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SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream I

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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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What You Should Know

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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Jul 4, 2010

adriatic sea

This was my first SeaDream cruise and sadly, my last. Many problems with ship, especially the staterooms. The lack of balcony or windows that open, being the deal breaker for us. The food and service was excellent. The small ship size was confining after 8 days. Lack of shaded areas, sewer smell in halls on occasions and to top if off an engine fire causing lack of power overnight with no AC in cabin with no window was unbearable. Dinner was a

barbeque on deck at 10 pm and quite a hassle with no flashlights. Whew, NOT a luxury cruise experience. The ports were interesting. All extras for shore excursions were pricey IMO and I didn't go on any. The food was very good and service excellent See above for all the problems. The bathroom is so tiny as to be non functioning for a tall person. The carpets were slightly faded and spotted. The biggest thing was no balcony or open windows, especially after the 3 generators went out in fire. Small lounge and dining room can be claustrophobic when crowded. Lack of shaded areas to sit. Had many onboard activities but I didn't use them. Mostly water sports. Didnt take any tours since they were pretty pricey. Mostly small towns so we did them on own. Started in Dubrovnik, used to be great town, but overcrowded. Sailed to Hvar, small beach town and nice old town area. Rovinj and Piran similar small towns with old area. Split, nice palace to visit and pretty town. Trieste, old port town with little to see in port area. Venice, port area quite aways from city center. Docked at 7pm and had to leave in morning. Many booked extra nights to see it. Also, in Dubrovnik I suggest booking extra days since there is not enough time otherwise since ship embarks at 2 pm and sails at 6pm.

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