary that takes in the islands of Sifnos, Skopelos, Skiathos, Patmos, Paros, Santorini and Hydra, and mainland ports of Kusadasi in Turkey and Nafplion in Greece.

The mega yacht, SeaDream II carries a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew, with prices for this sailing starting from US$7109pp twin-share including port charges and taxes; full details from travel agents or www.seadream.com

ADDITIONAL PORT DETAILS:

SIFNOS often called The Gem of the Cyclades and renowned for its local cuisine and dining venues.

SKOPELOS and SKIATHOS both featured in the movie Mama Mia!

KUSADASI famed for its Grand Bazaar and nearby Ephesus with the House of the Virgin Mary.

PATMOS the claimed home of John the Baptist.

PAROS one of the “most unspoiled islands” in the Cyclades.

SANTORINI is famous for not allowing motor vehicles that would spoil the ambience of its waterfront restaurants, boutiques and bars.

NAFPLION offers the chance to climb 1000 steps to an ancient fortress.

HYDRA is one of the Greek Islands’ most-renowned venues for markets, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and other stores around its colorful waterfront.

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES 2015 WINE VOYAGES

January 6, 2015 by adannunzio

wine tastingSEADREAM YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES 2015 WINE VOYAGES

- Boutique Ports Paired with Intimate Culinary Experiences -

MIAMI, Jan. 06, 2015 – After the successful debut of SeaDream Yacht Club’s Wine Voyages in 2014, eight vino-intensive voyages have been added to the 2015 season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean on five to nine-day sailings, each dedicated Wine Voyage provides guests with heightened wine experiences including sit-down tastings featuring wineries from regions visited, a Wine Master Class Tasting led by an internationally recognized wine expert and one tasting held by a top winemaker. At an exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner taking place onboard, the chef will craft a special menu to match the wine of the winemaker joining for the evening. Together with SeaDream’s Wine Director Erica Landin, additional casual tastings are organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers or favorite wines from the SeaDream cellar.

“The cuisine onboard SeaDream Yacht Club continues to receive rave reviews from past guests as our culinary team incorporates local ingredients of the ports we visit as only possible sailing with 112 guests,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Our extensive 2015 Wine Voyages build on this tradition by pairing legendary vineyards with expert instructors and winemakers to develop a truly one-of-a-kind experience on land and sea.”

SeaDream Wine Voyages add to the two mega-yachts’ innovative culinary and beverage program, which features the first and only full raw cuisine menu onboard as well as showcasing local delicacies from ports of call.  Examples include:

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, Croatia Sailing SeaDream I Aug. 8 to 15 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, guests will enjoy a memorable meals paired with the great wines of Chianti and other regions. Onboard this sailing is Wine Writer Anthony Rose of the British daily newspaper The Independent and Decanter Magazine, who will take guests on a tasting tour of the Italian greats including super-Tuscans as well as mini-tastings of wine from regions passing including Sicily, Puglia and Manduria. Special Wine Land Adventures include a visit to Cantina Benanti with owner, Antonio Benanti in Sicily and an intimate tour of Cantine Marisa Cuomo with Marisa Cuomo in Positano, Italy.

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain Guests onboard the 112-guest mega-yacht for the Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 voyage sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain will be hosted by Guy de Rivoire, international export director of the Bollinger champagne house in Monaco, as he guides them through a tasting from rosé to vintage wines followed by a special Winemaker’s Dinner. On the same voyage, the head winemaker and/or one of the Martínez Bujanda family, owners of the Finca Valpiedra Winery, will present a special tasting menu onboard. Exclusive Wine Land Adventures on this voyage include a visit to the 1500-acre private estate of Château de Berne, Sanary-sur-Mer, the Cavas Recaredo winery in Sant Sardurní d’Anoia hosted by winery founder’s grandson, Ton Mata while docked in Barcelona, and the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory.

Below is a full listing of SeaDream’s 2015 Wine Voyage itineraries:

  •  Malaga to Monte Carlo Wine Voyage, departing May 1.

Eight days including boutique ports of Ibiza, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca (Spain).

  • Monte Carlo round trip Wine Voyage, departing May 9.

Seven days including ports of St. Tropez, Calvi (France), and Portofino.

  • Monte Carlo round trip Wine Voyage, departing May 16.

*Five days including ports of St. Tropez, Portofino and Portovenere (Italy).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik Wine Voyage, departing August 8.

Seven days including Positano, Sorrento, Crotone and Taormina (Italy).

  • Dubrovnik to Venice, departing August 29.

Seven days calling on Croatian ports of Piran, Pula, Rab, Sibenik, Hvar and Korcula.

  • Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing Sept. 12.

Seven days calling on Kotor (Montenegro), Saranda, Corfu and Paxos (Greece).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) round trip, departing Sept. 26.

Seven days calling on Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Costa Smeralda (Italy) and Bonifacio (France).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, departing Oct. 23.

Nine days calling on Porto Ercole, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer (France) and Valencia.

SeaDream Yacht Club 2015 Wine Voyage fares begin at *$3,599 per person based on double occupancy. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.

Charitable Cause in the Caribbean

December 4, 2014 by adannunzio

Walking for Charity

Charitable Cause in the Caribbean

During the relaxing transatlantic crossings, we do aim to get a little exercise in. Guests get together with crew and walk laps around Deck 6. 16 laps equals 1 mile. Nothing like a brisk walk and the fresh ocean air to get your blood pumping. It’s one way to burn off the heavenly chocholate croissants from breakfast. To make the walk a bit more meaningful, SeaDream selects a charity to walk for. Guests and crew are encouraged to donate money per each mile walked, and SeaDream matches their donation.

The most recent crossings, sailing from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean guests and crew walked for the charity; “Hands Across the Sea”. Since SeaDream sails the Caribbean almost most every winter, it’s great to give back to the islands we visit. In total, SeaDream donated US$1,246 to “Hands Across the Sea”. We thank everyone who participated.

About the charity:

Hands Across the Sea is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Eastern Caribbean children

We work in six English-speaking island nations of the Eastern Caribbean: Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. The enthusiasm for reading in the region is very high, but the budget for literacy-building resources is very low.

Many children are growing up without access to new, relevant books and a lending library. Every year, we send thousands of great new books—over 143,000 since we started in 2007—that have been requested by educators via our Hands Wish Lists. We help schools (from pre-school to high school), reading programs, and community libraries—that’s 230 projects to date—create or rejuvenate lending libraries. And we work hands-on with our projects year after year—we’re with them for as long as they need our help. http://www.handsacrossthesea.net/index.htm

FROM GALLIPOLI TO THE GREEK ISLANDS IN MAY 2015

November 19, 2014 by adannunzio
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Ephesus, Kusadasi

SEADREAM FROM GALLIPOLI TO THE GREEK ISLANDS IN MAY 2015

SEADREAM Yacht Club has a whole 9-days from Istanbul to Athens aboard its mega yacht SeaDream I in May of next year. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Gallipoli, the wonders of Ephesus or Kusadasi’s grand bazaar, medieval Rhodes, and the Greek Islands’ breathtakingly beautiful Santorini, Mykonos – and motor-vehicle free Hydra where locals and visitors alike get around on foot or by donkey.

There’ll also be the chance to see the recently-excavated Terrace Houses and the House of the Virgin Mary near Kusadasi, the Monastery of St John on Patmos Island (where he wrote the Book of Revelations,) and Bodrum’s Mausoleum of Halicarnassus; one’s of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

SeaDream Yacht Club includes five-star cuisine and premium wines and bar drinks in its prices, together with power and sail water-sports (where locally permitted,) a 30-course golf simulator, state of the art fitness center, mountain bikes for shore excursions, and even gratuities.

The 9-days from Istanbul to Athens on May 21, 2015 currently starts from US$5499pp double occupancy; SeaDream I carries a maximum of just 112 guests served by 95 crew. (price subject to change)

For more details see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: FOR those not interested in visiting Gallipoli when SeaDream I has a day in Kepez there is an optional tour to the remains of the ancient city of Troy, and in Rhodes guests can see the extraordinary walls of the city that are 12 meters thick and surrounded by a moat 21 meters wide.

Santorini whose villages cling to the edge of an ancient volcano that wiped out the island’s earliest settlements 3,600 years ago is considered Greece’s most-popular destination, and at Mykonos there will be a full day and into the evening to enjoy its beaches and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Troy Horse Canakkale

Troy Horse, Canakkale

Author inspired rich and famous – Portofino

November 12, 2014 by adannunzio
PORTOFINO - Church of San Martino

The Church of San Martino (Picture: Malcolm Andrews)

Author inspired rich and famous

-Malcolm Andrews

HAD Australian-born author Elizabeth von Arnim been around today we’d probably be calling her best-selling books ‘chick lit’. Not that she would have been pleased with such a description. Such marketing was unknown when she was writing her best books in the late 19th and early 20th century and was a household name in the United States and Britain.

She was self-deprecating in the extreme. Not for her the author’s name splashed in bigger letters than the title of the book itself. Indeed, never did her full name even appear.

She was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in a cottage on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour in 1866, before heading with her family to England three years later.

And when she later pursued a literary career she only used pen-names. Mostly it was “by the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden” the title of her first best-seller, reprinted eight times in the first year after its release in America in 1899, or more simply “by Elizabeth”.

In general her books were auto-biographical, including stories of two unhappy marriages – one to a fellow she called “The Man of Wrath”. But a book, written in 1922, was very different. It was called The Enchanted April and inspired by a month-long holiday in the Italian Riviera. Over the subsequent nine decades it has been adapted as a couple of Broadway plays, two Hollywood movies and a stage musical.

PORTOFINO - Elizabeth von Arnim

PORTOFINO – Elizabeth von Arnim

It was set not just anywhere in the Italian Riviera – but in the beautiful, secluded village of Portofino. Elizabeth had reached the hamlet by travelling in a horse and cart over 50km on a winding, frightening, one-lane coastal road from Genoa via another village, Santa Margherita Ligure.

The literary success of The Enchanted April is universally recognized as the reason why Portofino is today the vacation Mecca for society’s rich and famous. Now they drive there in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis on the one road into town (when the locals deign to allow cars to use it).

Or they sail into the crescent-shaped harbor in luxury yachts, unmoved by the mooring fees at the 14 available berths which are among the most expensive in the world – at around € 2500 ($US3100) per night. The likes of Steven Spielberg, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, pop diva Rihanna follow in the footsteps of Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (they got engaged there the first time around … or maybe it was the second).

But the smart tourists stop by on the small boutique cruise vessels.

Recently the SeaDream Yacht Club polled their guests about their favorite Italian destination. And Portofino won hands down, even though the award-winning SeaDream I and II visit such wonderful places as Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Taormina in Sicily, the Cinque Terre and Venice.

Everyone who is anyone visits  Portofino to shop. Even if they can’t afford it – and, rest assured, few of us can! Along the Via Roma which leads from the waterfront there is every concievable shop and boutique wooing the tourists like the mythical sirens of the ancient Mediterranean. Local craftsmen and women are there with the top-end boutiques such as Dior, Armani, Ferragamo and Gucci. The smart visitors leave their credit cards back in their SeaDream staterooms.

But it is worth spending $10 for a cup of coffee, or even more for an ice-cold beer, and sit at a table at one of the sidewalk cafés and watch the passing parade of well-heeled folk. The beauty of the village makes it all so worthwhile. We don’t mean the azure waters of the Mediterranean. There are the pastel colors of the houses and shops. And the classic architecture of the San Martino church, whose bell-tower peers over the buildings between it and the waterfront.

It is all Charm. Charm with a capital C.  There are virtually no cars. The locals like it that way and so, too, do the visitors once they realise they can stroll to their hearts content without having to dodge a host of Vespas and Fiats like they do in Rome, Naples or Genoa.

And why not join the queue outside the bakery for some steaming hot focaccia, topped with locally-grown olives and herbs, straight from the oven? Buon Appetito!

Ask anyone who has visited Portofino why they like it so much and you will probably be greeted with a shrug of the shoulders. “Why?’ he or she will reply. “It is just because I do!” And who can argue with that?

Malcolm Andrews is an Australian author and former Sydney daily newspaper columnist. He has been a regular SeaDreamer since his first voyage in 2006.

PORTOFINO - SeaDream

PORTOFINO – SeaDream

Time for Tea –

September 24, 2014 by adannunzio
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SeaDream’s New Tea Service

This summer SeaDream rolled out a new tea service. We believe we now have the best tea service in the industry. Our new upgraded tea service is our standard – every time we serve tea.

A brief description of the tea service:

The tea menu offers 12 blends of SeaDream teas. These are prepared by a master tea blender in Kent, UK and were blended with the thought of SeaDream’s onboard lifestyle, age and nationality demographics, wealth of the guests, and a little bit of funk.

SeaDream’s Tea Menu

Captain’s Breakfast

A robust blend of whole-leaf tippy Indian Assam black tea and Sri Lankan Dimbula black tea for a strong and flavoursome liquor and of refreshing Ceylon orange pekoe black tea resulting in a bright and malty brew. A classic pick-me-up at any time of day.

Sea Grey

Classic Earl Grey black tea with a sophisticated twist. Ceylon Orange Pekoe scented with Bergamot oil for distinctive citrus flavour is blended with aromatic first flush Darjeeling with notes of muscatel and a splash of bright blue cornflowers. A refreshing accompaniment to breakfast or afternoon tea.

Darjeeling Dream

Pure premium first flush aromatic Indian Darjeeling prized for its grape-like or muscatel notes. Pairs perfectly with sweet and savoury light afternoon snacks.

Lapsang Souchong

This classic Chinese black tea is bursting with smoky flavour and subtle tobacco aroma. Fortifying and robust, this tea is a particular favourite with the gentlemen. A perfect match to cheese and biscuits and other strong, savoury foods.

Cool Dream

Light and refreshing Ceylon black tea is bursting with flavours of sweet mango, pineapple, smooth coconut, hibiscus, rosehip and sunflower petals, this blend is the perfect warm or iced refreshment. Simply paradise.

Sencha Green Tea

A light and delicate ‘Fukujyu’ steamed green tea from Japan. Crisp and invigorating with subtle vegetal character and sweet grassy aroma.

Honeymoon Blend White Tea

This exquisite Jasmine silver needle white tea from China, which contains only the youngest buds of the tea bush, is scented by carefully layering the tea with fresh Jasmine blossoms overnight and then painstakingly removing the Jasmine once the aroma has been absorbed. This process is repeated up to seven times. We have blended this delicate tea with exotic orange blossom for a sweet honey aroma and perfect rose buds for a touch of romance. A luxurious blend, perfect for special occasions. This is truly wonderful served iced.

Rooibos Soother

Rooibos is a South African herb which is a popular, naturally caffeine-free alternative to tea. This indulgent blend will sooth you with wave after wave of smooth, sweet vanilla flavour and a cheering splash of sunflower petals.

Morning Detox

For those who feel they have over-indulged, this soothing herbal blend will help to gently calm your stomach and cleanse your system. Cooling peppermint and spearmint are blended with herbs that are traditionally used as digestive tonics, like fennel, liquorice and milk thistle. Ginger has long been used to ease sea sickness and milk thistle is thought to support liver function.

Sweet Dream

A beautifully elegant, floral blend of relaxing chamomile, refreshing lemon verbena, luxurious rose petals and fragrant lavender with a sprinkle of passionflower for a blissful moment of tranquility. These ingredients have been especially selected to promote restful sleep and sweet dreams.

Rhubarb Ginger Rose

We have used vitamin-rich hibiscus as the base for this distinctly different herbal blend. Tangy, tart rhubarb and spicy, warming ginger are complemented by a sprinkling of sweet, fragrant rose petals resulting in a thirst-quenching taste sensation.

Red Fruit Dream

This vibrant, colourful blend is brimming with a medley of sweet summer berries. Vitamin-rich and caffeine free, kids will love this one too. A wonderful blend of hibiscus petals, apple pieces, rosehip peel, elderberries, pineapple pieces, Morello cherries, orange peel, strawberry pieces, and rose petals.

 

  • All tea is served in individual “Bodum” 0.5l teapots, with plunger tea diffuser.
  • When the water is poured into the teapot by the waiter, he immediately ‘starts’ the tea timer so that the correct time is indicated to the guest upon being served. When the desired time has expired, be it 3,4 or 5 minutes, the guest can depress the plunger to stop the diffusing process.
  • All tea is served with 2 homemade tea cookies which are all gluten-free, to ensure that all guests can enjoy them.

Fun fact:  Coffee consumption has dropped since we introduced our new tea service.

 

Guest Lecturer Shares the Knowledge of NASA

September 15, 2014 by adannunzio

Solar_System

BONUS Evening activity, weather permitting: At Sea Under the Stars

Join Greg Redfern for a night sky viewing on a darkened deck to show guests the night sky. You will learn about the constellations and associated sky lore. 

Sail aboard SeaDream I, voyage # 11438 from Malaga, Spain to Barbados this October 25 – November 6, 2014. You’ll be entertained and educated with a special guest lecture series by guest, Greg Redfern.

Greg Redfern has been an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for different colleges since 1984. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, he has shared NASA’s missions to the solar system with audiences in person as well as on TV and radio in the Washington D.C. media market.  Greg’s daily astronomy blog, “Whats Up?: The Space Place”, has had tens of thousands of readers from around the world and is carried by WTTG Fox 5.

Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over four decades and collecting meteorites for years. He’s used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities, and geological sites.  As a result, Greg has brought the wonder, beauty, and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades in a one-on-one style that resonates with his passion and knowledge.

Lecturer Titles:

So, You Want to be an Astrophotographer?

Join Greg Redfern for an engaging presentation that will show you the basics of how to photograph the sea and sky. You will be able to use this information to try your hand at taking pictures of your own during the voyage.  You will also see stunning pictures – including solar and lunar eclipses – taken by Greg at sea of the sea and sky and learn about what you are seeing.

The Sky is Falling – Space Rocks and You

Join Greg Redfern to learn about space rocks and observe real meteorites, including a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell over Russia in February 2013 and a piece of Mars and the moon.

The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater – The Inside Story of America’s Largest Impact Crater

Many people do not know that the USA’s largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Learn all about it from Greg Redfern’s firsthand experience with the deepest dig ever into the heart of this 57-mile wide beast.  You will see actual geological samples taken from within the crater.

The Future of US Manned Spaceflight

Discuss the story of where NASA is headed, literally, with new spacecraft and rockets to launch the next generation of American astronauts to the moon, Mars, and asteroids.

This isn’t Your Granddaddy’s Moon

We have learned a lot about our nearest neighbor in space since the Apollo missions to the moon in the 60s and 70s. Join Greg Redfern to learn the latest from the missions sent to the moon by NASA, China, and India.

Film Buffs will enjoy Lecture Series aboard SDI Crossing

September 15, 2014 by adannunzio

film-reel

Enjoy a stimulating guest lecture series aboard  SeaDream I during it’s crossing voyage from Malaga, Spain to Barbados. This 12-night voyage sails Oct. 25 – Nov. 6, 2014 with special guest, Rick Staehling.

Rick Staehling was a film critic at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over three decades, a radio/television career that began with a review of Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot and concluded 34 years later with Toy Story 3. A founding member of the Vancouver Film Critic’s Circle, he has taught communications at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Capilano University, and lectured on film for Radical Games Ltd. and Corbis Images.

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Rick worked behind the camera as a production assistant for The Petersen Company, designed posters for B-movie producer Roger Corman, and wrote, directed, and produced two short and now-forgotten films.

Rick has written extensively about movies for Rolling Stone, Vancouver magazine, and numerous Time Inc. publications, and his work has appeared in the anthologies King’s of the B’s: Working Within the Hollywood System and The Final Four of Everything. Staehling has also worked in publishing as a writer/designer and as the editor of Travel Etc., a magazine that regularly covered cruise travel.  His work has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Magazine Awards and the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards. In 2005, Rick received the Western Magazine Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lecture Titles:

Thumbs Up: Film Critics and How to Read a Film

Start the voyage with a history of film critics, gossip columnists, and celebrity journalists and learn how you can combine the pleasures of film-going with the satisfaction of film criticism.

Casting Call: Actors and Acting

Meet the talents whose names grace the multiplex marquees and discover the differences between acting for stage and screen and what makes a supporting actor, star and superstar.

Master Shots: Cinematographers and the Visual Design of a Film

Learn the aesthetic and technical terms of cinematography and see how lighting, camera angles, and camera movement affect storytelling and the way a film works emotionally.

Power Player: The Director and the Auteur Theory

Discover what directors do—from development to distribution—and why their personal style and vision sometimes makes them the “author” of their films.

Kid’s Stuff: Why Hollywood Ignores Adults and What to Do About It

Find out why in an era of mega-million-dollar, international blockbusters few films are made for or about people over 40.

Note: Space is still available on this voyage with fares starting at $3,999 per person. Please contact your travel professional or SeaDream for details.