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SeaDream Yacht Club cruises are best for people that want an intimate experience with luxurious amenities and top-notch service — in a casual atmosphere. Don’t expect sophistication or glitz. You’ll be on a mega yacht with fresh-cooked, locally-sourced food, premium Bvlgari bath products and a world-class spa, but there aren’t formal nights or butlers. Consider SeaDream Yacht Club a fusion between millionaire taste and laid-back living. The phrase “simple pleasures” comes to mind.
You’ll eat al fresco for every meal if weather allows. For evening entertainment, relax at the piano bar or enjoy 360-degree views at the Top of the Yacht Bar while listening to a live guitarist. You won’t find “forced fun” or group activities on SeaDream Yacht Club ships. But you can dive, kayak, swim, snorkel and more off the water sports platform on the back end. Your fellow passengers aboard will mostly be between the ages of 40 and 60.
If you do splurge for a SeaDream cruise, there’s one experience you can’t miss: sleeping on a Balinese bed beneath the stars. It costs extra and you’ll have to make a reservation, but the experience of falling asleep and waking up to the smells and sounds of the open sea is priceless.
However, SeaDream cruises aren’t for everyone. The price tag is hefty, and you’ll have to invest a significant amount of money in flights to and from the destination ports, as it doesn’t usually launch from the US. And Seadream doesn’t typically offer short cruises. In most cases, you’ll have to set aside at least a week.
Still, as a travel expert, I think SeaDream is the epitome of perfect cruising. You can relax and unwind while drinking complimentary champagne and eating caviar on a sparsely populated, stunning beach. That’s basically my married-to-Richard-Branson fantasy, without the wedding ring.
Compare SeaDream Yacht Club cruise ships
On board the SeaDream I or SeaDream II, 56 staterooms hold a maximum of 112 guests, and 95 crew members stand at your service. Both ships are fully air-conditioned so you can stay cool all year round, whether drifting around islands in the Caribbean or Mediterranean seaside cities.
This isn’t small-ship cruising that feels like you’re on a yacht. With SeaDream, you’re literally on a yacht, sailing to unique and interesting ports that are inaccessible to most other cruise lines.
There are six different cabin types you can book, from the sprawling Owner’s Suite to the least expensive Deck 2 Stateroom. While all have ocean views, none of them come with balconies — though there’s plenty of space on the public decks to catch a breeze.
Where do SeaDream Yacht Club cruises depart from?
To cruise with SeaDream Yacht Club, you’ll most likely have to fly to the departure port. Itineraries that start in the US are rare. Still, that means you’ll spend fewer consecutive days at sea and more time exploring exotic ports. Here’s where you can begin the trip:
SeaDream Yacht Club plans its itineraries seasonally. From May through October, both ships cruise around the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout the winter months, they escape to the Caribbean.
The line also has transatlantic voyages and wine-themed cruises available. Here’s a short-and-sweet list of SeaDream Yacht Club destinations:
Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eastern Caribbean, France, Greece, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Israel, Italy, Malta, Martinique, Montserrat, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherland Antilles, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Southern Caribbean, Slovenia, Spain, St Barths, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Western Caribbean
How much is a SeaDream cruise?
Now that you’ve learned of some of SeaDream Yacht Club’s amenities, you’re probably wondering how much it all costs. Well, fare varies depending on the itinerary and type of stateroom you book. But here are a few examples to give you a ballpark idea:
Price per day
San Juan to Bridgetown — 7 days
-San Juan -Culebrita -Vieques -Saba -St. Barths -Iles des Saintes -Bequia -Mayreau -Bridgetown
Prices obtained February 2020. Based on a per-person double-occupancy fare for the least expensive stateroom option, taxes and fees included.
What’s included on a SeaDream Yacht Club cruise?
SeaDream Yacht Club cruises aren’t cheap — but they’re nearly all-inclusive. Here’s what your fare covers:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
24/7 room service
Sports activities and equipment
Kayaking, snorkeling, sailboats, wave runners
Pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
Fitness center, daily yoga and Tai Chi classes
Excursions with the crew
Hiking, bicycling, shopping for food with the chef
Regular shore excursions are not included in your fare. But you can save 10% by booking online in advance. Wi-Fi isn’t included on SeaDream cruises but can be purchased for $35 per day or $99/week.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDream has an excellent reputation and rave reviews around the web. But these cruises aren’t cheap, so you’ll want to weight the pros and cons before committing. Here’s a quick list:
All cabins have an ocean view.
Excellent crew-to-passenger ratio (nearly 1:1)
Gourmet cuisine — even the ice cream is made in-house.
Fully stocked library
Unique ports — many itineraries dock at more than one port per day.
Known for five-star service and luxury amenities
Al fresco dining for all meals, weather-permitting
All-included water sports
Fare is much pricier up front than mid-tier cruise lines.
Fewer entertainment options than larger cruise lines
Shore excursions and Wi-Fi are extra.
No US departure ports
Ships can feel old — no shine or glitz.
No private balconies
Folks used to larger cruise ships may feel cramped.
Note there’s no kids programming or teen clubs on SeaDream Yacht Club ships.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. For Yacht Club decks 2, 3 and 4, there’s a 175% single supplement. That means you’ll pay the regular per-person double occupancy fare, plus 75%. For cabins including Commodore and Admiral and Owners suites, there’s a 200% single supplement — which means you’ll pay two per-person double occupancy fares to have a stateroom to yourself.
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