Eight Wine Voyages offered in Mediterranean for 2016

October 15th, 2015 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces New 2016 Wine Voyages

Eight Wine Voyages offered in Mediterranean for 2016

MIAMI, October 15, 2015 – SeaDream Yacht Club announces eight Wine Voyages designed by new Wine Director Ida Dønheim taking place from May 7 through November 5, 2016. Continuing its commitment to award-winning culinary experiences, guests onboard these itineraries will enjoy a selection of the world’s most well-known wineries, exclusive and rare wine tastings, excellent cuisine and wine pairings at the popular Winemaker’s Dinner, in which a local grower or winery shares treasures from their own cellars.

“As SeaDream continues to set the yachting vacation standard, most recently recognized as the ‘Best Niche Cruise Line’ by the experts at Virtuoso, our team understands the importance of always innovating the guest experience,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Ida’s attention to detail in every aspect of the new Wine Voyages ensures the ultimate wine experience at sea and ashore pairing our outstanding culinary team’s service with the most scenic backdrops in the world.”

SeaDream I and SeaDream II will sail along the Mediterranean coastline visiting exclusive ports and harbors in Italy, Spain, Greece and France’s renowned wine country. Each voyage will offer heightened experiences for beginners and veteran oenophiles with itineraries that have been expertly curated by Dønheim, a seasoned chef and sommelier. Activities include visits to boutique vineyards; casual tastings organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers from regions visited; and in-depth tastings that focus on a specific topic, grape or region led by Dønheim, the winemaker or an internationally recognized wine expert.

A SeaDream guest favorite, the Winemaker’s Dinner will feature top cuvees and select wines offered in earlier tastings allowing guests to experience a proper food and wine pairing and how the wine changes character when served with food. This dinner will feature a specially crafted menu to complement the wine of the winery joining for the evening.

SeaDream Yacht Club’s Wine Voyage itineraries for 2016:

Inclusive yachting fares begin at $4,199 based on double occupancy. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.seadream.com.

About SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club, recently named “Best Niche Cruise Line” at the prestigious Virtuoso Awards, 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.

 

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SEADREAM NAMES IDA ELISABETH DONHEIM, WINE DIRECTOR

June 15th, 2015 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB NAMES IDA ELISABETH DONHEIM WINE DIRECTOR

To Lead Evolving Wine Voyages and Programming

 

MIAMI, June 15, 2015 – SeaDream Yacht Club continues its commitment to award-winning culinary experiences and evolving Wine Voyages with the announcement of Elisabeth Dønheim as wine director effective Sept. 1, 2015. In this role, the seasoned sommelier and chef will lead concept development of the wine program in collaboration with respective departments, onboard crew and vintner partners across the globe. Donheim most recently served as hotel manager at the Hotel Angvik known for delivering one of the most innovative culinary experiences in Norway. Her hospitality pedigree includes manager of Norway’s Vårsøg Hotel, chef at London’s legendary three Michelin star restaurant Fat Duck and sous chef for the Hotel Britannia in Trondheim.

 

“The wine program of SeaDream Yacht Club is unmatched and the intimacy of only 112 guests allows us to deliver an experience with world-class wine makers and vintners in a casual format,” shares Dønheim. “I look forward to forging relationships with wineries to provide one-of-a-kind shore excursions and bring leading wine authorities to SeaDream I and SeaDream II.”

 

As newly named Wine Director, Dønheim is tasked to develop 2016 Wine Voyages; however, five Wine Voyage itineraries remain in the 2015 Mediterranean season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the region, each of these dedicated Wine Voyages provides guests with heightened wine experiences including seated tastings featuring wineries from regions visited, a Wine Master Class Tasting led by an internationally recognized wine expert and one tasting held by a top winemaker. At an exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner taking place onboard, the chef will craft a special menu to complement the wine of the winemaker joining for the evening. Casual tastings are organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers or favorite wines from the SeaDream cellar.

 

“It is an exciting time for SeaDream Yacht Club, watching our Wine Voyages take off in popularity with both past guests and those new to our unique style of sailing,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “We welcome Elisabeth’s leadership and commitment to continually raising the bar on these voyages and our entire wine program.”

 

2015 SeaDream Yacht Club Wine Voyage examples include the following:

 

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sailing SeaDream I Aug. 8 to 15 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, guests will enjoy memorable meals paired with the great wines of Chianti and other regions. Onboard this sailing is wine writer Anthony Rose of the British daily newspaper The Independent and Decanter Magazine, who will take guests on a tasting tour of the Italian greats including super-Tuscans as well as mini-tastings of wine from regions passing including Sicily, Puglia and Manduria. Special Wine Land Adventures include a visit to Cantina Benanti with owner, Antonio Benanti in Sicily and an intimate tour of Cantine Marisa Cuomo with Marisa Cuomo in Positano, Italy.

 

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain

Guests onboard the 112-guest mega-yacht for the Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain will be hosted by Guy de Rivoire, international export director of the Bollinger champagne house in Monaco, as he guides them through a tasting from rosé to vintage wines followed by a special Winemaker’s Dinner. On the same voyage, the head winemaker and/or one of the Martínez Bujanda family, owners of the Finca Valpiedra Winery, will present a special tasting menu onboard. Exclusive Wine Land Adventures on this voyage include a visit to the 1500-acre private estate of Château de Berne, Sanary-sur-Mer, the Cavas Recaredo winery in Sant Sardurní d’Anoia hosted by winery founder’s grandson, Ton Mata while docked in Barcelona, and the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory.

 

Below is a full listing of remaining SeaDream’s Wine Voyage itineraries for 2015:

 

Seven days including Positano, Sorrento, Crotone and Taormina (Italy).

Seven days calling on Croatian ports of Piran, Pula, Rab, Sibenik, Hvar and Korcula.

Seven days calling on Kotor (Montenegro), Saranda, Corfu and Paxos (Greece).

Seven days calling on Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Costa Smeralda (Italy) and Bonifacio (France).

Nine days calling on Porto Ercole, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer (France) and Valencia.
SeaDream Yacht Club 2015 Wine Voyage fares begin at $4,399 per person based on double occupancy. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 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 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 available through SeaDream’s inclusive fare. For more information, visit www.seadream.com or call 1-800-707-4911.

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES 2015 WINE VOYAGES

January 6th, 2015 by Adrienne d'Annunzio

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES 2015 WINE VOYAGES

Boutique Ports Paired with Intimate Culinary Experiences

MIAMI, Jan. 06, 2015 – After the successful debut of SeaDream Yacht Club’s Wine Voyages in 2014, eight vino-intensive voyages have been added to the 2015 season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean on five to nine-day sailings, each dedicated Wine Voyage provides guests with heightened wine experiences including sit-down tastings featuring wineries from regions visited, a Wine Master Class Tasting led by an internationally recognized wine expert and one tasting held by a top winemaker. At an exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner taking place onboard, the chef will craft a special menu to match the wine of the winemaker joining for the evening. Together with SeaDream’s Wine Director Erica Landin, additional casual tastings are organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers or favorite wines from the SeaDream cellar.

“The cuisine onboard SeaDream Yacht Club continues to receive rave reviews from past guests as our culinary team incorporates local ingredients of the ports we visit as only possible sailing with 112 guests,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “Our extensive 2015 Wine Voyages build on this tradition by pairing legendary vineyards with expert instructors and winemakers to develop a truly one-of-a-kind experience on land and sea.”

SeaDream Wine Voyages add to the two mega-yachts’ innovative culinary and beverage program, which features the first and only full raw cuisine menu onboard as well as showcasing local delicacies from ports of call.  Examples include:

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, Croatia Sailing SeaDream I Aug. 8 to 15 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, guests will enjoy a memorable meals paired with the great wines of Chianti and other regions. Onboard this sailing is Wine Writer Anthony Rose of the British daily newspaper The Independent and Decanter Magazine, who will take guests on a tasting tour of the Italian greats including super-Tuscans as well as mini-tastings of wine from regions passing including Sicily, Puglia and Manduria. Special Wine Land Adventures include a visit to Cantina Benanti with owner, Antonio Benanti in Sicily and an intimate tour of Cantine Marisa Cuomo with Marisa Cuomo in Positano, Italy.

Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain Guests onboard the 112-guest mega-yacht for the Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 voyage sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain will be hosted by Guy de Rivoire, international export director of the Bollinger champagne house in Monaco, as he guides them through a tasting from rosé to vintage wines followed by a special Winemaker’s Dinner. On the same voyage, the head winemaker and/or one of the Martínez Bujanda family, owners of the Finca Valpiedra Winery, will present a special tasting menu onboard. Exclusive Wine Land Adventures on this voyage include a visit to the 1500-acre private estate of Château de Berne, Sanary-sur-Mer, the Cavas Recaredo winery in Sant Sardurní d’Anoia hosted by winery founder’s grandson, Ton Mata while docked in Barcelona, and the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory.

Below is a full listing of SeaDream’s 2015 Wine Voyage itineraries:

  •  Malaga to Monte Carlo Wine Voyage, departing May 1.

Eight days including boutique ports of Ibiza, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca (Spain).

  • Monte Carlo round trip Wine Voyage, departing May 9.

Seven days including ports of St. Tropez, Calvi (France), and Portofino.

  • Monte Carlo round trip Wine Voyage, departing May 16.

*Five days including ports of St. Tropez, Portofino and Portovenere (Italy).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik Wine Voyage, departing August 8.

Seven days including Positano, Sorrento, Crotone and Taormina (Italy).

  • Dubrovnik to Venice, departing August 29.

Seven days calling on Croatian ports of Piran, Pula, Rab, Sibenik, Hvar and Korcula.

  • Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing Sept. 12.

Seven days calling on Kotor (Montenegro), Saranda, Corfu and Paxos (Greece).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) round trip, departing Sept. 26.

Seven days calling on Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Costa Smeralda (Italy) and Bonifacio (France).

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, departing Oct. 23.

Nine days calling on Porto Ercole, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer (France) and Valencia.

SeaDream Yacht Club 2015 Wine Voyage fares begin at *$3,599 per person based on double occupancy. For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 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 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 available through SeaDream’s fully-inclusive fare. For more information, visit www.seadream.com or call toll free in the USA 1-800-707-4911.