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Love Notes from the Sea

February 11, 2016 by Jennifer Nguyen marktwain2

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, we’re inspired by the love and wonders of the sea. There is nothing more beautiful than the mysterious ocean and its parallels to love and life. The turquoise, serene waters that soothe our minds is the same body of water that can turn dark and unpredictable—and yet we love her still for everything she has to offer; she nurtures us, provides us with food and heals our souls. As Isak Dinesen put it, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

The ocean is an everyday reminder to appreciate our lives and our loved ones, even when paradise doesn’t seem so blissful. Sometimes, you just have to go with the waves.

To celebrate one of the most romantic days of the year, we want to share some more memorable quotes as we admire the beauty of the open waters.

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” Wyland

“If my love were an ocean, there would be no more land” Jay Asher

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.” Unknown

“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.” Honore de Balzac

Whether it’s love in the air or that cool breeze right before a storm, let the ocean be a reminder of the natural ebb and flow of life. Reflect in the romance the sea holds within her waters, which is always just a SeaDream away. ⚓️

 

Announcing 2017 Reservations

January 27, 2016 by Jennifer Nguyen 2017 SeaDream Reservations Now Open

Don’t stop SeaDreaming, reservations are now open for 2017! It’s a sailing season to make you wonder if you really are on cloud 9, with voyages to some of the world’s most sought-out destinations. Whether you’re dreaming of island hopping in the Caribbean or relaxing along the Mediterranean, you can start planning your next escape to make your luxurious vacation dreams come true.

“The 2017 season exemplifies the true yachting experience as our mega-yachts call on small Caribbean destinations of Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and sophisticated secluded European locales including Paros in the Greek Isles. Each itinerary visits multiple ports away from larger vessels where SeaDream guests can explore ashore with no lines and return to their yacht for award-winning personalized service.” –Bob Lepisto, SeaDream Yacht Club President 

Sail away to secluded ports including Saba, Culebrita and Vieques, Puerto Rico, a pleasant refresh to some of the traditionally frequented islands by other cruise travelers. Other Caribbean destinations include St. Barts, Barbados, the French West Indies, the Grenadines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Easily accessible embarkation and debarkation ports such San Juan, Puerto Rico and Bridgetown, Barbados ensure plenty of flight options to rendezvous with SeaDream I and SeaDream II.

Saba

Saba, a Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles chain, a special municipality of the Netherlands.

Itineraries in the Caribbean emphasize relaxation and rejuvenation. Travelers can take advantage of the SeaDream Spa, with the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea. They can splash in the surf with a bevy of water toys, including stand-up paddleboards and wave runners, available in the yacht’s marina. Guests can partake in the revelry of special beachside culinary experiences like the signature Champagne and Caviar Splash™, served on china aboard a white linen-sheathed surfboard.

During the European season of 2017, SeaDream will visit some of the most colorful and contrasting ports of Southern Europe as both yachts sail the waters of the Amalfi Coast, the Aegean and Greek Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Adriatic Sea and Croatian Coasts, the French and Italian Rivieras, Monaco, and Turkey.

The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region.

The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region.

On SeaDream, travelers can explore locales on immersive holidays as they would on their own personal yacht. Guests will enjoy the sights of exclusive harbors like Porto Cervo, where larger ships cannot go. They can also indulge in land adventures at their own pace using the yacht’s complimentary mountain bikes to trek the hillsides of villages like Bonifacio on the French island of Corsica.

For a truly epic SeaDream Yacht Club experience, the 2017 season offers four 13-day transatlantic crossings, allowing guests the opportunity to indulge in all the two yachts have to offer including the SeaDream Spa and outstanding cuisine.

Start your search for that perfect luxurious vacation in 2017 by contacting your travel professional or visit here.

UNIQUE SAIL INTO ANCIENT GREECE AND ALBANIA

November 10, 2015 by adannunzio
Hydra, Greece

                                                              Hydra, Greece

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, ParosSifnos, Hydra… and come home boasting of transversing the 6.4km Corinth Canal begun by Emperor Nero in 67AD, but not completed until 1893.

Corinth Canal

                                         Corinth Canal

There’s even a day at Sarande that’s one of the greatest classical cities on the Albanian Riviera, with an optional visit to the nearby 2,500 year old ruins of UNESCO-listed, Butrint.

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

Voting Begins for World’s Best Awards 2016

November 4, 2015 by adannunzio

Voting begings Travel + Leisure THE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS SURVEY

 

The voting begins now! We’re thrilled that SeaDream Yacht Club is listed in the voting category of Cruise Lines in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards survey! We would very much appreciate your help in achieving the recognition that comes with this prestigious award. If you have a minute, please click on the link below to vote for your favorite cruise line.

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From the crew of SeaDream I and SeaDream II, we thank-you very much for your continued support.

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Wine Voyages Enhance both your Culinary and Yachting Experience

October 28, 2015 by adannunzio
Dining Salon

Dining Salon aboard SDI & SDII

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”.

Wine Director, Ida Dønheim – 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.

Eight Wine Voyages offered in Mediterranean for 2016

October 15, 2015 by adannunzio

Wine Director, Ida Dønheim

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.

Ferenc Kiss

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

October 9, 2015 by adannunzio

Hand-made paper fit for a Pope

-By MALCOLM ANDREWS

Personalise your paper with a unique seal or a genuine quill pen

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.

Amalfi’s busy Piazza DuomoOh, 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.

Tabula: An Aladdin’s Cave of souvenirs

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 sailing SeaDream II, Lisbon to San Juan

September 23, 2015 by adannunzio
Sunrise

                                                              Sunrise at Sea

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

Guest Lecturers aboard our SDI Fall 2015 Crossing

September 23, 2015 by adannunzio

Library relaxing

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

SeaDream I Employee of the Month for August

August 28, 2015 by adannunzio

Congratulations to Motorman, Mathias Projo

SeaDream I Employee of the Month for August

SD1 Employee of the month August 2015- Center: Mathias Projo

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