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SEADREAM’S UNIQUE VISITS TO GALLIPOLI FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

July 30, 2014 by adannunzio

Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli

SEADREAM’S UNIQUE VISITS TO GALLIPOLI FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

SeaDream Yacht Club has created a half-dozen-plus unique opportunities in 2015 to combine a sailing aboard the world’s most-highly-rated boutique passenger vessels, SeaDream I or SeaDream II with a pilgrimage to Gallipoli for the 100th Anniversary Year of ANZAC.

The identical mega yachts, that each carry a maximum just-112 guests, will sail the seven voyages – ranging from 7-12 nights in duration – between May and October 2015, all starting or ending in Istanbul and with six to or from Athens, and one of 12-days to Venice.

All sailings will have a day at Kepez in Turkey for an optional 4.5hr tour to the Gelibou (Gallipoli) National Park led by expert guides brought in from Istanbul by SeaDream Yacht Club, and will include the 1915 North Beach ANZAC landing site in Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu and Johnston’s Jolly Cemeteries, Lone Pine Memorial, Chunuk Bair’s ANZAC and Turkish trenches, and the Kabatepe Military Museum.

For full itineraries and sailing dates for these seven unique ANZAC 100th Anniversary Year sailings, see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com

Sail a Mediterranean country in-depth in 2015

July 24, 2014 by adannunzio

            SeaDream’s Mediterranean voyages sail May through October each year. In 2015, you’ll discover voyages that take you all over the region; from tiny ports and hidden harbors to the larger, chic cities (think Monte Carlo).

            There are opportunities to visit a specific country, in depth. Sailing through various ports of one country over 7 or more days gives one a greater sense of the place, a better understanding of it’s history, culture and landscape. This type of destination focused voyage can be found for regions including Croatia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Below are several 2015 voyages which are very destination focused:

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Voyages that feature 100% CROATIA (sample itinerary below).

Voyage # 11525

Dubrovnik, Croatia (embark)

Mljet, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia     

Split, Croatia      

Sibenik, Croatia

Rab, Croatia       

Opatija, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia  

Venice, Italy (debark)

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Voyages that feature 99% GREECE (sample itinerary below)…also note calls to many unique, lesser known Greek Islands.

Voyage # 21530

Istanbul, Turkey (embark)

Molyvos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

Skiathos, Greece

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Patmos, Greece

Parikia, Paros, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Navplion (Mycenae), Greece

Hydra, Greece

Athens (Piraeus), Greece (debark)

Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy

Voyages that feature 99% ITALY (sample itinerary below)…and note the many ports in Sicily.

Voyage # 11530

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (embark)

Bonifacio, Corsica, France

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Marettimo, Sicily, Italy

Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily, Italy

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Taormina (Mt. Etna), Sicily. Italy

Amalfi, Italy

Capri, Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (debark)

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Voyages that feature multiple calls in Turkey (sample itinerary below)

Voyage # 11537

Athens (Piraeus), Greece (embark)

Santorini, Greece

Rhodes Town, Greece

Antalya, Turkey

Bodrum, Turkey

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Kepez (for Troy/Gallipoli) Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey (debark)

 

For a complete look at all 2015 Mediterranean voyages, click here

SeaDream sails Barbados roundtrip in 2014 & 2015

July 21, 2014 by adannunzio

barbados logo blue (2) The land known for Rihanna, excellent Duty Free shopping and the birth place of Rum, will now also be known for the luxury mega-yachts of SeaDream Yacht Club! SeaDream has selected the port of Bridgetown, Barbados as the “hub” for our southern Caribbean voyages and select transatlantic voyages. The beautiful island of Barbados includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exceptional beaches and a rich history dating back to 1628.

These voyages sail the unspoiled Grenadines, Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia and Martinique. You’ll discover tropical rainforests, laid back island culture, hidden beaches and great water activities. SeaDream will lower it’s watersports marina frequently on these voyages, allowing guests many  opportunities to use the complimentary kayaks, stand up paddle boards, wave runners and more. Barbados features a large international airport allowing guests

Voyage 11439, Sails Barbados roundtrip; Nov. 6 – 15, 2014

Voyage 11439

 

Voyage 11440, Sails Barbados roundtrip; Nov. 15 – 22, 2014 

Voayge 11440

Voyage 21502, Sails Barbados roundtrip; Jan. 4 – 10, 2015Voyage 21502

Voyage 21503, Sails Barbados roundtrip; Jan. 10 – 17, 2015Voyage 21503

Voyage 11509, Sails Barbados roundtrip; Feb. 21 – 28, 2015Voyage 11509

Voyage 21516, Sails Barbados roundtrip; April 11 – 19, 2015Voyage 21516

Sometimes the Best Holiday is the Unplanned Holiday

July 17, 2014 by adannunzio

Balinese Dream Bed Bow

Have you ever spontaneously, on somewhat short notice, decided you wanted and/or needed a holiday? How unconstrained, how carefree!

Yes, the unplanned holiday has its rewards. There is no lengthy time spent mulling over a myriad of decisions and choices to be made; the who, what, when, where and why. No time spent counting the months, weeks and days until that long awaited holiday arrives. No time spent on the critical (or trivial) details. No, you just make a decision today; and go in a matter of weeks! Just like that, vacation planned.

One easy choice  solves all the questions…a SeaDream voyage. A SeaDream voyage sailing soon! No long term planning needed. With a SeaDream voyage you know where you’ll be sleeping every night (a comfortable ocean view stateroom), you know where you’ll be enjoying breakfast, lunch & dinner every day (dining al fresco at the Topside restaurant or indoors in the elegant Dining Salon) . You know you’ll have fabulous ports of call to explore each day… So why wait, travel with SeaDream aboard any of these upcoming voyages:

August 16-30, 2014: Dover, England – roundtrip

14-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $7,699 per person Tallinn, Estonia

August 30-Sept. 6, 2014: Istanbul, Turkey – roundtrip

7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,899 per person Mykonos, Greece

September 20-27, 2014: Civitavecchia (Rome) to Piraeus (Athens)

7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,899 per person Corinth Canal

October 11-18, 2014: Piraeus (Athens) to Civitavecchia (Rome)

7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,299 per person Amalfi Coast, Italy

Transatlantic Voyages Beckon Solo Travelers

July 10, 2014 by adannunzio

Transatlantic Voyages Beckon Solo Travelers

Indeed, SeaDream Yacht Club is well suited for couples. As you flip through the glossy brochure or navigate the alluring website, you’ll see images of couples (not singles, not teens, not children) enjoying all that SeaDream has to offer. Well let’s face it, an intimate, luxurious yacht with a staff of 95 pampering you as you sail, let’s say, the Amalfi Coast of Italy;  well that is pretty darn romantic.

SeaDream’s fares are based on staterooms being double occupancy, therefore a single occupant normally pays a supplement of 200%. But, the solo traveler is always welcome and made to feel at home, as if part of the SeaDream family from the moment they board. One should not deny themselves the privilege of sailing on SeaDream just because they are solo. The atmosphere onboard fosters new friendships to be made within the group of no more than  112 international, like minded travelers.

SeaDream’s transatlantic voyages have become a bit more popular for solo travelers partly because the single supplement is lower than normal; 125% for Yacht Club staterooms (for Commodore, Admiral and Owners Suite, a 200% single supplement rate applies). Transatlantic voyages rarely sell out, so often you have more crew than guests…it’s pampering magnified!

Solo travelers may wish to consider these upcoming transatlantic voyages which are priced at a great value:

Malaga to Barbados – Voyage Number 11438 From: Oct 25, 2014   To: Nov 06, 2014 Duration 12 days: SeaDream I

Lisbon to San Juan – Voyage Number 21438 From: Oct 28, 2014   To: Nov 09, 2014 Duration 12 days: SeaDream II

San Juan to Malaga – Voyage Number 11517 From: Apr 18, 2015   To: May 01, 2015 Duration 13 days: SeaDream I

Barbados to Malaga – Voyage Number 21517 From: Apr 19, 2015   To: May 01, 2015 Duration 12 days: SeaDream II The Dining Salon Team.

SEADREAM’S ESCAPE TO A PARADISE SANS-CROWDS

July 8, 2014 by adannunzio

Guaduloupe SD1 & 2

SEADREAM’S ESCAPE TO A PARADISE SANS-CROWDS

SeaDream Yacht Club has just the answer for those looking for holiday escapes that are laid back, amid a magic and outdoors aura and fully 5-star stylish in an exclusive wrapping away from the crowds.

SeaDream I and SeaDream II will be sailing the Caribbean with calls at both some of its best-known islands and conversely some of its smallest and most spectacular that larger cruise ships simply cannot access (and which means there are no such thing as queues.)

Between November this year and April 2015, you could find yourself using SeaDream’s complimentary diversity of power and sail water-sports facilities off stunning and often private beaches, enjoying a barbecue lunch with drinks included and hiking, snorkeling and scuba away from the crowds on a private island, or having local oarsmen float you by small boat down a “tunnel of flora and fauna” amid one of the region’s most stunning natural getaways.

SeaDream sailings include award winning cuisine, premium wines and bar drinks, power and sail water-sports, 30-international course golf simulator, state of the art fitness center, mountain bikes for shore exploration, gratuities and more.

For full itineraries and sailing dates see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

[] THE Nature Isle of Dominica with the chance to use SeaDream’s own onboard complimentary wave-runners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and other water-sports facilities off stunning beaches – or being rowed by oarsmen in a small local boat through an aptly-described “tunnel of flora and fauna.”

[] NORMAN Island that’s a privately-owned paradise for hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving away from the crowds.

[] ANEGADA in the British Virgin Islands, a paradise of stunningly beautiful, quiet and secluded beaches with amazing snorkeling.

[] TERRE-de-HAUT in the Iles des Saintes often called “one of the most picturesque locales in the world.”

[] UNION Island in the Grenadines whose Clifton Harbour has a unique man-made island with a bar offering mountain and National Marine Park views.

The Caribbean Done SeaDream Style

June 27, 2014 by adannunzio

Mayreau, The Grenadines

The Caribbean Done SeaDream Style

One of the pleasures in sailing aboard SeaDream’s (344 feet/104.85 meters) mega-yachts, is their maneuverability & size which allow SeaDream to easily navigate and call on small yacht harbors. Starting this November 2014, through April 2015, SeaDream calls on many of the Caribbean’s most intimate yacht harbors. It is in these locations, you are away from the crowds and you are able to find yourself alone on an undisturbed, pristine beach.  Click here for upcoming Caribbean voyages

If you’d like to get-away-from-it-all, here are a few special Caribbean ports you’ll find in SeaDream’s itinerary:

Anegada, British Virgin Islands:
In contrast to the other BVIs, Anegada is a low coral atoll 11 miles long, at its highest point only 28 feet above sea level. The trees on Anegada are more than double the height of the island! Navigating by smaller vessel is the only way to get here; the surrounding submerged coral reefs make it tricky. We suggest a day at Cow Wreck Beach; miles of stunning, secluded sandy beach and great snorkeling.

Bequia, the Grenadines:
Bequia is the northernmost of the Grenadines, just 7 square miles of quiet lagoons, reefs and long silvery stretches of beach. SeaDream anchors at Port Elizabeth and offers guests a scenic Land Adventure, sport fishing or a trip to the neighboring island of Mustique. If you have time, visit Mac’s for lobster pizza.

Mayreau, the Grenadines:
This is one of SeaDream signature Champagne and Caviar Splash destinations. This particular island is the smallest of the inhabited Grenadines Islands and has two amazing beaches. Generally the team on board will offer guests a hike to Saltwhistle Bay.

Union Island, the Grenadines:
Union Island, the southernmost island of the Grenadines, is nicknamed the ‘Tahiti of the West Indies’ due to its volcanic silhouette. Among the many restaurants and bars, Happy Island, a man-made island featuring a bar, sits in the middle of Clifton harbor and is a must-see. Mount Taboi, which at 999 feet above sea level, is the highest peak on Union Island. A key feature of the Union Island region is the Tobago Cays National Marine Park. The Tobago Cays are a group of small uninhabited islands surrounded by reefs, where SeaDream offers snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming (you’ll see sea turtles).

Grenada:
Great active Land Adventures include hiking, biking and tubing. This destination is becoming more popular due to the moderate tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of such spices as cocoa, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. SeaDream guests can enjoy playing from the water sports marina as we are scheduled to anchor in this port of call.

Canouan Island, the Grenadines:
Canouan is a small island in the Grenadines belonging to St Vincent. It measures 3.5 miles (5.6 km) by 1.25 miles (2 km). The estimated population is approximately 1,200. The island is unspoiled nature, endowed green hills, secluded bays and long white sand beaches. SeaDream guests may play resort golf, hike, bike and water sports.

Norman Island, BVI

Norman Island, British Virgin Islands:
Norman Island is located at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands. The island is uninhabited and privately owned by Dr. Henry Jarecki. Its area is about 600 acres (2.4 km²), and it is about 2.5 miles (4 km) long. A large harbor known as “The Bight” offers one of the most protected anchorages in the area. Guests will enjoy great hiking opportunities as well as snorkeling and scuba diving. Another popular option may be to have a beverage at the Pirates Bight Bar.

Dominica ( the Nature Isle):
SeaDream can either dock alongside the unique wooden pier or stay at anchor in Prince Rupert Bay to offer water activities from the marina. A must-do SeaDream Land Adventure is a trip down Indian River aboard wooden rowboats (oarsman provided). It’s a beautifully peaceful float through a “tunnel of flora and fauna.

Vieques, Puerto Rico:
Vieques is part of the United States Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USCW), but, like the rest of Puerto Rico, retains strong influences from 400 years of Spanish ownership. Its two main towns are Isabel Segunda the administrative center on the northern side of the island, and Esperanza on the southern side. It has the nickname “Isla Nena”, usually translated from the Spanish as “Little Girl Island”, alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico’s little sister. Today the former navy land is a national wildlife refuge, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach, Green Beach and others. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands. SeaDreamers can visit the very unique Bio Bay in the evening via an old school bus (the only bus on the island) This adventure is always receiving great reviews. Guests can also stroll the small town or go for a nice bike ride to one of the magnificent beaches.

CulebritaCulebrita, Puerto Rico:
This tiny island is a NATURE LOVERS PARADISE and part of a wildlife refuge, located just about one mile east of the island of Culebra. Because of its special status, the only permanent structure you’ll find on the island is the abandoned lighthouse high on the hill; for the energetic, the trail hike up there is well worth the views over the surrounding area (it is prohibited to enter the lighthouse!). The islands beaches are also nesting grounds for sea turtles so please avoid any nesting areas ” marked or unmarked; but do keep your eyes open, you just might spot one of them in the water. When coming ashore, wear your swim suit, bring a towel, water and plenty of sun protection; then enjoy your day on this beautiful unspoiled and natural island, walk along the trails & beaches, snorkel amongst the reefs or swim in the clear blue waters. The local trees along the beach provide some shade but there are no restrooms or changing facilities on the island.

Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe:
SeaDream anchors off the island of Terre-de-Haut (part of the Iles des Saintes group of Islands), one of the most picturesque in the entire Caribbean. Enjoy views of  the sister island, Ilet a Cabrit, the main island of Guadeloupe and volcanic La Soufriere mountain (1,466 meters/4,810 feet high).

Popular SeaDreamers to tie the knot

June 5, 2014 by adannunzio

Fatima and Doramas

Popular SeaDreamers to tie the knot

-By MALCOLM ANDREWS

LOVE is in the air! Two of SeaDream I’s favorite crew members are getting married in the Philippines Saturday, June 14.

Waiter Doramas Calderin and stewardess Fatima Perez will tie the knot at the Lord’s Transfiguration Parish Church in Pampanga province on the island of Luzon in the north of the country.

Their’s was a fairytale romance pursued when their times off duty on SeaDream I coincided and they managed to get ashore in some of the scores of dream destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean on the SeaDream Yacht Club itineraries.

Doramas joined the vessel seven years ago after studying at university before joining the hospitality industry at the Sharaton Salobre Golf Resort near Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Fatima had joined SeaDream I a year earlier.

And befitting their storybook romance, he proposed last year when the couple had lunch together at the Ile de France Hotel overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, on the Bay of Flamands in St Barts.

They have no current plans for a life away from the sea. Maybe when babies come along … As Doramas explains:

“We just love SeaDream I. Without it we would never have met!”

SeaDreamers who wish to send their congratulations can email Doramas and Fatima at the Grand Palazzo Hotel where the happy couple will be holding their reception. (grandpalazzoroyale@yahoo.com).

(Malcolm Andrews is an Australian author and journalist who has been a SeaDream devotee since the first of several voyages, in 2006)

KEEPING A CZECH ON 5 STAR DINING

June 3, 2014 by adannunzio

SeaDream ExecChef Ondrej Havlicek.sml

KEEPING A CZECH ON 5 STAR DINING

- David Ellis with Malcolm Andrews

CZECH-born Ondrej Havlicek gives whole new meaning to “being good on the tooth”. Because like so many youngsters finishing high school, he wasn’t quite sure just what direction he wanted his life to take him, and while tossing-up on a choice of careers, was told on good advice that his country had a shortage of dentists – and more importantly that the job paid very well indeed. So he put himself through university, qualified as a dentist and for four years plugged away, so to speak, at his new-found career. But deep down he wasn’t enjoying himself and one day in 1996 walked out of the surgery, went down to the wharves of his country’s capital, Prague and signed up as a junior officer on a Polish cargo ship. To this day he’s not quite sure why he decided to go to sea, but says that from Day 1 he found the ocean was in his blood. “Yet while I loved the sea and travelling to far-flung destinations, there was still something that was missing,” he says. And it turned out to be food. “I had done some part-time work along the way in hotels and enjoyed preparing and presenting food,” Ondrej adds. “Although I don’t know where this came from, as there have never been any professional chefs in my family.” And so, as to fulfill his desire, he changed direction once more, this time heading inland to the Swiss capital of Zurich for culinary training before, in 2001, graduating and heading back to sea… this time in the galleys of cruise ships sailing the Caribbean and Alaska. “But it was a bit like a production line in a factory, chefs rarely got the chance to create something personal and unique,” he says. He did, however, make himself stand out on one particular cruise, catching the attention of a rich American who was so impressed he offered him a job as personal chef on his private yacht. Then another mega-millionaire lured him even further afield, this time to a palatial vessel in the Persian Gulf. “I was well paid and the job came with an unwritten understanding that there would be ultimate discretion,” he says. “It was a case of cooking for my boss and his family, and their crew, and for occasional guest dinner parties at which I was able to let-loose my creativity.” Enjoyable as it was, Ondrej missed the rapport he had shared with cruise vessel passengers. So in April 2011, he joined SeaDream Yacht Club .“SeaDream is so different to the mega-liners with thousands of passengers,” says the-now 5 star chef. “Aboard those big one’s everything is prepared in bulk, and portioned out onto the plates. It is the same repetitive task for those in the galley each and every night.” “On SeaDream there is no pre-cooking, everything is prepared a la minute and everything is fresh: I can go off at any port we visit and buy what fruit and vegetables are available, planning that night’s menu accordingly. What I buy at the markets in the morning, is on the guests’ plates that evening. “Of course, menus are planned in advance depending on the mix of passengers for each sailing, and we bring on board some 3000 kilos of the finest produce at the start of each voyage. Alaskan crab-claws. New Zealand lamb. Lobsters from Maine. There is such a variety that if a guest wants something special we are able to prepare a gourmet dish for him or her personally.” And often Ondrej, who is Executive Chef on SeaDream I, will take guests on a tour of one of the markets, his favorite being St Tropez, on the Mediterranean coast of France. “The guests see why I buy certain vegetables, and get to taste – complimentary – several local Rosés, cheeses, breads and a traditional local onion tart. It is one of the most popular of our shore excursions.” See why we reckon he gives new meaning to being good on the tooth?  PHOTO CAPTION: [] EXECUTIVE Chef on SeaDream I, Ondrej Havlicek. (Pic Malcolm Andrews)

EYE-OPENING JOURNEY INTO AN ANCIENT WORLD

May 29, 2014 by adannunzio
Troy Horse Canakkale, Turkey

SEADREAM’S EYE-OPENING JOURNEY INTO AN ANCIENT WORLD

SeaDream II has a 7-day roundtrip voyage from Istanbul on Aug. 30 this year that’s not just a magical 5-star, laid-back experience aboard the world’s highest-rated boutique passenger vessel, it also embraces some of the most fascinating architectural regions of classical Turkey and the oldest Greek Islands – as well as the opportunity to visit Gallipoli.

SeaDream II will visit Kepez, Turkey for optional tours to both Troy and Gallipoli. The voyage also visits Kusadasi, Turkey for the opportunity to see the famed ruins of classical Ephesus dating back to the 10th century BC. Also on this voyage; picturesque Pythagorion on Samos Island; Mykonos where the sun shines 300 days of the year; Paros Island’s ancient Parikia famed for its waterfront cafés and bars on cobble-stoned streets, and Mytilene on Lesvos that’s one of the oldest cities in the world (10BC.) SeaDream is small enough to get up-close to those places you want to see.

Prices for this eye-opening voyage (#21430) begin from US$4899pp double occupancy. Fare includes all 5-star dining, open bar, gratuities, water-sports (where locally permitted), 30 course golf simulator, fitness center, mountain bikes and more.
http://www.seadream.com/voyages/21430

Paros Island GreeceEphesus, Kusadasi, Turkey