August 22, 2014 by adannunzio
It happened during the SeaDream I sailing, July 26 – Aug. 8, 2014 from Bergen, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark.
SeaDream guest, Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend shares her special story with SeaDream blog readers.
This trip was especially meaningful for me, as I am Norwegian on my father’s side. The voyage stopped in Lillesand, Norway where my paternal grandmother’s family lived (my great-grandparents came to America from there.) I worked with a genealogist in Lillesand and on our stop there, I met cousins that I never knew that I had! It is a most remarkable memory and it was a fabulous afternoon that we had there. I am attaching the Lillesands-Posten newspaper article about my visit and an English translation. Thank you to SeaDream for this most memorable trip.
-Carole Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend
(newspaper article below was translated from Norwegian to English. Pardon possible errors)
Discovered a new family Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend had a friendly meeting with her relatives in Norway and had the opportunity to visit her ancest0r’s homes, when the mega yacht, SeaDream was visiting Lillesand on Sunday. The Stangeby family had large parts of their family tree in place, thanks to John Gustav Johansen. It all started with the fact that the local history team got a somewhat unusual request from the USA. Could they help Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend with some information about her ancestor’s history? The result was a tour in Lillesand and Høvåg, meeting distant relatives in this little town & people not knowing that they had family across the ocean. John Gustav Johansen was put on the case. As an experienced producer of genealogical tables, he got tabs on Carole´s family tree. One of those who showed up was Kurt Stangeby from Lillesand. Stangeby, a local man interested in history, agreed to help John Gustav and his wife Bergliot Øie Johansen in organizing the visit for the distant relative from the United States. “This is something I will never regret doing”, Stangeby says, because he, his wife Evy and his sister Irene too, had an unforgettable day. Stangeby not only got to know that he had relatives in the United States, John Gustav Johansen worked out most of the genealogical tree on his mother’s side as well. “I did not know that I had family in the United States”, Stangeby says, and he tells us that Aanon Anderssen from Ågerøya is his and Carole´s common great-great grandfather. Aanon lived from 1819 to 1904 and was married to Oline Marie Andersdatter (1821-1900) from Åmland. Their son Aanon Olevinius (Aanonsen) Andersen (born 1859 in Høvåg) and his wife Severine (born Børresen, 1863 in Lillesand) emigrated to the United States and became Carole’s great grandparents.
Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend had also visited Lillesand in 1976, but had no contact with anyone at that time. This time, however, Stangeby had worked out a full program for Carole, her husband, Malcome and friends Rob and Bill to visit the places of interest in Lillesand. John Gustav Johansen and his wife had come up with all the information that was needed about their ancestors and for the journey. During the five hours SeaDream was docked in Lillesand, the four visited the school, in which the great grandmother was a student, they visited the churches in Vestre Moland and Høvåg , and they also visited the houses at Åmland and in the Oddekleiva where, respectively, the great grandfather and great grandmother grew up. It was a great experience for both the Norwegians and the Americans. “It was great fun. We learned a lot about the whole family and about the American family in particular”, Evy Stangeby says. She has a long time been doing research on her husband´s family tree. Now she’s got most of the pieces on her husband’s mother’s side in place, thanks to information provided by John Gustav Johansen. “The funny thing about this, is that suddenly half of Lillesand´s inhabitants were related to each other”, said Kurt Stangeby laughing, referring to the Commerce Manager and the Minister of Development, and a whole lot of other well-known Lillesand names, appearing on the family tree.
A successful visit
Kurt had agreed in advance with the owners of the homes on Åmland and Oddekleiva that the group could pay a visit there. Together with his sister Irene, he was the driver for the group. The group was invited into both locations and both Erik Florvaag and Johan Chr. Gunnufsen were genuinely interested in meeting the Americans. “They talked about the homes and even got new information about who had lived there”, Kurt Stangeby said. “So it was a pleasant experience for us all”, Kurt Stangeby says after delivering the Americans to the Dybvannskaia dock and waved goodbye to his newly discovered relative. Carole for her part will never regret getting in touch with the local history team and selecting this cruise which came alongside the dock in Lillesand.
SLEKTNINGER: Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend met her relatives Irene Stangeby and Kurt Stangeby in Lillesand. Alfriend was a guest aboard the cruise ship, SeaDream I.
MIDDELSKOLEN: John Gustav and Bergliot have taken her to the «Middelskolen».
FIKK INFORMASJON: Carole gets information about her ancestors´ house at Åmland by Erik Florvaag.
PÅ KIRKEGÅRDEN: The Americans were surprised that the ownership of a grave ends after 20 years. In USA they last forever.
I KIRKEN: Carole gets information from Bergliot Øie Johansen in Høvåg Church.
ÅMLAND: The group was heartily welcomed at the house of Carole´s ancestors in Høvåg. THE JOURNEY: They all agreed that the trip had been a success.
August 4, 2014 by adannunzio
Greg Fraher joins SeaDream Yacht Club as Director of Business Development, Northeast USA
SeaDream Yacht Club bolsters its presence on the east coast. Dedicated to providing greater service to the travel agent community, SeaDream is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Fraher as Director of Business Development/Northeast, effective August 4, 2014. Based from his home in Hoboken, NJ, Greg will manage a seven state territory including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. SeaDream veteran Lucille DePerro, will now serve as Director of Business Development/Mid-Atlantic, managing the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Greg will be giving more attention to the New England states, which were previously managed by Brooke Lepisto. Brooke in turn, will have her full time attention on the South Central States.
A seasoned industry veteran of over 25 years, Greg brings extensive experience and knowledge of the small-ship arena having held sales, marketing and operations positions with top operators including Lindblad Expeditions, Orion Expedition Cruises and Travel Dynamics International. His most recent appointment was with New York based Fischer Travel Enterprises, where he served as a Travel and Lifestyle Consultant.
An avid fan of traveling aboard small vessels and in the company of like-minded individuals, Greg reports: “I am thrilled to be returning to the supplier side of the industry and affiliating myself with SeaDream Yacht Club. I’ve admired this fine company for many years, and look forward to representing the brand and contributing to its great reputation and success.”
Greg may be reached at (646) 623-5197 or GFraher@seadream.com
July 30, 2014 by adannunzio
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
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:
Voyages that feature 100% CROATIA (sample itinerary below).
Voyage # 11525
Dubrovnik, Croatia (embark)
Venice, Italy (debark)
Voyages that feature 99% GREECE (sample itinerary below)…also note calls to many unique, lesser known Greek Islands.
Voyage # 21530
Istanbul, Turkey (embark)
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Parikia, Paros, Greece
Navplion (Mycenae), Greece
Athens (Piraeus), Greece (debark)
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
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (debark)
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Voyages that feature multiple calls in Turkey (sample itinerary below)
Voyage # 11537
Athens (Piraeus), Greece (embark)
Rhodes Town, Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Kepez (for Troy/Gallipoli) Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey (debark)
July 21, 2014 by adannunzio
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
July 17, 2014 by adannunzio
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:
14-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $7,699 per person
7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,899 per person
7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,899 per person
7-day inclusive voyage with fare starting at $4,299 per person
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
July 8, 2014 by adannunzio
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
 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.
June 27, 2014 by adannunzio
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).
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, 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.
Culebrita, 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).
June 5, 2014 by adannunzio
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. (email@example.com).
(Malcolm Andrews is an Australian author and journalist who has been a SeaDream devotee since the first of several voyages, in 2006)