Fireworks seen from the French Riviera. Photo Credit: Kurt Bauschardt
On July 14th, Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale, is honored in France and around the world with displays of patriotism to celebrate the French Revolution. SeaDream offers multiple voyages along the French Riviera, visiting ports such as Nice, St. Tropez and Cannes where guests are immersed with culture, flavor, and history.
Bastille was originally a medieval fortress in Paris and later used as a prison that held upper-class criminals. At the time of the revolution, King Louis XVI reigned over France and resentment towards the ruling began to build up amongst the majority of the people. They demanded an end to the French monarchy.
In 1789, a revolutionary battle at Bastille broke out with French revolutionists invading the prison to set 7 prisoners free. This resulted in a riot that ended with a victory on July 14th. Bastille was captured and the regime ended. King Louis XVI was executed a few years later in 1893, as well as his wife, Marie Antoinette.
The French Revolution was well underway after the invasion, and this was the beginning of the freedom that is celebrated today.
More overnights in dream destinations equals more time for exploration and adventure. This fall, you can embark on one of our seven-day sailings that visits these picturesque yachting ports in the French & Italian Riviera. Each itinerary pairs the ultimate yachting experience with the most scenic backdrops in the world. Whether you’re exploring the wine regions exclusive to the Mediterranean or simply taking in the world-class service and cuisine of the yacht, you can extend your summer vacation season with these early fall voyages on SeaDream I beginning October 1.
“These Mediterranean voyages intimately transport our guests to some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive ports and harbors,” says SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Through our creative excursions onshore and highly personalized service onboard, we pride ourselves in offering our guests with the ultimate yachting experience.”
October is the ideal time to travel as summer temperatures have cooled and crowds have thinned, creating perfect conditions for outdoor walks and tours. With the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea, the SeaDream Spa ensures complete rejuvenation for its guests. Defined by the statement, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” SeaDream was named the Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship of 2015 by Forbes.
At each port of call, you can choose from a variety of activities including hiking through the Mediterranean flora to Santa Margherita while in Portofino, shopping with the Chef in Sorrento or St. Tropez and even driving a Ferrari in Monte Carlo. An additional highlight for the 2016 fall season will be the popular crew-led shore excursions available in numerous ports which many of the yacht’s staff call home. These walks and bike rides take guests off the beaten path to explore the sights and sounds of historic European seaside villages.
Below is a listing of SeaDream’s 2016 fall itineraries onboard SeaDream I:
- Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cannes, departing October 1 – October 8, 2016.
Seven days including boutique ports of Porto Ercole, Livorno (Florence), Portovenere, Portofino, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez.
- Cannes to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing October 15 – October 22, 2016.
Seven days including ports of Monte Carlo overnight, Portofino, Portovenere, Livorno (for Florence), Portoferraio, and Porto Ercole.
- Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cannes, departing October 22 – October 29, 2016.
Seven days including ports of Sorrento, Capri, Bonifacio & Calvi on the island of Corsica, and St. Tropez.
- Cannes to Malaga, departing October 29 – November 5, 2016.
Seven days calling on ports of St. Tropez overnight, Cassis, Port Vendres, Barcelona, Valencia, and Cartagena.
For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.
If you’re looking for an adventure for all your senses, we have partnered with TCS World Travel to bring you an expedition of a lifetime. Travel in luxurious fashion by sailing the Mediterranean by yacht and take off on a custom Boeing 757 private jet for a wild and adventurous safari. Explore the world like you never have before with Sea. Sky. Safari.
Private Jet Experience
This unique voyage is all about comfort and style with intimate ports, harbors and hard-to-reach destinations. After being pampered aboard your SeaDream mega yacht, flying private is the perfect way to continue this luxurious and wild adventure. The finest details are carefully prepared for your next stop: Africa.
Here are 5 reasons you’ll love TCS World Travel’s private jet on this adventure:
- Spend more time exploring
Landing closely to hard-to-reach destinations allows for more time to explore. You will be accustomed to this perk with SeaDream, and a private jet is a great way to segue into the journey to Africa. Heighten your adventure without the hassle of traditional traveling. Routes include direct flights that are not available on commercial airlines, and that’s a major plus to truly enjoy the exploration you so desire.
- Truly relax 30,000 feet in the air
What is the epitome of comfort? Italian-leather flatbed seats with 6.5 feet of personal space makes it to our list. The spacious two-by-two seating will have you immersed in comfort, style and full relaxation.
- VIP Luggage Service
Traveling may seem like a drag, and dragging along behind you is typically your luggage. Luckily, the VIP Luggage Service takes care of this for you. Rest assured, an experienced and thorough team will have your belongings waiting in your room.
- Receive impeccable Service
This is a journey designed with you in mind, with personalized service to cater to your needs. The sense of luxury is quintessential in the five-star accommodations provided in-flight. With on-demand entertainment with Bose® noise canceling headsets included, you will realize there is simply no other way to soar through theair.
- Enjoy the Journey of a Lifetime
Traveling with TCS World Travel and SeaDream is a dream voyage to satisfy your adventurous land, sea and air appetite. It is elegance at its finest—and embarking on this journey will leave you feeling pampered, spoiled and well traveled.
Space is filling up and we want you to be sure to not miss out on this special expedition. Call your travel professional today for more information, or visit: Seadream.com/unique-programs/sea-sky-safari.
We’re raising a glass (or two) for #NationalWineDay to celebrate our exciting SeaDream Wine Voyages this year. This unique program is offered exclusively in the Mediterranean from May-November, sailing to some of the most beautiful and intimate ports.
Here are 5 reasons to book a Wine Voyage on SeaDream:
- It’s A Culinary Yachting Experience
A personalized and unique experience aboard SeaDream paired with some of the finest wines in the region makes our Wine Voyages a special time to set sail. Visiting multiple picture-perfect destinations while enhancing your culinary and wine knowledge is the ultimate adventure for your senses.
- The Perfect Pair
Dream gourmet cuisine harmonized with rich and colorful wine flavors enhances the overall gourmet dining experience. Wine pairings are thoughtfully selected to please your gastronomic palate.
- Historical and Adventurous
Explore the wonderful flavors and history by immersing yourself with carefully crafted selections of world-renowned wineries, onboard or ashore. Wine Director, Ida Dønheim, designed these wine voyages exclusively for our SeaDream guests. Wine Voyages include specialized winery visits and land adventures with activities to satisfy the sommelier in you.
- Wine Maker’s Dinner
A SeaDream guest favorite, the Winemaker’s Dinner will feature select wines offered in earlier tastings. Executive Chef’s degustation menu is complemented with top cuvees from our visiting Wine Maker. This allows guests the option to experience a special food and wine pairing and experience how the wine changes character when served with food.
- Complimentary Wine Tastings
You will get to enjoy exclusive and rare wine tastings throughout a Wine Voyage itinerary. On all SeaDream voyages, bar service with select spirits and wines are included. (You may visit our FAQ page for more details.) Wine packages by-the-glass during Winemaker’s dinner and wine land adventures are offered for an additional cost.
There is still time to book an exciting Wine Voyage adventure on SeaDream. Yachting while enhancing your culinary and wine expertise is a great way to escape for the summer; imagine the endless stories and memories you will bring back home with you.
Gratinated Escargots with Aubergine Caviar and Mushroom
Signature SeaDream Dish- Gratinated Escargot
- 24 Pcs Escargots
- 7 Ounces Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
- 1 Medium Size Egg Plant
- 2 Medium Size Portobello Mushrooms
- 1 Tbsp mixed chopped Herbs, (Parsley, Chive, and Chervil)
- 1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 2 Egg yolks
- 2 Bay Leaves
- Garlic, Finely Chopped
- Tabasco® sauce
- Lemon Juice
- Pinch Saffron
- Olive Oil
- 8 Toast Triangles
- Salt and Pepper
- Tomato Skin Chip and Chervil for garnish
To prepare the herb butter:
- In a stand mixer with beaters, beat the butter until fluffy (a handheld mixer can also be used)
- Add the egg yolk and mix into the butter
- Add chopped garlic to taste, bread crumbs, mixed herbs and mix
- Add salt and pepper, Tabasco® sauce and lemon juice to taste
- Place in piping bag and set aside in cool place
To prepare the Aubergine Caviar:
- Preheat oven to 320℉
- Cut the eggplant in half
- Place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and the bay leaf
- Place in 320℉ oven for 30 minutes or until the eggplant is soft
- Set aside to cool
- Scoop out the meat with a spoon, and chop very fine
- Bring sauté pan to a medium high temperature and cover the bottom with olive oil
- slice the portobello mushrooms in 1/2 inch cubes and sauté in a hot pan
- When the mushrooms are cooked and the water from the mushrooms is gone, add the chopped eggplant
- Add the saffron, salt and pepper
- Sir slowly on medium heat until the mushroom and eggplant mixture becomes drier
- Set aside
To prepare the Escargots:
- Preheat oven to 425℉
- Heat a medium size pan to medium high heat
- Cook the escargots in their own juice until they are cooked through
- With a spoon, place the aubergine caviar in the middle of a small, shallow, oven proof bowl (you can also fill a small metal ring as a form for the caviar)
- Arrange the warm escargots around it
- Take the piping bag and slowly squeeze some of the herb butter on the escargots
- In an oven with a top heating element, place the prepared bowl on the highest rack to brown the tops
- You can also use the broiler in an oven; in both cases, watch it carefully
- When gratinated and all butter is nicely brown, it is ready to serve
- Add toast triangles, a tomato skin chip and chervil
What makes a SeaDream Yacht Club experience so uniquely different from big cruise vacations?
1. Open deck plans and teak decks
As you take the first steps on board, you can tell the atmosphere is just different. Greeted by a warm welcome from the captain, you can be certain that SeaDream is simply, not a cruise. There’s something quite liberating as you explore SeaDream I and identical twin SeaDream II with their open deck plans and teak outdoor decks. The fresh sea air and calm breezes can even be enjoyed at a romantic dinner onboard. Just one look at one of our yachts in port and you can identify just how unique SeaDream truly is. These sisters truly are mega yachts in a marina full of oversized cruise ships.
Welcome Aboard SeaDeam Yacht Club
2. Balinese Dream Beds.
Lounging at it’s finest, our Balinese Dream Beds make the yachting experience even more distinctive. You can enjoy unobstructed views as you watch the ever-changing backdrops of the beautiful Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas pass by. You can even sleep underneath a sea of stars on these beds, or treat yourself to an oversized bed at the front of the yacht. It’s romantic, relaxing and rewardingly peaceful.
Balinese Dream Beds
3. Intimate ports and overnights
Another perk of yachting? You can travel to where larger ships and cruises can’t go. With SeaDream, you can enjoy the little luxuries of the harder to reach ports and harbors. The Corinth Canal passage is breathtaking. The overnights in ports like St. Barts and St Tropez allows for more adventure, and more opportunities to create memories that last a lifetime. Share these unique SeaDream moments with the friends you make onboard. We’re all “yachting, not cruising” and that’s a great thing to have in common.
4. Water Sports Marina
Head down to the water sports marina and you’ll find easily accessible water toys from wave runners to paddle boards. Our trained activities staff make it effortless to hop on a jet ski or a banana boat right off the back of the yacht, and the ease makes the experience so much more enjoyable.
SeaDream Wave Runners
5. Award-Winning Personalized Service
The simplest difference that makes SeaDream a yachting experience is why our guests come back over and over again. It’s for the award-winning service. With an exceptional crew of 95 to just 112 guests, each individual will feel as if they are on their very own private yacht. Our exceptional shore side staff and onboard crew pay close attention to the smallest of details to ensure a true SeaDream Yacht Club experience to each of our guests. They remember your food preferences. They’ll go out of their way to meet your simplest of needs. They remember your name. You won’t be able to find service like this on a cruise.
Celebrate with SeaDream!
Ready to start yachting, and NOT cruising?
The sparkling turquoise seas of the tropical Caribbean brought many a “SeaDream” to life this 2015-2016 season.. From November – April, well-known destinations in the Caribbean were visited and idyllic islands were explored. Voyages took our guests to the British and US Virgin Islands, St. Barts and to the endlessly colorful backdrop of the French West Indies and the Grenadines.
Virgin Gorda @AndreasRiegal via Twitter
As SeaDream II makes her way to meet her sister in the Mediterranean, we look back through some memorable moments shared by fellowSeaDreamers.
With no surprise, our signature Champagne & Caviar Splash Party™ made it at the top of the list. Who doesn’t love to be served caviar and champagne in crystal-clear waters by an award-winning crew?
Champagne & Caviar Splash Party™
The overnights in St. Barts allowed our guests to enjoy the chic French Island in true yachting fashion. Guests visited favorite hotspots including the famous Nikki Beach, where celebrities have been known to mingle from time to time.
Nikki Beach in St. Barts by @Explore.travel.eat via Instagram
Whether our guests were on a romantic getaway, celebrating a special milestone or just wanted a relaxing vacation, we were there to deliver the best service possible at sea to ensure a luxurious yachting experience for everyone. Did you too sail with us this Caribbean season? Share your favorite memory with us; we’d love to hear about them!
@explore.travel.eat via Instagram
@JimByersTravel via Twitter
#Sundown in the #Caribbeansea on #Seadream by @hannes_tschemernjak via Instagram.
“Imagination rules the world.” – Napolean Bonaporte
Imagine setting sail on a weeklong voyage along the Italian and French Riviera, indulging in expertly crafted cuisine and enjoying some of the most personal service at sea. Ever-changing backdrops starring some of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean will make anyone feel like they are on top of the world. There’s no need for imagination; this is what SeaDream brings to reality.
This picturesque journey, embarking in Civitavecchia (Rome) visits famed cities like Pompeii (Sorrento), Capri and Bonifacio.
Amidst mountainous terrain and enchanting bays, Corsica was also the home of Napoleon Bonaporte whose fierce independence shares a likeness with the fiery island. SeaDream’s overnight stay on this French island allows guests to enjoy a longer and more meaningful time to explore the stylish coastal towns and breathtaking valleys Corsica has to offer.
Saint Tropez- France
After departure from the Corsican region, the next stop is to a most famous resort town on French Riviera. Welcome to St. Tropez; a playground for fashion models, athletes, movie stars and other jet-setting celebrities. And if guests haven’t had enough of the glitz and glamour in St. Tropez, wrapping up the week in Cannes is the perfect way to complete this dream-come-true vacation. Make sure to walk the red carpet!
October is a wonderful time to take this journey, as the usually crammed beaches and restaurant crowds begin to disappear and the locals begin to relax. It’s a great time to truly enjoy the Mediterranean and the “yachting, not cruising” lifestyle. Find out more on how you can start living this #SeaDream by contacting your travel professional.
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. ⚓️
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.
SeaDream’s 2016 Unique Sail into Ancient Greece & Albania
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.
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.
“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”.
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.
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.”
-By MALCOLM ANDREWS
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.
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.
Guest Lecturers aboard our SDI Fall 2015 Crossing
This November 1-14, SeaDream I – sails from Malaga, Spain toBridgetown, 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.
Congratulations to Motorman, 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
–by MALCOLM ANDREWS
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.”
SeaDream Yacht Club Award, Honors & Accolades
Since its founding late in 2001, SeaDream Yacht Club, with its elegant twin mega yacht cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II, has received numerous awards, honors and accolades from authoritative travel publications, industry organizations and unsolicited guest comments. These welcome expressions of SeaDream’s excellence have not only conveyed the messages of “World’s Best” and “Best of Class,” but have validated the unique nature of the SeaDream voyage; one which is intimate and casually elegant, reflecting SeaDream’s mantra “It’s yachting, not cruising.”