SeaDream Yacht Club HONORED YET AGAIN BY BERLITZ
Described as “Ultimately Exclusive Boutique Vessels”
SeaDream Makes the Top of the list in Authoritative Guidebook
SeaDream Yacht Club has received yet another accolade from a highly authoritative guidebook—the Berlitz Guide to Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships. Since SeaDream’s founding in 2001 it has been has been honored annually by this publication.
The top three seagoing passenger vessels in the world according to the 2010 edition of the Berlitz Guide are SeaDream I, SeaDream II. SeaDream I and II rated five stars and topped 10 contenders in the “boutique ships” (50 to 200 passengers) category. By doing so it outscored cruise vessels of Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Sea Cloud as well as the Grill Class of Queen Mary 2
The 2010 edition of Douglas Ward’s highly-regarded, independent cruise industry bible named SeaDream I and II as tops in its Five Star Club and listed them as being “Crème de la Crème.”.
In the guidebook Ward makes this point: “There really is no best cruise line in the world or best cruise ship— only the ship and cruise that is right for you. After all, it’s the overall enjoyment of a cruise as a vacation that’s really important. Therefore, different criteria are applied to ships of different sizes, styles and market segments throughout the world (people of different nationalities seek different things in their vacations.)”
Commenting on this accomplishment, Bob Lepisto, SeaDream’s President, said “This is truly an honor for us. We are delighted that we have rated so spectacularly once again in this world-renowned guide by the passenger shipping expert Douglas Ward. We thank him and his publishers but we also want to point out that this honor is due to a total team effort. Not only are our shipboard officers and staff responsible for this, but also our SeaDream colleagues in all of our offices ashore.”
“We have an incredible group of SeaDream colleagues and they should be saluted for their extraordinary work,” Lepisto added.
Douglas Ward’s objective evaluations of passenger vessels come from predetermined criteria that include scores for the quality of the vessel, its accommodations, cuisine, service, entertainment and overall cruise experience. (Please note that SeaDream achieved amazing ratings in all categories except that of entertainment while the other rated vessels all received entertainment points. Europa, for example received 90 out of a possible 100 points for entertainment. SeaDream believes in the yachting concept whereby guests are able to entertain themselves; hence it received no score in the entertainment category.)
In his review of the SeaDream mega-yacht cruisers Ward makes these comments:
Overview: “The two SeaDream ships really are the ultimate exclusive boutique vessels—like having your own private yacht in which hospitality, anticipation and personal recognition are an art form practiced to a high level.”
Suitable For: The SeaDreams (SeaDream I and II) are best suited to sophisticated, independent and well-traveled couples…”
Cuisine: “The SeaDream Yacht Club experience is really all about dining. The ships will not disappoint, and culinary excellence prevails. Only the freshest and finest quality ingredients are used in the best culinary artistry.”
Service: “Fine, unhurried European service is provided.”
Spa/Fitness: “the holistic approach to well-being plays a big part (on SeaDream yachts) in relaxation and body pampering…”
Lepisto concluded: “SeaDream Yacht Club has received many awards, honors and accolades over the years—either rated at the very top of the scale, or scoring in the top percentile—the Berlitz awards are perhaps the best indication of our excellence.”
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