SeaDream Yacht Club Named Best Niche Cruise Line by Virtuoso

August 17th, 2015 by Adrienne d'Annunzio
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.

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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 www.seadream.com 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 www.seadream.com 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 virtuoso.com.

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CONTACT:

Mike Hicks

LOU HAMMOND & ASSOCIATES

561-655-3836

michaelh@louhammond.com

www.louhammond.com  

Misty Ewing Belles

VIRTUOSO

202-553-8817

mewing@virtuoso.com

www.virtuoso.com

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB VOTED NUMBER ONE CUISINE

October 17th, 2013 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB VOTED NUMBER ONE CUISINE

Small-Ship Lines – Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

MIAMI, October 17, 2013 – Nearly 80,000 readers voted, casting over 1 million votes, far more than ever before, according to Condé Nast Traveler, in the just announced 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. SeaDream Yacht Club is honored to have earned the highest score for cuisine in the small-ships category.

Known among discerning travelers for its award-winning, gourmet cuisine, SeaDream prepares each dish à la minute. The lines’ two, twin mega-yachts SeaDream I & SeaDream II continue to offer innovative dining, including an optional Raw Food menu and a new Japanese menu. With a maximum of 112 guests aboard, accommodating a variety of special requests and dietary needs is done with ease. The culinary team is headed by Corporate Executive Chef, Sudesh Kishore who started with SeaDream as Sous Chef in 2001.

In certain ports, guests can join the Chef for a trip to the local market, sourcing only the freshest, indigenous ingredients for their dishes. Culinary excellence is just another facet that makes a SeaDream voyage so memorable. Commenting on the news, Thomas Carlson, SeaDream’s Vice President of Hotel Operations, said: “I am very proud of the entire Culinary and Service team, along with the Hotel, Deck and Technical teams, they work together to create the unique SeaDream product. It is so wonderful to see their hard work recognized.”

To request more information on SeaDream, contact a travel professional, call 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.seadream.com.

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 in Costa Rica, Asia, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe on seven to 15-day voyages. An incredible array of services, activities, water toys, dining, wine, premium drinks and gratuities are included in SeaDream’s fully-inclusive fare. For more information, visit www.seadream.com or call 1-800-707-4911.

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CONTACT:

Mike Hicks/Ginny Perkins                              
LOU HAMMOND & ASSOCIATES                                       
561-655-3836/843-647-6395             
michaelh@lhammond.com                                           
ginnyp@lhammond.com                                            
www.louhammond.com

SeaDream Yacht Club named as “Best Specialist Cruise Line”

September 13th, 2013 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

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* SeaDream Yacht Club named as “Best Specialist Cruise Line” *

As voted by UK readers, SeaDream Yacht Club has been named as “Best Specialist Cruise Line” in the Cruise International 2013 Awards.

Pictured at the awards ceremony, held yesterday afternoon at London’s British Film Institute, SeaDream Yacht Club UK Managing Director, Andy Magowan received the prestigious award from TV Presenter, Jenni Falconer in front of an audience of industry colleagues.

Says Andy Magowan: “This is indeed a special accolade for us to receive such recognition as a niche operator in the UK marketplace, with our two boutique vessels, the 112-guest SeaDream I and II. I am honoured to accept this award with great pride on behalf of not only the UK sales team but also the on-board and on-shore teams – it is their dedication and professionalism that make all this possible.”

Editor of consumer travel magazine Cruise International, Liz Jarvis said: “2013 has been a brilliant year for the cruise industry, with fabulous new ship launches and exciting new itineraries. Our awards celebrate the very best of the cruise industry and because they are voted for by the holidaymakers themselves, they are an excellent benchmark of consumer opinion.”

The twin vessels, mega yachts SeaDream I and II sail traditionally on 7-night voyages to the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The winter 2013/2014 season, however, will see SeaDream II positioned in Asia for the first time; while in summer 2014 SeaDream I will operate eight Baltic and Norwegian Fjord voyages, with a first-ever cruise from the UK – 14-night Baltic Capitals – departing 16 August, sailing round-trip from Dover.

Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s 56-stateroom twin yachts are favoured for their elegant informality, state-of-the-art facilities, personal service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean-view accommodations, luxury spa and world class cuisine. Itineraries include the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Costa Rica, Asia and the Baltic.  “It’s yachting, not cruising”. Enjoy the difference.

How to book/further information:

Contact a travel professional, or call free phone 0800 783 1373; www.seadream.com
 
SeaDream Contact:
Andy Magowan
amagowan@seadream.com
Tel : + 44 (0) 7770 848023

Seadream Media Contact for further information/images:
Jill Faulds, JF Associates
jill@jfapr.co.uk; Tel : + 44 (0) 1795 536446

SeaDream gets Top 2 slots in ‘Boutique Ships’ category: 2013 Berlitz Cruise Guide

September 10th, 2012 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SeaDream Yacht Club gets Top 2 Slots in the ‘Boutique Ships’ Category

According to the Just Released, 2013 Berlitz Cruise Guide

(Miami, Florida)  – September 10, 2012 – The 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships being released this month, announced that the 112-guest mega yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II have again achieved the top two ratings in the ‘Boutique Ships’ category (50 – 250 passengers).

The Berlitz Guide, now in its 28th year, is researched and written by Douglas Ward, the world’s top authority on cruising and cruise ships. Having reviewed 284 cruise ships, Ward has named the top-rating ships for 2013, with the 10 most highly rated being officially ‘small’ or ‘boutique’. The SeaDream ships’ ratings out of a possible 2,000 points are: SeaDream II – 1,788 points and SeaDream I – 1,786 points.

The hard-hitting reviews independently expose the best and worst scoring cruise ships, using an internationally-accepted rating system devised by the author, Douglas Ward, the most feared critic in the business.  Taken into account are 400 separate items based on personal cruises, visits and revisits to ships, as well as observations and comments from Ward’s team. 

Since SeaDream’s founding in 2001, it has been honored annually by the Berlitz Guide, SeaDream I and SeaDream II having been described as “Ultimately Exclusive Boutique Vessels”, and named as the tops in its Five Star Club, listing them as the “Crème de La Crème”.

Commenting on the announcement by Berlitz on their 2013 ship ratings, Bob Lepisto, SeaDream’s President, said: “We are honored and delighted to have been so highly recognized once again in this world-renowned guide. We thank Douglas Ward and his publishers. As President, I also want to add my sincere thanks to our crew of true professionals on SeaDream I and SeaDream II who have earned this recognition along with those in our offices around the world who have also contributed to our continued success”.

The SeaDream Difference:

Since the company’s founding in 2001, innovative SeaDream Yacht Club has brought a refreshing change to the world of ultra-luxury holidays at sea – with the intention of being completely different from any and every other cruise product.

The expression ‘Yacht Club’ is not only sentiment about size; it is a statement about lifestyle aboard the small, ultra-deluxe ships. Chic and stylish, SeaDream I and II are the ultimate hybrid of deluxe private yacht and luxury boutique spa. The elegant informality of the yachts sits comfortably with state-of-the art facilities, discreet, personal service and world class cuisine. SeaDream is the only cruise operator to be a member of the Thai Spa Association

Yachting is about enjoying an unstructured lifestyle – dropping anchor offshore rather than tie up along side, staying in port until well after midnight and taking a voyage to locations where large traditional cruise ships just cannot sail.

That its two, 56-stateroom mega-yachts, SeaDream I & II have set such high standards, it is widely agreed to be a significant reason behind certain ultra-luxury traditional cruise lines having abandoned the quest for exclusivity and exactitude and announcing plans to build ships that resemble upscale holiday resorts.

SeaDream’s itineraries include the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Amazon. For details visit www.seadream.com or phone (800) 707-4911

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Media Contact: Adrienne d’Annunzio

SeaDream Yacht Club

601 Brickell Key Drive, #1050

Miami, FL  33131

305-631-6111

adannunzio@seadream.com

 

SeaDream Yacht Club’s Awards and Accolades Anew

May 31st, 2012 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SeaDream Yacht Club’s Awards and Accolades Anew

(Miami, FL) – May 30, 2012 – The month of June brings several new Awards and Accolades for SeaDream Yacht Club. Since the company was founded in 2001, its two, twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II have nabbed honors from many of the most authoritative travel publications and industry organizations. There are no signs SeaDream is letting up, as they receive continued recognition.  

The June 2012 issue of TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine features the publications annual World’s Best Awards survey. SeaDream Yacht Club landed a spot on the short list of “2012 World’s Best Service” for Cruises Small-Ship. Only three ships were awarded in each of the three size categories. SeaDream scored in the top percentile at 94.82.

The June 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine features the publications annual readers’ survey. SeaDream Yacht Club landed a spot on the list of “The Top 270 Spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at Sea.” The survey includes the “Top 25 Cruise Ship Spas” with SeaDream scoring 91.4 for both Treatments and Staff. 

Celebrated Living magazine, the luxury magazine for American Airlines premium class passengers just released its Summer 2012 issue, featuring their annual readers’ choice Platinum List. With picks for the world’s best hotels, golf courses and cruise lines. SeaDream Yacht Club garnered an Editors’ Mention in the Small/Midsize Ship category. The article states SeaDream is “the closest one can get to the experience of sailing on a private yacht.”

National Geographic’s “The 10 Best of Everything” is in book stores now. The ultimate guide for travelers, this is the third edition of the colorful 480 page book. SeaDream Yacht Club is selected as one of the “Ten Best Cruises”. The author, Nathaniel Lande wrote “both ships are small and intimate with friendly and personalized service”.

 SeaDream started off this year with SeaDream I & II achieving the top two ratings in the ‘Boutique Ships’ category (50 – 200 passengers) in The 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Bob Lepisto, SeaDream’s President said “I’m grateful to receive such praise. Kudos must go to our tremendous staff aboard SeaDream I & II whose effort and dedication have led to these recognitions of achievement.”

SeaDream’s itineraries include the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Amazon. For further details contact your travel professional, visit www.seadream.com or phone (800) 707-4911. 

 

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Media Contact:  Adrienne d’Annunzio

SeaDream Yacht Club

601 Brickell Key Drive, #1050

Miami, FL  33131

305-631-6111

adannunzio@seadream.com