SEADREAM’S 2016 UNIQUE SAIL INTO ANCIENT GREECE AND ALBANIA
Spend a whole 9-days indulging the luxury lifestyle of mega yacht SeaDream II in June of 2016. Embrace a half-dozen Greek ports and islands renowned for their archaeological treasures including sites for some of the earliest Olympic Games, historic Byzantine period ruins, and tiny little-known tourist gems in the renowned Cyclades Islands.
You’ll quickly have such names rolling off your tongue as Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Paros, Sifnos, Hydra… and come home boasting of transversing the 6.4km Corinth Canal begun by Emperor Nero in 67AD, but not completed until 1893.
SeaDream II has just 56 staterooms for a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew, will sail this unique 9-day roundtrip voyage from Athens’ port of Piraeus on June 18 2016. Its priced from US$5,999 per person/double occupancy, including open bar, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water-sports where permitted, onboard gratuities, and more.
And there’s no call for formal wear – smart casual being the norm at dinner.
Full details from travel agents or www.seadream.com
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“Continuing our commitment to award-winning culinary experiences, guests onboard these itineraries will enjoy a selection of the world’s most well-known wineries, exclusive and rare wine tastings, excellent cuisine and wine pairings at the popular Winemaker’s Dinner, in which a local grower or winery shares treasures from their own cellars. Each voyage will offer heightened experiences for beginners and veteran oenophiles”.
– Ida Elisabeth Dønheim, SeaDream Yacht Club Wine Director
SeaDream’s 2016 Wine Voyages are designed to enhance both your culinary and yachting experience. Explore with us, the flavors and history from some of the worlds most renowned wineries, as well as several less familiar, but equally notable vineyards.
Added features of SeaDream’s 2016 Wine Voyages:
World renowned wineries, either onboard or onshore.
Exclusive and unique tastings.
Specialized, exclusive winery visits.
Exceptional SeaDream cuisine paired with thoughtfully selected wines.
Voyage #21620, Sailing Barcelona to Nice
Wine tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner with Domaine Ott
Wine tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner with Louis Roederer Champagne
Visit to Chateau Pibarnon, Sanary-sur-Mer, France
A taste of Provence; Gassin Exploration & Wine Tasting, St. Tropez, France
Voyage #21621, Sailing Monte Carlo to Rome
Wine tastings and Winemaker’s Dinner with La Chablisienne
Visit to Cantine Lunae, Portovenere, Italy
Discover the villages of Montalcino & Super Tuscans, Porto Ercole, Italy
Voyage #11623, Sailing Monte Carlo to Rome
Tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner Château Chasse-Spleen and Château de Camensac of Bordeaux, France
Visit to Chateau de Bellet, Monte Carlo
Explore the Panizzi Winery: Livorno, Italy
Discover the villages of Montalcino & Super Tuscans: Porto Ercole, Italy
Voyage #11624, Sailing Rome to Athens
Tasting with Master of Wine – Sebastian Berdal
Tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner with Cantina Benanti
Tasting at Sorrentino winery, Amalfi
Visit Barone di Villagrande estate & Mt. Etna – Taormina
Voyage #11640, Sailing Rome to Cannes
Tasting and Winemaker’s dinner with Taittinger
Tasting with Barone Ricasoli
Grand Dinner with Bocuse D’Or Winner Ørjan Johannesen
Discover the hills of Montalcino & Super Tuscans: Porto Ercole, Italy
Visit to Cantine Lunae: Portovenere, Italy
A taste of Provence; Gassin Exploration & Wine Tasting: St. Tropez, France
Voyage #11637, Sailing Rome to Nice
Tasting and Winemakers dinner with Masi Agricola – Venetian values and history in a bottle.
Discover the hills of Montalcino & Super Tuscans, Porto Ercole, Italy
Visit to Chateau de Cremat, Monte Carlo
Voyage #11638, Sailing Nice roundtrip
Tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner with Domaine Laroche
Tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the wines of Ogier
Visit to Chateau Pibarnon, Sanary-sur-Mer, France
Visit to Chateau Gassier, Cassis, France
Voyage #11644, Sailing Cannes to Malaga
Tasting and Winemaker’s dinner with Domaine Laroche
Tasting and Winemaker’s dinner with La Rioja Alta
Visit to Chateau Gassier, Cassis, France
Cavas Recaredo and Simon Coll Chocolate Factory, Barcelona Spain
NOTE: All wine tastings are complimentary. Wine packages by-the-glass during Winemakers dinner, and wine land adventures are offered for an additional cost.
SeaDream Yacht Club Announces New 2016 Wine Voyages
–Eight Wine Voyages offered in Mediterranean for 2016–
SeaDream Yacht Club announces eight Wine Voyages designed by new Wine Director Ida Dønheim taking place from May 7 through November 5, 2016. Continuing its commitment to award-winning culinary experiences, guests onboard these itineraries will enjoy a selection of the world’s most well-known wineries, exclusive and rare wine tastings, excellent cuisine and wine pairings at the popular Winemaker’s Dinner, in which a local grower or winery shares treasures from their own cellars.
“As SeaDream continues to set the yachting vacation standard, most recently recognized as the ‘Best Niche Cruise Line’ by the experts at Virtuoso, our team understands the importance of always innovating the guest experience,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Ida’s attention to detail in every aspect of the new Wine Voyages ensures the ultimate wine experience at sea and ashore pairing our outstanding culinary team’s service with the most scenic backdrops in the world.”
SeaDream I and SeaDream II will sail along the Mediterranean coastline visiting exclusive ports and harbors in Italy, Spain, Greece and France’s renowned wine country. Each voyage will offer heightened experiences for beginners and veteran oenophiles with itineraries that have been expertly curated by Dønheim, a seasoned chef and sommelier. Activities include visits to boutique vineyards; casual tastings organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers from regions visited; and in-depth tastings that focus on a specific topic, grape or region led by Dønheim, the winemaker or an internationally recognized wine expert.
A SeaDream guest favorite, the Winemaker’s Dinner will feature top cuvees and select wines offered in earlier tastings allowing guests to experience a proper food and wine pairing and how the wine changes character when served with food. This dinner will feature a specially crafted menu to complement the wine of the winery joining for the evening.
SeaDream Yacht Club’s Wine Voyage itineraries for 2016:
Seven-day Barcelona to Nice Wine Voyage, departing May 7, 2016 aboard SeaDream II – including overnights in Monte Carlo, Monaco and St. Tropez, France; and visitng Sanary-sur-Mer, Sete, Cannes and Nice, France; and Barcelona and Roses, Spain.
Six-day Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia (Rome) Wine Voyage, departing May 18, 2016 aboard SeaDream II – visiting Monte Carlo, Monaco; St. Tropez, France; and Portofino, Cinque Terre, Florence, Lucca, Porto Ercole and Rome, Italy.
Seven-day Cannes to Civitavecchia (Rome) Wine Voyage, departing June 4, 2016 aboard SeaDream I – visiting Monte Carlo, Monaco; Cannes, France; and Portofino, Cinque Terre, Florence, Elba, Porto Ercole and Rome, Italy.
Seven-day Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens (Piraeus) Wine Voyage, departing June 11, 2016 aboard SeaDream II – visiting Rome, Capri, Pompeii, and Taormina (Etna) Sicily, Italy; Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Galaxidi (Delphi), Corinth Canal, and Athens (Piraeus), Greece.
Seven-day Civitavecchia (Rome) to Nice Wine Voyage, departing September 10, 2016 aboard SeaDream I – including an overnight in Monte Carlo, Monaco and visiting Porto Ercole, Elba, Florence, Cinque Terre and Portofino, Italy; and Nice, France.
Seven-day Nice Roundtrip Wine Voyage, departing September 15, 2016 aboard SeaDream I – visiting Nice, Cannes, Sanary-sur-Mer, Cassis and St. Tropez, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco and San Remo, Italy.
Seven-day Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cannes Wine Voyage, departing October 1, 2016. – visiting Rome, Elba, Florence, Cinque Terre and Portofino, Italy; and Villefranche-sur-Mer, St. Tropez and Cannes, France.
Seven-day Cannes to Malaga Wine Voyage, departing October 29, 2016 – visiting Cannes, St. Tropez, Cassis and Collioure, France; and Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena and Malaga, Spain.
Inclusive yachting fares begin at $4,199 based on double occupancy. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.
Hand-made paper fit for a Pope
-By MALCOLM ANDREWS
HOW long will it be before our descendants stop writing letters?
We all know that video killed the radio star. And now the Internet is killing off the time-honoured art of letter-writing. Those sheets of paper on which Great Aunt Daisy wrote gentle, moving words to her sweetheart a century ago will soon only be seen in museums. Future generations will gaze in wonderment at superbly-crafted sentences in copper-plate handwriting made with a pen and ink on ornate single sheets of writing paper. And they will wish they could reproduce such poignant memories themselves. But all they will know how to do is to use an ever-changing form of digital shorthand on mobile phones and personal computers.
That’s why this journalist has gone to the trouble of having his mother’s first letter to her future husband framed to protect it. It was written in 1928 when she was 15 and Dad but a year older. Writing was one of her passions with pen friends scattered all around the world.
Oh, how Evelyn Andrews would have loved to have visited Amalfi on Italy’s west coast. For centuries Amalfi has been the European home of writing-paper made by hand. The exquisite paper is thick and creamy thanks to its traditional ingredients of cotton and pure water from local mountain streams such as the River Canneto. Rough edges give it a distinctive, regal appearance.
We discovered it only by luck while visiting Amalfi recently on the boutique mega-cruiser SeaDream I. Christophe Cornu, executive hotel manager for SeaDream Yacht Club alerted us to Tabula, a tiny shop in the Piazza Duomo, the busy square in front of the town’s cathedral. He was planning to visit Tabula later in the day to buy souvenirs as presents for friends in Europe, the United States and Australia.
‘For centuries, the Popes and ambassadors of European nations have bought Amalfi paper for their official letters,’ Christophe explained. ‘Even today!’ Well, if it’s good enough for Pope Francis, it’s good enough for us. Christophe’s advice was spot on.
A walk through an archway that linked the water-front and its bustling cafes and tourist shops to the Piazza Duomo, and there was this veritable Aladdin’s Cave of every conceivable trinket associated with the art of paper-making.
Not only the beautiful, soft paper itself, lovingly made in a painstaking process, and each sheet with a unique watermark … but quill pens made from genuine birds feathers, personalised seals, leather-bound notebooks, unique bookmarks, as well as ancient maps and prints (on Amalfi-made writing-paper, of course). Status symbols every one of them. And rightly so! It is a throwback to the Middle Ages when Amalfi was a thriving maritime nation. Back then it was a more important sea power than either Venice or Genoa.
Merchants from Amalfi traded with countries around the world bringing many innovations to Europe, including paper-making. It is believed it was learned in the 11th century from the Arabs, who had previously brought the craft from China. It wasn’t long before notaries given the task of writing official documents for European governments moved from parchment made from sheepskin to paper. News of its advantages quickly spread and poets and novelists also headed for nearby Naples as well as Amalfi to have their books published on the new invention.
Suddenly, the former ‘naval republic’ had become the ‘paper republic’. In Amalfi’s Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills) there were once scores of factories pulping and pressing the paper but not these days. After all, how can you make a decent profit from paper that takes 24 hours to make one single sheet?
In an effort to keep memories of the industry alive the locals point tourists to the Museo della Carta. It is a defunct medieval mill, donated by the Milano family, arguably the town’s most famous paper-makers. The mill had its origins way back in 1250. The family gave it to the town as a present in 1969 and it has since been restored and all the equipment is fully operational.
As the proud locals explain, the Amalfi paper will never deteriorate. And a guide points to several samples in the museum: “We have sheets here from the 16th century and they look as though they were made only yesterday.” Many of the thriving restaurants in the town also have their menus written on hand-made Amalfi writing-paper. Many have the yellow stains of another local product, the Italian liqueur Limoncello.
But that’s a SeaDream story for another day!
Malcolm Andrews is an Australian author and travel writer
Guest Lecturers set to sail SeaDream II from Lisbon to San Juan, this Nov. 1
Join us on this tranquil voyage that offers long, serene days at sea, superb cuisine and service, evenings of good conversation with new friends, and the opportunity to enhance your knowledge by attending the exciting talks hosted by Dr. Rebecca Knuth & Professor Judith Fordham.
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, a cultural historian, is the author of Libricide: the Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. She is a specialist in cultural destruction through war, colonialism, neglect and greed. A former University of Hawaii professor, Dr. Knuth is currently based in London, where she is writing a book on biography, censorship, and the destruction of letters, diaries and manuscripts after death.
Dr. Knuth’s lecture titles are:
- Highgate Cemetary: London’s Quirky Angkor Wat
- Keeping Secrets: Suppression of letters, diaries and manuscripts of the dead. Why?
- Queen Victoria’s Life and Loves
- Jane Austin and a Life in Place
- Looting the World
- The World of Agatha Christie
Professor Judith Fordham is one of Western Australia’s best known criminal lawyers, an expert in forensic science, and an internationally known jury researcher.
Judith’s research into the “CSI effect” and jury intimidation has stirred intense media interest. As a barrister, she has been briefed on a wide range of state and commonwealth criminal cases, including trials at all levels and appeals including the High Court of Australia. Throughout her career, Judith has assisted police in the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses. Her science training and current work gives her a special interest and expertise in forensic science.
An author of books, Judith has been the subject of multi-page feature articles in the Sunday Times, Flourish and Perth Woman magazines.
Professor Fordham’s lecture titles are:
- Life, Law and Not Enough Shoes: Adventures of a Lady Lawyer in the World of CrimeThe Real CSI: Truth is Stranger than Fiction
- Guilty or Not Guilty?
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of the Jury Room
- Some of My Best Friends are Murderers: Tales of Real Criminals and Their Loveable Ways
This November 1-14, SeaDream I – sails from Malaga, Spain to
Bridgetown, Barbados with two engaging guest lecturers joining us.
Join us on this tranquil voyage that offers long, serene days at sea, superb cuisine and service, evenings of good conversation with new friends, and the opportunity to enhance your knowledge by attending the exciting talks hosted by Garry Wykes and Dr. Snedcof.
Mr. Garry Wykes has lived in London for over 20 years. Following a career in pharmaceuticals and research and subsequent political career as a town Council Authority, he spent 12 years on staff at the Tower of London as the Jewel House Warden, VIP docent, and board secretary overseeing all VIP guests, tours and philanthropic events.
Now retired, Garry continues to share his expertise on the monarchy and coronations, Crown Jewels, and the history of the Tower of London both in Europe and abroad.
Garry will speak on the following topics:
- Treasures and the Tower
- Prisoners in the Tower
- The Kings and Queens of England
- The History and Rituals of the British Coronation
- Victoria: Queen and Empress
- The Tower of London: It’s Amazing 1000-Year History
Dr. Harold Snedcof PhD is a docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is particularly respected for the interactive and popular tours that he gives to the Met’s visitors and VIP guests for sharing cultural and historical ideas through lively and often humorous descriptions of paintings and sculpture.
Dr. Snedcof has traveled widely with particular emphasis on cities and countries bordering the Mediterranean from Istanbul to Barcelona as well as having spent extensive time periods in India studying Buddhist and Hindu art.
Dr. Snedcof will speak on the following topics:
- Persia and Byzantium: Images of Enduring Luxury, Faith and Power
- Greece – Ancient and Modern
- Love and Marriage in Renaissance Rome and Florence
- Matisse & Picasso
- Barcelona: The Work of Antoni Gaudi and Mies van der Rohe
- Impressionism: Art, Leisure & Parisian Society
Congratulations to Motorman, Mathias Projo
SeaDream I Employee of the Month for August
Captain Bjarne Smorawski awarded Motorman, Mathias Projo Employee of the Month for August.
Mathias Projo is the assigned incinerator operator and Captain Bjarne Smorawski says “he does an outstanding job in performing his duty, and making sure tidiness in the area is maintained.”
It is also noted, he went above and beyond, extending his working hours to make sure that no burnable items were left during his watch. It is the behind scenes crew like him, that lend a great hand to the entire SeaDream team. There are many hands involved when it comes to making our guests comfortable and safe. Much of the work being done is not glamorous, much of these jobs go unseen by our guests, but are no less important. We say thank you to Matias!
For details about SeaDream, visit www.seadream.com
In 1492 … Colón sailed the ocean blue
–by MALCOLM ANDREWS
You would be hard-pressed to find a port in Spain that doesn’t boast a giant statue of Cristóbal Colón.
We can see the look of bewilderment that has already crept across your face. Cristóbal Colón? Who is he and why would he be so revered by the Spanish. The answer is simple. He is the famous explorer we know by his Italian name of Christopher Columbus. Remember the ditty from our schooldays? “In 1492 … Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”
In the first week of August we celebrated the anniversary of his setting sail on the first of his four voyages to ‘discover’ America. And, as happens each year, all those Spanish ports along the Atlantic and the Mediterranean use the day as excuse to party on long into the night, whether or not he had anything to do with the town or city in question.
Colón was a Genoese sailor of Spanish-Jewish extraction and is credited with driving a hard bargain to finance his adventures. For eight years he had been trying to persuade his patrons, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, to come to his aid. He wanted a knighthood, the hereditary ranks of Grand Admiral and Viceroy, and 10 per cent of all income raised by the admiralty. It was a tidy sum as Spain had one of the greatest navies in the world and would regularly plunder foreign ports and ships of other nations.
At first Colón received a curt: “No!” But then the monarchs relented and he sailed off from the Atlantic port of Palos de la Frontera on August 3, 1492. He was actually looking for a new route to India – but central America got in his way and he found even greater riches that had envisaged.
The city of Cartagena on Spain’s south coast had little to do with Colón. Nevertheless it boasts two prominent statues of the explorer, one in the old town, the other on the foreshores of the Mediterranean. The latter is an impressive sculpture with his right arm outstretched as if pointing to the Americas.
Although he never lived in Cartagena, the locals tell us he is important to the city because it is one of the most famous ports in the whole of Europe and home to the Spanish Navy since the 16th century. Today it is a Mecca for cruise vessels that ply the Mediterranean and SeaDream I and II regularly stop off for the passengers to soak up the unique ambience. And the SeaDreamers pose for ‘selfies’ with the wharf-side statue as a giant backdrop.
The good folk of Cartagena are also known for their love of festivals, and not only those with links to the explorer. When the two SeaDream mega-yachts docked on the same day in May, the locals were in the process of commemorating May Day, the international public holiday devoted to workers.“It is a pity you cannot stay on,” we were told. “The Festival of the May Flowers begins in a few days time.” No one is quite sure what the festival celebrates. But priests, brothers and nuns from various religious orders make crosses out of a variety of flowers and decorate the streets, especially in the old town. Women put on their traditional flouncy Spanish dresses. The men don the high-waisted trousers. Guitars and flamenco dancing are the order of the day (and night). And vast amounts of Spanish food, sangria and sherry are consumed. Even without the partying, Cartagena is an interesting place to visit.
A ‘must-see’ for SeaDreamers is the Roman theatre, one of the biggest in all of Europe. The theatre was built between 5 and 1 BC, at the behest of Emperor Augustus Caesar and dedicated to his grandson Gaius and Lucius. In the 3rd century AD a moorish market or Kasbah was built over much of the theatre and some 10 centuries later a cathedral was constructed adjacent to the site using material purloined from the ancient theatre. The cathedral was destroyed in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War and the ruins have since remained virtually untouched. It wasn’t until 1988 when much of the site was being excavated for a new regional arts and crafts centre that the original theatre was discovered. The area was turned into a giant archeological dig. Restoration was finished in 2003 and a new museum has since been completed. Colón or Columbus … whatever you call him … would have been pleased!
MALCOLM ANDREWS is an Australian author and travel writer who has been a SeaDream devotee for the past decade.