IMAGINE coming home to family and friends and boasting of a honeymoon of Champagne whenever you had the urge, of caviar and daily 5-star dining, and of someone seemingly always at hand to indulge your every need – and much in the fashion of a millionaire on their yacht in the Mediterranean.
Or, regaling them with tales of slipping into dreamy little ports, that because of their size, large cruise ships must simply sail by, but which those millionaires easily call home….And of perhaps laying back at night on a Balinese bed on deck, and counting the stars as a yacht’s steward offered yet another of your favorite drinks…Friends could be forgiven for suggesting you are dreaming. And, in truth, you can tell them they are right, for your honeymoon was seadreaming…
SeaDreaming the Mediterranean aboard one of the yachts of SeaDream Yacht Club, vessels that while called yachts are in fact mega motor-cruisers with just 56 staterooms for a maximum 112 guests looked after by a super-attentive 95 crew. And so pampered are these guests, that every year the SeaDream I & SeaDream II twins are voted by rating agencies and in cruise ship passenger surveys; world’s best boutique vessels for dining, service and value.
Yet, they are not the exclusive preserve of the millionaire classes, with prices for sailings in the Mediterranean starting from an affordable US$4,299 per person double occupancy for a 7-night voyage. And best of all, you won’t have to worry about that bane of the cruise-goer; additional onboard costs in bars and “alternative” restaurants that can just seem to add up and up. Because once aboard SeaDream I & SeaDream II, you can virtually put away the wallet or purse: included in your fare is all 5-star dining, wines with lunch and dinner, premium-label drinks from the open bars, nightly pre-dinner cocktail gatherings, use of a 30-course golf simulator and a state of the art fitness center… even crew gratuities.
They’ve also a whole range of complimentary power and sail watercraft, from jet skis to laser sailboats, catamarans, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, water skis, wake boards, a banana boat and others that can be used where local authorities permit. Plus, if you are looking to a bit of exercise while enjoying local attractions in ports of call, complimentary mountain bikes for excursions ashore, as well as daily complimentary Tai Chi and Yoga sessions, or more quietly a library with over 1,000 books and magazines.
But if all this sounds like enough to be your kind of honeymoon, there’s one more thing that guests (an amazing 40% of SeaDream passengers are repeat guests) constantly cite as their greatest pleasure, and that is the crew. From the moment you board, being greeted at the top of the gangway by the Captain and one of his Officers, a steward with Champagne and others with canapés as you wait the just-few minutes to register and be escorted to your stateroom by your room stewardess, seemingly every crew member knows and remembers your name, and at the bars and while dining, your personal little favorites too.
Dining rates amongst the most-memorable of SeaDream’s experiences, with breakfast and lunch on deck, under shade cloths (weather permitting,) and dinners held in the Dining Salon but some on deck too. Though dinner is silver service, there is no call for ties, jackets or ball gowns: for men slacks and collared business or sports shirt (not golf) suffice, and for the ladies cocktail dresses, pant suits, slacks, blouses and the like.
SeaDream I & II each have an after-dinner piano bar and gaming table, movies on deck or in the main salon, and dancing to the music of a guitarist at the open-air Top of the Yacht Bar, but no floor shows or other form of entertainment. They do not encourage children under thirteen years of age, and advise families with teens that there are no children-specific facilities aboard, with the result few young families holiday on the yachts.
Each of the vessels has 54 ‘Yacht Club’ Staterooms approximately 18 square metres in size, an Admiral’s Suite of 35 square metres and an Owner’s Suite of 40 square metres; all are “outside” with those on decks 3 and 4 having picture windows, and those on deck 2 twin portholes. All have a hair dryer, refrigerator with complimentary drinks, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, entertainment center, dataport for email and internet access, and WiFi; there’s also 24hr Room Service available. And if the mood suits, each yacht has a number of Balinese beds on top deck 6 that can be made-up for you to sleep outdoors under the stars…
Optional shore excursions are available in ports of call and costs for these can be added to your stateroom account, and on most sailings Chef does at least one shore-side shopping trip, with guests invited to join-in and enjoy complimentary tastings from a range of local stores and markets Chef purchases from for dinner that night. One of the most popular of these is in St Tropez on the Mediterranean coast of France, where as Chef buys fruit, vegetables, local specialty cheeses and other goods, local providores offer tastings of their Rosé wines, cheeses, breads and even a traditional St Tropez onion tart.
SeaDream’s annual Mediterranean season from May to October covers myriad ports both large and small along Italy’s Riviera, the Amalfi Coast, Costa Smeralda, the French Riviera, Monaco, Spain’s Balearic Islands, the Croatian Coast, the Aegean and Ionian Greek Islands and Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, making for honeymoon opportunities that will become ever-treasured memories.
SeaDream Yacht Club has these unique free offerings exclusive to honeymooners:
* A private dinner on deck with personal wait staff to handle your every wish
* Signature stateroom door hanger souvenir; “Honeymoon in Progress”
* Surprise, loving swan towel animals with rose petals on bed at turndown
* A dinner with the Captain
* Honeymoon certificate presented and signed by the Captain
* An al fresco breakfast for two in a secluded deck location
* Chocolate covered strawberries at turndown
* Balinese Bed, strewn with rose petals, reserved for your sleeping under the stars
* A guitarist will visit your dinner table on deck for a special serenade
* Special “lovers” dessert will surprise you one night
Now just tell family and friends to forget the cookware and the furniture, you want a SeaDreaming Honeymoon in the Mediterranean for your wedding gift… and as discounts apply for small groups on some sailings, you may like to suggest several particularly close members of your wedding party may like to come along as well?
For more information about SeaDream Yacht Club’s itineraries and prices in the Mediterranean, as well as in the Caribbean and trans-Atlantic*, see travel agents, call 800-707-4911 and visit www.seadream.com