Gretchen Bell, SeaDream  Yacht Club Vice President of Sales pictured with Robert W. Lepisto, SeaDream Yacht Club President
Gretchen Bell, SeaDream Yacht Club Vice President of Sales pictured with Robert W. Lepisto, SeaDream Yacht Club President

SeaDream Yacht Club Named Best Niche Cruise Line by Virtuoso

MIAMI, August 17, 2015 – International luxury travel network Virtuoso recognized SeaDream Yacht Club as the “Best Niche Cruise Line” at its gala dinner last night that attracted more than 2,700 attendees, including some of the biggest names in luxury travel, at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.


The Virtuoso Awards honor the network’s finest travel advisors, agencies and preferred partners and allow travel industry peers to recognize each other’s accomplishments. The network’s travel providers vote for agencies and advisors, while agency members vote for preferred suppliers. This year Virtuoso received more than 12,000 votes from advisors and suppliers.

“Virtuoso’s selective acceptance process means that only the world’s top travel professionals are part of our network,” shared Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch. “Because of that, the peer-to-peer Virtuoso Awards are especially valued industry recognition. Winners such as SeaDream Yacht Club elevate this network and the entire luxury travel industry with their unique contributions.”

“We are honored to win this prestigious award,” shared President Bob Lepisto. “Virtuoso agencies entrust us to deliver the intimate and casually elegant nature of our voyages and this award further exemplifies SeaDream’s commitment to excellence.”

For more information on SeaDream Yacht Club, visit or call 1-800-707-4911. Information can also be obtained by contacting a professional travel agent.

About SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream Yacht Club has achieved the industry’s highest accolades for its two twin, casually elegant mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. With a maximum of only 112 guests and a 95-person award-winning crew, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” defines not only the size of the vessels, but the onboard lifestyle and anticipatory service. SeaDream Yacht Club provides a yachting experience visiting small harbors and ports around the world, many inaccessible by larger ships, on seven to 15-day voyages. An incredible array of services, activities, water toys, dining, wine, premium drinks and gratuities are provided in SeaDream’s inclusive fare. For more information, visit or call 1-800-707-4911.

About Virtuoso Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 370 agency members with more than 9,800 elite travel advisors in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (US) $14 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit



Mike Hicks



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