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SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream I

  • SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream I Review

Prototypes for an ultra-luxury yachting experience, the SeaDream Yacht Club megayachts have a history of sailing under several banners. Conceived as a Sea Goddess vessel for that long-defunct boutique cruise line, Sea Goddess I—the first ship, which launched in 1984—subsequently

joined the Seabourn fleet to sail as Seabourn Goddess I. SeaDream Yacht Club acquired her in 2002 and named her SeaDream I to launch the cruise line with her twin sister ship SeaDream II.

Although these vessels are not huge, the public rooms are quite spacious; the Main Salon and Dining Salon are large enough to comfortably seat all passengers at once. Decor is elegant in its simplicity and is surprisingly non-nautical. Instead, it's modern and sleek, utilizing the hues of the sea, sky, and sandy beaches. Oriental rugs cover polished teak floors in the reception area and in the large, sun-splashed library, where you'll find more than 1,000 books from which to choose, as well as computers to access the Internet. The library also lends movies to watch on the flat-screen TV/DVD player in your suite.

Balinese sun beds are the ideal spot to relax by day, either for sunbathing or reading beneath an umbrella. A telescope mounted at each ship's stern is handy for spotting land and other vessels at sea.

SeaDream yachts began sailing in 1984 beneath the Sea Goddess banner, and after a couple of changes of ownership and total renovations, they have evolved into the ultimate boutique ships. A voyage on one of these sleek megayachts is all about personal choice. Passengers enjoy an unstructured holiday at sea doing what they please, making it easy to imagine the diminutive vessel really is a private yacht. The ambience is refined and elegantly casual.

Fine dining and socializing with fellow passengers and the ships' captains and officers are preferred yachting pastimes.

A well-stocked library has books and movies for those who prefer quiet pursuits in the privacy of their staterooms. In addition, MP3 players stocked with all types of music—enough to play for a complete sailing without repeating a selection—are available for personal use at no charge.

The weekly picnic on a private beach is considered by many passengers as their most memorable experience ashore during a SeaDream cruise. It begins with refreshing drinks served during a wet landing from Zodiacs and is followed by SeaDream's signature champagne-and-caviar splash served to passengers from a surfboard bar in the crystal clear water. On voyages where it isn't possible to host the champagne-and-caviar splash ashore, it is celebrated poolside.

SeaDream yachts are often chartered by families, corporations, and other affinity groups, but the company does not charter both ships at the same time. If your chosen sailing is closed to you because of a charter, the other yacht will be available.

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Pros

  • The barbecue held on a deserted stretch of beach would be a highlight even if it didn't include champagne and caviar
  • The Top of the Yacht Bar is the sociable choice
  • No smoking is allowed indoors, which is refreshing

Cons

  • The ships are not appropriate for anyone confined to a wheelchair, as public facilities have thresholds and the elevator doesn't reach the uppermost deck
  • There's a charge for wines and spirits ordered for your suite
  • You might miss schedule changes if you skip cocktails before dinner
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 95
  • Entered Service 1984
  • Gross Tons 4,300
  • Length 344 feet
  • Number of Cabins 56
  • Passenger Capacity 112
  • Width 47 feet

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